Consider it said right here. Christmas doesn’t get any further “over the top” than it does at The Shop in Micanopy, Florida.
Micanopy (pronounced Mic′-a-no-pee) is the second oldest town in the state, and this little hamlet oozes with charm. Drive about 11 miles south of Gainesville where you’ll come into Micanopy and see a street lined with long-standing trees dripping with Spanish moss. Along the sidewalk are a few indie shops, unassuming almost. But don’t be fooled. This is where you’ll find The Shop. And you just may be stopped dead in your tracks.
OMG, as they say on Facebook. So much Christmas. So little time.
Owner Marlene Oberst and her creative staff packed The Shop with Christmas — by theme or color or both — into every corner, aisle, and ceiling!
As we opened the door, we almost ran into this lavish upside-down tree, sparkling with gold ornaments and icicles and tiny white lights.
And then we noticed vignettes with glowing accessories at EVERY turn. Like this beach corner with Neptune perched atop another upside-down tree in the front window. It was Christmas — under the sea!
In another corner, shell picture frames near a shore bird reminded us that Life Is Good at the Beach!
And in another alcove, a painted sideboard hosted a woodland theme: snowy owls among mercury glass baubles and woodsy cones covered in bark.
There was a nod to an old-fashioned Country Christmas in traditional reds and greens. Santa looked ready standing beside the gingerbread men tree as he held packages tied up in string.
There was even a patriotic Christmas display with Uncle Sam as the star — waving the flag among the red, white, and blue and all things U. S. A.
Of course, Florida Gators figured prominently into the scheme of things — with accessories like scarves, caps, and napkins for entertaining.
And what about this giant gator for the bar???
Red and white took a whimsical turn as polka dot ornaments dangled from a white tree reminiscent of those bottle brush trees I see in the snow globes on Pinterest. Red candies, cardinals, and chains add even more color.
But most notable, at least to us, was the lime green/silver combo. It must have been the color choice of the season! From spheres to spikes to lettering, the fresh color duo brightened up the room and said, This is Christmas 2013!
Of course, I did have to ask the associate at check-out: Do you leave Christmas up all year? I mean this is a lot of stuff. Everywhere.
But she just smiled, and answered gently, Oh, no. We’ll be taking all this down in a week or two. We leave a little in a holiday corner, but the rest is packed away.
Whew, I thought. That’s a lot of sparkle to pack away. I’m gonna enjoy it now while I can!
210 Cholokka Blvd.
Micanopy, FL 32667