Disney Springs has evolved into a one-stop destination for stylish apparel and unique gifts. You'll find some international favorites, but for some of these shops, the reimagined Disney Springs is their only presence in the Southeast or even in Florida. Here are a few that make spending a day worthwhile.
Besides the hip, affordable, utilitarian clothing at UNIQLO, the Japanese-based store is just a fun place to hang out. The 25,000-square-foot building is visually entertaining with colorful merchandising and an escalator that moves past an LED ticker display. The name, by the way, is pronounced “uni-clo,” as in “unique clothing.” It’s basically the IKEA of clothing stores, carrying underwear to outerwear and everything in between for men, women and children. UNIQLO also offers a huge selection of graphic T-shirts, plus hand-held fans with traditional Japanese designs, and a cardboard Samurai Armor suit for kids.
Chapel Hats invites you to channel your inner Kate Middleton or Bruno Mars with 30 different brands of hats and headpieces. Choose from stylish fedoras for the Florida sun, a graceful fascinator for that afternoon wedding or a hip beanie for every day. There's bound to be a hat to match your personality—or perhaps for that new persona that's been trying to come out.
Casual, fun and free is the spirit at American Threads, a small retailer based in the Southeast. The fresh styles and affordable prices are accessible for teens and young women. Find stylish boots, flowy tunics, trendy handbags and fun rompers in earth tones and with Western flair.
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This small gem of a shop is hidden behind an arched walkway and easy to miss, but it’s well-worth investigating. Each piece of jewelry is handcrafted in Spain using mostly sterling silver—from necklaces and bracelets to rings and watches—plus there are a few gold-plated pieces. Many of the original designs are unisex—some incorporating leather, others Venetian glass beads and crystals.
Savannah Bee Company
You can take home something sweet and natural from this charming shop, whether it’s a delicious artisanal honey for your morning tea or Royal Jelly Body Butter to sooth your skin. The beauty products, which include lotions, lip balms, soaps and shampoos, are derived from real hive ingredients. Founder and beekeeper Ted Dennard started the company 35 years ago after he developed a passion for bees, beekeeping and the delicious result.
This very brand started the cupcake craze in Beverly Hills and they’ve just opened shop here. Take home a dozen cupcakes like the decadent chocolate, peanut butter chip and red velvet. Gluten free cupcakes and ice cream are also available.
This chic Southern home goods store and gift shop is inspired by family, nature, animals and folk art. Find fresh home decor at great prices along with fun and thoughtful greeting cards and baby gifts.
Johnny Was started making whimsical silk clothing and accessories 30 years ago in Southern California. The shop offers chic, bohemian women’s clothing as well as handmade kimonos and silk scarves in rich colors and exotic patterns. The scarves are so versatile, once you have one you’ll wonder how you lived without it. Layer it over a tunic, wear it as a halter or use it to transform an entire outfit.