The Island Cabana has something for everyone
SUN PHOTO/LOUISE BOLGER
Nancy Lee shows some of the handbags and beach bags
available at The Island Cabana on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria.
When you think of the Island lifestyle, you think about the beautiful Gulf of Mexico waters, soft white sand, surfboards and flip flops all wrapped up in a laid-back, I'll-think-about-it-tomorrow attitude.
But something else also comes to mind when I think about the Island: stripes. Stripes are all over, beach umbrellas, tote bags, awnings and T-shirts by the hundreds. Well, there's a new stripe on Anna Maria, and even though it's not directly on the beach, it's a detour not to be missed.
You'll recognize The Island Cabana, located in one of the new buildings on Pine Avenue, by its striped aqua logo as soon as you step on to the porch. Nancy Lee opened her shop at the end of November last year and has been going gangbusters ever since. After only a few months she doubled her retail space, which now is comprised of two storefronts in the Key West style buildings.
Originally from Tampa, Lee and her husband permanently relocated to Anna Maria two years ago and moved into their weekend beach house. With her daughters off at college, Lee decided to start an online store specializing in bedding and accessories primarily for college dorm rooms and sorority houses.
Paige's Painting The Roses Pink, www.paintingtherosespink.com, became so popular with college age girls and their mothers that she was encouraged to bring her merchandise into a retail space.
However, what evolved into The Island Cabana has something for everyone in both merchandise and price. Lee has stocked her large open shop with island-inspired items ranging from napkin holders to antique buoys. She still maintains a large supply of linens, ruffled shower curtains, laundry bags and cotton quilts from Australia.
There are what seems to be hundreds of different pillows, dishes and other table wear with seashells and starfish, candles, small furniture pieces, baby clothes and great gift ideas.
You'll also find a large collection of island-inspired jewelry featuring Silver Seasons using real flowers in their pieces and Susan Shaw. The Island Cabana is the exclusive Island dealer of S.T.A.M.P.S Watches with interchangeable faces and bands, probably the most fun you'll ever have watch shopping. And don't miss the straw hats perched around the shop or the beach cover ups and dresses.
Also exclusive to The Island Cabana are hand woven Bosom Buddy Bags in all sizes, shapes and embellishments displayed like fine pieces of art. And unique distressed canvas from Belgium turned into lampshades, tote bags, pillows and mirrors promote the vintage beachy feel of the shop.
Lee's talented eye for choosing interesting and unique pieces will be expanding into interior decorating services shortly, but in the meantime, if you're looking for gifts and décor to inspire the Island life, just stop by the shop with the stripes and inhale the scent of the beach.
The Island Cabana
403 C Pine Avenue
Monday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
All major credit cards accepted