WINTER HAVEN, Fla. – Staff at Bok Tower work together to make every visitor’s experience special. Their mission: to inspire a better and more beautiful world in honor of the founder, Edward William Bok.
Bok once said, “Wherever your lives may be cast, make the world a bit better or more beautiful because you have lived in it.”
Leslie Thomas, The Shop at Bok’s Retail Manager, says that’s how her partnership with local businesses all started.
“We just want to have items that will help people remember and extend their visit,” she said.
Thomas says the unique items found inside the shop help keep Edward Bok’s legacy alive, by spreading the beauty of Central Florida and Bok Tower around the globe.
Bok wanted to make everything beautiful, that’s how the 205-foot Singing Tower came to be. Ninety years ago, Bok’s goal was to turn the land Bok Tower is on into “a spot of beauty, second to none in the country”.
Now, more than 260,000 people from all over the world visit Bok Tower every year. Thomas says when visitors come inside The Shop at Bok, they are given a chance to bring home a little piece of the beauty created by Bok himself. From fine jewelry made from pieces of Bok Tower to Rafa Natural – there’s something for everyone.
She says the products available from Rafa Natural allow people to remember the scent of the land Bok Tower is on, making the memories of their trip even more vivid.
“The scent we have is so us,” she said. “It’s a nice mix of magnolia and orange. As you walk into Bok Tower, you see the blossoming magnolias and you can smell the orange groves nearby.”
A wide variety of Rafa Natural products are available, including coconut oil soaps, Wash + Lotion, Room + Body spray, skincare favorites and candles.
Bok Tower is open daily 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Geert D’hollander plays the carillon (60 bells inside the tower) daily at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.