There are two shopping districts on Longboat Key. Mid-island, the Centre Shops is home to the Lazy Lobster Restaurant and specialty boutiques while the Avenue of the Flowers features a Publix Supermarket, Network Video, Brightwater Boutique, Phillip’s Men’s Wear, Susan Stribling’s New Traditions and Zodiac Fine Jewelry.
St Armands – Lido Key
Stores include a great selection of “resort wear”, as well as jewelry, art, a doggie boutique & high end souvenirs. The open-air dining options are fantastic with a varied selection of night-time entertainment. Check HERE for more details.
Sarasota has a rare combination of small town charm and big city sophistication. Boutiques with distinctive styles, art galleries and sidewalk eateries can be found along Main Street and Palm.
On Saturday mornings the farmer’s market on Main and Lemon is a community gathering place for a fresh cup of coffee and a gooey pastry. Stroll the market place and stuff a few bags with fresh fruits, veggies, pastas, breads and seafood. Homemade jams, pottery, jewelry and painted artistry are on display as well as handmade toys and candied apples. Even water bowls are strategically placed for any four legged friend to enjoy.
Venice is only a short drive south on US 41. Small shops and boutiques grace the sidewalks of Venice Avenue featuring classic island wear, jewelry and collectibles. Knickknack shops are also on hand with shells, shark’s teeth and beach stuff.
Bargain hunters can head to Bradenton’s Red Barn Flea Market and Ellenton’s Outlet Mall for some of the best deals around.