Shopping for great art, beach ware, home goods, specialty items or antiquities—world class shopping is synonymous with St. Armands Key. Add the quaint shops serving the elegant island lifestyle of Longboat Key and beyond and full days of shopping will be special indeed.
Much like the great buy of Manhattan, Frenchman Charles St. Amand (an "r" mistakenly added after the "A" in the original deeds gave the world St. Armands Circle) bought just shy of 132 acres for $21.71 in 1893 for fishing the surrounding waters and growing produce for the mainlanders. Come 1917, along comes circus impresario and visionary John Ringling imagining the circle of shops and residences. With $1 million spent on real estate in 1926, the glory of his dream seemed certain to be realized but for a little thing called the Great Depression. However, the 1940s and 1950s brought business to the fledgling circle and by the 1960s—world class!
St. Armands Circle is home to some 130 boutiques, shops, salons, galleries, restaurants and uniquely more. Visit the web presence of St. Armands Circle but don't miss the real thing!