Hidden behind the Trading Post - a small mom-and-pop grocery store in Islamorada - uCúmbe provides a solid anchor for the new Village Square at Trading Post. Designed to encourage shoppers to linger, the converted conch home is set amidst a tranquil oasis complete with a waterfall, white sandy beach, lounge furniture and free Wi-Fi. With a motto of “Keysy, not cheesy,” the local owners have stocked the shelves with classy island goods.
uCumbe boutique in Islamorada — Photo courtesy of Claudia Miller
As soon as you enter the front door, you’ll be drawn in by the delightful scents of their fragrance and body products, like Kalastyle avocado soaps and Swedish Dream sea salt candles. They carry everything from home decor to gifts, which are tastefully displayed around the store.
There’s even something for your pet, like leash and collar sets by Harry Barker. The walls are covered in works by local artists, and the helpful staff members know many of them personally. Don’t miss the ceramics by Ryan Hagen and the sculptures by "Lighthouse Larry" Herlth. The owners are always scouting for new goods like fair trade handmade pillows, journals, clutches, yoga mat bags and quilts. Bonus: they keep the prices reasonable to appeal to locals and visitors alike.
Jewelry at Miss Monroe in uCumbe — Photo courtesy of Claudia Miller
In a separate section of the store, you’ll find a satellite outpost of the local clothing boutique Miss Monroe. Bright tropical colors abound in this sampling of apparel and accessories. With a focus on a casual island feel with flair, the selection includes flowy blouses, airy skirts, flirty dresses and coverups.
Jewelry ranges from chunky statement pieces like large coral-shaped bracelets to delicate necklaces made with semi-precious stones. And what beach wardrobe would be complete without bling flip flops and fun sunglasses?
If all this shopping has you working up an appetite, head around the corner to Bad Boy Burrito for fish tacos and a glass of sangria.
Afterwards, you can visit the other artist cottages in the courtyard like Nomadic State of Mind, where the “no worries” lifestyle is front and center. A grassroots-style sandal company, their signature item is the handmade hemp rope sandal. They have expanded over the years with other products like an apparel line made with organic cotton and recycled fabrics. The prints are inspired by one of the owner’s travels and photography over the years.
Watch Village Square at Trading Post’s calendar for wine tastings, fashion shows, painting classes, yoga and other events in the courtyard.