Wednesday, December 1, 2021


Goodland flag.

Goodland flag.

Joanie Fuller 

Are you ready for Season? If not, you better get ready ‘cause Goodland ‘s gearin’ up.

New flags are flying. Hurricane shutters are coming down. Golf cars are rolling. Stan’s, Little Bar, Old Marco Lodge and Marker 8 are all serving. Bands are playing and folks are dancing. The Post Office is busier and friends are greeting each other after being away for the summer. Marinas are humming. Fishing is good. The Goodland Civic Association is meeting and lots of events are planned.

Of course we are going to have our Pancake Breakfasts, Boat Parade and the Spring Event, but our first big event is our second annual Christmas Bazaar planned for Dec. 3 and 4 in the Goodland Boat Park. Lots of Goodlanders will participate in the bazaar chaired by Connie Fullmer. Crafts of all kinds, baked goods, food and drink, plant and flowers will be there and you might even have a chance to sit on Santa’s lap. If

Fia Carter loves island woman.

Fia Carter loves island woman.

you were there last year, you know how much fun it was and if you weren’t there, then bring the kids and join us this year.

No matter why you are in Goodland though, you should stop in at the Island Woman – the unique boutique next to Stan’s Idle Hour. It is the only retail shop here and it is fabulous. All kinds of tropical clothes, accessories, original art and funky stuff are creatively displayed to tempt you.

Friendly and outgoing Fia Carter, the store owner, loves her shop. She gave the front door a fresh coat of red paint this summer. Supposedly the color red brings good fortune and wealth. She also redid the whole interior to give it a fresh and inviting look all the way from the door right to the cash register.

Now, let’s step aside for a moment because I have a couple of questions for you.

First, have you ever heard the name Fia? I hadn’t so

Christmas bazaar.

Christmas bazaar.

I asked her about it. She told me, “My mother made up the name from the initials of my deceased grandparents in order to honor them.” Isn’t that cool?

Second, have you ever heard the term retail therapist? Fia calls herself one and I hadn’t heard that term either, so I asked her about that. A smiling Fia explained, “Doesn’t it make you feel good to shop?” “Yes, of course,” I responded. “Well then, it’s really good therapy to shop especially in such a fun place as this!”

Fia is right. It is an excellent place to buy something different for a souvenir, a gift or for yourself, for that matter.

And I have a confession to make. I bought something for myself and I feel so good! It’s a little outfit that I just might wear to the Christmas Bazaar. Hope to see you there!

Joanie Fuller is the President of the Goodland Civic Association. She and her husband of 47 years, David Fuller, are residents of Goodland. 

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