Whether you’re searching for a wardrobe change or just want a special keepsake to remember your trip, there are numerous shopping districts along the First Coast. From high-end designer stores to locally owned shops and boutiques, great shopping is in the bag.
1. Head to St. Johns Town Center for high-end shops like Apple, Tiffany, Louis Vuitton, Lacoste and the new Bluemercury apothecary and spa. Don’t miss Nordstrom, the major department-store newcomer. Their reputation for exceptional customer service includes sales associates who comb the store to create coordinated outfits for customers.
2. Be sure to visit San Marco, a walkable neighborhood near downtown Jacksonville for locally owned boutiques. Rosie True in San Marco Square, along with Therapie and Reve, appeals to the Millennial and Gen-Xer crowd with all the latest fashions in designer dresses, skirts, tops and pants.
3. Amelia Island shoppers adore Lori + Lulu, featuring sophisticated denim silk tunics, long lightweight cardigans, vests and ponchos for cool weather and football games. Amelia’s new shop, Dove Cove Brocante, carries boutique clothing and jewelry with a Southern flair along with a children’s section guaranteed to make you auntie or grandmother of the year.
4. Stroll down Aviles Street in Old St. Augustine and pop into Candida’s Closet. Owner Candida features colorful and stylish ensembles for the Boomer audience. You’ll especially love the wonderful selection of scarves and stretchable pearl bracelets accented with antique brass and metal buttons.
Arts and Antiques
5. St. Augustine sustains no less than 30 galleries and art-centric stores. Brilliance in Color on King Street carries notable impressionistic works including Renoir and Cassatt originals. PAStA on Charlotte Street is the city’s oldest cooperative gallery displaying paintings, pastels, photography, mixed media, jewelry and pottery.
6. The oak-lined avenues of Jacksonville’s Avondale make up one of the nation’s largest historic districts on the National Register. A variety of specialty boutiques, fine galleries and gourmet eateries caters to the upscale shopper.
7. Avonlea Antiques and Design Mall on Jacksonville’s Southside is a must-see for antique enthusiasts, with a 40,000-square-foot showroom featuring more than 200 dealers, selling everything from furniture, glassware and china to linens and art.
8. The Amelia Island/Fernandina Beach area is another artist haven supporting about 15 galleries. For anyone in the mood to redecorate, visit the Plantation Shop for its fine selection of English and French sideboards and buffets.
Gifts and Collectibles
9. In St. Augustine at the Menendez Mercado on St. George Street, you’ll discover original paintings, metalwork, candles, soaps, and silver and copper jewelry created by local artists and on-site artisans.
10. Java junkies can pick up their own bag of coffee from Bold Bean Coffee Roasters, a locally owned coffee shop roasting its own brand of coffee in both Jacksonville Beach and Riverside.
11. Take home a taste of Spain with a special bottle of EVOO. Olive Amelia offers a tasty selection of olive oil and balsamic vinegar from all over the world.
12. The St. Augustine Distillery sells local cane-sugar gin, rum and vodka that come boxed for travel, perfect for mixing a cocktail for friends at home and telling them all about your trip.