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The Forgotten Coast is Shopaholic’s Paradise: We’re Open for the Business of Shopping!

By Forgotten Coast Web Team | April 10, 2019

Happy Couple Enjoying Shopping

Attention shoppers: Ready to shop ‘til you drop? Head on down to Florida’s Forgotten Coast, where we’re open for the business of shopping!

Franklin County is truly shopaholic’s paradise. That’s because our area is home to an array of unique boutiques, fine art galleries, awesome antique stores and delightful shops brimming with handmade treasures, upscale gifts and rare finds. So, if you’re ready for a seaside shopping spree, the Forgotten Coast is the perfect destination!

Here’s just a small sampling of the shops and boutiques we have to offer here in Franklin County:

Apalachicola Sponge Company & Smokehouse Antiques

Located in the historic Zingarelli building at 14 Avenue D (across the street from The Owl Cafe), Apalachicola Sponge Company & Smokehouse Antiques offers tupelo honey, fizzy bath bombs, handmade soaps and, of course, a wide variety of natural sponges.

Owners Jerry and Joyce Garlick are longtime residents of Apalachicola. Jerry worked for the Post Office delivering mail until 1995, and Joyce spent many years working in Apalachicola’s local seafood industry, shucking oysters. Today, Jerry and Joyce sell wholesale and retail sponges all across the country, and they thoroughly enjoy explaining the life of the sea sponge to store visitors. Looking for a truly unique gift or souvenir? Swing by their one-of-a-kind store the next time you’re in Apalachicola!

Island Outfitters, St. George Island

Island Outfitters has everything you need for your next fishing or watersports adventure! Located at 235 E Gulf Beach Drive in St. George Island, the store offers rentals of specialty fishing kayaks, recreational kayaks, paddle boards, surfboards and body boards. You’ll also discover outdoor apparel, accessories, resort wear and jewelry. Ready for an angling adventure? Island Outfitters is home to a full pro shop, including top shelf rods and reels plus artificial baits. Even better, the store can hook you up with an experienced fishing charter guide!

Coastal Cottage Living, Carrabelle

If you’re on the hunt for unusual antiques or custom built and painted beach cottage style furniture and gifts, look no further than Coastal Cottage Living. Located at 208 Marine Street in Carrabelle, this locally owned shop is the perfect place to find your next distinctive piece of furniture or a unique gift for that special someone.

Riverside Mercantile, Apalachicola

Swing by 82 Commerce Street in Apalachicola to peruse a wonderful assortment of vintage items, jewelry, nautical gifts and décor, candles, ornaments and more! Riverside Mercantile is an old-fashioned vendor mall serving up a huge selection of second-hand pieces as well as new merchandise.

Oystercatcher, Apalachicola

Calling all fashionistas. Oystercatcher is Apalachicola’s prime destination for the latest and greatest fashion, including contemporary resort and swimwear, jewelry, accessories and shoes. Located at 79 Market Street in historic downtown Apalachicola, this must-visit shop also offers local artwork and handcrafted items. Founded in 2002, Oystercatcher expanded a few years ago and opened a sister store called Coast, just two doors down at 85 Market Street. Coast offers seaside apparel, jewelry and gifts.

Of course, this is only a handful of shopping options in Franklin County. The Forgotten Coast is home to a myriad of charming shops and stores offering something for everyone. For a full listing, visit our shopping page.

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