I'm told that one of the most desirable retail areas in the U.S. is right here --- St. Armands Circle in Sarasota. Quite literally, it's a large traffic circle surrounded by interesting boutiques, eateries, palm trees, and statues. John Ringling, the circus magnate, was the mastermind behind this now thriving area. In the 1920s, he owned St. Armands Key and envisioned building a luxury shopping area here. But, before his plans could take off, the Great Depression hit and it took until the 1940s for the area to recover. By the way, when you're done shopping and dining you can walk (or take your scooter) to the beach --- it's just two blocks away.