I wondered into this quaint little shop in Gulfport, Florida, in January and immediately fell in love with the vibe, the art, the jewelry . . . but wait, they also carry locally produced packaged food products. It feels like a gallery of diverse talent displayed in a welcoming and quaint atmosphere. Let’s look a little closer.
Organic, handmade skin and hair products by Beard & Beauty, salts by Mermaid Bay Mercantile Co., creatively potted succulents by Andrea, unique cards, candles and pet products.
And beyond my addiction with mermaid art, Andrea has stocked her shelves with gourmet, small batch, often locally created food products including items from Serious Foodie, Bee-Haven Raw Honey, Lick My Spoon, Patty’s Peppers, Sunshine Canning, Three Keys Jams, Te Bella Tea Company, and now Out of the Weeds Artisan Salad Dressings.
Andrea and I connected soon thereafter, she sampled all three Out of the Weeds Artisan Dressings, and now is officially carrying Carrot Ginger, Roasted Beet Vinaigrette and Roasted Tomato Vinaigrette. I am very excited about this local partnership, and the ongoing unique and local shopping opportunity this affords all of us in Tampa Bay.
Andrea is a fellow member of LocalShops1, and active in the Gulfport community. Stop in to say hello, located at 3107 Beach Boulevard South in Gulfport, do a little shopping, and join me on May 6th for “Meet the Maker” at Mermaid Bay Mercantile Company during the Gulfport Friday Art Walk.
“Darwin may have been quite correct in his theory that man descended from the apes of the forest, but surely woman rose from the frothy sea, as resplendent as Aphrodite on her scalloped chariot.” Margo Datz, A Survival Guide for Landlocked Mermaids
Thank you, again, Andrea, and see you all at Mermaid Bay!