Retail Therapy is a Thing

There is something beautiful about walking around the city with a camera.

Take a scenic stroll through downtown Gainesville and explore the many shops for a personalized shopping experience or reconnect with the origins of your food at the Union Street Farmers Market, where you can purchase locally grown produce every Wednesday.

Head over to The Oaks Mall, your one-stop shop for anything you need. Featuring over 140 of your favorite stores, the mall houses department stores like JCPenney, Dillard’s and Belk as well as retail stores that appeal to individuals of all ages, including Banana Republic, Forever 21, GNC, Francesca’s, Gap, H&M, LOFT, American Eagle and Express. And if you’re hungry, you can dine at the full-service restaurants such as Ruby Tuesday or Buffalo Wild Wings or grab a quick bite to eat at the food court.

Enjoy the fresh air while you shop at the Tioga Town Center in Jonesville. The open-air shopping experience offers quality merchandise, excellent customer service and an inviting community atmosphere.

If you’re west of UF, visit Haile Plantation. The Haile Village features a variety of restaurants, boutiques, shops and pubs to appeal to every taste. There are also events to be enjoyed such as Easter Egg Hunts, Hot-Rodding for Heroes and Oktoberfest.

For artisanal products and a picturesque shopping experience, stop by Thornebrook Village. With beautiful landscaping and covered breezeways, the shopping plaza is a pleasant place to idle and window-shop. Savor the handmade confections of Thornebrook Chocolates or treat your eyes to some original stained-glass art at McIntyre Stained Glass Studio and Art Gallery.

Interested in antiques and collectibles? Explore Smiley’s Antique Mall in Micanopy. Open since 1994, the 25,000-square-foot mall is packed with hidden treasures. The Antique Center of High Springs and the Waldo Antique Village also offer antiquing experiences that are second to none. Dig your way through time, take your findings with you, and add a bold accent to your new home.

Located next to the Waldo Antique Village is the Waldo Farmers and Flea Market – North Central Florida’s largest flea market, where you can find everything from fresh local produce to unique arts and crafts.

When it comes to shopping in Greater Gainesville, there’s always something new to discover.

Celebration Pointe

Just west of the interstate in Southwest Gainesville you will find Celebration Pointe. With 700 acres of protected land to the west and I-75 to the east, this 125-acre, mixed-use property includes restaurants, a movie theater and shopping, as well as town homes, luxury apartments and office spaces.

In late 2016, Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Center opened and welcomed thousands of outdoor enthusiasts. Within the Bass Pro Shops, shoppers can experience not only traditional shopping with a wilderness vibe, but also mounted animal heads throughout the store and a 12,000-gallon freshwater aquarium.

Described as the next generation of urban development, Celebration Pointe has many districts, offering a town within a town. In the center of it all is City Walk and The Promenade, an area where pedestrians will enjoy not only dining, shopping and entertainment opportunities but residential offerings as well.

Not only does Celebration Pointe offer a variety of culinary options, ranging from fine dining to fast food, the 10-screen theater boasts king-size recliners and a full bar and lounge, as well as Regal Premium Experience (RPX) technology.

Butler Plaza

Conveniently located along Archer Road in booming Southwest Gainesville is Butler Plaza. In the Neighborhoods at Butler, you can find over 150 stores and 2 million-square-feet of retail stores and restaurants.

Butler Plaza was established in 1975 with the opening of Gainesville’s first Publix supermarket. Here you can shop at leading retail stores such as Target, Publix Super Markets, OfficeMax and CVS. Or you can pop into PetSmart and treat your favorite furry friends. There’s also a Best Buy for your electronics needs and Re-Tech if you break your cell phone.

In 2016, Butler expanded north along its newly constructed S. Clark Butler Blvd. In Butler North you can shop at Sam’s Club, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lowe’s Home Improvement and Walmart.

Construction continues at its newest extension, Butler Town Center, which is designed as a walkable, urban, open-air environment. Butler Town Center plans to offer restaurants, shops and cafés as well as interactive fountains and entertainment, once completed.