SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Jan Holman shows items for sale in the Salvage Garden.
sun staff writer
If you like your collectibles sprinkled with a little
salt and your homes décor sea shore eclectic,
The Sea Hagg on Cortez Road in the historic Cortez fishing
village, needs to be added to your must-do list.
For nine years Jan Holman, the owner of The Sea Hagg,
has been scouring every seaside nook and cranny in Florida
looking for just the right unique nautical inventory for
her successful shop. In fact, The Sea Hagg has expanded
so much in nine years, that its more like a complex
of shops along Cortez Road, rather than just one.
The original Sea Hagg with its Salvage Garden and huge
front yard is like entering a marine graveyard. Anchors,
brass portholes, fish sculptures, ships instruments
and an actual ship are all on display just over the wooden
bridge and water fountains guarded by a giant channel
marker. Inside youll find lots more including jewelry,
some vintage; original artwork by talented local artisans;
and mermaids, mermaids, mermaids. The Salvage Garden has,
oars, lanterns, old windows, mirrors and all kinds of
incredible riches just waiting to be rescued.
Across the street is the Cortez Trading Company, recently
redecorated to make room for an expanded collection of
shells, items made from shells or with shell motifs and
some painted furniture. You can also find small pieces
of antique furniture, driftwood in the outdoor yard and
more artwork and prints. The entire complex is a lesson
in organized clutter featuring old, new and in between
nautical, sea-related treasures and art pieces, perfectly
befitting the nature of sea haggs.
Holman has collected so much inventory that she recently
opened another Sea Hagg in Lakeland, offering the same
great Sea Hagg merchandise with a drop less salt. The
new shop is in the Lakeside Villages Shopping Center at
1470 Towncenter Drive, phone (863) 686-1239, open 7 days
from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Sea Hagg operates smoothly with Jan Holman at the
helm and three employees. Pat Musser, Barbara Hoehn and
Dolly Gianni. Soon they will be getting ready for a big
Sea Hagg sale during the Cortez Fishing Festival weekend
Jan Holmans love of the sea is what brought her
to Cortez, and her love of all things "salty"
turned her into "the head hagg" at The Sea Hagg.
"One Tank Trips" has dubbed The Sea Hagg the
" best store to finally go into that youve
driven by a million times." I can guarantee once
you stop youll never drive by again.
The Sea Hagg
12304 Cortez Rd W.
Cortez, FL 34215
9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday
11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday (during season)