Love to shop? Then wait until you discover the diverse selection of malls, shopping villages, outlets centers and specialty stores near the Dolphin Beach Resort in the St. Petersburg shopping areas— from one-of-a-kind boutiques and antique stores clustered together for easy browsing, to beachside shops filled with souvenirs and flea markets overflowing with bargains. Whatever your budget, whatever your taste, you'll find great St Petersburg shopping areas and treasures to bring home for friends, family, and yourself.
Begin your St Petersburg shopping at the Pier. The Pier houses more than a dozen boutiques and crafts shops; but nearby Beach Drive, running along the waterfront, is one of the most fashionable downtown strolling and shopping venues. Here you'll find the Glass Canvas Gallery featuring a dazzling array of glass sculpture, tableware, art, and craft items by 250 local, national, and international artists.
Be sure to also check out is P. Buckley Moss during your St. Petersburg Florida shopping trip. P. Buckley Moss is a museum-grade store carrying the works of the individualistic artist best known for her portrayal of the Amish and the Mennonites. The works include paintings, graphics, figurines, and collector dolls. Red Cloud, between 1st and 2nd avenues, is an oasis for Native-American crafts, including jewelry, headdresses, and art.
Downtown's new commercial showplace is BayWalk, an open-air shopping, dining, and entertainment complex. It has a branch of Ann Taylor and some small boutiques, as well as several antiques-and-collectibles dealers; get a list and map from the Dolphin Beach Resort front desk.
Haslam's Book Store is one of the local’s favorite places to browse. Dating from 1933, its collection has grown to more than 350,000 volumes, making it Florida's largest bookstore. (As an added perk, it, too, is said to be haunted.)
Central Avenue is another popular St Petersburg Florida shopping area, featuring the Gas Plant Antique Arcade, the largest antiques mall on Florida's west coast, with more than 100 dealers displaying their wares. The Florida Craftsmen Gallery is a showcase for the works of more than 150 Florida artisans and craftspeople specializing in jewelry, ceramics, woodwork, fiber works, glassware, paper creations, and metalwork.
After a long day of shopping, it will be nice to get back to your beautiful, oceanside accommodations at the Dolphin Beach Resort.
Reserve your room now and let your St Petersburg vacation begin!