Heritage Businesses on Amelia Island

September 7, 2022
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Many folks know of Amelia Island's storied history that has shaped our island into the place you love today. However, few probably know about the local businesses that have contributed to the very identity and foundation of our community over the years. From jewelry and putt putt to home cookin' and prohibition, here is a sampling of some iconic Heritage Businesses that have withstood the test of time. Check them out and then go visit them all!

20+ Years

Lindy's, 21 years. From one of a kind statement pieces to classic gems and settings, Lindy's has been your one-stop shop for gorgeous, creative jewlery since September 12, 2001.
Amelia River Cruises, 22 years. Owned and operated by the McCarthy family since 2000, Amelia River Cruises has been entertaining sightseers on the history and waters surrounding Amelia Island as one our most popular tourist attractions.
Kelly Sea Horse Ranch, 23 years. As "the only state-endorsed horse ranch located on the beach in the entire state of Florida", Kelly Seahorse Ranch has been guiding horseback riders along Amelia Island's beautiful beaches for years. 
T-Ray’s Burger Station, 24 years. A local favorite, T-Ray Mullis and family have been slinging burgers, eggs, fried shrimp and other yumminess out of an old gas station since 1998. 
Joe’s 2nd Street Bistro, 24 years. Dine on fresh local seafood, certified angus beef, and a unique wine list all in a restored 1900's home owned and operated by Chef Ricky and Mari Pigg.
Amelia Island Bait and Tackle, 26 years. Chris, Lisa, and Nik Johnson offer expert local fishing advice along with everything you need to come home with plenty of fish, or at least a great fish story. 
LeClos, 26 years. Chef/Owner Katherine Ewing received full degrees in both cuisine and pastry in Paris, and trained at the Ritz Hotel, Paris. She's had folks dreaming of France since 1996. 
Amelia Island Coffee, 27 years. A favorite gathering spot for locally roasted coffee, pastries, breakfast sandwiches, ice cream, or a light and delicious lunch.

30+ Years

AC Charters, 30 years. Capt. Allen Mills has been fishing for over 40 years and for the last 30, he has been guiding from Backcountry rivers and creeks to Blue Water. Quit Wishin' and Let's Go Fishin'!
Caribbean Breeze, 30 years. Who knew that one of the top sun care products began right here on Amelia Island? Yep, begun in early 1992, family owned Caribbean Breeze is one of the nation’s largest sunscreen manufacturers.
Beech Street Grill, 32 years. Located within the historic William Bell house in downtown Fernandina Beach, The Beech Street Grill has been serving up delicious food and drink since 1990. 
Island Falls Adventure Golf, 32 years. What is more fun than a friendly game of putt putt? Especially one that takes you through a tunnel, 20-foot waterfall and several challenging, yet fun, holes.
The Book Loft, 34 years. The Book Loft was begun by Bill Nelson as an old-fashioned book store with two floors of the finest in fiction and non-fiction for adults and children of all ages. After his death in 2011, his wife took over and has carried on the tradition of this beloved book store ever since. 
The Hammerhead Bar, 36 years. Home of Bikini Sundays and the best view at the beach, The Hammerhead Beach Bar has been serving beers, drinks and other libations since 1986.
Ocean Outboard Marine, 36 years. Owned and operated by Eric Oliver who has been taking care of Nassau County's boating needs for years, Ocean Outboard Marine specializes in new and used boat sales.
Nassau Health Foods, 37 years. Since 1985, Nassau Health Foods has been selling the highest quality natural and organic products available. Also home to The Fresh Cafe for deliciously healthy meals.

40+ Years

The Down Under, 40 years. Way back in the early 80's, an old fish camp was remodeled into an iconic southern seafood restaurant down under the Shave bridge. It is still going strong today.
Dottie B’s Florist, 40 years. Dottie B's is a full service florist and gift shop operating on Ash Street since 1982. Centered around nature and community you'll never be disappointed in the result of their floral designs. 
Amelia Community Theater, 41 years. ACT is a national award-winning theatre founded in 1981 offering six productions each season on its main stage, plus shows and special events on the studio stage.  
Slider's Seaside Grill, 42 years. Just steps from the beach, Slider's has operated as an Inn (Seaside Inn) and a restaurant over the years. Today, Sliders serves family-friendly fare with an ocean view. 
The Crab Trap, 43 years. Family owned and operated since 1979, The Crab Trap features steaks and seafood all in a historic Fernandina Beach landmark building on 2nd Street.  
Driftwood Surf Shop, 43 years. As a surfer-owned store, the Parkins family understands the needs of surfers, from beginners to experts and carry all the latest products from the most reputable brands in the surf industry.
The Plantation Shop, 43 years. Located in Palmetto Walk Shopping Center, The Plantation Shop features English and French antiques, furniture, home accessories and much more. 
Amelia Angler Outfitters, 44 years. Terry Lacoss is a local legend in the fishing industry and has owned and operated the Amelia Angler, a charter fishing company as well as a storefront on Centre Street, for over 40 years. 

50+ Years

Putt Putt Fun Center, 68 years. Putt Putt Fun Center at Main Beach has been providing families with safe, clean, wholesome entertainment at the beach since 1954. Get an ice cream cone and play a round of fun!
Robison Jewelers, 70 years. With a fabulous collection of classic to contemporary jewelry designs, The Whitaker family has owned and operated this iconic jewelry store on Centre Street since 1952. 

100+ Years!

Palace Saloon, 119 years. Known as the “last bar to close on the eve of prohibition”, The Palace is the oldest operating bar in the state of Florida. Their signature rum-infused Pirates Punch will have you singing along with the ghost of Uncle Charlie that supposedly haunts the place. 

 

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Located just off the coast of northeast Florida, Amelia Island is easy to reach, but hard to forget. With 13 miles of beautiful beaches, abundant native wildlife, and pristine waters, this barrier island has long been a beloved destination for visitors and residents alike.