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.
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.
Commandeering vessels and plundering port cities is hard work, but The Pirate Store makes living a marauding lifestyle a little easier. Here, aspiring pirates will find everything they need to fulfill their peg leg-fueled longings, starting with professional garb like tricorn hats and leather bodices, or pirate-themed t-shirts and tanks for casual Friday aboard the Queen Anne's Revenge. Those in need of a new wheel lock pistol or rapier are also in luck: the shop's resident smithy makes weapons that are as effective as they are terrifying, many adorned with flourished like spiral guards and skull pummels. And, of course, the shop also sells a wide array of pirate-accoutrements that can help landlubberers understand just who they're dealing with, including flags, bumper stickers, and magnets.
Signature service: Powersports sales, parts and service
Staff Size: 25?50 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Brands Used: Honda, Suzuki, Yamaha, Kawasaki, Polaris, SeaDoo, CanAm
Pro Tip: Appointments are not needed but are recommended if you want to be in and out quickly.
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.