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2873 Saber Dr
Clearwater, FL 33759
(800) 721-0024

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'Man Cave' Wins the Gold in GCA Best Bathrooms Awards, Seven Garden Centers Honored for their Facilities 

Garden Centers of America (GCA) recognized seven stores for their restrooms with its second annual GCA Bathrooms Awards, presented during the GCA Membership Networking Luncheon held during the IGC Show at Navy Pier, August 2012. A panel judged the entries on the bathroom’s creativity and comfort to the customer’s overall shopping experience. The winner of the top honor, the Gold Award, received a plaque and comp registration for the 2013 GCA Summer Tour. Other recognitions included a Silver Award and several Awards of Merit, also honored with plaques. 

  • Baker's Acres puts a little "potty humor" to work in its bathroom, turning the unisex facility into a shrine to testosterone. The sign on the door urges men and women alike to proceed with caution: "Warning - Man Cave. Enter at Your own Risk."

  • Behind the toilet, a life-sized action cutout of Han Solo stands ready to take action. "It was supposed to have a small mirror over Han's head so that when a man was doing his business, his own head would appear on Han's body. Alas, the scale wasn't quite right," says Chris Baker, Owner. "You can't win them all."

  • Posters on the walls pay homage to heroes Rocky Balboa and Clint Eastwood.

  • Beer bottles toast memories of happy hours past, lining a shelf toward the ceiling that runs along the perimeter of the room.

  • Posters of "The Dude" and what Baker calls “the requisite Farrah Fawcett” gaze down from the ceiling.

  • NFL Greatest Follies, Star Wars and The Three Stooges are ready on video to entertain.
    A “Mustache Wall of Fame” gives a manly nod to Tom Selleck, Burt Reynolds and Yosemite Sam.

  • Oakland Nursery’s bathrooms hadn’t been redesigned in more than a decade. They were extremely dirty and in need of repair.

  • All porous wood surfaces were replaced with materials that could be easily cleaned.

  • For the walls, the garden center chose the brightest paint color they could find.

  • The chandelier and mirror were sourced second-hand and repurposed.

  • Creative Director Melissa Bargar hand-drew the tree and plant forms on the wall, wrapping them around the corner.

  • An open design floating shelf unit on the wall allows customers to grab more paper products.

  • An empty shelf at the entrance allows women to store their purse up off the floor.

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