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Local stores participating in Small Business Saturday

Posted at 11:05 AM, Nov 27, 2020

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The smooth tunes, sweet aroma and anything you need to meditate or decorate, all make up the unique vibe that is Remedies Parlor.

Owner Tyna Swingler shares what’s in store.

“We have lots of apothecary, candles, amazing scents, incense, body lotions,” she said.

She and her husband Anthony Dandrea opened the Fort Myers shop a few years ago. But unfortunately, the pandemic has brought on hard times.

“Everybody’s had a tough year. I would say especially small businesses,” she said.

They shut down for a total of six weeks earlier this year. Swingler says it cost them 35 percent of their annual revenue.

They’re hoping to bounce back with Small Business Saturday tomorrow. Welcoming you into their vintage home away from home, and giving you a jump start on buying unforgettable holiday gifts.

“We love making our custom gift boxes,” said Swingler. “We can help you find any gift for any person, any budget, and we love doing it.”

They’ll be open Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., with a special treat for the 21 and up crowd.

“We’re going to be serving free champagne all day long and all evening,” said Swingler.

Another business pouring it up for Small Business Saturday is MW Horticulture.

Not that kind of pouring it up. The soil, mulch and recycling company is filling up any five-gallon container you have with organic compost for your garden for just $1!

Unlike Remedies Parlor, Vice President Denise Houghtaling says MW Horticulture’s sales have spiked this year.

“Sales of our organic compost and mulch have pretty much doubled, if not more through the pandemic,” she said.

Houghtaling says after seeing empty shelves and food shortages, more people are turning to their own backyards for food.

“I think it’s a combination of people wanting to have more control of their sustainability and you know, viability of not being dependent on trucks to come and stores to be open,” she said.

Their organic compost sale lasts until 5:00 on Black Friday, and again Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Starting Saturday, Remedies Parlor will go back to their normal pre-pandemic hours. So, they’ll be open five days a week instead of three. They’re closed Mondays and Tuesdays.