I love Sarasota’s beachy, bohemian vibe and its obsession with all things mermaid!! I Just wanted to share a couple of the local spots I frequent to feed my coastal obsession. The first is Fanta Sea, a beachy décor shop in St Armand’s Circle. I could outfit my entire home with their stunning furnishings. It is my all-time favorite store in all of Sarasota. One can find unique candles, pillows, jewelry, coral adorned mirrors and chandeliers, placemats, pictures, you name it.
After perusing the store, I looked at its website and learned the inspiration behind it, which makes me love it even more. The owner’s daughter was born in 2008 with a condition called Microtia, the underdevelopment or complete absence of the auricle of the ear, virtually without an ear. The mission of the store is Hear the Sea and 10% of every seashell sold is given to hearing research.
Marmalade Salon and Boutique, http://www.marmaladelove.com/ is another locally owned favorite of mine. The front of the store is the boutique, a playful, beachy space decorated in sea green hues and filled with colorful, casual fashion, jewelry, candles, and bags. I found this whimsical mermaid bottle opener I couldn’t resist (below) and a versatile dress that easily transitions from a beach cover-up to a day dress.