This elegant art gallery located on bustling Beach Drive once began in artist Sue Shapiro's garage in 1982. Decades later, Shapiro's Gallery of Contemporary American Crafts is still family owned and features a wide range of handmade works of art from more than 300 American artists. Works include glass, jewelry, clay, metal, clocks, lamps, furniture, hand bags and other gifts. Discover a limited edition set of Razzmatazz earnings featuring a colorful mix of glass beads and crystals, or a square stainless steel and copper pendulum clock with decorative side panels. You're sure to find a special handmade piece of art at this unique gallery.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: There's nothing better than a family-owned business that continues to flourish and support a vibrant local community of artists.
Kara's expert tip: Pick up a pair of stunning glass candlesticks by artist Michael Hudson.
A mainstay fine jewelry store in downtown St. Petersburg, Bernie's & Son has been voted "Tampa Bay's Favorite Jeweler" by the St. Petersburg Times and recognized throughout the area as the best place to find an extraordinary gift for that special someone. The store has been family owned and operated for 35 years and was first opened in 1977 by Bob and Bernie Serata. The boutique, now situated on Beach Drive, offers an impressive selection of wedding and engagement rings, handcrafted Italian cameos and classic timepieces. If a sparkling diamond set in platinum or a lovely pearl necklace is on your wish list, then this jewelry store is perfect for you.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: This store is worth the stop if you're really trying to impress someone you love.
Kara's expert tip: Buy your engagement ring at this local gem and then pop the question at sunset with the picturesque waters of Tampa Bay as your backdrop.
Walk into an adorable boutique called In Search of Balance - The Store and the first display you'll see is a collection of cute t-shirts, each with their own unique and inspiring message. Designed by boutique owners Steve and Julie Meyer, the t-shirt line and the store was a concept they launched after spending 14 years managing five stores on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Now at home in downtown St. Petersburg, the couple's boutique is a favorite hotspot for locals and visitors alike. You'll find a wide range of casual clothing, featuring brands like Patagonia, Horny Toad, Prana, Keen, Reef, Chaco, as well as their own t-shirt collection.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Sporting a great location and an even better selection of casual clothing, this shop fits the St. Pete scene perfectly.
Kara's expert tip: From the second you walk into this boutique, you'll feel a sense of serenity and calm.
Featuring a wide variety of tasteful and elegant gifts, The Gift Box was the brainchild of interior designer Judy Bailey and custom framer Linda Albrecht. Born out of the dynamic duo's love for the evolving downtown St. Petersburg area, the owners opened the shop to offer gift ideas for any and every occasion. You'll find one-of-a-kind items from local artists like photographer Robert Neff and artist Joan Clear. There's also a whimsical collection of puppet books and games for children. Or pick up a historic account of the making of downtown St. Petersburg. From housewarming presents to bridal gifts, this delightful boutique has something for everyone.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: The ultimate gift shop, this store is the perfect place to go to find something locally inspired to take home with you.
Kara's expert tip: Take a peek through the book selection to find a few historical gems about Florida and the St. Pete area.
Owned by local St. Pete entrepreneur and fashionista Megan Simons, Pippa Pelure and sister store Sethina Rae Styles are both located in downtown St. Petersburg on infamous Beach Drive. Featuring the best in women's fashion and design, both boutiques offer a combination of casual, comfortable, trendy and chic styles. You can find everything from jeans and blouses to cocktail dresses, evening wear and resort wear. Featured brands include Trina Turk, BCBGMaxazria, Vince Camuto, Anna Saulino, Adrianna Papell, Indies, French Dressing Jeans, Alberto Makali, Renuar Collection and more. Active in the local community, Simons hosts local fashion shows and one-on-one consultations for visitors to both boutiques.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: This women's fashion boutique has something for every girl and every occasion.
Kara's expert tip: Ask if owner Megan Simons is around and she'll be sure to show you a few of her favorite styles that she just got in.
Located along Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg, Red Cloud Fine Art & Jewelry showcases American Indian jewelry, pottery, paintings, sculptures, bronzes, carvings and historic reproductions. Not only are the gallery owners experts in art work that showcases the spirit of Native Americans, they also represent artists a wide range of artists from all over the Americas. Featured works include vibrant paintings by D YaeL Kelley, Bob Canning, Kevin Red Star, Elvis Luna and Jon VanZyle. You also find elegant jewelry designs by artist David Dear, who specializes in the discipline of forging – using iron, steel and other heavy metals, then combining them with sterling silver to create one of a kind jewelry pieces.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: A truly unique standout in St. Pete, Red Cloud Fine Art is a treasure trove of great art.
Kara's expert tip: After you've picked out something to take home with you, take a seat on the bench outside of the store and do a little people-watching on Beach Drive.
Featuring high-end fashion designs straight from Milan, Italy, Naracamicie of Florida (pronounced nar-ah-cah-mee-che), offers sophisticated styles for both men and women. Originally founded by Milan businessman Walter Annaratone, this location in downtown St. Pete is the only one in North America. Browse colorful blouses and dresses for women, as well as fine Italian slim-fit shirts for men. All Naracamicie brand shirts are made in Italy and not available in department stores, so you're truly able to find a unique look straight off the European cat walk. The upscale fashion boutique, owned by St. Pete local Kathy Hart, opened with a grand ribbon-cutting ceremony in downtown on April 6, 2015.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: This is where you go when you know you want to look good – just like the models in Milan.
Kara's expert tip: While you're at the store, pick up one of their look books to get a feel for this season's full collection.
A local, nautical-inspired boutique filled to the brim with sea life designed jewelry and other gifts, the Landing Company has two locations: one on Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg and one in historic John's Pass in Madeira Beach. The hottest product on the shelves is an impressive collection of fashion jewelry, especially sterling silver pieces that exude the coastal life. Pick up a pair of elegant star fish earrings or a sterling silver sand dollar necklace – either is sure to make a statement. The Landing Company also carries more than 150 styles of fashion sunglasses, as well as the season's hottest selections of handbags and shoes.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Landing Company is a great place to find a special piece of jewelry for the beach lover in your life.
Kara's expert tip: Many of the nautical-inspired jewelry items are also available on the Landing Company's website.
Agora is an eclectic home accessories and casual art boutique on Beach Drive owned by entrepreneur Marcus OBrikis. With locations in both downtown St. Pete and the Ybor City neighborhood of Tampa, this home and lifestyle shop offers unique gifts from all over the world. You'll find colorful tableware from Japan, scented soy candles from Portugal and hand-rolled incense from India. OBrikis opened his first store on the island of St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1992 and after spending time on South Beach, decided to call the Tampa Bay area home. Agora (Greek for marketplace) showcases the owner's unique taste in handmade furniture, pottery, lighting, textiles, tableware, jewelry, candles and accessories.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: You could spend hours exploring every nook and cranny of this vibrant store.
Kara's expert tip: Find a colorful selection of handmade jewelry from abroad and take something unique and special home with you.
One of the best parts about visiting the St. Pete/Clearwater area is the access to gorgeous white-sand beaches year round. Find your perfect beach outfit at Cerulean Blu Swim & Resort Wear Boutique located on Beach Drive in downtown St. Petersburg. What began as an exclusive swimwear shop for women in 2012, has expanded to feature a wide selection of women's apparel, jewelry, candles, hats, beach bags and other accessories. Styles include everything from conservative dark colors to vibrant floral prints that are sure to stand out from the crowd. Whether you're searching for a flattering one piece swimsuit, or a sultry bikini for fun in the sun, Cerulean Blu has something for everyone.
Recommended for Best Shopping because: Start your perfect beach day in St. Pete style at this colorful swimsuit boutique.
Kara's expert tip: Not only does this store have a stellar swimsuit collection, you can also find a great cover-up to match.