Have you ever noticed that when you move, you spend a lot of time in faceless big box stores? Or you might spend even more time on "the google" searching for all sorts of this-es and that-s. Now that you've moved to St. Augustine - a treasure trove of independently owned and operated shops, you're going to have fun setting up your house - I insist! Here's your A-to-Z guide for local St. Augustine shopping!
A family owned and operated business in St. Augustine since 1975, Clark Appliances deals with all major appliances including dishwashers, laundry, microwaves, ranges, refrigerators, and window air conditioning units to name a few. With top-notch customer service that only a mom-and-pop shop can deliver, Clark is able to help you select new appliances at any price point.
Clark Appliances is located at 3670 US-1, St. Augustine, 32086.
Inspired by Marie Antoinette who had her personal physicians create bath concoctions for therapeutic and beauty purposes, Antoinette's Bath House makes all the bath products on site in historic downtown. When the front door is open, the street may smell like a French bakery, or like a jasmine and honeysuckle blend. Some of the bath products look - and smell - so much like edible bakery items, Antoinette's had to put up a warning sign in the shop so people like you and me wouldn't eat them!
At Bath Junkie, you can choose from more than 200 fragrances to create a one-of-a-kind fragrance that's for you -- and designed by you. The customizable bath and body products include paraben-free moisturizers, exfoliating salt scrubs, tub-safe bath crystals, alcohol-free body mist, shower gel, and even pet shampoo. You can even choose your bath product colors to match the bathrooms in your new house!
Growers Alliance Café & Gift Shop, on Anastasia Island, is so much more than a coffee producer and café. Through their sister non-profit organization, Growers Alliance is dedicated to improving the coffee growers' lifestyles and educating them about resources to utilize for economic independence. The fair-trade coffee shop also serves beer and wine and hosts local musicians and community events as well as being a marketplace for Kenyan artists. Plus, it has a drive thru window for when you're in a hurry and need coffee beans fast!
Housed in an old auto parts/repair shop, DOS Coffee and Wine quickly became a local's favorite when it opened in 2013. Serving hand crafted coffee, a rotating selection of wine and beer, and made in-house baked goods, DOS is a great spot to take a meeting or to work alone on your laptop. And when the workday ends, you don't have to leave your spot to enjoy happy hour.
St. Augustine's Kookaburra is a local's favorite when it comes to coffee beans.
An Aussie/American Coffee and Pie Bar, Kookaburra has six (!) locations in and around St. Augustine. Offering organic coffees and teas, Aussie pies, and locally baked treats, Kookaburra serves masterfully crafted, ethically sourced, and expertly roasted products while serving the community with lots of smiles along the way.
Drapes, Curtains, and Blinds
Starting as a small blinds business in St. Augustine in 1984, Mr. Window Blinds now services all Northeast Florida. A design consultant brings the American made window treatments from the show room to your home, so you can see what works best - for your décor and your budget. The team that measures and installs your window treatments are all locals, so you can ask them for shopping and dining tips when they visit.
Mr. Window Blinds is located at 2085 A1A S, Suite 201, St. Augustine, 32080.
Window Coverings & More's owner, Cheryl O'Steen, is a Certified Window Treatment Consultant and she's been helping St. Augustinians cover their windows since 1993. She can even help you match your window coverings to your furniture coverings!
Window Coverings & More is located at 202 Azalea Ave, St. Augustine, 32080.
A small dairy farm producing milk, cheeses, kombucha, eggs, honey, and more, Natural Springs Dairy is located on an 18-acre farm in Hastings, Florida. Their Farm Market is open six days a week where they sell locally sourced eggs, honey, produce, and other farm fresh products. Visitors can also meet the farm animals - cows, calves, chickens, ducks, geese, and pigs.
Home delivery is available to St. Augustinians on Tuesdays. The delivery fee is $5 on orders of $40 or more, otherwise there's a $10 fee.
Specializing in coastal décor, Seaside Furniture Co. is a family owned and operated business with more than 25 years of experience in the furniture industry. Interior design services are also available, so if you get overwhelmed, professional help is on site - just remember that their inventory is always changing.
Seaside Furniture Co. is located at 1764 Tree Blvd #1, St. Augustine, 32084.
Eclections has been reselling clean, quality furniture, and home accessories since 1998. Every week the like-new selection of furniture changes in their Anastasia Island show room. It's a fun place to hunt for a unique piece for your home -- or home office.
Coastal Traders is my favorite furniture store in St. Augustine.
My absolute favorite place to shop for furniture is Uptown's Coastal Traders. A colorfully eclectic shop featuring handcrafted furniture, home décor, clothing, accessories, and one-of-a-kind art pieces from Indonesia, Coastal Traders also showcases the work of local artists. It's a truly unique - and gorgeous - shopping experience.
Leonardi's Nursery, on Anastasia Island, is famous for having one of the largest collections of pottery in North Florida! They also have things to put into those pots too such as shrubs, palms, citrus, succulents, and so many more beauties.
Leonardi's Nursery is located at 902 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, 32080.
Family owned and operated since 1979, Anastasia Island's Southern Horticulture has a local master beekeeper and a local herbal farmer on staff. If you go on their website, you'll see how they gush about their team members especially the ones from Flagler College who have degrees in art and design.
Southern Horticulture is located at 1690 A1A S, St. Augustine, 32080.
That local herb farmer mentioned above is Maggie Ouellette of Maggie's Herb Farm which is 20 miles west of St. Augustine proper on Country Road 13 near the St. Johns River. Since 1983 Maggie's Herbs has specialized in growing unusual varieties of herb plants and perennials for butterfly and hummingbird gardens, fruiting plants, edible plants, medicinal herb plants, and heirloom varieties of the famous hot and sweet datil pepper.
Ice Cream and Popsicles
With locations on the beach, downtown, and another on the way, Mayday Ice Cream is a happy place no matter which Mayday you choose. Why? Because Mayday has local homemade ice cream that comes with a free homemade cookie and free homemade sprinkles. Mayday believes that "good cold ice cream should make hearts feel warm!" Who can argue with that?
St. Augustine's homegrown all-natural ice pops are found at The Hyppo.
The Hyppo makes more than 450 flavors of all-natural ice pops from literally everything under the sun! With two locations in historic downtown, the name is meaningful. St. Augustine was named such because the town was discovered on the day of the Feast of Saint Augustine of Hippo. So where do St. Augustinians feast on the freshest local ingredients? Hyppo on Hypolita Street -- named after the city's patron saint and a hungry animal that this saint shares a moniker with -- so everyone knows that Hyppo is 100% home-grown.
Sea Spirits Gallery owner, Victoria Golden, was one of 12 initiated into the Explorers Club for her contributions to cultural anthropology, archeology, and ocean and marine mammal conservation. Her love of the sea inspired Sea Spirits Gallery & Gifts which features unique sea themed art and jewelry. My favorite is the 2,000-year-old roman glass jewelry - you will find me drooling over it on most First Fridays!
Located on historic St. George Street, House of Z Glass Jewelry & Art is a tiny shop owned by a couple with a big passion for sea glass. Traveling the world hunting for sea glass, Amy and Drew Burchenal bring their found treasures back to St. Augustine to create a wide range of jewelry that locals (like me) and visitors love.
You might think that Angela's Restaurant Supplies only works with businesses. However, Angela's also assists homeowners in finding the right equipment and supplies for all their food service needs. So, you can go to Angela's to get personal assistance when you're ready to set up your new kitchen!
Angela's Restaurant Supplies is located at 185 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, 32084.
Make your home happy with a glowing ball from Happy Pappys Glowing Balls. Using small colorful shapes, the crew at Happy Pappys will create a hanging lamp to order. (I've had several - my favorite being a Happy Pappy pineapple!) Animal favorites include various birds, cats, unicorns, pandas, and denizens of the deep. Many glowing ball samples are on display in the shop - all of them come with a 12-foot cord, lamp assembly kit, and a standard 14-watt CFL light bulb.
St. Augustine's oldest record store, Music Matters Remixed has sold new and used CDs, records, DVDs, music accessories, and books since 1989. Showcasing 7", 10", and 12" vinyl records and cassettes, as well as St. Augustine's largest and most diverse offering of CDs, the shop carries domestic releases and hard to find imports from the UK, Germany, Holland, and Japan. Featured genres include classic rock, heavy metal, R&B, pop, country, classical, jazz, electronica, soundtracks, and a huge 80s new wave/synth section. Other items offered at Music Matters include comic books, action figures, t-shirts, posters, magazines, lava lamps, incense, and stickers. When you visit Music Matters, it's like being a teenager again.
Music matters - a lot - at Music Matters Remixed in St. Augustine.
With more than 25 years of record-selling experience, Tone Vendor in historic downtown has more than 20,000 vinyl records in stock. Offering everything from rock, pop, psych, indie, electronic, hip hop, jazz, blues, funk, soul, reggae, experimental, punk, metal, folk, Americana, soundtracks, and just about everything else, Tone Vendor will also pack and ship records to your friends "back home."
Nuts and Bolts
Thank goodness for George Turner. Mr. Turner owns Ace Hardware of World Golf Village and Turner Ace Hardware (of Uptown). Every time I go into the Uptown store with a nut, a bolt, a weird light bulb, or some other thing from my house that I don't know how to replace, the staff is always there to help me find the thing I need. And they do it with kindness knowing I have no idea what I'm doing!
Ace Hardware of World Golf Village is located at 6205 FL-16, St. Augustine, 32092 and Turner Ace Hardware is located at 150 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, 32084.
Diane's Natural Market Café has been serving the St. Augustine community for more than 35 years. Diane's wants to be your locally owned and operated source for natural grocery, supplement, and health and beauty products. The market is dedicated to its customers, the community, and healthy living. It will be dedicated to you too when you visit.
Diane's Natural Market has been part of the St. Augustine community for almost four decades.
Anastasia Island's specialty gourmet grocery store, Fresh Market Island, is a South African Food Market offering local grass-fed beef, organic chicken and eggs, gourmet cheeses, fresh seafood, soups, and chowders as well as prepared take-out meals. They also carry fancy cheeses, wines, breads, pies, and desserts. Anyone hungry?
Cultivate Tea & Spice Co. is a small family business with a passion for organic plant-based products. They're also one of The Local Refillery's co-founders. Together with CBD Supply House and Peace in a Nutshell, they formed this magical little shop to offer the community knowledge, energy, and a passion for the nutritional benefits and restorative properties of plants.
Historic downtown's Adventure Pets is all about "exploring life's pawsibilities!" The folks at Adventure Pets have a passion for helping facilitate the bond between pets and their people by turning every day into a mini adventure. Offering adventure gear for pets and the people who love them, they can recommend what's best for you from first-hand experience as everything they carry has been tested on their own dogs!
Paradise Poochie provides quality nutritional food and pet supplies for your four-legged family members. The Paradise Poochie team members love talking shop, so if you want some diet and nutrition advice, they're all ears, and barks, and purrs!
Paradise Poochie is located at 280 FL-312, St. Augustine, 32086.
Bee's Quilt Shop and Studio has been providing St. Augustine with an extensive variety of designer fabrics and quilting essentials since 2013. Providing a gathering place where stitchers of all skill levels can enjoy creative inspiration, educational opportunities, and community involvement, the staff members have a combined 75 years of sewing and quilting experience they happily share with new and experienced quilters. Bee's goal is to instill a passion for quilting in all who wish to learn this time-honored skill.
Bee's Quilt Shop and Studio is located at 1975 Old Moultrie Rd, St. Augustine, 32084.
Rugs and Flooring
Family owned and operated since 1977, Hasty's St. Augustine Flooring offers a complete line of flooring along with installations, free estimates, area rugs, sample checkouts, and in-home sample viewing. It's a personalized business where they'll get to know you and your individual needs.
Hasty's St. Augustine Flooring is located at 1670 US-1, St. Augustine, 32084.
Marjorie's Rugs, Rugs, Rugs is a family run business with more than 25 years of experience. Carrying more than 40 brands as well as one-of-a-kind rugs, there's a reason why Marjorie has rugs in her business name three times!
Marjorie's Rugs, Rugs, Rugs is located at 844 Anastasia Blvd, St. Augustine, 32080.
A locally owned and operated family establishment, BJ's Seafood Market has a menu that changes daily based on what's available, what's local, and what's fresh. Seafood offerings could include live lobsters, blue crab (live and lump), black grouper, shrimp, trigger fish, cobia, sea bass, sheepshead, crab cakes, chowders, oysters, mahi mahi, and salmon.
Locally owned and operated, Kyle's Seafood Market has been serving Northeast Florida for 20 years. You can browse the daily seafood selections while also sampling the homemade soups and dips! The menu includes fish, shellfish, breaded seafood, crabmeat, soups (including the award-winning Minorcan clam chowder), butters, dips, condiments, and key lime pie.
A toys and collectables shop one mile south of historic downtown, Ancient City Toys specializes in Star Wars, G.I. Joe, and Transformers for kids -- and big kids!
Ancient City Toys is located at 1572 US 1 South, St. Augustine, 32084.
Olde Town Toys is St. Augustine's largest independent toy store offering an impressive selection of unique toys, books, and games for children of all ages. Inside, there's a section for parents to relax in while their kids check everything out. And there's also a play area with a train table, play kitchen, and doll house for the kids to hang out in while the parents are shopping!
Sea Hunt Scuba has been serving the area with scuba diving classes, equipment, trips, and service since 1982. The current, 6,000 square foot scuba training facility was built in 2000 and houses a 13-foot 100,000-gallon heated indoor pool. If you'd like to purchase a piece of equipment at Sea Hunt Scuba, you can test-drive it in the heated indoor pool before you buy so you can make sure you're going to be happy with your purchase.
Sea Hunt Scuba is located at 309 FL-16, St. Augustine, 32084.
The Dive Source, named "Best of St. Augustine," offers courses, charters, and gear. While shopping on site, you can get expert advice from the staff as well as being able to try on masks, fins, and wet suits to ensure you're getting the perfect fit.
The Dive Source is located at 2450 FL-16 #2, St. Augustine, 32092.
For more than 25 years, The Way We Were Vintage has offered an inventory of true vintage fashion and costuming. The store has been considered a "must visit" on many top 10 best vintage shopping lists. Because their motto is, "Don't just buy vintage, experience vintage!" the shop takes pride in hosting "the royal vintage shopping experience." This means you can schedule a private shopping session enabling them to prepare and curate a selection that is specific to your vintage style, sizing, and budget. The space offers 1,200 square feet of vintage clothing and accessories for men and women, as well as costuming and period reproductions. The staff is also happy to accommodate small events, photo sessions, and special occasions.
A mid-century modern design shop specializing in designer furniture, Italian ceramics, and abstract art, Hilaman and Co. was born out of a passion for 20th-century design. The shop specializes in designer furniture, Italian ceramics, and abstract art from the 1950s through the late 1970s. The Hilaman team has been traveling throughout the Southeastern United States scouring private collections for furniture, objects, and art since 2016.
You can collect cool things at Cool and Collected in St. Augustine.
Wander from room to room while enjoying art, home decor, house wares, furniture, and clothing from every decade at Cool and Collected. Each item in the Uptown shop has been handpicked to include in their vintage collections.
Walking in St. Augustine may not be so kind due to all the cobblestone streets; however, Kind Walking is kind to your feet -- and the planet. Kind Walking, St. Augustine's only Birkenstock retailer, has been showcasing comfy footwear brands as well as eco-friendly and vegan-friendly shoes since 2012.
St. Augustine's oldest coastal outfitter, H.W. Davis Outfitters of St. Augustine has been on St. George Street since 1894! Specializing in outdoor performance apparel, footwear, and eyewear, H.W. Davis Outfitters showcases the largest selection of Olu Kai and Hey Dudes in Florida.
Uptown's Perky Pelican Christmas Shoppe enables you to celebrate Christmas all year long. Specializing in personalized ornaments and giftware, you can gift yourself a personal ornament to celebrate your first holiday in St. Augustine.
Yarn and Knitting
Locally owned and operated, Fran's Knitting Boutique is the only specialized knitting and crochet shop in St. Augustine. With more than 35 years of experience, Fran's offers a wide variety of yarn, materials, patterns, and accessories. Plus, new and used knitting machines are also available for purchase.
Fran's Knitting Boutique is located at 2765 US-1, St. Augustine, 32086
Zinc Oxide with SPF
One day you will fall asleep on the beach and thank me for this tip…Surf Station carries a wide variety of Sun Bum products to protect your skin from the Florida sun. You won't be able to enjoy any of the above if you are stuck at home in an ice bath, so be sure to visit before your first trip to the beach.