|Name||Gulfport's Unique Shops
|Address||Beach Blvd.Gulfport, FL 33707
|Brief Description||A variety of local shops offer unique and eclectic items
|Description||The best thing about shopping in Gulfport is the unique and eclectic nature of its merchants. There are no chain stores or malls, no parking meters and a laid-back friendly attitude that invites shoppers to browse and enjoy the ambiance. The feel of the arts community and Old Florida is pervasive as you stroll Beach Blvd. and take in the color of the surroundings and stop in to shop at the village merchants.
Domain Home Accessories represents the work of over 20 local artists and 60 other American artists, as well as carefully chosen imports. Lamps and lighting, mirrors, kitchen ware, bar ware, serve ware, jewelry, candles, frames, home decor, gifts, and much more pack a visual punch in its small colorful quarters. Domain is located at 3129 Beach Blvd.
The Outpost offers unique and quirky gifts, apparel, jewelry, accessories, repurposed and refurbished furniture and decor in a cute converted bungalow. Their motto: "If you're too weird for Gulfport, you're too weird." (Yes, you can get that on a t-shirt.) The Outpost is located at 3007 Beach Blvd.
Kayak Nature Adventures is headquartered at The Outpost and offers kayak rentals for exploring the nearby waterways and the abundant bird and marine life, including scenic Clam Bayou Nature Park and Boca Ciega Bay. Owner and naturalist Kurt Zuelsdorf also offers guided kayak tours by reservation. Contact Kurt at 727-418-9728 or go to www.kayaknature.com.
Uniquely Original is a gallery featuring the work of artist Catherine Weaver, as well as African and African-inspired art. The shop also offers a collection of gifts, ceramics and more. Uniquely Original is located on Beach Blvd. at the corner of 29th Ave. South.
Original fashion designs can be purchased at House of Renee Originals. Designer Joey has apparel for women and men, including formal wear, evening gowns, casuals and coloful beach shirts. Custom designs are a specialty. House of Renee Originals is located at 3127 Beach Blvd.
Bo-Tiki, at 3015 Beach Blvd., bills itself as a "women's boutique," and to be sure there is a great deal of space devoted to women's casual wear and accessories. But the rest of the shop is full of local art, gifts, and quirky treasures for everyone.
Beach N Body Boutique offers an array of pamper-ready items to care for your body and soul, including hand-made soaps and lotions, aromatherapy candles, essential oils and bath salts. Also featuring beach-y items such as sarongs and wrap skirts and shell jewelry. This little gem is nestled in the corner of the Art Village Courtyard at Beach Blvd. and 29th Ave. S.
For the reader, Small Adventures Bookshop offers a wide selection of new and used books in its little cottage near the beach. A real business with real people offering literature and witty conversation for over 10 years. Find Small Adventures at 3107 Beach Blvd.
If your dog is in the market for some bling, look no further than Reef Dog Gifts and Grooming at 2820 Beach Blvd. Reef Dog offers expert dog grooming, island-style, as well as lots of fun toys, treats and accessories for Fido and Fidette.
Treat your senses to a little titillation at Can San's, with an assortment of bath and beauty products, aromatherapy, teas, jewelry, cashmere and more. Can San's is located at 2838 Beach Blvd.
Finally, the Beach Bazaar is the place for antique hunters, offering many stalls of consignment antiques and collectibles, as well as souvenirs, greeting cards and postcards, and the local post office in the rear of the store. The Gulfport Beach Bazaar is located at 3115 Beach Blvd.
This sampling of Gulfport village merchants represents world-class shopping in a friendly, small town atmosphere. It sure beats the mall. Welcome to "Old Florida."
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