Voted St. Augustine’s Best Florist by the St. Augustine Record, Flowers by Shirley has been transforming palettes of flowers into contemporary and traditional masterworks of artful expression since 1973. Pitch woo at a crush's noggin as hard as you can with the Love in Bloom bouquet—a vase bursting with cream and white roses accented with pink snapdragons (starting at $38.99)—or thank a maternal unit for not trading you for magic beans with the Flourishing Garden basket, a jubilantly yellow mix of lilies, spray roses, daisies, and cowardly cartoon characters (starting at $39.99). Lovers of less high-maintenance plant life will prefer a decorative fern (starting at $39.99) to gussy up their dreary abandoned space station.
Selected a top furniture store in 2010 by the St. Augustine Record, Wholesale Furniture Outlet showcases over 6,000 square feet of dining-room, bedroom, and living-room accouterments from brands such as England by La-Z-Boy, Klaussner, Liberty, and Leather Italia USA. Raise relaxation and your feet to new heights in a leather recliner ($359+), or fall into perfect slumber with a new mattress set ($159+). A trove of comfy sofas ($379+) help cushion tough losses during football season, and a selection of end tables ($69+) can seamlessly pull a room together or foil burglary attempts when used to form an obstacle course.
Holly’s Nursery's botanical specialists aid the green-minded in adopting new leafy additions and perfecting lawn décor. The full-service nursery flourishes with a verdant populace of native plants and a wide selection of annual and perennial flowers, such as Endless Summer hydrangeas ($27.99/3 gal. pot) or Knock Out roses ($19.99+). Vibrant shrubs ($65) and an assortment of 15-gallon potted trees ($65) impart attractive textures to landscapes or shelter for escaped sea monkeys. Customers can also peruse Holly's organic vegetable garden and purchase edibles from its cache of fresh produce. Plant shipments arrive each week, filling the nursery with the ever-strident cries of newborn greenery.
It might be hard to believe considering its vast array of products, but Sears, Roebuck and Co. began with one accessory: watches. In 1886, Richard W. Sears bought a box of unwanted watches from a jeweler, thinking he could turn a profit by selling them. He was correct and committed to the watch business by hiring Alvah C. Roebuck, an experienced watchmaker.
As time went on, though, their business expanded its umbrella far beyond what people wore on their wrists. Sears became known as the place to shop for almost any appliance, from sewing machines to those magical boxes that create water from nothing and clean your clothes.
Today, the stores stock clothing, accessories, electronics, kitchen equipment, tools for outdoor living, and home decor. This variety is sustained by Sears's proprietary brands—Kenmore, Craftsman, and DieHard, to name a few—and other national names that populate the shelves.
Speckled fish swim languidly through turquoise-blue water beneath an orange sky. Nearby, a pair of white cranes stretch their long necks toward the sun, and sea turtles glide past fronds of kelp looking for their lost keys. But this isn't an exotic animal sanctuary—rather, these natural scenes are captured in gleaming stained glass. The charming images are the work of the craftsmen at D & L Art Glass, a studio specializing in stained and leaded panes. They shape artistic pieces to adorn windows or doors, form colorful pendants, and etch eye-catching patterns into metal or stone surfaces. Instead of keeping their crystalline knowledge to themselves, the experts instruct others in the glass arts during classes and multiday workshops.
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.