While we have given you a taste of the unique cuisine that Gainesville offers, the shopping opportunities are equally diverse. If you venture away from the Oaks Mall, you will find plenty of charming spots around town that cater to a variety of styles.
In addition to infusing more flavor into your 3-5-2 shopping experience, supporting these local businesses helps stimulate the health of the local economy and fosters job growth. So while you treat yourself to a textile treat, you will also help Gainesville grow!
Address: 1236 NW 21st Ave. or 802 W. University Ave.
Hours: Weekdays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sat.: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun.: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
When you walk through the wooden door of Urban Thread, it exudes the charm of a tucked away cottage, lush with lace, satin and chiffon woven throughout the racks of the store. A wonderland for the LA girl who adores a hint of rustic sparkle or the Chloé girl on a college budget, it may prove difficult to leave this enchanting scene once inside.
At the 21st Avenue location, a bundle of blush and cream tulle gowns dusted with crystals hangs in a nook of the front wall; black bell-bottom jumpsuits and soft maxi dresses hang on a neighboring rack. Velvet ballet flats, lace smock dresses, double-breasted jackets and fragile bralettes wait alongside Paige and Levis denim to find their homes on the closet shelves of anyone who finds themselves in this fairy tale of a store.
Selling discounted Anthropologie, Free People, Urban Outfitters and sprinkles of other stylish labels sourced straight from the retailers, this shop carries a delightful selection of soft, feminine and classic items.
Address: 818 W. University Ave.
Hours: M-W: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., R – Sat: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Sun.: 12 – 7 p.m.
If you identify with Molly Ringwald from Pretty in Pink, this place will be your quintessential fashion playground. This store practically oozes vintage, alongside small selections of dusty records and quirky tchotchkes.
Because the location errs so close to campus, there is a selection of more current styles that college students have sold to the store. However, the shop’s greatest charm is its ability to transport you to a different decade, with ’70s rock n’ roll humming in the background as you peruse and the selection of oversized blouses that your mom likely wore in the ‘80s. In fact, one side of the store is dedicated solely to vintage.
If you crave a blazer with obscenely large shoulder pads or neon-pink fishnets to go with your distressed denim skirt and Rolling Stones band tee, Flashback’s may become your newest shopping addiction.
Address: 1800 W. University Ave. #120
Hours: M – Sat. 12 -7
Just a jaunt across University Avenue from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, this petite shop carries fun, youthful ensembles and accessories that appeal to the college market.
Two-piece sets have become one of this boutiques main draws since it opened about four years ago. Wrap tops paired with matching flounce shorts and weightless crops matched with monochromatic culottes are just a few things that this modern shop offers. Envelope skorts, velvet rompers and flare jeans also hang crisply on along the clean white walls of this chic location.
A sweet selection of accessories, from delicate gold layering necklaces to lace-up ballet flats and metallic sunnies line the shelves, as well. You can mix these delectable pieces of jewelry and footwear with your game-day ensemble, especially since this shop offers an updated selection of orange-and-blue apparel that strain away from the cliché sundresses that fill the stadium each home game.
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Address: 4148 NW 13th St.
Hours: M – Sat: 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun.: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Voted as the Gainesville Sun’s Reader’s Choice “Best Thrift Shop in Gainesville” of 2017, this local resale/consignment shop has literally everything, from furniture to Christian Louboutin pumps in 15,000 square feet. While this may sound alarming, each section is clearly labeled and organized to make for a more enjoyable shopping experience.
Because the store holds so much inventory, the managers tend to be selective in their buying processes, which is great for shoppers looking to thrift items that look new. Customers often find MICHAEL Michael Kors blouses or Levis with tags still intact.
Additionally, as the store has garnered a significant customer base over the nearly 35 years it has been open, the selection of designer handbags, clothing and shoes has grown. Gucci, Louis Vuitton and Longchamp are just a few of the hand bag brands that fill the rack of the store’s designer handbag section. One may even find a pair of Giambattista Valli pants or a vintage Saint Laurent blouse. Check the Sandy’s Instagram to stay up to date with the designer delights that land on its shelves.