St Armands Circle in Sarasota, Florida
St. Armands real estate history was well documented as circus magnate John Ringling’s vision of a shopping center shaped in a circle with surrounding residential neighborhood was developed. A European style roundabout is now bordered by more than 130 shops, boutiques and restaurants. Ringling used his circus elephants in the 1920s to haul the timbers that would be used to construct the Ringling Bridge which connects St. Armands Circle to mainland Sarasota, Florida.
Similar to Worth Avenue on Florida’s east coast, St. Armands is an international outdoor shopping center. Visitors will find specialty shops for garden,shells, pets and jewelry. Need that special outfit? Shops like Dream Weaver offer the finest in fashion. Old time fudge makers and ice cream shops are on the Circle too.
In addition to shopping, casual and elegant dining, visitors of today’s St. Armands Circle, enjoy viewing the many statutes provided by the Ringling family. Also, throughout the year St. Armands Circle is host to arts and crafts festivals, car shows as well as musical performances – all held “Center Circle” where you can read about Sarasota’s circus heritage too.