Long ago when I was a USF (Tampa campus) student I came to meet someone who lived in Gulfport. I remember going to visit her from the North Tampa area seemed like a tremendous journey to a different land. For the life of me I would not be able to remember her neighborhood now, but every now and then when I still, infrequently, visit Gulfport small flashes of those past days leave a trace image in my mind. I can say for sure though that I had never been to Bo-Tiki before last week as the unique shop makes a strong impression on visitors.
The ladies working inside Bo-Tiki were very friendly and quick to laugh. I asked the owner, Maddy (on right), to hold up her current favorite item in her boutique to help her feel more at ease about her portrait being taken. I think it worked. Whenever possible I like to get clients to hold one of their products for a commercial photography type portrait.
I think I will return to Bo-Tiki later this year as a customer looking for a Christmas present for my mom. I might pick up one of those old-time Gulfport signs for myself as well!