Sharon, Ashley and Cheryl at the NSB Farmer's Market
New Smyrna Beach has always held a special place in my heart. I think salt water may just run through my veins. My grandmother, who we called Mama (pronounced Maw Maw), used to enjoy NSB with her parents. She shared her love of the beach with our family and the tradition continues with my children. Mama and I would drive her old VW white beetle bug down on the beach, park as close to the water as we could and sit and talk for hours. We watched the waves, ducked Frisbees and looked for treasures along the shore line.
After baby oiling up and feeling pretty pink, we would head back to her house on Flagler Avenue. (Her home is now a glass gallery.) She would wave her magic wand and make something delicious to eat. We would always walk across the street to Hathaway’s Grocery store (now Clancy’s restaurant) to get a special treat for dessert.
Even when I was young, I could feel how special NSB was. I understood why my grandmother and great grandparents were drawn to the sandy, salty town. Members of my family were “weekenders” here for years. Almost all of us now live here and I guess I knew we always would.
My husband and I have two beautiful children and after what seemed to be a few short years, we are now empty nesters. With time on our hands, my mother, Sharon, and I had an idea and started swirling up a plan…this is how The Posh Pineapple story begins. And let me tell you, pineapples have been bouncing around in my head ever since!
One of the most common questions we are asked is “How did you come up with the name The Posh Pineapple?” Well, the pineapple motif has always been a favorite of mine. I love that it stands for hospitality, friendship and warmth and knew it must be incorporated. The Posh part…well…I wanted something that would be easy to remember, have a little jingle and go with the Pineapple part. The Posh Pineapple had a ring to it that I fell in love with.Posh also represents time with my mother – now she’s a dash of sass and a ladle of fun! We wanted to create a place where people would come for all that and more. A place full of yummy things to decorate a home or a soul. It also would be a place that was beautiful and where people would become friends and have fun while they were there. It’s been a year since we opened, in a building the former owners said they would “never” sell. We have been blessed with many smiling faces coming through our door. We have had fun and learned things along the way. While most things are getting checked off my to do list, there is so much more I want to do. But today I started thinking, what better day to start a blog? And that's pretty much it - in a nutshell!