Key West Shopping Guide
For many travelers, shopping has moved beyond buying the requisite T-shirt or other traditional souvenir to become a vacation activity in its own right. Whether it means strolling art galleries for a unique piece to take home or browsing boutiques for an island dress or linen shirt, shopping has become an integral part of vacation relaxation and enjoyment.
Several notable shops are conveniently located near the dock at The Westin Key West Resort & Marina. Little Switzerland features an enviable collection of designer jewelry and watches by Tiffany, Pandora, Lagos, Swarovski, Tag Heuer, Movado and Michael Kors. At the Fury Surf Shack, water enthusiasts will find famous names including Billabong, Skullcandy, Ray-Ban and Quiksilver. Anglers and boaters love Saltwater Angler for booking fishing charters and buying high-end rods and reels by Orvis and Shimano, sunglasses by Maui Jim, Oakley and Costa Del Mar and apparel by Columbia and Patagonia.
However, because Key West is a mecca for unique galleries and funky shops, it’s well worth embarking on an island shopping jaunt. Wander down Duval Street and stroll through Old Town – you’re bound to find something you just have to have, a piece of Key West that will remind you of your time in this island paradise..
At Art@830 Gallery, 830 Caroline Street, Christine Scarsella and Tony Gregory feature paintings, glasswork, pottery and jewelry by local and national artists and craftspeople in their cozy, brightly lit gallery. Look for Thomas Mann’s “techno-romantic” jewelry and Wes Hunting’s ethereal vases, as well as paintings by Theresa Burns, Alfred Phillips and more.
At the Alan S. Maltz Gallery, at 1210 Duval Street in the heart of the shopping district, photos of wildlife and nature scenes showcase the iconic photographer’s ability to capture the ephemeral tropical light. Recently, Maltz launched a new line of photos, called the Old Florida collection, which includes the Bahia Honda Bridge in the Lower Keys and the natural beauty of the Everglades
Away from the bustle of Duval Street, at 276 Margaret Street, sits Local Color, a local favorite (hence the name). Located in the heart of the Historic Seaport, its waterfront location makes for convenient shopping after a day of snorkeling or fishing. The shop’s original jewelry designs are popular – in particular the KW bracelet, KW ring and Caribbean hook bracelet.
Also in the Historic Seaport, The Gallery on Greene, at 606 Greene Street, houses an impressive collection of works by 37 artists, including six Pulitzer Prize winners. Billing itself as “a leader in the field of figurative island art,” the gallery features works by Key West favorites Peter Vey and Mario Sanchez and Cuban artists who still live in Cuba including Roberto Fabelo and Luis Abreu.
A few doors down, at 616 Greene Street, is one of the funkiest spots in Key West, and that’s saying something.
Shoppers who venture past the shack-like exterior of 90 Miles to Cuba will find an antiques shop and art gallery that is home to owner Linda Reike’s artwork from “Key West of Old.” In addition, nautical antiques, handmade modern and antique jewelry, original and reproduction graphic art and antique postcards of Key West and Cuba are sold here. Sign collectors will love the many original storefront signs available, such as the one from Garcia Cigar Shop, formerly on Fleming Street.
Over at Lucky Street Gallery, 540 Greene Street, about 30 featured artists showcase their fine, exuberant, contemporary artwork, including an array of paintings and boldly colored metal sculptures. In the gallery, which has been in business since 1983, the art is hung in such a way that customers can visualize the pieces in their own homes. There’s also an outdoor sculpture garden. New exhibitions are rotated every two weeks during season between Thanksgiving and May.