Disney Springs is the ideal destination for stylish apparel and unique gifts.
Since the area formerly known as Downtown Disney got a makeover a little over a year ago, more than 40 retailers—from Alex and Ani to L’Occitane en Provence to Zara—have opened their doors here. For some of these shops, the reimagined Disney Springs marketplace is their only presence in the Southeast—or even in Florida.
The Springs is composed of four “neighborhoods,” but most of these newer stores are located in the Town Center. And all are within walking distance of a range of dining options, making it easy to explore and experience—Disney-style. Here are a few of the “don’t miss” shops that make the trek to Disney Springs a worthwhile adventure.
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 fashionable boots, flowy tunics, trendy handbags and fun rompers in earth tones and with Western flair. shopamericanthreads.com
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 own 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. johnnywas.com
Chapel Hats invites you to channel your inner Kate Middleton or Bruno Mars with 30 different brands of hats and headpieces. Choose from snazzy fedoras for the Florida sun, a graceful fascinator for that afternoon wedding or a hip beanie for every day. You’re bound to find a hat to match your personality—or perhaps for that new persona you’ve always wanted to try out. chapelhats.com
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 soothe your skin. The beauty products, which include lotions, lip balms, soaps and shampoos, are derived from real hive ingredients. Founder and head beekeeper Ted Dennard started the company 35 years ago after he developed a passion for bees, beekeeping and the delicious result. savannahbee.com
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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—from necklaces and bracelets to rings and watches—is handmade in Spain using sterling silver and gold-plate. Many of the distinctive, spirited designs are unisex, with some pieces incorporating leather, and others colorful glass and crystals. unode50.com
Besides the hip, affordable, utilitarian clothing at UNIQLO, the Japanese-based store is just a cool place to hang out. The 25,000-square-foot building is visually stimulating 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 even a cardboard “samurai armor” suit for your little warrior. uniqlo.com