Shopping Spotlight: Havana

By: Kanika Jelks

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From antiques markets to one-of-a-kind boutiques, the friendly Florida town of Havana is a shopper's dream.

The welcome signs at the border of this quaint country town tout it as “Florida’s Friendliest.” And, in Havana, just a quick ride up U.S. Highway 27 from Tallahassee, you’ll find more than hospitality when you visit.

The antiques shops in Havana’s picturesque downtown are among the state’s most fabled. Once known among dealers as an antiques Mecca, Havana’s current shopping scene is more eclectic.

Today, there’s a mix of traditional antiques stores, newer gift shops and boutiques that together offer a truly unique shopping experience.

Havana’s beautiful tree-lined historic district, filled with sweets shops and delightful eateries, piques the interest of amateurs and aficionados alike. Here, Karyn Burke, owner of Broken Shell Boutique, is one of the newest kids on the antiques block.

“I consider myself a purveyor of funky eclectica,” she says.

Next to her boutique known for its eco-chic products, you’ll find stores that specialize solely in antiques. Across the street is Mirror Image Antiques and H&H Furniture and Design – once the largest antique furniture dealer in town.

But, it’s the Planters Exchange that makes antiquing in Havana so memorable. Approximately 30 dealers come together to offer some of the region’s most exciting finds. Everything about the Planters Exchange is an experience, including the 1928 building that is included on the National Register of Historic Places.

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