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Florida Shopping Guide: North Florida

Sentinel Staff Writer

July 6, 2010

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From Ocala to Tallahassee, North Florida has a great variety of retail offerings. Small historic downtowns, great shopping malls and more are found along Interstates 75 and 10 in these old Florida towns.

Governor's Square Mall
It's time to make a trip to Governor's Square for the best in shopping, entertainment and dining! Whether you enjoy a relaxing dinner at one of the mall's restaurants or spend the day shopping at all your favorite stores, Governor's Square offers a complete entertainment experience. Visit Aldo for shoes, MAC cosmetics, or the Sunglass Hut for something from the mall's numerous stores.

1500 Apalachee Parkway, Tallahassee, FL 32301
850-877-8106, www.governorssquare.com

Havana, Florida
Havana is an excellent place to spend the day shopping or just browsing. The town contains an eclectic assortment of shops and restaurants. Come and enjoy their down-home charm and southern hospitality. Feel free to bring the entire family. f you are looking for that one-of-a-kind gift that you can't find in the malls, then Havana is the place for you. For more information on this great Florida town just north of Tallahassee visit www.havanaflorida.com.

High Springs Main Street
High Springs downtown has a great Main Street for shopping. From antiques, local artists, gifts and more, High Springs has something for visitors and residents. For more information visit http://highspringsmainstreet.com.

Micanopy Shopping
Just outside of Gainesville, the town of Micanopy is renowned for its antique and quaint array of shops. Stores including The Shop have been featured in magazines like Southern Living for their great home decor, furniture and antique offerings. For more information on Micanopy stores visit www.micanopychamber.com or www.welcometomicanopy.com for more information on The Shop.

The Oaks Mall
Enjoy terrific shopping in Gainesville at more than 140 of your favorite stores including Abercrombie & Fitch, Ann Taylor, Bath & Body Works, The Children's Place, Hollister Co., Victoria's Secret, Yankee Candle Co., Linens-N-Things, Cache and JoS. A. Bank. And don't forget to grab a bite in the Food Court and then let the kids play in The Oaks Mall Swamp play area.

6419 Newberry Road, Gainesville, FL 32605
352-331-4411, www.theoaksmall.com

Ocala Shopping
Ocala may be known for its horses, but there is a variety of great shops in Ocala and Marion County. From antiques to clothing and fine jewelry, there is something to find for everyone. For more information and listing of area shops visit www.ocalamarion.com/ocala-shopping.asp.

Paddock Mall
Take a break from your hectic day and escape to the newly renovated Paddock Mall. Anchored by department store favorites Belk, JCPenney, Macy's and Sears, Paddock Mall has everything you need and want! The mall features more than 90 specialty stores and a fabulous Food Court.

3100 SW College Rd, Ocala, FL 34474
352-237-1221, www.simon.com/mall/?id=133

Tioga Town Center
Tioga Town Center exemplifies this blueprint of a modern day mixed-use center. Pedestrian friendly street scapes and pleasing architecture are designed to seamlessly flow with the needs of the contemporary consumer such as ample parking and convenient access. Stores include the Bath Junkie, Vela Clothing Co., and for some refreshment visit Dionysus: A Wine Bar.

105 SW 128th Street, Tioga, FL 32669
352-331-4000, www.tiogatowncenter.com