A Miami Renaissance
A potpourri of intriguing new boutiques has revved up the shopping experience on quaint Miami Avenue in Venice. Languishing since the housing crash of 2009, the city’s second-largest (but perhaps most architecturally charming) shopping street had become overrun with consignment and vintage shops without much appeal. Now, thanks to a renaissance that began last year, Miami Avenue is brimming with over a dozen exciting new home fashion and jewelry shops, a world-class antiques emporium, and specialty stores with everything from knitting yarn to hand-dipped chocolates.
- Serendipity abounds at this luxury antiques shop brimming with estate jewelry, silver, art, pottery and watches, along with small antique decorative objects (see photo above). Richardson & Richardson Estate & Antique Jewelry, 209 W. Miami Ave., (941) 451-8631.
- Delight in a trove of fair trade and artisan-made gifts, unique décor and fashion accessories of organic and recycled materials at Venice Trading, (from $27) and wall decor crafted by metal artists from steel oil drums ($69). Venice Trading Company, 211 W. Miami Ave., (941) 786-9132.
The chocolates made in this sliver of a store are beyond compare. Don’t miss the hand-dipped dark chocolate covered ginger or pineapple ($20.50 per pound) and truffles ($2.25). Backstretch Sweets, 276 W. Miami Ave., (941) 485-4121.
At this intriguing combination theater and shop, magician Glenn Gary and nephew Tyler Annear perform shows, teach classes and sell magic tricks (from $6), kits ($5-$30), and more. Cabaret of Magic, 207 W. Miami Ave., (941) 882-3777.
At this haven of creativity, the purchase of one skein of yarn ($9.50) gets you a free knitting pattern for children’s wear like this toddler hat and romper. The Knitting Place, 258 W. Miami Ave., (941) 486-1584.
Amy and Brian Hicks aim to outfit homes with chic and elegant finds made in or about Florida. From sand art wall plaques to jewelry and fashion-forward pillows, this palace of coastal style is not to be missed ($36). A Coastal Breeze, 223 W. Miami Ave., (941) 786-1896.
Mexican handicrafts are elevated to artistry in this temple to the best the country has to offer. Look for hand-painted clay garden objects and cookware, and twice-fired Talavera pottery (coffee pot, $44; creamer, $39; sugar, $29; cup and saucer, $24). Mi Sueno, 223B W. Miami Ave., (941) 484-1421.