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Meet the Women of Burns Court's Eclectic Shops

Female business owners are the heart of downtown Sarasota’s Burns Court.

By Megan McDonald December 1, 2016 Published in the December 2016 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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Elizabeth Pickett Gray's PH Botanicals on a sunny morning.

One of the prettiest neighborhoods in Sarasota, Burns Court is filled with historic homes, cafes and a bevy of boutiques that carry something for every kind of shopper, from organic skincare to antiques to high-end designer fashion.

“I fell in love with the area when I came to visit my brother,” recalls LeeAnn Swor, owner of L. Boutique and L. Spa. “And in four days, I found a store, a house, a babysitter and a manager.” Her store carries brands like Ella Moss, Trina Turk and Milly; next door at the spa, shoppers can indulge in manicures, pedicures, facial treatments, massages and more. “In the future, I hope we can keep building on what we do,” Swor says.

L.Boutique is flanked by shops like Betty Graulisch’s Philosophy & Vines, a clothing store; 530 Burns Gallery, run by mother-daughter duo Nikki Sedacca and Montana Taplinger; and Treat Boutique, an accessories shop run by owner Nicole Pepe-Dorn and (her mastiff mascot Zaida). Across the street, there’s Clever Rose, a clothing store owned by Rosemary Angeleri; PH Botanicals, which sells organic skincare by owner Elizabeth Pickett Gray; and Karen Roth’s eponymous boutique, which sells resortwear designed by Roth herself. Up the street, there’s Awesome Orchids, a plant store and gift shop co-owned by sisters Martha Storey and Eva Howes; Anne Folsom Smith Interiors; and Nancy Krohngold’s popular Nancy’s Bar-B-Q. And don’t forget consignment mecca The Woman’s Exchange, run by executive director/CEO Karen Koblenz; and Lena Schlabach’s country-chic Farmhouse Frocks, among others.

The community is tight-knit, says Clever Rose’s Angeleri. “Every single day I get customers in my store who have been sent to me by L. Boutique or by Philosophy & Vines or another Burns Court merchant. We all try to work together.”

Burns Court is located in downtown Sarasota, south of Ringling Boulevard. For more information, visit  

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