SHOP­PING

Travel Guide to Florida - - WEST CENTRAL FLORIDA -

What’s a va­ca­tion with­out shop­ping?

Pull out your credit cards and get ready to fill your bags at the In­ter­na­tional Plaza in Tampa. With an­chor stores, such as Nord­strom and Neiman Mar­cus, as well as all-time fa­vorites Gap, J. Crew, Ba­nana Repub­lic (his and her shops), and H&M, and bou­tiques in­clud­ing Burberry and Gucci, the reg­is­ters will be ring­ing. Just down the road, WestShore Plaza counts Macy’s, LOFT, Old Navy and Dick’s Sport­ing Goods among its store­fronts, so there are plenty of shop­ping op­por­tu­ni­ties here, too.

Tree-lined streets, his­toric homes and shop­ping à la Euro­pean village make Hyde Park Village one of Tampa’s hot re­tail spots. It’s easy to spend the day here. Shop for a bit in the morn­ing at brand-name stores, such as west elm, Sur la Ta­ble, lu­l­ule­mon ath­let­ica, Brooks Brothers, An­thro­polo­gie and oth­ers. Later, en­joy a bite to eat at the re-imag­ined Goody Goody, nib­ble on a cup­cake at Sprin­kles or sip wine at the Wine Ex­change Bistro & Wine Bar. For more out­door shop­ping, slip over to The Shops at Wire­grass in Wes­ley Chapel, where bou­tiques and depart­ment stores en­tice shop­pers with their wares, or Tampa Pre­mium Out­lets in Lutz for 25 to 65 per­cent sav­ings on de­signer brands.

St. Peters­burg’s Grand Cen­tral District is gain­ing pop­u­lar­ity among shop­pers, and it’s easy to see why. Spend a day leisurely strolling along the av­enue lined with fine art gal­leries, record and vin­tage cloth­ing shops, and an­tique stores. There are also plenty of restau­rants and bars along the way, so take your time and en­joy all this shop­ping district has to of­fer.

Look­ing for a lit­tle some­thing to take back to friends back home? Sou­venir shop­ping is per­fected at John’s Pass Village & Board­walk in Madeira Beach. Drop by any of the 100plus shops for ev­ery­thing from T-shirts and shells to art­work and more.

If you ad­mire arts and crafts, don’t miss the 26th An­nual Down­town Dunedin Craft Fes­ti­val Fe­bru­ary 17–18, or the Gas­par­illa Fes­ti­val of the Arts in down­town Tampa March 3–4. Just a short drive from Tampa, the small coastal town of Dunedin at­tracts some of the coun­try’s finest artists and crafters to its an­nual event. If you miss it, the town hosts ad­di­tional craft fes­ti­vals through­out the year, so don’t de­spair!

OP­PO­SITE TOP LEFT: Driv­ing in Philippe Park in Safety Har­bor. OP­PO­SITE TOP RIGHT: Fam­ily at Pier 60 in Clear­wa­ter Beach. OP­PO­SITE CEN­TER RIGHT: Mu­si­cian at a Drum Cir­cle cer­e­mony on Trea­sure Is­land. OP­PO­SITE BOT­TOM LEFT: Fish­ing near the Sun­shine...

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