By Shayne Benowitz
With the temperature heating up, I have definitely been on the hunt for some easy, breezy sundresses, shorts, sandals, and tank tops. When it comes to shopping, I’ve got my list of locally owned shops in Key West that always deliver. I love a good find, and it’s even better when it’s a good deal. Fortunately, the sales racks are overflowing at my favorite boutiques. Here are four shops worth a stop.
This boutique on Caroline Street has quickly become my favorite. Why? They carry the brands that I love: James Perse t-shirts, Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dresses, and AG jeans. That’s my staple wardrobe right there. At Blue, there’s always something brand new, which means there’s also plenty to sift through on the sales rack. I’ve scored Paper Denim jeans, a Polecci silk top, and a DVF summer dress at deep discounts. Right now, everything on the sales rack is an additional 10% off, sweetening the deal even more!
This adorable salon on Simonton Street has burgeoned into a full service boutique with a great selection of sweet, summery items. Their racks are full of Free People and French Connection, as well as adorable hand-crafted jewelry. Sift through the rack on the front porch, which is currently 40% off. This summer, locals get an additional 20% off of all retail. While you’re there, you might as well pick up a little hair product and schedule an appointment.
Evan & Elle
Along with its sister shop, Biton, Evan & Elle is the spot for luxury apparel in Key West. Skim the racks for M Missoni, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Valentino Red Label, and Just Cavalli. There’s also a huge selection of designer jeans, bags, shoes, and sunglasses. For casual chic, opt for a Juicy Couture cover up or a T-Bags dress. The good news is, the back room is all on sale for up to 60% off. Their selection of signature linen casual wear is almost always on sale, too. Don’t be shy, the salespeople aren’t above bartering, so go for it and score your best deal. An added bonus for locals, you get 5% off.
Fury Surf Shack
For the casual cool surfer girl, swing into this waterfront shop for your favorites from classics such as Roxy and Billabong to more edgy selections like RVCA and Volcom. They’ve got it all: sundresses, bikinis, sandals, and board shorts. Not to mention a great selection of Ray Ban and Von Zip sunglasses. They’ve also got a sales rack with items up to 40% off. Cha-ching! For a perfect souvenir, snag a signature Fury logo t-shirt for your friends at home.
Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crewmember and freelance writer working on her debut novel. For more travel stories and a daily dose of what’s cool around the globe visit her Wanderlust Website at http://web.me.com/shaynebeth.