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As a beautiful resort destination that attracts discerning residents and visitors, Sarasota is a small city with big amenities, including a collection of luxury stores and boutiques that can hold its own with many chic urban centers. From high-fashion department stores to well-edited boutiques, the region offers sophisticated shoppers everything they need for our celebrated coastal lifestyle. As chroniclers of that lifestyle, we report on luxury shopping all year long. But in this Platinum annual, we go farther. Every year, our style and fashion editors choose the region’s 100 best luxury retailers, and present this carefully curated list--the Platinum 100--to you to use as a year-round resource. Each store is vetted, both for its product line and the shopping experience itself, from the environment to the sales staff and service ethic.
Retail is a landscape in motion, and every year’s list is different, as long-running establishments may close their doors or change their mission, while enterprising young newcomers add fresh style and discoveries to the city. Our editors report that compiling this year’s list was especially challenging, as a recovering economy encouraged expansions and openings, enlarging the competitive field. We congratulate the stores who earned a place on the final 100—Sarasota’s own black book of luxury shopping—and encourage you to explore these pages and in the stores themselves, to discover just how exceptional Sarasota shopping has become.
The distinctively smart exterior of Addison Craig signals this is more than just a place to shop for your sole mate. Inside it’s an eye-popping closet dripping with options of sleek accessories, fashion-forward jewelry and luxe handbags, all by recognizable brands like See By Chloé, Tory Burch, Belle by Sigerson Morrison and ASHA by ADM. 28 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3400.
Not only will you find the hottest names to hit the sand in swimwear design from BCBG Maxazria to Marc by Marc Jacobs to Vix, you’ll also find them in one or two pieces. And where there’s a swimsuit, there’s a cover- up. Go for a Gottex pareo, Folklore caftan or Tiger Lily tunic. 331 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1025; 5131 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, (941) 346-0702.
Behind the paned windows fashionistas will find selections for the Bohemian chic woman to the jet-setting maven. The loft-like shopping environment feels much like an inviting European closet. Within the four walls are trend-current finds from up-and-coming lines like Samantha Wills Jewelry, Xirena, Bella Luxx and Mother. 1544 Main St., (941) 312-6983.
This clothier institution steeped in tradition also has its eye on a new generation: the modern dandy. Check out the Red Fleece Collection—quickly becoming a must-have for the young, preppy set. It’s a tweak on the long-standing Brooks Brothers tradition with fresh prints, cut and color. 1500 Main St., (941)-954-7545.
Step into this loft-like shop in downtown Venice and you’ll find a well-rounded coastal collection of resort wear to suit from the beach to the country club and back. Once a men’s-only store stocking hard-to-find brands like Kahala and Tori Richards, Captain’s Landing expanded this year with women’s wear. Best of all: It’s surprisingly affordable. 243 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-2329.
This consignment boutique is for the vintage and brand shopper who loves a bargain at half the price. You’ll never shop the same rack twice with constantly rotating stock from designers like Armani, Burberry, Chanel and St. John. Everything is donated or consigned and sells at 50 percent to 75 percent off original prices. 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, (941) 366-5293.
One of the nation’s foremost retail champions of American art-to-wear, Dream Weaver owner Joan McKeon curates an unparalleled selection of artisan-crafted fashions including floor-length gowns, day dresses, hand-painted scarves, handbags and jewelry. An adjoining sister store, Planet for Dream Weaver, attracts the style savvy with a yen for casual-chic clothes. 364 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1974.
Clean lines, simple shapes and sensual fabrics are the foundation of the design ethos of the woman and the brand that is Eileen Fisher. Comfortable, functional and versatile separates, beautiful alone or layered, are created with the real woman’s lifestyle in mind. Look for this boutique at the corner of Lemon and Main. 1501 Main St., (941) 365-2435.
A family-owned business for nearly 30 years, Evelyn & Arthur offers specially coordinated mix and match pieces designed for comfort and wearability with a private label clothing line designed for the Florida lifestyle. Shoppers will also find hand-selected brands like Lisette and Bella Colori, from sportswear to gifts to accessories. 1480 Main St., (941) 365-2210.
For more than 40 years Lorry Eible’s Foxy Lady has been a fashion staple on Siesta Key and St. Armands Circle. “Foxy Fashionistas” shop the racks and racks of style, from sportswear to denim to shoes to evening gowns, with name brands like Joseph Ribkoff, Nicole Miller, Dolce Vita and Joe’s Jeans. 481 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-5239; 14 S. Boulevard of Presidents; 209 Beach Road, Siesta Key, (941) 349-6644.
Maybe one of the best-kept secrets for stylish Sarasota shopping. Don’t let the name fool you into thinking it’s divine lotions and products alone. There’s more than 1,000 square feet of contemporary shopping space in this modern downtown boutique, with racks of what-a-girl-wants like 7 For All Mankind, DL1961, Myne, Lavender Brown, Funktional, and Greylin. 1819 Main St., Suite 118, (941) 906-7709.
If you’ve ever wondered where those with easy-breezy street style shop, it’s Influence Women and Influence Men. The side-by-side boutiques are stocked by Liz and Sam Murray, who keep their fingers on the pulse of every chic style file from LA to NYC. No surprise you’ll find Lauren Moshi, Haute Hippie, Kain and Genetic Demin in store. INfluence Women, 474 John Ringling Blvd., INfluence Men, 478 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 343-2315.
For more than 15 years, IOPTICS owner Sharon Katzman has provided Sarasota with fashion-forward eyewear and sunglasses. Katzman seeks out the unique, from quirky chic to urban edgy to modern takes on the classics. Shop eyewear from Belgium like THEO; France with Anne & Valentin and Alain Mikli; and London with the likes of Thom Browne. 446 Burns Court, (941) 955-5133.
Irene’s Resort Wear
Newly expanded, with a space twice the size in the Island Shopping Center, this is an Anna Maria Island favorite for locals and vacationers alike. Popular here: the Brighton line of handbags, jewelry and charms as well as the affordable, versatile clothing of Joseph Ribkoff. Equally important: the attention to detail and personalized service Irene’s staff provides. 5308 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, (941) 778-1161.
A Main Street boutique where the stylish man can shop for what’s hot, like shirting by Bogosse, Jared Lang and the irreverent Psycho Bunny. The fashionable femme will find faves like Lovers & Friends, Hudson and Adriano Goldschmied. You can also redefine your look with a personal shopper or stylist appointment with owner Jackie Zumba. Give her a budget, and let her do the work! 1464 Main St., (941) 554-8335.
With well-bred design principles based in Ivy League style, J. McLaughlin launched its brand more than 35 years ago. Today customers range from the young, modern prepster with a quirky spirit to the traditional coastal dweller who loves a monogram. American classics re-imagined with a super splash of color and playful prints. 1503 Main St., (941) 706-3507.
L.Boutique is the place for Palm Beach chic. The infectiously exuberant ambiance and service make this a shopping destination for the casual sophisticate to athletic devotee to black-tie doyenne to petite fashionista. Look for the latest from lines such as Trina Turk, Alice & Trixie, Tadashi and Hard Tail while waiting for your service at the heavenly L.Spa, just next door. 556 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 906-1350.
The bride-to-be will delight in finding something old within the vintage jewels and something new from the array of gowns with names like Legends by Romona Keveza and Nicole Miller. Customized design is also an option. Either way your dream bridal experience will come true with the La Mariée consultants. 80 S. Palm Ave., (941) 955-1600.
Capris have made a comeback, and Leggiadro’s founder, Ann Ross, has cornered the market. Her pencil-leg capri recalls the iconic Mary Tyler Moore cut, with a European side zip in lots of colors and fabrics. Be sure to check out her three-quarter sleeve crew necks and limited-edition printed tees. The silky soft viscose knit breathes like cotton in a fabric that doesn’t wrinkle, fade or pill. 380A St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1500.
A name synonymous with the iconic shift dress that epitomizes resort chic and the Florida lifestyle. Cheerful prints with a splash of sass, Lilly Pulitzer beachwear, dresses and seasonal separates are loved and worn by all generations. This Palm Beach classic will brighten your day from the moment you walk through the poppy-pink front door. 443A John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3091.
Proprietor Wendy Getchell has garnered a loyal following for her expertly edited trend-current collections. Her fashion philosophy translates into a boutique where the downtown cool girl finds fresh, modern classics while retaining her individual style. Names you know and others you’ll discover, like Elizabeth and James, Alice & Olivia and Clover Canyon, along with handbags by Rebecca Minkoff, Lauren Merkin and Foley & Corinna. 1451 Main St., (941) 906-7080.
A purveyor of great style in good taste for the discerning gentleman founded by discerning gentlemen Nelson Martin and Harold Freeman. They’ve dubbed their style “Britalia” for its blend of Italian lightweight breathable fabrics and Anglo-American silhouettes tailored to look custom-made. Classic clothing with expert guidance for genuine style. 75 S. Palm Ave., (941) 953-2948.
Owners Geoffrey and Brenda Michel personally edit pieces for their multi-generational clients. They strike a perfect balance between luxury sportswear and designer collections for men and women. Marc Cain, Basler, Ralph Lauren Black Label, Dismero, Marchesa Voyage and J Brand Collection are among the brands within the English Bermudian-style mansion. Upstairs: a world-class spa and salon. 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1772.
Discover a fashion oasis for women, men and children on Anna Maria Island. There’s a little bit of everything in this white-and-pink cottage. You’ll delight in scents by TokyoMilk and Voluspa candles while perusing Tom’s footwear, Coobie Bras, Original Penguin shirting and irreverently cool Wildfox clothing. 216C Pine Ave., Anna Maria, (941) 567-4000.
A Sarasota institution and west Florida’s premier resource for fine men’s and women’s footwear and accessories since 1947, Reasons has built a reputation for high-quality brands, such as Arche Paris, AGL and Magnanni, with focus on fashion, fit and comfort. All in an upscale downtown retail location that rivals any Worth Avenue boutique. 20 N. Lemon Ave., (941) 388-1602.
Reflective of jet-setting owners Cleon and Arch Dixon, Sahara is a mecca for Moroccan and Balinese décor. Design aesthetes will revel in the kaleidoscope of hues shopped from bazaars, villages and showrooms of artisans and crafters. Find a connection to these faraway places without leaving town. 362C John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-0587.
A luxury retailer that needs no introduction. The Sarasota location is entirely feminine focused, with a capsule collection of notable brands from shoes to handbags to fragrance to jewelry to cosmetics. Linger among designer labels like Ralph Lauren, Vince, Jimmy Choo, Natori and Marc by Marc Jacobs as well as Burberry, Escada and Brunello Cucinelli. 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 364-5300.
Sarasota Brides & Formalwear
With more than 350 gowns on site, a professional wedding stylist will assist in meeting the budget of any bride, mother of the bride and bridesmaids. The shop keeps a registry of gowns for Sarasota’s numerous social events to ensure your gown won’t be attending in duplicate. Tuxedo rentals for the guys. 4051 Clark Road, (941) 927-4969.
This boudoir boutique is known to the sophisticated coquettish set loyal to lingerie brands like PrimaDonna, Simone Perele and Conturelle. If you have intimacy issues with your bra, proprietor Cheryl Burke is an expert with a proper fit. Nice, too, that you’ll find swimsuits and sleepwear for you and the hottest trend for him, briefs by Jaxx. 1810 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 951-2727.
Retail therapy by Janice Riordan, with a healthy dose of on-trend apparel for the casual, coastal lifestyle. Find yourself in Boho chic with Johnny Was or the flattering fit of XCVI and discover comfy P.J. Salvage sleepwear, breathable mesh tops by Sweet Pea, and California dreamin’ with Love Tanjane sundresses, scarves and wraps. 305A W. Venice Ave. Venice, (941) 484-1313.
Here’s where the local surfer and beachcombing tourist will find sunset-worthy shopping for the coastal lifestyle. For the beach Betty: sandals by Splendid, bikinis by Mara Hoffman and dresses by Volcom. On the other side of the shop, the big Kahuna will find just the right pair of board shorts by Billabong, clever tees by Shore and sought-after OluKai sandals. 465 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3535.
If you’re not dazzled by the space, service and selection of men’s and women’s sunglasses and eyewear, you may be by the brand names here. The full-service shop offers Chanel, Prada, Tag Heuer, Tiffany, Tom Ford, David Yurman, Carrera, Ray Ban and Judith Lieber, just to name a few. 343 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-5115.
Swim Mart/Swim City
Sarasota’s own homegrown chain of Swim City and Swim Mart stores proves that great fit and high style are not mutually exclusive. Here they “serve every body” with sexy separates and tankinis as well as flattering one-piece suits. The selection of brands includes Laundry by Shelli Segal, Eco Swim by Aqua Green and Diva. Swim City, 1960 Stickney Point Road, (941) 922-4545; 3170 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, (941) 388-2288; Swim Mart, 4223 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 924-8618, 50 N. Tamiami, (941) 954-8800.
“Easy on your feet and your wallet” is one of Tatyana Sharoubim’s mottos for the shopping you’ll find at her T.Georgiano’s boutique. Footwear and accessories for women and men with selections of well-known brands, many exclusive to her shop, like Bernie Mev, Paul Mayer, Giorgio’s of Palm Beach and Blackstone Shoes. It’s style for a steal. 1409-B First St., (941) 870-3727.
Dedicated to the art of relaxation, Tommy Bahama’s philosophy is to make life one long weekend. Enjoy that vacation state of mind with their signature style, which is relaxed and elegant for men’s and women’s casual sportswear, swimwear, footwear, accessories, fragrance and home décor. 371 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-9853.
GIFTS & LIFESTYLE
Artisan Cheese Company is what owner Louise Converse calls “a proper cheese shop,” with a selection (hand-cut-to-order) of artisanal and farmhouse cheeses from across the region, the country and Europe and an array of small-batch pantry items. The cheesemonger team will talk cheese (or any of the jams, honeys and mustards that grace the shelves) all day, so they’ve created monthly classes ranging from cheese to craft beer. 1310 Main St., (941) 951-7860.
As Good As It Gets is a name that shop owner Doug Gourley promises reflects the best you can buy in its category. A purveyor of world-wide delicacies such as Swiss and Belgium chocolates, Russian caviar, Stonewall Kitchen preserves and pure Spanish, Greek, French and Italian olive oils, Gourley also delights the foodie with premium coffees, teas by Tea Forte, 43 imported cheeses and a charcuterie of foie gras and prosciutto offerings. 49 S. Palm Ave., (941) 373-1839.
Ashley Avery’s Collectables
A boutique of precious gifts with a range of pricing that matches the vast selection of jewelry and home accents. The collection includes a complete presentation of Majorica pearls, Murano glass, Swarovski jewelry and crystal figurines, Lladro porcelain and a large representation of Vietri pottery. Discover reasonably priced art glass by Glass Eye from Washington State; each piece incorporates a hint of Mount St. Helens ash. 121 Southgate Mall, (941) 366-3444.
Bella by the Sea
A home boutique located on Anna Maria Island in the quaint shopping village on Pine Avenue. A little retail therapy goes a long way in this emporium, where gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself are the stock in trade. Try a chic go-with-everything fedora to shade you from the sun, or brighten your home with an eco-friendly lamp. Look for an irresistible blend of repurposed furniture, recycled from old factories, barns and commercial buildings. 218C Pine Ave., Anna Maria, (941) 896-4648.
This glamorous boutique showcases a blend of eclectic luxury. Tastemaker and proprietor Gerrie Heible offers a mélange of alluring hostess gifts and decorative accessories. Look for designer collections that include stemware and tabletop, serving and cocktail, and artisan jewelry. Fall in love with creations by L’object, Judith Lieber jewelry and flower arrangements by Bougainvillea created from freeze-dried live flowers. Every item is artist-quality; some pieces are limited-edition. 1411 First St., (941) 366-7027.
Making use of the time-honored principles of feng shui and her years of travel and acquisitions, Kathy Keh has curated a collection of meaningful and visually pleasing decorative items we can use or give to others to inspire positive and grateful thoughts. Keh hand selects and inspects each piece, many gathered from Shanxi, Dongbei, Shandong and Gansu Provinces. Connect with a collectible like a hand-carved jade dragon or marble statuary like Foo Dogs. 2135 Siesta Drive, (941) 400-5730.
Marilyn Tasken’s Palm Avenue gift gallery is a must-see with its delightful exuberance of collectibles from functional to whimsical. Tasken features handcrafted “uniquities” by designers such as American-born metal artist Michael Aram, distinguished decorative art by Olivia Riegel and beautiful accessories by Caskata. Boutique selections range from home accents to gifts to jewelry to lamps and to pottery, all with an artisanal influence. 43 S. Palm Ave., (941) 366-2500.
A lifestyle emporium with something for every resort sophisticate, Main Street Traders bridges the gap between the Hamptons and the Sarasota lifestyle. Find a unique offering of clothing, gifts, home accents and even shoes, with brands like Tommy Bahama, Sam Edelman and Geox as well as fabulous bedding by Pine Cone Hill. Loyalists know that every few days MST evolves with a fresh new featured item, just unpacked. 1468 Main St., (941) 373-0475.
Follow the buzz to this charming home décor atelier where founder Marianne Eriksson, a decorator, refreshes the space with luxury hostess gifts and home accessories of monogrammed guest towels, Alpaca wool throws, French soaps and beautiful tapered and fragrant votives. Re-imagine your home with French and Italian antiques, one-of-a-kind painted furniture, custom and needlepoint pillows. Or indulge in an exquisite custom-designed silk floral by the talented Marianne herself. 60 S. Palm Ave., (941) 373-1260.
This haven of luxury offers a choice of three Ritz-Carlton shops that take souvenir shopping to new heights of chic. The spa shop is the place big-city aesthetes find celeb-endorsed Jane Iredale make-up and Kérastase, luxe Parisian hair care products and couture styling collection. The day-to-night travel fashions at the Signature Shop are irresistible, and clothes and equipment at the Members Golf Shop are a cut above. 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, (941) 309-2000.
Many know the Sigrid Olsen name from her years in fashion design. But Olsen is also a painter and artisan. Olsen’s signature style and natural ability have converged in her gallery on Pineapple Avenue, expressed in everything from hand-painted note cards and pottery to colorful, flowing resort clothes. The atelier is adorned in original art reminiscent of the bold, colorful prints that catapulted her to fame. 407 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 312-5826.
The Tabletop in downtown Venice is your headquarters for stylish entertaining, with names such as Leonardo glassware, Alessi, Eva Solo, and Claude Dozorme knives. Indulge in innovations in eating, drinking and cooking by WMF, the perfect gift by Mariposa or an award-winning teakettle by Nambé. The Tabletop features an international potpourri of gourmet gadgets, elegant dinnerware and colorful crystal. 205 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-0319.
Coastal elegance reigns at the White Egret, a destination store on Anna Maria Island for many classic brands and custom silk florals. Browse must-haves from Crabtree & Evelyn to Spartina purses, Hen House linens, Mariposa giftware, Root candles and C&F Southern-style table and bed linens. Don’t miss sister stores for apparel (Egret’s Nest next door), and home furnishings (Egret’s Landing on Holmes Beach). 10006 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, (941) 778-3782.
Devotees of the low-tech missive rub elbows with iPad-toting techies at this haven for stationery lovers. Owner Eileen Hayes perpetuates the bygone luxuries of fountain pens, monogrammed stationery and customized invitations and in-store printing services while peppering the store with whimsical table fashions and hostess gifts. She always has an eye out for the new; stop in to see beautiful work by Dauphine Press, Smock, Haute Papier and Maemae Papiere. 1423 First St., (941) 953-2800.
Michael Melnick built his business on quality and tradition, which has made Armel Jewelers a Sarasota institution. The shop is a haven for future family heirlooms, with exceptional jewelry such as Carl F. Bucherer timepieces or Mikimoto pearls and a magnificent collection of art glass. Visit the St. Armands Circle flagship or at Bay Street Village in Osprey. 22 N. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands, (941) 388-3711, and 3976 Destination Drive, Osprey, (941) 966-5878.
Bowman Originals Workshop and Showroom
Award-winning jewelry designer Ned Bowman finds inspiration in the ancient Roman, Grecian, Celtic and Byzantine cultures as well as the French Quarter in his hometown of New Orleans. He wants his creations to look as if they were uncovered in an archaeological dig rather than finished in a workshop. Bowman employs basic hand tools to produce jewelry with a primitive feel in limited production. 124 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 316-9594.
Find something as unique as you are in the chic, contemporary showroom of Carats. Among the clean-cut cases lurk purely technical and luxe Swiss wristwatches by Oris, ultra-gorgeous black sapphire and black mother-of-pearl earrings by Kara Ross and hand-carved mother-of-pearl set in a chunky glamorous bracelet by Kir. Bask in the vibrantly colored gemstones set in 14K gold by Dabakarov. 1922 Bay Road, (941) 926-3335.
Belinda Coffrin’s boutique is known for custom necklaces, bracelets and earrings as well as a spectacular selection of engagement rings and wedding bands. Coffrin’s also offers trend-current rough-cut colored gemstones, timepieces by TechnoMarine, Christopher Design and miles of pearls that will surprise even the most discerning aficionado. 1829 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 366-6871.
A family-owned business with multi-generations of luxury jewelers. The owners have created an ultramodern environment to match their impeccable taste level, acquiring a collection for both the investor and the jewelry enthusiast with items valued from $250 to the hundreds of thousands. The 5,000-square-foot showroom displays engagement rings and settings, tennis bracelets, anniversary jewelry and stunning necklaces. 3979 Tamiami Trail, (941) 921-4016.
The Golden Image
Connie and Peter Woodruff’s Palm Avenue jewelry shop has a reputation for integrity and customer service. The husband-and-wife duo marries exquisite handcrafting with unique designs, and they’re known for the sourcing of new and estate diamonds and a collection of estate jewels. Drop in for repairs or to browse the line of exclusive jewelry by MK Designs, which Peter creates together with the artist Marian Strickland. 30 S. Palm Ave., (941) 364-8439.
It’s an understatement to say that Harry Roa’s collection is unique. Based in the art of the lost wax process, Roa’s contemporary creations are truly one-of-a-kind: Not a single mold is cast for any of his handmade jewelry. Sound like a piece by this artist would be out of reach? Not so. Prices begin at $2,000 and cap only at your imagination and taste level. 1638 Main St., (941) 266-5146.
Jewelry by Giorgio is a haven for fine jewelry, bought and sold, including iconic Rolex timepieces. Discover the finest in estate jewels, European-designed jewelry and diamond settings, most mounted in intricate, gossamer-sheer gold or platinum settings. With more than 35 years in the business, Giorgio Salameh specializes in jewelry and fine watch repairs as well as appraisals. 1924 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 363-7700.
JSJ is a jewelry couturier with a gem box of what’s current, covetable and classic. Not only do the mother-daughter team of June Simmons and Liebe Smith-Gamble create and design, they also pay particular attention to fine jewelry, balancing their cases with runway and editorial trends of designer fashion lines. Price points range from everyday comfort to high-end collectables. June Simmons Jewelry, 68 S. Palm Ave., (941) 388-4535, and at June Simmons Jewelry @The Met, 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents, (941) 321-1737.
This nationally recognized retailer is fully committed to offering superior service and high-quality jewelry and watches with unmistakable names like Omega, Longines, Breitling, Damiani and Robert Coin. This Southgate mall boutique also houses an assortment of delightfully affordable, well-designed private label of Birks, Canada’s premier luxury jewelry brand. 119 Southgate Plaza, (941) 952-1945.
With Swiss-born Roland Moser at the helm and a philosophy of exclusivity and excellence, McCarver and Moser is a mainstay of Sarasota’s luxury jewelry market. The two-story granite and glass structure is home to a dazzling collection, from South Sea pearls to black diamonds, and brands from Baume & Mercier to Gucci to Patek Phillipe. Also custom designs, fine home accents and an impeccable collection of estate jewelry. 482 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands, (941) 388-3666.
Think contemporary twist on classic jewelry design, add a little bit of edgy elegance, and you’ll begin to understand the concept behind the collections at Maureen Hoyt’s Optional Art. The salon hosts inventive steel and titanium jewelry for men and women, in addition to Tahitian pearls, gem stones and diamonds and trusted names like The Gellner Collection, Robert Wan and Michael Weggenmann. 119 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 955-4400.
In this intimate fine jewelry store and concierge jeweler on St. Armands Circle, owner Tina Little sources heirloom quality pieces from around the world, fusing classic elegance with the modern and unique. Within the 19th-century French chateau-inspired environment, discerning clients will find stars of the industry like Ivanka Trump, Beaudry and Piranesi as well as handpicked jewels in the Queens Wreath Crown Jewels Collection. 17 Fillmore Drive, St Armands Circle, (941) 388-9800.
Karl Shrode’s father founded Sarasota’s quintessential neighborhood jewelry store, and the second-generation master jeweler has garnered a reputation for combining small-town service with elegant international design. In addition to white and fancy colored diamonds and an array of gemstones, this boutique is home to serious collections from all over the world and names like Lladro, Lalique and Waterford. And, for the contemporary woman, a silver line by fashion magazine ELLE. 1433 Main St., (941) 365-4234.
Gail and Richard Ross established Tilden Ross Jewelers nearly 30 years ago to provide exceptional quality at a fair price with excellent service, which must be the secret to their longevity. The Rosses source international and American designers such as Crivelli, Alex Sepkus, Marco Bicego and Judith Ripka and offer in-house custom design. And they take great pride in accommodating all investment budgets. 410 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3338.
Blue Moon Antiques
For more than 21 years Blue Moon Antiques has been known for distinct objects of decorative quality. Mostly French and Italian in nature, the exquisitely high-end merchandise ranges from period through the 20th century, including older reproductions. Respected dealers Garth Curry and Keith Filion specialize in furnishings gleaned from lavish estates on Florida’s east coast, and designers stop by often to peruse newfound treasures arriving weekly from their West Palm Beach outpost. 134 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 365-0978.
Antique hunters come from miles away to Barbara and Peter Matson’s intriguing Blue Pineapple for a breathtaking selection of Old World paintings and European furniture (both old and new). Serendipity abounds with small and unusual gift items artfully acquired by the couple at secret sources abroad from the British Isles to the Orient. 445 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, (941) 474-1504.
Cheryl Burke’s eclectic shop offers pedigreed European and Oriental antiques often obtained as collections. It’s a resource for a fabulous Buddha of either Thai, Burmese, Chinese or Cambodian descent as well as breathtaking estate jewelry. New this year: mid-century modern furniture. Burke also has an online presence, a creative counterpoint to her eclectic mélange of antiques, through high-end website 1stdibs.com. 12 S. Palm Ave., (941) 952-0042.
Crissy Galleries has cultivated relationships and a following with collectors, whether buying or selling. This posh gallery includes fine 18th- and 20th-century furniture, porcelain, cut glass and silver. As much curator as dealer, Bruce Crissy welcomes you to a “vault collection” salon resplendent with Tiffany glass and Handel lamps and prized examples of the finest estate and antique jewelry. 640 S. Washington Blvd., (941) 957-1110.
Good design never goes out of style. In the Sarasota marketplace the name Jack Vinales has become synonymous with classic vintage design. Located in historic Burns Court, his shop is a dynamic space with an ever-changing inventory of mid-century modern furniture and collectibles with notable names like Haywood Wakefield and George Nelson that attract serious collectors on a perpetual basis. Vinales’ cache includes a world-class collection of Bakelite jewelry, rare Fiestaware and exceptional American and European art pottery. 500 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 957-0002.
At any given time, the antique shopper will find more than 2,500 unique pieces in the 28,000-square-foot treasure trove of a warehouse that is Steven Postans Antiques. New items cycle in from luxe Sarasota estates, which keeps the shopping fresh and new on a daily basis. And Postans has opened up to an international buying market, through antiques being purchased by the container full and shipping world-wide from Australia to Shanghai. 7881 15th St. E., Sarasota (941) 755-6063.
Beyond cabinetry from Kraftmaid to Ultracraft, homeowners will find talented experts from design to project management to installers at family-owned Affinity Kitchen and Bath. Lean on them to coordinate your kitchen or bath remodel from start to finish. They are one of the few that fabricate countertops of Cambria, American quartz, Caesarstone and granite on site with state-of-art digitized equipment. They also have a remnant yard for the public to peruse. Need a tabletop? They’ll make it. 1035 N. Lime Ave., (941) 953-3240.
A temple of 12 high-end brands, including furniture-grade manufacturers like Executive Cabinetry, SieMatic, Dura Supreme and Grabill. This luxury cabinetry showroom also features inspirational vignettes with custom and semi-custom cabinets for kitchens, baths and more. Designers at Allikristé are known for seamlessly integrating kitchen and family rooms with complementary materials. 1530 Dolphin St., (941) 447-4401.
Ron and Margaret Cook, who preside over an outstanding showroom of kitchen design solutions, have been a force in the Sarasota design community for 44 years, participating in annual ASID showhouses with trend-setting work illustrating their customized furniture-grade American and European cabinetry. Known for creativity and flawless attention to detail, Cook’s bathroom designs and outdoor kitchens with warming drawers, burners and dishwasher are equally breathtaking. 1191 Palmer Wood Court, (941) 366-6112.
A source for discerning homeowners as well as builders, Distinctive Surfaces provides design, fabrication and installation of custom countertops for kitchens, baths, outdoor entertainment and cooking spaces. It’s worth a visit to the showroom to educate yourself on the myriad choices available, from the natural look of precious stone to innovative surfaces that include granite, Zodiaq, Silestone and Corian as well as wenge and paduak woods, even Brazilian cherry. 8272 Vico Court, (941) 377-7747.
For more than 40 years, European Marble has been the marble mecca for Sarasota’s most discerning consumers and interior designers. The showroom displays an extensive granite and marble selection from around the globe. Owner Joseph Lubrano began his life in marble at the age of 10 in Rome; today, he employs more than 60 craftsmen that he’s personally trained, and work is created in-house, from design to cutting to polishing to installation. 1820 N. Lime Ave., (941) 955-9536.
Clients gush over dream kitchens (and cabinetry customized for every room in the home) by award-winning design experts at Eurotech Cabinetry. Known nationally for luxury high-end kitchens and baths through awards like the 2012 People’s Pick for Best Kitchen from HGTV, the firm and its designers are adept in fashioning cabinetry in every genre from high-tech European to Art Deco and Old World elegant. 1609 Desoto Road, (941) 351-6557.
Ferguson’s carries nearly everything for the bath and kitchen. The plumbing fixture mecca sells faucets, tubs, sinks and toilets, plus an impressive selection of hardware and fittings as well as lighting, fans, appliances, mirrors, medicine cabinets and bathroom vanities. The newest designs from around the world in a decidedly upscale showroom, with a comprehensive selection of lighting and appliances for one-stop shopping. 2451 17th St., (941) 951-0110.
You’ll find Florida Builder Appliances in a new location that feels like an intimate boutique. While browsing, enjoy a cup of cappuccino from the high-end coffee system known as Miele (sold on site). Recognized as Florida’s largest distributor of prestige kitchen, laundry and outdoor cooking appliances and refrigeration appliances, this showroom combines impeccable service with 40-plus premium chef-endorsed brands like Wolf, La Cornue, Sub-Zero, Thermador and Dacor. 5670 Fruitville Road, (941) 926-0700.
Names like BainUltra, Hansgrohe, Showhouse and Rohl can be found in the 3,000-square-foot showroom of Gorman’s Bath Gallery, where they say functional fixtures meet fine art. You’ll find innovative sink designs and unique fixtures along with the latest in lifestyle products, such as high-tech air purifiers and chromotherapy tubs and showers that employ color and light to enhance energy and mood. 5355 McIntosh Road, Suite B., (941) 927-8511.
Hill’s Kitchen and Bath Design
From the most coveted high-end designers to ADA-approved brands, Hill’s luxury showroom is uniquely equipped with functioning bath fixtures. Master plumber Seth Hill and a staff focused on service are highly qualified to install products from international style leaders like Toto, which designated Hills one of its highest-level dealers. 249 Grove St. S., Venice (941) 485-1549.
LUBE of Sarasota is an Italian cabinetry showroom featuring LUBE, a sustainable company renowned for quality of products. They do showcase high-tech modern and Tuscan traditional kitchens by Cucine LUBE; however, this company also offers a broad selection of elements that can be designed into a living system for a bath, media center, office or any space where this highly versatile cabinetry is desired. Don’t miss the showcase of NanaWall, eco-friendly folding glass French doors and Triarch wall coatings. 202 N. Tamiami Trail, (941) 954-0200.
All individual lifestyles and tastes are considered when designing your cabinetry with proprietor Billue Guignard’s team at Metro Cabinet Company. The company delivers creative solutions from standard cabinet design and installation to the complete custom luxury package for kitchen, bath, office, closet, laundry room or whatever clever location needs a cubby. Browse their extensive library of painted finishes, glass, stainless, exotic woods, eco products, quartz and solid wood countertops with names like Dura Supreme, Greenfield, Cambria Caesarstone and Silestone. 6222 Tower Lane, A-9, (941) 377-8777.
Dramatic and state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor kitchen displays feature the world’s most important international appliance brands at Mullet’s headquarters on Clark Road. Stop by often for a first look at innovations from all the luxury names: Sub-Zero, Wolf, Bosch, Miele and more. Designer kitchens for creative chefs. 4233 Clark Road, (941) 921-5531.
With resort-style spa baths and bathroom furniture from top Italian brands, this showroom is a must-see for would-be remodelers. In addition to the most innovative sinks, faucets and rain showers, Plumbing Place has a full line of Toto fixtures. The staff at the 6,000-square-foot showroom assists with everything from choosing a faucet to outfitting an entire bath. 5678 Fruitville Road, (941) 378-5678.
Proprietor and ASID member Brigid Saah creates style with the finest in tile, porcelain, glass and stone sourced from around the world. Quite a few lines are exclusive here, such as Walker Zanger, Oceanside Glasstile and Ann Sacks. Art meets architecture from modern to Mediterranean in the expanded Main Street showroom, with thousands of samples as well as an extensive library of designer tiles. 1962 Main St., Suite 120, (941) 365-2356.
Proprietor Eileen Hampshire hand selects pedigreed antique, traditional, transitional and modern rugs. All her carpets are hand knotted; most are dyed with indigenous vegetable dyes and woven with hand-spun wool. You’ll find everything from area to palatial-sized rugs and historic 16th-century tapestries to a rare Napoleon II French Aubusson rug in this unique gallery on Palm Avenue. 16 & 17 S. Palm Ave., (941) 951-5454.
A true emporium, with 28,000 square feet of home design options for every lifestyle, including high-end luxury. You can browse an array of home accent products such as fireplaces, Tiffany windows, fans, furniture and, of course, all manner of lighting. Be sure to touch base with one of the established interior designers on staff. 3909 Bee Ridge Road, (941) 922-2626.
Mindy and Wayne Rollins combined their creative backgrounds in the arts and interior design with the glamour of L.A. living and the relaxed coastal style of Sarasota. Their boutique style gallery showcases handpicked home décor with an emphasis on the organic, textural and sophisticated. It’s design for the elegantly comfortable home for those with an eye for style. 1540 Main St., (941) 366-0941.
For more than 90 years, Calligaris has been defining contemporary Italian design. Their artisanal tradition and principles have made them a leader in the furniture industry with products like their highly engineered expandable tables. The Sarasota showroom also offers an unmatched selection of sleek Gamma furniture: Italian in design, European in look. 1506 Fruitville Road, (941) 554-4068.
Melanie Ann Denicourt, the creative force behind this shop’s aesthetic, calls the look European coastal style—which translates to chic décor influenced by the beachscapes of the world. Coquillage (French for seashell) provides a unique selection of furniture, accessories, tabletop, artwork and irresistible curiosities—many a steal, some finely priced. Decorate on your own or through Melanie’s design services. 1515 Main St., (941) 487-7160.
Interior designer Sally Trout has taken the guesswork out of design. At Current she’s given you access to her three decades of design experience, style and studio, personally selecting everything from fabulously interesting furniture to clever home accents and lighting to eclectic art, all in the good taste for which Sally is renowned. 83 Cocoanut Ave., (941) 365-5323.
With names like Knoll, Herman Miller and Richard Shultz, Home Resource has become the Sarasota playground for modern design aesthetes. Kathy and Michael Bush’s showroom exemplifies architecturally influenced indoor and outdoor living, and displays such iconic luxury brands as Tufenkien rugs, Foscarini lighting and Team 7, the world's top solid wood contemporary furniture. 741 Central Ave., (941) 366-6690.
Good lighting doesn’t just happen; it’s designed—a philosophy that endears Light Up Your Life to aficionados of international lighting design. A 6,000-square-foot, modern building houses a retail space as well as individual rooms that simulate home environments. State-of-the-art technological solutions alongside classic design make this showroom a go-to for homeowners, architects and designers. 1620 N. Tamiami Trail, (941) 330-0422.
This pleasant boutique of French-inspired home décor almost feels like an elegant B&B. Find life’s divine little luxuries like exquisite linens and plush bath accents with Sferra, Yves Delorme and Celso De Lemos. The dedicated hostess will adore the timeless tabletop selections of Juliska and Arte Italica. Add a new element to your home with an exquisitely curated collection of refined furniture, lighting and unusual accessories. 1568 Main St., (941) 444-7969.
Proprietors Patricia and Peter Estes opened Pecky, a design-based home interior store, to showcase their personally designed recovered cypress and heart pine lumber furniture. But this relaxed yet upscale beach-inspired shop quickly grew to include fine Belgium linen and upholstered furniture by Verellen. Be sure to browse the Christopher Spitz Miller ceramic glazed lamps and Simon Pearce hand blown glass. 100 Central Ave., Suite 1026, (941) 957-0300.
Suzie and Mark Holt have assembled a symphony of shabby chic style in a setting that resembles a nostalgic cottage in the English countryside. Wander about the white vintage furniture and cozy slip-covered upholstery, or browse the vintage (and repro) jewelry, clothing, sleepwear and luscious Belle Notte bed linens. Want to linger longer? Enjoy a spot of tea or homemade confection in the quaint café at the back. 33 S. Palm Ave., (941) 954-7674.
Area rugs from casual woven grasses to custom designs as well as carpet, hardwood, tile and stone can be found in this award-winning flooring and rug superstore. An informed staff guides you through the process with the option to try your choice of up to three rugs at home prior to purchase. Scattered throughout is a carefully edited selection of unique furniture, accessories and art from around the world. 6650 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 921-1900.
Founded in 2003, the Sarasota Collection Home Store’s serves a community of high-design clients with an eye for fashion and excitement. Owners Marcus and Pam Anast are former fashion designers who reinterpret classics with contemporary flair, creating bespoke furniture in their own factory, custom window treatments, gifts and alluring accessories. It’s all surprisingly affordable, too. 622 Central Ave., (941) 955-8313.
This eclectic Venice Avenue boutique is brimming with gotta-have-it gifts to give or keep for yourself, from beach-chic furniture to shell chandeliers and amazing handcrafted pillows. Browse among such distinctive lines as Archipelago Roost, Lee Industries and Palecek furniture and accessories. The coastal style here is all about Janice Riordan’s mix of fabrics, Dash & Albert rugs, local art, and sophisticated accessories. 217 W. Venice Ave., Venice (941) 483-1177.
AUTOMOBILES & YACHTS
Take your pick of the “ultimate driving machines”—including the latest coupes, convertibles, sedans, sports wagons, hybrids and more from the famed automaker that celebrated its 100th birthday in 2013. 5151 Clark Road, (877) 809-3516.
“Expect a masterpiece” from Sarasota-based Chris-Craft, which prides itself on elegantly designed and excellently crafted pleasure boats and yachts. The company’s rich heritage dates back to 1874. 8161 15th St. E., (941) 351-4900.
The American brand that’s synonymous with dominant quality (that’s why you call a magnificent luxury product “the Cadillac of” its field), Cadillac continues to produce iconic vehicles, from the XTS Sedan to the groundbreaking Escalade. 2200 Bee Ridge Road, (941) 922-1571.
Clearwater’s Cadillac connection for everything this luxury brand offers, from the most acclaimed luxury SUV ever to pre-owned certified vehicles. Dimmitt Cadillac is a proud three-time winner of Cadillac’s Dealer of the Year award and owned and operated by a third-generation Dimmitt family automobile dealer. 25191 U.S. Highway 19 N., Clearwater, (888) 563-2118.
Family-owned since 1970, Galati Yachts specializes in luxury yacht and boat sales from new to brokerage as well as service. At the Anna Maria Island marina you’ll find top-tiered names like Viking, Tiara, Grand Banks and Sea Force IX. 900 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria Island, (941) 778-0755.
The sleek head-turning lines of powerful Lamborghinis make Victor Young’s Lamborghini Sarasota showroom a high-performance paradise. Find your fit in an Aventador, Gallardo or the famed Murciélago. 5145 Clark Road, (941) 556-2980.
The only dealership on the West Coast of Florida with a dedicated showroom for the perfect driver’s car, a sports car that’s fun within the speed limits created by driver-engineers with an uncompromising quest for excellence. A British brand that stands behind its claim for passion, individuality and gritty determination. 5141 Clark Road, (866) 746-5141.
There are few luxury experiences that compare to being on the water. Maximize your enjoyment and embrace the yachting lifestyle with the best in the industry like Azimut, Sea Ray, Hatteras, Zeelander and Meridian Yachts. New and used sales. 1601 Ken Thompson Parkway, (941) 388-4411.
A showroom with considerable class—from the sleek CLS Class to the sporty and powerful SLR Class, and all the award-winning, top-safety-rated, luxury letters in between. 4754 Clark Road, (941) 275-1293.
MPYD has enjoyed more than 30 years of critical acclaim in each segment of the marine industry: offshore racing, custom yacht building, production boatbuilding and military design. In fact, his designs have won 15 world championships. As one of the few firms in the world with expertise in metal, composite and wood construction—and a portfolio of patents—Michael Peters Yacht Design has become the preferred design house for discriminating builders and yachtsmen around the world. 47 S. Palm Ave. #202, (941) 955-5460.
With a staff of experts who specialize in Maserati, Reeves can point you to the elegant, stylish, high-performance Italian automobile of your dreams, be it Quattroporte or GranTurismo. 11333 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, (813) 933-2811.
Sarasota’s own luxury yachtmaker traces its roots back to the style and innovation of post-World War II Italy. Today, Rivolta’s beautiful designs acknowledge that classic history while continuing the tradition of groundbreaking performance and reliability. 32 S. Osprey Ave., Suite 102, (941) 954-0355.
More than six decades on, Land Rover and Range Rover have been the subject of evolution and refinement in the luxury SUV market because sport utilities have been the sole focus of this brand. Subject to the culture of innovation, these vehicles are known for their power, stability, advanced design and on-road technology. 5141 Clark Road, (941) 308-5141.
The latest and greatest offerings from two world-class, high-performance luxury automakers, including Porsche Boxster and 911 models, and Audi TT Roadsters and Cabriolets. 5005 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 923-1700.
For nearly 100 years Maserati has been building some of the world’s greatest race cars, grand touring cars and sedans for those who love a driving experience in its purest form. Power and luxury in one of the most beautiful bodies on the road, which boasts an exciting history and deserves a welcome as a new addition to Sarasota’s luxury car market. 4821 Clark Road, (877) 283-4610.
Sarasota is known as a shopping destination for fashion, jewelry, accessories and more, but it’s also a great place to browse (and buy) fine art. Commercial galleries, which tend to cluster near downtown, sell paintings, sculptures, prints and more created by local and national artists. Several noncommercial galleries (including Art Center Sarasota, Selby Gallery on the Ringling College campus, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and, of course, the Ringling Museum of Art) also present exhibitions spotlighting works from watercolors to photographs to the museum’s high-profile Baroque collection.
The artists’ colony of Towles Court, just west of U.S. 301 between Adams and Morrill streets, is a place to spot unique art for your home, especially during monthly gallery walks. And the biennial Sarasota Season of Sculpture, on view starting this November along downtown’s bayfront, is a satisfying stroll amid large-scale works of art from international sculptors. Here are some of Sarasota’s most notable visual arts venues offering works for sale.
Paintings, sculptures and mixed-media works, mostly by mid-career artists, are the focus of this downtown gallery, which features regular exhibitions and some prints by contemporary masters. 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 366-2454.
Black-and-white, limited-edition fine art photos by acclaimed photographer Butcher are on exhibit here; there are also frequent special events and shows. 237 Warfield Ave., Venice. (941) 486-0811.
Located on strollable Palm Avenue, Dabbert presents an eclectic collection of oils, acrylics, watercolors, etchings, marbles and more by local, national and international artists. 76 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 955-1315.
Galleria Silecchia presents national and international painters, ceramicists, glass artists and more, with regularly scheduled exhibitions. Among the artists represented here: sculptor Glenna Goodacre. 20 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 365-7414.
This longtime Sarasota gallery focuses on contemporary art glass by artists including John Littleton, Kate Vogel, Robert Mickelsen and more. 46 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 366-1146.
This gallery in the historic Orange Blossom building on Palm presents painting, figurative work, and sculpture from artists of the area and beyond, including such names as Gary David Hoffman, Dominic Avant and Detlev Nitschke. Also presents exhibitions throughout the season. 10 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 388-7526.
The biennial bayfront exhibition of monumental sculpture takes place once more, November 2013 through May 2014, featuring an expected 21 pieces of art in Season VII. 240 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. (941) 366-7767.
Stakenborg & Villet Fine Art
An arts resource specializing in fine prints, from Renaissance to today. 1545 Main St., Sarasota. (941) 487-8001.
This contemporary fine art gallery presents works from local and national artists, including Jorge Blanco, Dasha Reich, and owner David Steiner, in regular exhibitions. 1525 State St., Sarasota. (941) 955-2787.
William Hartman Gallery
Antique prints from the 18th and 19th centuries and vintage photos are the specialties here. 48 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota. (941) 955-4785.
Marine and wildlife art by Wyland and other environmental artists, including Dino Rosin, Walfrido and Milan, are featured here. 314 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands. (941) 388-5331.