This month, we are covering a mini-series on the best places to shop, to dine, to hang out, and things to do in the local area of St. Petersburg, Florida. From St. Pete’s Beach to its many art districts and vibrant nightlife, the city is bursting to life with sights and sounds that are just waiting for you to explore. Whether you’ve been a long-time resident or you’re a tourist just dropping by, you’ll want to check out our recommendations of the best of the best of St. Pete.
Let’s kick start our series by exploring the top places to do some retail therapy in the city of St. Petersburg! With so many options available, it’s easy to find something for everyone. You can navigate through downtown and score some great finds or peruse shops along the coastline.
The shopping complex, formerly known as Baywalk and The Shops at St. Pete, has undergone some aesthetic transformations as well as broadened the scope of retail. You’ll find stores unique to the area, such as the upscale, Tommy Bahama; sports retail shop, Tampa Bay Rowdies; and local jeweler, Diamonds Direct. You can also shop at familiar chains such as White House Black Market and Chico’s. The center is located minutes away from the waterfront and offers a pleasing, open-air shopping experience.
It’s easily recognizable by the stunning fountain sculpture. The sundial design is fully functional and pays homage to the town’s history as the “Sunshine City.” When you’re finished shopping, grab a bite to eat at one of the many eateries or catch a movie at the center’s AMC theater. The complex is opened Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and Sundays from 12:00-8:00 p.m. Be sure to check their website for information on store deals and promotions!
Corey Avenue Shopping District
Corey Avenue Shopping District is surrounded by water and offers a diverse mix of shopping opportunities from boutiques, galleries, retail, arts and crafts, gift and specialty shops. Vincent Williams Art Gallery boasts to be voted the best beach gallery and is a great place to find custom-stained glass work.
On Sunday mornings, you can scroll through the Sunday market where over 50 vendors meet to sell produce and other home-made goods. You can enjoy live music and eat gourmet cheeses and fresh bread to your heart’s content! If you’re looking for a quaint mix of shops, consider checking out this shopping locale. Check out their website for event details and to read about this district’s rich, historical background.
Mermosa Winery & Boutique
This shop makes our list because of the innovative concept behind shopping for stylish swimwear while enjoying a glass of something sparkling! You can find fashionable resort wear that appeals to any style. Mermosa’s, formerly named Cerulean Blu, collections are designed to fit any body type. Most women will appreciate that they can find beachwear here to frequent the beautiful sands of St. Pete Beach. You can also check out their boxed gift sets that make the perfect gift for any fun occasion. There’s no better way to wind down a day of shopping at St. Pete’s finest, than with an originally crafted beverage. You can shop online and read more details here.
You can easily, and almost literally, shop until you drop! Although, we don’t recommend it. There are a plethora of shopping opportunities in the St. Petersburg area to cater to each consumer and fashionista. If you’re visiting the area as a tourist, give these shops a visit. If you’re looking to relocate to the area, there are several beautiful waterfront condominiums and neighboorhood communities that are very closely located to everything downtown has to offer.
In our next series, we’ll be giving you the scoop on the best places to eat, locally. Stay tuned! As always, please feel free to leave a comment down below and let us know what you think!
Your Neighborhood Expert, Bettina Guild