© St. Petersburg Times, published August 22, 2002
Oh, these days. The heat and humidity stifle any urge to go outdoors. If you're getting cabin fever, bring some of the great outdoors indoors.
-- LENNIE BENNETT, Times staff writer
Have an indoor picnic beneath this faux banana tree -- without the threat of insects or falling fruit. Like the lizard shown on Page 3, it's handwoven by the Purepecha, craftsmen in Mexico's Michoacan highlands, from a local reed called chuspata. $295 at RoCo Traders, 2115 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, (727) 895-8922.
The garden may be parched, but you can still pick your own nonperishable produce. Suncoast Silks, at 3390 46th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, sold to wholesalers only for years but now is open to the public and sells baskets, pots, garden ornaments and furniture. This custom arrangement goes for $228; items available individually. (727) 525-0525.
The Swing Groover II Electronic Golf Coach and Analyzer lets you practice full-swing shots with a tethered ball indoors with an LCD screen that displays distance and variance from your target. $149.95 from the Sharper Image in International Plaza, Old Hyde Park Village or Citrus Park Town Center, all in Tampa, or at www.sharperimage.com.
Designed for outdoor use, this teak chaise is beautiful enough to bring inside. Pop in a CD of nature noises, close your eyes and you'll think you're on vacation. $278 at Barr Gallery Inc., 714 Broadway, Dunedin. (727) 735-9775.