Imagine The Color of Coconut
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
From left, Peggy Dean and
Sara Gafvert are the owners of The Color of Coconut.
How would describe the color of coconut? If you ask Peggy Dean and Sara Gafvert the owners of one of Holmes Beach’s newest shops, The Color of Coconut, they would say it can be whatever you want it to be. And that’s exactly the point. Their goal is to give their customers the opportunity to create their own unique look.
Dean and Galvert wanted their shop to be an oasis of color smack dab in the middle of Anna Maria Island and stocked with merchandise not found anywhere else. They wanted their customers to be immersed in fabric with color and texture that has been turned into comfortable and stylish fashion. But mostly they just wanted their customers to have the best time shopping.
Dean and Gafvert have a lot in common. They are both originally from Ohio, they both have two grown children, both come from retail and marketing backgrounds and they both studied art. The end product of their combined education and experience shows in their creative inventory and display choices.
The Color of Coconut carries clothing for women and men as well as an interesting assortment of this and that. The clothing lines are very special with an emphasis on batik clothing some of which is designed by Gafvert, featuring casual and dressy tops, long and short sun dresses, skirts, pants and shirts. They also have a vibrant collection of pigment dyed solid tees to mix and match with other pieces or your favorite jeans. They are exclusive Island retailers for Lost River and Iguana women’s lines of clothing and carry men’s Native Outfitter-Global Local exclusively, as well as other pieces from a range of clothing manufacturers with a variety of sizes and prices to fit every figure and pocketbook.
One of the interesting things going on at The Color Of Coconut is the more you poke around, the more you uncover. Most of the clothing pieces are one of a kind, so if you find a great skirt you won’t see a whole row of the same one lined up. In fact, you would be lucky to find the same item in more than one or two sizes. Basically, as my mother use to say, you won’t find yourself coming and going.
After you’re done swooning over the colors and fabrics, take a closer look and you’ll find a collection of used books great for the beach, new beautiful coffee table books, beach baskets, towels, silver and teak jewelry, pillows and even chopsticks. In addition, The Color Of Coconut exclusively carries 85-hour Voluspa candles and Key West Aloe featuring shampoo, sun tan lotions and soaps. And don’t stop there. The display pieces, mirrors and bamboo ladders are also for sale and check out the adorable coconut lamps.
Dean and Gafvert say they are just beginning with plans to add more men’s and children’s clothing and jewelry. P.J. Harlow satin pajamas should be in shortly to compliment their already extensive inventory.
A lot of hard work went into converting the plain vanilla storefront into a show piece, with special thanks to Dean’s husband Ed Tumolo and his staff for beautifully handling the construction in record time.
The end result looks like a Hollywood movie set straight out of South Pacific, so it wasn’t surprising when one of their first customers said walking into the shop is like walking into a painting. The Color of Coconut, a painting that’s alive with color, pattern and whatever you want it to be.
The Color of Coconut
5352 Gulf Drive,
Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.