The Red Brick Place is a “unique boutique” offering tasteful, eclectic, fashionable gifts, jewelry, clothing & artwork located in a historical building in a historic community with a lot of charm.
The Red Brick Place is more than a fanciful art gallery and gift shop. It is also an investment in the historical character and quality of downtown Floral City. Located at 8305 East Orange Avenue, the building dates back to 1898 when it was built to house Floral City’s first bank. After the bank closed during hard times in 1914, it became the Floral City post office.
Owners Deedra Harris and Laura Hennings had to apply a lot of tender and expensive loving care to bring the neglected brick structure up to the standards required for their new business and their vision of how it should fit into its surroundings.
Hennings is a third-generation Floridian who moved to Floral City in 1987. She explains, “I am interested in the history of Old Florida, and I’ve always loved this building. When it came up for sale, I saw a great opportunity to create our own unique business.”
Deedra Harris is a former Virginian who lives in Homosassa. She continues, “The roof had to be replaced, all of the brick needed to be re-pointed, and new floor and ceiling had to be installed.”
As new members of the Floral City Merchants Association, we want to be a key contributor to the movement to establish Floral City as a widely-known center for art and culture in Citrus County, and a welcoming place for visitors who want to enjoy the historic beauty of the area.
One’s first step into the new store is apt to trigger the word “upscale,” but a browse within the displays quickly reveals that prices are reasonable and often surprisingly inexpensive. The interior of the shop is a brilliant array of color and sparkle that stands out conspicuously against its deep gray walls featuring wall art, sculpture, jewelry, clothing and accessories, glassware, pottery, and more – and it changes all the time!
Art and products for sale come from as far as Central America and Africa, yet fifty percent of the inventory is sourced locally. Examples can be seen at the Red Brick Place web site (www.redbrickplace.com) and on Facebook.
You can visit Floral City’s newest business from 10 to 4 Fridays and Saturdays through September 30. The days will expand to Wednesday through Saturdays October 1 through July 31. Red Brick Place closes the retail store each year in August and September but is available by appointment.
For directions and more information, call 352-419-7937, or e-mail [email protected].