Boasting 25 quality retailers within Sanibel's largest and most centrally-located shopping center, the businesses at Periwinkle Place welcome the arrival of summer with a number of sizzling hot specials and new arrivals that will make for a pleasurable afternoon of browsing, buying and savoring the best of what makes the island the special destination we all enjoy.
Periwinkle Place features covered boardwalks, lush landscaping, two tropical fountains, a children’s play area and a butterfly garden, all of which combine to create a relaxing atmosphere that makes it Sanibel’s most charming place to shop, dine and indulge.
• Sanibel Day Spa (395-2220)
According to owner Pam Attuso, one of the most popular service offered at her business is the Botanical Keratin Treatment.
"It takes the frizz out of your hair without using formaldehyde," said Attuso. "It's great for people with straight hair or curly hair... the humidity in the summer can make it really frizzy. But with this treatment, you won't have to fight your own hair."
Attuso also mentioned another "hot" service at the salon was their Gelish Gel Laquer Manicure. Gelish is a hybrid nail polish that goes on like a regular polish but wears like a gel. The resulting manicure remains flawless and shiny for up to two weeks.
"We do a ton of them," she added.
• Her Sports Closet (472-4206)
No matter what the season, one of the most popular and perpetually "in style" island fashions come from Lilly Pulitzer. According to Her Sports Closet representative Renee Durand, they carry a complete line of Lilly Pulitzer's trademark pink and lime green accented apparel.
"Fresh floral prints, with shells and sailboats, are very popular right now," said Durand. "We also have a good variety of pretty solids."
In addition, the ladies sportswear gallery reports sun dresses and shorts have been selling quite well heading into summer.
• Island Style (472-6657)
Featuring original art "with an island flair," Island Style's Nanci Hankins remarked that one of her best-selling items were Terry Causey's colorful pelicans and bases.
"Pelicans are great," said Hankins. "We sell a lot of them to locals, I think, because you see pelicans around the islands."
Causey's original pelicans are priced at $130 each, with accessory stumps of several sizes ranging from $30 to $45 each.
Also, Coni Furniture — featuring bright pastel colors — come in a variety of subjects, from a lazy susan ($136) to martini tables ($180) to a bench ($300), among others.
• Sanibel Sunglass Company (472-3960)
When it comes to eyewear, classic looks never go out of style. Take, for instance, the always popular Ray-Ban line of sunglasses. According to Sanibel Sunglass Company assistant manager Ashley Reilly, both the Aviator and Wayfarer lines remain best-sellers.
"We do sell a lot of outdoor sunglasses for everyday use, rather than only for fashion," added Reilly.
• Toys Ahoy (472-4800)
The simpler, the better. That's the observation of Toys Ahoy spokesman Jeff Connelly, who noted that folks shopping at his business are purchasing more puzzles, board games and family-oriented fare.
"The trend in the last 10 years has been electronic toys," said Connelly. "But recently, the traditional toys — stuff that doesn't require batteries — are getting more popular."
Among the top sellers are LEGO "mystery" figures, wrapped individually in opaque packaging, which kids are trading with their friends, and the new "must-have beach toy: Waboba, a ball that bounces off the water.
• Island Pursuit (472-4600)
If you're searching for the hottest trend in casual but elegant sportswear, try the latest line of t-shirts from Before & Again, an apparel company based in St. Louis, Mo.
"We get a ton of them in and they sell very well," said Island Pursuit employee Cathy Hackney. "They are also one of the few things we'll get in stock during the off-season."
Before & Again's "Burnout" shirts are "all-over" printed, with new designs introduced every month. Their extensive weathering process creates an authentic vintage look, with each t-shirt truly one-of-a-kind.
Visit www.periwinkleplace.com for a complete list of businesses, photographs and contact information.
Sanibel Day Spa owner Pam Attuso and a display of nail products featured at her business.