Since 1979, Chris and Roxie Wilson have followed their passion for procuring art in all its forms and turned this love and hard work into a full-fledged business. The couple has two stores—one located in the Grand Boulevard at Sandestin shopping complex and the other in the community of Santa Rosa Beach. Both stores offer an eclectic array of art. From handmade furniture to artisanal jewelry, there is always a trinket or knickknack for everyone’s tastes. The Zoo Gallery
also showcases art from artists and designers around the United States, with the aim to present the craftsmanship in everyday art.
Florida Art Media
When visiting The Zoo Gallery, visitors immediately notice the wide variety of objects that are placed around the shop. Bright colors and designs adorn the furniture, mirrors, lamps, paintings and clothes, allowing visitors to become mesmerized with every piece and item. In fact, many of the products are made by hand, using mixed media such as recycled materials, glass, metal, stone and other elements.
Additionally, the galleries produce many everyday use objects such as t-shirts, soap and hygiene products, candles, handbags, cards and books. The shop in Grayton Beach, as well as the one in Sandestin, offer spacious floor plans in order for the pieces to stand out and allow visitors to comfortably browse around. Every item is unique and one-of-a-kind, something which makes this shop special, especially when searching for the perfect gift. Sticks Object Art & Furniture is one of the featured artists that you will immediately notice in both stores; the handmade furniture is reminiscent of Frida Kahlo’s art; however, the carefully crafted furniture is definitely in a class all its own. Some of the other artists include Laurie Pollpeter Eskenazi, Jill Schwarz, Sugarboo and the masterfully crafted timepieces from Watchcraft Watches. Additionally, the shop stores an award-winning selection of t-shirts and local art. Both items are perfect as a souvenir of your trip to the shores of Florida’s Panhandle.
When to Visit
As mentioned above, The Zoo Gallery has two locations that are open seven days a week. However, check the website because the hours may vary between the two. Moreover, The Zoo Gallery
also has a frame shop and office where visitors can find eclectic pieces to hang their art. Whichever location you visit, The Zoo Gallery is a place to find a Florida art
piece perfect for the home or as a gift.
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Nearby Attractions and Activities to Enjoy
Take the time to check out the one of a kind works of art and fun items available for purchase at The Zoo Gallery is bound to be a highlight of your stay, particularly for those that come to this part of Florida inclined to seek out creative moments! While there’s much to see and enjoy within the store’s two destinations, those that find themselves at the 89 Hotz Avenue stores in Santa Rosa Beach will find that their artistic indulgence can be paired with plenty of other activities focused on fun as well! This location is close to some great attractions that allow for expanding on an already brimming over itinerary. When you’re ready for the fun to continue, be sure to add the following few of many options to your list of must-try activities while you’re in town.
Dead Fish Charters
There’s tons of land-based fun to be found in the greater Santa Rosa Beach area, but those that are interested in spending time on the water can savor a guided experience by booking an excursion with Dead Fish Charters. Located at 1 Garfield Street near the public access point of Grayton Beach, Dead Fish Charters is an award-winning outdoor recreation company that provides customized fishing experiences alongside knowledgeable and experienced captains and staff. When you book with Dead Fish Charters, you don’t have to worry about having the right gear or an angling education. Instead, you can make the most of the quality equipment on board their vessels and learn as you go! Dead Fish Charters is able to personalize each trip to match the age of travelers and the experience level. From newcomers to experienced anglers, it’s an activity worth trying!
Grayton Beach State Park
If you’re simply craving the fresh air and spectacular scenery, a stop at the Zoo Gallery puts you right in proximity to Grayton Beach State Park! Located at 357 Main Park Road in Santa Rosa Beach, Grayton Beach State Park is a beautiful and inviting place to come dig your toes into the sand, work on that perfect Florida tan or lace up your boots and hit the many trails if adventure is more your style. This locale is loved by the birding community for the local and migratory species that hang out here while it’s also a prime destination for snorkeling, paddleboarding, or kayaking your way through an afternoon. Grayton Beach State Park is open daily between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm.
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