As you walk toward the Historic District from the Public Parking Garage, you may pass by the Spice and Tea Exchange. They have a wide variety of spices, rubs, and teas for sale. They have a variety of worldwide spices and rubs. Worth a stop.
What to buy: Try the Backwoods Hickory or the Jamaican Jerk rubs.
What to pay: Under $4 an ounce.
Tierra Fine imports some wonderful pottery collections from Spain, Portugal and Mexico, and they sell it at very good prices.
What to buy: They have such a range of stuff that you can furnish your home and garden with. We like to pick up a piece or two every time we go down. Most of the pottery is functional as well as beautiful. The cool thing is that they have a website, in case you can't get back there to round out your collection.
This independent surf shop is a great visit if you are a surfer, beachbum, or just like really cool surf style and gear. Located on Anastasia island, not far from the lighthouse the store started out humble and grew into a well stocked and diverse shop. Some days you might even meet the resident pets.
What to buy: While they have a magnificent election of boards, this place isn't just for surfers. They sell cool clothing, footwear, sunglasses, and other surf gear.
Also, drop by Nalu's for some fish tacos in the parking lot :)
St. George might be the last place you would expect to find a surf shop, but here is Surf Culture. This small shop doesn't have a huge stock, but it does focus on quality, cool stuff. It a great place for flip flops and sunglasses, and the have some nice boards (both land and sea). You can also find some nice beach/surf clothing.
The staff is really friendly, and very knowledgeable about the products they carry. I went there in january and bought some stuff, and they actually remembered me when I went back in August!
What to buy: I got some nice Globe flip flops and Arnette sunglasses there. My friend picked up a nice long skateboard.
You're faced with a problem: You want to gut somebody like a wild pig, but at the same time you are worried about the harmful effect on your retinas by the Sun's ultraviolet rays. Fret not, because Shades and Blades is here for you. You can buy an arsenal of swords and top of the line sunglasses.
What to buy: Swords, guns, sunglasses and a suit of armor
What to pay: varies
The House of Ireleand is a great shop located on St George Street. It sells all things Irish, from jewlery to music and everything in between.
What to buy: I got a beautiful shamrock money clip
What to pay: My clip cost $35. Prices range from very cheap to very expensive.
I don't golf, but if I did I'd shop here. It's very close to the gallery where I hang my stuff, so I pass it frequently. It appears to have everything a golfer could need, and then some. I even bought a hat there, very nice sun hat that scrunches up and for a very reasonable price.
What to buy: Anything at all related to golfing.
What to pay: depends on what you want
There is something special about getting up early on a weekend morning and hitting the Farmers Market. The fresh fruit and veggies..the crafts and the sounds.
What to buy: There is a spice called Datl Pepper that grows only here in St. Johns County. I recommend finding the lady who sells it in some fantastic sauces.
What to pay: from one dollar on a cupcake to 100 dollars on a piece of jewelry.
While walking down the street we happened upon a man from Boston who made his own jewlery out of out-of-date Irish coins. Katmo bought one and it looks beautiful one her. The man was very personable and it was a pleasure talking to him.
once again, support your independent businessman.
What to buy: Jewlery
What to pay: I think Katmo paid $20
This shop is adorable from the outside, the little yellow ducks have towels on their heads in the window, but when you go inside it's a mountain of soap and you create your own scent...They have over 190 blendable fragrances, lotions, oils etc...
What to buy: create your own soap!
What to pay: not sure.....
This is about Publix, specifically the Anastasia Island store. This is one of the highest-volume supermarkets in the area, with a greater selection of items than, for example, the Moultrie Square or World Golf Publix stores. This one has a one-hour photo center, sushi counter, and an extremely active delicatessen. At lunchtime, the custom sandwich line generally has a cluster of eight or ten folks waiting.
The image throughout Florida is that Publix has clean and neat stores, courteous employees, fresh merchandise and high prices. The first three images hold true, the last is unfair and untrue. Unlike Wal-Mart, which strives to offer low prices across the board, Publix has generally higher prices (by ten to fifteen percent) across the board. But every week they feature several dozen "Advantage Buys." These will beat Wal-Mart and the other competition most of the time. Shoppers paying attention and planning meals around advertised specials will come out very well in comparisons of food expenditures.
Checking out is a fairly efficient process, except for a few things. Clerks are trained to highlight the "You saved" line at the bottom of the sales receipt, and then read it to the departing customer. Time consuming, and of dubious marketing value, in my opinion. The express lanes seem to be the first to close when things slow down, a public-relations poor practice. Although the scanners are programmed to efficiently read vendor coupons, most of the clerks insist on reading each one as if the company was not going to be reimbursed. They get annoyingly officious if the expiration date was two days prior!
If you find that the scanner rung higher than the correct shelf price for any item (except alcohol and tobacco items), the Customer Service clerk will give you one of those items free (and refund the difference on any additional identical items). They call this policy the "Publix Promise."
What to buy: Regarding the range of products at Publix, it is probably superior to all the competition. Their own brand rates highly in consumer comparisons. They are particularly proud of Publix ice cream, which is dispensed exclusively in freestanding "Crispers" restaurants near many of the newer Publix stores. Most national brands are carried, including Boar's Head deli meats. Non-food items such as pet foods, health and beauty aids, and cleaning supplies are merchandised in the same way as edibles, with Advantage Buys and seasonal features. Ethnic specialties such as Hispanic foods, Kosher items, and organic foods are represented, but not with the breadth serious followers of one of those diets would desire. Customer Service personnel generally will special order when requested. In the past year, as the Atkins and South Beach crazes have spread, new low-carbohydrate items have been added nearly each day.
This particular store is big on the various party trays and pre-cooked entrees in keeping with the needs of one of their important groups of customers--tourists at beach hotels and condos.
What to pay: The company currently touts a "no membership card required" policy. It is the only chain in town (other than the discount superstores) to stick with that policy in a day when electronic tracking of customer purchases is important to front office marketing departments. Instead, Publix sends special coupons to Baby Club members, prints several in most of the weekly flyers, and occasionally mails them to targeted neighborhoods. Don't bank on the "no card" (or any other) policy going forward, however. The company once made a big issue of how they always would close on Sunday for the benefit of their employees. Evenutally they succomed to competitive pressures and made a big ballyhoo about how they were making the change to "better serve their customers." A policy of honoring competitor coupons is not chain-wide, and seems to be posted only in lower-traffic stores. Carrying your bags to the parking lot is a posted courtesy, but offers of tips are seldom refused.
When we are in St. Augustine, Bob ALWAYS checks this shop to see if they have anything he can use. Unfortunately sometimes we come when it isn't open. The hours are:
9 am to 5 pm Tues to Fri and 9 am to 2 pm Sat. I think sometimes it is open on Sunday also.
What to buy: new & used boating equipment including gauges, electrical panels, and cleats, teak, hose, star-board, and stainless steel, windshields, bimini tops, masts & booms. A rare collection of nautical books and used charts from Norfolk to the Red Sea. Sails, rigging wire, shift controls and coils of wire. Surplus marine equipment purchased from manufacturers and individuals - constantly changing and varied stock. They can also order it for you if they don't have what you need.
What to pay: Good prices for the value. (i.e. not overpriced)
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