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How did shopthedocks.com evolve? After 19 years (now 27 years) of serving the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs, Florida we have now spread our wings to the world. OK we admit, we like to take the time we need to do one thing right before we start another venture.

The sponge docks in Tarpon Springs, Florida is a tourist destination many people visit every year from all parts of the world. The area established itself many years ago in the sponge diving industry. The Greek divers were a cut above their counterparts in the early days of sponge retrieval from the bottom of the seas. They wore full bodied suits and were able to harvest large quantities of sponges. Tarpon Springs is the area they established themselves in Florida.

Over the years our quaint area along the Anclote river began to sprout up many famous Greek restaurants as well as gift shops and some scenic attractions. This is how we became part of the evolution of the sponge docks. We opened our first gift shop over 27 years ago. You can find us at My Favorite Store (Called Seaside Paradise For Many Years) at 713 Dodecanese Blvd (727-934-3431) or at Gloria's Gifts 793 Dodecanese Blvd (727-942-7707).

My Favorite Store is located in the center of the sponge docks features our largest line of womens apparel, sandals, tee shirts with a large selection of gifts as well. Shop popular product lines such as Salt Life, Pali Hawaii, Shoreline, Panama Jack and more.

As you continue to the end of the docks you come to Gloria's Gifts. This store has always been special for us as it was named after the owner of the company. Gloria worked this store day and night for its first year and it has kept that inviting feeling ever since. Here you may find a piece of jewelry for yourself or pick up those gifts you missed on your stroll down Dodecanese as we offer a nice variety of clothing, hats, sandals and gifts as well.

We see so many local people and winter travelers year after year that we have come to know many of them by name. So many people have asked us if we have a website. For many of the early years we have said we don't yet but someday we will. In the meantime many people would just take our business card and call us to order something to ship to them. With so many people doing that we felt it is time to get the website going. But if you have been in our stores and you cannot find what you want online just give us a call and we will do what we can to get you what you want.

Thanks for taking the time to shop with us online and we hope if you come to the docks you will stop in and see us! Please direct any questions or comments via email at directtime@knology.net. If you do not want to order online but you would like to order please call toll free at 844-602-2467.  We are available to speak to you Monday - Friday during the day.  Otherwise please leave a voice message and we will return your call asap.

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