Buying Power

National Retail Sales Up

The National Retail Federation reports increases over last month and 2015.

12/16/2016 By staff


Retail Imports Expected to Rise

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to be up 3.2 percent this month over the same time last year as stores bring in the last of the merchandise for the holiday season.

12/13/2016 By staff


Tommy Bahama Property Sold for $6.8 Million

A Massachusetts trust recently purchased the property that houses St. Armands Circle's Tommy Bahama from Sarasota's W. Howard Rooks for $6.8 million.

12/13/2016 By staff


University Town Center Mall Hires New General Manager

The Michigan-based shopping center company Taubman recently selected five-year Taubman executive Jeramy Burkinshaw to be the new general manager of The Mall at University Town Center.

12/09/2016 By staff

Weekly Planner

Atomic Holiday Bazaar, Blush Bridal's Holiday Sparkle Sale, and More Local Shopping Events

Plus, jewelry trunk shows and a Tommy Bahama and Maui Jim event.

12/09/2016 By Lana Allen


Weekend Event Brings 200-Plus Indie Vendors to Sarasota

Sarasota's Atomic Holiday Bazaar returns for the 11th straight year this weekend, bringing together more than 200 independent vendors selling clothing, jewelry, furniture, prepared food and all sorts of other items.

12/07/2016 By staff


Retail Trade Group Announces 2017 Legislative Priorites

The Florida Retail Federation supports state law that bans local regulations of plastic shopping bags and opposes any increase in the state's minimum wage.

12/06/2016 By staff


Retail Trade Group Predicts Holiday Shopping Bump

The Florida Retail Federation is predicting a 4 percent increase in sales for Florida retailers during the upcoming holiday shopping season.

11/22/2016 By staff


Cabinet, Countertop Company Leases Lakewood Ranch Location

Trend Transformations of Sarasota recently leased a 1,753-square-foot retail space in the Lake Osprey Plaza Shopping Center.

11/21/2016 By staff


New Bookstore Opens on Anna Maria Island

The new bookstore Paradise Found AMI will celebrate its grand opening with a Black Friday sale on books, plants and original artwork.

11/15/2016 By staff


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


Microsoft Recognizes Amish Furniture Manufacturer for Smart Product Recommendation System

Microsoft earlier this month highlighted DutchCrafters, a Sarasota-based online retailer for handmade Amish furniture, for its use of Recommendations API, Microsoft's product recommendation software.

10/24/2016 Research by staff

Weekly Planner

October's Can't-Miss Shopping Sales

Hit up Camilyn Beth x Influence Style's mega-sale, celebrate the first Sip, Shop & Stroll of the season in Burns Court or "Get Gorgeous" on St. Armand's Circle.

10/14/2016 By Lana Allen

Above the Fold

The Next Big Name: Meet Avant-Garde Designer Charles Youssef

Fashion editor Heather Dunhill interviews emerging designer Charles Youssef, whose architectural collections are winning him accolades.

10/13/2016 By Heather Dunhill


Bealls Recognized for Hiring Individuals with Disabilities

The retail company Bealls, headquartered in Bradenton, was recognized on Wednesday by the state of Florida for being an 'exceptional' employer of individuals with disabilities.

10/06/2016 Research by staff


Food Delivery Service Expands and Relocates

After outgrowing its previous space, White Picket Produce, Sharyn Vross' organic produce home delivery service, recently relocated to a 1,500-square-foot warehouse in the Northgate area.

10/04/2016 Research by staff


Goodwill to Open Beneva Road Store Oct. 13

Goodwill Manasota will open its newest hybrid retail store at 700 N. Beneva Road, Sarasota, at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13.

10/03/2016 Research by staff


Gourmet Popcorn Shop to Open Second Location

Tropical Shores Gourmet Popcorn recently leased 1,385 square feet of retail space at 27 N. Boulevard of the Presidents on St. Armands Circle.

09/29/2016 Research by staff


Seasonal Farmers' Markets Return

A handful of local farmers' markets are reopening after taking the summer off.

09/28/2016 Research by staff


Goodwill Names New Sales Director

Goodwill Manasota recently promoted Dawn Tate to the position of director of donated goods sales.

09/01/2016 Research by staff