Glamour and Good Times in Old Naples

Third Street South, a remarkable shopping and dining area in the heart of Old Naples, Florida, began at the turn of the 19th century as a sporting destination. After World War II, a wealthy and internationally sophisticated heir to a major American fortune brought several excellent shops that suited his family and friends to Third Street South. The next generations of his family have continued to uphold the highest standards, and Third Street South is now a destination in the tradition of Worth Avenue, Jobs Lane, and other Eastern resorts. Enhanced by carefully tended landscaping, plazas, and fountains, part of the pleasure of Third Street South is its very pet-friendly attitude. Dogs of all shapes and sizes are welcome and wanted, including at the nationally recognized Third Street South Farmer’s Market every Saturday. There are also many choices for excellent shopping and dining.

Marissa is a store known nationally for its designer boutiques, superb shoe collection, and irresistible accessories, including jewelry from top vendors. John Craig, cited by Esquire as one of the country’s best men’s shops, specializes in bespoke suits, clothing from Peter Millar and other fine labels, shoes, and accessories to please any gentleman. Gattles has supplied clients from across the country with the finest linen brands, including Porthault, for well over three-quarters of a century, and continues to do so. A Mano is the source for the best porcelain (including three exclusive French lines available nowhere else in America), as well as crystal, glassware, gifts of many kinds, and women’s casual clothes, jewelry, and accessories. Gretchen Scott has her own brightly colorful eponymous designs for women, with interesting antiques and accessories sprinkled throughout the store, while Sara Campbell’s attractive clothes flatter and enhance. The well-known Eileen Fisher, J.McLaughlin, Leggiadro, Lilly Pulitzer, Tommy Bahama, Relax, and Sequin are situated on Third Street South, as well as Charlotte Kellogg, whose beautifully cut clothes can also be found in Palm Beach and Newport.

If you’re looking for a meal, there are seven excellent restaurants, some nationally recognized in their categories. Campiello is superbly Tuscan; Sea Salt offers deliciously innovative Venetian-inspired food; The Continental specializes in the best of meats; and Ridgway’s has been well known for its mouth-watering French-American food for decades. Barbatella is an Italian trattoria with, among many other options, a mozzarella bar and delicious gelato. Jane’s provides the best breakfasts for miles and is a highly desirable spot for lunch, and The Old Naples Pub, with its cozy wood-paneled old Florida bar, has been pleasing customers for more than three decades.

Third Street South truly has it all: sophistication, beauty, excellent service, and a multitude of shopping and culinary delights. What are you (and your puppy) waiting for?