This year’s Platinum 100 list is brimming with new havens of retail luxury and longtime favorites, each helping to assure Sarasota’s reputation as headquarters for sublime Gulf Coast shopping. No city in the region can claim the creativity of Sarasota’s boutiques or the comprehensiveness of shops offering high-end globally sourced treasures. From hard-edged Italian couture to Bohemian-chic South African décor, our top retailers keep delighting and surprising shoppers.
Sarasota is especially remarkable for diamonds, cutting-edge shoes and trade-only furniture brands. And prices for some custom creations and fine goods are less than they would be in cities like New York.
In 2012, we unearthed dozens of new luxury retail concepts as well as shops within shops we already adored. To make the final cut, stores had to offer exceptional ambiance, exclusive wares, incomparable service—or all three. In addition to our 100 top shops, we also highlight fine galleries and automotive and yacht dealers. We hope you’ll use our list all year long, and share it with your guests as well. Shopping is an essential part of the Sarasota experience. Discover, fall in love and enjoy.
Platinum 100 Fashion
Addison Craig From sky-high stilettos to jewel-encrusted jellies, Addison Craig is the source for the ultimate footwear finds. Paris meets Florence with an international potpourri of cobblers extraordinaire from Repetto to Guiseppe Zanotti. An exceptional selection of Tory Burch shoes and bags lures fans from as far away as Miami. 28 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3400.
Aqua Beachwear From splashy bikinis to sporty one-pieces, the racks at Aqua are brimming with the newest looks and design technologies to flatter the figure. Upbeat sales clerks provide individualized fit advice on a dazzling selection that includes names like Juicy Couture, Gottex, Kenneth Cole and La Blanca. 331 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1025; 5131 Ocean Ave., Siesta Key, (941) 346-0702.
Brooks Brothers America’s clubby interpretation of discreet British classicism, Brooks Brothers defines the resort lifestyle with an emphasis on preppy sportswear and golf fashions. The country’s oldest clothing retailer dates back to the early 19th century, but its new collections boast hip colors and sleeker, more comfortable lines. 1500 Main St., (941) 316-1502.
Captain’s Landing With clothes that exude resort-chic style, Captain’s Landing is the region’s go-to store for men’s casual fashion makeovers. The look is relaxed with an edge, supported by an ever-evolving cache of coveted brands like Tori Richards, Quick Silver, and Luchiano Visconti and 34 Heritage jeans. 243 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-2329.
Designing Women Boutique Sarasota’s reigning consignment boutique seduces fans with a constantly rotating stock from designers like Armani, Burberry, Chanel and St. John. Every brand on the radar of the city’s fashion elite is donated or consigned to this luxurious shop, selling at 50 percent to 75 percent off original prices. Proceeds go to local charities. 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, (941) 366-5293.
Dream Weaver & Planet One of the nation’s foremost retail champions of American art-to-wear, Dream Weaver’s owner Joan Morgan curates an unparalleled selection of artisan-crafted fashions including floor-length gowns, day dresses, hand-painted scarves, handbags and jewelry. An adjoining sister store, Planet, attracts fashionistas with a yen for casual-chic clothes. 364 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1974.
Eileen Fisher A magnet for lovers of casual yet sophisticated fabrics, colors and silhouettes, the Eileen Fisher Signature collection brand store is a beacon on the corner of Lemon and Main. Look for the newest arrivals in clothes, shoes and handbags displayed in a pristine but elegant setting at this company-owned boutique. 1501 Main St., (941) 365-2435.
Foxy Lady Sarasota’s Holy Grail for evening dresses, Donald Pliner shoes and designer jeans (Joe’s, Paige, David Kahn, AG and Miss Me), Foxy Lady is expanding to three stores this fall with a casual wear boutique opening on the Circle. Fans swoon over selections from Bailey 44, Frank Lyman, Joseph Ribkoff and Nicole Miller. 481 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-5239; 14 S. Boulevard of Presidents; 209 Beach Road, Siesta Key, (941) 349-6644.
Gia Ventola Luxury for less is the new buzzword at Gia Ventola’s self-titled boutique, where a summer expansion to an adjoining space makes way for even more clothes and accessories selling at insider prices. Ventola, who began her meteoric retail career after designing stage costumes for Britney Spears, Pink and Beyoncé, freely provides spot-on personal styling tips. 610 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 373-1980.
Influence Run by the ultra-selective sister team Liz and Sam Murray, Influence features a constantly rotating stock from Boho-chic American and European designers. Look for coveted brands like Made in Heaven jeans (worn by Kate Bosworth and Katie Holmes) and Winter Kate by Nicole Richie. A former L.A. celebrity stylist, Liz has a knack for interpreting the latest trends for fashionistas from 20 to 60. 474 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 343-2315.
Irene’s Resort Wear An oasis of big-city style on laid-back Anna Maria Island, Irene’s may be the most competitively priced fashion house in the region. Loyalists from Fort Myers to Tampa come for impeccable service and a cutting-edge cache of dresses by the likes of Joseph Ribkoff and Frank Lyman of Montreal, jeans by Tribal and the newest Brighton and Vera Bradley accessories. 5308 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, (941) 778-1161. J. McLaughlin The quintessential casual-chic J. McLaughlin brand beloved by fans for never-wrinkle clothes made from nylon spandex swimsuit fabric now has an outpost in Sarasota. The 35-year-old retail chain offers sophisticated patterns in designs that go from daytime golf to dinner on the town. 1503 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 706-3507.
Juno & Jove For green design as elegant and trendy as it gets, check out the selections at Juno & Jove, where owner Olivia Bono champions a roster of eco-friendly and socially responsible designers like Prairie Underground, Linda Loudermilk and Karla Colletto. The shop has a cult following for comfortable, fashion-forward designer shoes by Caleen Cordero and Coclico. 1425 First St., Whole Foods Market Centre, Sarasota (941) 957-0000.
Just Cruzin Amazingly adaptable to Sarasota’s coastal vibe, the clothes at the first U.S. franchise of this South African-based chain are cool, comfortable and made from 100 percent cotton in simple shapes and soft, muted palette. Breezy, chic, well-cut silhouettes are oceans apart from baggy Bohemian-looking American counterparts. 21 N. Boulevard of Presidents, Sarasota (941) 706-2150.
L. Boutique/L.Kids/L.Spa The signature aesthetic at L. Boutique is resort casual served up in a unique one-stop shopping experience for head-to-toe fashion and beauty. Look for wonderful Magaschoni cashmere wraps in sorbet colors, chic Alice & Trixie sun frocks, glamorous evening dresses, designer shoes, sunglasses and more. Owner LeeAnne Swor delights fashionistas with designer children’s apparel at L. Kids, and her luxurious L.Spa offers complete hair salon and spa services. 556 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 906-1350.
La Mariée Haute Couture Bridal Shopping is pure romance in La Mariée’s opulent white-on-white drawing room filled with gowns from true bridal couturiers Vera Wang, Jim Hjelm, Badgley Mischka and Cymbeline. Even customized gowns are possible, in styles from new sculpted looks to classic, form-fitting mermaid silhouettes. 56 S. Palm Ave., (941) 955-1600.
Leggiadro International An international cult following swears by the fit of capri pants designed by Leggiandro’s founder Ann Ross, who began her career as an editor at Glamour magazine and then segued into lingerie design. Now Ross’s anatomy-flattering slacks, limited-edition hand-painted tees and ultra-luxurious fabrics are legendary. 380A St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1500.
Lilly Pulitzer Palm Beach style is perfectly in synch with Sarasota’s beachy resort vibe and best expressed in cool cotton classics from the venerable Lilly Pulitzer collection. Whether it’s college party dresses in vintage prints or hip new swimwear and yoga separates, this is the go-to boutique for the ultimate in preppy chic fashion. 443A John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3091.
Lotus Fans flock to Wendy Getchell’s Main Street boutique for a spot-on selection of clothes from Citizens of Humanity, Velvet, Michael Stars and Goddis. This is the shop for Rebecca Minkoff handbags, Chan Luu jewelry and scarves, and the hottest new dresses and T-shirts by Nation LTD. Shelves brim with life’s little luxuries, from jeans to fragrances and slinky lingerie at Lotus, the haunt of style setters who share Getchell’s taste and fashion philosophy. 1451 Main St., (941) 906-7080. Martin Freeman For a glimpse of the dapper side of Sarasota, check out the customers at Martin Freeman, the city’s new menswear house with a Paul Stuart vibe. It’s run by businessman Nelson Martin and Harold Freeman (who was manager of the former Maus & Hoffman on St. Armands Circle). They’ve dubbed their style “Britalia” for its blend of Italian lightweight breathable fabrics and Anglo-American silhouettes tailored to look custom-made. 75 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota (941) 953-2948.
The Met Top designers and impeccable service are the hallmarks of this Sarasota legend, housed in an English Bermudian-style mansion. The Met’s latest coups for women: Milly designer fashions and exclusive dibs in Sarasota’s trading area on Ferragamo women’s wear, shoes and handbags. Not to be outdone, the men’s department unveiled the Hickey Freeman line in 2012. Other coveted fashion houses include Giorgio Armani, Hugo Boss and Etro, Burberry, Lafayette I48 and Ted Baker. A world-class spa and salon, too. 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1772.
Oh My Gauze For women’s fashions with a breezy-cool ocean vibe, Sarasota’s Oh My Gauze offers a lifestyle look designed around cotton. From organic white and neutral to brilliant jewel tone colors, the sportswear, sundresses, and tropical, free-flowing pants and skirts are rivaled only by a selection of brimmy sun hats, beach-inspired shoes and accessories. 374 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1964.
Original Stitch Boutique Carnaby Street meets Covent Garden at the Original Stitch Boutique, where Vinny Sizemore is the creative force behind a chic London aesthetic that appeals to hip, young and not-so-young fashionistas. Just across Main Street from its former location, the new shop features hot labels for both sexes, including Ted Baker, English Laundry, David Lerner and Psycho Bunny. 1464 Main St., Sarasota (941) 321-5744.
Pink & Navy Rivaling the beach boutiques lining the harbor of St. Bart’s, Pink & Navy is a fashion oasis on Anna Maria Island. Look for a hip young assortment that segues effortlessly from chi-chi fashions by Milly and Judith March to sexy underwear by Hanky Panky and Coobie Bra. Serendipity abounds with a smattering of tote bags, jewelry and Royal Apothic fragrances. 216C Pine Ave., Anna Maria (941) 567-4000.
Reason’s Shoes A magnet for fashionistas who refuse to sacrifice comfort for style, Reason’s has internationally renowned brands like Arche (trendy) and Thierry Rabotin (refined) in chic designs that belie their cushy comfort. That doesn’t preclude racks of stilettos and glitzy sandals from names like Prada. The men’s department offers a complete range from Italian loafers to boat shoes. 20 N. Lemon Ave., (941) 388-1602.
Sahara A mecca for Moroccan design, Sahara offers a selection that reads like a passport. The stylish selection of fashion and home products is curated by international travelers Cleon and Arch Dixon, who personally shop the bazaars, villages and showrooms of crafters throughout North Africa. Everything from clothes to jewelry and home accessories reflects an upscale tribal aesthetic. 362C John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3335.
Saks Fifth Avenue Saks in Sarasota is the perfect blend of small-town hospitality and big-city style. Customers have access to the top international designers’ latest offerings, a trove of high-end cosmetics and a jewelry department that rivals Saks’ counterparts in major cosmopolitan cities. The elegant Fifth Avenue Club here is among the most active in the chain, and personal shopping experts assist with total wardrobing, from bras to shoes. 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 364-5300.
Sarasota Brides & Formalwear At Sarasota’s grand-scale wedding fashion salon, brides can peruse gowns by Pronovias White One, Casa Blanca, Maggie Sottero and a comprehensive collection of the newest styles for every member of the bridal party. You’ll find big-event dresses for all occasions, in addition to unhurried personal service and impeccable on-site tailoring. 4051 Clark Road, (941) 927-4969.
Sea Cup and Up For the sexiest, best-fitting skivvies in town, locals head to this serene haven on Osprey Avenue. Buyers navigate the lingerie world to find perfect-fitting bras for women who wear C-cup and up bra sizes in undergarments, swimsuits and sleepwear. The décor plays a big role in the shopping experience, with velvet and lace reminiscent of a retro boudoir. 1810 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 951-2727.
Seaside Chic Boutique Janice Riordan has acquiesced to fans of her stunning interior design and gift shop, Seaside Chic, by opening a second store focusing on fashion. Filled with trendy apparel brands that exude a casual coastal resort vibe, the shop is already a magnet for fans of best-selling lines XCVI, Johnny Was and ISDA. 305A W. Venice Ave. Venice, (941) 484-1313.
Shore The closest thing to a surfer’s shopping paradise along the Gulf Coast is a St. Armands boutique called Shore. With its own exclusive swimwear designs and a carefully curated selection of brands like Roxy, Juicy Couture and Billabong, the shop attracts waves of tourists and locals who want the latest in cutting-edge beach and active sports fashions. 465 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3535.
Sunbug For a splash of glamour, don’t miss the swoon-worthy resort clothes at Sunbug, once a swimwear specialty shop and now a total beach fashion lifestyle emporium. Beach beauties fawn over the vast selection of swimsuit power brands (think Trina Turk and Miraclesuit), chic dresses, colorful Jag jeans and fashion-right shoes and handbags. 141 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-7946.
Sunglass Express Optical One of the most distinguishing characteristics in this full-service eyewear shop is a staff obsessed with sunglasses. They’ll have you trying on rims you never thought you could pull off in buffalo horn, wood, plastic and metal. Eyewear that doubles as face jewelry is the star here, with names like Judith Leiber, Bulgari, Cartier, Chanel and more. 343 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-5115.
Swim Mart/Swim City A temple of swimsuits with tops and bottoms sold separately for the ultimate figure-flattering fit, Sarasota’s own homegrown chain of Swim City and Swim Mart stores proves that great fit and high style are not mutually exclusive. Look for fashion-forward designs from Betsey Johnson, Trina Turk and Gottex, along with chic cover-ups and beach accessories. 1960 Stickney Point Road, (941) 922-4545; 3170 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key (941) 388-2288; 4220 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 924-8618.
T. Georgiano’s Yes, the fashionistas who help dictate trends shop at T. Georgiano’s, a hive for young (and not so young) style leaders who prefer high-style shoes and handbags crafted of quality materials, but not necessarily big-name brands. This lifestyle boutique is now becoming as much a legend for killer threads, swimwear and casual jewelry as for its signature Florentine leather goods. 1409-B First St., (941) 870-3727.
Taffy’s Men’s Apparel Forget that it’s been Sarasota’s go-to store for iconic golf fashions for over three decades: The name of the game at Taffy’s is now casual-chic, whimsical fun. Guys looking to break from rigid country club dress codes revel in Loudmouth Golf’s outrageous prints in neon colors. But racks also hold Cutter & Buck and Greg Norman golf clothes and luxury St. Croix sweaters. 18 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1155.
Platinum 100 Gifts and Lifestyle
Ashley Avery’s Collectables A picture-perfect gallery of adornments for the body and the home. The carefully edited selection includes hand-crafted and sinfully affordable jewelry by local artisans, fine porcelain from legends like Herend and Limoges and fashion tabletop from Vietri. You’ll also find names like Pandora (jewelry) and exquisite crystal (Moser and Daum). 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 366-3444.
Bella by the Sea Retail therapy is epitomized at this inimitable emporium, where gifts you’ll want to keep for yourself are the stock in trade. Look for an irresistible blend of repurposed furniture (from old factories, barns and commercial buildings), coastal lifestyle clothes, irresistible handbags crystallized with zip codes and fun jewelry hand-crafted of dried seeds and beans. 218C Pine Ave., Anna Maria, (941) 896-4648.
FantaSea Home Celebrate the sea with elegant gifts and decorative objects embellished with every species of coral and shells imaginable. There’s something for every budget for devotees of the coastal design aesthetic, from designer photo frames and fine jewelry to inexpensive party favors. Brides gush over shell-studded tiaras and attendants’ gifts for romantic beach weddings. 378 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3031.
M.L. Gosling In an age that celebrates minimalist chic, Marilyn Tasken’s Palm Avenue boutique immerses shoppers in the delightful exuberance of collectibles. This beautiful gift gallery specializes in artisan-crafted decorative works of art, from glass gifts by annieglass and Edgar Berebi to serving pieces by metal artisan Michael Aram. Don’t miss hand-forged table accessories by luminary Michael Dawson and adorable painted glass palm trees, flamingos and flying pigs by Gazelle Glass. 43.S. Palm Ave., (941) 366-2500.
Main Street Traders A true lifestyle emporium, Main Street Traders has everything from whimsical Pine Cone Hill pajamas to scented candles and Chinese garden pots. A new emphasis on fashion brings Spain’s hottest label, Desigual, to Sarasota along with breezy-cool Cape Madras tunics and Navajo-inspired Jack Rogers sandals. Browse a back room filled with country cottage furniture; stock up on hip jewelry, fragrances, table accessories and more. 1468 Main St., (941) 373-0475.
Marianne E Follow the buzz to this charming home décor atelier where founder Marianne Eriksson, a decorator, has now teamed with Mary Fehily, whose exquisite taste in table fashions was revered at the former Mary’s on Main. The duo has re-imagined the shop with a potpourri of fine furniture, antiques and objects that are more than beautiful: They’re great fun to study and absorb. Impulse items from live orchids to jewelry are as irresistible as the fashion table top Fehily adds to the mix. 60 S. Palm Ave., (941) 373-1260.
The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota This haven of luxury offers a choice of three alluring Ritz-Carlton shops that take souvenir shopping to new heights of chic. This is the place big-city aesthetes shop for celeb-endorsed Jane Iredale make-up and Dr. Dennis Gross anti-aging skincare potions. The day-to-night travel fashions at the Signature Shop are irresistible, and clothes and equipment at the world-class Members Golf Shop are a cut above. 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, (941) 309-2000.
Sigrid Olsen Art Gallery and ISLA Beach House Sigrid Olsen’s many talents converge at this tiny gallery, the epicenter of a creative vision expressed in everything from hand-painted notecards and pottery to colorful, flowing resort clothes. Adorned in original art reminiscent of the bold, colorful prints that catapulted her to fame as a fashion designer, Olsen’s atelier is brimming with her signature look in cards, prints, home furnishings and ceramics. 407 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 312-5826.
The Tabletop Arguably the most authentically European cookware and table fashion shop in Florida, The Tabletop features an international potpourri of gourmet gadgets, elegant dinnerware and colorful crystal. From Alessi’s whimsical kitchen gear and iconic Frank Gehry teakettles to chef-quality cutlery and picnic totes, the shop delivers a beyond-borders blend of olive oils, condiments and cookware. 205 W. Venice Ave., Venice, (941) 485-0319.
Touch de L’Afrique The common denominator is impeccable South African style at this boutique brimming with adornments for body and home. From Jenna Clifford statement jewelry and Ndebele beadwork bracelets to lamps fashioned of polished horn and ottomans of ostrich skin, everything is hand crafted by South African artisans. 464 John Ringling Blvd., (877) 480-6881.
Viking Culinary Center Hone your culinary skills with classes by top local chefs and outfit your kitchen with professional-grade cooking equipment at this 4,000-square-foot foodie paradise in Lakewood Ranch. Stunning kitchen vignettes showcase Viking major appliances, and retail shelves brim with countertop appliances, cutlery and cookware from Viking, myriad kitchen tool brands and high-end French dinnerware and flatware by Guy Degrenne. 8130 Lakewood Main Street, Suite 104, Lakewood Ranch, (941) 366-2665.
The White Egret Coastal elegance reigns at the White Egret. This is a destination store for many classic brands, from Mariposa and Mud Pie tableware to Tyler and Root candles. The designer-quality accent pillows, bed and bath linens and amazing custom silk floral arrangements make wonderful gifts for all occasions. Don’t miss sister stores for apparel (Egret’s Nest next door), and home furnishings (Egret’s Landing on Holmes Beach). 10006 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, (941) 778-3782.
Write-On Sarasota Devotees of the low-tech missive rub elbows with iPad-toting techies at this haven for stationery lovers in the Internet age. Owner Eileen Hays-Wallace perpetuates the bygone luxuries of fountain pens, monogrammed stationery and highly customized invitations, while peppering the store with whimsical table fashions and hostess gifts. Local realtors swoon over buttery-soft leather totes for cell phones and iPads in chic fashion colors. 1423 First St., (941) 953-2800.
IOPTICS A charming cottage storefront belies the trendy eyewear, sunglasses, gifts and housewares inside this historic Burns Court boutique. IOPTICS is a fashion insider’s source for the eyeglass frames worn by the red-carpet crowd (Chrome Hearts and Oliver Peoples). Those in the know also shop for clever Alessi kitchen gadgets, hip Kartell chairs and gifts galore. 446 Burns Court, (941) 955-5133.
Envie The art of gifting reaches new heights at a glamorous boutique in the heart of the Whole Foods Market Centre. Proprietor Gerrie Heible cleverly curates a mélange of hostess gifts and decorative accessories so alluring shoppers can’t resist treating themselves. Look for designer stemware and tabletop, Chinese lacquer, artisan jewelry, delicate evening bags and more. Every item is artist-quality; some pieces are limited-edition. 1411 First St., (941) 366-7027.
The Gallery Scene
Sarasota is home not only to our top 100 shops, but to a number of fine art galleries as well. Commercial galleries here sell an eclectic variety of work by local and national artists, and several noncommercial galleries (including Art Center Sarasota, Selby Gallery on the Ringling College campus, the Longboat Key Center for the Arts and, of course, the Ringling Museum of Art) also present exhibitions of media from painting to sculpture to photography to prints and more.
In addition, the artists’ colony of Towles Court, just west of U.S. 301 between Adams and Morrill streets, is worth a visit, especially during the neighborhood’s monthly gallery walks.
Here are some of Sarasota’s most notable visual arts venues.
Allyn Gallup Contemporary Art. Paintings, sculptures and mixed-media works, mostly by mid-career artists, are the focus of this downtown gallery, which features regular exhibitions. 1288 N. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-2454.
Clyde Butcher Galleries. Black-and-white, limited-edition fine art photos by Butcher are on exhibit here; there are also frequent special events and shows. 237 Warfield Ave., Venice, (941) 486-0811.
Dabbert Gallery. Located on historic Palm Avenue, Dabbert presents an eclectic collection of oils, acrylics, watercolors, drawings and more by local, national and international artists. 76 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 955-1315.
Galleria Silecchia. Galleria Silecchia presents national and international sculptors, painters, glass artists and more, with regularly scheduled exhibitions. Among the artists represented here: sculptor Glenna Goodacre. 20 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 365-7414.
Palm Avenue Fine Art. This new gallery in the historic Orange Blossom building on Palm presents marine and wildlife painting, figurative work, landscapes and sculpture from artists of the area and beyond. 10 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 388-7526.
Stakenborg & Villet Fine Art. An arts resource specializing in fine prints, from Renaissance to modern times. 1545 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 487-8001.
State of the Arts Gallery. This contemporary fine art gallery presents works from local and national artists, including owner David Steiner, in regular exhibitions. 1525 State St., Sarasota, (941) 955-2787.
William Hartman Gallery. Prints from the 18th and 19th centuries, many with a historic connection, are the specialties here. 48 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 955-4785.
Wyland Galleries of Sarasota. Marine and wildlife art by Wyland and other environmental artists are featured here, along with Oggetti glass. 314 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands, (941) 388-5331.
Hodgell Gallery. This longtime Sarasota gallery specializes in contemporary art glass by a wide number of artists. 46 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-1146.
Platinum 100 HOME
Art to Walk On When Eileen Hampshire’s antique rug collection took over her home and her storage space filled to capacity, she decided a retail gallery was a good idea. Her stunning antique and vintage rugs, carefully acquired over time, now represent a world of opportunity for history and decorative arts lovers. An Oriental carpet expert, Hampshire offers pedigreed Tibetan, Turkish and Ushak rugs from her prized collection, along with exclusive custom contemporary designs and authentic Voysey reproductions. 16 & 17 S. Palm Ave., (941) 951-5454.
Bee Ridge Lighting & Design Double takes are de rigueur at this Sarasota lighting emporium, newly transformed into a total home lifestyle store with furniture brands like Century, Theodore Alexander, Global Views and Hancock & Moore. Former Robb & Stucky interior designers Joyce and Jeff Hart are now based at Maureen Drackett’s store and responsible for the chic new settings. 3909 Bee Ridge Road, (941) 922-2626.
Black Bird Home Gallery Edgy elegance meets understated sophistication in Wayne Rollins’ home furnishings gallery set in a historic Main Street building. Blackbird Home Gallery features soft contemporary furnishings and art handpicked by Rollins, whose resort-chic California style is expressed in organic woods, natural colors and fabrics. West Coast designer brands seen frequently in shelter magazines (Oly Studio, Noir LA and CFC) are equally at home in Sarasota. 1540 Main St., (941) 366-0941.
Calligaris The look is sleek yet livable contemporary in a new temple of design devoted to Italian furniture style leader Calligaris. The showroom boasts a sampling of the brand’s entire range, as well as the high-end Pablo lighting collection and comprehensive displays of American Leather and Schillig upholstery in striking minimalist settings. 1506 Fruitville Road, (941) 554-4068.
Carl’s Patio Sarasota’s destination store for magazine-worthy patio décor blurs the lines between indoor and outdoor living spaces with furniture and accessories displayed in beautiful coastal settings. Everything is at hand to create completely furnished outdoor rooms, including furniture brands Tommy Bahama and Lloyd Flanders. Accessories are exquisite, from Trans Ocean’s outdoor rugs to a comprehensive collection of decorative clocks and high-fashion Elaine Smith outdoor pillows. 7492 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 556-9138.
Coquillage Melanie Ann Denicourt, the creative force behind the store’s chic aesthetic, has filled her picture-perfect
shop with an artful mix of brands (Aidan Gray, Jamie Young, Arteriors) you’ll recognize from chic decorating magazines. She’s dubbed the look European coastal style, and indeed it’s a mix of architectural elements and furnishings of Swedish, Tuscan, and French descent—all in the newest grayed whites and reclaimed woods. Design services are offered. 1515 Main St., (941) 487-7160.
Current You don’t have to hire a professional interior designer to fill your home with great furniture or home accents. Shop designer Sally Trout’s exuberantly cluttered (with bargains) boutique, and your rooms will look like they belong in a home décor magazine. The thrill of rummaging through the decorative accessories and furniture at Current is the knowledge that everything has been hand-picked by Trout, an ASID interior designer whose taste is locally renowned. 83 Cocoanut Ave., (941) 365-5323.
Home Resource A store and gallery dedicated to selling and showcasing furniture designed by top architectural talent, Home Resource is Sarasota’s exclusive source for iconic designs from Fritz Hansen, Knoll and Herman Miller. Known for one of the most important collections of mid-century modern furniture in Florida, Home Resource displays legendary Arne Jacobsen and Eames chairs in counterpoint to pieces by today’s innovators from Moroso and Cor to Adriana Hoyos. A separate showroom is devoted to outdoor furniture from coveted designer sources Dedon, JANUS et Cie and Gandia Blasco. 741 Central Ave., (941) 366-6690.
Light Up Your Life Nirvana for aficionados of international lighting design, this vast, two-story emporium encompasses must-see names from more than 100 designer sources. Think Philippe Starck for Flos, whimsical Aqua and Moth lamps and sconces, and Baccarat crystal chandeliers that take your breath away. A cult following stops by often to admire ever-changing exhibits of hot new styles and artistic designs from around the world. 1620 N. Tamiami Trail, (941) 330-0442.
Living Walls Alison Levin Bishop carries furniture and accessories that are unmistakably current, ranging from Gus Design Group to UP Living and Chilewich. Taking a hands-on approach, Bishop will visit your home, size up your situation and offer expert decorating solutions. Fans appreciate the surprisingly affordable contemporary furniture and accessories as much as the artful mix of classics and funky conversation pieces. 1311 Main St., (941) 957-4411.
Posh on Palm The Sun Coast’s haven of shabby chic style oozes sweet nostalgia in every nook and cranny with dreamy white vintage furniture, cozy slipcovered upholstery, vintage (and repro) jewelry, shabby chic clothes, sleepwear and luscious Belle Notte bed linens. Devotees of coastal design reminiscent of bygone days make pilgrimages to Susie and Mark Holt’s shop as often as they can. 33 S. Palm Ave., (941) 954-7674.
Rugs As Art This award-winning rug superstore displays luxurious options for every decorating style and budget. From contemporary Nepalese designs to romantic needlepoint rugs and casual woven grasses, the vast assortment is narrowed with the help of an informed staff that guides you through the process and even comes to your home to try out your choice of rugs. Scattered throughout is a carefully edited selection of accessories. 6650 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 921-1900.
Seaside Chic This charming and eclectic shop is brimming with fabulous things you’ll want to give or keep for yourself, from beach-chic furniture to shell chandeliers and amazing hand-crafted pillows. The coastal style here is all about Janice Riordan’s unique mix of elegant fabrics, Dash & Albert rugs and sophisticated accessories to create stress-free environments with in a nature-inspired theme. 217 W. Venice Ave., Venice (941) 483-1177.
Square on the Circle This St. Armands shop offers luxurious gifts, bed linens and fashionable home accessories. It’s among a select few allowed to carry Matouk’s bespoke bed fashions and the company’s elegant Lulu DK crib sheets. Look for Sferra’s coveted sheets, so soft because the Egyptian cotton comes from the Giza region along the Nile, and tropical bedding designs from Peacock Alley. 25 N. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-1322.
The Sarasota Collection Home Store A unique mélange of European, South American and American furnishings distinguishes this interior design concept emporium. The theme is fashion for living, and the look is refined elegance just this side of trendy. Owners Marcus and Pam Anast are former fashion designers who reinterpret classics with contemporary flair, creating bespoke furniture in their own factory in Peru, custom window treatments, gifts and glamorous accessories (lamps, mirrors, throws and more). It’s all surprisingly affordable for the style and quality. 622 Central Ave., (941) 955-8313.
Plumbing Place With resort-style spa baths and bathroom furniture from top Italian brands, this showroom is a must-see for would-be remodelers. In addition to the most innovative sinks, faucets and rain showers, Plumbing Place has a full line of Toto fixtures. The staff at the 6,000-square-foot showroom assists with everything from choosing a faucet to outfitting an entire bath. 5678 Fruitville Road, (941) 378-5678.
Allikristé A temple of 15 high-end brands, including furniture-grade manufacturers like Wm Ohs and SieMatic, this cabinetry showroom on Dolphin Street also features inspirational vignettes with custom and semi-custom cabinets for kitchens, baths and more. Designers at Allikristé are known for seamlessly integrating kitchen and family rooms with complementary materials. 1630 Dolphin St., (941) 447-4401.
Cook’s Custom Cabinetry Ron and Margaret Cook, who preside over a showroom brimming with kitchen design solutions, have been a force in the Sarasota design community for 40 years, participating in annual ASID showhouses with trendsetting work illustrating their customized furniture-grade American and European cabinetry. Known for creativity and flawless attention to detail, Cook’s bathroom designs are equally breathtaking. 1191 Palmer Wood Court, (941) 366-6112.
Distinctive Surfaces of Florida A source for homeowners as well as builders, Distinctive Surfaces provides design, fabrication and installation of custom countertops for kitchens, baths, outdoor entertainment and cooking spaces. It’s worth a visit to the Distinctive Surfaces showroom to educate yourself on the myriad choices available, from granite, Zodiaq, Silestone and Corian to wenge and paduak woods, even Brazilian cherry. 8272 Vico Court, (941) 377-7747.
European Marble The marble mecca for Sarasota’s most discerning consumers and interior designers, European Marble’s stunning showroom displays exquisite granite and marble from around the globe. Owner Joseph Lubrano’s staff of artisans does all work in house, from design to installation. 1820 N. Lime Ave., (941) 955-9536.
Eurotech Cabinetry Clients gush over dream kitchens (and cabinetry customized for every room in the home) by award-winning design experts at Eurotech Cabinetry. Known nationally for luxury high-end kitchens and baths through awards like the 2012 People’s Pick for Best Kitchen from HGTV, the firm and its designers are adept in fashioning cabinetry in every genre from high-tech European to Art Deco and Old World elegant. 1609 Desoto Road, (941) 351-6557.
Extreme Remodelers Large as life swoon-worthy displays are the lure at this exciting showroom, which boasts exclusive partnerships with top-quality names like Wood-Mode cabinets and Viking commercial-style appliances. Design services at this green company cover everything from new construction to complete home remodels or award-winning kitchen and bath makeovers. 3750 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 894-3750.
Ferguson Bath & Kitchen Gallery Ferguson’s carries nearly everything for the bath and kitchen. The plumbing fixture mecca sells faucets, tubs, sinks and toilets, plus an impressive selection of hardware and fittings. Call it waterworks to the max: This bath and kitchen superstar curates the newest and most artistic designs from around the world in a decidedly upscale showroom, with a comprehensive selection of lighting and appliances for one-stop shopping. 2451 17th St., (941) 951-0110.
Florida Builder Appliances Recognized as Florida’s largest distributor of prestige kitchen, laundry and outdoor cooking appliances, this stunning showroom combines impeccable service with 40-plus premium chef-endorsed brands (Wolf, La Cornue, Sub-Zero and Miele). Serious cooks love the participatory demonstration kitchen, where visiting chefs and appliance reps show off their talents. 5257 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 926-0700.
Hill’s Showcase of Designer Plumbing From the most coveted high-end designers to ADA-approved brands, Hill’s luxury showroom is uniquely equipped with functioning bath fixtures. Master plumber Seth Hill and a staff focused on service are highly qualified to install products from international style leaders like Toto, which designated Hills one of its highest-level dealers. 249 Grove St. S., Venice (941) 485-1549.
LUBE of Sarasota A stunning collection of Cucine LUBE kitchens from high-tech modern to Tuscan traditional is on display at this award-winning showroom. All cabinetry is custom-made in Italy for delivery in eight to 10 weeks; and with its carefully selected partners, the sustainable company provides one-stop shopping for kitchens and baths. Don’t miss the NanaWall display of eco-friendly folding glass French doors, a Sarasota exclusive. 202 N. Tamiami Trail, (941) 954-0200.
Mullet’s Appliances Dramatic and state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor kitchen displays feature the world’s most important international appliance brands at Mullet’s headquarters on Clark Road. Stop by often for a first look at innovations from all the luxury names: Sub-Zero, Wolf, Bosch, Miele and more. 4233 Clark Road, (941) 921-5531.
AUTOMOBILES AND YACHTS
Chris-Craft “Expect a masterpiece” from Sarasota-based Chris-Craft, which prides itself on elegantly designed and excellently crafted pleasure boats and yachts. The company’s rich heritage dates back to 1874. 8161 15th St. E., (941) 351-4900. BMW of Sarasota Take your pick of the “ultimate driving machines”—including the latest coupes, convertibles, sedans, sports wagons, hybrids and more from the famed automaker that celebrates its 100th birthday in 2013. 5151 Clark Road, (877) 809-3516.
Coast Cadillac The American brand that’s synonymous with dominant quality (that’s why you call a magnificent luxury product “the Cadillac of” its field), Cadillac continues to produce iconic vehicles, from the XTS Sedan to the groundbreaking Escalade. 2200 Bee Ridge Road, (941) 922-1571.
Dew Luxury Motor Cars More than luxury, here you’ll find royalty. Bentley (favored by Queen Elizabeth), Aston-Martin (James Bond’s choice) and ever-imperial Rolls-Royce are among the famous makes in this jaw-dropping showroom. 3333 Gandy Blvd., Pinellas Park, (727) 565-0066.
Elder Automotive Group of Tampa Bay For “pure driving passion,” find yourself a Fisker—America’s own luxury, electric hybrid sports cars—and don’t miss the selection of Jaguars, Saabs and Land Rovers, too. 320 E. Fletcher Ave., Tampa, (866) 275-1351.
Lamborghini Sarasota The sleek head-turning lines of powerful Lamborghinis make Victor Young’s Lamborghini Sarasota showroom a high-performance paradise. Find your fit in an Aventador, Gallardo or the famed Murciélago. 5145 Clark Road, (866) 205-8934.
Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota A showroom with considerable class—from the sleek CLS Class to the sporty and powerful SLR Class, and all the award-winning, top-safety-rated, luxury letters in between. 4754 Clark Road, (941) 275-1293.
Reeves Maserati of Tampa With a staff of experts who specialize in Maserati, Reeves can point you to the elegant, stylish, high-performance Italian automobile of your dreams, be it Quattroporte or GranTurismo. 11333 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, (813) 933-2811.
Rivolta Yachts Sarasota’s own luxury yachtmaker traces its roots back to the style and innovation of post-World War II Italy. Today, Rivolta’s beautiful designs acknowledge that classic history while continuing the tradition of groundbreaking performance and reliability. 32 S. Osprey Ave., Suite 102, (941) 954-0355.
Suncoast Porsche Audi (Suncoast Motor Sports) The latest and greatest offerings from two world-class, high-performance luxury automakers, including Volkswagen, Porsche Boxster and 911 models, and Audi TT Roadsters and Cabriolets. 5005 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 923-1700.
Platinum 100 ANTIQUES
Blue Moon Antiques Best known for its enormous range of exquisitely high-end merchandise, this atelier is brimming with furniture, lighting and mirrors from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Respected dealers Garth Curry and Keith Filion specialize in garden statuary and furnishings gleaned from lavish estates on Florida’s east coast, and designers stop by often to peruse newfound treasures arriving weekly from their West Palm Beach outpost. 134 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 365-0978.
Blue Pineapple Antique hunters come from miles away to Barbara and Peter Matson’s intriguing Blue Pineapple for a breathtaking selection of Old World paintings and European furniture (both old and new). Serendipity abounds with small and unusual gift items artfully gleaned by the couple at secret sources abroad from the British Isles to the Orient. 445 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, (941) 474-1504.
Burke Antiques Cheryl Burke’s eclectic shop offers pedigreed European and Oriental antiques often obtained as collections. New this year: a trove of Thai and Burmese Buddhas, signed Picasso pottery and breathtaking estate jewelry. A creative counterpoint to her eclectic mélange of antiques (which are sold globally through high-end website 1stdibs.com) are newly crafted bracelets flaunting estate diamonds. 12 S. Palm Ave., (941) 952-0042.
Coco Palm Gallery An extraordinary collection of Asian antiques amassed by dealer Paul Passerat ranges from furniture to paintings, pottery and more. Blue-and-white porcelain and a comprehensive line-up of Buddhas in all materials and sizes are offered at prices far lower than those of comparable quality and pedigree in major cosmopolitan cities. 1255 N. Palm Ave., (941) 955-1122.
Crissy Galleries Recently remodeled, this posh gallery in Sarasota’s Arts & Antiques Building houses a brilliantly eclectic mix of decorative arts and crafts, including fine 18th- and 20th-century furniture, porcelain, cut glass and silver. As much curator as dealer, Bruce Crissy welcomes you to a “vault collection” salon resplendent with Tiffany glass and Handel lamps and prized examples of the finest estate and antique jewelry. 640 S. Washington Blvd., (941) 957-1110.
Elizabeth Rice, Inc. Known for a museum-quality collection of beautifully preserved antique Biedermeier furniture (1815-1848), Elizabeth Rice has extended her collection to Regency chairs and furniture of other periods coveted by collectors. Her eclectic tastes delight browsers with a range of offerings from contemporary fine art to period mirrors, candelabras and chandeliers artfully adorned with sea shells. 1467 Main St., (941) 954-8575.
Jett Thompson Antiques
Jett Thompson AntiquesSerendipity abounds at Thompson’s eponymous shop, chockablock with repurposed treasures, antique and new furniture and accessories. Rummage through a stunning mélange of pillows covered with old Suzani wedding fabrics, lamp bases made from found objects, rare Majolica and a wondrous selection of vintage country Swedish painted chairs, chests and more. 447 W. Dearborn St., Englewood, (941) 460-2777.
Steven Postans Antiques Every nook and cranny of this 28,000-square-foot treasure house is brimming with antique furniture and tall clocks from the 18th and 19th centuries. British-born Postans hand-picks exquisite English and European armoires, desks, dining tables and chairs during seasonal trips abroad, all quickly snapped up by upscale retail antiques dealers in major cities across America. 7881 15th St. E., Sarasota, (941) 755-6063.
Jack Vinales Antiques A specialty in crafts of the 20th century catapulted Jack Vinales to acclaim, prompting a move this year to a spacious new gallery with vignettes of vintage Haywood Wakefield furniture and mid-century modern chairs by stars like Charles Eames, George Nelson and more. Vinales’ cache of hard-to-find Bakelite jewelry, rare Fiestaware and exceptional American and European art pottery attracts serious collectors. 500 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 957-0002.
Platinum 100 JEWELRY
June Simmons Designs A sophisticated aesthetic and sublime stones render each piece a work of art, which is exactly what the clients expect from designers June Simmons and daughter Liebe Gamble. Their custom diamond and precious metal designs share space at this opulent gem box with pieces by artisans coveted by Hollywood trendsetters in looks from contemporary to vintage. 68 S. Palm Ave., (941) 388-4535; also in The Met, 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands.
Armel Jewelers Sarasota’s headquarters for luxurious Carl F. Bucherer timepieces, Mikimoto pearls and Hidalgo stackable rings also stocks glass and china gift ware. Look for delicate works of art in diamonds and semi-precious stones at the iconic flagship on St. Armands Circle and at a satellite store at the Bay Street Village and Town Center in Osprey. 22 N. Boulevard of Presidents, St. Armands, (941) 388-3711, and 3976 Destination Drive, Osprey, (941) 966-5878.
Bowman Originals Ned Bowman is a jeweler’s jeweler, admired by his peers for masterful original designs and old world craftsmanship. Every piece is created in a studio in plain sight within a sun-drenched showroom devoted to his oeuvre. Bowman works exclusively in silver and gold, some of his pieces studded with gemstones. Every design incorporates symbolism and ancient motifs inspired by the artist’s passion for archaeology, anthropology and mythology. 1400 State St., (941) 316-9594.
Coffrin Jewelers Don’t be deceived by its laid-back location: Belinda Coffrin’s boutique rivals the finest jewelry emporiums in Miami and New York. In addition to spectacular engagement rings and wedding bands, Coffrin delights fans with custom necklaces, bracelets and earrings of colored and white diamonds. Look for South Sea and Tahitian pearls in meticulously crafted designer-quality pieces and the hottest new styles in Techno Marine watches. 1829 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 366-6871.
Diamond Vault High-impact diamonds star in a breathtaking new setting: Diamond Vault’s new stand-alone headquarters replete with showroom and workshop. Interior settings are as intoxicating as the jeweler’s exclusive diamond and gemstone creations, displayed in cases in addition to 19 museum-style cubes set at different heights on steel beams, and a wall studded with diamonds depicting various grades and colors. 3979 Tamiami Trail, (941) 921-4016.
Harry Roa Gallery Wildly unusual gemstones are set in perfectly wrought shapes at this Main Street studio showcasing Harry Roa’s unique art-to-wear jewelry. Roa, who travels to jewelry fairs across the country garnering awards and a national following for his sculptural creations, crafts his designs with the lost wax process. Every piece is contemporary and one-of-a-kind. 1638 Main St., (941) 266-5146.
Jewelry As Art Sarasota’s homegrown jeweler with an international following, Nikki Sedacca, has rebranded her collection and relocated to an expanded space at 530 Burns Gallery. Look for her signature blend of gossamer-thin gold or platinum wires punctuated with hand-picked exotic pearls and precious stones. Slinky Links, her new collection of circles and spirals in gold and sterling, is showcased along with the works of artists, potters and jewelry artisans. 530 Burns Lane, (941) 951-0620.
Jewelry by Giorgio With its regal interiors and romantic European-designed jewelry, Giorgio Salameh’s salon stands out from Sarasota’s other glittering emporiums. Made expressly for the store in Valencia, Italy, most pieces are crafted of white diamonds mounted in intricate gold or platinum settings. 1924 S. Osprey Ave., (941) 363-7700.
Mayors Jewelers There’s something you can afford and something to dream about in the impeccably edited selection of contemporary European and American jewelry at this elegant Westfield Southgate Mall boutique. Couture jewelry houses like Kuwait and Roberto Coin are rivaled only by a host of superstar luxury timepiece brands, including Cartier and Rolex. The assortment of surprisingly affordable, well-designed private label Birks jewelry is as stellar as the staff’s expertise. 119 Southgate Plaza, (941) 952-1945.
McCarver and Moser Surprisingly intimate, the glass-enclosed two-story emporium headed by master jeweler Roland Moser has amassed a legendary selection of European-designed diamond and gemstone jewels and contemporary fashion favorites from black diamonds to South Sea pearls. This elegant boutique also holds the region’s exclusive dibs on Patek Philippe limited-edition timepieces and carries highly coveted watches from Chopard and Baume & Mercier. 482 John Ringling Blvd., St. Armands, (941) 388-3666.
Optional Art Inventive and intelligent pieces mix the commonplace (leather and wire) with the divine (Tahitian pearls and diamonds) at Maureen Hoyt’s inviting salon. Black is Hoyt’s personal color of choice, and it shows in an astounding selection of black pearls and midnight diamonds from venerable houses like Gellner of Germany. This is Sarasota’s go-to shop for the renowned Vario clasp system by Gellner and for Etienne Perret’s zirconia ceramic rings, which Hoyt customizes with diamonds or gemstones. 119 S. Pineapple Ave., (941) 955-4400.
Queens’ Wreath Jewels In a jewel box setting with gleaming onyx floors and stained glass panels from a 19th-century French chateau, Tina Little elevates the jewelry-buying experience to new heights of luxury. In addition to exquisite in-store lines (Michael Beaudry and Ivanka Trump jewelry are best-sellers), Little recently inaugurated a concierge jewelry service and is traveling the world for special pieces to complete collections for discerning clients. 17 Fillmore Drive, St Armands Circle, (941) 388-9800.
Shrode Jewelers Jewelry is in Karl Shrode’s blood. His father Karl Shrode Sr. founded Sarasota’s quintessential neighborhood jewelry store, but the second-generation master jeweler has garnered a reputation for combining personalized small-town service with elegant international design. In addition to designs in white and fancy-colored diamonds and an array of gemstones, this boutique is home to serious collections of Tag Heuer watches, plus Lladro porcelain, Lalique and Waterford crystal. 1433 Main St., (941) 365-4234.
Tilden Ross Jewelers A beautifully curated boutique with jewelry by a number of up-and-coming designers, Tilden Ross also boasts must-see collections by an international Who’s Who of jewelry stars, among them Charles Krypell, Crivelli, Leslie Green and more. Gail and Richard Ross are known for a sophisticated selection that runs from pieces of understated refinement to couture flights of fantasy chosen for craftsmanship, imagination and exceptional beauty. An in-house workshop is noted for updating heirloom pieces and custom designs. 410 St. Armands Circle, (941) 388-3338.