Festive Occasions has moved several times over the years, but no one loses track of it. The variety of gifts, paper and stationery stays unique and up to date. It's a great place to go for invitations or printed announcements, but just as fun to shop for gifts. They have items I haven't seen anywhere else, very unique. Browsing is always a pleasure - and no matter the size of their current location, takes a long time. Even though they pack a lot into a small space, it never seems overly crowded or overwhelming. The store is always beautiful, the displays are gorgeous - especially at the holidays. No matter what holiday, there are always holiday specific and unique items to be found! The sales personnel have been there a long time and are always pleasant and helpful if you need it, and yet are not pushy.
PROS: Really unique items
The name is a bit deceiving, The Coffee Mill carries so much more! If you aren't a coffee drinker, venture in anyway! Of course, many varieties of wonderful coffees (buy the quantity you need), but also spices, candies, teas and a huge assortment of gift items for the kitchen and home. The staff is friendly, parking is good, and it's impossible to walk out empty-handed.
Suntouched Tanning Center is a great place to get a tan if the weather doesn't cooperate. They've been in business for many years now, and have a loyal clientele as well as a lot of tourists from nearby Treasure Island and St. Pete Beach. The shop is meticulously clean, and the bulbs are refreshed frequently so that you are getting the most for your money. Several money saving packages are available as well as individual visit prices. Eyewear and lotions are available for sale. Located in a strip shopping center on the south side of Central toward Treasure Island, parking is available in front.
Roys sells and services all major brands of heating and A/C equipment. It's not a multi-man, multi-truck gigantic operation, but if you want personal, honest service - it will fill the bill. I've never had a problem with a repair, nor was I "oversold" into maintenace packages, or given dire warnings as to the life span of my unit or drastic problems. Roys simply locates the problem and fixes it. Sure, they sell new units (and are happy to), but they don't try to push them on you when they are unnecessary.
Pickelman's has been in business locally for what seems like forever, which tells you that it's a great resource for parts and supplies as well as repairs. If you ask anyone for a repair shop referral or a place to get parts, Pickelmans is the first name that is offered. They stock a huge variety of parts for all brands of mowers, so you can often complete your repair the same day if you are a do it yourselfer. If it something they don't stock, they'll order it for you and get it if it can be had. Their prices on repairs seem reasonable, at least the shop has a steady stream of drop offs and pick ups, and the owners seem to know many of the clientele who have been visiting periodically for years. If you need a repair or part, try Pickelmans.
Northeast Mowers provides a good local resource for lawn mower parts and supplies for the do it yourselfer. If your lawnmower suddenly goes on the fritz or you just need to give it a tune up to get it back in good condition, you can get the parts here. Much wider selection for practically all brands than a hardware or home center carries. If your part is "odd" - they'll happily order it for you.
The personnel at Do it Yourself are very helpful and knowledgeable. They know all there is to know about bugs and critters that you don't want in or around your home. If you take them a specimen, they'll identify it and provide you with the right product to eliminate it. Whether you need a product for inside your home or for the lawn or garden, they carry a wide variety of suitable (and legal) products which will solve your problem - and unlike the personnel at the big box stores, they really know their business. You can be assured that the product they recommend will work and is not money down the drain. I've never comparison shopped, but the prices seem to be reasonable when you take into account that the products will work and the problem will be solved. I spent a lot of money on useless products before finding Do It Yourself. They also carry flea/tick remedies for your pets at far less expensive prices than your vet.
Pic Pac Liquors offers an extremely wide variety of liquors and wine. The salespeople are helpful if you need recommendations for gifts or want to expand your own horizons with new products. Seasonal gift selections are plentiful. Conveniently located on the north side of Central Avenue in a shopping center with lots of parking available. The store is well stocked, and being out of a product is never a problem I've encountered there. The prices are compatible with others but it is the service and helpfulness that makes Pic Pac stand out. I often don't know what I want or need - but when I leave, I feel that I've made a wise choice whether it be a wine for a dinner or a housewarming gift for a friend.
Excellent place to visit! The new Arts Center offers more space, allowing more displays as well as working studios for some of the artists. Along with seeing some artists working at their crafts, there is a wide selection of items of varied media to browse and buy. They participate in the periodic local "Art Walks" and often have specific exhibits/shows, although even during those, other items are available for purchase and viewing. If you like to see and support local artists, The Arts Center is a great way to do it. As the prices are set by the artists, they vary greatly just as at an art show. It's a terrific place to find that unique gift and to learn a bit about the processes if you go while an artist is in studio and working.
Recently relocated from the Pier, the new location is bigger and better and easier to access. Great Explorations offers an ever changing variety of "hands on" experiences - interesting and captivating for children, but also for adults. Because the exhibits change frequently, it doesn't become a "been there, done that" place, but rather a place to visit periodically and find out what's new. Exhibits regarding weather, electricity, etc., combine learning with fun for all ages. There are exhibits even for quite young children - making it a great family visit. Discounts are available through AAA and memberships are available for the locals who want to enjoy the museum numerous times for less money. If you are a tourist - make sure to put this on your list, especially if you have a day of not so nice weather which prevents outdoor activities. You'll be glad you did.