Shopping in Jacksonville, FL
Nickie Riley and Manne White set out from New York to sunny Florida set on opening a boutique with the sophistication of a Manhattan clothier and the charm of a neighborhood hangout. The two fashionistas accomplished just that with Penelope T, a contemporary women’s clothing and accessories shop with locations in Jacksonville Beach and Tampa. And really – how could they go wrong with a name inspired by Penelope Tree? In a nod to the iconic Brit model, her namesake shop offers styles with a “rebellious edge and a vintage, lived-in quality,” Penelope T’s website says. You’ll find cocktail dresses, jeans, swimwear, shoes and jewelry for the woman with a creative edge.
How better to get a woman’s attention than with chocolate. Or shoes. Ergo, one of the best women’s apparel, shoe and accessories store names we’ve seen yet. And the shopping at this Fleming Island boutique near Orange Park is just as scrumptious as the name suggests. Best known for its selection of high-end jeans (Miss Me, Big Star and Silver) offered at 20% less than mall prices, the Chocolate Shoe Boutique also carries dresses, jewelry, handbags and shoes. A big seller: $20 necklace and earring sets perfect for gift giving, and Humanity leather wrap bracelets, the sales of which benefit various global charities.
If your Fluffy’s a fashionista too, she’ll love a trip to the Bark Boutique, an urban-upscale dog boutique in Jacksonville’s Five Points district. Stylish pet apparel, designer collars with matching leashes, chic beds and sleek pet carriers ensure she’ll turn heads and travel in haute fashion. Since all that shopping works up a four-legged’s appetite, the Bark Boutique features a gourmet pet bakery specializing in homemade cookies and cakes make with organic products including chocolate treats made with carob, a dog-safe chocolate substitute. Grooming services include a luxurious oatmeal bath, blow-dry and brush, nail clipping, teeth brushing and more. A diva dog never had it so good.
The Noreen Young Cosmetics & Makeup Studio is housed in a tiny shop tucked away in a woodsy lot in Jacksonville’s Southside. It’s jam-packed with high-end cosmetics you won’t find anywhere else, including many formulated by Young herself – a tiny, dark-beauty with an infectious personality. A longtime skincare and makeup expert who has worked with numerous celebrities, Young draws upon age-old Asian beauty secrets to develop cosmetic and fragrance products. She’ll even custom design a lipstick shade just for you. After all, you’re to hear Young repeat her famous motto: “A woman without lipstick is like a day without sunshine.”
Located in the tony San Marco shopping district, The Snob is arguably Jacksonville’s top high-end consignment shop. Lending a bit of true “snob appeal” to those with a little less coin than Hollywood’s A-listers, the shop offers gently-worn, never-worn and vintage selections from names like Badgley Mischka, Helmut Lang, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Gucci and Escada. You may find a $4,000 Chanel suit for closer to $800, or a Georgio Armani that originally sold for upwards of $2,400 for anywhere from $200 to $400. You’ll also find lower-priced fineries by the likes of Ellen Tracy, DKNY and Cavin Klein.