Tervis Store Opening: St. Armands Circle

“If I ever go looking for my heart’s desire again, I won’t look any further than my own backyard.”

While that quote originally referenced lessons learned along the yellow brick road, it also holds true for those of us in the Sarasota area who needn’t venture further than our own backyard to find our heart’s desire at St. Armands Circle. This upscale shopping and dining destination’s latest addition is the newest Tervis store — just 23 miles from our headquarters in North Venice, Fla.

Fittingly, St. Armands Circle took a roundabout path to its present-day splendor.

In the late 1880s, Frenchman Charles St. Amand came to fish and grow produce on the mangrove islands off Sarasota, which was then a fishing village. He cleared an acre, built a small home and, in 1893, filed a government claim for the island – which later became known as St. Armands Key, due to a spelling error on the deeds – along with two other keys. The $21.71 that he paid for 131.89 acres was a pretty sweet deal — especially considering that he turned around in 1894 and sold the land to Angus McInnes for $1500.

The island changed hands several more times before being acquired in 1917 by circus magnate John Ringling. His dream was to build Ringling Isles, which would be an upscale resort and residential community with a European-style circle of shops at its heart. Sea walls, sidewalks and streets were built. Construction on a causeway connecting the island to the mainland began in 1925 and was completed the following year. More than $1 million in real estate was purchased on the first day of sales … and then the Great Depression hit. It wasn’t until the mid 1950s that shops began to thrive on St. Armands Circle.

Today, more than 130 shops and restaurants surround the circle, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Palm tree-lined streets, lush tropical vegetation and elegant statuary — including many Italian examples from Ringling’s personal collection — create a stylish yet relaxed ambiance. It’s a perfect fit for Tervis — after all, who wouldn’t be at home in their own backyard?

Photos from our new store’s first day of business are below. For more, check out our photo gallery from the ribbon cutting ceremony!

Tervis – St. Armands Circle Store Hours:
319 John Ringling Boulevard Monday-Thursday: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sarasota, FL 34236 Friday-Saturday: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Phone: (941) 388-2040 Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

— Matt Rehm