Shopping in Sarasota
St Armands Circle
John Ringling envisioned roads in the shape of circles, like “The 3 Ring Circus” lined with elegant one-of-a-kind boutiques, and restaurants. When you spend the weekend “Strolling the Circle“ you won’t miss the “Ring of Fame” where 80 of the greatest circus performers are memorialized. On foot you will smell the food from local eateries, our favorite is the Short Rib Grilled Cheese Sandwich at “The Daiquiri Deck”. The boutiques and shops may have changed over the years, but the landscaping is lush, the imported original Italian Statues are present, and I only wish John Ringling had lived long enough to witness the joy brought to locals and visitors.
The Mall at University Town Center
Absolutely hands down the most gorgeous Mall we have ever shopped in. This Mall is light and bright, elegant and sophisticated , designed to bring the outside in, and filled with beautiful greenery, glass, and marble. You get the feeling you’re in a magical tropical wonderland complete with shops like Pottery Barn, Macy’s, Dillards, even a Tesla Dealership. The University Town Center is a premier destination for dining as well, with Seasons 52, Capital Grille, Brio Italian Grille, Cheesecake Factory, and Kona Grill, just to name a few. Surrounding this gorgeous Mall is the Shoppes at University Center, with Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Michaels, and Men’s Warehouse. If dining is your objective there is plenty of casual dining in the Shoppes at University Center to enjoy like Panera Bread, Burger Fi, Menchies, Rusty Bucket, JPAN, Jenni’s Ice Cream, Bento, California Pizza, and the new Ford’s Garage Restaurant. There are so many things to do at the University Town Center if you love it during the summer you will love it at Christmas. The University Town Center puts on a Christmas Festival better than the lights on the Plaza in Kansas City! Ok we love the Plaza Lights but it’s cold in Kansas City – so we rate this display tops because no coats are required!!