Though the titular owner of Crazy Dave's Music might tell you his music shop began with dragons and goblins, it really began with the even more fantastic 1980s. Years after assuming ownership of a failing Orange Park pawn shop, Dave realized that the most popular items in his inventory were always musical instruments. In keeping with the demand, he banded together with local musicians to turn his space into a fully realized music store. Construction crews renovated new rooms for live sound equipment and effects lighting, filled the old jewelry cases with pedals and microphones, and lined the walls with mixing equipment and synthesizers. Today, Dave's store still houses a menagerie of instruments and accessories. Shelves and corners filled with DJ gear and high-end guitars bear the logos of famous brands such as Fender, Moog, and Yamaha.
Gators Plus adorns hometown-honoring customers and decorated reptilian domiciles with authentic university apparel and gifts. Customers can become orange and blue billboards by sporting a black university circle tee ($16.99–$18.99), logo'd two-tone king hat ($18.99), or a reptile-brandishing bracelet ($9.99). For homes in need of a swamp-style swathing, the glass portrait frame ($16.99) and territory-marking yard sign ($16.99) are perfect for proclaiming university allegiances and intimidating rival school Winnebagos. Gators Plus also carries an airboat's worth of university-themed merchandise, including pet items, car accessories, children's apparel, authentic sports helmets, and more.
The Lingerie Company enlivens romantic evenings with sensual apparel, lotions, and adult accessories in its boutique, and has earned attention from the Independent Florida Alligator for its new pole-dancing studio. Encouraging instructors guide pupils in twirling around five professional spinning poles, and students can also channel their inner vixens in lessons in chair-dancing or striptease aerobics, which tutor bodies in alluring moves that prevent the need to hunt backyard squirrels for their pheromones. The Lingerie Company also rents the studio for private parties, pairing a pole-dancing instructor with revelers for fetes fueled by guest-supplied hors d’oeuvres and sweets, which can be shared in the studio’s kitchenette.
Brothers and co-owners Alexis and Alan Hytonen spent the first years of their lives traveling the Atlantic Ocean on a sailboat named Kirsikka. They now man their own jewelry shop, lovingly named after the boat they grew up on. Recently relocated to roomier digs, Kirsikka Jewelry specializes in American-made fine jewelry for men and women. Choose from gemstone-laden rings, engraved pendants, and solid-gold wristwatches. The exclusive Johannes Collection features unique, hand-crafted fine jewelry that is made and designed in America.
Vidah strives to soothe stress and bolster beauty with a variety of holistic spa services. A 45-minute ionic footbath treatment is believed to send gaggles of charged particles through large paw pores, helping to wick away harmful waste, raise pH levels, and erase olfactory evidence of clandestine gym classes. A far infrared sauna emits radiant heat that can ease joint pain and stiffness, improve skin tone, and reduce fatigue while detoxifying and potentially burning burning 900–1200 calories, and paraffin treatments dip the hands and feet into moisturizing melted wax, softening skin and inspiring jealousy among the more sensitive celebrity likenesses at Madame Tussaud’s.
Lina Beth Fine Consignments delivers top-notch, classic clothes at budget-friendly prices, dressing women to the nines in brands such as Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, and Ralph Lauren. Around 450 new items pop up on the boutique racks every week, allowing browsers to pick from fresh harvests of blouses ($12–$48), sweaters ($20–$75), shoes ($18–$125), and dresses ($25–$275). If an item lingers on the chic shop's racks without finding an owner, a brigade of discounters will make it more appealing by reducing its price by up to 75% or teaching it a sad puppy-dog face. Meanwhile, the storefront's accessories come sourced from quality markets such as New York and Atlanta; stylishly store checkbooks in purses ($20–$1,000) or sneak into treaty signings without adding Roman numerals to your surname by wearing regal costume jewelry ($20–$200).