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Some shops are just more fun. There’s a ge­nius to the for­mula, a col­lec­tion of nov­elty goods, edgi­ness, use­ful­ness and the truly in­ter­est­ing that’s al­most ad­dic­tive―what’s hid­ing around the next cor­ner, you won­der. It’s like that at Suncatchers’ Dream on Sanibel, a gift shop of de­light­ful tchotchkes, art, cards, house­wares, per­sonal gear and toys for kids and adults that aren’t nec­es­sar­ily avail­able in Southwest Florida. That’s be­cause the pro­pri­etor for years has sought out and nur­tured artists and prod­ucts that are newly in­tro­duced or had lan­guished un­til he ar­riv ed. Dune Jew­elry, Mis­sis­sippi Mud Coast­ers and Ca­pabunga re-seal­able wine caps are a few ex­am­ples of the shop’s owner bring­ing an orig­i­nal prod­uct to the mar­ket, then watch­ing as it catches fire with cus­tomers. The store has shipped thou­sands of Me­dusa’s Heir­looms, the line’s French Col­lec­tion hair­clips, for in­stance. Me­dusa’s dura­bil­ity, con­trary shape and col­ors are hugely pop­u­lar in Southwest Florida―due, again, to Daniel Moore Thomp­son, a for­mer Pier 1 Imports ex­ec­u­tive de­cid­ing in the 1990s that Sanibel was the place to open a gift shop. His goal at Suncatchers’ Dream, he says, was in­tro­duc­ing a “quirk­i­ness, a sur­prise and a chem­istry that’s ac­tu­ally in­ter­est­ing, that al­ways had [cus­tomers] com­ing back. I wanted it to be part of the ‘Sanibel ex­pe­ri­ence.’ ”

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