The Cultural Coast offers a unique shopping environment driven by independent businesses, each filling a niche that not only provides a service to locals and visitors, but also fulfills the passions of the owners. Walk into a shop on luxurious St. Armands Circle or the charming tree lined streets of Downtown Sarasota and you’ll find hand-picked, one-of-a-kind treasures, and get the personal service only shop owners provide. Downtown Venice’s quaint and casual shopping district is another shopping experience not to be missed.
Besides the incredible array of independent shops, Sarasota is also home to a giant outlet mall Ellenton Premium Outlets featuring acres of discounted goods. Famous brands such as Banana Republic, Coach, J.Crew, Kate Spade, Michael Kors and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th are only a few of the 130 stores with discounted goods enhance your wardrobe or spruce up your home.
The Cultural Coast also has several traditional indoor malls including the giant Westfield Sarasota Square Mall – convenient to Venice and Osprey, and Gulf Gate Mall near the southern bridge to Siesta Key. Even the most discriminating fashionista can find a retail home at Westfield Southgate Mall near Siesta Key and Downtown Sarasota where Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s and Dillards are among the big boys offering luxury goods and high fashion.