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Wintering in Style

Resolve in 2019 to take advantage of the crafted comforts, framed fancies and delicious delicacies from our very own Seaside merchants. You could easily spend every month of the year finding something for you or your loved one. The following are a few treasures to brighten your day.

Frantic Art To Frame, Wear or Gift

Thinking about Valentine’s Day, an anniversary or birthday gift? Consider a unique piece of fine art available at Newbill Collection by the Sea. The gallery, celebrating its 25th anniversary as Seaside’s longest continuously operating art gallery, offers many treasures for the discerning eye, including limited edition reproductions by the world-renowned late regional artist Ann “Frantic” Morley (1936-2009). Known primarily as “Frantic,” her giclée whimsical paintings and hand-crafted ceramics have become collectors favorites and are a wonderful gift idea for your loved one or for the newly-wedded couple. The gallery also offers the first edition of beautifully numbered and hand-hemmed silk scarves based on Morley’s energetic, original paintings. These scarves, displaying her signature island themes and whimsical characters, are wearable art for a truly one-of-a-kind accessory. Each scarf also can be framed and hung as a unique work of art. Favorites include “Kiss Me!” (36”x36”) and “Kiss Floral” (22”x22”), both of which would make a truly special gift. Prices begin at $195 and range up to $295. For canvas art, consider one of the Ann Frantic Morley collection giclée reproductions. “A Kiss is a Kiss” is available in several sizes beginning at $225 and ranging up to $895. In addition to finding Morley’s work at Newbill Collection By the Sea, you can also enjoy studying more of the great artist’s collection in an upcoming exhibit presented by the Pensacola Museum of Art.

Newbill Collection By the Sea located at 309 Ruskin Place, also offers shipping for purchases.
You may contact them at (850) 231-4500.

Toast New Year and New Love

There is no better way to toast the New Year or your Valentine than to include sweets and some bubbly. Make plans to visit Modica Market, a Seaside staple, to enjoy one of their scrumptious cakes and famous mimosas. Modica Market has long been more than just a grocery store to visitors and residents alike, serving delicious foods and provide fundamental and gourmet grocery items. Select a sweet to share with your sweetheart from their freshly baked cakes to include Caramel, Towering Chocolate, Orange Dreamsicle Cake, Rainbow, Coconut, Milky Way, Strawberry, Big Fat Carrot Cake and Italian Cream Cake. All cakes range in price from $6 to $12 a slice.

Wash it down with one of their mouth-watering mimosas made with freshly-squeezed orange juice and two splits of Champagne, a lovely way to celebrate the beginnings of a new year or a special love. No need to have a reason though, each generous 32-ounce serving is $12.98. Available all day long, a Modica Market mimosa is perfect way to start or end your day. Feel free to request them to go and bring your bubbly to the beach at sunset and toast another exquisite day in Seaside.

Modica Market is located in Central Square. Call Modica Market (850) 231-1214, or visit them online at modicamarket.com

Frame Up Your Valentine

Consider framing your sweetheart in luxe eyewear for a distinctive year-round look. The Artful Eye, now at its new, spacious location at 45 Central Square, will help you outfit your face in exceptional eyewear during the exclusive Gucci sale. Gucci leads the industry for fashion forward ophthalmic frames and luxury sunglasses in the eyewear market by combining style and Gucci’s unmistakable iconic elements. Glasses from Gucci amp the fashion game for both male and female customers who want to accessorize in premium luxury. Their lines offer UVA and UVB protection, have highest quality lenses and a level of manufacturing in the frames with attention to detail. For a limited time, enjoy $50 off of select Gucci sunglasses and 50 percent off eye lenses with Gucci frames.

The team at Artful Eye spends countless hours hand picking each frame for their store. The staff has more than 50 years of combined of optical experience, with a licensed optician on staff to help you properly fit your new designer eyewear. They can help you find the luxury eyewear that best suits your face and fashion sensibilities. Meet with them to find your luxe eyewear starting at $350. They gift wrap and ship. For more information, call them at (888) 264-4989.

For more information, call them at (888) 264-4989 or visit them online at theeyegallery.com

Gift Giving that Changes Lives

When giving gifts, consider giving a gift that gives back. Drop in to Big Mama’s Hula Girl Gallery to check out the beautiful bracelets designed to give 100 percent to victims of Hurricane Michael. Artist Shyla Moon has created delicate, hand-stamped aluminum bracelets with “850 Strong” imprinted on them. All proceeds benefit victims of October’s deadly hurricane. The bracelets are priced at $20 and are lightweight and adjustable, so they make a perfect gift for almost anyone. The more bracelets purchased, the more victims are helped.

In addition to the “850 Strong” bracelets, Big Mama’s offers a variety of specialty art perfect for gift giving. Consider purchasing a recycled surfboard that has been turned into a work of art. Artist Annette Taunton created “Midnight Swim” with acrylic paint and resin atop a board that has surfed the waters of many Central American countries. It is available for purchase for $1,400. Or let the funky, fun bird sculptures by artist Jordan Aucoin fly into your home. Aucoin’s popular birds are cut from PVC, then heated and painted to create the amusing Ruskin Park attraction. They fly out of the gallery fast for only $160.

Big Mama’s will gift wrap any purchase and offer shipping. You can contact them at (850) 231-6201. Find them on facebook at bigmamashulagirlgallery.


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