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1111 Lincoln Road
1111 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach , Florida
Tel: 305 538 9320

Designed by brilliant Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron (of Beijing's Bird's Nest fame), this mixed-use building at the corner of Alton Road and Lincoln Road is generating excitement for its design as well as the celebrated retailers it's bringing to South Beach's popular pedestrian promenade. Fronted by a Portuguese-style plaza on Lincoln Road, the minimalist glass-and-concrete structure looms like a futuristic layered wedding cake—part parking garage, part shopping and dining experience. The property is still a work in progress, with more retailers to come throughout 2010. For now, shop for surprisingly affordable design gadgets such as Danish wall clocks and edgy bottle openers at Inkanta, luxe underthings at Manhattan-based lingerie boutique Journelle, and art books from renowned German publisher Taschen. Other on-site retailers include Nespresso, MAC cosmetics, and urban streetwear depot Adidas Y-3. Local fashion boutiques (including Erika Cohen's Alchemist), as well as Brazilian and Italian designer shops, are slated to open here, too. Three restaurants, among them Florida's first outpost of New York–based Shake Shack, are also in the works.—Terry Ward

A. B. Levy Antiques
211 Worth Avenue
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 835 9139

There is a glut of overpriced/under-quality antique dealers in Palm Beach that cater to the crowd of part-time residents who need to spruce up the manse. A. B. Levy is a rare exception. Owner Albert Levy set up shop here in 1989 and travels the world for first-rate pieces, mostly French Gilded Age– and Louis XVI–style furniture. The price tags are still hefty, but fair.

And So to Bed
3860 Tamiami Trail North
Naples , Florida
Tel: 239 262 3362

Gayle Gordon Nering's shop on Tamiami Trail is a treasure chest of exclusive Italian bed linens, silk pillows, cashmere throws, plus fine table linens from Portugal.

Closed Sundays.

Annabelle Hart
2308 Edgewater Drive
Orlando , Florida
Tel: 407 649 8007

Artist Shirley Krauklis brings a fun spin on home decor to this College Park store. Every seasonal event you can imagine gets prime coverage at Annabelle Hart: Oversize wooden pumpkins and turkeys are top picks during the fall months, and unique ocean-themed tree ornaments (the jellyfish are particularly lovely) and lights shaped like comical water bubbles cause a decorating frenzy come Christmastime. Year-round, the top sellers are oh-so-Florida items like shell frames, jellyfish lamps, and lanterns made from driftwood. Soy candles in unexpected scents like Spanish moss make great hostess gifts.—Terry Ward

Antiques in West Palm Beach
West Palm Beach , Florida

It's not as tony as Palm Beach, of course, but venture across the bridge to West Palm Beach for the killer antique stores on South Dixie Highway. Elizabeth Bonan's Pierre Anthony Antiques specializes in 17th- to 20th-century furniture (3638 South Dixie Highway; 561-832-0556;; closed Sundays). Christa's South Seashells is devoted to shells, in everything from knickknacks to dramatic fountains. (3737 South Dixie Highway; 561-655-4650;; closed Sundays). Donovan & Gray Antiques sells excellent vintage fashions from Hermès, Gucci, and other designers (3623 South Dixie Highway; 561-838-4442; open Friday and Saturday in high season or by appointment).

939 Lincoln Road
South Beach
Miami Beach , Florida
Tel: 305 531 4982

Like a beachfront version of Paris' famed Colette, this concept store—helmed by dancer-turned-retailer Steven Giles—is one of the best spots in town for browsing. It's crammed with men's clothes, books, objets, a CD listening station, and even a hair salon, Snip. Labels rotate regularly, but expect an intellectual collection of European and American labels such as Fred Perry, Rogan, and Y-3. The music's a standout, too—no wonder, when one employee's full-time gig is "media research" (hunting down obscure, worthwhile tunes for the listening bar). There's been a closet-sized sequel inside the Delano Hotel) since summer 2005, but in March 2007, Base spawned a full-size satellite branch, Base Annex. In a former law office a block or so away from the original, the annex is a warren of rooms laid out like the private home of an eccentric, reclusive millionaire. The stock focuses on women's clothes and accessories, plus art world–worthy furniture: Look for chandeliers by Tobias Wong and chairs from Fornasetti among the Vivienne Westwood and Comme des Garçons duds (927 Lincoln Rd., Ste. 118; 305-695-4026).

Open daily until 10 p.m. (11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays).

Bob Baker Shoes
720 Fifth Avenue South
Naples , Florida
Tel: 239 262 6358

No need for embarrassment—you'll be thrilled to go out of the house with a pair of mismatched Bob Baker shoes. Custom-detailed flats and medium-high heels with different-colored toes, bows, and side trim in complementary colors are the specialty here. There are also dragonfly shoe clips in gold, silver, or enamel; sweaters hand-painted by a local artist; and a full range of cork items—flats, medium-high heels, pumps, and handbags to match.

Books & Books
927 Lincoln Road
South Beach
Miami Beach , Florida
Tel: 305 532 3222

In a town that often seems to prioritize sunning ahead of reading, this homegrown outlet stands out. The small South Beach branch stocks coffee-table books and a smattering of new fiction and nonfiction titles. Grab one of the shaded tables outside on Lincoln Road, and chow down on sandwiches by day and more elaborate fare such as scallops in coconut-shrimp sauce every evening. In late 2008, the store, pushed aside by a Diesel flagship, moved into a courtyard a few feet off Lincoln Road, but it's still there. There's also a second (bigger) location in Coral Gables, with smart staff and an intriguing selection of books, as well as a pleasant café for sandwiches and snacks (265 Aragon Ave.; 305-442-4408).

Open Mondays through Thursdays 10 am to 11 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 10 am to midnight.

C. Orrico
336 South County Road
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 888 677 4261

Lilly Pulitzer, the reigning resident doyenne, made the brightly patterned shift dress synonymous with the Palm Beach look and thus launched a global empire. Now you'll find her trademark colors—fuchsia and lime green—on everything from clothes to accessories to lifestyle products for all ages. Sift through umpteen Lilly styles, as well as engagement and entertaining books, at this boutique.

The Church Mouse
374 South County Road
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 659 2154

It's no surprise that, in a town where you don't want to be caught wearing the same thing twice, there are a healthy number of resale shops. This charity store is the donation spot for seasonal residents who drop off their resort wear before heading north for the summer (the store closes in April and reopens in October). Expect to see near-mint condition Malo, Ralph Lauren, and Michael Kors from last season, plus a smattering of china and antiques.

Open October through April.

Design Box Home Boutique
3094 Fuller Street
Coconut Grove , Florida
Tel: 305 644 9400

Miami interior decorator Herbie Parets opened this home-decor shop in Coconut Grove in 2010 (he operates his design business from an atelier in back). Items like the pretty vintage-glass bottles blooming with colorful sea fans give a nod to Miami's seaside locale, but the offerings here truly go global and span the decades. There are antique cameras from the late 1800s (some with their original leather cases), birdcages sourced in the Deep South, French artwork, and embroidered throws from India (circa 1930s) among the objets d'art. Parets' keen design sense shows up in the presentation, too. Look for stacked vintage suitcases repurposed as side tables—something you could easily re-create on your own.—Terry Ward

Open Tuesdays through Sundays noon to 6 pm.

Design District
N.E. 39th and 40th Streets
Bordered by N. Miami Avenue
Miami , Florida

This 18-block stretch just north of downtown was an area of derelict warehouses until developer Craig Robins started buying up property in 1994. Today, it's a bastion of high style, with cutting-edge design stores (open to the public, not just interior designers) lining the streets, along with art galleries and cafés. Among the big names: the carpet emporium Odegard (3621 N.E. Miami Court; 305-576-7166; and Holly Hunt, a 20,000-square-foot showroom of contemporary furniture (3833 N.E. Second Ave.; 305-571-2012;

The Galleria
2414 E. Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale , Florida
Tel: 954 564 1036

Fort Lauderdale's anchor mall is surprisingly upscale. There are the usual standards—department stores like Dillards, Saks, and Macy's (once known as Burdine's, and famed for its snazzy range of hot-weather clothes), plus Victoria's Secret and Banana Republic—but you'll also find L'Occitane, BCBG, and a branch of jeweler Bailey Banks & Biddle.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 9 pm, Sundays noon to 6 pm.

Gee Beauty
9700 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach , Florida
Tel: 305 868 3533

Miriam Gee, a former fashion and beauty editor, and her three daughters are the beauty whisperers behind this Toronto-based cosmetics store and spa. Their first stateside outpost opened in August 2011 on the ground floor of the Bal Harbour Shops, surrounded by couture storefronts. The Gee family focuses on face and skin treatments in the all-white space and stocks celeb—and beauty editor—favorites such as Malin+Goetz, Tammy Fender, and Dr. Sebagh (there are also two treatment rooms for massages and waxing). And if you want to learn the tricks of the pros, get a one-hour rundown at Secrets of the Chair, a private class taught by makeup artists.—Terry Ward

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 9 pm, Sundays noon to 6 pm.

Glam Vintage
6109 S. Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 533 7557

The Church Mouse is where to find daywear, but Glam Vintage is all about cocktail dresses and floor-length gowns. The high-end vintage shop stocks sequined and lavishly draped dresses worthy of a woman-in-peril in any 1970s disaster flick—think a three-quarter-sleeve gold mini with a plunging neckline, a lemon-yellow chiffon maxidress with Marchesa-like Grecian detailing, or a ruffled Kelly-green cocktail shift with a bejeweled buckle at the waist. Owner Julie Pinello also stocks an Aladdin's cave of semiprecious and costume baubles; there's some fine men's tailoring as well.

221 Worth Avenue
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 355 9292

You may have ogled the golf ball–size diamonds in the nifty display windows at Graff's other boutiques in London, Monte Carlo, and Manhattan. Here's your chance to try one on for size. Manager Craig Miller will happily strike up a conversation with even the most casual browser—though if you're not careful, you may leave with a very pricey bauble you weren't planning on buying.

Closed Sundays, August, and early September.

Grand Bohemian Gallery
325 S. Orange Avenue
Orlando , Florida
Tel: 407 581 4801

Unless you were a guest at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, there's a good chance you wouldn't come across this contemporary art store located on the hotel's ground floor (right next to Starbucks). Search it out for unique paintings, prints, and jewelry handcrafted by Orlando artisans. Artist and violinist Elizabeth St. Hilaire Nelson does unusual collages, working with materials such as pages from her son's homework and sheet music to create renderings of peacocks, cows, and blueberries (the images are also printed onto canvas bags if you'd rather wear your art). Steven Mikel uses coffee in light and dark roasts to make sepia-tone watercolors of Florida landscapes. The gallery is well situated, since the Grand Bohemian Hotel has a collection of more than 150 rare works from artists ranging from Gustav Klimt to Dale Chihuly. Alas, those are not for sale.—Terry Ward

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 8 pm, Sundays 10 am to 3 pm.

Grande Armée Military Antiques
256 Worth Avenue, Via Gucci
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 835 1958

Enter a world of toy soldiers and military memorabilia, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries. Where else can you purchase an authentic plumed helmet, decorative ribbons, medals, swashbucklers' swords, and regimental drums?

Closed Sundays.

1620 N. Orange Avenue
Orlando , Florida
Tel: 407 898 5000

At Hopscotch, British owner Tracey Cant aims to stock things that other area stores don't, including Dutch children's clothing, Brazilian kids' shoes, wooden toys, and handy baby accessories (two words: bottle sling). Picky moms flock here for organic cotton baby clothing, super-soft knits, and tutu-style skirts that just beg for a photo shoot. The shoe selection is particularly fun: mini gladiator sandals, boots, and the Wee Squeak line (they do a fine job of letting you know where your toddler is toddling). If you find more than can fit in your suitcase, grab some kid-size luggage by Trunki your little one can drag through the airport on his or her own.—Terry Ward

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.

1502 E. Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista , Florida
Tel: 407 827 0112

Despite being smack-dab in the middle of the theme park corridor, this shop in Downtown Disney's West Side lives up to its "Uncommon Gallery" billing. Orlando is all about fantasy, and the works here are definitely fantastical. Jasmine Becket-Griffith, who lives right around the corner in Celebration, Florida, creates limited-edition acrylic paintings of mermaids and fairies that will warm any preteen girl's heart. Also look for works by Tampa artist Michelle Mardis, whose large, abstract animal paintings are a Warholian take on the family pet. There's a huge selection of handblown glassworks, as well, though perhaps a bit tricky to transport home. Naturally, the shop will ship.—Terry Ward

Open Sundays through Thursdays 10:30 am to 11 pm , Fridays and Saturdays 10:30 am to midnight.

Lady From Haiti
476 Fifth Ave. South
Naples , Florida
Tel: 239 649 8607

A sandy floor strewn with coconuts, banana leaf–backed displays, plus Jamaican, Senegalese, and other world music set the scene for an eclectic mix of vividly colored Haitian folk art, paintings, home accessories, papier-mâché fish and sea creatures, masks, and greeting cards. And for Naples' funkiest accessories, this is the place for wood and bone bracelets and turtle toe rings that you just can't find at home.

Learning Express Toys
460 N. Orlando Avenue
Winter Park , Florida
Tel: 407 677 8697

A princess crown and some Mickey ears are the most predictable Central Florida souvenirs. That's all well and good, but for something out of the Orlando-ordinary, head to this Winter Park toy store where a focus on inspiring and unusual kids' toys leads to some fun finds. In addition to novelty items (giant stuffed Dubble Bubble wrapper, anyone?), there are appealing educational toys such as a grow-your-own crystal set or fossil excavating set. And if those monogrammed Mickey ears don't do it for your little ones, get a CD with songs that incorporate their names into the lyrics. They will be the coolest kids at show-and-tell.—Terry Ward

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 9 pm, Sundays noon to 6 pm.

Lincoln Road
South Beach
Miami Beach , Florida

Miami isn't a city that lends itself to window-shopping and strolling the streets. But the pedestrian mall on Lincoln Road is an exception. Originally laid out in the '50s by the area's visionary architect, Morris Lapidus, and recently renovated, this eight-block outdoor promenade is populated by boutiques, cafés, and Rollerbladers. Several big chains—Pottery Barn, Diesel, L'Occitane, and the Gap—have outposts, but there are also a few original boutiques springing up, plus a surprisingly solid bookstore, Books & Books. On Sundays, there's a farmers' market, and every other Sunday from October to May, an antiques and collectibles market sets up shop.

Living Morocco
1804 N. Orange Avenue
Orlando , Florida
Tel: 407 898 6610

Morocco native Ali Najy, the proprietor of this escapist home-decor store on Orlando's Antique Row, returns frequently to source the exotic oversize brass lanterns, decorative ceramics, and mosaic tile fountains that make his large shop a veritable Aladdin's cave of discovery. Among the unique items are enormous carved cedar doors from Moroccan riads and beautifully tiled tables created in the souks of Marrakesh. The big items, such as tile garden fountains and antique tables, command the most attention. But keep an eye out for little finds of exquisite beauty, too, such as colored glass bottles for storing perfume and rosewater, silver kettles for Moroccan mint tea, and runners handwoven by Berber artisans.—Terry Ward

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 5 pm.

Local Designers
Miami , Florida

Miami, long dissed and dismissed for its sequin-obsessed fashion scene, is finally producing some standout, world-class talents. Take glitzy unisex designer Julian Chang, who has a loyal following of local Latina celebs (yep, Gloria Estefan is a fan). At his workshop/showroom in Biscayne Corridor, expect brocade and plenty of bare skin, two of his signature touches (6667 Biscayne Blvd.; 305-751-8900; Couturier Rene Ruiz makes red carpet–ready clingy gowns with ample va-va-voom and displays them at his storefront in Miracle Mile, the retail hub in downtown Coral Gables that's experiencing a revitalization (2700 Ponce de Leon Blvd.; 305-445-2352;

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716 E. Washington Street
Orlando , Florida
Tel: 407 835 8855

Orlando's an easy-come, easy-go town, but this affordable women's boutique just a stone's throw from the burbling fountain in the heart of Thornton Park has managed to stay relevant to young and young-at-heart urban types since opening in 2000. Marie-France Bresia's store offers an affordably priced collection of frilly, floral sundresses, heeled booties, and handbags that all come in under the $60 mark. This is the place to go if you forgot to pack enough fun frocks or need a standout tank top to layer with jeans. It's not about brands here—come to splash out on a few new items on a whim. And at these prices, the spree will be guilt-free.—Terry Ward

Open Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11 am to 6 pm, Thursdays and Fridays 11 am to 6:30 pm, Saturdays 11 am to 6 pm, and Sundays noon to 5 pm.

Marissa Collections
1167 Third Street South
Naples , Florida
Tel: 239 263 4333

Don't be fooled by the girly pretty-in-pink exterior—inside, Marissa is pure sophistication. One of the most exclusive women's specialty stores in the country, Marissa Collections carries a mix of designers such as Alexander McQueen, Zac Posen, Anna Sui, Citizens of Humanity, and Rebecca Taylor. You'll also find Michael Kors, Dolce & Gabbana, Yves Saint Laurent, Prada, and Jil Sander in the well-edited collection, plus accessories and a spectacular selection of shoes.

Mecox Gardens
333 Worth Avenue
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 805 8611

Shopping for the home (your second or third, that is) is a vital retail activity. Already popular in Manhattan, the Hamptons, and Los Angeles, Mecox offers an eclectic mix of coffee-table books, bibelots, and contemporary furniture.

Myers Luggage
329 Clematis Street
West Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 655 6644

This gloriously old-school travel store is well worth a detour from the Island into downtown West Palm Beach. The shop has been here since 1924, and the windows are filled with suitcases in every shape, size, and color. Don't be turned off by the somewhat weathered decor—there's a surprisingly chic collection of exotic leather pieces (ostrich, alligator, lizard) as well as vintage Louis Vuitton trunks that have made the north-to-south trip more than a few times.

Options Thrift Shoppe
968 Second Avenue North
Naples , Florida
Tel: 239 434 7115

When the local ladies-who-lunch tire of their designer threads, they often drop them off at this nonprofit consignment store that benefits a local shelter for abused women and children. So while you're paying cut-rate prices for their Armani, Escada, and Gucci castoffs, you can feel good about your spending spree, knowing you're helping a worthy cause.

Closed Sundays.

Peggy Daven
331 Worth Avenue
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 514 0923

The cream-colored, semicircular awnings and lavender storefront give it away: Daven is a touch of Cannes in PB. Inside, there's everything from fine jewelry and shawls to ballet flats and fantastic handbags designed for the Daven label. Owner Régine and daughter Peggy are brimming with joie de vivre—and fashion tips. Shoppers who can't make up their mind can sit down and enjoy a perfectly brewed espresso, served in a dainty Limoges cup and saucer with a chocolate truffle.

Closed Sundays.

224 Worth Avenue
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 655 0774

An estate jewelry house since 1893, Richters is the place for exquisite vintage gems. Stefan Richter, whose family has been in the rare jewelry business for four generations, is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his collection and loves to show interested clients his latest treasures.

Closed Sundays.

Sawgrass Mills Mall
12801 W. Sunrise Boulevard
Sunrise , Florida
Tel: 954 846 2300

Eleven miles west of Fort Lauderdale's waterfront is the discount retail palace of Sawgrass Mills; reach it from the city via Interstates 75 or 595 by taking the Sawgrass Expressway exchange. Unlike many discount or outlet malls, it isn't filled with B-list brands or stores selling specially-made low-priced seconds. Instead, come here for an astonishing range of off-price products, whether clothes (J. Crew, Hugo Boss), underwear (Jockey), shoes (Adidas, Athlete's Foot), cosmetics (The Body Shop), or even electronics (Brandsmart USA). The pick of the bunch, though, are the two designer-crammed department-store offsprings, Saks Off 5th and Neiman Marcus Last Call; don't miss Sanrio's budget Hello Kitty shop either. Plus, a newer open-air promenade of shops next door, called Colonnade, has more high-end outlets like Barney's New York, Burberry, and Cole Haan. Sawgrass is also home to the superb kids' attraction Wannadoo City, which is like a career-themed DisneyWorld, where pre-teens can try out jobs like pilot, nurse, and TV anchor in the indoor miniature town.

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 9:30 pm, Sundays 11 am to 8 pm.

Shop 603
603 E. Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale , Florida
Tel: 954 467 0900

This downtown unisex boutique holds a smartly edited collection of the current must-try labels: there's a massive stock of Juicy Couture for women (denim, velour, etc.) as well as jeans from J Brand, Citizens of Humanity, True Religion, and Chip & Pepper; dressier options include Angeleno designer James Perse, Sky, Michael Stars, and Brit favorite Ben Sherman.

Stubbs & Wootton
4 Via Parigi
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 655 6857

If you're lucky enough to snag an invitation to the ultraexclusive Bath and Tennis Club for cocktails, you might think of picking up a pair of signature needlepoint slippers or loafers from this venerable shop off Worth Avenue for the, ahem, well-heeled. The line recently expanded beyond frogs and crests to more youthful embellishments like grenades and skulls. The velvet or linen slippers are handmade in Spain and start at about $350 off the rack. The shop offers customized pairs as well, which start at $900.

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Tomas Maier
38 Via Mizner
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 650 1221

Maier, the creative director of Bottega Veneta, opened this satellite to his Miami Beach flagship in late 2007. The closet-size shop, tucked in a courtyard right off Worth Avenue, stocks men's and women's pieces from Bottega (of course), Azzedine Alaïa, Comme des Garçons, and Marni, as well as Maier's own line of knits and swimwear. The selections all follow a minimalist aesthetic and are stocked almost exclusively in a muted beige, gray, or white color palette. The store also carries the necessary objects for the luxury life, like Diptyque candles, Mariage Frères tea, and tableware from Heath Ceramics.

Tomas Maier
170 N.E 40th Street
Design District
Miami , Florida
Tel: 888 373 0707

The creative director of the Italian fashion label Bottega Veneta relocated his namesake shop from a '30s-style bungalow on the edge of South Beach to the Design District in the fall of 2008. But the merchandise has stayed the same. Everything is still very much a personal statement of what Maier considers beautiful—even if that means displaying competitors' items alongside some Bottega designs and his own line of knits and swimwear. You'll find pieces from prominent jewelers mixed in with one-of-a-kind flea market finds, photography books, hats, DVDs, ceramics, shoes, and more.

Open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 6pm.

315 Worth Avenue
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 832 3525

You'll find just the right pair of pants (men still get away with wearing pink madras trousers here) and polo shirt to wear on the fairway at this cheerful clothing boutique. Check out the cashmere fleece zip-ups, perfect for a brisk morning walk on the beach or evening cocktails outside.

Closed Sundays.

301 S. Park Avenue
Winter Park , Florida
Tel: 407 628 1609

Tuni has been a fixture on Park Avenue's fashion scene for several decades, but the stock is decidedly this-season. The high-end merchandise is from labels not found at Orlando's many department stores and includes tunics from Trina Turk and girly minidresses from Tibi. There are lots of accessories on offer as well: Animal-print pumps are a popular buy (it is Florida, after all), as are local designer Amanda Joy's handbags in snakeskin and other exotic leathers.—Terry Ward

Open Mondays and Tuesdays 10 am to 7 pm, Wednesdays through Fridays 10 am to 8 pm, Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm, and Sundays 10 am to 6 pm.

Vivi's Stationery
3 Via Parigi
Palm Beach , Florida
Tel: 561 655 9374

On a side street off Worth Avenue at 3 Via Parigi, Vivi's will provide you with engraved stationery and an impromptu etiquette lesson. The owner combines juicy bits of social gossip with tips on the finer points of personalized printed items—from escort and dinner cards to seating boards and thank-you notes.

Closed Sundays.

Washburn Imports
1800 N. Orange Avenue
Orlando , Florida
Tel: 407 228 4403

Just walking through Washburn Imports feels like a journey to an exotic market on the other side of the world—without the haggling, of course. Regular trips to India, Bali, and China by the owners ensure that the stock of statement pieces is constantly replenished. Some of the heavy wooden doors and window frames sold here (mostly from India) date back four centuries. And it's easy to reimagine your home's entire personality while marveling at an Indian bed crafted from heavy teak doors. While you can find interesting accessories for less than $50 here, many of the items cost upward of several thousand dollars. Luckily, the Imperial Wine Bar, where you can deliberate on your decision over a glass of tempranillo and a plate of charcuterie, is right in the middle of the shop.—Terry Ward

Open Mondays through Saturdays 10 am to 6 pm, Sundays 11 am to 5 pm.

The Webster
1220 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach , Florida
Tel: 305 674 7899

When it comes to boutique shopping, less can be more. But the Webster#8212;20,000 square feet of designer-centric temptation located in a historic Art Deco building in Miami Beach—plays by its own rules. Co-owned by three fashion world veterans who have worked with the likes of Yves Saint Laurent, Hermès, and Balenciaga, the multibrand boutique has been a South Beach success story since opening in 2009. Women's and men's ready-to-wear clothing and accessories are on the first two floors (the third floor is a pop-up art gallery). The wares are a little edgier than the tiny bikinis and loud prints that Miami is known for. Cool girls come for Alexander Wang tank tops, Martin Margiela booties, and Tom Ford sunglasses, while the boys opt for Band of Outsiders and Rag & Bone. The 1939 building, once a hotel, still has the original Deco flooring and gold-and-silver striped booths, where you can sip a glass of Champagne or an espresso while bracing for the cash register tally.—Terry Ward

Open Mondays through Saturdays 11 am to 8 pm, Sundays noon to 6 pm.

Worth Avenue

The designer labels lined up here earned this stretch the nickname Rodeo Drive of the East—though, frankly, it's a little smarter and less in-your-face than L.A.'s retail mecca. The main drag is full of upscale labels known for their resort wear like St. John, Escada, Emilio Pucci, and Chanel plus Italian cashmere companies Malo and Loro Piana. Preppy mainstay Ralph Lauren has a megastore here, of course. The best place to browse— and splurge—is at Lana Marks. The Palm Beach designer's alligator handbags and clutches are the epitome of Wasp chic.

Nonshoppers should take a stroll down the avenue as well to see the Mediterranean revival architecture and the hidden courtyards and alleyways that eccentric designer Addison Mizner used to create an ersatz old-world vibe. Local legend has it that Mizner, known for his love of theatrical staircases-to-nowhere, went as far as using inexperienced workmen who'd lay artfully wonky roof tiles. The best of his folly-style offshoots is on Via Mizner at the westernmost end. This collection of interlocking courtyards was originally home to the architect's apartment and is now where you'll find a selection of smaller shops like Tomas Maier. For another glimpse of Mizner's studied eccentricity, check out the grave of his pet monkey, Johnnie Brown, marked in the courtyard next to Pizza al Fresco.

Zou Zou
Two N. Summerlin Avenue
Orlando , Florida
Tel: 407 843 3373

The shabby chic decor of this top women's boutique in Thornton Park mirrors owner Wendy Ricchi's eclectic fashion sense to a tee. Delicate crystal chandeliers dangle from exposed-ductwork ceilings, and vintage pink-velvet couches perch atop rough concrete floors. The well-edited selection of clothing from labels like Alice + Olivia and Voom by Joy Han mix very feminine flair with edgy accessories. Look for bold wrap watches with metallic chains and chunky statement necklaces by local label Dora Mae that use materials like Lucite and industrial-style chain links. You'll have all the tools you need to get the bohemian, anything-goes Florida look.—Terry Ward

Open Mondays 10 am to 6 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays 10 am to 7 pm.

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.