Find eclectic, tropical gifts at The Beach Hut
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER Christine
added tropical home decor items to the
garden accessories already available.
Anna Maria Island is nothing if not eclectic. The more Christine Tilelli and her three sons visited her parents in Holmes Beach, the more they enjoyed the diversity and slightly off beat vibes on the Island. In 2007 they decided to move permanently to Anna Maria and Tilelli started looking for a small business to purchase.
It took a while but eventually Christine Tilelli found just the right fit for her personality and her family. In September of last year, she purchased The Garden Hut, a popular shop in Holmes Beach for garden accessories, and with the help of her mother, Valerie Tilelli, reinvented it into The Beach Hut. They added more tropical home décor items while still retaining many of the garden accessories.
The Beach Hut still carries a lot of the same island’s favorites like wind chimes, garden stakes and stepping stones, candles, jewelry, bird houses and Geeky Beeks. But now you can also find more decorative wall hangings, frames, greeting cards, shells and sand dollars. The Beach Hut also has a large assortment of Plush Pets, which are exclusive on the Island, and has added a beautiful and colorful line of individually made hand painted pottery wall décor and decorative ornaments. The shop is a great place to find just the right house gift or souvenir of your Island vacation.
In addition, you can still find at The Beach Hut CRP Adirondack chairs, which they claim last forever and come in practically every color in the rainbow. Tilelli says once you own one you will never buy another lawn chair, and dares you to pick the one on her front deck which is seven years old. You can purchase the chairs and assemble them yourself or The Beach Hut will have them assembled for you.
Tilelli calls herself an Army brat, speaks three languages and has lived in a variety of countries. Her travels have exposed her to a range of cultures and experiences which has provided her with an eye for the unique. She is always bringing something new into the shop with inventory changing weekly.
Tilelli hopes The Beach Hut will be a place where both visitors and residents will find just the right little item to bring a smile to their face. Eclectic, tropical, beachy or practical, The Beach Hut has it all under one roof.
The Beach Hut5337 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Monday through Friday:
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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