The tropical climate of the Fort Myers area lends itself to an active, outdoor lifestyle regardless of the time of the year. There are a plethora of stores in the area that specialize in beachwear and related accessories, and just as many more with a focus on athletic apparel and gear.
Then there is the new Bunulu (Boo-new-lou), which combines the two with fashion and flair.
The appealing space is full of items for the coastal lifestyle — Photo courtesy of Gina Birch
The name Bunulu is inspired by an aboriginal word meaning "water" or "a place of water." Managers consider it to be more of a verb, commonly asking things like “How do you Bunulu?”
The philosophy is to bring the store to life, and life to the store, in order to create a truly unique shopping experience.
The boutique is located in the popular outdoor shopping destination of Coconut Point Mall. Sandwiched between the Apple Store and J. Crew, it's the flagship of two more boutiques in the Sunshine State.
This 4000-square-foot space is full of interactive displays and racks loaded with functional fashions from favorite designers like Trina Turk, OluKai, prAna and Patagonia.
From the hottest swimsuits, to pants and tops with the best fabrics for beach yoga, to footwear – Bunulu has it in stock for both men and women.
Bunulu occasionally offers free morning yoga classes — Photo courtesy of Gina Birch
Much of the fashions found here can easily transition from the beach and sports, to afternoon lunch or perhaps an evening cocktail. Besides clothing, Bunulu stocks important accessories such as sunglasses, sunscreens and much more.
You can also find electronics along the lines of GoPro here, so you can capture every moment on that windsurfer or your bike ride down the beach. Almost everything is taken into account when it comes to providing for the active shopper.
Not only does Bunulu sell the things you'd want and need when you're on the go and outdoors in Southwest Florida, they create events to encourage your efforts.
You’ll find yoga classes and demos on site, as well as guided kayak and canoe adventures along the nearby Estero River – thanks to a partnership with the College of Life Foundation.
Check Bunulu's calendar for canoeing adventures on the Estero River — Photo courtesy of Gina Birch
The space is bright, attractive and full of carefully purchased merchandise. The staff is not only welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable, but they too have an active lifestyle and can easily guide you when in a shopping quandary.
For some of the best selections and best quality of activewear and accouterments, a shopping stop at Bunulu is a must.