Situated just a few blocks from the Sarasota Bayfront, downtown Sarasota features a small, walkable shopping area filled with dozens of boutiques, specialty shops, art galleries and more.
For those who are interested in purchasing works of art, downtown Sarasota’s Palm Avenue and Main Street offer numerous art galleries to explore. Known by locals as “Gallery Row,” Palm Avenue offers opportunities to purchase everything from sculptures and handblown glass to jewelry and paintings created by local artisans. During the First Friday Artwalk, which takes place on the first Friday of each month from 6 to 9 PM, visitors can visit the many galleries beyond their regular hours.
While Main Street does feature its share of art galleries, it is also home to several clothing stores such as Brooks Brothers and those offering women’s fashions. Once per month, downtown Sarasota residents and visitors have the opportunity to enjoy these shops and boutiques beyond their regular hours. Known as the First Friday Walk, the event also offers shoppers opportunities for wine tasting.
Art lovers can also purchase works from local artists by visiting the State of the Arts Gallery on State Street. While here, shoppers also enjoy visiting European Focus, which is a colorful shop featuring unique gifts created by European artisans. Items found in this shop range from Bavarian “smokers” to French linens, ceramics and more. Sarasota Candle, which is a local manufacturer of candles, is located right next door.
The nearby Lemon Avenue also offers plenty of shopping opportunities for those who enjoy purchasing free foods, arts and crafts. From 7 AM to 1 PM every Saturday throughout the year, Lemon Avenue hosts the Downtown Sarasota Farmers Market. With more than 50 vendors available, the event features lots of organics, baked goods, cheeses, meats, fresh fruit, arts, crafts, flowers, plants and more. Additional fresh foods and produce can also be found at the Whole Foods Market located on First Street. The Whole Foods Market Centre also features upscale ground floor retail shops along with a parking garage and a café.
Antique lovers also have opportunities to search for hidden treasures when visiting the downtown Sarasota area, such as Jack Vinales 20th Century Classics in the Burns Square section of downtown. This area, which is located at the south end of Pineapple Avenue, also features a number of intriguing shops. Awesome Orchids offers plants, pots and more, while Malika’s Imports features Scandinavian furniture. Other shops found here include L-Boutique and Parkland Art Gallery.
From women’s fashion to art and intriguing imports, downtown Sarasota shopping is sure to pique the interest of just about anyone who gives it a closer look.