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November
14

Get to Know Sarasota's Historic District

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Sarasota's historic district offers visitors an incredible opportunity to become better acquainted with the city's past. Spanning over two miles of walkable city space and featuring a variety of cultural, architectural, and culinary attractions, this area is a must-see for anyone traveling near our Sarasota homes for sale. Let's take a closer look at some of the buildings and businesses that make this area so remarkable.

Arts and Culture

One of the downtown historic district's biggest claims to fame is its arts scene. Even though the buildings here are old, the artistic community is very much alive and thriving.

You can visit the Art Centre Sarasota, home of the Sarasota Art Association, every weekday from 10 AM to 5 PM and on Saturdays from 12 PM to 5 PM. This building offers the city's talented artists a place to showcase their best works to the public. On top of the usual exhibitions and juried shows, the center also offers classes and panel discussions to help community members improve their own artistic skills and further their understanding of the field. 

Looking for some live entertainment? You'll find plenty at the Florida Studio Theatre. This venue hosts all kinds of productions, ranging from plays and musicals to improv comedy. It's a fantastic place for a night out, and the historic building that houses these performances is a spectacle in its own right. 

You'll love attending concerts and performances at the gloriously grand Sarasota Opera House. Under its sweeping high ceilings and elaborate balconies, you're sure to feel the majesty of this timeless art form. Our real estate agents are always excited when a new show is announced!

Architecture 

Sarasota's historic district also contains many beautiful old buildings showcasing various architectural styles. Some of these sites have even made their way onto the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

You can observe the hallmarks of the gorgeous Art Deco style in the ornate fixtures and arches of the Kress Building, an old discount storefront built on Main Street back in 1932.

With a slight detour onto S Orange Avenue, you'll find the imposing marble columns of the Federal Building. This colossal structure is an excellent example of the Neoclassical Revival architecture that was popular in Sarasota during the 1930s.

A little further down Main Street, you'll easily spot the distinctive H-shaped design and Mediterranean influences of the Sarasota County Courthouse. This type of design was another favorite back in the 1920s, but its recent revival has made this building look a lot like many of the trendiest new homes available today.

Shopping and Dining

The historic district is full of small shops and restaurants that are well worth a visit. 

You can experience sumptuous French fine dining at the Bijou Garden Café, a renowned local restaurant housed in a former gas station. This establishment is run by an award-winning local chef and features a menu that changes with the seasons to showcase the freshest and most flavorful ingredients. 

Later in the evening, you can order a few drinks at The Gator Club, the upscale bar and lounge currently occupying the building that was once known as Worth's Block. The building dates all the way back to 1912 and is one of the oldest structures still standing in modern-day Sarasota.

Sarasota's future is sure to be just as exciting and eventful as its past. It's time for you to become part of it. Contact us today to take a closer look at our many homes in Sarasota and find a property where you can begin building your own legacy.

November
7

6 Restaurants You'll Love in Downtown Sarasota

Dining Downtown Sarasota

Sarasota has a little bit of everything that makes Florida special, and that includes delicious food. While the area is best known for seafood, there's something for everyone near Sarasota homes for sale. You can try out a new place every week of the year and never run out of things to discover!

Our real estate agents know that having places for a hearty meal, a family outing, or a romantic night out is an important part of enjoying your new community.

Here are some of the local favorites you might like to try:

  1. 1592 Wood Fired Kitchen & Cocktails – 1592 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    1592 Wood Fired Kitchen & Cocktails has a history as one of Sarasota's most beloved Greek restaurants. It still serves up such Mediterranean favorites as gyro kebabs, chicken souvlaki, and spanakopita, plus it has now expanded into neighboring cuisines. The modern menu includes entries from Portugal, Italy, Syria, and Turkey, among others. Its two-course lunch special is one of the most generous in town.

  2. The Bijou Garden Cafe – 1287 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    The Bijou Garden Cafe has been a Sarasota mainstay since 1986. Owner Jean-Pierre Knaggs gives this warm and welcoming eatery a fusion flair that reflects his own French and South African background. The innovative, seasonal lunch and dinner menus mean you will want to stop in after you take in a day at the museum or a night at the theater. The Cafe's desserts are true works of art!

  3. Cafe Epicure – 1298 North Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Cafe Epicure brings the spirit of the Italian trattoria to Sarasota, offering simple but robust food in an unfussy setting. Pasta, salads, and pizzas anchor the menu, along with small-plate appetizers. The Cafe touts a fine assortment of wines by the glass, providing terrific pairings with mains such as the chicken Milanese and the carbonara. Carpaccio is the most selected starter. Ask about the chef's specials!

  4. Caragiulos – 69 South Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
    If you are looking for a neighborhood pizza place to bring the kids or visiting nephews and nieces, then Caragiulos may be the perfect place for you. Kids can craft their own pizzas out of diverse ingredients while adults savor the homemade Foccacia bread and other specialties. These range in complexity from the unassuming spaghetti and meatball platter to the authentic linguine with clam sauce and lasagna.

  5. C'est La Vie – 1553 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    C'est La Vie is here to bring the joie de vivre to Sarasota through a slate of French classics handmade with an "Old Country" dedication to craft, artistry, and freshness. Crepes, quiches, and croissants are available warm from the oven, filled or topped as you like it. Ideal for a little Parisian-style sit as you nibble your pastries and a small coffee – or a quick jaunt to take those delectable treats home with you.

  6. Drunken Poet – 1572 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    As the name suggests, Drunken Poet is a Bohemian cafe and has been known to host poetry (slam and otherwise) on occasion. Here, you'll discover an array of Thai, Japanese, and Chinese dishes, all whipped up from a small kitchen while you wait. It has built up quite a following for its versatile list of vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free selections, while meat lovers rave about the Thai crispy duck and lamb shank.

Piqued your appetite? Contact us to find out more about Sarasota and neighboring Bradenton.

October
24

Lakefront Fun at Waterside Place

Waterside Place

When moving to a new city, it's important to know what the area has to offer. There are plenty of great Sarasota homes for sale, but where can you go shopping nearby? There are all sorts of wonderful Bradenton homes for sale too, but where can you get a bite to eat around them? You'll want to check out Waterside Place. It has everything you need - with a beautiful lakefront view to boot. Here's a taste of some of the establishments Waterside Place has to offer.

Waterside

  • Crop Juice - 1580 Lakefront Drive, Suite 100, Sarasota, FL, 34240
    If you're looking for breakfast that's healthy, ethical, allergen-free, and delicious, Crop Juice is the place to go. They serve up donuts, croissants, and other menu items, all using the finest quality plant-based, gluten-free ingredients. They also have a wide array of healthy juices to help you get a nutritious start to your day.

  • Monkee's - 1551 Lakefront Drive Ste 104, Sarasota, Florida 34240
    Monkee's
    provides a great, upscale shopping experience. This fashion boutique sells women's clothes, shoes, and accessories from all different designer brands. They strive to provide a personalized shopping experience that caters to each customer's individual taste.

  • Korê Steakhouse - 1561 Lakefront Drive, Suite 111, Sarasota, FL 34240
    For authentic and delicious Korean barbecue, Korê Steakhouse is the place to go. They use the best ingredients and the finest cuts of meat, from filet mignon to New York strip to short ribs to Wagyu - all made to order. No reservations at this restaurant and no tipping - just delicious food and great service.

  • Tim's Wine Market - 1551 Lakefront Drive Suite 100 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240
    A family-owned establishment, Tim's Wine Market focuses on smaller production, handcrafted wines that you might not be able to find elsewhere. They have a huge collection available, which means whatever your wine preference is, whether you're just getting started or a seasoned connoisseur, there's something for you.

  • Forked at Waterside - 7600 Island Cove Terrace, Suites 100 & 101 Sarasota, FL 34240
    Forked at Waterside is your perfect Sarasota brunch spot. Serving up all the traditional favorites, from eggs benedict to waffles and French toast to steak and hash browns, and more - plus an array of delicious cocktails, Forked is a great place to gather with friends for a lazy Sunday morning - or any day of the week.

  • Farmers' Market at Lakewood Ranch - 1561 Lakefront Drive Sarasota, FL 34240
    If you're looking for both shopping and dining options, don't forget to check out the Farmers' Market at Lakewood Ranch. Open every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm, it features over 90 different vendors, selling everything from fresh produce to baked goods to jewelry and more. If you want to support local, independent sellers while also getting food that's fresh and delicious, the farmers' market should be one of your regular stops.

Our real estate agents can help you find your perfect home in a neighborhood that can meet all your needs. Contact us if you're ready to make the Bradenton or Sarasota areas your new home.

October
10

Florida Harvest: What's in Season by Month

Florida Harvest

Cooking with seasonal ingredients is one of the best ways to improve the taste and quality of your food. Our real estate agents have been spending a lot of time perfecting their favorite fall recipes, and seasonal ingredients play an important role.  Some of our clients have also been inspired to improve their cooking skills after seeing the big bright kitchens in these Sarasota homes for sale

Because Florida is a tropical climate, our growing season is a bit unique when compared to other areas of the country. The majority of our crops come into season in the fall and winter, which is why now is the best time to start preparing your menu. Here is a quick guide to what's in season by month:

  • November
    As we near the end of fall and those hot temperatures begin to dip, you'll start to see some of Florida's best fruit start to ripen. Mid-to-late November is the start of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and passion fruit season. Florida is actually one of the leading providers of these crops. You'll also start to see radishes and squash start to mature as well.

  • December - January
    Once December arrives, our grapefruits, oranges, and tangerines are in full season. In addition to our November crops, you'll also start to notice leafy greens like kale, collard greens, lettuce, and broccoli become ready for harvest. These are all great ingredients to use as healthy side dishes or to work into stews.

  • February - March 
    Spring starts early in Florida, and so does the spring harvest. Once February rolls around, it's time to start picking your typical spring fruits and vegetables like strawberries, papaya, tomatoes, potatoes, corn, cauliflower, celery, and cucumbers. These crops remain in season all the way through May.

  • April - May 
    Towards the end of spring and early into the summer is when you'll start to see hot summer temperatures set in, and some of the more tropical fruit start to flourish. Expect to see fresh blueberries, cantaloupe, and watermelons at the grocery down the street from these Bradenton homes for sale. This is a great time to eat guava, lychees, and longan as well. 

  • June - October
    In mid-to-late summer, tropical Florida weather and the hottest temperatures usually bring an end to the harvest season. However, some fruits like mangos and grapefruit continue to thrive during this time of year. Also, some crops, such as tomatoes, peanuts, avocados, and mushrooms, are in season all year long.

For the freshest produce possible, be sure to stop by the Sarasota Farmers Market, or if you live closer to Siesta Key homes for sale, there's the Siesta Key Farmers Market

Knowing what's in season in your area can help you ensure your family is eating the freshest ingredients all year long. Our climate supports long harvest seasons throughout most of the year. Contact us today to schedule a tour of one of our local listings.

September
26

Anna Maria Island Staycation Ideas for Every Season

Anna Maria Island

Who says you need to leave home to enjoy a vacation? When you live near Anna Maria Island, staycations are just as fun as any exotic getaway. Whether you live on the island or want to rent a local property for your getaway, here are five things you can do around Anna Maria Island at any time during the year.

  • Visit Coquina Beach
    No Florida staycation is complete without a trip to the beach, and Coquina Beach is one of the best on Anna Maria Island. With everything from changing stations to picnic tables and grills and plenty of space for games like volleyball and Frisbee, you'll have everything you need for a full day of fun. When you're ready to wind down, you can stroll down Coquina Baywalk, a short, easy wheelchair-accessible trail that takes you on a picturesque journey along the island's coastline.

  • Go Kayaking in the Mangroves
    Florida's coastline is known for its uniquely beautiful mangrove forests. These marshy areas are filled with tall, densely rooted trees sprouting straight out of the slow-moving water, combining land and sea in a way that few other landscapes can match. Places like Bimini Bay and the Robinson Preserve are full of mangroves that are perfect for some quiet kayaking.

    You're free to head out on your own, but guided tours are also available for people who want a bit more structure during their outing. Most of these tours include the cost of kayak rentals in the booking price, so they're a great option if you don't have a kayak of your own. 

Parasailing

  • Go Parasailing
    After you've toured Anna Maria Island and sailed its surrounding waters, there's still one more way to explore this gorgeous place: by air. Parasailing is an easy and fun way to see the island from a whole new angle. It's thrilling to soar a few meters above the water, and most people find it much more approachable than similar activities like hang gliding. 

    There are many boat captains offering parasailing tours off the Anna Maria coastline, and some will even take you further into the Gulf of Mexico if you ask. 

  • Explore Bridge Street
    When you need a break from the sun, you can head over to Anna Maria's famous Bridge Street. Take your time sightseeing among the beautiful old buildings, grab some lunch on a seaside patio, and stop into a shop or two. 

    There are also plenty of experiences to enjoy while exploring this area. The street contains several galleries filled with works by notable local artists, and many are free to enter. You can also visit The Fish Hole Miniature Golf to play a round of mini-golf that your whole family is sure to enjoy. Don't forget to stop by the street's 700-foot pier, the only place where you can enjoy a leisurely walk over the sea-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico. 

  • Take a Sunset Cruise
    Want an unforgettable date night activity? A sunset cruise around Anna Maria Island may be just what you're looking for. There are many boats available for private and group evening tours around the 7-mile island. You'll enjoy fresh sea breezes, get a chance at spotting dolphins and manatees, and finish your ride with a view of a glorious sunset. 

Life around Anna Maria Island is so blissful that it makes every day feel like a vacation. Contact us today to take a look at our roster of properties in this area, including many Sarasota homes for sale just 20 minutes away from Anna Maria Island. We'll help you make all your seaside dreams come true.

September
19

Plan Ahead for Fall Fun in Sarasota

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Fall is when temperatures start to cool off in the Sarasota area, but the end of summer doesn't mean the fun is over on the Florida Gulf Coast. In fact, it's quite the opposite. 

The arrival of fall brings a plethora of fun outdoor festivals, markets, and events in Sarasota and Bradenton. It's good timing because fall is the perfect season to spend time outside in Florida. These are some of the upcoming events that our real estate agents are most excited about.

  • Fruitville Grove Pumpkin Fest - 7410 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota, FL 34240
    Fruitville Grove Farm is one of the best fresh vegetable growers in the Sarasota area, and we always look forward to their pumpkin season! This year marks the 34th iteration of Fruitville Grove's annual Pumpkin Fest, which takes place every weekend throughout October. In addition to an amazing selection of pick-your-own pumpkins, the festival also includes rides, vendors, a petting zoo, and live entertainment just minutes from these Sarasota homes for sale.

  • Beer, Bands & BBQ - 7289 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34240
    The annual Beer, Bands & BBQ festival has become a local favorite since it first began in 2015. The festival is returning yet again on October 1, and it promises to be a great time! As always, you can expect some killer blues and rock bands, as well as BBQ-inspired food trucks and a great selection of local, craft, and domestic beer on draft. 

  • Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival - 5500 Co Rd 675, Bradenton, FL 34211
    Open annually from September to June, Hunsader Farms grows a stunning array of crops that change with the seasons. Pumpkin season is a big deal here, and we're happy to report that Hunsader's Pumpkin Festival is returning in 2022 for its 31st year. Just a short drive from many Bradenton homes for sale, the festival includes arts and crafts, pony and hay wagon rides, live music, great food, and a wide range of pumpkin-themed festivities on October 15-16, 22-23, and 29-30.

  • 16th Annual Hungarian Festival - 3000 Ringling Blvd, Sarasota, FL 34237
    We're really looking forward to the 16th Annual Hungarian Festival on October 15-16, 2022! It's the largest Hungarian festival in Florida, highlighting unique Hungarian cuisine, art, music, and dance. The festival returns this year to the Sarasota Fairgrounds and offers two days packed with fun and family-friendly performances, demonstrations, crafts, games, and more. 

  • Fall Festival at University Town Center - 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243
    Sarasota's Fall Festival at University Town Center was a big hit in 2021, and now it's coming back for its second year! The festival takes place on October 22-23 on the Mall at UTC and will include a pumpkin patch, carnival rides, a Lil Mr & Miss Pumpkin Pageant, and a wide range of fall-themed activities and photo stops. Attendees can also explore more than 40 market vendors and get refreshments at the food and beer trucks.

  • Sarasota Rocktoberfest - 199 Bayfront Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236
    The annual Sarasota Rocktoberfest makes a strong case for how much fun you can have when you combine a traditional German Oktoberfest celebration with a modern American rock music festival. It's a lot of fun! The festival returns to Downtown Sarasota on October 14-16. Enjoy exciting live music while you sample German specialties like Schweinshaxe (roasted ham hock), Knodel (potato or flour dumplings), and Kasespatzel (cheese noodles).

Contact us today to learn more about life in coastal Florida. If you're on the search for your dream home, our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find it in Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding areas. 

September
6

Sarasota & Bradenton Community Theater Productions

community theater

Theater season is just around the corner, and our real estate agents are already excited about the upcoming performances. Community theater is so important in our area as it serves as both a fun escape and an artistic platform for our local performers. This year's calendar is full of musicals, dramas, comedies, and even family performances, so there is sure to be something for everyone. Here are a few of the highlights that we're looking forward to the most:

Players Centre 
Located just down the road from these Sarasota homes for sale is the Players Centre. This wonderful community theater hosts everything from musicals to smaller productions and provides local artists and performers with an outlet to express creativity. Here are some of the performances in the upcoming season:

  • Side By Side: September 8 - 18
    A Tony Award-winning musical is funny, heartbreaking, and full of emotion. Side By Side follows an influential artist's search for the meaning of life. 
  • Little Shop Of Horrors: October 6 - 16
    One of the most creative and popular theater performances ever created, Little Shop of Horrors, is the story of a man who sacrifices his morals in search of fame and in the process creates a man-eating plant.
  • Miracle on 34th Street: December 1 - 11
    A classic Christmas movie comes to life on stage as a girl's belief brings validity to a department store Santa. 
  • Proof - January 12 - 22
    A Tony Award-winning drama portrays the life of a young woman coming to terms with her own identity after growing up with a famous but unstable father. 
  • Always...Patsy Cline - February 2 - 12
    This show is dedicated to the famous singer Patsy Cline who was killed in a plane crash in 1963. The performance tells the story of Cline's friendship with a fan.

Venice Theater
One of the largest community theaters in the country, the Venice Theater is conveniently located near Venice homes for sale. It hosts dozens of performances throughout the year. Here are some of the highlights of this upcoming season:

  • The Revolutionists - September 16 - October 2
    This performance tells the story of four women beheaded during the French Revolution. 
  • Kinky Boots - October 21 - November 2
    Winner of 6 Tony Awards, Kinky Boots is a classic musical with an emphasis on friendship, fashion, and diversity as well as many big hits.
  • A Christmas Carol -  Dec 9 - 20
    A classic the whole family will enjoy during the holiday season.
  • The Cemetery Club: January 20 - February 12
    A popular Broadway production, this romantic comedy is about the lives of three women who meet for tea prior to visiting their husbands' graves.

Manatee Performing Arts Center
With a history spanning back to 1947, Manatee Performing Arts Center has delighted visitors and locals with stage productions near Bradenton homes for sale. There are many different ways to catch a show on their stage, but theater fans can keep their calendar full with shows when signing up for their 22-23 Manatee Players Musical Series. Musicals in that series include:

  • Gypsy - October
  • The Music Man - December
  • Next to Normal - January
  • Company - March
  • Sunset Boulevard - April/May

The best part about seeing a community theater performance? When you love the community that you live in!  Contact us today for more information on local listings.

August
8

National Relaxation Day: Spas Near Sarasota

Sarasota County Spas

Bypass the typical Monday blues on August 15 by joining our real estate agents in celebrating National Relaxation Day. Give yourself some well-deserved pampering at these luxurious spas in Sarasota County. 

  • The Ritz-Carlton Spa - 1111 Ritz-Carlton Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Just the name of the Ritz-Carlton Spa conjures up images of elegance. Experienced technicians use honey, seawater marine scrubs, and other locally sourced ingredients to enhance the effects of their massages, facials, and wraps. Add optional enhancements such as eye, lip, or hair conditioning treatments. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily.

  • Spa at Longboat Key Club - 220 Sands Point Rd., Longboat Key, FL 34228
    With 10 treatment rooms and two relaxation rooms, the Spa at Longboat Key is prepared to offer the ultimate day of relaxation. The island ambiance near Longboat Key homes for sale helps to leave stress and pressure far behind. As an Opal Spa, Longboat Key Club uses Kerstin Florian products that incorporate natural ingredients for a holistic approach to health and well-being. The spa also promotes sustainability through recycling and other eco-friendly practices. Hours are 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

  • Mandala Med Spa & Yoga Shala - 1715 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231
    Get your "om" on at Mandala Med Spa & Yoga Shala, right down the street from Sarasota homes for sale. Yoga's emphasis on the mind-body connection makes it a perfect element for a day of physical and mental renewal. In addition to a full menu of spa services, Mandala has open and private yoga sessions that accommodate all levels of experience. Have your chakras aligned or harness your life force energy with a reiki session. Mandala is open weekdays from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., with extended hours until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and on Saturday by appointment.

  • Sirius Day Spa - 8512 Cooper Creek Blvd., University Park, FL 34201
    Self-care shouldn't be reserved for one day a year. Sirius Day Spa, not far from University Park homes for sale, offers monthly memberships starting as low as $59. Earn the fee back immediately as a credit on any one of more than 40 available services. Free access to the Serenity Lounge, with complimentary teas and waters, massage chairs, and guided mediation tapes, is worth the price alone. Sirius also has a dry-bar salon, eyelash extensions, waxing, and teeth whitening so you can look as good as you feel. Hours are 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • The Met - 35 S. Blvd. of the Presidents, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Whether you want a great pick-me-up or you're ready to reinvent your style, The Met is the place to go. You'll feel special from the minute you step into the elegant building, not far from Bradenton homes for sale, with its stunning white columns and beautiful fountain. Choose from a la carte services or opt for one of the combo packages that include lunch. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors open at noon.

  • Aluna Wellness Center & Spa - 2219 Gulf Dr. N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    Enjoy a variety of relaxing services when you stop by Aluna Wellness Center & Spa. Located near our Bradenton Beach homes for sale, services for your spa day consist of massage, acupuncture, and organic skincare options. Plus, be on the lookout for their monthly yoga classes that are designed to help you relax and unwind.

Enjoy the ultimate pampering with a Sarasota County home that fits your lifestyle. Contact us at Wagner Realty to learn more.

July
25

Cool Off With Shaved Ice Near Bradenton

Shaved Ice Bradenton

Fun in the sun also means knowing how to cool off – and our real estate agents have some ideas.

Crunching on ice is a classic way to stay cool and hydrated in the heat of a Florida summer, but it's not very fun. What if you could have all the important benefits and enjoy a refreshing dessert at the same time. The secret is shaved ice, one of the most beloved sweet treats anywhere in the Sunshine State.

Whether you're interested in Bradenton homes for sale or prefer Sarasota homes for sale, you'll find plenty of places for shaved ice in these twin cities. And you don't have to wait for the ice cream truck! Instead, there are lots of frozen dessert parlors, bakeries, and more all waiting to serve you.

Let's take a peek at some of the places to find shaved ice in and around these sister cities:

  • Coco Joe's Italian Ice – 5120 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34209
    Coco Joe's Italian Ice is one of the original names in Italian ice here in Manatee County. Around the area since 1995, it is built around a family recipe that founder Joe brought from Philadelphia. When you visit the shop, you'll be treated to a wonderland of Italian ice, gelato, custard, root beer floats, sundaes, and "The Big Nanner," a frozen and chocolate-dipped banana. Coco Joe's even offers catering.

  • Kona Ice of Manatee County – See Website for Location Details
    Kona Ice of Manatee County is a sweet treat shop on wheels you can distinguish by its iconic tropical music. With more than 50 flavors, there's something for everyone. You can even choose a sugar-free or 100% dye-free option. In a hurry? A visit to Kona Ice might take only a few seconds since the top ten most popular flavors are all set up for self-service. Kona Ice frequently holds special events, too.

  • Vampire Penguin Shaved Snow & Desserts – 4976 South Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
    Vampire Penguin Shaved Snow & Desserts specializes in light, fluffy, and creamy desserts you'll develop a craving for. Open every day to 8 p.m. or 9 p.m., you're welcome to pop in any time or issue your order through the website. Snazzy specials such as the strawberry cheesecake delight new and return visitors alike, and there are plenty of options for add-ons and mix-ins no matter what you decide to get.

  • Pelican's Snoballs – 806 6th Street West, Palmetto, FL 34221
    If you are searching for shaved ice near Palmetto homes for sale, you need to look no further than Pelican's Snoballs. Now open every day from 12 noon to 9 p.m., thanks to increased demand, the quintessential "snoball" experience can be invited to your own party or other events. Signature Snoballs include nine perennial favorites, with the pink cotton candy "Unicorn" being the #1 most requested pick.

  • Green Zebra Cafe – 1377 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    With two locations in Sarasota, including one on Main Street and another not far from the world-famous Ringling Museum, Green Zebra Cafe has a wide-ranging menu that's more than just shaved ice. Open for brunch and dinner, it has won "Best Breakfast" and "Best Lunch" awards from local Sarasota magazines. Its desserts are also acclaimed and are as tasty as they are beautifully plated.

  • Jeremiah's of Bradenton – 2525 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton, FL 34205
    A popular chain offering fantastic shaved ice has found a new home in Bradenton. Recently opened, Jeremiah's of Bradenton is already a hit among locals. While the list of flavors is constantly being updated, you can head to this shop knowing you'll find a treat perfect for helping you cool off. Current flavors include blueberry, mango, cotton candy, and peach.

Contact us to find out more about Florida real estate.

June
6

Beach Concession Snacks in Sarasota County

Beach Concessions

The beaches of Sarasota County await you this summer, and it wouldn't be a proper beach day without some great oceanfront snacks for the whole family. Fortunately, you won't have to travel far from the warm sand to enjoy a cool drink and a refreshing meal, with delicious beach concession snacks available a short walk from your favorite Sarasota County beaches. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on where to find beach concession snacks in Sarasota County this summer.

  • Siesta Beach Eats – 948 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242
    With both a Sand Pavilion where you can grab a quick bite and a Sun Deck where you can relax with views of the ocean, Siesta Beach Eats is your one-stop-shop for beach concessions near Sarasota homes for sale. The Sand Pavilion offers quick bites like burgers, fries, wraps, and salads, while the Sun Deck has a more extensive menu. There's also a retail shop where you can pick up equipment and supplies for the beach.

  • Lido Beach Concession Stand – 400 Benjamin Franklin Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
    In the mood for beach fare that's a little more upscale than what you'd usually find at a concession stand? Lido Beach Concession Stand offers tasty treats like fish tacos, lobster rolls, and New York strip sandwiches, along with all of the delicious basics that you'd expect from a beach concession stand. Enjoy your meal with outdoor seating near the concession stand, or take the short walk back to your spot on the beach.

  • Coquina Beach Cafe – 2560 Gulf Dr., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    Located on Bradenton Beach, a short trip from Bradenton homes for sale, and featuring a deck that overlooks all of the action on the beach, Coquina Beach Cafe is the perfect place to recharge during your next beach day. In addition to plenty of food options, there's a full menu of frozen, tropical cocktails for the adults to enjoy and a delicious selection of ice cream for the kids.

  • Venice Beach Pavilion – 101 The Esplanade S., Venice, FL 34285
    Featuring a unique, winged roof structure that was built in 1963 and a convenient location near Venice homes for sale, the Venice Beach Pavilion offers excellent breakfast sandwiches along with a full lunch menu. Grab a breakfast sandwich to kick off your beach day, or stop by during lunch to try their signature BLT.

  • New Pass Grill & Bait Shop – 1505 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Located on Sarasota Bay, close to your favorite beaches, New Pass Grill & Bait Shop is the perfect place to enjoy a waterfront meal after a day at the beach. Their award-winning New Pass Burger has delighted customers for nearly a century, and the full-service bait shop has everything you need for fishing at the beach.

  • Pier 22 – 1200 1st Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
    For an upscale dining room experience that still offers casual vibes near the beach, try a trip to the Pier 22 restaurant for dinner after your next beach day in Bradenton. Pier 22 is more gourmet restaurant than a concession stand, but its location near the beach makes it a local favorite after spending a day with your toes in the sand. Try the lobster tail, steak dinners, or fresh catch of the day for dinner.

Searching for a home close to all of the amazing, beautiful beaches of Sarasota County? Our local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Sarasota County, FL area.

May
9

Dolphin Tours in the Sarasota Area

Dolphin Tours

One of the best parts about living in Florida is getting a prime seat to view nature. This includes dolphins swimming, which you can see at several beaches, or better yet, on a dolphin tour. Spend a day on one of these delightful dolphin tours that are recommended by our real estate agents.

  • LeBarge Tropical Cruises - 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Live palm trees and refreshing cocktails help create the "floating island" vibe of LeBarge Tropical Cruises. One of their more popular trips is the Dolphin & Manatee Watch, a two-hour cruise that departs at 11 a.m. A trained marine biologist is on hand to offer fascinating insight about the life and behavior of dolphins and manatees. Tickets are $32 for adults and $28 for ages 4-12. Visit the website for schedule and availability.

  • Fun Boat Tours - 1265 Old Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242
    With a name like Fun Boat Tours, you know you're in for a good time. Both two-hour tours depart from Siesta Key Marina and cruise south along the Intercoastal Waterway. In addition to dolphins and manatees, you're likely to spot pelicans, herons, osprey, and other aquatic birds. Dolphins and Donuts heads out at 9:30 a.m., while Dolphins and Drinks has two sailings at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $45 for adults and $20 for ages 10 and under. Visit the website for schedule and availability.

  • Passage Key Dolphin Tours - 1343 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    Is it any wonder that dolphins love to play around beautiful Anna Maria Island? Passage Key Dolphin Tours knows all the favorite hangout spots, making their two-hour trips a spectacular show, especially when you choose the sunset cruise. Not content to sit on board? Get in on the action with a three- to four-hour dolphin and snorkeling tour. Start on one of the sandbars to look for sand dollars and fighting conch shells. Beginners are welcome, and no fins are required. Visit the website for schedule and pricing.

  • Paradise Boat Tours - 200 Bridge St., Building A, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    There are few guarantees in life, but one of the best comes from Paradise Boat Tours. They're so confident you'll see dolphins on their cruises that they'll accommodate you on another trip free of charge if you don't. On these 90-minute family-friendly tours, kids get to sit at the helm under the captain's supervision while wearing his hat for a memorable photo op. Guests are welcome to bring their own food and beverages, including beer and wine. Tickets are $35 for adults and $25 for ages 3-12. Visit the website for schedule and availability.

  • Sarasota Bay Explorers - 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Enjoy the comfy seating and unobstructed views on the 45-foot pontoon boats of Sarasota Bay Explorers. The company works in conjunction with Mote Marine Laboratory, whose marine biologists provide helpful commentary on the cruises. Two-hour trips include a walk on an uninhabited island to see the resident pelicans, egrets, herons, and ibis. Guests also get to observe and handle pufferfish, stone crabs, and other marine life that are gathered in a trawl net. Tickets are $35 for adults and $31 for ages 3-12. Visit the website for schedule and availability.

By land or by sea, life is always thrilling around Sarasota homes for sale and Bradenton homes for sale. If you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Wagner Realty for cheerful assistance with all your real estate needs. 

May
2

Surprise Mom With a Bouquet from These Local Florists

Sarasota Florists

Mother's Day is just around the corner, so now is the time to start thinking about how you'll show mom your appreciation this year. 

Our real estate agents turn to our local flower shops to find the perfect Mother's Day gifts. A bouquet of flowers is not only a great way to freshen up the house, but it's also a gift associated with love and beauty. Here are some local flower shops that make a great Mother's Day bouquet. 

  • Sarasota Florist - 2300 Bee Ridge Rd #303, Sarasota, FL 34239
    For some of the finest Mother's Day florals in the area, stop by Sarasota Florist. This store's professional team of floral designers is offering a special Designer's Choice Mother's Day arrangement for $75. Looking for something different? Whether it's classic, traditional, modern, trendy, or offbeat, they can also create the perfect floral arrangement for you.

  • Suncoast Floristry - 1227 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34232
    Expect beautiful flowers, great service, and on-time deliveries at Suncoast Floristry -- a local flower shop where you're sure to find the perfect Mother's Day bouquet. This independent, family-owned floral shop has been serving the Sarasota area since 1980. They offer a wide selection and affordable prices. Best of all, the shop is conveniently located near some beautiful Sarasota homes for sale.

  • Flowers By Edie - 4607 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
    This local florist has been providing hand-delivered flowers to the Bradenton area for over 35 years. This shop offers tons of beautifully designed bouquets perfect for any occasion. Flowers By Edie has tons of Mother's Day specials available on their website. The shop is also just around the corner from some fantastic Bradenton homes for sale.

  • Blooms By The Beach - 2501 Gulf Dr. N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    This beachside store is the go-to destination for beautiful flowers in Anna Maria Island and Bradenton. Blooms By The Beach is a full-service florist with high-quality products that are sure to delight. The store offers loads of options for Mother's Day gifts. The staff also has a reputation for being friendly and helpful, so you're sure to find the perfect gift for mom. After shopping, be sure to schedule a tour of one of these beautiful nearby Bradenton Beach homes for sale.

  • Ellenton Florist - 6214 US-301, Ellenton, FL 34222
    Celebrate mom with some of the most beautifully-designed bouquets in South Florida. Ellenton Florist sources flowers from the highest quality origins and has a dedicated staff of floral experts and artists. Mother's Day flower delivery is available in Ellenton, Parrish, Palmetto, and several other surrounding towns. This amazing shop is also just a few miles away from these spectacular Ellenton homes for sale.

Give mom the gift she deserves this year by visiting one of our area's wonderful local flower shops. For more local recommendations around Sarasota, Bradenton, or Ellenton, contact us today.

December
20

The Greiner Group of Wagner Realty Provides Truckload of Support to the Humane Society of Manatee County

BRADENTON, FL, December 17, 2021 – Each year as the holidays approach, Sandy Greiner's thoughts turn to local animals in need. Sandy is a Broker Associate with Wagner Realty, and leader of The Greiner Group, a team of six REALTORS who work out of the company's Corporate Office on Cortez Road.  "A few years ago, I decided to throw a holiday party with a purpose" says Sandy, "so I provide food for our folks and ask them to provide food and supplies for the Humane Society of Manatee County (MCHS) . This year's party was held on December 14th and the donations from our holiday get-together filled the Manatee Humane Society's truck!"

This year, the Humane Society of Manatee County reached a milestone of 50 years of providing exceptional care for the animals in our community. As a 501(c)(3), this not for profit animal welfare organization is considered the lead animal welfare agency in Manatee County. The organization operates a no-kill shelter, the Second Chance Adoption Center located at 2515 14th Street W. and a veterinary clinic / high volume spay and neuter clinic at 2415 14th Street W. in downtown Bradenton.

Each year the Second Chance Adoption Center rehomes more than 1,000 dogs and cats through their comprehensive rehabilitation and adoption program. Many of the animals that enter the adoption program are medically challenged or have behavioral challenges. Each animal in the adoption center receives the highest quality care, medical care and behavioral assessment and training to complete the rehabilitation process resulting in a successful adoption into a new loving home.

"We are sincerely grateful to Sandy Greiner, The Greiner Group, the staff and agents at Wagner Realty" said Rick Yocum, Executive Director of Humane Society of Manatee County, adding "our shelter depends on the year-round compassion and commitment of our community and I'd encourage those interested in supporting the Humane Society to go to www.humanemanatee.org for more information."

Sandy Greiner can be reached by calling 941.794.2246, by email at sandygreiner@wagnerrealty.com or on the web at SandyGsBeaches.com.

 

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Pictured from L-R: Nakita Llyenko (MCHS Shelter Division), John (Volunteer),  Sandy Greiner (Broker Associate/Wagner Realty)  Rick Yocum (Executive Director/HSMC)

February
14

Spend the Day at the Bradenton Riverwalk

Bradenton Riverwalk

Moving to Bradenton is a dream come true. The climate is great, the scenery is better, and there are always plenty of fun things to do. There are many beautiful Bradenton Beach homes for sale, for every need and every taste.

Then once you're moved in, unwind by spending the day at the Riverwalk: a one-and-a-half-mile stretch on the Manatee River, where families can come to hike, play sports, enjoy some entertainment, and have a bite to eat. Here's a look at what the Riverwalk has to offer.

Sports and Outdoor Activities

Located right on the beach, the Riverwalk features several great volleyball courts. Whether you're organizing a serious tournament or having a friendly game with friends, it's a great way to spend an afternoon.

There's also a skate park in the area, beneath the highway. Designed based on a survey of over 1,400 actual skaters, it has everything a skateboarder could want, including ledges, stairs, rails, and a pool, complete with tile and coping.

There's also a back trail for hiking and biking, which is great for all skill levels. Plus a pier on the beach for fishing. Whatever outdoor activities you're looking to participate in, there's space for them at the Riverwalk.

Downtown Bradenton

Arts and Entertainment

The Mosaic Amphitheater is a 400-seat outdoor performance space, which hosts everything from plays to concerts to school and community performances, and more. Come see what's playing, or even see about hosting your own performance event there!

You should also check out the outdoor art gallery. There are 19 different pieces in the gallery, including paintings and sculptures, as well as interactive pieces designed to promote learning and spark creativity in young people.

Marina

Restaurants

There are a number of great places to eat in downtown Bradenton, and some of the best are on the Riverwalk. Mattison's Riverwalk Grille Bradenton serves lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Their menu includes everything from pasta to seafood and steak to French Toast and avocado toast, plus a variety of specialty cocktails like cranberry maple and honey basil. Plus, try their "breakfast sundae": Greek yogurt, toasted granola, wildflower honey, and seasonal fruit.

If you're looking for more of a sports bar feel, check out Oak & Stone. They serve up basic foods like pizza and sandwiches, along with more off-beat fare, like crispy mozzarella and meatball lollipops, or Philly Cheesesteak eggrolls. Plus a variety of delicious craft beers on tap.

Or, if you want something upscale, try PIER 22, for gorgeous outdoor dining, right on the waterfront. They serve up delicious burgers and steaks, alongside premium seafood and sushi, and much more.

Parking and Other Considerations

There's always plenty of parking at the Riverwalk. Between the lots and street parking, there are over 1,700 spaces in the area. Street parking is free on weekdays, with a two-hour time limit. On weekends, all parking is free and unlimited, both on the street and in the lots.

The entire area is designed to be ADA-accessible. And soon, the Riverwalk will be expanding, thanks to a grant from the Manatee Community Foundation. Plans are in the works, based on input from the local community, to make the Riverwalk an even better and more accessible place for Bradenton arts, culture, and other activities to thrive.

The Riverwalk is just the beginning of what this area has to offer. If you're ready to make Bradenton your new home, contact us. Our real estate agents can show you all the best Bradenton homes for sale, and help you find the one that best meets your needs.

February
7

7 Places for Waterfront Dining

Waterfront Dining

One of the great things about living on the coast is that you don't have to go far to enjoy an amazing view of the water. You also don't have to go far for a good meal. Our real estate agents know you can do both at these fantastic waterfront restaurants. 

  • Jack Dusty - 1111 Ritz Carlton Dr, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Located on the Marina at Sarasota's Ritz-Carlton, Jack Dusty is always a great place to sip a craft cocktail while enjoying the Gulf Coast view. The atmosphere is laid back, and the menu includes specialties like freshly-caught Gulf Coast shrimp and Cioppino (a hearty seafood soup). Jack Dusty is also just minutes from many Sarasota homes for sale.

  • The Sandbar Restaurant - 100 Spring Ave, Anna Maria, FL 34216
    The Sandbar Restaurant is nestled on the shore of Anna Maria Island and offers beachfront dining at its finest. The food here is sustainably and locally sourced, from the grilled Gulf of Mexico octopus to the seasonal fish tacos. They also serve some great burgers, steaks, and salads and even have an on-site farmer's market where you can buy fresh local produce. 

  • Dry Dock Waterfront Grill - 412 Gulf of Mexico Dr, Longboat Key, FL 34228
    Outstanding food and a friendly, casual atmosphere are the hallmarks of Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, a beloved bayside eatery at the south end of Longboat Key. Dry Dock Waterfront Grill made Open Table's list of the 100 Best Most Scenic Restaurants in America, which is no surprise given the sweeping views from their open-air dining area. They serve incredibly fresh, locally-caught Florida grouper and red snapper and are located a stone's throw from these Longboat Key homes for sale

  • Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina - 12507 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
    When you're looking for a casual eatery with a view of the water, look no farther than Tide Tables Restaurant and Marina. Overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway, not far from these Bradenton homes for sale, Tide Tables serves some of the best gumbo and fish tacos in town, and they have a great selection of craft beer from local Florida micro-brewers. 

  • The Waterfront Restaurant - 111 S Bay Blvd, Anna Maria, FL 34216
    With a well-rounded menu that highlights local ingredients, The Waterfront Restaurant is an elegant-yet-relaxed eatery with indoor and outdoor seating footsteps away from the beach. With a location walkable to many Anna Maria Island homes for sale, the Waterfront Restaurant's menu features global flavors with a local twist. The appetizers alone—fried green tomatoes, baked brie, Kung Pao calamari—are worth the trip.

  • Beach House Restaurant - 200 Gulf Dr. N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    There's no better place in Bradenton Beach to watch the sunset over the Gulf than Beach House Restaurant. They have a spectacular outdoor dining deck, but even indoor diners gat an awesome view through the massive windows overlooking the bay. With a location near many Bradenton Beach homes for sale, they serve amazing fresh-caught seafood and salads with greens grown in their garden. 

  • The Old Salty Dog - 1601 B Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34236
    A Sarasota staple since 1985, The Old Salty Dog is a local hangout that serves tasty pub grub and ice-cold beer in a British pub-style environment overlooking the bay. They serve Caribbean jerk tacos and house-made crab dip alongside traditional English fish n' chips but are best known for their signature beer-battered hot dogs. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in SWFL. Our real estate agents are dedicated to helping you find your dream home in Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding areas. 

January
24

Sarasota & Manatee Food Truck Guide

Sarasota Food Trucks

Whether you're a foodie hunting for the best-hidden gems around Sarasota and Manatee, or you're just looking for a great place to grab a quick bite at lunch, local food trucks are an excellent option for finding unique, handcrafted fare. Our real estate agents have the delicious details on some of the best food trucks in the area.

Sarasota County Food Trucks

  • Fire Tacos – 886 S. Packinghouse Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232
    Tacos are always a favorite for food truck connoisseurs, and Fire Tacos offers some of the best tacos that you'll find near Sarasota homes for sale. You'll often find this truck posted up on Packinghouse Road, serving up authentic Mexican fare with ingredients that are as fresh as it gets.

  • Polpo Pizza Co. – Sarasota Farmers Market & Phillipi Farmhouse Market
    When you're in the mood for a great slice, Polpo Pizza Co. has you covered with their award-winning wood-fired pizza. You'll find this food truck at the Sarasota Farmers Market every Saturday and the Phillipi Farmhouse Market every Wednesday.

  • Spice Boys Kitchen – Various Locations Around Sarasota County
    Sample the flavors of the Middle East, expertly prepared by chefs Steven Schmitt and Carl Kolber at Spice Boys Kitchen. They set up shop all around Sarasota County and beyond, so be sure to check their Facebook page for the latest schedule.

  • Peachey's Baking Company – 5500 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, FL 34231
    After you sample some great pizza at Phillipi Farmhouse Market, why not enjoy something sweet for dessert? Peachey's Baking Company can be found at the market every Wednesday and at other farmers markets around Sarasota County during the rest of the week. The doughnuts here are crafted with old family recipes and are well worth the trip on their own.

Manatee County Food Trucks

  • River Road Stop – 131 Upper Manatee River Rd., Bradenton, FL 34212
    Have a craving for some proper barbecue near Bradenton homes for sale? The River Road Stop is sure to satisfy, with a menu full of sandwiches, sides, and barbecue goodness. Since this is a semi-permanent location, there are also picnic tables set up so that you can enjoy a delicious meal under the stars.

  • Dona Betty Tacos – 6285 14th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34207
    Consistently one of the top-rated food trucks in the area, Dona Betty Tacos has earned its reputation by serving delicious tacos for dinner and late-night snacks in Bradenton. You will often find this truck near the Wells Fargo on 14th Street, serving up fully loaded tacos that you won't want to miss.

  • Traveling Kitchen Grill & Catering – 4927 96th St. E., Palmetto, FL 34211
    Burgers, finger foods, and perfectly fried sides are always on the menu at the Traveling Kitchen Grill & Catering food truck, which you can frequently find near Palmetto homes for sale. Stop by during the big holidays for special menus, or check out the permanent Traveling Kitchen brick-and-mortar location for a sit-down meal.

  • Parrish Cuban Grill – 8304 US-301 N., Ellenton, FL 34221
    There are some great food trucks near Ellenton homes for sale as well, including the very popular Parrish Cuban Grill. As the name suggests, this food truck offers up authentic Cuban fare for lunch and dinner. They are often set up in the Parrish Advance Auto Parts parking lot.

Searching for a home that makes it easy to visit your favorite food trucks and so much more? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout SWFL communities.

January
10

One-of-a-Kind Restaurants to Try Near Sarasota

Sarasota Dining

Our real estate agents want to introduce you to the taste of Sarasota!

Florida is known for its excellent seafood, but that is only the beginning. No matter if you are exploring Sarasota homes for sale, going with Bradenton homes for sale, or looking elsewhere in the area, you are sure to enjoy this region's food culture.

While all your favorite chains are represented, unique chef-led restaurants are a big part of what makes Sarasota special. These run the gamut from small, family-owned eateries – often in historic buildings – to acclaimed locales led by some of the most famous chefs in the world.

As a result, the flavors of Sarasota incorporate influences from all across the globe. With such a strong blend between local community restaurants and celebrity chefs who come to the city to show they've made it big, there's an endless array of options for you to savor.

Let's take a closer look at some prime Sarasota picks:

  • The Garden Room Cafe at Shoogie Boogies – 1919 Morrill Street, Sarasota, FL 34236
    The Garden Room Cafe at Shoogie Boogies has been described as a dining experience nothing short of being transported to Europe. With a dining room that exudes careful attention to detail in the spirit of continental European elegance, it is one of the top fine dining event venues in Sarasota. 

  • Michael's on East – 1212 East Avenue South, Sarasota, FL 34239
    Michael's on East is "top of the line" all the way, starting with one of the most auspicious domain names in dining ("bestfood.com") and following through with world-class food and guest experience. Whether you are looking for a full three-course dinner, desserts like the chocolate peppermint torte and layered pumpkin kiss, or a relaxing time in the lounge, Michael's on East will never disappoint.

  • Euphemia Haye – 5540 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key, FL 34228
    Euphemia Haye features both a lounge and a dedicated dessert room that has received high praise from the local culinary press. The lounge was converted into a relaxed "bachelor pad" atmosphere, as it was the former owner's apartment. The dessert lounge allows you to view the complete selection of daily fresh-baked pastries and other delights before you select the one that's right for you.

  • Indigenous Restaurant – 239 South Links Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Indigenous Restaurant is a seasonal American eatery focused on the freshest local ingredients with the lowest environmental impact. It emphasizes sustainable seafood with a carefully designed supply chain that empowers local fishermen, artisans, and farmers. As a result, the menu can change as frequently as twice a week, and there's always a delicious new delicacy for you to try.

  • The Old Salty Dog – 1601 B. Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236
    With three locations across Sarasota and Venice, The Old Salty Dog is a popular selection for authentic Floridian family dining and fun. The menu has a little bit of everything, from starters to soups and salads, sandwiches, dogs and burgers, and food baskets. The homemade crab dip, lobster roll, firecracker wrap, and Caribbean jerk tacos are just a few of the favorites.

The culinary scene is one of the many draws of living in the Sarasota area. Contact us today to learn more about what Sarasota has to offer.

November
22

Small Business Saturday: 2021 Local Shopping Guide

Small Business Saturday

Shopping local is the perfect way to support small businesses during the holiday season. This year, our real estate agents suggest that you leave Black Friday to the crowd-followers. On November 27, be a trend-setter and support Small Business Saturday by patronizing these amazing shops around Bradenton and Sarasota.

  • The Dancing Crane Gallery - 1019 10th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
    Have you or a friend recently purchased one of the great Bradenton homes for sale? Add some individual flair with artwork from The Dancing Crane Gallery. Choose from paintings, glassware, hand-painted tiles, and sculptures from a variety of talented artists. Hours are 11 a.m. 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, with extended hours until 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. 

  • Mixon Fruit Farms - 2525 27th St. E., Bradenton, FL 34208
    Kids who hate shopping will love going to Mixon Fruit Farms, which is fun for the whole family. Take a fascinating tram tour through the grove, with a stop for an interactive educational show at the wildlife center. Then it's time for lunch at the Groveside Cafe and a visit to the Play Place before you pick up some fresh fruit, wine, fudge, and other treats to take home. Stock up on gifts like fudge, wine, and sauces. Mixon Fruit Farms is open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Tram tours are held each day at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for kids ages 3-12.

  • Bookstore1Sarasota - 12 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
    At Bookstore1Sarasota, their motto is, "Joie de Livres," which translates to, "Joy of Books." Owners and staff are passionate about the joy of books and equally passionate about sharing that joy with customers. Discover a new favorite from among their selection of current best-sellers and perennial classics. The shop's online author events and book clubs are a perfect way to connect with other book lovers. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. daily except Sunday when doors close at 2 p.m. 

  • Lotus Boutique - 1464 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Dress yourself from head to toe at Lotus Boutique, just minutes from Sarasota homes for sale. Lotus features the hottest designs from Diane von Furstenburg, Frank & Eileen, Norma Kamali, and other name brands. Complete your outfit with jewelry, shoes, and accessories in the latest styles. Afterward, cross the street to their newest addition and expand your wardrobe with their collection of activewear and casual favorites. Lotus Boutique is open 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  • Pastry Art - 1512 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Even power shoppers need a break. Rest and recharge with a snack or light lunch at Pastry Art. Choose from a tasty selection of salads, sandwiches, and wraps, or head right to the good stuff with a cupcake, cannoli, or molten lava cake. Coffee is locally roasted and freshly brewed for a full, rich flavor. Hours are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

Wagner Realty is proud to be part of the vibrant business community around Bradenton and Sarasota. Contact us for help with all your real estate needs.

October
11

Celebrate the Arts at These Upcoming Festivals

Craft Shows in Sarasota

Fall in Florida brings many exciting activities. While people up north are hunkering down for the winter, here, we're enjoying slightly cooler weather and gearing up for the busy season. From now until the summer returns, there's no shortage of things to do. 

This time of year, when they're not busy helping clients find their dream homes, our real estate agents enjoy visiting local craft shows on the weekends. Whether you're an art enthusiast or just looking for something fun to do, we recommend paying a visit to these upcoming events. 

  • Sarasota Rocktoberfest: JD Hamel Park, 199 Bayfront Dr., Sarasota, FL 34236
    This is so much more than a craft festival! Sarasota Rocktoberfest will feature tons of live music, huge glasses of beer, and plenty of mouthwatering Oktoberfest-themed food, including smoked sausages, sauerkraut, pretzels, roasted meats, and more. The event runs from October 15th to 17th, and admission is free! You'll also have the chance to shop at the marketplace, which features a wide selection of art, crafts, and fine products. 
  • Downtown Venice Art Festival: 100 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285
    The town of Venice is vibrant, beautiful, and filled with historic charm. The Downtown Venice Art Festival will feature more than 100 notable artists from across the nation. Here you'll find everything from painting to jewelry, photography, sculpture, glass, ceramics, mixed media, and more. The festival will be held on November 6th and 7th from 10 am to 5 pm, and admission is free. While you're in the area, you'll want to take a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Venice homes for sale
  • 32nd Annual St. Armands Art Festival: 411 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota, FL 34236
    The St. Armand's Art Festival has been named one of the best art festivals in the country. It features over 175 artists and craftsmen displaying their original work. Here you'll find sculptures, ceramics, jewelry, oils, watercolors, pottery, and more. The festival is scheduled for November 13th and 14th from 10 am to 5 pm, and admission is free. Since St. Armands Circle is so close to some of the best Sarasota homes for sale, you'll also want to make sure you leave enough time to take the scenic route home. 
  • Siesta Key Crystal Classic: 948 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL 34242
    A bit of a different way to view art, the Siesta Key Crystal Classic gives you an opportunity to get a close-up view of sand sculptures created by 24 professional artists from around the world. While you're there, you can also enjoy sand sculpting lessons and demonstrations, live bands, and a bar tent. You also won't want to miss the Vendor Village, which will have over 70 retail vendors and 6 food trucks. The event will take place from November 12th through November 15th. 
  • Acrylic Painters USA Curated Exhibition: ArtCenter Manatee 209 9th St. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
    If you've been exploring Bradenton homes for sale, you'll definitely want to familiarize yourself with ArtCenter Manatee. They host a variety of art shows throughout the year, including the upcoming Acrylic Painters USA curated exhibition. This event will be held from October 26th through November 19th, and admission is free. 

Now is the perfect time to find your dream home in Florida, and the agents at Wagner Realty are here to help! Contact us today to learn more and get started with your homebuying journey.  

August
16

Benefits of Shopping Local

Shop Local Sarasota

It's impossible to overstate the importance of shopping locally. It buoys the local economy and supports your friends' and neighbors' businesses. It also puts a wealth of unique goods at your fingertips that you might otherwise have missed... plus, it's fun!

Our real estate agents have always believed in the power of shopping locally here in the Bradenton and Sarasota areas, and we have some truly incredible local businesses at our doorstep. Here's how you can support them. 

What Happens When You Shop Local

On a smaller scale—a local scale—you really can make a difference. Here's how it benefits your community when you shop local:

  • Your money stays local. Studies show that for every $100 you spend at a local business, $68 stays within the community, nurturing the local economy.

  • You help the environment. Yes, shopping local is greener! It creates less waste by reducing the need for packaging and transportation of the goods you buy. 

  • You create local jobs. Local businesses are more likely to offer quality, high-paying jobs in your community. 

  • You embrace what makes your community unique. Chances are, your local businesses offer something special and different from what the big national chains do. Shopping local encourages and supports that unique community identity. 

Shopping Local in Bradenton & Sarasota

There are many fantastic locally owned businesses in our area. When planning your next local shopping trip, be sure to check out these businesses:

  • The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime - 821 Apricot Ave, Sarasota, FL 34237
    You never know what you'll find at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime! This unique indoor indie market hosts some of the coolest local vendors offering handmade jewelry, clothing, arts, crafts, and more. Plus, it's just minutes from these Sarasota homes for sale

  • Calusa Brewing - 5701 Derek Ave, Sarasota, FL 34233
    We're blessed with a lot of awesome local breweries here in Sarasota, but Calusa Brewing is definitely one of our favorites. They create an incredible selection of craft beers and ales, ranging from traditional styles to creative experiments, and serve them up in their lively taproom space. 

  • Banyan Coffee Co. - 216 22nd St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    A great local coffee roaster in Bradenton, Banyan Coffee Co. will ship coffee beans right to your door (delivery is free in Bradenton), or you can sample a cup from their mobile coffee cart. Their coffee is also served and sold at dozens of local establishments, including Cremesh Coffee & Bakery, a stone's throw from many Bradenton homes for sale

  • Bookstore 1 - 12 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    There's no substitute for the unique selection and helpful staff at a great local bookstore like Sarasota's Bookstore 1. They're committed to bringing great books to the community, and the newest arrivals are always listed on their website. 

  • Artisan Cheese Co. - 550 Central Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Looking for a local cheese shop in which artisan cheesemakers craft specialty cheeses using the milk from Florida cows, goats, and sheep? Look no farther than Artisan Cheese Co. 

  • Village of the Arts - 1227 12th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    There's no better place to find local art than Village of the Arts, an eclectic community of cottages that house art galleries, studios, and shops run by local artists. They host an art walk the first Friday night and Saturday afternoon of every month

Our team is dedicated to supporting our local businesses in the Bradenton and Sarasota areas, and we can't wait to help your find your Florida dream home! Contact us today.

July
26

Back to School Shopping in Sarasota and Bradenton

Sarasota Shopping

School will be back in session before you know it. Of course, here in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas, that doesn't mean summer fun is over. But it does mean it's time to hit the shops for some back-to-school shopping. 

Whether you're in need of books, art supplies, clothes, or all of the above, our real estate agents know just where to look! Check out these great local stores for all your back-to-school shopping needs in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL!

  • St. Armands Circle - 431 St Armands Cir, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Encircling a charming city park adorned with Italian statues, the shops at St. Armands Circle are an endlessly enjoyable place to shop. Easily explored on foot, the stores here provide for a wide range of back-to-school needs. It's an especially great area to get all your school clothes shopping done, with shops including Hatley, Modern Soul Boutique, Crazy Shirts, and Little Bo-Tique. The shops at St. Armands Circle offer some of the best shopping opportunities on the Gulf Coast, just a stone's throw from many Sarasota homes for sale.

  • The Mall at University Town Center - 140 University Town Center Dr, Sarasota, FL 34243
    One of the largest shopping centers in the Sarasota area, the Mall at University Town Center has a shop for just about anything you might need. Stock up on school supplies at Paper Source, make sure your kids have the latest technology at the Apple Store, and hit the Gap and Gap Kids for all their back-to-school clothes. The mall is packed with fun dining options too, and there are plenty of attractions here for the whole family. 

  • The Paper Inn - 5917 Manatee Ave W #609, Bradenton, FL 34209
    For the young artist in your family, Bradenton's The Paper Inn is one of the best places in the area to stock up on back-to-school supplies! This beloved local art supply and stationery store offers a wide range of essentials for budding artists, and they even host their own arts and crafts classes. The Paper Inn is located a short drive from many Bradenton homes for sale and is also one of the area's best destinations to find crafting and scrapbooking supplies. 

  • Bookstore1 - 12 S Palm Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    A good bookstore offers something for everyone, and Bookstore1 is a great bookstore. You'll find great reads here for every interest and every age group, from pre-K kids just learning their letters to college students looking to stock up for their Humanities classes. The folks at Bookstore1 have made it their mission to be Sarasota's best independent bookstore, and their friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you find anything you're looking for. 

  • Children's World - 4525 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233
    Children's World is the top destination in Sarasota for school uniforms. But it's also much more than that. They're also an amazing resource for all kinds of school accessories, books, supplies, toys, and games. You'll find a vast selection of everything your kids need to learn, grow and explore, both at school and at home. Children's World has been serving the Florida Gulf Coast since 1964, and they frequently host in-store play days for kids as well. 

Contact us today to learn more about life on the Gulf Coast of Florida and talk to our real estate agents about all the unique opportunities our area has to offer. We can't wait to help you find your dream home in the Sarasota and Bradenton areas!

July
5

Sarasota County's Centennial Celebration

Sarasota County Centennial

Happy birthday, Sarasota County! We love calling this area home and are excited to celebrate this occasion. Sarasota County was formed on July 1, 1921, but the celebration is lasting all month long, and then some! Join our real estate agents in celebrating the centennial with these exciting events and activities taking place around Sarasota homes for sale.

  • Venice Museum & Archives - 351 Nassau St. S., Venice, FL 34285
    What was Sarasota like during its formative years? Take a visual tour with Celebrating a Centennial: The Origins of Sarasota, a current exhibit at Venice Museum & Archives. Photos tell the story of Sarasota's origin and development, along with the specific role played by Venice. While you're there, check out the other exhibits that give a fascinating glimpse of architecture, nature, and other features of the area. Celebrating a Centennial runs through January 12, 2022. Hours are 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and admission is free.

  • The Ringmaster's Wife - Senior Friendship Centers, 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Sarasota served as the home of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. The Ringmaster's Wife turns the spotlight on Mable Ringling, wife of John Ringling. An authentically dressed presenter will share Mable's first-hand perspective behind the scenes of "The Greatest Show on Earth." Light refreshments will be served and former mayors of Sarasota will be on hand for a meet-and-greet. The presentation takes place on Thursday, October 21, from 9 a.m. - noon. Admission is free.

  • Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale - Twin Lakes Park, 6700 Clark Rd., Sarasota, FL 34241
    Sarasota's natural beauty is one of the biggest draws for residents and visitors. Beautify your own home with purchases at the Master Gardener Volunteer Plant Sale. The annual event is held by the IFAS Extension of the University of Florida to promote sustainable gardening. This year's event will have some added flair as part of the centennial celebration. Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 9, from 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Admission is free.

  • Sarasota County Auto Tours 
    Learn the backstory behind Sarasota's top landmarks with Sarasota County Auto Tours. This new app, offered by the Sarasota County Centennial Committee, provides travel directions and audio narration that allow you to explore these points of interest at your own pace. Eight tours are available, each with its own specific focus. Areas covered include Bayfront, Downtown, and 5 Points, and Phillippi. Download the free app at Google Play for Android or the App Store for iPhone. 

  • Avenue of Art - Burns Square, 543 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
    What does Sarasota mean to you? In conjunction with the centennial, founders of the iconic Chalk Festival are sponsoring the Avenue of Art. Participants of all ages are filling the sidewalks in Burns Square with paintings that depict their vision of Sarasota County. Stroll the area any time of day or night to view these personal works of art. A QR code that displays information about the artist and the painting is being added to each completed work. The project will remain on display until September 30, prior to the Chalk Festival's "Spirited Festivities" over Halloween weekend. Budding artists can apply on the website. Donations of $10 for adults and $5 for students are welcome.

Ready to be a part of Sarasota County's next 100 years? If you're buying or selling a home, contact us at Wagner Realty to get started.

May
25

Dog-Friendly Restaurants in the Sarasota and Manatee Area

Dog Friendly Restaurants

Sarasota and Manatee Counties feature many fun places to dine, many of which offer fresh local seafood and fabulous water views. Some will also let you bring your dog with you as you enjoy their restaurant.

Our real estate agents suggest taking your pooch to the following dog-friendly restaurants in the Sarasota and Manatee area:

  1. Sun Garden Cafe - 210 Avenida Madera, Siesta Key, FL 34242
    Sun Garden Cafe, which serves lunch and dinner, offers locally caught fish, locally grown produce, farm-fresh eggs, and artisan foods from around the world. Feel free to wear your flip-flops and dine inside or outside. Well-behaved dogs are always welcome, so if you buy one of our Siesta Keys homes for sale, you can bring your pooch with you.

  2. Owens Fish Camp - 516 Burns Ct #7030, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Located near Sarasota homes for sale, Owens Fish Camp brings in local fish from the Bay every day. The atmosphere is casual old Florida, where you can try a craft beer with your seafood and eat at one of the front porch tables with your dog. A huge Banyan tree out front and a tire swing out back add to the laid-back, comfortable vibe.

  3. Turtle Beach Grill - 8865 Midnight Pass Road, Sarasota, FL 34242
    Located across from Turtle Beach near Sarasota homes for sale, the Turtle Beach Grill has dog-friendly dining on their outside patio deck. You'll be able to enjoy live entertainment on the deck Thursdays-Sundays from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Visit the Turtle Beach Grill for lunch, dinner, or drinks, and you can even arrive by boat and dock at Bayfront Yachtworks.

  4. Gulf Drive Cafe - 900 Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    The Gulf Drive Cafe has been a popular fixture in Bradenton Beach since 1981, and it's easy to see why. The dog-friendly restaurant offers amazing views since it sits on 2 acres of waterfront on the Gulf of Mexico near Bradenton Beach homes for sale. Fresh seafood is a mainstay of the lunch and dinner menus, and while you're enjoying your meal, you can also have a cold cocktail and listen to live entertainment. And if you time it right, you can catch a multi-colored sunset from your restaurant view.

  5. The Waterfront Restaurant & Craft Bar - 111 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, FL 34216
    Whether you have a picky or an adventurous palate, you'll find something to love at The Waterfront Restaurant & Craft Bar, located near Anna Maria homes for sale. Utilizing fresh, natural flavors, the restaurant serves recognizable favorites as well as rare seasonal items. Try a selection from the micro-brew and wine bar and sit at the open-air patio that has views of Tampa Bay.

Even pets love calling the Sunshine State home! Contact us today to learn more about what homeowners enjoy about living in the Sarasota and Manatee area. 

May
3

Take Mom to These Brunch Spots Near Bradenton and Sarasota

Sarasota Brunch

Mother's Day is celebrated on May 9th this year, so what better time to treat mom to brunch or breakfast at a local restaurant? You'll be able to spend quality time together chatting as you enjoy a nice atmosphere combined with excellent food.
  
Our real estate agents suggest trying one of the following Mother's Day brunch options near Bradenton and Sarasota:  

  1. Pier 22 – 1200 1st Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
    Mom is sure to love the amazing waterfront views from expansive windows at Pier 22, located near Bradenton homes for sale. The restaurant's atmosphere is casual, but the food is fine dining that's cooked from scratch. Choose a starter such as calamari, crab cake, or honey macadamia shrimp for brunch before moving onto an entrée like a beignet, smoked-salmon crepes, steak omelet, or shrimp and grits. Brunch is served from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
      
  2. Anna Maria Oyster Bar – 1525 51st Ave. E., Ellenton, FL 34222   
    Anna Maria Oyster Bar has four locations in the area, including one near Ellenton homes for sale as well as the intersection of I-75 and US-301. You and mom can dine inside, or, if the weather's sunny, sit by the waterfront outdoor dining area. Seafood dishes are popular favorites on the menu, including grouper cooked your way, fried oysters, and flounder Roma. Lighter bites of some entrees are also offered, as are salads, soups, burgers, and chicken and fish sandwiches. Lunch is served daily starting at 11 a.m.
      
  3. Station 400 – 400 N. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Located downtown near Sarasota homes for sale, Station 400 has character and charm since it's housed in a restored train depot that dates back to 1852. The restaurant has been voted the best breakfast and the best brunch in Sarasota, so it's a great spot to treat mom. Start her meal with a specialty mimosa such as blood orange hibiscus, blackberry bramble, or spicy mango. Share a plate of mini doughnut treats or crab cake fritters and choose a delectably decadent entrée like truffle eggs Benedict or apple-stuffed croissant French toast. Hours are 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily.
      
  4. Boca – 19 S. Lemon Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Boca
    focuses on high-quality farm-to-table food made with local ingredients whenever possible. Start mom's brunch with a fresh mimosa and a plate of sharable fried green tomatoes or grilled gulf oysters. A wide variety of egg dishes are offered, including Boca corned beef hash and bbq pork Benedict, which consists of smoked pork, poached eggs, pretzel toast, cilantro bearnaise, and potato hash. A variety of flatbreads, muffins, and salads are also available. Brunch is served from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
      
  5. Paris Bistrot – 8131 Lakewood Main St., Suite 103, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 
    Paris Bistrot brings classic French dishes served in a cozy bistro atmosphere to Lakewood Ranch. Croissants and crepes dominate the breakfast menu, along with eggs Benedict and French toast. If mom prefers a sandwich, she'll have her choice of several options served on a French baguette. Breakfast and lunch are served during the week as well as from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
      
  6. Mattison's - Multiple Locations
    All three Mattison's locations will be open and ready to serve mom's a memorable brunch this Mother's Day. Mom will love the delicious food and bottomless mimosas, whether you opt for dine-in or curbside pick-up. Plus, as a part of their Mother's Day special she'll be entered to win a spa gift card and Mattison's gift card.

Contact us if you're interested in buying or selling a home in the Bradenton or Sarasota area. Our agents are experts on local real estate and can help your transaction proceed smoothly.

March
22

Sarasota & Bradenton Restaurants For International Waffle Day

Sarasota BreakfastIf you've been looking at homes in the Sarasota area, you already know there's a lot to love! As if the gorgeous weather and stunning beaches weren't enough, residents and visitors also enjoy a wide selection of amazing dining experiences.

On their days off, our real estate agents love taking a break to visit some of their favorite local breakfast restaurants. International Waffle Day is coming up on Thursday, March 25th, making now the perfect time to try out a few for yourself. 

  1. Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe: 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    There's nothing quite like starting your day off with breakfast on the beach! The Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe opens every day at 8 am and serves fantastic Belgian waffles you'll ever have! Make sure you get the whole experience by adding strawberries or blueberries for just $1 extra. They also offer a full breakfast menu with items like Eggs Benedict, Country Fried Steak, and All You Can Eat Pancakes. After you're done with your meal, take a ride around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Anna Maria Island Homes for sale. We're sure you're going to fall in love! 

  2. Blue Dolphin Cafe: 5370 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Suite 101, Longboat Key, FL 34228
    The Blue Dolphin Cafe offers a fun and intimate dining experience. They're open for both dine-in and takeout and offer a variety of waffle dishes as well as a full breakfast menu. Any time we're in the area showing Longboat Key homes for sale, we try to stop by and enjoy a meal. If you want to celebrate International Waffle Day, consider ordering waffles topped with fresh strawberries, blueberries, bananas, and whipped cream. 

  3. The Oasis Cafe: 3542 South Osprey Ave., Sarasota, FL 34239
    The owners of The Oasis Cafe have owned some of the most popular restaurants in Sarasota for over 30 years. It's no surprise that this is one of the best spots in the area to enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, or brunch. You'll love their Malted Belgian Waffles topped with fruit, nuts, and a side of real Vermont maple syrup.

  4. Sarasota Breakfast House: 1817 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34236
    If you've been exploring Sarasota homes for sale, you'll want to get to know Sarasota Breakfast House. Not only are their fresh-made waffles incredible, but they also serve them up with a huge variety of gourmet toppings, including candied bacon pecans, peanut butter chips, Nutella, lemon ricotta filling, glazed walnuts, fresh whipped cream, and more! You definitely don't need a special day to enjoy this delicious treat! 

  5. Blue Jasper Restaurant: 5718 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton, FL 34210
    Blue Jasper Restaurant, located in West Bradenton, is known for serving quality meals made with locally-sourced ingredients. You'll love celebrating International Waffle Day with one of their fresh-made waffles topped with decadent toppings like banana and berry compote or caramel banana and walnut. If you're ready to go all-in, order a waffle sundae topped with strawberry, banana, and chocolate syrup. After breakfast, take a drive around. You'll quickly see why so many people are interested in exploring Bradenton homes for sale

Our real estate agents are ready to help you find your dream home! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

November
20

Gift Local This Year: Gift Ideas from Local Restaurants

Gift Local RestaurantsWith the holiday season right around the corner, our real estate agents encourage you to join our shop small initiative. Small businesses are the backbone of local economies. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it more difficult for these shops — owned and operated by our friends and neighbors — to succeed.

No matter who is on your Holiday gift list, we humbly ask that you join us in support of our community by purchasing gift cards from these local restaurants.

  • For those who appreciate a great meal...

    This holiday season show those you love you care by treating them to an amazing meal. There are countless delicious dining spots near our Anna Maria homes for sale, including Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus and Anna Maria Oyster Bar. Old Hamburg Schnitzelhaus pairs German and Austrian dishes with imported beers to deliver a truly vunderba experience, while Anna Maria Oyster Bar serves up the freshest seafood around.

    If you're searching for a restaurant gift card closer to our Sarasota homes for sale, we recommend purchasing from Knick's Tavern & Grill or Smoqehouse


  • For those who love the ambiance of a cozy café…

    Sometimes, the best gift you can give someone is an opportunity to relax where the warm beach breezes blow. For those local to the Anna Maria Island area and around our Holmes Beach homes for sale, Anna Maria Island Beach Café, Minnie's Beach Café, and Paradise Café gift cards are wonderful stocking stuffers. Minnie's Beach Café is a calm space to grab breakfast or lunch during a beach day.

    Paradise Café is home to the best bagel sandwiches in town, a perfect grab-and-go breakfast when you're on the run. You can really wow someone with a gift card to Anna Maria Island Beach Café, a relaxed beachfront café ideal for kicking back with a coffee or a cocktail.


  • For those who prefer going out to watch the game…

    No matter which team you root for, we can all cheer for the return of major league sports. With countless professional matches in the U.S. and abroad slated for the following months, a gift card to a local sports bar is a great present for the sports fan in your life. Those living close to our Lakewood Ranch homes for sale know that Ed's Tavern is a fantastic place to catch a live game. Voted Best Sports Bar in Manatee-Sarasota County, Ed's Tavern also hosts poker and trivia nights.

    Closer to our Bradenton homes for sale a few miles west is Clancy's Sports Bar and Grill. This easygoing Irish pub/Tiki bar combo hosts live music every night, as well as bingo, karaoke, Texas Hold-em, and of course, the best sports games of the week.


  • For those with a sweet tooth…

    Who on your gift list wouldn't love something sweet in their stocking? Donut lovers will devour the delectable treats at The Donut Experiment on Anna Maria Island or Island Donut Company near our Bradenton Beach homes for sale. Pastry lovers, in general, will love the authentic Amish baked goods at Peachey's Baking Company. You also can't go wrong with a gift certificate for Island Scoops on Anna Maria Island, where you'll find Florida's best homemade ice cream.

Learn more about these and other local restaurants by viewing our short videos. Contact us today to schedule tours of our Sarasota and Manatee counties. Need more gift inspiration? We'll also be sharing local shops and nonprofits to support this holiday season.

October
30

Longboat Key: Relaxed Living Right on the Gulf

Our real estate agents invite you to come and enjoy relaxed living right along the Gulf of Mexico on Longboat Key. A quaint coastal getaway only twenty minutes from downtown Sarasota, Longboat Key is nestled between the Gulf and the Sarasota Bay. With just over 7,000 residents, this cozy haven is a perfect place to live all year or use as a warm winter getaway.

Living in Longboat Key

Longboat Key is located between Manatee and Sarasota Counties and offers 12 miles of white sand beaches. A luxurious Gulf Coast resort community, Longboat Key offers endless opportunities for waterfront dining, boating, fishing, tennis, golf...or just relaxing. Only a short drive from the bustling St. Armand's Circle, Longboat Key offers a leisurely atmosphere for those who want to get away from the crowds and clamor of the other Gulf Coast cities.

There are numerous access points to public beaches, but you'll feel like you're on a private beach with limited beachgoers. A majority of residents are retired, giving Longboat Key a truly laid-back lifestyle. Luxurious resorts like the Resort at Longboat Key Club, Cedar's Tennis Resort, and Silver Sands Gulf Beach Resort provide hours of fun.

For foodies and fine diners alike, Longboat Key provides plenty to satiate any appetite. Fresh seafood is always within reach, available in both beachside bites and elegant eateries. Harry's Continental Kitchen offers amazing coastal cuisine while the Chart House Waterfront Grill has the steak and seafood combinations that'll make your mouth water.

Sample a Slice of Life on Longboat Key  

Are you interested in discovering what life would be like living on Longboat Key? We encourage you to spend a few days enjoying everything the area has to offer in one of our stunning rental properties. Conveniently located steps from the Gulf and only a few blocks from the best shopping, dining, and entertainment in Bradenton and Sarasota, our spectacular Longboat Key rentals allow you to envision life along the shore.

Arbomar 201

  • Arbomar 201 – 4485 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL 34228
    This beachside vacation rental offers a Gulf view for visitors. Two bedrooms and two bathrooms provide room for four on the second floor of this condo. This fully-equipped, turnkey furnished residence has everything you need to feel right at home. Property amenities include a fitness center, sauna, swimming pool, and putting green.

Unit 738 Bayport

  • Bayport Unit 738 – 738 Bayport Way, Longboat Key, FL 34228
    A wonderful two-bed, two-bath condo in the Bayport Beach and Tennis Club, this unit is only steps away from the beach, pool, and tennis courts. This unit sleeps four and can accommodate pets by request. Other property amenities include a fitness center, fishing pier, nature trails, and clubhouse.

Unit 531 Longboat Key

  • Cedars East 531 – 531 Forest Way, Longboat Key, FL 34228
    Perfect for up to six guests, this two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom townhouse features a balcony, screened lanai, fully-equipped kitchen, and laundry units. Located in the Cedars East Resort, this townhouse is conveniently located only blocks from the beach, boutiques, and restaurants.

Come and enjoy relaxed living on the Gulf. Contact us today to schedule private tours of our finest Longboat Key homes for sale.

September
25

World Tourism Day: Be a Tourist in Your Southwest Florida Hometown

Tourism in Bradenton

World Tourism Day is around the corner on September 27th, and you won't have to travel far from your Southwest Florida home to enjoy fun attractions for all ages this year. Whether you're interested in art, science, the outdoors, or family fun, Southwest Florida communities feature something for everyone. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 5 local attractions that allow you to enjoy World Tourism Day in Southwest Florida.

  1. De Soto National Park – 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy., Bradenton, FL 34209

    Explore the grandeur of the great outdoors at De Soto National Park, which is located just a short drive from Bradenton homes for sale. This park offers a mix of outdoor fun and educational attractions, including "living history" demonstrations at the recreated historic native village at Camp Uzita. There are also kayak tours guided by park rangers, a visitor's center where you can learn more about the park's history, fishing clinics, and a "Junior Ranger" activity book to help younger visitors enjoy all that the park has to offer.

  2. Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium – 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, FL 34236

    Educational family fun is never far from Sarasota homes for sale, thanks to exciting local attractions like the Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium. Mote does extensive work in preserving local marine ecosystems and is a great destination for learning about the natural areas that make the region such a unique place to call home. Get up close and personal with marine animals while discovering exciting, educational exhibits at the aquarium. Plus, Florida residents who purchase their weekend tickets online can enjoy half-priced admission until the end of September

  3. Art Uptown Gallery – 1367 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236

    With 40 years of experience and a commitment to showcasing the spectacular work of regional artists, the Art Uptown Gallery is a must-see for art lovers located close to Sarasota homes for sale. The Art Uptown Gallery is regularly voted a local favorite by both visitors and collectors, with both 2D and 3D exhibits. This gallery is committed to showcasing the work of local artists, and recent months have seen a surge in creativity with plenty of new art on display.

  4. The Fish Hole Mini Golf – 8120-8140 Main St., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202

    Get ready for some family fun near Lakewood Ranch homes for sale at The Fish Hole Miniature Golf, an 18-hole "adventure" mini-golf course ideal for golfers of all ages. The Fish Hole Features misters throughout the course to keep you cool and is home to a wide variety of local plant life. There are more than 50 types of regional plants around the course, along with tags to help you identify each plant. The large koi pond on-site is another popular attraction, especially for kids who love to feed the fish.

  5. Siesta Key Aqua Adventures – 5253 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231

    Have fun on the water when you book a day with Siesta Key Aqua Adventures. Close to Siesta Key homes for sale, Siesta Key Adventures offers many different ways to get out on the water with friends or family. Choose between single kayaks, tandem kayaks, banana boats, or an aqua spinner. Or opt for one of their dolphin tours to relax on the Gulf and search for wildlife. 

Still searching for the perfect Southwest Florida community to call home? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout Southwest Florida communities.

July
15

Discover The Village of the Arts!

The Village of the Arts

 

"The Village of the Arts" was born in 1999 when the non-profit Artists Guild of Manatee was formed. Its mission was to build a community where artists could live and work, while enhancing their quality of life and creating a harmonious artisitc environment with creative spirit. Located in Manatee County, near Downtown Bradenton, the Village offers an eclectic mix of early 20th century residential bungalows, Florida Cracker homes, and some later additions. The neighborhood includes a legal commercial overlay, which enables a rare live/work/play mix. Local residents enjoy Village Walk events that feature a varitety of artists. Village boundaries stretch from 9th Ave West to 17th Ave West between 9th St West and 14th St West. Over 275 individual properties are within the Village. The Village has experienced incredible growth, evolving from a neglected neighborhood, to a unique and loved artistic retreat.

Village residents and the Guild have partnered with United Way Manatee for grassroots neighborhood beautification, worked with Realize Bradenton on downtown visioning and planning and offered space to other nonprofit groups during the monthly artwalks. They have also collaborated with the City of Bradenton on various ordinances affecting the Village. 

To find out more about the Village, go to https://www.villageofthearts.com/

July
10

Small Business Spotlight: How to Support Small Businesses in Bradenton and Sarasota

Now more than ever, it's important that we support our local businesses. Our real estate agents encourage you to shop small each week and help stimulate our hometown economy. As you browse our Bradenton and Sarasota homes for sale, we invite you to visit these unique small businesses in the area.

  1. The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime – 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota, FL 34237
    Explore an indie indoor market when you visit the Bazaar on Apricot & Lime. This venue is full of one-of-a-kind gems and talented, local creators. Stop by and support them in person and visit on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday between 10 am to 3 pm. Don't feel like leaving your house? Be sure to check on their Facebook Live events to see what the bazaar has to offer virtually. 

  2. Write On Sarasota – 1423 1st St., Sarasota, FL 34236
    If you've ever planned a wedding, celebrated a major life event, or operated your own business, then you know that your choice of stationery is quite important. Write On Sarasota knows that wedding invitations, thank you notes, and even custom napkins can creatively express your gratitude, excitement, and brand. From general stationery to graduation announcements, birthday parties, and everything in between, Write On Sarasota will provide you with a thorough consultation and customized products to ensure that your event says exactly how you feel.  

  3. Island Coffee Haus – 5350 Gulf Dr., Holmes Beach, FL 34217
    Who doesn't love a cozy local coffee shop? Island Coffee Haus is the perfect place near Holmes Beach homes for sale to fill up your mug. The shop opened in 2012 and has been delighting locals and visitors with the cozy environment and coffee ever since. The cafe offers a locally roasted blend that includes Columbian, Mexican, and Puerto Rican beans. They also carry locally made artwork and jewelry for sale in the shop so you can support local artists while picking up your morning coffee and bagel. 

  4. Toy Lab – 1529 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236
    No one knows toys like Toy Lab, Sarasota's only independent toy store. This landmark shop has toys and games for kids and adults alike, offering services and suggestions from a team that is passionate about play. Some of the brands that they carry include Playmobile, LEGO, The Manhattan Toy Company, and Ravensburger Puzzles. The folks at Toy Lab will gladly wrap your purchase if you're gifting toys to someone you care about.

  5. The Siesta Key Farmers Market – 5104 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, Florida  34242
    Support local artists, photographers, and creators when you attend the Siesta Key Farmers Market. The farmers market is open to locals, and tourists from 8 am to noon on Sunday mornings. The market helps support 30+ vendors in the Siesta Key area.

  6. Pure Florida Honey Company - 417 12th St. W.#104, Bradenton, Florida 34205
    Purveyors of the Sunshine State's finest local raw honey, the Pure Florida Honey Company, also carries varieties of domestic and international honey, gifts from the hive, and much more. These specialty kinds of honey, like the Brazilian Pepper or the Mangrove, make perfectly unique gifts for the foodie in your life. Stop by and see what all the buzz is about!

  7. Village of the Arts – 1017 12th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
    Downtown Bradenton is home to a thriving arts scene thanks to the Artists Guild of Manatee and the Village of the Arts. Most of the Guild members are also Village residents. The Village stretches from 9th Ave West to 14th St West and offers artists the change to live, work, and play in downtown Bradenton. The commercial overlay of the Village of the Arts offers locals and visitors the perfect chance to support local arts and find one of a kind works of art right here in Bradenton. 

  8. Beach Market at Coquina Beach – 2650 Gulf Dr. S., Bradenton Beach, Florida 34217
    Who says you can't go to the beach and a farmers market at the same time? When you go to the Beach Market at Coquina Beach, you get to enjoy an outdoor market on the southernmost beach on Anna Maria Island. Shop for jewelry, apparel, and gourmet food from local vendors. Be sure to stop by after checking out nearby Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key homes for sale

There are so many wonderful and remarkable small businesses to explore throughout Bradenton and Sarasota. If you'd love to live within walking distance of these fantastic shops, contact us today!

May
8

Grocery Store Delivery Options in Sarasota and Manatee

Sarasota Grocery Delivery

Our real estate agents agree that online shopping and doorstep delivery have made our lives much easier. The convenience of ordering what we need from a computer or mobile phone and having it delivered promptly to our homes is a significant service for many, especially those who may be unable to leave their homes to visit the store. These grocery delivery options in Sarasota and Bradenton can check this item off of your to-do list quickly and easily.

  • Shipt
    The Shipt Shoppers are ready to take your shopping experience to the next level. They'll gladly walk the aisles of a number of stores — grocery and traditional retail alike — and get the goods to your door in as little as one hour. Best of all, you can be in constant contact with your Shipt Shopper and get up-to-the-minute updates on their trip. If an item you want is out of stock, they can let you know right away so you can choose a replacement.

  • Walmart Online Grocery Delivery
    For many families, Walmart is their one-stop-shop for everything. Now, they're ready to help you put dinner on the table with a grocery delivery service from your local Walmart Neighborhood Market. Their certified personal shoppers will tackle your entire shopping list, including everyday essentials like pet, infant, and cleaning supplies. All items are the same Every Day Low Prices found in-store, so you'll receive the same great savings without ever leaving home!

  • Instacart
    Another popular grocery delivery service, Instacart is ready to handpick the products you love from your favorite stores and deliver them right to your home. Their website also features exclusive coupons on hundreds of items to help you knock down your total purchase bill. They also offer same-day delivery in as quickly as 60 minutes. When you shop with Instacart, you can purchase items from most of your go-to grocery retailers, including:
    • Sam's Club
    • Costco
    • BJ's
    • Publix
    • Target
    • CVS Pharmacy
    • Petco
  • Amazon
    You already trust Amazon for your retail purchases, why not use their fresh services to get your groceries delivered to your door as well? Teaming up with Whole Foods Market, Amazon allows you to order fresh groceries that are then delivered from your local Whole Foods Market location. There are also exclusive deals for Amazon Prime members, saving you time and money!

An affordable, convenient way to get your weekly grocery trip completed, these easy-to-order services allow you to devote more time to your family.

To browse our Sarasota homes for sale and Bradenton homes for sale virtually from the comfort of your own home, contact us today!

January
31

Crossfit Gyms in Manatee & Sarasota for Your Fitness Goals

Crossfit gyms in Sarasota

If you're looking forward to a healthier you in 2020, then you're in luck. CrossFit is an excellent workout option to help you accomplish any fitness goal. Whether that goal is to improve health or weight loss, Crossfit can help you get in better shape. The program works for everyone—people who are just starting out and people who have trained for years. These CrossFit gyms in Manatee and Sarasota counties offer an intense workout to help you along on your fitness journey!

  • Seaward CrossFit - 1127 Goodrich Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Reaching and surpassing your goals is the name of the game at Seaward Crossfit. Their training methodology and programming is based on more than nine years of experience in CrossFit training and coaching for CrossFit Headquarters. The diverse staff of fitness experts at Seaward Crossfit also brings to the table experience in everything from gymnastics and martial arts to OPEX Fitness and Baptiste yoga. Just minutes from these Sarasota homes for sale, Seaward CrossFit is an incredible place to improve your health.

  • Real Fitness Sarasota - 4728 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34231
    What makes Real Fitness Sarasota stand out among all the CrossFit gyms in the Sarasota area is their culture of support and inclusiveness. Great coaches and community make it a perfect place to unleash your best self. Take a look at their full lineup of classes and programs near Siesta Key homes for sale

  • CrossFit Lena - 5261 Paylor Ln., Sarasota, FL 34240
    CrossFit Lena is committed to getting you in the best shape of your life. But more importantly, they have a staff of friendly, talented coaches. It's about getting in shape the right way. Plus, with some of the best Sarasota homes for sale, just a stone's throw away, you never have to drive too far to hit the gym. 

  • Rack Star Athletics - 4608 E. State Rd. 64, Bradenton, FL 34208
    The folks at Rack Star Athletics are deeply dedicated to health, fitness, and family. Not only that, but they make working out fun. With programs ranging from strength & conditioning to personal training and individualized nutrition coaching, it's a great place to introduce yourself to CrossFit. Located in the lovely community of Bradenton, Rack Star Athletics is within minutes of Parrish homes for sale. 

  • CrossFit Manatee - 5645 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
    One of the coolest things about CrossFit Manatee is that they offer a free "Introduction to CrossFit" class. That way, if you're new to CrossFit, you get a perfect inside look at exactly how CrossFit works. That makes it easier to know upfront if it's right for you. With a beautiful location in Bradenton near the banks of the Manatee River, CrossFit Manatee is just a short drive from many great Anna Maria homes for sale.

  • CrossFit 941 - 10530 Portal Crossing #103, Bradenton, FL 34211
    A top-notch Olympic Weightlifting and strength & conditioning facility, CrossFit 941 is dedicated to building a strong community of members through hard work and commitment. Ever since they opened their doors in 2013, they've been creating a safe and effective environment for their community. CrossFit 941 is just 20 minutes from the heart of Sarasota, and right around the corner from these lovely Parrish homes for sale. 
  • CrossFit Havoc - 801 7th Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34205
    Accomplish your fitness goals with CrossFit instructors with over 20 years of experience when you sign up for CrossFit HavocLocated right around the corner from Bradenton homes for sale, CrossFit Havoc classes, games, and an open gym to help support you on your fitness journey. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in the Manatee and Sarasota area. Our REALTORS® have helped countless families find their dream homes in Florida, and we can't wait to help you find yours!

December
20

Manatee & Sarasota Bakeries for Your Holiday Pies

Sarasota Bakeries

Not in the mood for baking this holiday season? No problem! The Sarasota and Manatee areas are loaded with great, local bakeries, perfect for picking up pies for all of your big holiday events. There's a local bakery for every taste, with specialties ranging from legendary key lime pies to a huge selection of gluten-free baked goods. Our REALTORS® are here to help you ring in the season in style, with our guide to the best Manatee and Sarasota bakeries for your holiday seasonal treats.

  • Ginnie's and Jane E's – 9807 Gulf Dr., Anna Maria, FL 34216
    Searching for something sweet close to Anna Maria homes for sale? Stop by Ginnie's and Jane E's cafe to shop for holiday pies and so much more. The bakery at this local gem stocks a wide variety of pies, with vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options available. There's also a cafe and antique shop connected to the bakery.

  • Carribean Pie Co. – 2245 Bee Bridge Rd., Sarasota, FL 34239
    If you're looking for an authentic, amazing key lime pie close to Sarasota homes for sale, then the Carribean Pie Co. is more than worth a trip. Try the award-winning key lime pie or sample one of many other pies with tropical themes. With over 25 years of experience creating delicious treats, you can always expect quality desserts.

  • Island Gluten Free Bakery – 1880 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, FL 34231
    When Island Gluten Free Bakery got its start in 2006, it was one of just a handful of gluten-free bakeries in the country. Even though there's a lot more competition today, this bakery still ranks as one of the country's best. There are also extensive vegan options, all made fresh with local ingredients.

  • Yoder's Amish Village 3434 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34239
    You can't go wrong with a pie from Yoder's Amish Village. This Sarasota staple has been serving up mouthwatering slices of pie since 1975. All of these Amish pies are completely made-from-scratch every morning. There are plenty of options to take home with you during the holidays, including cherry, pumpkin, southern pecan, double-crust apple, and more! 

  • Der Dutchman – 3713 Bahia Vista St., Sarasota, FL 34232
    Enjoy a homemade Amish pie during the holidays when you pick up pies from Der Dutchman. Conveniently located on Bahia Vista St, this Amish store is perfect for holiday desserts or even picking up last-minute gifts. Pie options include black raspberry, custard, pumpkin, and blueberry.   

  • Morton's Gourmet Market – 1924 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, Florida 34239
    Morton's Gourmet Market has upheld a tradition of tasty food for over 40 years. You'll impress at the holiday party when you bring a treat from Morton's Gourmet Market's talented pastry chefs. Some of their holiday dessert specialties for 2019 include pumpkin pie, old fashioned apple pie, and Jim Beam pecan pie. Be sure to place your holiday orders before December 20th. 

Still searching for the perfect local home where you can create your own holiday memories? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Manatee and Sarasota areas.

December
13

Shop Local for Your Last Minute Holiday Shopping in Bradenton & Sarasota

Shop Local Bradenton

Before you know it, the days for holiday shopping will dwindle. If you're still looking for a few last-minute gifts, our REALTORS® suggest shopping local. Here are just a few of the many wonderful and unique stores around Bradenton and Sarasota.

  1. Created Gems — 5212 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, FL 32424
    Jewelry is always an excellent gift for that special someone, and Created Gems is a fantastic place to find fantastic affordable pieces for every style. Shop their selection of earrings, slides, rings, and bracelets all set in 14 karat gold or platinum-finished sterling silver. Stop by when you're in town looking at Siesta Key homes for sale. 

  2. Florida Olive Oil — 307 W. Venice Ave., Venice, FL 34285
    Chances are high that there's someone on your shopping list who loves cooking. Help them savor every meal at home with specialty oils, vinegars, spices, and sauces from Florida Olive Oil. Located just minutes from waterfront Venice homes for sale, Florida Olive Oil has fine quality ingredients that make any meal a masterpiece.

  3. Just/Because — 7 S. Blvd. Of Presidents, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Stroll along St. Armand's Circle next time you're visiting Sarasota homes for sale and stop into Just/Because to grab a few fabulous stocking stuffers. This boutique shop has a variety of home accessories from more than 50 talented Floridian artists. Gifts for him and her include cosmetic bags, décor, wine racks, kitchen items, jewelry, and more. 

  4. Charley's Boutique — 5761 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton, FL 34209
    Voted as one of the favorite local boutiques in town, Charley's Boutique has the best casual and formal wear from around the country. Their fashionable selection includes women's clothing, accessories and shoes, books, candles, lotions, soaps, and adorable baby gifts. Find something for the fashionista in your life with a trip to Charley's next time you're searching for Bradenton homes for sale.

  5. Vanessa Fine Jewelry — 8131 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    Give a gift that truly sparkles when you get your loved one a gift from Vanessa Fine Jewelry. This local jewelry shop near Lakewood Ranch homes for sale offers collections from world-renowned designers. Stop in and find jewelry that will impress this holiday season. Or have the team make something one-of-a-kind and inquire about custom designing. You can't go wrong with a trip to Vanessa Fine Jewelry. 

  6. Sea-renity Beach Spa & Bou-tiki — 112 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach, FL  34217
    Give the gift of Vitamin Sea at Sea-renity Beach Spa & Bou-tiki. Located on Historic Bridge Street steps from Bradenton Beach homes for sale, this oyster of Anna Maria Island shopping carries art, souvenirs, jewelry, clothing, and more! However, we believe the ultimate gift you can give is a private beach massage. Trust us — a relaxing massage or couples massage on the calm shores of the Gulf is a gift of serenity anyone will love!

Don't save your shopping for Bradenton and Sarasota homes for sale until the last minute! Contact us to begin your search!

November
15

No-Shave November: Barbershops in Manatee & Sarasota Counties

Barber Shops in Sarasota

No-Shave November has blown up in recent years, with men all over the world letting their beards grow wild as a way to raise awareness and money to fight cancer. Our REALTORS® have always been happy to take part, but when November draws to a close, we're about ready for a shave. 

Luckily, we have some great barbers in Manatee and Sarasota Counties. So when No-Shave November ends and you're ready to kiss your beard goodbye, these local barbershops are the places to go. 

  • Locals Barbershop LLC - 3322 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    Bradenton's Locals Barbershop LLC is one of our go-to spots for a shave, trim or haircut in Manatee County. No appointments are needed, but you can book one online. You'll always find three barbers on duty, ready to hook you up with whatever style you need. With a location near many Bradenton homes for sale, a great haircut is never far away.

  • Captain Kirk's Midway Barber - 6836 14th St W, Bradenton, FL 34207
    A Bradenton staple since 1993, Captain Kirk's Midway Barber offers snips and shaves with great prices and a friendly atmosphere. They do master cuts for men, women, and kids, so whether you need a quick beard trim, a clean shave or a trendy fade, they'll get the job done for you. Plus, the convenient location is close to many Bradenton homes for sale
     
  • Just Gents Barber & Spa - 126 N Orange Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    Yes, men need to pamper themselves now and then. And when they do, they go to Just Gents Barber & Spa, Sarasota's premier grooming service. Perfect for guys who want to look great, feel great, relax, and rejuvenate. Just Gents is located right around the corner from these Sarasota homes for sale and offers a wide range of body, hair and skincare products and services, specifically designed for men.

  • Sarasota/Bradenton Hair Salon - 3645 Cortez Rd W #140, Bradenton, FL 34210
    Men and women alike will get a great trim or cut at Sarasota/Bradenton Hair Salon. Haircuts and shaves for men range in styles from fun to funky and always come with a low price tag. Plus, every service comes with a one-week guarantee, so if you're not happy with your fresh look, you can always come back after looking at Bradenton homes for sale

  • JD Barbary Shoppe - 8111 Lakewood Main St # 104, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    In some corners, traditional barber skills are a dying art. But not at JD Barbary Shoppe. Here is a place you can stop in any time for a classic haircut experience, courtesy of master barbers who are well versed in all the tonsorial arts. From traditional straight-razor shaves to modern-day trimming techniques, JD Barbary Shoppe offers something genuinely timeless. Look for their authentic striped barber pole on Main Street in Lakewood Ranch, minutes from these Lakewood Ranch homes for sale

  • Venice Island Barber Shop - 505 S Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL 34285
    Established in 1961, Venice Island Barbershop is your father's barbershop, but that doesn't mean it can't be yours too. Decked out in vintage barbershop style, the shop is home to five antique barber chairs, with a talented barber stationed at each one. Just up the street from Venice homes for sale, Venice Island Barbershop offers an ideal mix of modern trends and timeless style.

Contact us to learn more about life in Manatee and Sarasota Counties! Our team has helped families find their dream homes of Florida's Sunset Coast, and we're committed to helping you find yours.

October
18

Yoga Studios to Find Your Center in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

Yoga Studios Sarasota & Manatee

Yoga has helped people of all ages improve their breathing, balance, and alleviate stress levels. 

Luckily, residents of Sarasota and Manatee Counties have plenty of yoga studios to choose where to improve their yoga practice. These yoga studios have expert instructors and supportive classes ready and able to help you work out the knots and bring your daily life back into balance. Find your center at one of these area yoga studios. 

  • Pineapple Yoga Studio - 517 S Pineapple Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    The team at Pineapple Yoga Studio are experts at helping you bring light and love into your life. They keep their classes small so that you receive plenty of personalized attention. They also offer numerous retreats and workshops so you can develop a deeper connection with your inner self as you ponder Sarasota homes for sale

  • Balance Pilates and Yoga - 5120 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34210
    If you are eager to bring your life back into balance, be sure to look into Balance Pilates and Yoga. They can help strengthen your body, engage your mind, and nurture your spirit so you can relax before seeing Bradenton homes for sale.

  • Salty Buddha Co. - 2219 Gulf Dr. N, Bradenton Beach, FL 34217
    When life gets tough, get salty with it! At Salty Buddha Co., they will teach you how to stand up and blow with the breeze when the storms start to rise. Their instructors will take you out on the water so you can roll with the waves and help you dig your heels into the sand for those times when you need to stand firm. As you become one with nature, you can look around and see the fantastic Bradenton Beach homes for sale.

  • Yoga Girlie - 907 5th St W, Palmetto, FL 34221
    Yoga Girlie LaRae Brownewell has a passion for helping people. She is a master at helping her students find peace so that they can enjoy prosperity. Since 2000, she has built her studio into one of the best studios in Palmetto. That is why many people who purchase Palmetto homes for sale look her up when they need to work out their stresses.

  • My Tranquility Farm - 13710 Golf Course Rd, Parrish FL 34219
    If you want to try something different and out of the ordinary, then consider a day doing yoga with goats at My Tranquility Farm. This unorthodox approach might be the ticket for helping you sort through the listings and decide which Parrish homes for sale you want to see. A day at Tranquility Farm is a one-of-a-kind experience you won't find anywhere else in the state.

  • Dragonfly Ayurveda and Yoga - 439 Tamiami Trail #202, Venice, FL 34285
    Searching for some peace and quiet? You will find plenty at Dragonfly Ayurveda and Yoga, where they will make it easy for you to sort through and sift out the noise of daily life. This fabulous studio offers small classes and personalized instruction guaranteed to help you relax and decide the best Venice homes for sale for you and your family. 

Our REALTORS® know Florida is the best place in the country to rest and relax. When you contact us, we will do our best to help you identify the ideal community and the perfect home for you to buy.  

July
22

Clean Eating Restaurants Near You

Sarasota Manatee Clean Eating Restaurants

Living in the Sunshine State gives you plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. For many Florida residents, staying active and eating well are important priorities. Lately, people across the state are embracing the idea of "clean eating."

While this might sound like just another fad diet, it's actually a way of life that's incredibly effective for maintaining your health. In its simplest form, clean eating involves avoiding processed foods, eating balanced meals prepared in healthy ways, and ramping up your intake of plant-based foods. 

Luckily, you don't have to slave away in the kitchen to enjoy eating clean. Our real estate agents have found some great clean eating restaurants throughout the Sarasota-Manatee areas! Check out this list of some of our local favorites. 

  1. Lemon Tree Kitchen - 1289 N Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
    With an array of healthy menu items designed to appeal to the everyday diner, Lemon Tree Kitchen is the perfect choice for a casual bite in a relaxed atmosphere. All of their dishes are made from scratch daily and feature clean, wholesome ingredients that are locally-sourced whenever possible.  After you're done with your meal, we recommend taking a drive around so you can see some of the great Sarasota homes for sale in the downtown area. 

  2. The Sage Biscuit Cafe in Downtown Bradenton - 1401 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    The Sage Biscuit Cafe brings homemade, quality dishes to their clientele that include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. The Sage Biscuit Cafe is a family-owned business dedicated to serving their customers the freshest and tastiest food in Bradenton. After your meal, take a drive to view some of the best Bradenton homes for sale in the area.

  3. Veg - 2164 Gulf Gate Dr., Sarasota, FL 34232
    Veg offers high-quality vegetarian, vegan, and seafood dishes served in a cozy bistro setting. They're open for both lunch and dinner and can accommodate gluten-free and lactose-intolerant diners. They serve excellent homemade sangria, and the veggie burgers are out-of-this-world. 

  4. Fresh Kitchen - 8491 Cooper Creek Blvd #101, Bradenton, FL 34201
    Fresh Kitchen
    serves customers chef-inspired meals made from fresh high-quality ingredients to nourish and energize the body. At Fresh Kitchen, you can build your own bowls with hormone and antibiotic-free grilled meats and roasted vegetables. Your meal at Fresh Kitchen is 100% gluten-free.

  5. Ionie Retreat and Organic Raw Food Cafe - 1241 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Part spa retreat and part vegan raw food restaurant, Ionie Retreat and Organic Raw Food Cafe is the ideal place to relax and unwind while giving your body the nourishment it craves. Grab a spot at one of the cute outdoor tables and enjoy a healthy smoothie, juice, elixir, or wheatgrass shot. Want something more substantial? They also serve pizzas, entrees, and desserts.

  6. Bowled Life Cafe  - 929 10th St E., Palmetto, FL 34221
    Bowled Life Cafe was opened in Manatee County in October 2018 and has been showing Bradenton locals the way to delicious, healthy eating ever since.  The restaurant specializes in acai bowls, smoothies, salad bowls, and avocado toast. David and Bettina Wheeler, Bowled Life Cafe owners, described their fare as vegan-friendly and "on the healthy side--no sugar is added and nothing is fried. Bowled Life Cafe, located just minutes from homes for sale in Palmetto.

  7. Green Zebra Cafe - 476 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, FL 34236
    Located in beautiful St. Armands Circle, family-owned Green Zebra Cafe is another local favorite. Their menu includes raw entrees and desserts, pressed juices and elixirs, smoothies, sandwiches, salads, and more. Best of all, everything is made from the best possible local and organic ingredients. 

  8. Lila - 1576 Main St, Sarasota, FL 34236
    For creative vegetarian and vegan dishes, you can't go wrong with lunch or dinner at Lila. This downtown hot spot prides itself on using organic and locally-sourced ingredients and preparing their dishes in a way that keeps all vegetarian and vegan dishes free of animal contaminants. Both vegans and meat-eaters love these fresh and delicious vegetable-centric meals!

There's so much to love about living in Sarasota and Manatee! From seemingly limitless dining and entertainment options to great weather and gorgeous houses, this city has it all. If you're ready to learn more about the area and start exploring some of our homes for sale throughout Sarasota and Manatee Counties, contact us today to get started.

March
25

A Mom's Guide to Kids' Birthday Party Places in Manatee & Sarasota Counties

Sarasota Manatee Birthday Party Places for Kids
Birthdays come around just once a year, and our REALTORS® know it's an important time for your kids. It's the perfect day to spend with friends and family all around. Sarasota and Manatee Counties feature plenty of locations to have a party that kicks another year off right.

No matter what interests your young one has, our nearby communities are at the center of exciting party venues that are enjoyable and educational. From party staples like pizza to hands-on art projects, we have it all.

Some of the best places to throw a birthday party are at your backdoor:

  1. Kids Supergym Lakewood Ranch - 7337 International Pl, Sarasota, FL 34240
    Kids Supergym is located not far from some of our Lakewood Ranch homes for sale. Two trained instructors will supervise all of the activities in the gym from trampolines to zip lines to ensure partygoer's safety and fun.  The Supergym's viewing lounge area serves as the ideal spot for parents and adults to watch and prepare for food and more celebrating.

  2. Bowlero Bradenton - 4208 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210
    Give your child's birthday that extra helping of fun this year at Bowlero.  Bowling, arcade games, and kid-favorite foods are sure to be a hit, and Bowlero's party planners take care of the work for you. Located near Bradenton homes for sale, Bowlero and their staff turn a good time into a great party.

  3. Carla's Clay - 1733 Northgate Blvd, Sarasota FL 34234
    If you've been browsing for Sarasota homes for sale, you might have seen a terrific place for a hands-on birthday party. Carla's Clay is an art studio that offers classes for students of all ages. It builds on its Kids and Clay class with birthday party bookings of the entire studio. Fun activities are available for everyone, but there is a minimum of four guests for daytime parties and six for evenings. All supplies, instruction, and firing are included.

  4. Arts A Blaze Studio, 8111 Lakewood Main St, Unit 107 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202
    Arts A Blaze Studio
    is an all-inclusive, pottery painting and glass fusing art studio perfect to host your "budding young artist's" next birthday celebration.  With party packages geared specifically towards children, your child and their guests will leave with a memento to commemorate the fun they've had.  One of the studio's staff artists will be on hand to greet guests, help with pottery and paint selections, instruction, and clean up.  Arts a Blaze Studio is located near Manatee County's Lakewood Ranch master-planned real estate community.

  5. Cookie Cottage - 335 Gillespie Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    What child doesn't love cookies? Cookies are a perennial favorite for kids, and Cookie Cottage will give them the whole experience. Located in the heart of historic downtown Sarasota, it provides custom cookie parties on any theme you choose. You'll get to decorate four to six cookies, a cupcake, and an apron. Indoor games, face painting, and crafts will be available, along with the option of a birthday cake.

  6. Evie's Family Golf - 4735 Bee Ridge Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233
    Up for a round of golf? Evie's Family Golf is the answer, with mini-golf, whiffle ball, and plenty of pizza. You'll get two hours of action for a discount price. Pizza, ice cream, and drinks are included, with the option to make your own pizza. Optional add-ons include bounce house access, face painting, cotton candy, and much more. It's a time to remember!

  7. Cat Depot, 2542 17th St Sarasota, FL 34234
    Cat Depot in Sarasota is the purrr-fect place to host your child's next birthday party. Included in the "Cat's Meow" birthday package is the 2-hour rental of a private party room for up to 20 guests. A party assistant will help with welcoming guests, arts and crafts, and introducing your child and their friends to some of the kittens and cats paying Cat Depot a visit until they meet their forever family.

When people think about buying a home, it usually doesn't inspire them to break out the party hats. An experienced real estate agent makes things easier with expert advice that will get you to closing.

Contact Wagner Realty to find out more. We look forward to helping you.

February
4

6 Frozen Yogurt Shops In & Around Sarasota to Celebrate National Frozen Yogurt Day

Sarasota Frozen Yogurt Businesses
If you're in the mood for a tasty treat but are still trying to stick to your New Year's resolutions, a healthy frozen yogurt is a perfect solution. In honor of National Frozen Yogurt Day on February 6, our real estate agents decided to pay a visit to some of our favorite frozen dessert shops. 

After doing plenty of due diligence, they've created a list of their favorites to share with you. Each location has unique qualities, so you may want to do your own research and try them all!

  1. Yogurtology: 1635 S Tamiami Trl., Sarasota
    With yogurt mixologists creating "premiyum" flavors you won't find anywhere else, Yogurtology offers visitors a truly unique experience.  When you're in the area looking at Sarasota homes for sale, take a few minutes to stop by and check out some of the new flavors like Blueberry Tart, Rocket Pop Sorbet, and Red Velvet Cake.
  1. The Skinny Dip Frozen Yogurt Bar: 8415 S Tamiami Trl., Sarasota
    If you're really worried about sticking to your diet, The Skinny Dip is a great option for you. In addition to a ton of interesting flavors, this shop also offers eight low-sugar options like Rocky Road and Nutella that are just as indulgent as the real thing.

    Want more of a treat? Try a traditional frozen yogurt with your choice of toppings, choose one of their fresh-made cupcakes, or indulge in a soda float.
  1. SweetBerries: 2881 Clark Rd Unit 25, Sarasota
    A long-standing favorite in both Sarasota and Bradenton, SweetBerries is the place to go for frozen custard. Slightly different from traditional frozen yogurt, custard is actually a form of ice cream made with egg yolk. Sweetberries custard is made fresh twice daily using a slow-churn method. The result is a thick, dense dessert that's different from anything you've ever had before.

    They make chocolate and vanilla custard daily and feature one different flavor each day. Check out the flavor calendar so you can plan your visit around when your favorite is served. 
  1. Menchie's River Club Plaza: 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd. Ste C136, Bradenton
    In addition to having some of the best Bradenton homes, Lakewood Ranch is also one of the area's premier dining, shopping, and entertainment destinations.

    Menchies Frozen Yogurt, located in the River Club Plaza, is one of the locals' favorite places to get a healthy treat. Here you'll find high-quality frozen yogurt made with no artificial colors or flavors, no high-fructose corn syrup, and no partially hydrogenated oils.

    Some of their most popular flavors include Blueberry Pomegranate Tart, Double Espresso Tiramisu, and Eggnog Cheesecake. Choose from a huge assortment of toppings and don't forget to pick up a FroYo cake to enjoy after you get home.
  1. Yogurt Mountain: 1526 Cortez Rd W., Bradenton
    If toppings are your thing, you'll definitely want to pay a visit to Yogurt Mountain. In addition to 16 rotating flavors, this shop features over 50 different topping choices.

    From traditional options like nuts and fruit to more adventurous toppings like sour worms, strawberry juice poppers, and fruity pebbles, the possibilities are literally endless.
  1. Sunni Bunni: 5202 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key
    One of the most popular shops on Siesta Key, SunniBunni is the area's number one choice for all-natural frozen yogurt. You won't find any powdered mix here. The owners pride themselves on only using real yogurt loaded with probiotics. Choose from traditional frozen yogurt, extra-creamy "Megabunni" or sinfully delicious "Bon Bon Bunni."

    While you're enjoying your treat, take a walk around and check out some of the homes in Siesta Key. Soak in the gorgeous views and prime locations and picture yourself living in this beautiful city.

Whether you're looking for a bustling city-vibe or laid-back island life, there's a neighborhood in the Sarasota area that's perfect for you. We have the inside scoop on all the best homes for sale and are standing by to help you find the perfect one. Contact Wagner Realty today get started on the search for your dream home.

January
21

5 Sarasota Smoothie Bars to Celebrate National Green Juice Day

Sarasota Smoothie Bars
Living in the Sunshine State gives you plenty of opportunities to spend time outdoors and enjoy an active lifestyle. If feeling healthier is one of your 2019 goals, you'll be glad to know that small changes can make a big difference.

Occasionally replacing a heavy meal with a fruit or a veggie-packed smoothie is a great way to improve your diet while pleasing your palate. In honor of National Green Juice Day on January 26, our real estate agents have gathered a list of their favorite spots in the Sarasota area to grab a tasty green smoothie on the go.

  1. Keva Juice Sarasota: 5325 Fruitville Rd, Sarasota
    If you're planning to spend the day exploring Sarasota homes for sale, starting your morning with a smoothie from Keva Juice Sarasota will ensure you have the energy to power through.  Choose from the original berry, tropical, or citrus smoothies, green tea chillers, green smoothies, and more. For an extra kick, opt for a Red Bull smoothie and add boosters like Whey protein, Emergen-C, Immunity, Fat Burner, or Stress Relief.
  1. Vitality Bowls Sarasota: 8226 S Tamiami Trail, Sarasota
    Conveniently located across the street from Sarasota Square Mall, Vitality Bowls offers a huge selection of healthy and delicious acai bowls, green juices, and fresh smoothies. With superfood ingredients like graviola, spirulina, matcha, hemp seeds, chia, and more, it's easy to order a beverage that's as vitamin-packed as it is delicious.

  2. Green Zebra Café: 476 John Ringling Blvd, Sarasota
    A visit to beautiful St. Armand's Circle wouldn't be complete without a stop at the Green Zebra Café. Green Zebra Café features an array of unique organic smoothies blended to order, wellness shots and elixirs, and cold-pressed juices.  It's easy to see why this is a go-to destination for health-conscious locals and visitors.

  3. Clean Juice: 5215 University Pkwy #104, Bradenton
    If you've spent some time looking at Bradenton homes for sale, you're surely familiar with the bustling University Town Center (UTC) area. Whether you're there to shop, dine, or indulge in some self-care, a stop at Clean Juice is a perfect compliment to your day.  Enjoy unique protein smoothies, seasonal treats, juices, and cold-pressed shots. You can also take your healthy habits home with you by picking up some cold-pressed juice bottles or a juice cleanse kit.
  1. SunniBunni Siesta Key: 5202 Ocean Blvd, Siesta Key
    After spending a day exploring homes in Siesta Key, the entire family will love visiting SunniBunni. With smoothies made from real yogurt, fruit, nuts, and plenty of healthy add-ons, it's easy to see why this popular quick-serve restaurant was voted one of Sarasota's top dining destinations.

Vegans and those who are dairy-free can enjoy their smoothies with coconut milk soft serve instead of yogurt. Try a classic fruit smoothie, opt for a healthy organic green DetoxBunni, or indulge in a DirtiBunni made with Oreos, M&Ms and chocolate sauce. Stopping at SunniBunni means that everyone is sure to go home happy. 

When you're ready to take the next step towards making Sarasota your permanent home, we can help! Contact Wagner Realty to learn why working with our real estate agents puts you in the best position to find your dream home and make it a reality.

January
14

6 Best Bakeries in Bradenton to Break Your Resolution

Bradenton Bakeries - Wagner Realty

The city of Bradenton has more to offer than beautiful houses, friendly neighbors, and plenty of sunshine. It's also home to some of the area's best bakeries. When our real estate agents are in the mood for a tasty treat, they love making a stop at one of their favorite sweet spots. 

The decadent delights you'll find in these shops are totally worth taking a break from your New Year's resolutions, if only for a day. We've created a list of our favorite Bradenton bakeries, so you can see for yourself what all the buzz is about.

  1. Arte Caffe 930 12th St W, Bradenton
    If you're looking for an eclectic and fun place to live, you'll definitely want to check out Bradenton homes for sale near the Village of the Arts. While you're there, stop by the Arte Caffe for fresh-made baked goods including authentic Italian breads, focaccia, bagels, and hard rolls. Take your treats to go or enjoy them in the front dining room, indoor café, or outside seating area.

  2. CopaMoca: 1506 13th St. W, Bradenton
    Specializing in Italian sweets and coffees, CopaMoca provides a perfectly relaxing atmosphere to help you escape from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Here you'll find a wide selection of traditional Italian cookies, scones, cannoli's, biscotti, and more. Relax in the café and take your time sipping on an espresso, macchiato, whole-leaf tea, or a cup of chocolate with steamed milk.

  3. Edible Elegance by Eli: 3737 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton
    If you want to make your next event or special occasion memorable, look no further than the delicious creations from Edible Elegance by Eli. With almost limitless flavor combinations and even greater creativity, Eli's cakes, party packages, and custom-made sweets are sure to please any crowd.

  4. Turner's Donut Shop: 902 Martin Luther King Jr Ave. W, Bradenton
    Ask any Bradenton local where to find the best donuts in the city, and you'll get the same answer. Turner's Donut Shop has been a staple of Bradenton since 1960, with good reason. The fresh-made donuts, fritters, and breakfast sandwiches are literally the stuff of legends. Expect to deal with limited parking and a packed house but know that it will be 100 percent worth the wait.

  5. Hometown Desserts: 5120 Manatee Ave. W, Bradenton
    With locations in Bradenton and on Anna Maria Island, Hometown Desserts is a favorite among both locals and visitors. The artistry and attention to detail that goes into every single item is something you'll simply have to see to believe. Pick up some homemade pie, cupcakes, or cookies or order a custom-made cake that's sure to "wow" any crowd.

  6. Sugar Cubed: 531 13th St. W, Bradenton
    For a modern twist on traditional baked goods, you can't go wrong with a visit to Sugar Cubed. A self-proclaimed "pastry lab," this shop prides itself on baking innovation. Here you'll find deliciously surprising menu items like blueberry ginger muffins, butterbeer cupcakes, and salted caramel pretzel brownies. Of course, you can also find traditional favorites including chocolate-covered strawberries, key lime pie, and fresh-made cinnamon buns. No matter what you're craving, there's bound to be something at Sugar Cubed that will leave you feeling satisfied. 

Outstanding bakeries and cafes are just one of the things that make Bradenton a great place to live and work. Contact us at Wagner Realty today and let us show you even more reasons to make "The Friendly City" your new home.

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