Seaside's merchants have special finds for yourself or loved ones by Kirsten Koza
As the temperatures cool, and we dip our toes into the beginnings of fall, Seaside residents and visitors get to enjoy the best of both worlds, not yet the bustle of holidays and still some lingering warmer temps without the hurried crowds of summer. In addition to highlights of fall, Seaside merchants offer finds to make the best of these slow-paced days.
An eclectic shop full of treasures, Amore by the Sea includes antiques, furnishings, Turkish pottery, ironwork, clothing, local art and jewelry, among other items. The shop offers a dozen or so varieties of scented French soaps, in cucumber mint leaf, verbena, green tea, ginger orange and French lilac, among others. Bar soap, $9.50, Round soaps, $7.50.
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Fudge Flavors For Everyone
Dawson’s Yogurt & Fudgeworks, celebrating 31 years in business, is America’s longest operating yogurt and fudge store in the same location. The shop serves the most tempting tastes in specially formulated frozen yogurt, fruit smoothies, milkshakes, fudge and other sweet morsels. With a new façade and an updated interior, the shop’s new look was completed recently.
In addition to the shop’s famous frozen yogurt and milkshakes, Dawson’s is popular for its fresh fudge, with flavors including tiger butter (a perfect blend of peanut butter and rich chocolate), birthday cake, and cookies & cream. “The fudge is homemade and churned on the premises daily, made with pure butter and cream,” owner Bill Dawson says. “We allow our staff to be creative with the flavors, of which there are dozens that change weekly. That’s what our customers love, coming in to ask what we’ve got new today.” The shop has a buy-one-get-one offer on half pound blocks, in case it’s too hard to choose just one flavor.
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A visit to Seaside must include a pop into the quaint gourmet grocery Modica Market to sample or enjoy its offerings. Modica Market has long been a Seaside staple and offers everything from foodie-favorite picnic baskets to Modica-logo items to bring home as a keepsake from your time at Seaside. Looking to find the perfect something to bring home as a gift? Try Modica Pasta Sauce paired with a local wine and Modica wine glasses. Each wine glass is only $9.99. Or if you’re looking for something for a beer lover, pair some local brews with Modica pint glasses for under $10 each. If you need something easier to tote back home, throw some hats and koozies into the mix. Modica hats retail for $15 and the koozies are quick and easy to add to your suitcase for only $3.95-$5.95 each.
Visit our website at modicamarket.com
Beautiful Baby Bags
Bump + Baby is the maternity store for the Seaside stylish mom and mom-to-be. The “Bump” is a collection of contemporary fashion, active-wear, swimwear, skincare and books for expecting moms. The “Baby” features adorable infant fashion, including SEASIDE® brand clothing, bedding, blankets, plush, toys, and baby books.
The Freshly Picked convertible diaper bag works for stylish moms who want a versatile and elegant bag for all of baby’s daily needs. The bag is made with durable high-end vegan leather and water-resistant nylon lining. Wearable three ways, the bag is a backpack, cross-body or purse, and has multiple pockets. $100-$175.
Visit Bump + Baby online.
You are sure to be “beach ready” for your time along the sandy shores with services offered by Cabana Man. Enjoy the ease of having your beach chairs and umbrella saved and secured for you when you arrive for your day in the sun. One umbrella and two chairs runs $55 per day, with discounts offered for multiple days, depending on the length of your stay. If you have a larger group, it might be well worth it to check out VIP packages offered by Cabana Man like The Clubhouse package, which includes a 10’x10’ tent, two umbrellas, eight chairs, beach tables and towel service for $410 per day. It’s perfect for keeping your reunion cozy without the hassle of lugging chairs and finding a spot each day. Have kids traveling with you or you’re a kid at heart? Enjoy renting kayaks, boogie boards and paddle boards, too.
Visit Cabana Man (850) 231-5046 or onlin cabanaman.com