This open-air, Main Street-style mall just south of Fort Myers in Estero, is the center of a 500-acre master-planned community, giving it a unique and relaxed atmosphere. It is especially festive around the holidays. Surrounded by glistening lakes and fountains, shoppers stroll the lovely boardwalk, collecting goodies from 113 stores along the way. One side is lined with so-called box stores such as Bed Bath & Beyond, Target, World Market and Ulta. The other side is full of more high end boutiques such as Chanel, Pandora, Lucky Brand and Apple, along with a few locally owned establishments. After browsing your favorites, dine at one of the 25 unique restaurants.
This whimsical gallery on Matlacha Island has inspired an entire art community to emerge in the area known primarily for great fishing. Leoma Lovegrove's brightly colored works of art can be found in collections worldwide, but her gallery and studio can only be found on this eclectic Southwest Florida island. Christmas is a special time for the gallery that truly is festive year round. Look for special tree decorations with mermaids, fish and other tropical themes, tucked everywhere in this cozy gallery. It's a fun spot to search out and to buy one-of-a-kind gifts in all price ranges, for the person on your shopping list who has almost everything.
Specialty confections and custom made chocolates make this a perfect stop for holiday shopping. After all, who doesn't like the gift of chocolate. Award winning pastry chef, Norman Love makes everything from barks and bars to beautiful desserts. His Chocolate Salon will get you salivating from the moment you walk in. Love has pre-packaged gift boxes for grab and go, or you can create your own mix from the case. Each season Love rolls out limited edition chocolates like Pumpkin Latte, Candy Cane, Orange Spice Gingerbread, and Christmas Cookie; fresh home-baked almond cookies with white chocolate icing are blended with butter and cream and wrapped in a white chocolate shell. These chocolates are beautiful pieces of art, almost too pretty to eat.....ALMOST.
The products you'll find at this downtown Fort Myers boutique come from fair trade partners and local artists. You'll find vases and bags made from recycled materials, organic lotions and potions, candles made from soy, toothbrushes crafted from bamboo, and a wide range of cool accessories as well as home goods. Market Earth also carries clever cards, journals, jewelry, not just for ladies, but also the masculine names on your gift list. It's a perfect place to shop for a unique present or consciously crafted ornament, while helping support sustainable products and companies that give back...kind of a gift within a gift.
Wilford & Lee is nestled in the corner of a strip mall off of the well traveled US41 in Fort Myers and is the company's flagship store; there are a total of four in Southwest Florida. Enjoy more than 16-thousand square feet of shopping with treasures on every shelve, in every aisle. The variety is impressive; everything from metal wall hangings to SwitchFlops, candles, and jewelry. The Christmas kitsch is available year round and includes lots of flamingo ornaments and Santa's on sailboats. A favorite stop for locals for more than 25-years, Wilford & Lee also carries popular glassware like Rolf and other accents to make your holiday table especially festive. Find a second location on Sanibel Island.
Trader Rick's is one of those feel good places. Every nook and cranny is filled with some kind of treasure or unique trinket, and in almost every pice range. You'll find handcrafted artwork, designs meant for hanging, jewelry, and wearable fashions of all kinds. The cards, jewelry, and many other items found here are full of inspiring quotes and designs. Visitors come from across the U.S. for owner Rick Sadler's one of a kind, lamp glass jewelry made from Italian glass, Swarovski crystals, and other quality materials. Not only will you find his highly sought after jewelry in Fort Myers, but also on Sanibel Island where Trader Rick's has a second location.
Pandora's Box has a large selection of Christmas collectibles and memorable ornaments in stock year round. If you've ever wanted to be a mermaid or have one hanging from your Christmas tree, you've got to get to Sanibel Island and shop here. Besides lots of mermaids, and a few "mermen", this store has a large jewelry case, beautiful blown glass, a small children's section, and inspirational artwork. The Christmas section also has a good variety of collectible ornaments such as Margaret Furlong. Many local artists have their work on display in Pandora's Box. Take a couple of turns through this shop as there is so much to see, from ceiling, to floor and in every corner; it's fascinating.
The Franklin Shops on First Street in downtown Fort Myers, is a two-story building, that is reminiscent of a miniature indoor mall or market, full of work by local artists and entrepreneurs. The many shops inside include boutiques, art exhibitions, pop-up retailers, and more. In this one-stop shop you can pick up clothing, jewelry, home decor, fine art, various novelty items, and so much more. All shops are locally owned, much of the merchandise is also locally made and offerings change constantly. If you're looking for a unique holiday gift or memento from your trip to Fort Myers, you are sure to find something special here.
Have you ever wondered where you could find the world's largest collection of rare shells? According to the Shell Factory, it's right here in North Fort Myers. This interesting shopping center features well over 65,000 feet of retail space and merchants that specialize in everything from Christmas decorations, jewelry and clothing, to shells, shells and more shells. Open year round, the Christmas House is four-thousand square feet and as one might imagine, has lots of shell ornaments. The main showroom boasts a selection of more than five million shells collected from beaches worldwide. The center also offers several dining options, a nature park, zip lining, and games, when you need a break from shopping.
Just off of Interstate 75, only 18 miles from the city of Fort Myers proper, this award winning, open-air Mediterranean-style outlet mall's bright covered sidewalks are lined with over 160 designer and brand-name stores. While it's fun to shop here year round, it's extra special during the holidays with lots of entertainment, special events and the big guy himself, Santa Claus. Amidst picturesque fountains, koi ponds and vibrant murals, you'll discover spectacular pricing at Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Neiman Marcus, Coach, Michael Kors, White House Black Market and more. There is an expansive lakefront dining piazza as well as additional restaurants and bars on the east entrance when you need to rest and refuel. A children's play area offers a welcomed distraction for your little ones.