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Published on October 26th, 2012 | by Donna Martin


A New Experience – NestNSB

It’s no secret; New Smyrna Beach is a charming place, with its diversity of specialty shops, and plenty of them. You’d have to be real creative to come up with any new ideas for yet another distinct shopping experience.

Landa Watson and Ron Grutz, partners and owners of NestNSB, have done exactly that.

This new establishment is strategically located, as their sign displays, at the “gateway to the historic district,” on the northeast corner of Live Oak and the South Causeway. You can’t miss the large red sign looming high above, in front, facing the causeway.

When my friend called to tell me I should check out NestNSB and that they carried furniture and also served drinks, I thought, “What? Is he nuts?”

To my surprise, it was just as he said. NestNSB is comprised of two buildings brimming with furniture of just about every type and period.

Most of the used pieces, finished in a full pallete of shades and tints are all at the creative whim of Grutz, who’s given them new life. Others are simply restored to their natural finish of the wood. Almost any day, you can spot him in his workshop out back, quietly and happily doing his thing. “I believe everything is reasonably priced,” Grutz says.

In addition, there is a collection of original designed benches and tables hand made from different types of wood, by local artist, Bob Sammons. Everything in both shops is constantly changing.

Complementing all of the pieces is a mix of accessories selected by Watson which is her forte’.  There is something for everyone’s decorating tastes.

Inside the main building, 315 Live Oak, amid all the furnishings, is the bar. There’s an extensive wine list for every taste, sold by the glass or the bottle and a wide range of beer on tap or by the bottle – exotic names like Shipyard Pumpkin Head and Woodchuck Amber.

But the pièce de résistance is the splendid garden courtyard. I watched weekly as the landscaping plan unfolded. Its execution is the mastery of local craftsmen. You climb a few steps then descend to a nest-like setting, embraced on two sides by the buildings and in front, by an architectural wall of flowing water completely blocking out the causeway traffic. After dark, flames arise from the top of the fountain presenting a kinesthetic effect.

There’s an immediate feeling of tranquility and a healing quietness where a person can somehow get the effect of what it’s like to be in a protective nest. It’s possible to completely shut out the world beyond, with all of its rushing madness.

Visitors can enjoy walking around the premises with their glass of wine or beer and meander throughout both buildings or just relax in the ‘nest’ for a reprieve from all outside distractions.  If you’d like to have lunch or dinner here, there are takeout menus from local restaurants and the owners will call in the order for you and have it delivered

Oh, yes, there is a permanent fixture at NestNSB – Watson’s dog, Marley, the mascot that just sort of hangs out, looking perfectly contented and happy to see everyone.

There is a 4th Friday special events night in the planning stage. Each month will feature live entertainment of a variety. Watch for details and dates on NestNSB’s Facebook page or the website, NestNSB.com. Hours right now are Wed through Sunday noon – 8:00PM.

“Feedback has been very favorable.” Grutz explains, “There have been responses like, serene, restful and a peaceful retreat.”

Everyone’s experience is different. Stay as little or as long as you want. Some people even stay about three hours. “Word of mouth has been a large factor in gaining new customers.” Watson and Grutz agree.

NestNSB has to be experienced. I believe Watson and Grutz have presented this gem with painstaking attention to details. NestNSB is a soup to nuts shop, the sublime to the ridiculous, the yin and yang of shopping. Don’t take my word for all this, see for yourselves.

About the Author

Donna Martin

Stained Glass Artist, Owner of Alchemy Stained Glass Studio, Oil painter and journalist. I love the laid back attitude of Edgewater. Oak Hill is one of my favorite towns because of the simple life, with the old Florida atmosphere and the abundant wildlife. But initially, it was New Smyrna Beach that attracted me. I was on my way to Ponce Lighthouse and took a wrong turn into New Smyrna Beach. I picked up a newspaper (The Observer, in fact). On the front page was an article about the Atlantic Center for the Arts. I folded up my paper, went back to St. Cloud where I was working for Chrysler in Orlando and put my house up for sale. I’ve never looked back.

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