Data

Florida Consumer Confidence Drops for Fourth Straight Month

The November reading of 95.1 represents the lowest figure for the University of Florida survey in the last 13 months.

12/19/2018 By Staff

Retail

Bookstore Sales Up in October After Two Months of Declines

Bookstore sales totaled $699 million in October, up 7.7 percent from $649 million in October 2017.

12/17/2018 By Staff

Retail

Holiday Gift Card Spending Expected to Rise

Americans plan to spend $29.9 billion on gift cards this holiday season, up from $27.6 billion last year, according to new survey results.

12/07/2018 By Staff

Deals

Former Furniture Store Sold for $1.4 Million

Hoke Investment Company, LLC, recently merged Pelican Cottage and The Flamingo’s Nest Furniture Store into one new store, Pelicans and Flamingos.

11/30/2018 By Staff

Retail

Great Grandson of Bealls Founder Named Retailer's Next President

Matt Beall is the great grandson of the Bradenton company's founder, Robert Beall, who started the company in 1915.

11/28/2018 By Staff

Retail

Average Spending By Thanksgiving Weekend Shoppers Tops $313

That's down from last year, when shoppers spent an average of $335.47 over the holiday weekend.

11/28/2018 By Staff

Food

New Butcher Shop Opens Next Week

Butcher's Mark is opening at 8519 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

11/20/2018 By Staff

Retail

164 Million Americans Expected to Go Shopping Over Thanksgiving Weekend

Twenty-one percent of shoppers plan to shop on Thanksgiving Day and 71 percent plan to shop on Black Friday, according to new survey results.

11/19/2018 By Staff

Retail

Goodwill Manasota Opens New Bargain Barn Location

Goodwill Manasota recently relocated one of its Bargain Barn outlets to its Whitfield Logistics Center.

11/16/2018 By Staff

Retail

New Store Specializing in Lavender Products Opens

Pelindaba Lavender sells lavender products made with organic flowers and essential oils from San Juan Island in the state of Washington.

11/08/2018 By Staff

Retail

Consignment Shop Celebrates Expansion, Renovation

The Exchange, formerly the Woman’s Exchange, is celebrating the opening of its new 3,000-square-foot furniture wing.

11/06/2018 By Staff

Manufacturing

Window and Door Maker's Sales Up 57 Percent in Quarter Three

Sales at North Venice's PGT Innovations totaled $199 million in the third quarter of this year.

11/01/2018 By Staff

Retail

Americans' Holiday Spending Expected to Top $1,000 on Average

American consumers plan to spend an average of $1,007 during this year's holiday season, 4.1 percent higher than last year's spending, according to new survey results.

10/29/2018 By Staff

Retail

Sarasota Architectural Salvage Opens New Showroom

The new location is the company's first in a traditional retail shopping center.

10/24/2018 By Staff

Retail

New Publix Shopping Center Under Construction

West Villages and Sembler recently broke ground on West Villages Marketplace, a Publix-anchored shopping center scheduled to open next fall.

10/23/2018 By Staff

Retail

Online Sales Up 8.9 Percent Year-Over-Year

Overall retail sales increased by 3 percent between September 2017 and last month, according to new data.

10/19/2018 By Staff

Style

Jewelry Company Launches New Website, Adds New Products to Collection

The Sarasota jewelry company McCarver & Moser recently began carrying designs from Robert Procop Exceptional Jewels.

10/11/2018 By Staff

Data

Retail Group Anticipates Rise in Holiday Spending This Year

The National Retail Federation estimates that holiday retail sales will increase by 4.3-4.8 percent, for a total of between $717.5 billion and $720.9 billion.

10/04/2018 By Staff

Retail

Floridian Consumer Confidence Drops Slightly

The University of Florida's consumer sentiment index dropped by one-tenth of a point between August and September.

10/03/2018 By Staff

Retail

New Women's Clothing Store Opening on Main Street

Sara Campbell is opening a new store at 1508 Main St., Sarasota.

10/02/2018 By Staff