In need of a little retail therapy? Jacksonville offers shopping excursions at your fingertips for any taste. Those looking for the perfect bargain, look no further than one of the many outlet centers in Northeast Florida. Vintage and antiques in the eclectic Five Points and upscale chic and trendy boutiques in San Marco and Avondale compliment the latest in must-have retail at The Avenues Mall, Regency Square Mall and the newest hotspot, the St. Johns Town Center.
A Boutique Experience
San Marco, a quaint neighborhood located five minutes south of Downtown Jacksonville, complete with plenty of boutiques and antique shopping. San Marco Square, fashioned after St. Mark’s Square in Venice, revolves around a water fountain capped with three enormous bronze lions and a charming gazebo. Stop in at homegrown favorite, Peterbrooke Chocolatier , named for the owner’s two children, Peter and Brooke. With a location on the Square and the production center down the road, there’s everything for a sweet tooth. At the Production Center, take a tour and watch the experts create chocolate-covered everything – pretzels, potato chips, graham crackers, and their signature snack, chocolate popcorn. III Lions Antiques features the finest in old and new with silver, furniture and jewelry. The San Marco Bookstore is a local favorite, where you can find an assortment of collectible and rare books and The Write Touch stocks upscale stationary from Crane & Co., Kate Spade and Jonathan Wright and Company as well as leather goods and unique gifts. For the latest trends, stop by Olive, Rosie True or Reve to find the perfect outfit for a night out on the town.
Historic Avondale, one of the country’s largest National Register of Historic Districts, is host to stately homes, charming dining, strolling and shopping. The Shoppes of Avondale’s sophisticated charm and oak-lined avenues cater to the upscale shopper with a variety of specialty boutiques, fine galleries and gourmet eateries. Shop until you drop at more than 45 stores featuring children’s clothing, women’s accessories, fine art and great antiques. Edible Arrangements provides the perfectly delicious gift for friends, co-workers or family members with a basket of flower-molded fruit, some dipped in chocolate. For Check out the trendy assortment of clothes and shoes at J. Ashley Boutique, Petal, Clover or Emily Benham. For the fashionable baby, Hobby Horse and Julia Claire are the spots for clothing, high-end diaper bags and trinkets.
Riverside’s funky, trendy Five Points is considered Jacksonville’s arts and commerce district. Built in the 1930s as Jacksonville’s first shopping area outside of Downtown, it continues to thrive as the region’s edgy town center. For specialty handmade gifts from around the world, stop by Midnight Sun on Park Street. They offer a wide selection of sterling silver and gemstone jewelry as well as sarongs, yoga wear, furniture, natural body care and incense. For news junkies, peek through the collection at the Five Points News Stand and catch up on the latest news from around the world. Ladies will enjoy the vintage fashions at Time Warp Vintage, where you can take a step back in time and find fashion from yesteryear or shop at Violet, Anomaly, Wolfgang and Edge City for the latest styles. Surf wear, perfect for Jacksonville’s beaches, can be perused at Aloha Paradise with brands like Roxy, Reef and Rainbow. After a day of shopping, gather your thoughts or listen to the live entertainment with a cup of java at Fuel Coffeehouse in the heart of the shopping district.
Major Shopping Meccas
With more than 120 retailers, many of which are exclusive to Northeast Florida, the newest shopping option to Jacksonville, St. Johns Town Center provides a unique mix of stores catering to the bargain shopper and those looking for upscale brand names. The unique outdoor mall has an endless variety of retail choices with stores such as Louis Vuitton, Banana Republic, Anthropologie, BCBG, Lucky Brand Jeans, Hollister and DSW Shoes. After a long day of shopping, take a break near the Koi pond or curb your hunger pains at restaurants serving Italian, steaks, seafood and American varieties.
Indoor recreation at area malls is a favorite pastime as well, with Southside’s The Avenues , a multi-level shopping extravaganza, containing four department stores and over 150 others including Ann Taylor, Abercrombie & Fitch, Coach and others. Across town, shoppers will delight in the selection at Regency Square Mall with over 170 stores including Old Navy, Belk, Dillard’s and Victoria’s Secret. Located just minutes from Jacksonville, Orange Park Mall offers a retail experience for the die-hard shopper. The shopping center boasts over 120 specialty stores including department stores Belk, Dillard’s, JCPenney’s and Sears, a 24-screen multiplex and a 400-seat food court.
Downtown Jacksonville combines the latest in retail and historic shops, which have served locals for decades. For the worldly, sophisticated shopper, stop by the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville ‘s store, located in the heart of Downtown at Hemming Plaza, for the best in contemporary designs, home accessories and art books. Speaking of books, Chamblin’s Uptown Books has got tons of them! From out-of-print books to the latest novels and more, visitors will find a verifiable book mine. The cozy, yet trendy cafe on premises is a perfect spot to peruse the literary stock as well. Locally owned, Jacobs Jewelers has been serving customers since 1890 and has the distinction of being Florida’s oldest jewelry store. It is here that one will discover fine gems, pearls and have crystal from Waterford and Swarovski at your fingertips, while visiting this historic Jacksonville landmark.
Also in Downtown, along the Northbank of the St. Johns River sits Jacksonville Landing . This riverfront marketplace features brand name stores like Nine West and The Body Shop and local retailers showcasing the flavor of Northeast Florida. Stop by Sundrez to pickup a cigar, as the shop has the only walk-in humidor in Downtown Jacksonville, or treat that special someone by picking up a few souvenirs to remember your trip to Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Landing is also home to The Toy Factory, a huge hit with kids of all ages. Talk a break from shopping and dine at one of over 20 restaurant options or listen to live entertainment nightly along the St. Johns.
For the budget-conscious, look no further than the outlets conveniently located off Interstate 95 in St. Augustine. First, find the perfect gift at the Prime Outlets – St. Augustine with a selection of women’s, men’s and children’s apparel and accessories – all at amazing outlet prices. The center is home to the hottest names in fashion like Liz Claiborne, Guess, Jones New York, Adidas, Timberland and Nautica.
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