DST Launches Vintage Sarasota Gift Shop
Discover Sarasota Tours Launches New Vintage Sarasota Gift Shop at Trolley Cottage
Tour-goers and the general public are invited to browse the brand-new Vintage Sarasota Gift Shop inside the Discover Sarasota Tours Trolley Cottage at 1836 4th Street near downtown Sarasota.
The Vintage Sarasota Gift Shop features a curious compendium of curated collectibles and memorabilia curated to complement Discover Sarasota Tours’ interesting tour themes.
The shop carries Ringling Brothers Circus, Ghost, Psychic, Sports, and Public Art items as well as a bevy of Old Florida/Old Sarasota books, cards, t-shirts, magnets, flamingos, pins, art boards, drinkware, candles, tablecloths and tea towels, soaps, nostalgic food items and other vintage memorabilia, evoking Florida souvenir shops of days gone by.
In addition to City Sightseeing and Happy Hour Sightseeing tours, Circus City tours and the Ghost Tour of Sarasota, Discover Sarasota Tours also offers special monthly tours. These tours include: Public Art of Sarasota, and Psychic Sundays, and a seasonal Love Stories of Sarasota for Valentine’s Week. New specialty tours, including Infamous Sarasosta, the Amish Experience, Sarasota Sports History, and others will be added in the next few months.
All tours depart from the DST Trolley Depot, a cute 1930s cottage off Fruitville, at 1826 4th Street near downtown, where the Vintage Sarasota Gift Shop is also located. Early daytime tours run at 10 AM, afternoon tours begin at 1 PM, Happy Hour tours begin at 5 PM and the Ghost Tour runs at 8 PM. Evening tours are 21+ and include complimentary beer or wine in the trolley cottage tiki bar. The 90-minute tours are led by trained tour guides, most of whom have acting or entertainment backgrounds; some guides dress as the colorful Sarasota characters they portray.
Tammy Hauser, founder and CEO of Discover Sarasota Tours, says, “Discover Sarasota Tours is my gift to Sarasota. I want to share my love of my new hometown with everyone who visits, as well as residents who may not know about her fascinating past.”
Tour tickets and information can be found online at discoversarasotatours.com. For information call 941-260-9818. Private groups start at 20+ passengers. DST also offers a TOUR-ISTA membership program for serial tour-goers, offering discounts and tickets to the annual Trolley Bash.
Discover Sarasota Tours offers entertaining, interactive and informative air-conditioned trolley tours of the most interesting people, intriguing places, and amazing stories that shaped Sarasota’s rich cultural past.