Downtown Venice – Friendly and vibrant city nestled between Sarasota and Fort Myers, directly on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Crossing one of Venice’s bridges to the historic downtown area, known as “The Island of Venice”, instantly transports you to a place of unparalleled charm where palm tree lined avenues host an endless array of exciting things to do and see. You’re sure to find a shop or boutique to satisfy your style out of the 100+ unique shops, salons, and other businesses along the Island Avenues of Venice.
Westfield Sarasota Square – If you’re looking for trendsetting stores like Forever21, Aldo, American Eagle and Express, this is the place to go! Westfield is the largest with the most to offer in Sarasota, so it tends to be one of the top “places to go” whether you’re looking to spend some time at the Macy’s makeup counter, strike a deal at Payless, snag a new bra at Victoria’s Secret or even catch a flick in between shopping sprees.
St. Armand’s Circle – St. Armand’s is a place to love, shop and of course, be seen. St. Armand’s offers extensive dining choices and a handful or two of unique shops like, Little Bo-Tique, Foxy Lady, The Met and Addison Craig (Shoes, Shoes and More Shoes). Along with brands such as White House Black Market, Soma and Lilly Pulitzer. And no trip to the circle is complete until you treat yourself to a little ice cream from one of the many ice cream parlors; Big Olafs and Kilwin’s are favorites of mine.
Westfield South Gate – Southgate is home to big hitters like Sak’s Fifth Avenue, Dillard’s and Macy’s. If you’re looking to really shop this is the place to go. With stores like Gap, Banana Republic, Chico’s, Ann Taylor and Loft, you’re bound to find something for your closet, and if you’re lucky, it’ll be on sale. Not just in it for clothes? Southgate also has The Walking Company, MAC, Williams Sonoma, Coach and Gymboree for the stylish kiddos.
The Shoppes At University Center – When you’re not in the mood for typical mall shopping The Shoppes at University Center (and other centers in the vicinity) is the place to go, whether you’re looking for the entire family at Old Navy, need some essentials from Target and Ulta or want to snag a steal at Marshall’s or Ross, you’ll have plenty to choose from without the hustle and bustle of mall shopping.
Ellenton Premium Outlets – Ellenton isn’t technically in Sarasota, but it’s the place to go if you’re an outlet shopaholic. The Premium Outlets offer all the shops we love and adore, but with outlet pricing and more sales (Black Friday is May-jor here). Want brands like Saks Off Fifth, Motherhood Maternity, Kate Spade, BCBG Max Azria, Juicy Couture and Calvin Klein? You got it – that and 125 other outlet stores to browse. Be prepared to spend some time there; all that bargain shopping is time consuming.
The Mall at University Town Center – Brand New UTC is the dominant upscale shopping and dining destination serving the growing Sarasota market and the surrounding coastal areas.
Downtown Sarasota – The center of Downtown Sarasota is known as Five Points and it’s at the intersection of Main Street, Pineapple Avenue, and Central Avenue. Most shops, restaurants and other businesses can be found along Main Street, Palm Avenue, and First Street. There is a wide selection of restaurants and cafes. Many of the shops cater to the wealthy residents and snowbirds and sell high-end fashion, art, and home decor.