If you let the ocean breeze guide you to the northern tip of Marco Island you will find a piece of the past in the form of the Shops of Olde Marco. Tucked away on Royal Palm Drive, the collection of small shops are reminiscent of island days past. The shops are stacked down the brick courtyard like patches on a colorful, Caribbean quilt and topped with tin roofs.
Here shoppers will find a new treasure in this collection of shops. SummerSalt Beach House is a vessel of carefully chosen, coastal cottage-inspired, furniture, home decor, linens and accessories. Shop owner Carrie Haire says the recipe for her shop was simple, “I simply collected all of my favorite things.”
From driftwood accent pieces to brightly colored Dash and Albert rugs, the 39 product lines in Haire’s shop will not be found in any other shop on the island. For Haire, the shop is her passion, a dream realized and a place for strangers to become friends.
“When I decided to open the store I went around my home and picked up each and every one of my favorite things, noted the manufacturing company and started my list of lines,” Haire said. “ I also traveled to the Atlanta, New York, Dallas and Orlando trade shows for gifts, apparel and home furnishings.”
The result is sublime. Cozy cashmere throws beckon hands to touch them. Island Company Clothing linen gives individuals the urge to immediately sell all restrictive, stuffy, clothing for this breathable, humidity-tolerant line. Shabby-beach-chic furniture by Bramble Furniture looks as if it washed up on the shore as a finished piece. Pine Cone Hill pillows and linens have soft, sea-inspired palates that are modern yet timeless in their comfort and colors.
Beyond the home decor, shoppers will find lines of natural or organic soaps, lotions and even laundry detergent by The Good Home Company that come in charming, reusable glass bottles.
For Haire, the shop is an extension of all of the things that she loves combined with her background in design. She moved to Marco Island three years ago after giving up a position as vice president of a design and
“The Island Co. line that I carry, the slogan says it best, ‘quit your job, buy a ticket, get a tan, fall in love, never return,’” Haire said. “I did just that. I decided that there certainly must be more to life than the hustle and bustle of business day trips, monthly management meetings and variance reports.”
She took a trip to Marco and six weeks later quit her job and dreamed of her next venture. She has spent the time working on the perfect shop in the perfect location.
“The hidden secret that lies at Royal Palm Drive is a true historical treasure,” Haire says. “When you walk through this sweet cottage setting and are taken back to a much simpler day it makes you believe there is no place better.”