Category Archive for: ‘General Announcements’

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Small Business Saturday… This Weekend!

Please join us this weekend for SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY! This is a great day to support your favorite local small businesses.

AND American Express card members who have registered online can receive up to three $10 credits on their card statement by spending $10 or more at up to three participating small businesses, Domain Home Accessories & Gallery included!

Several other Gulfport businesses are also Small Business Saturday participants.  Gulfport is always a unique and pleasant shopping experience.  On Saturday, it will also be a rewarding one!  Thank you for shopping and dining locally.

Tune In! Domain To Be Featured on National Broadcast.

Jerry Penacoli interviews local artist Owen Pach at Domain Home Accessories & Gallery.

Jerry Penacoli interviews local artist Owen Pach at Domain Home Accessories & Gallery.

Tune in! The nationally syndicated “Daytime” show will air its “Journeys with Jerry” this Thursday, October 16th on Tampa Bay’s Channel 8 (WFLA) from 10-11am. In this segment of “Journeys,” Jerry Penacoli visits us in Gulfport!

He will feature art and artists, among the other treasures that make Gulfport unique and which are making Gulfport an increasingly popular destination! Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will be included in the segment, where he will interview local artist Owen Pach (pictured).

“Daytime” is syndicated to 97 million homes! We are excited to be a part of this great exposure for our wonderful town!


Click HERE to see the video segment that aired.  Great coverage about Gulfport and all it has to offer, including Domain!

Who Has The Best Greeting Cards in Tampa Bay? We Do!

creative loafing best of the bay 2014

We are very proud and pleased that we have been chosen as a BEST OF THE BAY 2014 winner by Creative Loafing. They singled us out in the category of “Best Greeting Cards!” Here’s what they had to say:

“Word has it that a very well-known local theater director visits this eclectic Gulfport shop before every opening night to buy thank-you cards for his cast. Makes sense – Domain’s well-chosen assortment of cards is ideal for those whose hallmark is individuality (as opposed to those who buy nothing but Hallmark!). The cards range from witty to pretty to downright odd – we particularly like Susan Mrosek’s Pondering Pool line – and so varied that you’re bound to find something that’s just right whether you’re assuaging a nervous actor, wooing a new love, or simply sharing deep thoughts.”

Thank you very much, Creative Loafing Tampa Bay!

Congratulations also to other Gulfport businesses that won Best of the Bay awards this year: Little Tommie’s Tiki (Best Non-BBQ Place Pulled Pork); Salty’s (Best Day Drinking); and Stella’s Deli (Best Breakfast Spot/Community Center).

Keep Chickens!

"Keep Chickens!" by Barbara Kilarski

“Keep Chickens!” by Barbara Kilarski

Keep Chickens! by Barbara Kilarski is an entertaining and informative book that covers all the bases in raising chickens in a non-farm environment.  Did you know that keeping a small flock of chickens is legal in Gulfport?  It is also growing in popularity in towns, cities and suburbs across America!

Pick up your copy at Domain!  We have a few other books to amuse and inform you too.  Just another way that Domain is your unique shopping experience.


Save the Date: March 15th We Celebrate Our 13th Anniversary and Feature Diane Bragg During Our Next “Meet the Artists” Event

"Inspire" wall plaque by Diane Bragg

“Inspire” and “Love” wall plaques by Diane Bragg

Save the Date!  On Saturday, March 15th we will celebrate the 13th anniversary of Domain Home Accessories.  Cake will be served!  This will coincide with our next “Meet the Artists” event, featuring our old friend Diane Bragg.  Diane works in glass, metal and mixed media, including wall plaques, vases, copper and glass sculptures, coasters and jewelry.  Since she has been a featured artist at Domain since its inception, it’s appropriate that we celebrate our anniversary on the same night we celebrate Diane’s work.  And of course as usual on our Third Saturday events, we’ll offer live jazz music, and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre.  More details to come, so stay tuned!

These mixed media pieces by Diane Bragg combine hammered copper with fused glass.

These mixed media pieces by Diane Bragg combine hammered copper with fused glass.


Coming February 15th: Meet Visiting Pottery Artist Bari Precious!

Pottery artist Bari Precious

Pottery artist Bari Precious

Domain Home Accessories & Gallery will host a reception to welcome visiting pottery artist Bari Precious during its next “Meet the Artists” event on Saturday, February 15th, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. at 3129 Beach Boulevard South.

The artist, who makes her home near Springfield, Missouri, will be taking a “road trip” with a large selection of her pottery for shows along the way.  She will have an extensive collection of her colorful and functional pottery on display and for sale, and will chat about her colorful life and work with visitors.

Live entertainment by jazz saxophonist Henry Ashwood will also be featured during the evening, and complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvre will be offered.

Vases by Bari Precious

Vases by Bari Precious

The pottery of Bari Precious has been featured at Domain for nearly three years.  Working in her “Precious Pots” studio in the rural outskirts of Springfield, she produces a variety of stoneware pottery that is art with practical applications in the home.  Her hand-painted designs and glazes display a sense of tribal or geometric or nature-inspired influences.

In addition to vases, pitchers and mugs, she creates plates, platters and dishes that are specifically designed to be safe for use in ovens, microwaves and barbecues.  Bari also offers to pottery-buyers copies of some of her favorite recipes which can be made using her stoneware pottery including baked brie, brownies, banana bread, honey-mustard chicken, and baked fish.  She is fond of serving samples of her brownies to visitors, and these will also be served during her visit.

Bari Precious was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia and became interested in working with clay from an early age, going on to study sculpture at the Vancouver School of Art.  She left school to embark upon other adventures, including farming and communal life in rural British Columbia, and then travels through Europe, Asia and the Middle East during the 1970s.

She nurtured her fascination with Iran by spending time there teaching art and English, and later returning to work with archeologists by building a kiln and reassembling excavated pottery.  On return to the U.S., she raised her family for several years before reentering university studies and earning a B.F.A. in ceramics.

Her studio, gardens and home in the Missouri countryside are comfortable spaces where visitors are welcome to stop, share tea and peruse her “Precious Pots.”

Plates and trays by Bari Precious

Plates and trays by Bari Precious

Domain Home Accessories offers a large variety of unique art, décor, jewelry, cards, home goods and more, and has been one of Gulfport’s most treasured retailers for over 12 years.  “& Gallery” opened in 2012 in the adjacent space and showcases the work of over 40 local and regional artists in a variety of media.

“Meet the Artists” events at “& Gallery” occur during Gulfport’s popular third Saturday Art Walk.  Artists and artisans line the sidewalks of scenic Beach Boulevard on Art Walk evenings.  Independent shops and boutiques, live glassblowing at the Industrial Arts Center, live music venues, street performers, and Gulfport’s popular restaurants are all part of the lively Art Walk scene.  Parking in the waterfront village is free and convenient.  Free trolleys are available for visitors parking in remote sites for transportation to and from the hub of Art Walk.  For more information, contact Daniel Hodge, (727) 366-4086.

Important Call to Artists!

The Gulfport Merchants Association is seeking artists to submit proposals for a public art installation to be located adjacent to the City’s iconic Gulfport Casino, located on the Gulfport waterfront.

The historic Gulfport Casino proudly graces the City's waterfront.

The historic Gulfport Casino proudly graces the City’s waterfront.

The Gulfport Merchants Association (GMA) is a non-profit civic organization dedicated to the advancement of business in the Gulfport Waterfront District.  The GMA raises funds primarily through membership dues and sponsored events, including its twice-monthly Art Walk, weekly Tuesday Fresh Market and the annual Gecko Fest, Gecko Ball and Gecko Pub Crawl.  Funds are used primarily to promote and advertise Gulfport as a destination for visitors.  However, the GMA is also committed to supporting local charitable causes and has donated many thousands of dollars to local organizations.

The GMA is also committed to supporting art in the Gulfport community and has previously funded two public art installations flanking the entrance to the Waterfront business district at Beach Boulevard and 29th Avenue South, by artists Frank Strunk III and Owen Pach.

For 2014, the GMA is investing considerably more in its commission of a single public art installation.  $8,000 will be awarded for the project, to include all associated costs.  This public art installation, next to Gulfport’s most famous historic landmark on the City’s waterfront, will be highly visible for generations.

All artists are welcome to submit proposals, which must be received no later than Friday, February 14th.  More information, including a downloadable application, is available at  Owen Pach, Vice-President of the GMA and President of the Industrial Arts Center of Gulfport, will act as liaison for the application process.  For more information and questions, please contact Owen Pach (727-320-4051; 727-623-4920 or email

Eco-Conscious Hand-Woven Float-Rope Door Mats

These hand-woven float-rope door mats benefit a small, independent business, the livelihood of Maine lobstermen, the environment and the endangered Right Whale.

These hand-woven float-rope door mats benefit a small, independent business, the livelihood of Maine lobstermen, the environment and the endangered Right Whale.

We are proud to carry these beautiful and durable float-rope door mats at Domain Home Accessories & Gallery.  Read the story behind these hand-woven creations:

Just as the North Atlantic Right Whale came under the protection of the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act a new threat confronted the whales – float-rope from fixed line fishing. Lines of rope used to connect lobster traps to surface buoys often become detached due to rough waters, collisions with boats, and other nautical hazards. Also, lobstermen use rope to tether their traps together on the ocean floor .

For years lobster fishermen used colorful float-rope. When it became loose and drifted out to sea, or was tethered to their multiple traps on the ocean floor, marine scientists discovered that it was entangling the whales. This was  causing an alarming number to drown or be injured. In 2009 a federal regulation outlawed float-rope, requiring lobstermen to discard this rope and replace it with sinking, or sink-rope.

What to do? Enter Maine Float-Rope Company.  To prevent the float-rope from going to landfills, a market to compensate lobstermen needed to be created. Penny Johnston quickly saw an opportunity to help and formed the Maine Float-Rope Company. These ropes make beautiful, colorful and durable doormats and runners from what otherwise would be thousands of pounds of discarded rope.  The combined effort supports the endangered Right Whales, the livelihood of Maine lobstermen, the environment, and local employment in a small, independent business.

We are proud to partner with the Maine Float-Rope Company in offering this product that gives back in a big way.


New! “Rustic Rings” by Doug D’souza

Hand-crafted "Rustic Rings" by Doug D'souza

Hand-crafted “Rustic Rings” by Doug D’Souza

NEW by Gulfport artist Doug D’souza!  These hand-crafted “Rustic Rings” are a handsome accessory for men or women.  These new rings by Doug join his other selections of artisan jewelry, including bracelets, earrings, pendants and more, exclusively at Domain.


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