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Sarasota-Manatee’s Best Summer Retail, Activities, and Bites

Sarasota-Manatee’s Best Summer Retail, Activities, and Bites

Greetings Sarasotas, snowbirds, tourists and future residents. Are you looking for a delicious bite to eat or a recommendation for a cute and relatively new place to shop in town that isn’t Publix? Well, you’ve come to the right place.

From lemonade stands and pop-up shops, to indoor bazaars and European bakeries, here are some fun and exciting places to check out this summer in Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Here are some of the latest Herald-Tribune stories on retail:

  • Bradenton Riverwalk extension could boost commercial development: The expansion of the City of Bradenton’s beloved Riverwalk Park brings with it new commercial developments of all shapes and sizes. This includes new businesses in the East Manatee neighborhood like Every Body Yoga and Oscura, a cafe, restaurant and music venue moving to 802 Manatee Ave. E. from its former location closer to the city center.
  • Opening of Tiger Woods’ PopStroke in Sarasota: This being Florida, there are tons of places you can play golf if you’re in town. But how many of these places were designed by Tiger Woods himself? A. Just one. It’s called PopStroke, and it’s a golf course, restaurant, rooftop bar, ice cream shop, and generally fun hangout all rolled into one. With two 18-hole courses – one more challenging than the other – Woods’ design appeals to golfers who know what they’re doing, and the thousands of us who don’t. With foosball, cornhole boards, a kids’ playground, cocktails, and dishes like Korean beef tenderloin tacos, it’s like miniature golf, but without the kitsch, and you can find it. at 195 University Town Center Drive.

  • The Rabbit Rabbit pop-up store is coming to Sarasota. But there’s a twist: Legend says saying “bunny bunny” on the first of the month when you wake up brings good luck, and a new pop-up store in Sarasota is looking to capitalize on that mythical fortune. Sarasota real estate agent Amanda Gilliland has invested some of her money in a new pop-up shop, called Rabbit Rabbit, which is open on the first of the month, monthly and online throughout the month. Located in an artist community at 2081 Princeton St., shoppers will find a one-stop place to browse home decor, candles and gifts in a monthly rotating collection. Just be sure to introduce yourself first.
  • Sarasota’s European bakery and store offers specialty finds: Even though it’s extremely hot in Southwest Florida this time of year, the fried breaded cheese, goulash, and chicken cutlet regularly cooked in a restaurant kitchen are well worth the cost. All of this and more can be found at Bohemian Delicious, a European bakery, deli, restaurant and supply store that opened in September at 999 Cattlemen Road. Here you’ll find Czech baked goods such as kolache, a full deli, and daily lunch specials like goulash and chicken schnitzel. You can even order a custom-made fondant cake for any occasion by owner Renata Mikulas.
Bohemian Delicious, a European deli, bakery and restaurant at 999 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota, offers a fine selection of cheeses and charcuterie.
  • Tidewell opens second Treasures thrift store in Sarasota: Shop while giving back at Tidewell Treasures, Sarasota’s newest thrift store at 5441 Palmer Crossing Circle. This is the second location for his nonprofit resale store, and he sells clothing, furniture, and home accessories. If you need inspiration, they also have stylish showrooms.
  • Sarasota and Bradenton are two of the top ten US cities for animal lovers: Since Sarasota and Bradenton are two of the best cities in the United States for pet lovers, you better believe the area is full of places to take your furry friends. Brohard Beach and Paw Park in Venice are a local favorite, and Bayfront Park near Marina Jack is a regular play spot for pets (you can even bring them to O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill at proximity).
  • Sarasota locals bring the craft lemonade concept to Fruitville Commons: As Florida enters its sweltering summer season, we could all use a cool, refreshing drink. One of the newest spots for an ice cold drink is Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonades at Fruitville Commons in Sarasota, which will begin making its craft, homemade lemonades, smoothies and acai bowls when it opens this summer. Until it opens, you can take the company’s Lemon Bus, which offers cold drinks at the Lakewood Ranch Farmer’s Market on Sundays.
Wow Wow Hawaiian Lemonade is coming to Fruitville Commons in Sarasota.
  • “One person makes the difference.” Local Shopping in Sarasota on Small Business Saturday: One of Sarasota’s most eclectic shopping experiences can be found in the so-called Limelight District, a business district north of Fruitville Road and on Lime Avenue to 12th Street. The area bazaar at Apricot & Lime, located at 821 Apricot Ave., is an indoor/outdoor craft space where local artisans sell food, jewelry, clothing, artwork and more. Come for the art of Karen Chandler, or for the selection at Eyecatcher Boutique, and stay for Hamlet’s Eatery, the bazaar’s open-air food truck with the slogan “to meat or not to meat.”
  • Sarasota Bookstore Opens New Downtown Location: Sarasota has no shortage of great bookstores, from A. Parker’s Books on Main Street to Brant’s Used Books on North Lime Avenue. And a local favorite, Bookstore1Sarasota, recently moved to a bigger, brighter space at 117 S. Pineapple Ave. at The Mark. Owner Georgia Court had the opportunity to purchase her own building, and she jumped at the chance. The store hosts events including its PoetryLife series and community conversations with many local actors. But it also offers a wide selection of new books, puzzles, games and magazines.
Georgia Court, far left, owner of Bookstore1Sarasota now has a new location at 117 S. Pineapple Ave.  in The Mark condominium building in the heart of downtown Sarasota.  The store, with its high ceilings, many windows and upstairs seating area overlooking the sales area.  Photographed Thursday afternoon, February 24, 2022.
  • Sarasota real estate brokerage aims to provide a luxury experience – regardless of price range: Many visitors to Sarasota are so struck by its beauty that they begin to think, “hey, maybe I could live here.” And even if you can’t afford the million dollar homes that regularly sell in town these days, who says you still can’t have that luxury experience? Check out Living Vogue, the pop art-inspired real estate brokerage downtown and downtown college mall, for a taste of what the good life could look like.

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