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St. Armands Circle (Sarasota), Florida

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Located in the city of Sarasota, St. Armands Circle forms the heart of St. Armands Key, a small island just off the Florida coast. As the name would indicate, the island's Main Street is in fact the large traffic circle in the center of town. The Circle surrounds a quiet tree-covered park, known fittingly as Circle Park. The outside of the large circle is lined by shops, restaurants, and other businesses giving the area its Main Street charm, albeit in a unique circular configuration.

Shoppers stroll along sidewalk cafes in St. Armands Circle.
Shoppers stroll along sidewalk cafes in St. Armands Circle.

Property on the island was originally purchased by Charles St. Amand in 1893, who used it for fishing in the gulf and the bay. The name of the island St. Armands Key was based on a misspelling of his name. Years later, the circus magnate John Ringling bought land on the island to build a large residential development. A shopping center would be built around a circle in the middle of the town. Ringling used elephants to build a causeway linking the island to the rest of the city of Sarasota.

The bridge along with the development opened in 1926 to much fanfare but the following years were not kind. The Depression made it difficult to sell land on the island and the first causeway began to rot. It wasn't until the fifties that shops began to open again on St. Armands Circle. Eventually, the causeway was replaced. Today St. Armands Circle is a hub of activity for the island that is otherwise filled with mostly posh residences. The beach sitting on the Gulf of Mexico is only a few blocks away, another excellent feature.

Two other main arteries go through the area and boast shops and restaurants at the points where they connect with St. Armands Circle. Boulevard of the Presidents runs mostly north and south while John Ringling Boulevard runs mostly east and west. This configuration separates the area into four quadrants. Signage and directories use these quadrants to better orient visitors. The Pink Quadrant is to the northwest, the Gold Quadrant is to the northeast, the Aqua Quadrant is to the southeast, and the Purple Quadrant is to the southwest.

Statuary line the main boulevards in St. Armands Circle.
Statuary line the main boulevards in St. Armands Circle.

Along the center of John Ringling Boulevard and the Boulevard of the Presidents are wide medians with park-like features including trees, brick paths, benches, and most interestingly, classic-themed statues. Many of the statues date back to the twenties and reflect John Ringling's belief in bringing art and culture to the city of Sarasota. Today the statuary helps give St. Armands Circle its unique flavor. That and the fact that it's a Main Street built in the shape of a large circle.

Retail Hours

Most stores are open seven days a week. In fact, many stores (especially the chains) are open regular hours even on Sundays when other stores would normally close.

Parking

Most parking in St. Armands Circle is free. Parking in the Circle itself is tough to come by, but if you look, you can find spots further away on John Ringling Boulevard or Boulevard of the Presidents. Your best bet will be one of the parking lots near the Circle, most of which are free. Just look for the signs.

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Restrooms

No public restrooms are available. Be prepared to buy a snack or coffee at a cafe and ask to use their restroom.

Circle Park is located in the heart of St. Armands Circle.
Circle Park is located in the heart of St. Armands Circle.

Attractions

St. Armands Circle's biggest attraction is the beach. Lido Beach sits right on the Gulf of Mexico and is just a short drive (or even a walk) to the west along John Ringling Boulevard. Circle Park is the huge tree-filled park in the center of town. It's definitely worth a stroll if you want to get away from the crowds.

Signs around the Circle point visitors to the Mote Marine Aquarium (1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, 941-388-4441). Located at the Mote Marine Laboratory, it's just a short drive away but not within walking distance. The city of Sarasota itself contains many attractions including museums and art galleries, many of which were founded by John Ringling in his attempts to bring the arts and culture to Sarasota.

Events

On the first Wednesday of the month St. Armands Circle holds Buskers on St. Armands, which features live, visual, and performing arts. There's also an annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival.

Location

St. Armands Circle is located on St. Armands Key (a small barrier island) in the city of Sarasota, Florida. It is located on the Gulf of Mexico approximately one hour and ten minutes south of Tampa, Florida.

The heart of the area is St. Armands Circle, with other businesses located on John Ringling Boulevard and Boulevard of the Presidents. Businesses on the Circle will have a St. Armands Circle street address, so doing a search for that on your GPS or through the Internet will get you there.

External Links

www.starmandscircleassoc.com

Photo Gallery

Shoppers stroll along John Ringling Boulevard.
Shoppers stroll along John Ringling Boulevard.
A variety of stores and boutiques line John Ringling Boulevard.
A variety of stores and boutiques line John Ringling Boulevard.
Wide park-like medians run up the middle of John Ringling Boulevard and the Boulevard of the Presidents.
Wide park-like medians run up the middle of John Ringling Boulevard and the Boulevard of the Presidents.
More businesses can be found off the main drag on Fillmore Drive.
More businesses can be found off the main drag on Fillmore Drive.
Statuary line John Ringling Boulevard and the Boulevard of the Presidents.
Statuary line John Ringling Boulevard and the Boulevard of the Presidents.
Shops and cafes can be found along the actual traffic circle that gives St. Armands Circle its name.
Shops and cafes can be found along the actual traffic circle that gives St. Armands Circle its name.
The beach is just a short stroll from the shops and cafes in St. Armands Circle.
The beach is just a short stroll from the shops and cafes in St. Armands Circle.
Lush landscaping can be found around most of St. Armands Circle.
Lush landscaping can be found around most of St. Armands Circle.
Sidewalk cafes are located all around St. Armands Circle.
Sidewalk cafes are located all around St. Armands Circle.
Classical statuary competes with modern architecture for the visitor's attention.
Classical statuary competes with modern architecture for the visitor's attention.
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Accessories

Addison Craig (28 South Boulevard of the Presidents, 877-746-3706)
Alvin's Island (462 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-1160)
Aria (352 St. Armands Circle, 941-312-5130)
Brighton Collectibles (443-445 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3230)
Casa Smeralda (468 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-1305)
Chico's (443 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-1393)
Crazy Shirts (359 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1105)
Foxy Lady (481 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-5239)
Fresh Produce (1 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-338-1883)
Influence (474 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-343-2315)
Island Pursuit (355-357 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-4004)
Ivory Coast (15 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-1999)
Lilly Pulitzer (443-A John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3091)
Patchington (386 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-2801)
Poshy (476 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-488-2893)
St. Armands Fashion Jewelry & Handbags (3 South Boulevard of Presidents, 941-388-2024)
Terra Nova (351 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-0410)
Tropical Treasures (411 St. Armands Circle, 2nd Floor, 941-388-3602)
White House Black Market (317 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-5033)

Antiques

St. Armands Gifts and Antiques (19 Filmore Drive, 941-388-1300)

Apparel

Alvin's Island (462 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-1160)
Aqua Beachwear (331 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-1205)
Binjara Traders, Inc. (327 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3335)
Breezin' Up (362-A John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-2950)
Casa Smeralda (468 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-1305)
Chico's (443 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-1393)
Cotton Club of St. Armands (14 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-1950)
Crazy Shirts (359 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1105)
Destination Florida (370 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-2119)
Dreamweaver Collection (364 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1974)
Foxy Lady (481 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-5239)
Fresh Produce (1 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-338-1883)
Goody Too Shoes & Jolie's Boutique (318 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3040)
Influence (474 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-343-2315)
Island Pursuit (355-357 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-4004)
Ivory Coast (15 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-1999)
Jude Connally Boutique (411-A St. Armands Circle, 2nd Floor, 908-358-6790)
Just Cruizin Cool Clothing (21 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-706-2150)
Leggiadro (380-A St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1500)
Lilly Pulitzer (443-A John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3091)
Natural Discoveries (320 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-1600)
Oh My Gauze (374 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1964)
Olivia's Fashion (9 South Boulevard of Presidents, 941-388-1677)
Patchington (386 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-2801)
Poshy (476 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-488-2893)
Renee Fashions (311 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-0321)
Sahara (326-C John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3335)
Shore (465 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3535)
Soma Intimates (443-445 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-1704)
Taffy's Menswear (18 South Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-1155)
Terra Nova (351 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-0410)
Tommy Bahama (371 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-2446)
Veronica Lurie (11 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-2068)
White House Black Market (317 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-5033)

Books

Circle Books (478 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-2850)

Children's

Little Bo-Tique Children's Wear (367-A St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1737)
Poshy (476 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-488-2893)

Coffee and Dessert

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (372-A St. Armands Circle, 941-388-5226)
Gillian's Deli (7 South Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-1671)
Kilwin's (312 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3200)
Le Macaron (382 St. Armands Circle, 941-552-8872)
Sarasota Cupcake Company (27 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-2253)
ScoopDaddy's (19-C North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-1650)
Settimi's (367 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-4485)
Starbucks (443 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-2625)

Dining

15 South Ristorante Enoteca (15 South Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-1555)
Blue Dolphin Cafe (470 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3566)
Cafe L'Europe (431 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-4415)
Cha Cha Coconuts (417 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-3300)
China Pavillion Restaurant (19-A North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-3119)
Columbia Restaurant (411 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-3987)
Crab & Fin (420 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-3964)
Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar (325 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3325)
Gillian's Deli (7 South Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-1671)
La Malinche Mexican Restaurant (40 South Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-4444)
Le Colonne Restaurant (22 South Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-4348)
Lynches Pub & Grub (19-B North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-5550)
Madison Avenue Cafe & Deli (28 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-3354)
Tango Steakhouse & Sushi Bar (326 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-554-4916)
Taste of Italy (322 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-1442)
Terrace on the Circle (419-A St. Armands Circle, 2nd Floor, 941-388-2222)
Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse (29 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-556-9758)
Tommy Bahama (300 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-2888)
Venezia (373 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1400)

Eyewear

Aria (352 St. Armands Circle, 941-312-5130)
Brighton Collectibles (443-445 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3230)
Flip Flop Shops (9 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-1777)
Island Pursuit (355-357 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-4004)
Lilly Pulitzer (443-A John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3091)
Sunglass Express Optical (343 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-5115)
Sunglass Hut (440 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-5049)

Footwear

Addison Craig (28 South Boulevard of the Presidents, 877-746-3706)
Flip Flop Shops (9 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-1777)
Foot Gear Outdoor Lifestyle (319 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-6800)
Foxy Lady (481 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-5239)
Island Pursuit (355-357 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-4004)
Lilly Pulitzer (443-A John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3091)
Martini Import Shoes (362-C John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-9151)
Patchington (386 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-2801)
Poshy (476 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-488-2893)
Sperry Top-Sider (349 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1735)
Veronica Lurie (11 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-2068)
The Walking Company (380-B St. Armands Circle, 941-388-0311)
White House Black Market (317 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-5033)

Framing

Wall Art Gallery & Custom Framing (12 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-0140)

Galleries

American Royal Arts (368 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-9700)
Wall Art Gallery & Custom Framing (12 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-0140)
Wyland Galleries (314 John Ringling Boulevard, 888-588-5331)

Gardening

Garden Argosy (361 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-6402)

Gift Shops

Alvin's Island (462 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-1160)
Columbia Restaurant (411 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-3987)
Decor de France (372 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1599)
Fanta Sea (378 St. Armands Circle, 931-388-3031)
Garden Argosy (361 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-6402)
St. Armands Gifts and Antiques (19 Filmore Drive, 941-388-1300)
St. Armands Gifts and Winery (466 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-5330)
ScoopDaddy's (19-C North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-1650)
Terra Nova (351 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-0410)
Tommy Bahama (371 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-2446)

Gourmet

Florida Olive Oil Company (384 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-2640)
The Spice & Tea Exchange (345 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1411)

Home Furnishings

Artisan's (301 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-0082)
Decor de France (372 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1599)
Fanta Sea (378 St. Armands Circle, 931-388-3031)
Garden Argosy (361 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-6402)
The Giving Tree Gallery (5 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-7754)
Heriz Persian Rugs (16 South Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-2049)
Key West Hammock Company (24 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-0006)
Tommy Bahama (371 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-2446)
Touch De L'Afrique (464 John Ringling Boulevard, 877-480-6881 x124)

Jewelry

Alexander Fine Jewelers (339 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-2300)
Armel Jewelers (22 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-3711)
Barbie's Created Gems (5 South Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-4367)
Baron D'Orr Designer Jewelry (353 St. Armands Circle, 888-631-2019)
Brighton Collectibles (443-445 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3230)
Chico's (443 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-1393)
Crazy Shirts (359 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1105)
Dana Tyler Travel Inspired Jewelry (17 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-1747)
Fanta Sea (378 St. Armands Circle, 931-388-3031)
Foxy Lady (481 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-5239)
The Giving Tree Gallery (5 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-7754)
Island Pursuit (355-357 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-4004)
Jewelry by Cole (7 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-3323)
McCarver & Moser (482 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-3666)
Otto Jewelry (413 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-4236)
People's Pottery (362-B John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-2727)
Poshy (476 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-488-2893)
Sahra's Treasures (23 North Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-2444)
St. Armands Fashion Jewelry & Handbags (3 South Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-2024)
Simona Jewelry & Accessories (347 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-1313)
Tilden Ross Jewelers (410 St. Armands Circle, 941-388-3338)
Tropical Treasures (411 St. Armands Circle, 2nd Floor, 941-388-3602)
Uniquity (21 Filmore Drive, 941-388-2212)
White House Black Market (317 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-5033)
Zinnia Jewelers (17 South Boulevard of the Presidents, 941-388-0900)

Tobacco

Bennington Tobacconist (5 Fillmore Drive, 800-237-5074)

Wine

St. Armands Gifts and Winery (466 John Ringling Boulevard, 941-388-5330)

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