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With so many shopping experiences to choose from near SeaSide Garden Retreat, we've selected the four collections that will satisfy a wide array of shopping styles and needs, from casual window gazing to that quick trip to pick up your daily necessities. The nice thing is all these areas are nearby. (Some you can even walk to.)

Longboat Key has shops in small collections sprinkled along its entire length. The lush topical landscaped Avenue of the Flowers is within a short walking distance with convenient gourmet grocery and prescription stores, as well as exclusive and casual shops offering the latest in women's and men's fashion. A short drive away you quickly will discover St Armands Circle, truly one of the most enchanting shopping experiences in Florida. In fact, people come from all over the world to shop at historic St. Armands Circle's eclectic fashion and art boutiques, enjoy fine cuisine at sidewalk cafés, and marvel at the surrounding lush gardens and many famous artistic sculptures.

Just over the bridge is downtown Sarasota, offering three wonderful and distinct shopping experiences. Separated by two blocks is the Main Street collection, offering small-town Americana shops and the Palm Avenue collection that is home to the art galleries of many local and international artists.

Antique enthusiasts, will love the offerings in the third collection in the SoMa District on Pineapple Avenue. Here, you'll find fine antiques to retro 1950s Florida collectables. If you like "the best for less" shopping, be sure to try the Prime Outlet, Ellenton mall that takes shopping for bargains of top name brands to a new level of luxury and value.

Longboat Key Collections
Avenue of the Flowers

525 Bay Isle Parkway, a short walk south of SeaSide Garden Retreat

Located just off of Gulf of Mexico Drive one-half mile south of SeaSide Garden Retreat (You drove past it!). It's almost impossible to see from the road because it is one of the most beautifully landscaped shopping areas on the island. It includes a major grocery store (gourmet version) and drug store, Men's and Women's apparel, restaurants and more. Stores include: Publix Supermarket, CVS Drugs, UPS Store, Network Video, Brightwater Boutique, Lifestyles, Philips Menswear, Susan Stribling's New Traditions, Zodiac Fine Jewelry & Collectable. The town Post Office is located on a side street off the north end of these shops.



The Centre Shops
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key 941-387-8298; a short drive north

Located about mid-island are a collection of specialty boutiques and restaurants. There are also numerous galleries and an assortment of unique fashion boutiques. Centre Shops include Rusticala Maureen & Martini Bar, Ciao Italila, Corbino Galleries, Pelican's Purse, LaDeeDa, Wallace Fine Art, Just T-Shirts & Beach Stuff, Longboat Resort Wear, and Exit Art.



St Armands Circle
300 Madison Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236
941-388-1554 /

St. Armands Circle, is located just over the bridge south of SeaSide Garden Retreat. This historical district with its Continental marketplace, lush tropical plants, courtyards and antique statuary provides an unforgettable shopping experience for visitors from all over the world. Here, you can spend an entire day exploring over 150 upscale shops, boutiques, galleries and fine restaurants. Enjoy the "best of the best" shopping and dining experience that is uniquely St. Armands For a complete list of Stores and Shops visit their web site.


Downtown Sarasota Collections
Main Street Collection

Stroll the sidewalks of Main Street and enjoy their unique small-town Americana shopping experience. Main Street, together with Palm Avenue Collection, form the center of the art galleries in Sarasota. Here you'll find paintings, photography, sculptures, ceramics and designer jewelry, as well as, a good selection of international fine art and crafts. You're invited by the Downtown Association to their First Friday Walks, held on the first Friday of the month from 6 - 9pm. Shops and galleries on Main Street include Art Uptown, Gold Fish Galleries, 1369 Main Street Studios, Paradise Gallery, Santa Fe Trails Gallery, Rousseau's, Siam Heritage.



Palm Avenue Shops

Sarasota has a very active artist community with driven by the internationally known Ringling School of Art. The works of these local artists, as well as international artists are on display in many well-designed galleries along historic Palm Avenue. You'll be able to find unique gifts, special art pieces, custom designed furniture, unique handmade jewelry, European artifacts, and fine art oil paintings, and more You're invited by the Palm Avenue Arts Alliance to their First Friday Art Walks held on the first Friday of the month from 6 - 9pm. Call 941-951-2314 for details. Shops and galleries on Palm Avenue include A Step Above Gallery, Chasen Reed, The Heart of Europe, Apple and Carpenter Gallery of Fine Arts, Classic Design Group, Classic Imports, Coco Palm Gallery, The Golden Image, Janet F. Post Jewelry, Inc., June Simmons Designs, Whit's End, Galleria Silecchia, Palm Avenue Gallery, and Glass Reflections / Showroom.



The SoMa District

The SoMa district is located in downtown Sarasota and is bordered by Pineapple and Orange Avenues and State Street. It is well known for its collection of fine antique dealers. You're invited by The SoMa District to spend an evening walking "back in time" on the 2nd Friday of every month. The walks are from 5:30PM-8PM. Stores include Denise Kowal & Sons Jewelry, Sarasota Trading Company, Sonia's Antiques & Collectables, Maison du Charme Linens, Jack Vinales 20th Century Classics, The Chameleon Natural Boutique, Studio Snaidero, The Pineapple House Collection, Burke & Company Fabulous Finds, The Orange Pineapple, Kate, Belle de Jour, Willow 506, Beauty and the Beads, Blue Art Design, Van Der Pol & McCoy Linens, Arts & Antiques, The Eye of the Needle, New England Antiques, Pineapple Bay Trading Company, Pineapple Holistic Day Spa, and Laughlin's Luxury Lifestyles.



Prime Outlet, Ellenton
5461 Factory Shops Blvd., Ellenton, FL 34222
888-260-7608 or 941-729-8615 /
Located 20 miles north of Sarasota, on I-75 at exit 43

If someone in your family finds it hard passing up a great deal…be careful here. With the impressive brand name stores arranged in a beautiful Caribbean village setting you won't believe you're in an outlet mall until you look at the discounts on the price tags. If you are seeking "the best for less," you have many choices including Anne Klein, Ann Taylor, Carole Little, Coastal Cotton, Dana Buchman, Danskin, Donna Karan, DKNY Jeans, Ellen Tracy, Gap Outlet, Geoffrey Beene, Jones New York, Liz Claiborne, Louis Feraud Paris, Mark, Fore & Strike, Off 5th -Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger Company Store, Versace Company Store, Perry Ellis, Reebok, Bugle Boy, OshKosh B'Gosh, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Ralph Lauren Footwear, Nine West, Nike Factory Store, Coach, Black & Decker Factory Store, Le Creuset Company, Royal Doulton, Villeroy & Boch, The Waterford / Wedgewood Store, Golf Manufacturers Outlet, Harry and David, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and several others.


Southgate Plaza
3501 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. 941-955-0900.

Need a luxury mall shopping experience? Southgate Plaza is the answer. It is located south of downtown Sarasota on U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) at Bee Ridge Road. Here you will find upscale stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Burdines and Dillard's, along with many specialty shops such as Ann Taylor, Banana Republic, Eddie Bauer, The Gap, Swim 'n Sport, Talbots, Victoria's Secret, Paradox Gallery, People's Pottery, Waldenbooks, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Williams-Sonoma, Champs Sports, Gymboree and several more. Open seven days a week.