Britton's Archery Supplies & Range has armed apprentice arrow-launchers with gear, accessories, and instruction for three familial generations. Introductory lessons furnish beginner archers with rental equipment and dispense tips on proper shooting technique, archery-safety skills, and the perfect shade of nylon tights to impress Maid Marian. After firing at an assortment of circular targets and two- and three-dimensional animal models, pupils can replenish weary bodies with complimentary snacks and drinks. Customers should call ahead before visiting to confirm Britton's Archery Supplies & Range's hours, which alter depending on the gymnastics schedules of head-perching apples.
When Peter Santangelo became president and owner of his parents' nursery business at age 17, he carried on his parents' horticultural expertise and the Santangelo entrepreneurial spirit to make his business a success. He traveled all over Florida to cull his botanical inventory, and over the years he expanded the nursery and even started doing his own farming.
A winner of the 2011 and 2012 Best of Suncoast silver award, Canterbury Farms employs botany buffs who tend to 43 acres of Florida-friendly woodland plants that include palms, shrubs, and tropical herbage. The lush, green landscape is punctuated by colorful exotic plants as well as by Amigo, a cartoonish fiberglass statue that once perched on the roof of Peter’s parents' nursery decades ago. Pensive green thumbs may solicit shrub-related style from Canterbury Farms experts by bringing in photos of their outdoor or indoor spaces, and free estimates are also available for landscaping projects.
Carolina Factory Outlet's interior stylists sup up homes with an array of factory-direct furniture pieces. Step into a 16,000-square-foot warehouse and sift through scores of decorative duds, such as Westbrook four-piece bedroom sets, with dresser, mirror, nightstand, and headboard made from oak-tree skin ($299+). Carolina Factory Outlet stocks more than 150 pairs of table lamps ($99–$199) that light up rooms more effectively than a Chia Head filled with sparklers. Three-packs of entertainment tables ($317/set) liven up soirees or solo TV-dinner interludes, and rocker recliners ($277) usher in quiet time spent lounging in sequined Lycra suits.
Eve's Garden Gifts houses a collection of bonsai trees and lucky bamboo alongside inventive feng shui finds. Green thumbs can take up the balancing art of bonsai with a starter kit ($14.95) complete with a 2-year-old Japanese juniper bonsai tree, handmade ceramic pot, decorative moss, and pebbles. Five stalks of green lucky bamboo ($11.95) stand erect in a woodgrain ceramic vase oozing good fortune. Customers can quash stress with a dip into the ancient art of rock gardening with a mini zen kit ($12.95) equipped with fine sand, polished stones, and a bamboo rake to transform any space, from a cubicle to the roof of a speeding train, into a place of meditation.
At Florida Flowers, a family of florists oversees the creation, arrangement, and delivery of colorful floral masterpieces. Vases and bundles of sweet-smelling roses, sunny sunflowers, and stunning tropical lilies compose visual symphonies of seasonal colors and pastoral beauty. These handmade bouquets can be delivered for any occasion, from baby showers to proms to engagement rehearsals.