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What started 58 years ago as a shop set up in Barbara Katz’s garage has since become a staple boutique based in Boca Raton. Aqua tones accent the store, complemented by elegant crystal and foil chandeliers. The decor sets the tone for a sophisticated inventory of women’s clothing, jewelry and handbags from labels like Fabiana Filippi, Pure Amici and Repeat. Favorite pieces: Novelty tops and sweaters, plaid shirts, light-weight handbags and layered necklaces. Price point: $80/tops to $2,500/cocktail dresses.
Barbara Katz, The Commons at Glades Plaza, 2240 NW 19th St., Ste. 601, Boca Raton / 561.391.1066 / barbarakatz.com
Briny means “of salty water or the sea,” so Alexa Chaviano thought it a good fit for her boutique situated in the coastal city of Fort Lauderdale. While the name and interior boast a by-the-ocean vibe, the women’s fashion and accessories at Briny are inspired by shopping trips Chaviano used to take with her mother to New York City. Using brands like Olivaceous, L’Atiste and Flying Monkey, the boutique provides what Chaviano calls “a concierge style of customer service.” Favorite pieces: Suede pencil skirts, off-the-shoulder tops, bodysuits and high-waisted distressed denim. Price point: $30 to $80.
Briny Boutique, 274 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale / 954.552.0217 / briny-boutique.myshopify.com
Arriving in Delray Beach two years ago after more than a decade’s success at its first location in Louisville, Kentucky, Circe Swag (Southern Wear and Goods) is a one-stop shop for the entire family. Pre-teen to adult men can shop designers like Costa Del Mar, Vineyard Vines and Peter Millar on the Swag side, while females of all age groups can browse labels like Tibi, Rebecca Taylor and Blaque Label on the Circe side. The women’s store also includes a full beauty bar with services by local make-up artists. Favorite pieces: Men’s button-downs, ties and women’s designer dresses. Price point: Available upon request.
Circe Swag, 1122 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach / 561.270.7933 / circeswag.com
(Update — Circe Swag has moved from their previous location at 401 E. Atlantic Ave. The new address is listed above.)
Notorious in Boca Raton is the image of three women donning trench coats and berets, stepping in unison. Etoile Volin and her husband designed the distinguishable logo for her eponymous store, which has been dressing the Boca woman for 35 years. “Everything is magnificent. It’s like a museum over here,” Volin says of her exclusive European inventory that includes tops, gowns, jewelry and more. When asked for her favorite pieces, Volin says, “Everything is my favorite. If it isn’t my favorite, I don’t buy it.” Price point: Available upon request.
Etoile, 201 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton / 561.392.2449
With more than 30 years at its Addison Place location, Infinity Ladies Boutique dresses women in casual wear to black-tie attire. Sizes 0 to 22 can be found in the shop under labels like Chalet, Jovani and David Cline. Favorite pieces: Gowns, special occasion dresses, dressy suits and dressy separates. Price point: Available upon request.
Infinity Ladies Boutique, 16850 Jog Road, Delray Beach / 561.865.2779 / infinityladiesboutique.com
Aconcept that hosts designers predominantly based in Los Angeles, Jamie’s Boutique offers feminine and high-quality pieces, such as graphic tees and flowing dresses, at its airy Boca Raton location. Favorite pieces: Wrap dresses, cold-shoulder tops and trendy jewelry pieces. Price point: Available upon request.
Jamie’s Boutique 2240 NW 19th St., Boca Raton / 561.391.4747 / facebook.com/pg/jamiesboca
Schedule a one-on-one with a personal shopper at Kyle by Alene Too, which opened in July 2012 in Beverly Hills, California, and has since expanded to Boca Raton. The store is a product of a partnership between Housewives’ star Kyle Richards and fashion retailer Alene Too. Shoppers will find clothes, shoes, bags and jewelry from labels like Haute Hippie, Ramy Brook, Parker and Chanel. Favorite pieces: Bomber jackets, printed playsuits and plaid button-downs. Price point: Available upon request.
Kyle by Alene Too, Regency Court, 3013 Yamato Road, Ste. B20, Boca Raton / 561.394.0899 / kylebyalenetoo.com
It began with a “leap of fashionable faith” Michelle DiMarco took by turning her e-commerce website where she sold up-and-coming designers into a brick-and-mortar store on Sunrise Boulevard that she heads with her partner, Kelli Krystynak. “I wanted Lilac And Lilies to resemble a fabulous and well-edited closet filled with your favorite designer clothes,” says DiMarco, who personally hand selects every garment in the store. A step inside reveals trendy, quality clothing in a scene that resembles “Alice in Wonderland” with oversized couches, whimsical tables and decor, and chunky chandeliers. Favorite pieces: Mara Hoffman printed tops and dresses, and L*Space swimwear. Price point: Most inventory retails for less than $100.
Lilac And Lilies Boutique, 2541 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale / 954.530.3109 / lilacandlilies.com
The store was once located where The Seagate Hotel & Spa now stands on Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach. Nina Raynor opened the boutique in 1958 so she could outfit her country club friends. Bob and Joanne Wollenberg bought the store more than 20 years later and brought it to its current location where the ambience is meant to feel elegant and like home. (One of Joanne Wollenberg’s most important requests was that there be a working fireplace in the store.) The shop has since been taken over by the Wollenberg’s daughter, Cathy Ann Sauer, and son, Bobby Wollenberg. Evening wear is Nina Raynor’s specialty, with brands such as Lela Rose, Talbot Runhof and Fuzzi. Expert alterations are offered in-house. Favorite pieces: Gowns, classic casual wear, evening jewelry, handbags and wraps. Price point: $25 to $7,000.
Nina Raynor, 1031 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach / 561.276.5714 / ninaraynor.com
The “blings” are jewelry pieces, and the “things” are accessories from luggage sets, to cellphone and iPad cases, to purses and more at the new boutique in Pineapple Grove in downtown Delray Beach. The store was founded by Canadian couple Maryse Boisvert, a fashion stylist and personal shopper, and Tristan Bavaria, who designed the Florida store himself. The white and gray floor tiles paired with chandeliers and a black damask wallpaper create a European backdrop for shoppers. Favorite pieces: The high heels selection and a new line of choker necklaces. Price point: Jewelry, shoes and clothing cost between $5 and $400.
25 NE Second Ave., Ste. 110, Delray Beach / 561.266.3538 / facebook.com/pg/blingsorthings
Founded in 1935 by Carroll Seghers, Carroll’s Jewelers has been passed down through generations and stood its ground on Las Olas Boulevard for more than 50 years. A step inside is a testament to its success—pulling a piece from a jewelry case and placing it around one’s neck creates instant class. The location offers wall-to-wall jewels that incorporate gold, diamonds, silver and pearls, and have been designed, produced, bought, repaired, engraved or restrung by the store. Favorite pieces: Engagement rings, estate pieces and sterling silver gifts. Price point: $50 to more than $50,000.
Carroll’s Jewelers, 915 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale / 954.463.3711 / carrollsjewelers.com
Ina Marjakangas decided to paint the walls Pantone’s Moroccan Blue when she opened Coast Boutique in 2014. “I like to think of it as Florida meets New England,” she says of her effort to mimic a quaint shop in Cape Cod, paying homage to her time living in Boston. The store boasts works by local artists whose headshots and bios are displayed by their creations. “This gives guests the opportunity to really identify and bond with the artist and their work,” Marjakangas says. Another way the store interacts with customers is by hosting Wine Down Wednesdays, a shopping experience that includes live music and complimentary beverages and snacks on the first Wednesday of every month. Favorite pieces: Photography by Mark Thompson, and bath and body products by local 101 Lite FM DJ Steve Young. Price point: $3 to $3,000.
Coast Boutique, 229 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea / 954.909.2200 / shopcoast.net
Footwear is the family business. It started with Vince Canning Shoes, a local retail icon situated in Delray Beach since 1952. And when the store across the street, Tootsies Delray, went up for sale, current owner LaRonda Denkler decided to make an offer. The store uses cream and coral colors with gold accents and comfortable couches for trying on shoes from designers like Lucky Brand and Sam Edelman. Favorite pieces: Over-the-knee boots, booties, block-heel sandals and beaded club bags. Price point: $5.95 to $250.
Tootsies Delray, 310 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach / 561.278.7879 / facebook.com/tootsiesdelraybeach/
Robert Sarasohn travels annually to Europe to handpick the selection of eyewear he sells at Grove Optics in Boca Raton. Reflective mirrors and playful colors create a spatial illusion in the store to optimally showcase frames from lesser-known designers, such as La Fleur, Joly and Watercolors, to classics brands like Cartier, Fredericks and Robert Marc. Favorite pieces: Iridescent plastics, textured metals and provocative shapes. Price point: $250 to $3,000.
Grove Opticians, 5250 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton / 561.394.5551 / groveopticians.com
The iconic diamond logo on the sign outside allures customers into P.J. Rossi Jewelers, where copious amounts of custom designs, hand-selected fine diamonds, gemstones, and gold and silver pieces have been sold for decades. A personalized shopping experience may come from Pamela Rossi herself. She opened the store in 1994 and continues to run its operations, which include everything from repair services to one-on-one help selecting pieces from designers such as Camelot, Allison-Kaufman, Leslie’s and more. Favorite pieces: Colored gemstone rings, diamond dangle earrings and diamond bangles. Price point: $30 to $100,000.
P.J. Rossi Jewelers, 217 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-By-The-Sea / 954.492.9133 / pjrossijewelers.com
Spot a box wrapped in gold with a black bow knotted at the top, and it’s a good guess that the carrier purchased its contents at The Regency Collection. The wrap has been a signature to the store since its opening 22 years ago, when Linda Gefen and Robin Rose decided to sell upscale gifts and accessories at the Boca storefront. Favorite pieces: Art glass, tableware, lighting fixtures, jewelry and bar accessories. Price point: Available upon request.
The Regency Collection, 3011 Yamato Road A13, Boca Raton / 561.995.2257 / regencycollectiongifts.com
Shop gifts for boys, girls, infants and babies to mother-daughter matching outfits at Elegant Child, which celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month. Corinne Barth opened the boutique to fill a void in Boca Raton where she felt there wasn’t a quality children’s boutique. Her daughter, Rebecca D’emic, joined the business the following year when she became pregnant. The duo has since sold a large selection of European, Australian and hard-to-find children’s brands like Tutu Du Monde, Deux Par Deux and Mayoral. Elegant Child shoppers can buy a gift, have it monogrammed, wrapped and shipped all from the store in time for a baby’s birthdate. Favorite pieces: Pink princess pram, the French brand Kaloo Sofa Bear chairs, wooden pirate ships with moving parts, and handbags, purses and hair accessories. Price point: $20 to $200.
Elegant Child, 59 S. Federal Highway, Boca Raton / 561.416.0152 / elegantchildboca.com
It was meant to outfit girls ages 7 to 14 when the Hollywood store opened in 1996. But Teen Angel has since grown with its customers, offering clothing for females of all ages, and moved to Coral Springs and Delray Beach. At the store, guests receive guidance equivalent to that of a personal shopper as they browse labels like Veronica M, LAmade and Sub_Urban Riot in styles meant for pre-teens to college students to grandmothers. Favorite pieces: Wrap choker necklaces, bomber flight jackets, lace-up T-shirts, off-the-shoulder and cold-shoulder tops. Price point: Available upon request.
Teen Angel, 4900 Linton Blvd., Delray Beach / 561.496-3161 / 5671 Coral Ridge Drive, Coral Springs / 954.510.7474 / facebook.com/teenangelclothingboutique
Master tailors and clothing consultants are at-the-ready during a visit to Guy La Ferrera, which has been dressing men in authentic Italian clothing for more than three decades. Browsing suits, shoes, casual attire and accessories from designers such as Robert Graham, Italo Ferretti, Giorgio Armani, Dalmine and Eton is done with a glass of wine in-hand. Favorite pieces: Loafers, custom-tailored men’s suits and pocket squares. Price point: Available upon request.
Guy La Ferrera, 5050 Town Center Circle, Ste. 227, Boca Raton / 561.620.0011 / guylaferrera.com
The store spent one year in Petoskey, Michigan, in 1939 before finding its place of permanence on Las Olas Boulevard. Now there are three other retail stores in Palm Beach, Vero Beach and Naples. Pieces from Italy, France and Switzerland from brands like Solemare, Hickey Freeman and Paul & Shark are found in the store, which was designed to incorporate wood paneling and brass accents. Favorite pieces: Single-ply, long staple 100-percent Cashmere V-neck sweater made in Scotland and burgundy velvet smoking jacket made in Italy with quilted navy lapel. Price point: Available upon request.
Maus & Hoffman, 800 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale / 954.463.1472 / mausandhoffman.com
Correction: The print version of this article stated that Cathy Ann Sauer has taken over the Nina Raynor boutique in Delray. Sauer, along with her brother, Bobby Wollenberg, now run the store.