Stuart’s Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic Offers Purses, Jewelry, Home Decor And More
Patricia O’Connell had been in the radio business for 25 years before she decided to start all over. She opened this charming “one-stop shop,” and the rest is history.
Based in: Stuart
How it started: Patricia O’Connell had been in the radio business for 25 years before she decided to start all over. “Everybody has that thing that they kind of always wanted to do, and mine was to open a little boutique,” she says. She found out that a local store owner was selling her boutique in 2007, and by 2008 O’Connell owned the 400-square-foot space the previous owner called Gumbo Limbo. O’Connell kept the name, but many things changed. Home décor and gifts still made up a bulk of inventory, but since, O’Connell has added purses, Alex and Ani bracelets and a baby line, which has been so successful it’s merited the opening of a second store. By mid-summer, O’Connell will manage Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic and Gumbo Limbo Coastal Kidz.
Gumbo Limbo in a few words: “It’s a one-stop shop,” O’Connell says.
Favorite product: O’Connell loves the Alex and Ani jewelry line, which offers eco-conscious and meaningful accessories. “It brings emotion to people, and I’ve never seen anything like it,” O’Connell says.
Price range: The store carries small furniture, pillows, lamps, rugs, decorative accessories, gifts, baby clothes and original artwork, so prices vary drastically. Shoppers could spend from $200 to $1,800 on paintings made by local artist Lori Lynn, while jewelry pieces go for as low as $30.
Gumbo Limbo Coastal Chic, 37 SW Osceola St.; Gumbo Limbo Coastal Kidz, 3 SW Osceola St., Stuart / 772.283.1077 / gumbolimbogifts.com