Nature Girl's herbalists draw from dozens of herbs and a handmade, organic liquid to create fresh and custom blends that brim with bodily benefits. The over-sized four-ounce infusions ($39.99) contain meticulously blended extracts that distill the curative powers of plant matter into a salutary concoction. The Chill Out remedy harnesses linden flower and chamomile to relieve stress, and the Belly Boost remedy packs a wallop of ginger root, peppermint, and angelica root to erase digestive regrets after pizza-wrapped hot dog binges. Memory Lane is packed with gingko, gotu kola, kava kava, and other clarity and focus promoting ingredients, while Wonder Woman is formulated with schizandra berries, dong quai, black cohosh, motherwort and wild yam as a tonic for peri and menopausal women that is safe for long term use. The remedy brewers infuse each selection with a choice of alcohol, sweet vegetable glycerine, or an apple cider vinegar base densely populated with nutrients. Because each remedy is fresh and custom-blended, Nature Girl requires a two-bottle minimum order, allowing Groupon holders to mix or match their pair of choices.
At Bath Junkie, bathers prepare for beautification by customizing scrubs, soaks, and lotions with 18 tints and more than 200 fragrances including dirt, pumpkin, and lavender. The selection of bath-time trappings spans from phosphate-free bubble-bath crystals to lotions and creams ($15 for 6 oz.). Bath Junkie's products spurn animal cruelty and parabens and uplift skin with ingredients such as organic shea butter, aloe vera, unicorn tears, and vitamins A, D, and E. All of Bath Junkie's soothing sundries can be tweaked in both color and scent, allowing jars of exfoliating salt scrub ($30 large container, $17 small container) to match a bathroom's lilac color scheme or a nostril's freesia-friendly décor. While helping bath lovers reach sudsy serenity, Bath Junkie also lends a hand to the environment, offsetting its store's electricity-related carbon emissions by purchasing renewable energy credits.
Surf Station's wave-riding experts, led by surfing aficionado Tory Strange, equip visitors to explore aqueous avenues with a diverse selection of tools for nautical revelry. With up to 24 hours of rental time, surfers can hop on their boards and conquer swells by zipping through tubes and spelling schoolyard taunts in the sea foam. A four-hour standup-paddleboard rental allows riders to defy the old "sink or swim" adage with a water-walking middle ground, propelling themselves across the deep blue with a single oar that doubles as a manatee back scratcher. Surf Station helps beach-goers corral gnarly crests with its detailed surf reports as well as surfing apparel, equipment, and lessons available for purchase.
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.
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.