Hometown Spirit Inspires Apollo Beach Business.
Dana Silva and Tamera Dyer are both recent transplants to Apollo Beach. Each moved here about one year ago, but they didn’t know each other. They met over a classified ad, one contacting the other about furniture for sale, and then they went into business together. Surprise!
“We just wanted Apollo Beach T-Shirts”, Dana says. “But we couldn’t find any.” So, the duo decided to make Apollo Beach T-shirts themselves.
Both Dana and Tamara come from military families, both are from the Midwest, both love all things coastal, and both had always thought about opening their own business, so they do have a lot in common. The fact that they didn’t know each other previously was a non-issue.
Through conversation they discovered a shared love of beach side living and a shared enthusiasm for Apollo Beach, their new home. Apollo Beachcombers was born.
From T-Shirts to Coastal Themed Pottery
They were originally looking for just t-shirts, but since they decided to open a business spotlighting Apollo Beach they opted for a full product line. In addition to t-shirts they’ve added hats, license plates, dock décor, and koozies. Both Dana and Tamera design the graphics for the t-shirts, koozies, hats and license plates. Tamera’s aunt makes the dock and home decor items.
Apollo Beachcombers have also added a coastal themed pottery line, made by local Apollo Beach artisan Lynn Carhart (look for a Townie Life article on Lynn shortly), as well as wood products and dock décor.
From Tent Sale to Online Store
The Apollo Beachcombers had their first taste of success with a tent sale they held in the Apollo Beach Publix parking lot in August. Now, the partners are selling all of their products online at http://www.apollobeachcombers.com/ and at several local markets and special events (see upcoming events below). They’ll also be opening a store @The Market Place at South Shore Shabby Shack on November 1 (see below for details).
You’ll soon find their manatee shirts at the Manatee Viewing Center gift store and they have plans to add more South Shore towns to their product line. Look for Ruskin wear soon!
Great South Shore Neighbors
If you have not yet had a chance to meet Dana and Tamara, I recommend you introduce yourself when you see them. They’re both tons of fun and we’re lucky to have these two (and their families) as our South Shore neighbors. Go Apollo Beach and Apollo Beachcombers!
Website / Upcoming Events
- Apollo Beach Nature Preserve and Park Grand Re-Opening Ceremony. October 22. 10AM. More info here
- @ The Market Place South Shore Shabby Shack- Apollo Beachcombers are setting up shop. Nov. 1. Hours: Tuesday 12-4 and Saturday 9:30-4.
- Ruskin Seafood Festival. November 5-6.
- Jen’s Market at the Y on Big Bend. November 13 and December 11. More info on Jen’s Market’s here.
- Shell Point Cottage Holiday Market. December 10, 10-3.
- Harborside Lights and Holiday Market @ Little Harbor Resort. Saturday, December 17. 4:00-9:00PM.