Neighborhood Guide

Where to Shop in Downtown Sarasota

From fashion to antiques to home decor, here's where to shop in downtown Sarasota.

By Staff April 18, 2017

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Downtown Sarasota's shopping scene offers an eclectic selection of fashion, gift, home decor, antiques and more.

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530 Burns Gallery

This gallery boutique is tucked into a quaint Burns Court cottage and features fine and fashion jewelry along with contemporary artwork from blown glass to paintings. Founder Nikki Sedacca has cultivated a following who cherishes her handcrafted, tactile wirework jewelry. She’s also curated a collection of work by more than 50 artists. 530 Burns Court, Sarasota, (941) 957-6439.

Art to Walk On

Second-generation rug dealer Eileen Hampshire is widely renowned for her knowledge of the global history of carpet-making, and her shop carries only the finest antique and modern rugs and tapestries. The carpets—many of them museum quality—span antique, traditional, transitional and modern designs in hand-spun vegetable dyed wool, silk or wool and silk. 16 and 18 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 951-5454.

Artisan Cheese Company

This downtown shop offers artisanal and farmhouse cheeses in every price point from across America and Europe. Expert cheesemongers assist customers with their purchases, including pairings with the shop’s well-curated small-batch jams, honeys and pickles. Enroll in a cheese class, pick up a signature cheese board for your next party (complete with crackers, fruit and nuts and a cheese board to borrow), or partake of the farm-fresh lunch menu. 1310 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 951-7860.

As Good as it Gets

Foodies flock to this purveyor of worldwide delicacies like charcuterie, Russian caviar, teas, coffees, chocolates and imported cheese. Among its most popular items are a four-year-aged Fondo di Trebbiano white balsamic vinegar from Modena, Italy, and Alpha DME organic, extra-virgin coconut oil hand-pressed from fresh coconuts in the Solomon Islands. Custom gift baskets are available. 49 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 373-1839.

Awesome Orchids

This shop, owned by two sisters with an encyclopedic knowledge or orchids, is full to the brim with colorful, flowering plants, from orchids to succulents to bromeliads and many more in between. You'll also find planters, pots, candles, home decor, cards and more--it's truly an excellent gift shop, too. 330 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 365-3500

Black Bird Lifestyle

A must-shop boutique for the tastemaker with flair and a taste for jaunty men’s fashion. Browse a wealth of selections from basics and beyond that are rich in detail as well as quality—names like Cotton Citizen, Parke & Ronen, Fidelity Jeans, Bed/Stu Shoes and Leather Goods, Randolf Sunglasses, 7 Diamonds Clothing and WILL Leather goods. 1540 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 366-0941.

Blush Bridal

Sip champagne as you swoon over romantic collections of couture designer wedding gowns by some of the most iconic names in the industry, right off the runways—not to mention that special headpiece, veil or accessory to bring your look together. You’ll find brands like Reem Acra, Inbal Dror, Ines Di Santo, Blush by Hayley Paige and Amsale. 1409 First St., Unit A, Sarasota, (941) 316-1615.

Bohemian Bliss

Whether it’s luxe wardrobe essentials or looks with an easy polish, you’ll find it at Bohemian Bliss. This boutique is designed for the confident fashionista. Selectively curated brands like Alexis Bittar, Johnny Was, Camilla, Meo Fusciuni Parfum, Samantha Wills, Mother Denim, Zadig and Voltaire, Mes Demoiselles and Hoss and Koch support the lifestyle philosophy. 1544 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 312-6983.

Canned Ham Vintage

If you're looking for impeccable vintage clothing, accessories, home goods and furniture, look no farther than this sweet shop in the Rosemary District, where owner Ashley Rogers has turned her years of treasure hunting into a well-honed art. Don't miss the Rosemary District Indie Market here each month in season, either. 701 Cohen Way, Sarasota

Clever Rose

Build the ideal coastal city chic wardrobe with Clever Rose. Browse women’s fashions that are a mix of bohemian, beach-influenced, tailored for the club and even the perfect dress for a trip to the Mediterranean coast. All trendy and fresh but still sophisticated, boasting feminine silhouettes and fabulous details. 533 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 321-4628.

Coffrin Jewelers

An all-inclusive jewelry boutique that’s dedicated to helping you celebrate the special moments in your life. Look to Belinda Coffrin and her team of GIA-certified gemologists, accredited appraisers and Swiss-trained watchmakers to assist you with everything from custom designs to estate jewelry to engagement rings to appraisals to jewelry and watch repairs. 1829 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-6871.

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There are treasures to be found in local antique shops.

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Crissy Galleries

Bruce Crissy Galleries has cultivated a following with collectors across the country for his 18th- and 20th-century furniture, porcelain, cut glass, silver and jewelry. The “vault collection” salon has precious items like Tiffany glass and Handel lamps. This spring, in addition to the gallery, Crissy co-founded SRQ Auctions with the well-established W. Smith Auction of New Hampshire. Both enterprises are located at 640 S. Washington Blvd., Sarasota, (941) 957-1110.


A retail shop and showroom for Sally Trout Interior Design, featuring upholstery, decorative accessories from the world over and an extensive selection of lamps, original art and interesting accent pieces. Shop where the designers shop. In the heart of the downtown theater district. 83 Cocoanut Ave., Sarasota, (941) 953-4418.

Eileen Fisher

Don a single piece of Eileen Fisher clothing and you’ll feel it was made just for you. Comfortable, functional and versatile separates are designed for the real woman who prefers clean lines and timeless style. Each collection complements those that have come before it, creating a seamlessly integrated wardrobe season after season. 1501 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 365-2435.

Eleganza Leather

Astute leather aficionados will fall for Eleganza’s fine imported Italian leather collection, all handmade by artisans.  Owner Berenise travels to Italy to hand select the finest quality pieces for both men and women, in fashion, briefcases, belts, shoes, travel bags and accessories. If you desire the exotic, you’ll also find python and crocodile accouterments in store. 1477 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 955-8855.

Farmhouse Frocks

Farmhouse Frocks  specializes in hand-made clothing for women of all shapes and sizes, and each piece is hand-sewn by an Amish seamstress. As far as aesthetics, think boho, blousy pieces that range from T-shirts to tunics, as well as accessories like necklaces, bags and pillows. New pieces launch today. 506 S. Pineapple Avenue, Sarasota (330) 231-8475

Harry Roa Gallery

Those with an eye for the rare, artisanal and collectible are certain to find something unique at Harry Roa Gallery. This designer has created a collection of bold, avant-garde jewelry—truly one-of-a-kind. Based in the art of the lost wax process and fabrication, his architectural creations with uncommon gemstones are certain to become conversation pieces. 1638 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 266-5146.

Home Resource

Home Resource has been steadily building a coterie of brands offered exclusively on the west coast of Florida, including Cassina, Poltrona Frau and Kettal. This is contemporary and modern indoor and outdoor furniture from the design world’s most coveted names, iconic pieces from Knoll, Herman Miller, Fritz Hansen and more. Owners Kathy and Michael Bush travel to international furniture fairs to bring back the most significant global luxury brands. 741 Central Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-6690. 

Indigo West

Melanie Ann Denicourt has brought her warm, polished design sensibility to her shop, a completely reimagined boutique that replaces the popular Coquillage on Main Street. She’s carefully curated a selection of high-quality accessories, linens and pillows for indoor and outdoor spaces that speaks to our modern, casual coastal lifestyle. 134 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 487-7160.


Browse creative and utterly out-of-the-ordinary eyewear, chosen equally for design, style and quality craftsmanship. Whether you’re urban edgy or consider yourself in the chic style file, you’ll find clever eyewear that speaks to who you are. The highly curated collections, culled from worldwide resources, will inspire and enhance your wardrobe. 446 Burns Court, Sarasota, (941) 955-5133.

L. Spa, L. Boutique, & L. Shoes

Carefully chosen selections reflect the modern, confident and optimistic woman who desires beautiful fabrications, impeccable quality and carefree glamour. Look for the latest in brands such as Hard Tail, Trina Turk and Susana Monaco, as well as footwear names like Pella Moda or Dolce Vita and skincare lines like Biologique Recherche and Obagi. 556 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 906-1350.


Not sure what to shop for next? Stop in to see the in-the-know women at Lotus in downtown Sarasota or on Siesta Key. This boutique houses must-haves from footwear to athletic wear to gems and fashion jewelry and everyday favorites to cocktail attire. Shop names like Alexis, Chan Luu, Rails, A.L.C., Mara Hoffman, Lauren Moshi and Splits 59. 1451 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 906-7080; 5118 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, (941) 346-6793.

Main Street Traders

It’s always fun to browse this colorful downtown department store, which caters to the casual Sarasota lifestyle: tropical print women’s clothing by Katherine Way, David Cline and Jude Connally; stylish men’s leisure wear by Rodd & Gunn and Faherty; bed fashions, textiles and rugs from Dash & Albert, Pine Cone Hill and Matouk and more. 1468 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 373-0475.

Malbi Italian Artisan Décor

One-of-a-kind housewares showcasing Italian craftsmanship and artistry. Proprietor and Parma native Maria Alberta Borri, a.k.a. Malbi, personally selects tableware that is both artistic and functional, such as hand-blown glass water pitchers and dishwasher-safe wine decanters in animal motifs. Customizable Italian ceramics and table linens of exceptional quality, too. 127 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 953-3113.

Marianne E

From elaborate custom seashell-framed mirrors to French soaps, Foo dogs, enchanting antiques and luxury home accessories, every item in this treasure box tells a beguiling story thanks to Marianne Eriksson, the decorator and owner whose keen eyes ensure a selection of only the most distinguished pieces. Custom high-end silk floral arrangements, too. 56 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 373-1260.

Melange Home

Heather Weisenborn carries designer brands Yves Delorme, Sferra, Ann Gish, Juliska, Arte Italica and more. From custom monogrammed towels to hostess gifts, table linens, bed linens made from the world’s rarest cotton and luxury gifts, tabletop items and essentials for the home, the look is luxurious and upscale. 64 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 444-7969.


European linens by S.D.H., William Yeoward crystal frames, Simon Pearce hand-blown glass, Christopher Spitzmiller ceramic glazed lamps, original artworks and Verellen armchairs fill this boutique. The emphasis is on home furnishings of Old World master craftsmanship counterpointing rustic-chic mirrors, consoles and coffee tables made locally from reclaimed cypress and heart pine. Interior design service, too. 100 Central Ave., Suite 1026, Sarasota, (941) 957-0300. 

PH Botanicals

Former makeup artist Elizabeth Pickett Gray opened her PH Botanicals on Pineapple Avenue to showcase her line of natural, organic skincare (soaps, lotions, creams) and household cleaning products. Since then, the line has taken off locally, and she's expanded the shop to feature coffee and organic smoothies and juices. 537 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (850) 591-1329

Philosophy & Vines

The eclectic atmosphere of Philosophy & Vines reflects the carefully chosen selections of hip men and women’s clothing, chic accessories, modern gifts and home décor on hand, many locally sourced. Discover essential pieces that will become your go-to choices, from built-for-comfort Mavi jeans to Candydolce jewelry by local artist Candy Verna to handbags like the ELF collection, made in Bali. Pop in for the perfect hostess gift and leave with something cool for yourself, too. 606 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 400-9098.


So many reasons to put your best foot forward with brands like Arche, AGL, BeautiFeel, Munro, FS/NY and Marc Joseph for women and Mephisto, Magnanni, Trafalgar, Ron White and Punto Hosiery for men. This upscale boutique has had an eye for timeless style and exquisite craftsmanship since 1947. No surprise that it’s cultivated a strong following of locals and vacationers alike. 20 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, (941) 388-1602.

The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

The shopping experience at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota is as luxurious as your stay. Choose an indulgence for yourself, personalized gifts for those you love, and smart travel fashions. The spa stocks a wide range of celeb-endorsed beauty products like Jane Iredale, Kérastase, luxe Parisian hair care products and a couture styling collection. And the Golf Shop offers coveted signature items. 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, (941) 309-2000. 

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Downtown's Rue boutique offers an impeccable selection of hard-to-find-in-Sarasota designers.


Owner Natalie Rue Morgan has masterminded a sanctuary of fine apparel, accessories and handbags that reflects her taste-making style. In a short time, Rue has become a boutique locals depend on for impeccable fashion edits. Find editor favorites like Edie Parker, Dodo Bar Or, Lizzie Fortunato, Sea New York, Star Mela and Lele Sadoughi. 1439 Main St., Sarasota (941) 373-6333.

The Sarasota Collection Home Store

Owners Marcus and Pam Anast offer transitional designer home furnishings with a refined elegance. The pair’s passion for reinterpreting classics with an edgy new flair has resulted in a mix of bespoke furniture designs fabricated in their factories in North Carolina, Brazil and Peru with coveted international brands. Luxe outdoor pieces from the U.S. and Europe are also on display. 622 Central Ave., Sarasota, (941) 955-8313. 

Sarasota Trading Co.

With customers who range from discerning collectors to first-time home buyers, Sarasota Trading Co. carries antiques and modern design from names like Knoll, Philip Laverne, Howard Miller and Tiffany. Among its 2016 best sellers are traditional and contemporary fine art from Old Masters to exciting new artists. 522 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 953-7776.

Scout and Molly’s

A downtown destination for modish, fresh and fun clothing, jewelry and accessories, in a welcoming space with a focus on an enjoyable shopping experience. Scout and Molly’s is the place where fashionistas find distinctive ways of expressing their style with labels like French Connection, Elan, BCBG, Karen Zambos and Shilla. 1413 First St., Sarasota, (941) 955-2170.

Soft Square

This sleek contemporary furniture showroom and design center is a magnet for lovers of modern home decor. Among the quality brands it carries are Ligne Roset, Artifort, Bocci, Tuuci and Brown Jordan. This year’s best sellers are the Sunset sectional, with movable back cushions that change the seat depth, and the futuristic Prado sofa, a vast bench seat designed by Christian Werner upon which weighted back cushions can be placed wherever you choose. 1506 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, (941) 554-4068.

T. Georgiano’s

A clever mix of California chic and SRQ lifestyle, T. Georgiano’s appeals to the globally inspired style star or the woman who simply wants to look super at the market. Owner Tatyana Sharoubim-Stewart has keen eye for stylish emerging and established brands. Not only can you find, gifts, greeting cards, live-in tees and shoes to obsess over, you’ll fall for the collection of brands like Chaser, Beyond Yoga, Toms, Hudson and Yosi Samra. 1409-B First St., Sarasota, (941) 870-3727.

Tortoise & Pearl Vintage

Just lauded as one of Sarasota's best-kept secrets by Vogue, Tortoise & Pearl relocated to Main Street after years on Pineapple Avenue. Owner Diana Allman has curated a well-edited selection of vintage clothing, accessories and home goods, and you're sure to find something special.

The Woman's Exchange 

Bursting at the seams with goodies, this venerable nonprofit consignment shop on South Orange Avenue has donated more than $7 million to local arts organizations and art-student scholarships since 1962. The shop sells more than 35,000 pieces each year, not including purses, shoes or jewelry, which means there truly is something for everyone.  

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