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The Missing Link is Missing -It Was in Palm Harbor, FL Where Did It Go

The Missing Link is Missing - It Was in Palm Harbor, FL Where Did It Go

I loved this little store called The Missing Link in Palm Harbor, FL and took these photos about a year ago at Palm Harbor Days or some festival. Being down that way recently for some other reason, I decided to stop by and browse.

The Missing Link

And, to my horror, it was gone. I loved this place, it had all the funky, kitchy stuff that we all love to look at. It had an outdoor area for selling custom-made wood furniture,  and a pet bird you could talk to. Lots of jewelry, cute ladies hats and clothes, stained glass window hangers, in other words,
it was perfect!

The Missing LinkThe Missing Link

I called the phone number for The Missing Link and asked about it. The owner told me they were going to turn it into a flooring business because that's what they used to do for many years.

The Missing Link

I’m so sad. But I hope the bird is a salesperson in the flooring store too. It's the same owners; just no more funky and kitchy.

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Comment balloon 18 commentsToni Weidman • August 29 2012 04:43PM


Toni, I am glad to hear that it's not out of business and had to close, sonds like an active decision was involved on the owner's part to change tracks. Much better reason for the store to be gone than closing due to lack of business. But I'm with you, a store with "things the world doesn't need" is so much more fun than a flooring store!!

Posted by Tanja Cisliek (Future Home Realty) about 8 years ago

Small businesses need all of our assistance and support.  It is difficult for many to survive.

Enjoy the days of summer with your camera in hand.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 8 years ago
Toni, it's sad that so many of the little shops can't make it nowadays especially if they don't sell only junky stuff from China.
Posted by Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES, Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living (Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch!) about 8 years ago

I just hate when that happens.  Sad they can blend the two.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 8 years ago

Hi Toni, I am sorry that the Missing Link Gift Shop that you loved is missing. I hope the owner can make it with his new business.

Posted by Kwee Huset, Venice Florida Homes For Sale (Kwee Huset Realty) about 8 years ago

Hi Toni.  The economic downturn shut down a lot of  small retail shops, especially ones that sell non-essential things like giftware and crafts.   Flooring is probably a better bet.

Posted by Dianne Goode, Realtor/Broker (Raleigh Cary Realty) about 8 years ago
Hi Toni, We have all seen these hard times and the toll it has taken on buusiness, our cummunities and the many families that have been through torcherous times. I hope those with the spirit can find their way in new undertakings and lead our communities to a new prosperity.
Posted by William Johnson, Retired Real Estate Professional (Retired) about 8 years ago

Toni, Although is sounds like it was a unique type of business, at least the owners are still around and trying to make the location work better for them...

Posted by Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400, Long Island Home and Condo Specialists (The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803) about 8 years ago

Tanja - me too. We had two restaurants close up in the last couple of months and a few small businesses close--it is very sad.

Roy - I agree. We need to shop local.

Silvia - That's true and it is sad. I was on someone's FB page and found out they closed their store. I was shocked.

Tammy - I wonder if they will do that? I'll have to check when they open.

Kwee - me too. We missed you yesterday at the meet-up.

Dianne - I think you're right.

William - you sound like you're running for office. I'll vote for you :) All very true.

Larry and Sheila - yes, i was glad to hear that and wished them luck on the new venture.


Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 8 years ago

What a bummer! Maybe they will have a little funky and kitchy section just for you! 

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) about 8 years ago

Toni- Oh ... I love funky and kitchy, bummer. I wish them well but it's sad when the cute businesses that we love are no longer there. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) about 8 years ago

Maybe after you found it the first time, management figured it needed to be missing again. Don't worry, someone will find it Silvia.   :)



Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 8 years ago


The world is changing before our very eyes and it's happening so rapidly. These past 4 years have been the worst I've seen and that includes living through the civil rights movement. With the riots, people saw and felt physical pain. With the economy today and the way it's going, the financial and emotional scars go deep and it's felt in every city and town in America. With the civil rights movement, we knew who was fighting. Nobody is talking loud enough about the reality of shops going under, filing for bankruptcy, or changing, but everyone is fighting for their life right now. It's new type of movement and it's not good for the economy, the people or generations to come.  

America needs new leadership because it's the jobs and the people who live comfortably and work that makes America great. The funky kitchy had to be a fun place to shop. I'm glad the owners are okay and thankfully they are not giving up. Your story reminds me how important it is to shop locally and to let people know how much we appreciate them.

Small business owners must unite. Thank goodness AR is a place where we are all united.

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) about 8 years ago

Toni, so many things have changed over the years and not always for the better...but still the one constant in the world seems to be change.

Posted by Nick T Pappas, Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource (Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL) about 8 years ago

Toni, it is sad when small businesses cannot make it, and need to change direction.   Let's hope the flooring business works out for them!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) about 8 years ago

Great post Toni, thanks for sharing this interesting article with the active rain community! Have a nice week!

Posted by Will Nesbitt, Nesbitt Realty is a family-run brokerage. (Nesbitt Realty at Condo Alexandria) about 8 years ago


Wow, I can see why you liked it.  I enjoy these type of funky stores, They are a joy because there is so much to discover, and I agree with you about the bird, he does need to stay...A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) about 8 years ago

Wouldn't that be great, Joni!

Kathy - it was a great place to find those unusual gifts for our unusual friends!

Patricia - I was relieved to hear that they were surviving on another raft too.

Nick - that's the truth these days especially.

Joan - I hope so too!

Will - thanks

Alexandra - I'm pretty sure he has job security and has been with them a while.


Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) about 8 years ago

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