Boasting 1.26 million square feet on two levels, over 200 specialty shops, 15 full service restaurants, and a luxurious four diamond hotel, this mall has something for even the most refined tastes. Its anchor's include such landmarks as Nordstrom's, Neiman Marcus, Dillard's, and Robb & Stucky Interiors. If all this shopping starts to overload your feet, and your purse, they offer a sunny, 125,000 square foot outdoor plaza to relax in before venturing back into the fray. In addition they offer excellent packages, that include hotel accommodations, relaxing amenities, and special savings.
St. Petersburg's Saturday morning market has been going strong since its inception in 2002. Taking over the downtown area every Saturday morning from 9a to 2p, this lively gathering features live music, mouth-watering food and a variety of vendors selling their wares. Find fresh eggs and goat cheese from a nearby farm or Cajun spices and handmade crafts made by a locals. A great family activity, the market also features kid-friendly events. Check the website for more information about vendors and upcoming music acts and events.
As the name suggests, this shopping Mecca sprawls over some major acreage in the WestShore section of Tampa, not far from downtown and close to the airport. Alluring Mediterranean architecture beckons here, but dedicated shoppers are far more tempted by the presence of Saks Fifth Avenue, the only full-line Saks in the region. Plus four other department stores, and 100 specialty shops, including Banana Republic and Gap. A food court feeds you, and there's covered parking in case it rains.
Westfield Citrus Park is a two-floor, 1 million square foot shopping mall with anchor stores such as Dillard's, JCPenney, Macy's and Sears. It also includes a Regal Cinemas multiplex theater and Dick's Sporting Goods, open as of 2007. After shopping if you feel hungry, you can fulfill your gastronomical delights at the plentiful food court.
When you need to visit the 'mall', this is the one where most locals go. Located along Colonial Boulevard at the intersection of US-41, this mega-mall has Dillard's, Macy's, Sears and JCPenny as its anchors. There are plenty of other stores however, some of which include The Disney Store, The Gap and Victoria's Secret. The building is handicapped accessible and the food court features all types of different food, from Chinese to Caribbean and everything in-between.
Find a multitude of local art here at Artpool Gallery. From vintage accessories, handmade jewelry, vinyl records, books, clothes and more, this shop has some funky and neat finds. Aside from the retail goods, Artpool Gallery also offers a cafe with delicious local eats with sandwiches, wraps, salads and local craft brews and gourmet coffee.
Stellie Bellies is a specialised resale store dedicated in buying and selling of gentle baby products to meet the maternity needs right from clothing to toys. Being in this business for over 10years, they are considered to be the leading store for maternity clothing in town. It is convenient for the parents to shop here as the store has a designated area for kids playing and also a changing table in the bathroom.
Launched in 1971 by Helen Wilson, Wilson's Books is a longstanding family business now in its second generation. This bookstore and library is one of the oldest of its kind in the Southeast and features a massive inventory of over 250,000 new and used publications, paperbacks, hard covers, comics and research material representing an array of genres. The friendly atmosphere is enhance by a nostalgic charm and antiquarian vibe. Don't skip a visit to their Elvis restroom!
Schakolad Chocolate Factory is a downtown destination for chocoholics in St Pete. This retail store has an array of creative sweet treats on display, from chocolates and candy, to signature truffles. They are freshly-handcrafted on site from the finest chocolate with a generation-spanning recipe in artistic shapes and designs. Take home assortments or baskets as decadent gifts, and avail their tailor-made services for weddings, birthdays and special events as well.
The Cupcake Spot is arguably the best place for cupcakes in the Tampa Bay area. This is backed by the use of authentic Madagascar Vanilla Beans and seasonal ingredients. On the carte are a list of quirky-named creations in classic and inventive flavor combinations. Sample the likes of Tuxedo Bites, Butterscotch Babies, Berry Squared and Forget Love, I'd Rather Fall in Chocolate, both delicious and visually appealing. Their signature cupcake called Better Thans, with chocolate chips, cream cheese and chocolate, has won fans and awards aplenty. Pack home a gift box or have them deliver for your wedding, shower, birthday and special occasion.