Longboat Key is sprinkled with small collections of upscale boutiques, galleries, and markets. A short drive away, St. Armand's Circle draws shoppers from all over the world with its large assortment of high end clothiers, jewelers, and sidewalk eateries. For even more shopping choices, Downtown Sarasota offers several eclectic shopping and dining districts.
The Centre Shops
5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key
A collection of specialty boutiques, galleries and restaurants make this mid-island plaza a popular stop for shoppers. Shops include: Rusticala Maureen & Martini Bar, Ciao Italia, Corbino Galleries, Pelican's Purse, Wallace Fine Art, Just T-Shirts & Beach Stuff, Longboat Resort Wear, and Exit Art.
Avenue of the Flowers
525 Bay Isle Parkway, Longboat Key
The island's most beautifully landscaped shopping are is also its most convenient, with a grocery store, post office and pharmacy. Stores include: Publix Supermarket, Eckerd Drugs, Network Video, Brightwater Boutique, Lifestyles, Philips Menswear, Susan Stribling's New Traditions, and Zodiac Fine Jewelry & Collectable.
5461 Factory Shops Boulevard, Ellenton
Twenty minutes from downtown Sarasota, the huge Prime Outlets shopping plaza lures fashion addicts with the largest assortment of outlets in the area. Make sure you take plenty of cash and plastic, as you're sure to leave with bays of goodies from Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, OFF 5th Saks Fifth Avenue, BCBG, Gap Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike, Mikasa, Harry and David, Ann Taylor, Kate Spade, and more!
St. Armand's Circle
300 Madison Drive, Sarasota
The brainchild of circus magnate John Ringling, St. Armand's Circle resembles an elegant European market, with Italian statuary, lush landscaping, and glittering outdoor lights in the evenings. Shoppers come from all over the world to browse the collection of over 130 upscale boutiques, unique galleries, and outdoor cafes.
3501 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
For traditional mall shopping with an upscale twist, Southgate Plaza offers chic apparel stores and the home furnishing chains of Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, and Home Resource. For frocks and such, Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy's, Banana Republic, Aldo, Chicos, Ann Taylor Loft, Dillard's and The Gap keep fashionistas satisfied.