You’ve just arrived on the island with nothing to wear. Don’t despair, the Green Pineapple at the Perry Hotel on Stock Island (just 10 minutes by car from Key West) has got you covered — literally. With a wide variety of caftans and tunics for the ladies and sun shirts and polos for the guys, the Green Pineapple is your go-to island store for a tropical wardrobe refresh.
Whether you’re here with your honey for an extended weekend getaway or you’ve got a day off from work and want to engage in a little local retail therapy, the thoughtfully stocked shop at the Perry offers something for everyone’s budget. Stroll into the modern hotel lobby and walk up the short staircase to the mid-level landing, where you’ll find the quaint boutique that has everything you need to feel island chic.
In addition to carrying island-appropriate apparel, the Green Pineapple at the Perry Hotel also offers an array of locally crafted jewelry and artwork created by Florida Keys artisans and designers. Always mindful of their environment — and protective of it — the boutique boasts brands that are both eco-friendly and environmentally conscious, including 100% reef-friendly sunscreen and flip flops made from recycled goods. You’ll even find something for Fido there, too.
Thanks to their commitment to all thing wellness, from the inside out, you can sip on coconut water and nosh on gluten-free snacks while you shop for last-minute gifts for the dog walker at home or, if you’re feeling particularly generous, something luxe for yourself. There you’ll find hidden treasures crafted locally and curated by the store’s buyer, local jewelry designer, Karen Moore.
The Green Pineapple at the Perry Hotel was launched in November of 2018 by business partners and friends Jennifer Hulse Russo and Rebecca Schwab-Talpas. Hulse Russo, an attorney, had recently purchased the Green Pineapple’s Duval Street location in 2018 and it was one evening at dinner that the idea of launching its sister location at the Perry came about.
“I first met Jennifer when I interviewed for a part-time sales position at the Green Pineapple on Duval Street in June of 2018,” Schwab-Talpas says. “I was looking for something fun to do one day a week and thought working at the Pineapple would help fill that need. Sure enough, it did! I was able to really understand the culture and vibe Jennifer was creating and I fell in love with it.
“After learning the retail space at the hotel was going to be available, I asked Jennifer to dinner to discuss a potential business opportunity. I proposed we go in together and create the Green Pineapple at the Perry Hotel. The idea was to bring the same vibe and culture from downtown to Stock Island. After several conversations and meetings, we created the Green Pineapple at the Perry Hotel! We started this process in August 2018 and, by November, we opened the store!”
Like any successful duo, the business partners balance each other out. Schwab-Talpas, who has over 20 years of retail experience, uses her background to assist in the creative aspect of the space, while Hulse Russo uses her business background to manage the store. And the two have been creating retail magic since they joined forces last year.
“I grew up in the world of retail after beginning my career as a retail manger in 1998,” says Schwab-Talpas. “I ‘retired’ from retail when my husband and I moved to the Keys in 2015 and I began my new career as a yoga instructor. I always knew I would end up back in the world of retail someday, and that’s how I met Jennifer.”
The pineapple, known as the universal symbol of welcome and hospitality, is the perfect logo for a store that welcomes both locals and visitors to its unique space. After taking over the Duval Street location of the Green Pineapple, which also contains a café and yoga studio, Hulse Russo wanted to expand the space and knew Stock Island’s growing location would be the perfect fit.
Aside from its daily offerings, the boutique also hosts monthly trunk shows that feature the works of local artists such as Zen by Karen Moore, Made by Soto, Kassy B Fine Art and Jasmine Jones. The goal of the trunk shows is to bring attention to the Stock Island community of artists and influencers. This month’s trunk show will be hosted on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 6-9 p.m. in the hotel’s main lobby.
There is ample free parking and guests can fill up on their share of happy hour beverages from 6-8 p.m. at the hotel’s bar (tequila and tunics — sign me up!) or enjoy a few laps in the local-friendly pool before splurging on their favorites from the boutique’s trunk show. Complimentary cake and champagne will be on hand to celebrate the anniversary of the space and there’s even a discount for Monroe County residents.
The Green Pineapple at the Perry Hotel can be found at 7001 Shrimp Road. You can shop ‘til you drop from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. ¦