We’ve been getting to know our neighbors here in the lovely Towles Court District lately and they’ve been getting to know us too. As residents including studio, salon and gallery owners and even District President Bette Stevens pass by in the mornings, we’ve enjoyed chatting with them over a cup of coffee about the changes we’re making to our location. The good news is they’re all very excited for Indigenous to open.
We understand why! We’re not only improving the look of the neighborhood but we’re also going to help improve business by bringing more people to Towles Court, which is quite charming. A lot of Sarasotans still don’t know about the area, but they will, oh, they will…
The tree-shaded enclave began as a golf course built by John Gillespie in 1905 and was transformed into a residential neighborhood in the ’20s by William B. Towles. After falling into disarray, the district was restored in the ’90s by N.J. Olivieri and hundreds of artists passionate about remaking the cottages and bungalows as a local artist colony. Now Towles Court is home to designers, jewelry makers, ceramists, photographers, painters, fiber/glass artists, art therapists, event planners, internet services and even massage.
Their monthly art walks from 6 to 10 p.m. on the third Friday of the month are also very popular and we’re excited to participate when we open next month. There’s always live music and refreshments and all the studios and galleries open their doors and invite people in to enjoy their one-of-a-kind spaces.
We love the “old Florida” appeal of Towles Court with the mossy tress, native plants and original buildings. It truly is amazing —we strolled through just the other day and marveled at the beauty and relaxed vibe, just a few blocks from the hustle of downtown.
And by the way, there is free, open-to-the-public parking in the large lot directly across from 1938 Adams Lane, in addition to free street parking. Just another reason to visit.