Times of the Islands - - Departments - BY GINA BIRCH

The Scoop on Lo­cal Re­tail­ers

 OUT­DOORS WITH EDI­SON Dec­o­rate your out­door space with art in­spired by South­west Florida’s most fa­mous win­ter res­i­dent: Thomas Edi­son. Pick up a few Light Bulb Terrariums, which are well suited for dec­o­ra­tive flow­ers or liv­ing air plants. You can also place can­dles in the glass bulbs to help illuminate your pa­tio. Chan­nel in­spi­ra­tion from the in­ven­tor and get cre­ative with these in­ex­pen­sive terrariums, just $ 9.99 each. Pick one up at the Edi­son & Ford Win­ter Es­tate store ( 239- 3347419, edis­on­ford­win­ter­estates. org) or at the Edi­son Ford Shoppe ( 239- 437- 3754) at The Bell Tower Shops in Fort My­ers.


Baby’s Spring Float with Ac­tiv­ity Cen­ter ($ 21.98) not only keeps your baby safe but en­ter­tained. The play sta­tion has a squirter, rat­tle, stack­ing rings and a teether. The float it­self has three po­si­tions to ac­com­mo­date your lit­tle one as he or she grows and learns how to swim. The re­mov­able canopy of­fers UV pro­tec­tion for baby’s ten­der skin. The oc­to­pus arms are also stor­age units, and for easy clean- up, a stor­age bag is in­cluded as well. Find the float at the Toys R Us store in Fort My­ers ( 239- 275- 7409) and on­line at toys­rus. com.

 FREEZ­ING FUN Who doesn’t like dessert? Ice cream screams to be served at your out­door soirees and this new Ice Cream Maker ($ 34.99) from T- fal is per­fect for par­ties, en­ter­tain­ing and ev­ery­day desserts. At home chefs can whip up frozen treats in just 30 min­utes with the help of this de­vice. And it’s not just tra­di­tional ice cream, the plug- in ma­chine can also make frozen yo­gurt and gelato in a va­ri­ety of fla­vors. Can it get any eas­ier or any more de­li­cious? Find the T- fal Ice Cream Maker at Kohl’s depart­ment stores in Fort My­ers ( 239- 2753667) and Cape Co­ral ( 239- 573- 9037) and on­line at kohls. com.

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