Shopping in Bradenton is a grab bag of trendy stores full of local flair. It starts at chic spots like Bradenton River Antiques, Retro Rosie and Ocean Rock Design. Here, you’ll find unique treasures like vintage dresses, refurbished furniture and plenty of hip vibes. And you can’t forget about the stores at Village of the Arts. The old bungalow cottages of the art community are the perfect place to find affordable fine art and other handmade goods.
If you’re looking for more traditional shopping, you’ll find that in Bradenton as well. Cross the Manatee River to shop popular brands like J. Crew, Kate Spade, Polo Ralph Lauren and more at the Ellenton Premium Outlets (the largest outlet mall on the western coast of Florida). Just be sure to make time for The Mall at University Town Center in Sarasota. The brand-new mall is home to over 100 stores, including Macy’s, Dillard’s and Saks Fifth Avenue. You’ll enjoy premier shopping as well as views of the clear blue skies through the mall’s glass architecture.
At Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, it’s all about do-it-yourself shopping. Instead of just browsing displays, you get to actually make a one-of-a-kind product by hand. Start at Knot Awl Beads to make a colorful bracelet or necklace out of beads, silver or even pearls. Then get even craftier at Arts Ablaze Studio, where you’ll make your own blown-glass décor.
Anna Maria Island Shopping
With some of the best beaches in the Bradenton Area, it’s no wonder that the shops on Anna Maria Island have an authentic, beachy feel. Walk along Pine Avenue to find some of the most charming boutique shops in the Bradenton Area. Start by experiencing the childlike wonder of Shiny Fish Emporium. Or browse for the perfect bathing suit and other beachwear at shops like Bella by the Sea or Island Cabana. Looking for gear for your next fishing or kayak trip? Find everything you need for outdoor adventure at AMI Outfitters. Whatever you buy on Pine Avenue and Anna Maria Island, rest assured that it’s nature friendly since the whole area is LEED Platinum certified.
Longboat Key Shopping
At Longboat Key, look no further than St. Armand’s Circle for your shopping fix. The island shopping center sits in the center of the island connecting Longboat Key to Sarasota. Here, you’ll find gorgeous outdoor shopping in the middle of statues, palm trees and lush vegetation. The stores range from local clothing brands to boutique jewelry stores. After shopping, take time to grab a bite to eat at one of the fine dining restaurants just a short walk from the calm Gulf waters.