The holidays are here and everybody seems to have shopping on their minds. Sure, you could probably head out to the nearest Walmart or Target and get most of your gift-buying done — but what’s the fun in that?
Instead of using your hard-earned money to help pay for a corporate CEO’s third home, why not keep it right here? Choosing to shop local helps fuel our economy, reduces your carbon footprint, and builds a stronger and closer community.
Check out this list of some of the best places to shop in the Bradenton area — and find some awesome EXCLUSIVE DEALS just for Discover Bradenton readers!
Blessed & Distressed Vintage Market
615 59th St. West, Bradenton FL 34209
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Enjoy a unique experience with one-of-a-kind classic to quirky treasures for the imaginative holiday shopper. This shop features 30+ professional venders, makers, and artists who celebrate vintage and artful creativity in the form of repurposed, handcrafted, upcycled furniture, home decor, jewelry, and clothing. Gift Cards are aslo available.
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The Blue Flamingo
4229 26th Street W. Bradenton, 34205
The Blue Flamingo specializes in fun, quirky gifts, repurposed furniture, Dixie Belle paints, jewelry, and so much more. For Small Business Saturday weekend (Nov. 30th and 31st), they’re offering 10% off all Dixie Belle products, Florida Salt Scrubs, Blue Q products, Oxford Candles, and more.
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The Bradenton Farmer’s Market
400 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Explore over forty vendors who offer locally grown fruits, vegetables, plants, organic products, prepared foods, and the work of local artists and craftspeople. This is the perfect option for finding unique gifts both large and small.
Check out a full list of vendors and more information here.
By the Sea Boutique
705 8th Ave W in Palmetto, FL 34221
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Truly one of the area’s “hidden treasures,” this boutique offers fashion woman’s apparel, beach casual, light resort ware, and coastal treasures. You can also schedule holiday craft and paint parties upon request for 10 or more at just $35 per person. Follow them on Facebook to keep up-to-date on the newest weekly shipments!
5761 Manatee Avenue W. Bradenton, Florida 34209
Charley’s Boutique has been given The People’s Choice Award for Favorite Boutique in Bradenton. Come find out why! Shop the latest trends in casual wear & formal wear from the hottest apparel markets. Gift wrapping is always free at Charley’s.
Add Charley’s to your Black Friday & Small Business Saturday shopping weekend plans. There will be amazing doorbuster sales! Spend $50 and Spin the Wheel to win a free gift or Charley’s Gift Card. Spend $100 to Spin the Wheel and receive $10 in Charley’s Bucks!
The Chop Shop
5906 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209
With their outstanding meats and seafood, fresh produce, imported groceries, and full delicatessen, The Chop Shop makes EVERY day a special occasion! They offer fresh turkeys and smoked turkeys as well as homemade gravy, stuffing, and all the sides for your holiday meals.
Stop by and check out their prime rib roasts, filet mignon, whole smoked hams, and much more. At The Chop Shop, it’s easy to make your holiday dinner perfect and impress your guests. Looking for the perfect gift for that hard-to-buy-for person? How about a specialty meat gift tray? They’re unique, fun, and custom made to order. There’s also a huge variety of specialty food items that make great stocking stuffers!
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Coquina Beach Market
2650 Gulf Dr. S. Bradenton Beach
Nothing says holidays in Florida like shopping with your toes in the sand! The Coquina Beach market features vendors of all types: local artists, crafts, metal art, wood art, jewelry, apparel, shoes, hats and accessories, gourmet food items, baked goods, health and beauty items, home decor, souvenirs, sunglasses, sharks teeth, toys and dolls for kids, pet products, produce, raw honey, massage and much more!!!!!
The Dancing Crane
1101 10th Ave. W. Bradenton, FL 34205
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The Dancing Crane Gallery is an award-winning local business that offers a diverse collection of original art, high-quality prints, and beautiful gift items in a range of price points. Currently in its 13th season, this gallery prides itself on featuring predominantly local area artists.
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: From Black Friday, 11/29, through 12/21, customers who mention Discover Bradenton receive 10% off selected items priced at $20 or more.
Descent Into Gaming
5205 33rd St East, Bradenton, FL 34203
Descent Into Gaming is your go-to game and comic store in the Bradenton/Parrish area! Games make great gifts and this store carries a wide array of board games, card games, role-playing games, puzzles, and comics!
They’re having pop-up sales throughout the holiday season, and will open at 9 am for Black Friday shopping deals.
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The Dude and Mary’s Art of Life and Music
1414 11th St. W. Bradenton, Florida 34205
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This eclectic studio carries fine art paintings, unique gift items, refinished furniture, and home decor. All of the work is original and you can expect to come across new treasures every time you visit.
On Small Business Saturday (11/30), they’re offering 40% off all fine art, 20% off assemblage pieces. Also take 20% off gallery-wide and enjoy free gift wrapping from Thanksgiving through Christmas.
The Farm House
902 Manatee Ave E, Bradenton, FL 34208
The Farm House is a great place to spend time with the family! Start by getting donuts and coffee, then shop for some unique gifts and gift cards (they make great stocking stuffers).
EXCLUSIVE OFFERS: Mention Discover Bradenton and receive a free mini-donut with purchase! Also mention this article for 10% off purchases on Small Business Saturday.
1215 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Firestone Gallery carries indie art, curiosities, and gifts. Check them out on Small Business Saturday (11/30) from noon until 5 p.m.
Firestone gallery will be open for Artwalk on first Friday, December 6th from 6 pm until 9 pm for all of your art and seasonal gift shopping! All credit and debit cards are accepted. They will also have a very special outdoor Christmas display featuring a rotating tree and a 7-foot Santa.
615 15th St. West Bradenton, FL 34205
Gypsea Soul is a two-story coastal cottage that offers a unique retail boutique downstairs with an eclectic mixture of coastal and shabby decor, one-of-a-kind handmade artwork, jewelry from local artists, and modern and vintage fashion.
Upstairs they have two themed working art studios and creative classes so you can make your own holiday gifts.
High Vibe Studio & Trading Co.
417 12th St W #120, Bradenton, FL 34205
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High Vibe Studio & Trading Co. is located in the heart of downtown Bradenton on Old Main Street (417 12th St W, Suite 120). They offer a variety of yoga and fitness classes, workshops, events and local, cause-driven lifestyle items for purchase. These gifts are ideal for the health-conscious or stressed-out person in your life!
From Nov. 28th until Dec. 2nd, take advantage of 10 a Class pass for $99 or 5 classes for $55 online or in-studio.
The Hive Creations
6682 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
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The Hive is an eclectic, local shop that draws from both local & international corners of the world to find handmade jewelry, unique décor, and accessories. They make a lot of their jewelry on-site and they’re happy to customize pieces for you (hand-stamped jewelry, bracelets, etc)!
The Hive will be open daily (except Thanksgiving & Christmas). Be sure to stop in on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday for special deals!
A Little Twisted Yoga Studio
927 10th St E, Palmetto, FL 34221
Shop for quirky gifts for your Twisted friends, plus tank tops and T-shirt’s, yoga supplies, and unique handmade clothes and jewelry. Gift certificates are also available online or in the studio.
Check out their unique pop-up classes like Wine Down Yoga (BYOB happy hour yoga), Full Moon Yoga, Glow in the Dark Yoga and more!
Live Artfully Boutique at ArtCenter Manatee
209 9th Street WestBradenton FL 34205
Live Artfully Boutique, located inside ArtCenter Manatee is your go-to shop for original handcrafted goods in glass, wood, pottery, jewelry, and more made by over 100 local and regional artists. Gift certificates and layaway are also available!
The Makers Market and Workshops
6650 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, Florida 34210
At The Makers Market and Workshops it’s “Business in the front, Party in the back!” The front of their shop is a 500 sq ft boutique offering the most adorable and unique jewelry, clothing, housewares, and gifts. The back of our shop is a DIY Paint and Sip studio, where you can gather and create beautiful home decor projects with wood and stencils.
Black Friday/Small Business Saturday weekend, get 25% off boutique purchases. During their Sip & Shop Event on Friday, December 6th from 5pm-8pm they’re also offering 25% off boutique purchases.
Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille
101 Riverfront Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34205
Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille is a cozy restaurant and bar with an open-air patio, nightly live music, and an incredible happy hour. (Learn more here!)
For the holidays, they’re offering a free $25 bonus gift card when you purchase $100 in gift cards. What a great idea for those “hard-to-shop-for” people in your life!
Mixon Fruit Farms
2525 27th St E, Bradenton, FL 34208
Gift the gift of sunshine with Florida and holiday wine, fudge alligators, kettle corn, jams and jellies (great stocking stuffers!) Mixon’s also offers fresh fruit in-store starting on November 14th and can make a variety of different gift baskets. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the free wine tasting, trams tours, “almost famous” ice cream, and some treats from the cafe!
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: Show this article and enjoy buy-one-get-one-free tram tickets (must be of equal or lesser value) until 01/06/2020.
1015 12th Ave W. Bradenton, FL 34205
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Looking for something fun to do this holiday season? Why not do some Gemstone Mining! Experience Southwest Florida’s LARGEST gemstone mining attraction and mine for crystals, gemstones, shark’s teeth, and fossils. This activity is fun for kids of all ages! Gift certificates are also available.
Mystic Mines is located in the trendy Village of the Arts and the entrance to the Mine is located in The Village Mystic storefront.
Holiday Special – pay cash and get $5 off large and medium Gemstone Mining Buckets.
Premier Escape Adventures
7369 52nd Place E. Bradenton, FL 34203
Premier Escape Adventures is are the area’s largest escape room & virtual reality facility. It’s full of interactive, live-action, fully immersive escape rooms that are great for families, friends, parties and co-workers! Gift cards make great holiday gifts.
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: Use code DISCBTON2019 to save 15% on an Escape Room or a Virtual Reality Experience until 12/31/2019.
Pure Florida Honey Company
417 12Th St W. (Main Street. Jennings. Arcade) Bradenton, Florida 34205
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Pure Florida Honey Company is a local family-owned store offering fresh local raw honey gathered from their hives located right here in Manatee County. They are the Beekeepers. Come shop their selection of honey, honey products, candles, soaps, CBD products, teas, jewelry, and gifts featuring specials from artists near and far. They are happy to help you create the perfect gift baskets for everyone on your list!
They carry lots of fun stocking stuffers including honey straws, honey candies, small honey bears, and much more. This year, give gifts that are healthy, fresh, and local!
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The Red Barn Flea Market
1707 1st St, Bradenton, FL 34208
The 145,000 square-foot Red Barn Flea Market is a great place to find unique gifts for everyone on your list! Here you can visit more than 600 flea market booths and shops — every trip here is truly a treasure hunt!
1304 6th Avenue West Bradenton, FL 34205
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The Rusty Crickett has a little bit of everything and something for everyone. They focus on showcasing items from small makers and socially responsible companies and there’s a story behind most of the items they carry. They also offer free gift wrapping.
Rusky Crickett is participating in Small Business Saturday (Nov. 30th) with discounts and free gifts while they last.
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: Mention Discover Bradenton at Rusty Crickett and get 15% off your purchase until 12/31/2019. Cannot be combined with other offers (best offer will be honored). Some exclusions apply.
2100 US Highway 301, Palmetto, FL 34221
If you can’t find it here, it probably doesn’t exist. Explore endless vintage, antique, shabby chic, and unique furniture, décor, and collectibles. With over 60 vendors and artisans, the offering here is constantly changing.
Black Friday and Small Business Saturday (11/29 & 11/30) there will be a sidewalk sale and vendor booth sales up to 40% off.
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: Mention Discover Bradenton and receive 10% off items from participating vendors through 12/31/2019.
Shy Chic Boutique
Your one-stop holiday shop, Shy Chic Boutique has a little something for everyone on your list: custom shirts, wood flower arrangements, wreaths, wall decor, or anything you can dream up! Since everything is 100% customized, you’ll want to reach out through Facebook (link above) to discuss your order.
All small holiday gifts will come with a free gift bag! AND on Black Friday only all custom orders are “buy one, get one half off.”
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: Mention Discover Bradenton for 10% off until 12/31. Can not be combined with any other offers.
Your holiday celebrations won’t be the same without some delicious goodies from Sweets Bakehouse! This custom bakeshop specializes in traditional, vegan, and gluten-free baked goods. They make holiday gifting easy and sweet with cookie trays, treat assortments, and specialty cakes and pies.
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: Mention Discover Bradenton and receive 10% off your order and free delivery on orders over $200.
Terra’s Handmade Jewelry
714 43rd St. W. Bradenton, Florida 34209
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This unique shop carries a large inventory of handmade sterling jewelry as well as gold-filled, copper, and bronze jewelry. They also have a gift shop filled with many interesting items including gourmet jellies, hot sauce, and much more.
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Thrive Yoga & Fitness
8819 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
Thrive Yoga and Fitness provides a wide variety of Yoga and Martial Arts Classes and Workshops, Intuitive Healing Services, Body Work, Life Coaching, Yoga Teacher Training, etc. Yoga is an excellent way to remain grounded and stress-free during a hectic holiday season. Gift Certificates are available for purchase.
They’re currently hosting a Thrive Food Drive, collecting non-perishable items for the Food Bank of Manatee County. Thrive is also hosting an Intention Setting Meditation and Community Potluck on New Year’s Day from 12:00-2:00pm.
Tiramisu Ristorante Italiano
5215 14th St. W Bradenton FL 34207
Tiramisu is a family-owned fine Italian dining restaurant in the heart of Bradenton. They offer classic dishes, specialty homemade fresh pasta, great wine, and an intimate atmosphere at affordable prices. Gift certificates are sure to please anyone on your list! (Learn more about the restaurant here)
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Mention Discover Bradenton and get 10% off on gift certificates from now until 12/31/2019.
306 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
Tytan Comics is a full-service comic shop providing comics, toys, hard-to-find collectibles, and a plethora of new items added daily. They pride themselves on showing the life of fandom to fans new and old.
Black Friday they will be holding their 4th Annual Black Friday Sale-bration with items up to 50% off!
EXCLUSIVE OFFER: Mention Discover Bradenton from now until Jan. 1st to receive 10% off your comic or collectible purchase. (Excludes black Friday sale).
The Village Mystic
1017 12th Ave W. Bradenton, FL 34205
The Village Mystic is a unique Mystical Boutique located in the trendy Village of the Arts. They specialize in items that inspire tranquility for the home, body, mind, and spirit. Gift Certificates are also available.
On Small Business Saturday a jewelry vendor out of Arizona will be on-site offering a Trunk Show with up to 20% off stunning gemstone jewelry. Also enjoy 50% off select items, $10 salt lamps, and SPECIAL savings throughout the store. Mention any of their Small Business Saturday deals on Black Friday to receive the same prices. The Village Mystic also offers free gift wrapping all year and carries a wide variety of holiday poinsettias.
EXCLUSIVE DEAL: Mention Discover Bradenton and get 10% off until 12/31 (not applicable on sale or consignment items).
There you have it! Some of the best places to “Shop Local” in the Bradenton area! If you enjoyed this article, please share it with your friends, and don’t forget to Follow Discover Bradenton on Facebook so you can “Keep Your Finger on the Pulse.”