Best of Sarasota 2016: Shops and Services

New shops you need to know.

By Sarasota Magazine Staff April 29, 2016

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Best New Women’s Boutique: Rue

In her second-floor shop on Palm Avenue, Natalie Morgan is selling some of the hottest (and hardest to find) brands around, from SEA New York to Edie Parker to Needle and Thread. Morgan’s got a great eye and the clothes she selects are ordered in small batches—so you’re pretty much guaranteed to be the only person in town rocking a certain piece. 73 S. Palm Ave, Suites 220/221, Sarasota, (941) 373-6333, ruesrq.com

Best New Bridal Shop: Blush Bridal

At Blush Bridal, local brides can find gowns designed by couture names such as Reem Acra, Inbal Dror and Ines di Santo. Owners Fondren Watts and Nicole Mei travel to New York City often to meet with designers and stay abreast of the latest trends; at their downtown showroom, they impart that knowledge and help brides-to-be to say yes to the (designer) dress. 1409 First St., Suite A, Sarasota, (941) 316-1615, blushbridalsarasota.com

Best New California Cool: Clever Rose

L.A.’s latest trends come to Sarasota months before you’ll see them elsewhere, thanks to Burns Court’s Clever Rose. Proprietor Rosemary Angeleri builds her inventory around her family’s L.A.-based Aakaa line, named one of Forbes’ most promising companies. You’ll find something for every stylish occasion, from polo brunch to gala glam. 533 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 321-4628, cleverrose.com

Best New Eco-Style: Keffie’s Ecochic Boutique

Keffie Lancaster likens her name to the Greek kefi, for “fun” or “passion.” Her new Fruitville store pairs her passions for chic living and mindful, earth-conscious products—furniture and home accessories, of course, but also beauty products, gifts and organic foodstuffs. Look for everything from recycled fabrics and essential oils to artisan salts. 1837 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, (941) 365-0159, keffies.com

Best New Furniture Showroom: Norris Furniture & Interiors

Regional real estate sales are at an all-time high, and that means lots of new homes to furnish. When Norris Furniture & Interiors took over the old Ethan Allen gallery near Sarasota Square Mall—a fourth location for the Fort Myers-based company—it brought a fresh perspective on the Florida lifestyle and 300 upscale brands. Good thing they offer design services to simplify the process. 8001 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 556-0501, distinctlynorris.com

Best New Main Street Fashions: Panache

If the downtown Sarasota women’s boutique, Panache, has a slightly familiar feel, that’s because co-owner Darci Jacob was the longtime manager of the fashion house Cache at Westfield Southgate and then at the Mall at University Town Center before the chain folded last year. Jacob has stocked her new shop with high-fashion leisure wear at moderate prices. In the back, there’s a cocktail/gala gown boutique-within-a-boutique. 1441 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 955-1400

Best New Mix of Modern and Hand-crafted Style: Philosophy and Vines

This Burns Court newcomer features accessories and clothing, many of them brands made in the USA like Yana K, Emotion Apparel and Mavi, a denim collection that will become your go-to jean. Fall for handmade jewelry Candydolce by local Candy Verna, pottery by Sarasota artists or Sweet Harvest Farms, an all-natural bath, body and home collection out of Tampa. 606 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 400-9098

Best New Vintage Finds: Vintiquity Lane

Open the third Saturday and Sunday of every month with a rotating cast of vendors, Vintiquity Lane is an antique lover’s dream, a charmingly repurposed old warehouse space where you can wander and discover all sorts of shabby chic and repurposed furniture, home accessories, even clothing and jewelry. Lots of new items, both true vintage and created retro-style, to tempt you every month. 1540 N. Lime Ave., Sarasota, (941) 713-5161, vintiquitylane.com

Best New Eco-Drugstore: Wild Ginger Apothecary

For pampering yourself in healthy, earth-friendly ways, Wild Ginger Apothecary specializes in nontoxic beauty and nutrition products. This is the real apothecary experience, too, with loads of tinctures and lotions in tiny bottles—produced by reputable companies and backed by responsible practices. Find your all-natural produce wash, cruelty-free mascara and kombucha starter kit, too. 6557 Superior Ave., Sarasota, (941) 312-5630, wildgingerapothecary.com

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