Every kind of shopping can be found on Florida’s Space Coast. Whether you’re looking for specialty boutiques, department stores, shopping malls, or outlets, that perfect birthday or anniversary present can be found in any store just minutes from your home in Maplewood Village.
Historical Cocoa Village is a quaint little area located just off of State Road 520. Here you will find over 40 different shops and restaurants to browse, shop, and enjoy. Many different public events are held throughout the year in Cocoa Village, including arts and crafts fairs, Memorial Day and 4th of July celebrations, Oktoberfest, Mardi Gras, holiday tree lighting, and a Buddy Walk. For more information about any of the events, shopping, or restaurants available at historic Cocoa Village, please check their website.
Maplewood Village is close to a great shopping experience right here in Brevard County. All you have to do is head east on SR520, go over the Merritt Island Causeway, which spans the beautiful Indian River, and you’ll find yourself smack dab in the middle of a shopper’s paradise that includes the Merritt Square Mall. This mall has much to offer, including large department stores as well as intimate, lovely boutiques. You’ll have no trouble fulfilling your shopping fix with department stores like Sears, Dillard’s, Macy’s, and JC Penney, as well boutique shops like Bath & Body Works, Merle Norman, Natural Mystique, Trade Secret, and many more. And when your stomach starts to rumble, you can satisfy your hunger at the Island Oriental Food Mart, the Cajun Cafe, or Tea Time International, just to name a few. Of course, after all of that fantastic shopping, you can always relax by catching a great movie at the Cobb 16 Theatres. Merritt Square Mall is a convenient and enjoyable place to go to take care of your shopping and gift list.
Downtown Melbourne is another historic site on Florida’s beautiful Space Coast. Melbourne’s historic downtown area is home to a variety of antique shops and specialty boutiques as well as a candy store, jewelry stores, spas, restaurants, and offices. Historic Downtown Melbourne hosts many community events, and you can take part in the monthly Melbourne Main Street Friday Fest, the annual fall festival, the internationally known Melbourne Arts Festival, Holiday Nights Candlelight Shopping, as well as concerts and entertainment. For more information, call 321-724-1741.
The Avenue Viera is Brevard County’s premier shopping experience and is home to many different popular stores such as Old Navy, Bed Bath and Beyond, World Market, Belk, Sports Authority, Kohl’s, Coldwater Creek, Books-a-Million, Kay Jeweler’s, and many others. The Avenue Viera is very easy to get to. It’s just a short 15-minute trip south on I-95 from Maplewood Village. While you’re there, you can check out a movie at the RAVE theatres. After the movie, you can stop into one of several dining options such as Chili’s, Mimi’s Café, the Melting Pot, Pizza Gallery, Five Guys, LongHorn Steakhouse, and Steak ‘n Shake. The shopping center also hosts a monthly Radio Disney event for kids – great for taking the grandchildren too!
Fifteen minutes south of the Avenue Viera is the newly renovated Melbourne Square Mall, a staple for shopping in Brevard County for over 25 years. Renovations included a revamped food court and a whole wing with a Dick’s Sporting Goods. But that’s not all. Melbourne Square Mall offers shopping opportunities at other department stores like JC Penney, Macy’s, and Dillard’s. A great feature to this mall is the full size salons at each end. The gentleman can hang out at Too Jay’s Gourmet Deli while the ladies treat themselves to relaxing manicures and pedicures.
A short drive west toward Orlando will take you to another amazing shopping experience. The Florida Mall is in the heart of Orlando but is still easy to get to. This mall has some of the best shopping in the Orange County area. Department stores include Macy’s, Nordstrom, JC Penney, and Sears. The smaller stores have plenty to offer as well, including Williams-Sonoma, Rockport, Field of Dreams, Bath & Body Works, and every jewelry store you could imagine. A day trip to the Florida Mall is bound to provide a great shopping experience for you and all of your friends and family. Don’t have the right currency? No need to worry at the Florida Mall. Orlando is an international tourist destination, and the Florida Mall provides a convenient currency exchange center right in the middle of the mall.
The Mall at Millenia in the heart of Orlando had its grand opening in 2002 to much excitement and fanfare. The mall is located in what is now called Orlando’s fashion district, an appropriate title because of the trendy and exciting fashion flowing through the shopping available here. The main stores consist of Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, and Neiman Marcus. But the great shopping possibilities don’t stop there. Treat yourself to a great experience at Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Lacoste, Gap, Gucci, Kenneth Cole, Talbots, Nine West, and Montblanc. This mall is offers great dining options like P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, Brio Tuscan Grille, and The Cheesecake Factory. A trip to the Mall at Millenia will be more than a shopping excursion. It will be an adventure!