Living by the Atlantic Ocean means there are tentacles reaching out in many directions.
Today found us wandering around Loggerhead Marinelife Center, where those tentacles seem to touch the community in a variety of ways.
Even today, a day after school started in the Palm Beaches (our little plan to visit after school started to avoid the crowds did not totally pan out), the place was buzzing with children. However, like us, there were many adults on hand strolling through the indoor and outdoor exhibits.
The entrance fee is, there isn't one. But, donations are accepted (please donate) and we discovered that all money received by this 501 (c) 3 (not-for-profit) organization stays within the organization for their many programs.
Although I hope to do a Podcast or two to discuss the environmentally important efforts being done by this organization, today, I want to focus on a more frivlious thing I enjoyed while there. Keep in mind that all dollars taken in, go for the causes, okay?
Step with me into their wonderful gift shop, because it is a nice, and welcoming area of the center.
They seem to have items and prices for everyone, and the lay-out is excellent.
Naturally, there are shirts, books, stuffed animals -- all the usual stuff kids enjoy.
The beauty for me, they also have a generous section devoted more to adult tastes.
Personally, I lingered over the jewelry and came away with two pieces: Lovely necklaces and the total came to almost $25.
As Gerry was hovering nearby, I spent less time than normal in the shop, but as it is close to us, I will return. Alone.
All around, I give high-marks to the quality and quantity of the Loggerhead Marinelife Gift Shop. The staff was friendly, and it did not seem like a typical "souvenir" place with inexpensive-looking trinkets.
Now, if there were scads of children and adults in the gift shop it would be a bit challenging to take your time perusing the goodies, but today I had plenty of room and time to make my selections. The only difficulty was deciding.
An added bonus to my gift shop saga?
You can live anywhere and virtually shop their wares. Just go to their Website and click the link at the top that says...yes...SHOP!
I tell you this is a win-win situation.
You get to have some terrific items.
They get your dollars for terrific work being done.
Get busy and SHOP for the turtles, the sea life, the ocean...well, just do it!