My first impression when I walked into The Horse and Gator was… WOW. Do you have a family member or friend that “has everything”? This shop is the mecca of buying something personal and unique for people that are hard to shop for. The walls are adorned with paintings, portraits, and hand drawn art. They are perfectly accented with a flowing cascade of the vines that we see all over the beautiful landscapes of Ocala. Hand drawn cards are tucked into racks, stylish furniture pieces are strategically placed throughout the shop, and beautiful wooden puzzles are set out to amaze and challenge.
The owner, Cindy Moody, has a beautiful smile and a warm welcome. Her love and excitement for all of the artists and their individual contributions to this the shop is captivating. The stories for each artist and what they bring to our community compels you to continue to immerse yourself in the shop’s offerings. Cindy began our tour walking me through handmade jewelry that offers interchangeable pieces with a neutral base, moving into beautiful portraits from a local rancher that has also transferred her love of art on to fashionable apparel, and then onto a repurposed sewing table that is now a chic mini bar.
Sculptures made by Cindy and her husband Jim are one of a kind. Handcrafted artisan jewelry and custom belt buckles worn by celebrities are just a few of the wonders you will find in this shop. One of the most incredible things about this establishment is that they offer you the opportunity to collaborate with the artist of your choice to bring your dreams to fruition. The artist’s inspiration paired with your imagination conjures a masterpiece specified to your desires. Murals and custom portraits are just a few of the personalized design options available, stop in and explore all the opportunities they offer.
Knowing that your purchase is supporting our local economy is just one of the perks of your unique shopping experience. Prices start at a budget friendly $10 and top off at $4000 for custom artwork. Boasting a list of 15 local vendors to choose from, you simply can’t go wrong when looking for a unique piece of art, jewelry, or apparel. Can’t decide which treasure your friends and family will like the most? No worries! Just ask for a Horse and Gator Gift Certificate.
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Currently, The Horse and Gator is hosting these vendors. The links to their Facebook and/or websites are listed below. Click on the name for Facebook, company listing for website, description for email.
Bobbie Davis – Painting/Photography
Brian Cruz – Artist
Gary Law -Gary Law Woodworks – Wooden 3D Puzzles
Linda Ballantine – Artist/Cowgirl
Suzanne – Custom Art
Attention Vendors! Cindy and Jim want you to profit from your creations. They offer a flat fee that covers rental space and utilities. When your product sells, you keep 100% of your asking price. Give them a call today for more information.