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933 Fleming Street
Key West, FL 33040
If you love what you find at FastBuck's but your budget doesn't, head over to Half Buck Freddie's on Caroline Street, where they sell overstock, damaged and clearance items at wonderfully reduced prices. Don't be afraid to offer less than the ticket price or if bargaining is uncomfortable, mention that you love it, but you just aren't sure about the color (size, whatever). The manager has been known to volunteer a better price.
Your senses will be delightfully assaulted when you enter Bésame Mucho, a lovely Old World-style apothecary and gift shop on Petronia Street in Bahama Village. You'll find body care and perfume products you won't see anywhere else, unusual items for the home and special gift items.
Local Color offers beautiful, tropical weight clothing perfect for the weather in Key West in designs that are comfortable, as well as stylish. They also carry a large selection of interesting handcrafted jewelry and specialize in Larimar (a beautiful blue stone found only in the Caribbean), Pink Conch, and Baltic Amber. There are two shops by this name but the Greene Street shop only carries the jewelry. The other store between Turtle Kraals and the Sponge Market is much larger and worth the visit.
If Hemingway haunts are part of the allure of Key West, then you'll want to stop in at the Pelican Poop shop on Simonton. When Ernest Hemingway first came to Key West in 1928 it was to pick up a new car. Arriving on an ocean liner and finding the delivery of the Ford was late, he was invited to stay above the Ford showroom, in a building now known as Casa Antigua. While he waited for the car, Hemingway became enamored of Key West. Upstairs are apartments and downstairs is the gift shop. The Pelican Poop is best known for their tropical wall art and lovely glass lamps.
Originally, Key West Hand Print Fabrics produced tropical designs for Lilly Pulitzer during that brand's heyday. The company continues to develop its own style and is considered by some to be the definitive island uniform. Head designer Suzie Zuzek drew the early designs and one of the owners, Peter Pell, did the colorations. Some of the older designs fetch very good prices on Ebay, especially those signed Zuzek. We don't know if the current designs will reach vintage status, but the merchandise is colorful and well-made.
Art GalleriesFor local or Caribbean art, there are probably a dozen shops and galleries on Duval Street and there are also some excellent shops scattered off Duval. At the Haitian Art Company on Truman, you'll find a wide range of original works from both well-known and obscure Haitian artists. All their artwork is sold upon approval.
Cuba, Cuba! (on Duval) offers paintings, sculpture, and photos by Cuban artists, as well as books and music, posters and other items from Key West's closest-but-so-far-away neighbor.
The KW Light Gallery, on Fleming just off Duval, offers high-quality photographs of key west flora, fauna and architecture by local photographers – nor surprising since the gallery owner is Key West historian, Sharon Wells. Also on hand: fine art and original paintings, giclee prints, posters and books on Key West, and beautifully restored archival images of Key West.
Something Different...Key West's Cuban heritage continues in the traditional hand made cigars of Key West. At one time Key West even surpassed Havana in production, and the industry was an integral part of the economic success of the southernmost city in its early days. Join the crowd in front of 355 Duval to watch two Cuban rollers, brothers Raul and Saul create fresh rolled cigars.
Food for ThoughtIf you forgot a book for the beach, you might want to check out Voltaire Books. They carry an excellent selection of titles of local interest -- Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Cuba, cooking, gardening, mind, body, spirit, gay and lesbian, travel, dogs and cats, current events, politics, gift books, humor, music, movies, the environment, birding, Florida history and culture, Key West authors, and IndieBound bestsellers. Voltaire Books also publishes a select line of titles related to the Florida keys and politics.
Food for FoodiesIf you're staying in a vacation rental – or want a picnic for the beach, you can't go wrong at Fausto's. The gourmet grocery stores – there's one just off Duval on Fleming, and one on White Street) – have an excellent deli, seafood and meat department and lovely fresh fruits and vegetables. They also have a great line of dressings and jams you can take home – pink grapefruit or tangerine marmalades, key lime jelly are some of the popular spreads. Fausto's delivers, too! And even has an online order form to make getting whatever you need a snap.
Not to be missed for those with a love of hot and spicy; you'll think you've found heaven at Peppers of Key West. There are literally hundreds of hot sauce variations, from mild to deadly. Take a seat at the tasting bar and be prepared to let your taste buds sizzle. Rumor has it if you bring beer and they'll let you taste some of their secret sauces!
Just a few steps down Greene St. on the corner of Elizabeth, Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe where you can get a wide selection of delectable treats made with that ubiquitous local citrus fruit. An especial local favorite is the frozen, chocolate covered key line pie wedge; a perfect treat while strolling on the harbor walk across the street.
No shopping jaunt in Key West is complete without a stop at Mallory Square. It's not just a street circus or a great place to see the sunset; there's also a wide range of local vendors which. Have your name carved on a beautiful cowrie shell, find the perfect tropical Christmas ornament, handmade jewelry or a special photo or painting of your favorite Key West view. How about a bandana and matching collar in a tropical print for Fido? Everything for sale is made by local Key West artists. One of your first stops will be our own tropical department store: Fast Buck Freddie's. Inside you will find designer resort apparel and accessories from labels such as Tommy Bahama, furniture, furnishings and home décor with elegant, island flavor, plus a host of fun cards and souvenirs – aptly placed in a department called 'Tropical Trash.' This is a must see store.