In 2009, Melissa Garnier opened a small produce co-op, seeking to save money on her grocery bill while providing her five children with healthy, fresh fruits and vegetables. Today, that co-op has grown into The Neighborhood Garden, a company that regularly supplies 200 Jacksonville families with fresh meats, local honey, dairy goods, and certified organic produce from Albert's Organics in Sarasota. Patrons can pick up pre-ordered edibles from 17 locations, or opt for delivery service.
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.
Outside of swimming laps in chocolate syrup, smoothies at Smoothie King are the tastiest way to improve your health. Smoothie King smoothies combine fresh fruit, natural juices, and special nutritional enhancers into more than 90 flavors (you can customize, add, and subtract the extras), all of which focus on achieving one of seven nutritional goals. Try an antioxidant-rich Pomegranate Punch with pomegranate, bananas, blueberries, apple juice, soy protein, and Turbinado sweetener to stay healthy. Weight-conscious en-smuthiasts can trim down and float away with the Celestial Cherry High, packed with bananas, black cherry, papaya, Turbinado, and honey, and unpacked with fat. You can also customize any smoothie by adding enhancers or “make it skinny” by cutting out the honey and Turbinado.
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.
Road Bike Outlet stocks an expansive collection of two-wheeled wonders, including the fat-tired, Shimano Nexus internal three-speed beach cruiser. Each pedaling pleasure-craft is made with a sturdy steel frame to ward off dings from sticks, stones, and insults, and a plush saddle cushions riders for maximum comfort. The internal drive train and coaster brakes provide smooth, dependable rides, and gender-specific designs help ladies and gentlemen ride into the sunset after dinner dates or marathon staring contests.