Since selling their first flower in 1990, the collective green thumbs of Oasis of Port St. Lucie’s savvy staff have been helping local homeowners transform domestic green spaces into lush landscapes. With years of landscaping experience and an innate understanding of southern Florida’s climes, the staff deftly assists homeowners in residential revamps, doling out information regarding everything from proper watering techniques to speaking conversational garden gnome. The store’s shelves remain stocked with a bountiful assortment of verdant flora able to thrive in the local environment, brimming with a host of hardy-yet-alluring greenery such as palms, shrubs, and ground covers. On a palm-lined brick patio, decorative statues and pottery bask in the sunlight, politely ignoring the renditions of “Car Wash” warbled by sparrows test-driving the birdbaths.
At Bogey's & Stogey's, an impressive arsenal of cigars, cloves, cocktails, and luxury smokeables surrounds customers as they relax in a cozy lounge area. Amid wispy tendrils of fragrant smoke emanating from pipes and hookahs, patrons challenge each other to games of silver strike bowling, chess matches, or breath-holding contests. As 15 glistening brass taps dispense craft suds behind the bar, karaoke sessions each Wednesday, Sunday, and every other Friday draw crowds of amateur ballad belters. A walk-in humidor enshrines countless varieties of luxury cigars, and connoisseurs can upgrade their smoking accessories with the store’s selection of cutters, lighters, and portable humidor containers.
It's hard to imagine that there's a libation out there that Crown doesn't carry. With a selection that spans vineyards, distilleries, and breweries from around the world, the bottles lining each location come from both small, artisan makers and those universally famed for their grapes or techniques. Home mixologists can cull inspiration for cocktails from a selection of top-shelf-brand mixers or pair their tipple of choice with gourmet snacks, from bush-pepper macadamia nuts to dirty martini party dip. But tastings may be the most distinctive thing about Crown Wine & Spirits. Whether customers stop in to try each location's daily offerings of wine or spirits—or for special tastings that cover dozens of wines, bourbons or beers—Crown's staff makes it easy to find a new favorite or to make up to your tongue for forgetting so many of its birthdays.
Her Majesty Boutique's staffers aim to treat each woman who walks through their door like a princess—and dress her accordingly. In addition to top designers, such as Bebe, BCBG, and Calvin Klein, the boutique carries startup designers and is the only place to find looks by Dee's Designs & Beach Bridal Gowns. Jeans by 7 For All Mankind and True Religion stock closets with everyday wear, and Nina Canacci special-occasion frocks ready ladies for proms, pageants, or black-tie flag-football games.
Royal red drapes cordon off a trio of dressing rooms, all trimmed in black-and-white damask that pops against the shop's pink walls. A crystal-drenched chandelier illuminates shoppers as they twist and turn in front of mirrors or consult the Audrey Hepburn portrait hung outside. To polish off ensembles, shoppers can peer into a glass display case that glimmers with crystal and rhinestone jewelry or snag a straw beach bag to match a new swimsuit.
The family that owns and operates Treasure Coast Paddle shepherds explorers around Florida's southeast coastline and historic Indian River Lagoon. From their downtown Jensen Beach location, expert outdoorsmen spread their passion for the outdoors, while encouraging the appreciation and preservation of natural resources. They outfit renters with standup paddleboards, kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats for exploring aquatic waterways that teem with beautiful wildlife and retired sports mascots. During lessons and lead tours, they pass along their paddling tutelage and acquaint tourists with must-see landmarks and little-known treasures.:m]]