Thursday, June 18, 2009
Shop for White House Gear and take the President Home for Fun and Profit
This fun and popular shop is located on Channelside Drive in the Channelside Bay Plaza. The plaza, where The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is located, features restaurants, bars, Joffrey's Coffee, shops and a theater complex with IMAX. It is at the cruise port and beside the Florida Aquarium. White House Gear and American Classics opened here in 2002, and is full of gifts and souvenirs of Washington, D.C., the White House, Air Force One, the presidential retreat at Camp David, the U.S. Capitol Building, all the military branches and other patriotic merchandise. White House Gear has also carried authentic-looking apparel with FBI, Secret Service and Air Force One logos. Shoppers of every age and political persuasion, veterans and discerning shoppers looking for cuff links and even official White House Christmas ornaments are in luck. This store has it all. From time-to-time they have carried talking presidential dolls that can entertain the kids and upset all the family, friends and neighbors. You can buy golf shirts, polos, belts, cigars, mugs and hats. Even White House china, insignia ties, coins, golf clubs, White House doll houses, and models of Air Force One and Marine One helicopters for the kids (or big guys who like 1/24 scale, highly-detailed presidential limousines from past administrations.) They have life size, cardboard cut-outs of President Obama. If you have always dreamed of having him join you in the kitchen as you make coffee...or whatever, he is dying to leave the shop and breathe again. (That 's your president in the window on the left staring out at passersby.) If you can't get to Washington, this store has everything you'd expect to find at shops right outside the museums and government building in DC. If you're inventive and creative, and can't make the trek to our nation's capital, buy the Obama cut-out figure and start your own "Have your photo taken with the President" business in your hometown. Exactly like you'd find on all the tourist-jammed sidewalks in Washington. Think of the pride - and revenue -you'll experience from finally being the entrepreneur you've always dreamed of becoming.