Anchor Boutique owner Laurel Baker hangs handcrafted, upscale jewelry and unconventional accessories like artwork in her sunny, nautical-themed shop. Patrons can peruse multilayered necklaces, leather-and-metal-mixed bracelets, and rings that wrap fingers with never-ending zen metaphors. Shoppers can sport show-stopping eyewear such as vintage '80s sunnies, whose large Hepburn-esque lenses gleam in gold- and red-edged frames ($34), or peruse the gleaming goods tucked under the graceful diving manikin. Tight gold spirals dangle from silver chains like freefalling funambulists on gold-circle-drops earrings ($34), and the pyrite necklace ensnares a shiny jagged stone within a thin gold, silver, or macaroni-noodle chain ($48).
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.
Voted St. Augustine’s best clothing boutique in 2010 by members of the community, Goldfinch Boutique gracefully bedecks its female customers in artful apparel, handcrafted jewelry, and dashing home décor. Haute huntresses can stalk coveted brands such as Johnny Was, Frenzii, and Level 99, draped about the chic, chandeliered storefront. Look fetching this spring in a colorfully embroidered Sweet Paisley crochet dress ($55), while the subtle dove pattern and exposed front zipper of the Simon Flight of Fancy tank ($39) will ensure you catch the eye of every handsome neighborhood birdwatcher. Vibrant pastel wall art printed on recycled paper awaits to dazzle up drab walls with glitter embellishments ($16), and a passionate parade of sunglasses, scarves, hats, and handbags ensure bodily walls are equally ornamented. As a final fashionable touch, inspect the ranks of locally crafted jewelry (starting at $10), where sparkled and sophisticated touches such as a sterling silver jeweled cuff ($55) will distract onlookers from the fact that you aren’t wearing pants.
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.
Vino Del Grotto harbors wines for sipping by the glass or carting home. Like homesick stomach butterflies, more than 20 wines by the glass flutter down tongues during tasting flights, tantalizing each guest with three 3-ounce portions of grapey goodness in customized selections such as Yosemite View chardonnay or German-imported Valckenberg dornfelder. Peach-apricot chardonnay and green-apple riesling sate fruit-partial palates, and sips of sparkling Belle Jardin brut bubble upon taste buds, giving them the effervescent feeling of flight that ostriches only dream of.