Explore off the beaten path, and you'll be amazed at what's in gift shops at airports, hospitals, hotels, museums and restaurants.
- MARY JANE PARK, Times staff writer
Rubber-soled sandals have sparkly decorations for happy feet. Touchsport Sandals, $20. U-Nique Shop at St. Anthony's Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N., St. Petersburg; (727) 825-1179.
Inside this spacious beach bag is a pareo to wear over a swimsuit or spread on the sand. Beach set. $22. U-Nique Shop at St.Anthony's Hospital, 1200 Seventh Ave. N., St. Petersburg; (727) 825-1179.
This contemporary paper lantern functions as a decorative mobile. $9. St. Petersburg Musseum of Fin Arts gift shop, 255 Beach Drive NE, St. Petersburg; (727) 896-2667.
Here's a magic carpet for your computer mouse. Jaipur Contemporary design MouseRug. $20. Victorian Museum Store, Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa; (813) 254-1891, ext. 26; www.plantmuseum.com; also www.MouseRug.com.
SHOP: A metallic sculpture that doubles as a clip for memos or coupons is just one of the treasures you can find if you shop off the beaten path. Computer Critter 2000 (Calculatus Insectus A.D. 2000) note holder. $4. Salvador Dali Museum gift shop, 1000 Third St. S, St. Petersburg; (727) 823-3767; www.salvadordalimuseum.org. More shop items, PAGE 32