After a stressful week, retail therapy may be just the thing you need to help you unwind. Next time, why not explore a different kind of shopping at some of Fort Myers' most unique shops? Check these out and then grab your keys and get ready to kick up your retail fun a notch.
15250 South Tamiami Trail
An evening of wine, paint and a gallery of gifts are waiting for you at Vino's Picasso. At this cool place, you can pick up a one-of-a-kind painting and other gifts for yourself or someone special. Or, you can join one of the classes and create your own color-filled gift, all while enjoying some great wines and the company of other like-minded people. You might just find a new hobby, too!
Norman Love Chocolate Salon
11380 Lindbergh Boulevard
Containing the words "chocolate" and "salon," even the name of this place is irresistible. The artisans who work here put their artistic skills into creations made of cocoa, sugar, milk and spices. The chocolates are more than just dessert treats, they’re delicious works of art. Whether you choose from white, dark, milk chocolate or go for the gourmet truffles, your hardest decision may be if you’re going to give them away or keep them for yourself. Another option is to learn to craft the chocolates yourself by enrolling in one of their many classes with professional chocolatiers and pastry chefs.
Echo Vintage Books & Vinyl Records
1793 Fowler St.
If chocolate and paint don't turn your head, how about books and records? Packed full of vintage books and vinyl records, this quirky place will let you lose yourself in words and tunes for hours. In past weeks, the store has boasted such treasures as a 1957 edition of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” and the “Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution from 1859.” No matter your favorite author or musician, you are sure to find your own hidden gem at this store.
Savvy on First
2263 1st St.
This fun place takes the word "unique" to a whole new level. Housed in a historic building, Savvy on First offers original jewelry, handbags, metal art, furniture and even "re-invented clothing." Just browsing the bevy of choices could be a whole afternoon of amusement. If you’re searching for a gift for a friend who’s difficult to buy for, Savvy on First should be your first choice.
So give yourself a gift, even if you’re buying gifts for others. Peruse these cool, quirky places and enjoy the experience as much as the items. Know of any other unusual shopping spots? Let us know in the comments.