Wine Enthusiasts The staff’s enthusiasm is infectious at new superstore Total Wine, where you’ll find sets of Riedel “O” glasses (chardonnay $19.95 or champagne $24), and best-sellers like a well-structured cabernet sauvignon from Coastline Cellars ($8.99). Total Wine, 8539 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, (941) 351-7895.
Florentine Gold Straight from the land of the Tuscan sun, i-tesori just debuted a dazzling collection of 84 trays ($24 to $135), individually hand-painted, gilded and carved with scalloped edges using traditional Renaissance techniques. i-tesori, 8215 Natures Way, Suite 113, Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-9296.
Organic Compound Everything at Good Earth is healthy and organic, from the deli counter to groceries, produce and affordable beauty potions by SanRe Organic Skinfood, an all-natural company based in Sarasota. Good Earth Natural Foods, 8140 Main St., Lakewood Ranch, (941) 907-3073.
Elements of Style Boost your wine IQ and confidence at Wine Styles, a new combination of store and tasting cellar where wines are displayed by style rather than varietal. Don’t miss the weekly half-price days and free Friday tastings. Wine Styles, 8225 Natures Way, Unit 111, San Marco Plaza, Lakewood Ranch, (941) 396-5804.
Scout It Out It’s worth a trip to San Marco Plaza just for Scout Bags by Bungalow, a chic line of weekenders ($40), nested cooler bags ($34) and doggie bag lunch totes ($16) as practical as they’re pretty. The Paper Tree, 8209 Natures Way, San Marco Plaza, Lakewood Ranch, (941) 306-5830.
Teen’s Idol Iconic sheepskin-lined boots from UGG Australia are a teen status symbol, invented Down Under for warmth after surfing. Now the look is hip and hot from Sarasota to Saskatchewan. Peltz Shoes, 5275 University Parkway, University Park, (941) 355-1010.
Carbon Footprint? Reduce yours with the 070, the greenest shoe yet from New Balance. Designed for men and women, the 070 is constructed to reduce manufacturing waste and uses natural or recycled materials ($80). New Balance, 8204 Tourist Center Drive, University Park, (941) 921-3696.
Pit Stop Educate your palate with tastings of extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the globe bottled on site from traditional steel drums called fustis. The best-selling 18-year old Italian balsamic ($17) is irresistible. Katy Rose Oilery, 8111 Lakewood Main St., (941) 907-0306.
Runway Reverie Live your wedding fantasies on the catwalk at Elaine’s, where you can model every trendsetting look from stunning ball gowns by Maggie Sottero to this study in refined elegance by Mikaella Bridal ($1,395). Elaine’s Bridal Boutique, 5275 University Parkway, University Park, (941) 747-8576.
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Take an ice cream break at the new Big Olaf Creamery, where you’ll tempted by award-winning Richey’s handmade chocolates of Bradenton. Big Olaf, 8151 Lakewood Main Street, (941) 907-0151.
Check out the amazing roster of designers at A Clothes Encounter, from Nat Nast and Tori Richard for men to Bejeweled and Nicole Miller for women. 8141 Lakewood Main Street, (941) 907-8077.
Try the Mandarin Kung Pao Chicken ($7.95) or Pad Thai ($6.95). They’re already runaway favorites at the new Pei Wei Asian Diner, 8511 Copper Creek Blvd., University Park, (941) 359-8570.