Merry Shopmas

Get Your Holiday Shop On at These Festive Events

There's holiday fun to be had at these local shopping events.

12/08/2017 By Ella Melzer

Networking

'Holiday Fiesta' Set for Wednesday

The Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce party benefits the children of the emergency shelter at Manatee Children's Services.

12/07/2017 By staff

Weekly Planner

C'est La Vie's 20th Anniversary Celebration, a Gingerbread House Workshop and Other Local Dining Events

Including the Manatee River Boat Parade and Christmas market at The Lucky Frog.

12/06/2017 By Stephanie Isaac

Networking

Neighborhood Groups Hold Holiday Potluck Party Next Week

The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations is throwing its annual holiday potluck party at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 11.

12/05/2017 By staff

Retail

Independent Holiday Craft Fair Returns for Year 12

Atomic Holiday Bazaar features more than 200 independent vendors selling clothing, jewelry, furniture, prepared food and more.

12/05/2017 By staff

Holiday Cheer

White House Decorator Coleen Christian Burke Will Speak at Selby Gardens Next Week

Coleen Christian Burke shares behind-the-scenes stories of all the "blood, sweat and glitter" involved in decorating the White House for the holidays.

12/01/2017 By Megan McDonald

Gift Guide

Seven Perfect Stocking Stuffers for the Beauty Junkie

Our fashion and beauty editor rounds up gift picks that the recipient will actually use—and that you'll want, too.

11/27/2017 By Heather Dunhill

Retail

69 Percent of Americans Plan to Shop This Weekend

That portion includes shoppers who plan to spend on Cyber Monday.

11/17/2017 By staff

Retail

Mall Christmas Attraction Returns

The Mall at University Town Center's holiday attraction, Santa's Flight Academy, will run through Christmas Eve.

11/15/2017 By staff

Retail

'Santa's Grand Arrival' Scheduled for Nov. 10

The Mall at University Town Center is holding a holiday kickoff party from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 10.

10/31/2017 By staff

Data

Retail Trade Group Expects Bump in Holiday Spending

The National Retail Federation expects an increase in holiday retail sales of between 3.6 and 4 percent from last year's numbers.

10/11/2017 By staff

Data

Fourth of July Cookout Spending Expected to Rise

Americans are expected to spend $7.1 billion on food for cookouts and picnics as they celebrate the Fourth of July this year.

06/23/2017 By staff

Data

St. Patrick's Day Spending Expected to Rise

Americans will spend more than ever when they celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this year, according to new survey results published by the National Retail Federation.

03/14/2017 By staff

Party Time

How to Choose the Perfect Bubbly for Your Holiday Party

Michael Klauber of Michael's On East and Michael's Wine Cellar shares his tips for choosing the perfect Champagne for your holiday gathering.

12/27/2016 By Megan McDonald

Holidays 2016

Your Guide to Sarasota's Best Holiday Events 2016

We give you everything you need to know about the best December events this holiday season.

12/14/2016 By Lana Allen

Holiday Cheer

Pop Culture Picks: Our Editors' Favorite Holiday Movies

From Die Hard to A Christmas Story, our editors share their favorite holiday films.

12/08/2016 By Staff

'Tis the Season

Tonight: Holiday Splendor at The Ringling

The delightful Sarasota tradition happens again this evening.

12/01/2016 By Hannah Wallace

Retail

Mall Christmas Attraction Debuts Nov. 11

The Mall at University Town Center will debut a new Christmas-themed attraction for kids on Friday, Nov. 11.

11/03/2016 Research by staff

Holidays

Your Guide to Cinco de Mayo in Sarasota

From music to margaritas, there's something for everyone this Cinco de Mayo.

05/02/2016 By Savannah Handerson

Hop to It

6 Local Family-Friendly Easter Activities

Here's where to hunt eggs, eat brunch, and see the Easter Bunny in our area.

03/24/2016 By Jenna Greenfield