Knox Nursery, Inc. started in 1962 on the Knox family's porch. Although the family-run nursery has grown to encompass more than 23 acres since then, the second-generation owners haven’t forgotten their humble beginnings, still emphasizing the down-home customer service that made the business what it is today. They and their staff lovingly harnesses the Floridian sunshine to produce plugs and liners, cultivating more than 5,000 plant varieties ranging in size from young ones destined for greenhouses to 4-inchers perfect for landscaping.
At the retail center, staffers stand ready to help green-thumbed shoppers to navigate the selection of annuals and perennials or pick out shrubs to block views of money-filled swimming pools from jealous neighbors. Palms, trees, and vegetables await their chance to fill out gardens or finish landscapes.
Though all the kernels at Ms. Bee's Gourmet Popcorn & Candy Shoppe are indistinguishable in the morning, by the evening staff have popped them into 70 different flavors of popcorn. But these aren't your movie-theater variety kernels. The staff uses real cheese, housemade caramel, and flavorful spices to create their flavors, which range from the popular loaded potato to the decadent peanut butter chocolate drizzle. Alongside the inventive flavors, they do still offer popcorn classics, such as their slightly sweet kettle corn and the Chicago-style blend of cheese and caramel. However, popcorn isn't the staff's only treat. They also create artfully designed displays of vintage and gourmet candy alongside Ms. Bee's housemade fudge, which, like the licorice braces offered by the world's youngest orthodontist, satisfy sweet teeth effectively.
This wellness haven champions the healthful power of natural products, treating clients with soothing herbal products and educating on the effects of scent on the mind and body. Lead by owner and herbalist Michele Miller, a friendly staff helps customers navigate a vast selection of vitamins and holistic remedies. The shop puts theories into action through classes on aromatherapy and perfume making, during which students blend pure essential oils into calming bath salts, aromatic mists, and perfumes. Those in need of additional rest and relaxation can visit the day spa, stocked with therapists offering massages, energy treatments, and facials.
The Spa at Bella Collina is a luxurious contradiction. Its massive welcoming area and stone-tiled courtyard are reminiscent of an Italian castle, but inside, therapists rejuvenate bodies with the latest and most popular spa techniques. The spa's personalized treatments rejuvenate clients in a private retreat nestled in the rolling hills near Lake Siena. Before their treatments, clients can slip into robes in the private locker room, then relax in a secluded courtyard graced with a trickling waterfall and a blacksmith who fashions cast-iron cucumbers. The staff provide visitors with a comprehensive and detailed menu of facials, body treatments, nailcare, hair services, and massage therapy.
The chromatic champions at Color Wheel Paint dispense distinctive pigmentations in more than 1,600 colors, along with providing the necessary tools to complete any painting project. Coat abashedly naked walls with a gallon of flat Hi-Hide interior paint ($19.86/gallon) or Optima Satin Supreme ($31.73/gallon), which can colorize anything from bedroom walls to the picket fence marking the boundary of your office's cubicles. Drab exteriors receive a tinting treatment with a gallon of Tropicoat 100% Acrylic Latex Paint ($30.65/gallon), primed with a coating of Quick Cure Acrylic Conditioner ($25.16/gallon), ideal for previously painted surfaces. Home tidiers can also aid the spreading process with Master Choice tools, such as the Klondike 3-inch angle sash brush ($14.72), with a soft bristle for ticklish walls, and the 12'x15' canvas drop cloth ($20.43).
The seasoned horse handlers at Jewel Court Stables facilitate a range of equestrian activities, including riding lessons, summer camps, and relaxing trail rides through private wooded paths. Led by an experienced staff member, one-hour rides whisk first-time saddle fillers and experienced equestrians alike on a scenic tour of the forested facilities and nearby horse park, and patrons can take comfort knowing a trained guide is close by, should their horse actually ride off with them into the sunset. A great way to be introduced to horseback riding, reconnect with an equine past, or just breath the fresh air in the great outdoors, Jewel Court Stables' trail rides can accommodate up to eight participants during each trip, making it a perfect outing for four couples, eight friends, or you and your seven favorite Brady’s.