Spend a day puttering down Flagler Avenue and you’ll see everything from surfer-chic boutiques to a cutie-pie candy shop. It’s also a veritable gold mine for finding one-of-a-kind souvenirs. And one of the most popular shops on the block to score a treasure? Palms Up Pottery Studio and Gallery. Visitors and locals give Palms Up, two thumbs up. In fact, TripAdvisor rates it #1 for shopping in New Smyrna Beach.
Honestly, you’d have to have a heart of stone not to love some of the stoneware creations at Palms Up. Some of the most unique? A line of quirky little catchalls called “Happy Head Fun Pots. These silly pieces of art come in a variety of googly-eyed creatures, from sharks to frogs to crabs. They’re ideal for storing everyday things like loose change, soap, or keys. More traditional wares are also on the shelves. Select a beautiful, yet functional item like a mixing bowl, mug, or shell-shaped plates—all come in beachy shades of blue, seafoam green, and teal.
Owner and artisan Richard Collison opened Palms Up Pottery back in 1987 and is often found at the pottery wheel, creating his next masterpiece. Collison has won numerous awards for his handiwork over the years and loves sharing his passion with others. Stop in for a chat and pick up one of his latest pieces on your next visit to New Smyrna Beach.
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