Malabar, Fla., is no Rodeo Drive for shopping. But this small beachy community near Palm Bay, on the Space Coast in Florida, has its own kind of charm.
If you're visiting Malabar and you want to make a shopping excursion, you're going to need to widen your bubble to include the Palm Bay area and surrounding communities.
Within a short drive of Malabar, you can get stunning floral arrangements (at multiple florists: Beautiful Bouquets and Baskets and The Enchanted Florist), edible gift baskets, model radio-controlled airplanes, vintage clothing (also at multiple stores: Molly Mutt Thrift Shop and Pickin-N-Grinnin). Your shopping contributes to a charitable cause at the area thrift stores, which raise money for homeless animals in Brevard County and homeless veterans in the county, respectively.
Arts and crafts stores also thrive here, with a fully stocked bead shop and a yarn and crochet store.
Just a short drive from Malabar and Palm Bay is The Flop Shop in Melbourne, a great place to get new sandals or Toms. The Executive Cigar Lounge in Melbourne is a unique place to go, sit in the air conditioning and smoke a stogie with other cigar-lovers.
Here are our favorite 10 places to shop near Malabar.