Shopping on Anna Maria Island and the area

Anna Maria Island is the perfect vacation destination and is unique on several fronts. Of course our sugar sand beaches, 37′ building restrictions, Free Trolley Service, and combination of full time residents and tourists make our little island a “peace” of paradise that continues to gain popularity as more and more visit.

There Is All Sorts Of Great Shopping on Anna Maria Island

Our local gift shops and jewelry stores are no exception; you will find everything from handcrafted jewelry, to island art , photography, beach ware, and much more.

Grocery Shopping
Publix SupermarketUnfortunately there are not a great deal of options for Grocery stores on Anna Maria Island. Actually, there is one major chain on Anna Maria island that supports most grocery shopping, Publix. Publix has a deli, fresh produce, meats, and a bakery. If you prefer a very large grocery store it would be best to leave Anna Maria Island to visit Alberstons, the Bradenton Publix, or Walmart. The Pine Avenue General store, BP station, and several small convenience stores on Anna Maria Island can help in a pinch. For Fresh Seafood visit the Fresh Fish Market located on Anna Maria Island in Holmes Beach, Fl.

Household items and pharmacies
Anna Maria Island has plenty of opportunities for household items or filling your prescriptions. Walgreens and CVS are located in Holmes Beach and can fill all your prescription needs. Of course they also offer magazines, photograph development, miscellaneous convenience grocery’s, cosmetics, and many other items needed while on vacation. Anna Maria Island also boasts two hardware stores in the city of Holmes Beach. Home True Hardware and Ace Hardware. For an Island of 6000 units we are pretty lucky to have so much convenience so close. Don’t forget Island Mail and More who will assist in shipping anything… kayaks, cars, artwork, and just normal packages. They also supply computers with Internet and other office services.

Gift Shops

Anna Maria City, Holmes Beach, and Bradenton Beach have plenty of opportunities for gift shopping. The White Egret offers both small and large household items. Anything you might need for a home. The Sand Dollar Gift Shop offers a large selection of unique island gifts perfect for your pet or house sitter while on vacation. The Anna Maria artist Guild has plenty of paintings, photographs and sculptures to choose from. Two Sides of Nature has high quality T-Shirts as well as some hats and beach household nick nacks. Don’t miss Bridge Street Shopping!

Jewelry Shops
Ellenton Outlet MallThere are opportunities to purchase jewelry everywhere on Anna Maria Island.

Outlet Shopping
The Ellenton Outlet Mall is just a short 30 minute drive from Anna Maria Island. The mall offers all the shopping you can take with over 100 shops and plenty of bargains to be had.

Real Estate
Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc has been the leader of Sales and listings for Anna Maria Island since 2004. Visit our website for additional information or visit our new exclusive luxury real estate website.

Holmes Beach Shopping

Sterling Anvil is a true GEM on Anna Maria Island! – Now located in Bradenton

No longer in service on the Island, but drive down manatee and you’ll find the new shop just before 26th Street. Take a look at almost any wrist or earlobe on an island resident and more than likely it is adorned with work from the Sterling Anvil – Anna Maria Island’s only local jeweler.   All pieces are handmade on site – the most famous being the “Sterling Anvil link bracelet” – I have one in silver and gold.  They make earrings, bracelets, necklaces, charms, anklets, rings and even have a line of children’s jewelry.

Shopping at the Sterling Anvil Anna Maria Island

I love shopping at the Sterling Anvil and am SO eager for their new location on Gulf Drive to open soon – it looks like they will have even more space to show their wares and for shoppers to browse.    It’s a fool proof place to find presents for almost any occasion and budget – I recently purchased a silver dolphin set which included a necklace charm and earrings for a friend’s daughter’s 11th birthday and I think she hasn’t taken either off since.  Seeing the Sterling Anvil box as she opened her present made her feel like such a grownup!  It was adorable.

The service at the Sterling Anvil has always been excellent.  A few years ago I lost one earring of a more popular design set they sell and they allowed me to purchase just one instead of both – they were really sweet about the situation and helped me out.

I have my eye on a heart shaped charm and plan on running over as soon as their new location opens up – which unfortunately for my shopping addition recovery is practically right across the street from my office.   They also have a lot of nautical themed pieces – turtles, dolphins, sandollars, and starfish and so on.  A perfect beach souvenir from your Anna Maria Island vacation!  Stop in while you are visiting the island – ask around for Carol and I’ll probably be there!

Sterling Anvil
5508 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-3636