Manatee County is dotted with an excellent selection of retail stores, ensuring that shoppers will find just what they need while out and about in the area. Lining the streets of the county’s flourishing communities are souvenir gift shops, antique boutiques and art galleries fused with big-box department stores and well-known national retail chains. Anna Maria Island, Ellenton, Longboat Key, Bradenton and Main Street and San Marco at Lakewood Ranch are top spots for shoppers, as each district offers virtually everything residents and visitors need and want.
In addition to the area’s stand-alone stores and extensive shopping centers is Bradenton’s DeSoto Square Mall, anchored by Macy’s, JCPenney and Sears, and Ellenton’s Prime Outlets. This expansive shopping complex is home to Liz Claiborne/LizGolf, Seiko the Company Store, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, DKNY and many more to explore.
A day of shopping can certainly work up an appetite, and Manatee County’s restaurants are ready to serve! This area is home to an eclectic variety of cuisine and experiences. American classics, local flavors and ethnic fare are all available within many distinct environments. Charming beachfront restaurants, outdoor cafés, casual diners and fine dining bistros provide delicious selections with many offering outdoor patio seating with gorgeous views and live entertainment. Many have created menus highlighting the bounty of local growers and waterways.