A (rainy) day in Apalachicola

Wow!  It rains and EVERYBODY drives to Apalachicola!  It was a bear to park and we took two vehicles – guys & girls- which only added to the parking mess.

I’m going to start with one of my favorite shops (which came back after an absence of years) Betsy’s Sunflower.  Karen and I were shopping  at her original location 20+ years ago.  Then one visit, they were gone. 😦  I found out later that she moved to Maine and has only recently come back to Apalachicola.  I LOVE this store.

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We actually ran into Betsy while we were shopping and she shared that last year’s hurricane (Michael) did $50K damage to her first store and they moved to this location in the High Cotton Marketplace building – which stayed dry during the hurricane.  Its a bit smaller than her other store, but she still has some interesting things – at least for me.
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Yep, I made some purchases.  Something I did every time I walked into her store, at her first location and once she came back!

Another favorite is Riverlily.  Eric doesn’t love the place since one focus is lotions & soaps and yes, as soon as you open the door it assails your senses.  For years, I always purchased earrings here – that was before Karen and I made them.

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Grady Market is a fun place.  I typically found (newer style) t-shirts from Life is Good.  This time I refrained.  There are a number of small vendors that have clusters of merchandise inside the building – some waaaay too expensive for my wallet.

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They have some cute garden features out back (sorry Karen I couldn’t resist).

There are a several streets that have storefronts with a variety of merchandise.  Today we didn’t add to their economy, but we have in the past.

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Peddlers Alley is a fun place to shop.  They have lots of garden items that add a touch of whimsey.  There are so many nooks and crannies that you could come back again and find something you missed earlier.

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Go Fish is a place fun to shop and look, but very seldom have I purchased items.  They have some interesting clothing, but too casual for my work.

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There was one cool place we stopped The Tin Shed.  It had lots of nautical items that could be incorporated into a beach-side décor.  Past purchases are sitting in our Florida room at home.

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While we were shopping, the guys stopped at Oyster City Brewing Conpany.  Loved their sign out front.

Before we left town, we ate at a new restaurant.  Good food, but the kitchen is still finding their way.  Unfortunately we had been there an hour before the gumbo arrived.

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This is near the place that held our boat in storage last year when the boat trailer was getting refabricated.

Eric started with a cup (literally) of gumbo followed by a  (whole) fried flounder and I ordered chicken strips (yep, tired of seafood).

So ends a day of shopping and eating at Apalachicola when rain thwarts fishing plans.

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