It’s the busiest shopping time of the year & we hope you consider buying from a local business first. Why? The small businesses in our community are run by real people creating jobs and making a better living environment for everyone. They are friends, neighbors and family. They are what helps make a city healthy & unique and binds us together.
Small business owners want the best for their city. They put passion into their work and it shows when you walk in. They give better customer service, better advice and often have better quality merchandise. This holiday season, keep your money in the community. Show your love for your city and buy local. Small business is the American Dream. Happy Holidays & support your community.
One of Winter Haven’s trendiest boutiques offering the latest trends in fashion. M. Marie is owned by Meghan Mackie and was established in 2009. According to Meghan, “We sell clothing, accessories, and gifts. We have a California/bohemian/contemporary style mix. We are constantly turning over inventory to provide new items each week!” Meghan supports U.S. made products, examples being a clothing line from California and a candle company out of Charleston, South Carolina. M. Marie’s items are hand-picked by the owner, Meghan with her vintage, bohemian style. She said, “It’s always fun to shop because there is always something new to look at. From candles, to jewelry we love to play around with displays and constantly change them!” Find the newest and best that M. Marie has to offer by visiting the store at 337 W. Central Ave., Winter Haven or follow on Facebook @m.marieboutique or Instagram @mmarie_boutique. 863-318-9600
Village Kitchen Shop
Every home chef’s dream, Village Kitchen Shop has truly everything you need to whip up a meal for two or entertain a dinner party. According to owners Bob and Diane Armington, “Village Kitchen Shop.com is a combination of the former Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium and Dining Gallery in the Eagle Ridge Mall where we were in business for 10+ years. In March of 2009, we moved our business to the Historic Business District of downtown Lake Wales.” Their shop carries U.S.A. bakeware, All-Clad and Swiss Diamond cookware, Wusthof, Shun, and Henckels cutlery, aprons, gadgets, gourmet foods featuring Stonewall Kitchen, Weatherland Chimes and an additional 3 rooms featuring Trapp, Woodwick a Lang candles and gifts, as well as personal care from Camille Beckman, Thymes, and Evelyn & Crabtree. The store carries local products from Florida including Gator Hammock hot sauce and Tervis Tumbler drinkware. What makes their store special? According to the owners, “We are constantly hearing our customers tell one another, “If you can’t find what you need for your kitchen here, you’re just not going to find it. We work very hard to make those words true. Our primary goal is to provide all the tools to make your cooking and baking both easy and successful, but we are also a fabulous gift store and so much more.” Wonder their store at 257 E. Stuart Ave., Lake Wales or visit their website, www.villagekitchenshop.com. 863-679-1146
Amy’s Cards, Party & Gifts
Started in September of 2000, Amy’s Cards, Party, & More began in a small 400 square-foot card store. Expanding several times over the years, all in the same building, Amy’s continued to grow in size and customer base. In 2010, a second store 2 miles away from their idyllic courtyard storefront, was added to expand party supplies and balloons. In 2013, they acquired a warehouse to store inventory, leading to the opening of their online store, amyspartystore.com in 2014. In 2017, they began construction on the Fifth Third Bank Bank Building across the street from LEGOLAND on Cypress Gardens Blvd. Amy remarked, “We always dreamed of one day our stores being all the same building. Our Dream became a reality in June 2017 when we opened our doors for the first time all under one roof.” Amy’s sells gifts, greeting cards, party supplies, and balloons. They even carry local items like Uber Mom and Plant Your Flag Hats and Shirts. “We are a small family business and pride ourselves on taking care of our customers. We sincerely appreciate each and every one of them. We are here because they support us,” said Amy. The store’s current website is under construction, but items can be found on Amazon. Amy would also love to see all her customers at their storefront, 6000 Cypress Gardens Blvd., Winter Haven or connect with them on Facebook @amyspartystore. 863-875-5556
Friends & Co
Harold Stafford and Tim Thomas of Southern Gentlemen have been friends with Becki and Jim Bibby of The Little House for about 4 years now. Harold was a vendor at Becki’s shop, The Little House, in Lakeland for about 2 years. A year ago, they bought a 1935 colonial home in Winter Haven on Lake Elbert. Harold asked Becki if she would like to become partners to open the storefront again, saying, “We missed the interaction with our customers we previously had at The Little House while just being vendors, so we decided to give it a go in Winter Haven. Thus, Friends & Co was born.” The store opened on March 25th of this year. They sell antiques, repurposed, local handmade, vintage, and new, as well as boutique style offerings and gifts, and handmade soaps and laundry products. You’ll also find local made hand-crafted pens, razor handles, and wooden bowls made by Tim. According to Harrold, “We also sell old fashioned Laundry Cream that’s locally made, as well as pot Scrubbies, quilts, and dish cloths.” Harrold said, “We feel we are a great unique store offering a wide variety of items from old to new and everything in between. From men to women to children we have something for everyone.” Shop Friends & Co in person at 201 Burns Lane (Dundee Road), Winter Haven or check out their Facebook page, @FrindsandCo. 863-944-2900
A jack of all trades, or rather, a store of all trades, Modern me offers a little bit of everything you need. Mainly a women’s clothing and accessory boutique, the store offers clothing for all ages, men’s clothing, gift items, jewelry, shoes, baby and children’s items. Aside from that, Modern Me carries décor and offers personalized monogramming. Want to get a little color? The store has a tanning salon with 5 beds and one stand up booth. Opened in 2014, Modern Me is a family owned and operated store with mother and daughter team Marie Kelley and Erika Cox keeping their customers coming back. According to Marie, “Many of our customers come as strangers and leave a friend. We truly cherish and love each and every one of our customers, they allow us to live our dream of helping women feel beautiful and empowered.”
“Fun fact!!! the ME in Modern Me stands for M-Maire (mom) E-Erika (daughter)”
You can find them at 414 Orange St., Auburndale with their hours of operation being Monday through Friday 10am-8pm and Saturday 10am-4pm. Connect with them on Facebook, @ModernMeClothingAccessories or on Instagram @modernmeboutique. 863-875-8906
Antiques on Main
Antiques on Main opened in October of 2010 by owners Tony and Brenda Milano. Before they opened the store, the pair sold at antique fairs and shows. Tony and Brenda are originally from the Northeast United States, but have lived in Florida since the early 1970’s. Residing in Winter Haven, they have 2 grown children that live in New York and Vermont. Antiques on Main sells antiques from the early 1800’s through the mid 1900’s. “Our passion is Country Primitives, but our store is an eclectic mix of eras and styles of antiques.” Wondering if they sell local products? They do! Antiques on Main sells locally manufactured, vintage Eger lures, handcrafted turkey calls made by a local man, and they also have a 60-foot wall of Bartow history. They have vintage items that were originally sold in Bartow stores, such as Jessalyns. According to the duo, “Ours is an old-fashioned family-run antique store, and not a mega-mall. We truly enjoy having our store in Bartow and are thankful for the warm reception that we have received these last 6 years.” Shop their antiques at 375 E. Main St., Bartow, Monday through Saturday 10am-5:30pm. Connect with them online and see photos on their Facebook page, @antiques.onmain.5 863-533-4383
Lucy Minerals was born through necessity by owner, Annie Theiss Jebens. According to Annie, “I developed Lucy Minerals Foundation because of my own battle with acne, rosacea, and sensitive skin.” Makeup isn’t the only thing Lucy Minerals offers. They also sell mineral makeup, skin care-including beard oil, makeup brushes, essential oils, some bath and body products and jewelry. Their jewelry offerings include costume, silver, and gemstone. Annie herself hand-makes some of their jewelry like bracelets and necklaces, most of which have lava stones which can be used for aromatherapy. Lucy Minerals also carries deodorant, bug repellants and sunscreen made by local company, Terra Viva. The store even has wholesale available to qualifying businesses such as spas, salons, and beauty shops. According to Kristal Brie from Lucy Minerals, “We offer mineral makeup free of parabens, nano particles and micronized minerals they are also vegan and gluten free. Our foundations are available in different formulas for different skin types. We have essential oils in our skin care products and strive to keep it mostly organic and natural.” You can pick up their products in store at 21 3rd St. NW in Winter Haven or online at http://lucyminerals.com, with some products exclusive to their brick and mortar shop. “Lucy Minerals/Essentials wants everyone to have access to quality skin care and makeup (with safe ingredients) at a reasonable cost. We offer sale kits and try it sizes for most products if you are new to our brand.” 863-875-5930
Sweet Magnolias Tea Bistro
Tabitha and Brad Hill have owned Sweet Magnolias Tea Bistro located in downtown Auburndale for the past 13 years. Whether you’re looking to do tea out with the ladies or enjoy some while curled up on your couch, Sweet Magnolias sells over a hundred flavors of tea, seasonal scones and gourmet, local honey, along with a great selection of gifts and décor. Join them for their Southern Lunches, Monday through Saturday 11-3. According to the Hill’s, “We specialize in catering and one-of-a-kind events, bridal or baby showers, birthday parties, children’s etiquette parties as well as Princess Parties and coming soon our famous Tea with Mrs. Claus!” The Bistro’s 4 dining rooms offer different locations for whatever event you would like to host. Find them online at www.magnoliatearoomandgiftshop.com visit them in store at 212 Howard St, Auburndale, or give them a call at 863-965-1684.
The Red Geranium
Twelve years ago, Geri Tidwell got requests from her decorating clients to shop in her studio for their home décor. These requests led to the birth of The Red Geranium! The name comes from Geri’s beloved grandmother who loved flowers according to Tidwell. The shop sells jewelry, gifts, clothing, home accessories, furniture, and a variety of handmade cards and other locally made gifts. Geri gave her sentiments on the store, “We offer personal individual service to our customers along with free gift wrapping. Our motto is “come in a stranger, leave as a friend.” Do your holiday shopping at The Red Geranium this year, skip the wrapping, let Geri and her team do it for you! The store is located in Winter Haven at 226 W. Central Ave. See photos of their products by following them on Facebook @TheRedGeraniumwh 863-291-8585
Country Primitives Vintage Market
Nikki Harrison worked in dentistry for almost 10 years, before leaving to open Country Primitives in 2008. February of 2018 will be the 10-year anniversary for the store! According to Nikki, her Mom did crafts as a side stream of income when Nikki was growing up and the apple didn’t fall far from the tree with Nikki finding an interest in crafts as well. The pair opened the store together, and though her mother has since passed away, Nikki continues to make it a haven for her customers. The store sprawls over a 12,000 square-foot building that Nikki owns, offering furniture, candles, home décor, farmhouse décor, general store old-time foods, antiques, repurposed items, and more from 50 vendors with the other over 50% of the store being Nikki’s products. She carries the Joanna Gaines line, Magnolia Home, along with farmhouse, garden, primitive, candles, and more. Local honey, jams, soaps, candles, essential oils, and handmade artisan seasonal items fill the store as well. “My store is a wonderland, when you walk into my store, you are captivated,” said Nikki, expressing that you’re welcomed both by the friendly, helpful staff, and visually by the atmosphere of the store. “Your eyes just go everywhere and you just feel that immediate calmness. It’s almost like you leave your troubles at the door and you walk in and take a sigh of relief,” Nikki explained. Find your happy place at Country Primitives Vintage Market at 251 Ave. A SW, Winter Haven or join their 25,000 plus followers on Facebook @CountryPrimitives. 863-291-3131
Starting as an Army-Navy Store in 1945, It was taken over by Andy Thornal in 1961.
They stock quality brands that hold value in longevity and offer excellent customer service experience above all. There are 4 primary departments: Men’s Dress, Women’s Dress, Outdoor, and Travel which feature the latest respective apparel and gear. These are complemented by full Footwear, Jewelry, and Knife departments. They carry local brands, like Winnerhaven apparel. Inspired by our travel, angling, camping, sailing, hunting, aviation, riding, skiing and safari they have curated a selection of goods to fit any occasion. From the jungle to the boardroom, Andy Thornal is all about quality, value, function, tradition and a heritage of adventurous lifestyle. They also have a fine jewelry collection with names such as Rolex and Roberto Coin as well as an excellent selection of estate pieces and travel jewelry. The on-site goldsmith and custom design studio can help create your next masterpiece or bring in your jewelry for cleaning or repair. The physical location is downtown Winter Haven, under the water tower. Open Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm at 336 Magnolia Avenue SW, Winter Haven. (863) 299-9999 or toll free (800) 499-9890. You can find them online at www.andythornal.com.
The Village Sampler
Pamela Savage along with her husband Randel of 44 years are the owners of the Village Sampler in Winter Haven. Pamela spoke about the 3800 square-foot store saying, “Our vision was to bring together individual markets in a cooperative center, providing a warm and welcoming fun place to shop. My love of antiques and repurposed furniture, all styles of home décor, even handcrafted jewelry and “all things lovely” fill the store’s 5 showrooms.” She previously spent 15 years in the Health Wellness field and stocks some of her personal favorite supplements, market food, and treats. You can also find an assortment of locally baked breads and muffins, many of which are gluten free! Pamela commented, “Having acquired my certification as a “Natural Product Specialist” from Bastyr University, I’m available for consults Tuesday through Saturday 11-3. I believe in most cases it is possible to bring our bodies back to our own natural defenses and feel better.” You can shop until you drop at the Village Sampler at 155 Ave. B SW, Winter Haven, look for their pink signs! They can also be reached at 863-875-5150, with photos and details on sales available on their Facebook page, @TheVillageSampler.