Meet Our Owners

Jerry & Joyce Garlick

Jerry & Joyce Garlick are longtime residents of Apalachicola, FL.

Jerry worked for the Post Office delivering mail until 1995 – back in the days where you had to watch out for dogs laying in the middle of HWY 98.
Joyce spent many years working in our local seafood industry, shucking oysters. She now makes fine jewelry & crochets hats, gloves, shawls, headbands & much more.

They introduced themselves to the original Sponge Exchange building in 1995 as an antique vendor.
Not long afterwards, the possibility of incorporating natural sea sponges into the business was looked into. Jerry is a certified diver of 20 years; now the only sponge broker on the Florida Panhandle. He deals with the Greek, Turkish & other international divers of the Gulf of Mexico.

We sell wholesale & retail sponges all across the country & thoroughly enjoy explaining the life of the sea sponge to visitors of our unique store.

As of July 2014, we are welcome all to our new location. We are now located in the historic Zingarelli building at 14 Avenue D (across the street from The Owl Cafe)

You will love what we have done with the place!
Please come & see us!

  • Top quality products
  • Great customer service
  • Antique showroom