Best of Sarasota 2015: Shopping, Goods and Services

Our editors' and readers' picks for the best shopping Sarasota for 2015.

By Sarasota Magazine May 1, 2015 Published in the May 2015 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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Best New Beach-Fashion Boutique: Fugate’s Sarasota


Imagine a boutique in posh St. Barts but without the eye-popping price tags. Fugate’s Sarasota, the third and most sophisticated store in a chain with locations in Venice and Boca Grande, is brimming with elegant beach style. Look for crystal-and-shell-adorned photo frames and trays from Isabella Adams, chic Gretchen Scott tops and dresses, and even pearl-bedecked jewelry by local designer Barb McSweeney. 1476 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 702-5816.


Best New Furniture: Matter Brothers Furniture and Design


The fifth store in the chain, Sarasota’s new Matter Brothers Furniture and Design is the largest at 100,000 square feet. Entering is like stepping into your favorite design magazine; every important new look is represented, all curated with a coastal inflection and including offerings such as reclaimed rustic chic furniture, Natuzzi leather, and accessories from rugs to lighting. 4675 Clark Road, Sarasota, (941) 960-4410.


Best New Home Accessories: Indigo West


A new location and a new look reflecting fashion’s progression to a more sophisticated iteration of European coastal style is getting rave reviews for Indigo West (formerly Coquillage). Owner Melanie Ann Denicourt says her new collection is also more eclectic. With an emphasis on accessories, the shop offers decorative objects from vases to lamps, linens and mirrors. Indigo West, 134 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 487-7160.


Best New Repurposed Treasures: Architectural Revival 


In the design industry, it’s called “the Restoration Hardware look,” but that’s mass-produced, and the trend, which Architectural Revival showcases, is to hand-made, one-off pieces. Husband and wife owners Lesa and Edward Stroop travel to trade shows and accept consignments from local artisans for furniture in the vintage industrial or industrial loft genre. Look for pieces of reclaimed wood and a smattering of custom furniture. 421 Central Ave., Sarasota, (800) 304-1232.


Best New Venice Boutique: A Coastal Breeze


For beach lovers who lean toward more toward sophistication than kitsch, A Coastal Breeze is not to be missed. Owners Amy and Brian Hicks glean a selection of chic and elegant decorative objects, table fashions and gifts made in or about Florida. From sand art wall plaques to jewelry and fashion-forward indoor outdoor pillows, the selection is irresistible and surprisingly affordable. 223 W. Miami Ave., Venice, (941) 786-1896.


Best New Consignment Store: Tommy’s Fine Men’s Consignment


The region’s only consignment store devoted to men’s fashion, Tommy’s Fine Men’s Consignment carries top brands in the casual resort genre, including Tommy Bahama, Tori Richard, Polo, Tommy Hilfiger and more. But there are also tuxedo jackets and pants, dress shirts, jewelry and designer apparel. Everything is in tip-top condition and some pieces have never been worn. 101 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 786-1850.


Best New Table Décor: Malbi Italian Artisan Decor


Malbi Italian Artisan Decor, a boutique bearing the nickname of proprietor Maria Alberta Borri. specializes in table fashions—dinnerware, flatware, linens and glasses handpicked by Borri, who moved to Sarasota from Parma to open the store. Look for high-end, high-style brands found nowhere else in the United States, and cookware, edgy furniture and more. Impeccable taste and quality are keywords here. 127 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, (941) 953-3113.


Best New Nail Salon: PAINT Nail Bar


At PAINT Nail Bar you’ll find a glam setting, lacquers from lux lines like Deborah Lippman, and “waterless” pedicures with warm towels and lots of massage. What you won’t find? Polishes containing any of the five most harmful toxins found in most nail products, meaning your mani is beautiful and safe, too. 1417 First St., #1010, Sarasota, (941) 366-8989.


Best New Affordable Jewelry: Alex and Ani


Chi-chi Alex and Ani sells bracelets and lots of charms that express a woman’s personality and loves. The jewelry is all made from recycled brass and includes necklaces, though bangles are what catapulted the company to fame, each displayed with a printed card bearing a mantra. With prices as low as $28, this is our new go-to haven for bridesmaid, Mother’s Day and Valentine’s Day gifts. 1461 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 953-1724.


Best New Shopping Heaven: The Mall at UTC

The sleek new Mall at University Town Center (140 University Town Center Drive, Sarasota, 941-552-7030, has exponentially expanded the region’s shopping (and dining) options. Here are our picks for its 10 top stores.




Free-spirited women’s apparel, accessories and home décor make Anthropologie a go-to for women who prefer a less-traveled feminine fashion road. (941) 306-4513.


Apple Store


Iconic consumer electronics couturier Apple advises scheduling appointments online to avoid long waits for tutoring and techie sales assistance for its computers, MACbooks and I-gadgets. (941) 358-4600.


Arhaus Furniture


The world is the inspiration for this total home decorating store with everything designed and sourced in house by hand-selected artisans. (941) 893-1167.


Crate & Barrel


A clean transitional aesthetic punched up with color. Crate started with tabletop and now does everything for the home, indoors and out. (941) 702-9900.




A true department store gets a new fashion edge with a curated blend of luxury and basic brands for apparel and home. (941) 527-4878.




This French brand with an immense selection of au courant styles is dedicated to wallet-friendly fashion adapted quickly from Europe’s runways. (941) 893-1148.


Saks Fifth Avenue


From Tampa to Naples, the most comprehensive roster of high-fashion designers for men and women’s apparel, shoes and jewelry. (941) 364-5300.


Tesla Motors


A combination showroom and learning center teaches the benefits of electric cars and Tesla’s sexy-fast models in particular. Ask for a test drive for a glimpse of the future. (941) 866-6597.




Everything we loved at the Southgate Mall store, plus new scheduled cooking classes with staff and cookbook authors. (941) 866-6347.


Z Gallerie


Fashion-forward total home gallery with furnishings, art, and accessories at affordable prices. (941) 702-2563.







Best Place to Buy Women’s Shoes




Peltz Shoes, Saks Fifth Avenue


Best Store for Kids


Children’s World


Gap/Gap Kids, Gymboree


Best Place to Work Out




Crunch Fitness, LA Fitness


Best Hair Salon




Cutting Loose, Yellow Strawberry


Best Spa


The Met Fashion House Day Spa & Salon


The Ritz-CarltonSpa Hollywood


Best Place to Buy Lighting


Franklin Lighting


Bee Ridge Lighting and DesignHome Depot


Best Place to Buy Floor Covering


Home Depot


G. Fried Flooring America, Rugs as Art


Best Place to Shop for Antiques


Sarasota Architectural Salvage


Crissy Galleries, Woman’s Exchange of Sarasota


Best Art Gallery (not museum)


Dabbert Gallery


Allyn Gallup ContemporaryState of the Arts Gallery


Best Men’s Clothing Store (chain)




Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue


Best Men’s Clothing Store (locally owned)


The Met Fashion house Day Spa & Salon


Jackie Z, Martin Freeman


Best Women’s Clothing Store (chain)


Saks Fifth Avenue


Dillard’s, Macy’s


Best Women’s Clothing Store (locally owned)


Foxy Lady


Jackie Z, The Met Fashion House Day Spa & Salon


Best Women’s Formal/Cocktail Attire Store (chain)


Saks Fifth Avenue


Dillard’s, Macy’s


Best Women’s Formal/Cocktail Attire Store (locally owned)


Foxy Lady


L. Boutique, The Met Fashion House Day Spa & Salon


Best Swimsuit Store


Swim Mart


Splash Sun & Fun, Swim City


Best Jeweler (chain)


Mayors Jewelers


Kay Jewelers, Zales Jewelry


Best Jeweler (locally owned)


Diamond Vault Jewelers


Coffrin Jewelers, June Simmons Jewelry


Best Florist


Beneva Flowers, Flowers by Fudgie, Victoria Blooms


Best Bicycle Shop


Village Bikes, Ryder Bikes, Sarasota Cycle


Best Home Accessories Store (locally owned)


Black Bird Home Gallery


Bright Life, Seaside Chic


Best Furniture Store (chain)


Baer’s Furniture


Havertys, Rooms to Go


Best Furniture Store (locally owned)


Kalins Furniture Store


Home Resource, Pamaro Shop


Best Consignment Store


Woman’s Exchange of Sarasota


Fifi’s Fine Resale Apparel, Laura Jean’s Consignments


Best Gift Shop


Elysian Fields


Bright Life, Yoder’s


Best Retirement Community


The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch


Bay Village, Plymouth Harbor


Best Home Health Care


Take Care Home Health Care


Approved Home Health, Comfort Keepers


Best Landscaping Company


ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design


Michael A. Gilkey, Twin Blades Lawn Care


Best Place to Play Golf


University Park Country Club


Laurel Oak Country Club, TPC Prestancia


Best Place to Play Tennis


Laurel Oak Country Club


Bath & Racquet, University Park Country Club

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