The Spice & Tea Exchange treats taste buds and olfactory sensors to a smorgasbord of hand-mixed seasoning blends and gourmet steepables. Freshly bagged daily, custom-concocted blends and rubs, such as the Moroccan blend or the tandoori seasoning, enliven dull dishes with worldly flavors. Massage Butcher's Rub ($4.29–$16.80) into steaks, burgers, and stressed-out cows prior to grilling for extra-zesty grub, or sprinkle it upon vegetables to confuse carnivores into eating greens. More than 170 spices create piquant provisions sure to tantalize taste buds, including beer powder, a nonalcoholic dehydrated version of the popular brew ($4.89–$19.17), or Dutched cocoa, a mellow chocolate suitable for sprucing up warm beverages or supplying and army of microscopic confectioners ($3.89–$15.25). Sprinkle maple syrup granules ($4.29–$16.82) onto ice cream, fruit salad, or other sweet treats to enhance saccharine delights with a hint of nature.
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.
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.
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.
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.