I’m prejudiced. I’d rather shop at a locally owned store. There is something about seeing your neighbor behind the counter and knowing he or she will directly benefit from your patronage. The sign at left sits in front of Brooke Pottery at 223 North Kentucky Avenue. Gloria Brooke shop is one of the success stories of the block. (Others haven’t fared as well.)
There isn’t much I could tell you about Brooke Pottery that hasn’t been said by better writers in the Ledger and other local publications. Suffice it to say, that when my family first entered her shop she greeted us warmly. Her shop was buzzing with patrons and staff, and even with the hubbub she took the time to welcome us to Lakeland.
Take the time to walk downtown Lakeland. I’m sure you’ll find plenty of shops and shopkeepers like Gloria Brooke. Buy a bibelot or two…dozen. I’m sure your dad doesn’t need a new tie though.