A former buyer for Jordan Marsh in Boston, Sandy McGowan moved to Florida 17 years ago. “I was bored, so I opened a store,” she says. At 75, she’s showing no signs of slowing down. Her Sandy’s Designer Clothing welcomes shoppers from Lakewood Ranch and Longboat Key all the way to Naples. “My customers like fashion that’s a little different—they’re artsy, they like unusual jewelry and accessories,” she says.
Only one boutique per city can carry this comfy knit line. “It’s well-priced and easy to travel with.” ($90-$175)
These elegant pieces, mostly black and silver, are made in California. “Whenever I wear a piece, people ask me where I got it.” ($30-$95)
International Collection Pants
McGowan sells a pair of pants from California’s International Collection every day. “They’re pull-on, with buttons at the hemline; customers buy one pair, then come back and buy others in different colors.” ($82)