Southside Village is evolving, and the shopping is better than ever before. Almost every store is new or revamped with exciting new lines. We found designer clothing, gifts, jewelry and more in stores that are becoming destinations. And don’t forget to sample the trendy new restaurants—among the finest in town.
1 Go Hollywood and dress like Paris Hilton, Cindy Crawford, Heidi Klum and Sharon Stone—all fans of casual tops and dresses by Halé Bob in an ever-changing array of colorful prints (from $129). RHA Boutique, 1935 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 706-2627.
2 Hot Chocolate! Provenance is ever more important to Sarasota foodies. That’s why Ecuador’s Republica del Cacao single-origin chocolate from Manabí, Los Rios, or El Oro provinces ($6.99 for 3.5-oz. bars) tops the best-seller list at Morton’s Gourmet Market, 1924 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 955-9856.
3 La Vie en Rose Rose-cut white topaz was the height of fashion during the Georgian period, and its 2010 resurgence is equally cutting-edge. Fancy diamonds frame each topaz in this romantic bracelet ($4,500). Coffrin Jewelers, 1829 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 366-6871.
4 Go the Distance with Nike LunarGlide running shoes designed just for women ($100). It’s the runaway best seller at Fleet Feet, along with Nike Plus sensors ($29) that plug into your iPod to track you and help train you. Fleet Feet Sports, 1830 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 894-3338.
5 Butterfly Hunter That would be you, Demi Moore and Katherine Heigl, both collectors of Butterflies by Claire Pettibone. Her gossamer-thin printed baby dolls ($98) and hipsters ($38) fly off the shelves at Sea Cup and Up, 1810 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 951-2727.
6 Yacht Rocks A new twist on the classic nautical chain, this necklace is adorned with 3.68 carats of pavé diamonds, upping the luxury factor from casual chic to elegant refinement ($10,400). Jewelry by Giorgio, 1924 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 363-7700.
7 Indulge in Sunday brunch at Libby’s, where Chef Fran’s Southern organic blueberry pancakes come with grilled sausage and warm maple syrup ($11). Libby’s, 1917 S. Osprey Ave. (941) 487-7300.
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Treat your pooch to gourmet dog biscuits (81 cents/ounce), hand-baked on site by owner Crystal Chisholm under the watchful eye of her mini dachshund, Finn. Woof Gang Bakery, 1809 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 312-5233.
Check out the luscious fabrics hand-picked by custom suit maker Pino Armano, who apprenticed under Domenico Dolce of Dolce and Gabbana in Sicily. Pino’s III Tuxedos and Tailoring, 1849-B Hillview St., (941) 366-2666.
Summer blossoms adorn invitations ($16/set of 10), paper dinner plates ($7/set of eight); cocktail napkins ($5.75/20) and more at this stationery shop brimming with style. The Paper Tree, 1931 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 343-2688.