The storefronts on Main Street are more beguiling than ever with a bevy of new shops, restaurants, galleries and more. We explored, taste-tested and walked this ever more international thoroughfare from end to end for this sampling of the newest labels and hot spots in town.
Heaven Scent If you can’t wear those slinky Brazilian jeans or bikinis, project a more subtle essence of sexiness with a dab of Brazil’s sensual O’Botiario fragrances, Portinari for men and Accordes for women (each $55). The Girl from Brazil, 1650 Main St., (941) 363-0506.
Rock On At Living Walls the furniture choices range from soft contemporary to the avant-garde, with design superstar Ron Arad’s Voido rocking chair ($1,245) in outdoor-safe polyethylene a stunning example. Living Walls, 1311 Main St., (941) 957-4411.
Mix it Up Even the polo set will want to update its look with the European styling of Bertigo shirts ($160) of super-soft Turkish cotton, rich with details like double buttons and contrasting fabrics on cuffs and collars. Stitch Boutique, 1636 Main St., (941) 366-7268.
Urban Cowboys? The gauchos may speak with Florida twangs, but this new Brazilian churrascaria is as authentic as it gets. Braza has an exquisite salad buffet ($24.99) for herbivores; meat lovers add 10 bucks for non-stop rodizio-style service of sizzling grilled meats. Braza, 1481 Main St., (941) 955-1481.
Ancient Adornment Silver yoke necklaces have been crafted by Peruvian artists since the Incas, but this beauty ($695) set with mother-of-pearl and abalone looks strikingly chic and contemporary. Nella Terra, 1656 Main St., (941) 366-3552.
Royal Setting Queens’ Wreath Jewels’ new boutique is a gem brimming with art nouveau ambiance and fashion-forward designers, including owner Tina Little’s own line (Pampoo) of playful jewelry like this pink enamel ring with onyx swirl ($650). Queens Wreath Jewels, 1310 Main St., (941) 365-2027.
Silver Screen? For a subtle touch of Hollywood glam, this four-panel screen from Oly Studio is decked out in glistening capiz shells with your choice of gold or silver finished frame ($4,245). Black Bird Home Gallery, 1540 Main St., (941) 366-0941.
Johnny Angel Beautiful embroidery, wonderful bright colors and comfortable fabrics have catapulted the Johnny Was Collection and divisions Bija, For Love & Liberty and JWLA (cotton jersey dress $168) to their position as best-selling signature brands at Lotus, 1451 Main St., (941) 906-7080.
Sweet Dreams Grandparents’ wishes come true in a new store brimming with toys, clothes and more for infants through age six. We love the Baby Ballerina and Baby MD onesies (each $27), and don’t miss the Gund galloping rocker with bouncing tail ($225). Picobello,
1462 Main St., (941) 373-0475.
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Check out designer Dalia Koss’s new cache of carnelian beads, mother-of-pearl and freshwater pearls at Dalia Koss Unique Jewelry, 1540A Main St., (941) 365-9828.
Ask Robert Millaire the provenance of incredible handmade pottery from the South of France at Via Mediterranee, 1564 Main St., (941) 955-8985.
Cast your vote for the best Key lime pie on the Gulf Coast at Caribbean Pie, 1952 Main St., (941) 953-5748.