Pink & Navy opens a women’s boutique on Old Main St in Bradenton.

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Amy Fleece, owner of Pink & Navy on Anna Maria Island, has opened a second location on Bradenton’s Old Main Street in the city center.

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From the moment Amy Fleece, owner of a women’s boutique on Anna Maria Island, heard that Bradenton’s downtown parking lot and office building on Old Main Street would provide retail, she wanted one.

She grew up in Bradenton, graduated from Manatee High School and saw the City Center building, which opened in 2019, as the key to the city’s downtown revitalization.

His second boutique, also named Pink & Navy, recently became one of the first businesses to open downtown. The long delay in moving retail into these spaces at West Third Avenue and West 12th Street had everything to do with the pandemic.

To mark the opening of downtown retail, the owners of the first three businesses held a grand opening party from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Other businesses participating in the grand opening are Stoked Flamingo, a men’s store, and the Beach Shop. Not yet open, but with their leases in hand are Millie’s Sweets and Treats and Orange Blossom Coffee.

Pink & Navy offers women’s clothing in petite to curvy sizes as well as handbags, accessories, gifts and more. Brands include Sanctuary, Gentle Fawn and 4Ocean.

“Discover our brands that do good and give back,” said Fleece.

This message continues with stickers for sale in the store with optimistic messages, such as “radiate positivity”, “be a good human” and “here comes the sun”.

Unique gifts include local jewelry brands, Friendly City candles, 34205 tumblers (downtown ZIP), and Real Housewives of Bradenton wine glasses.

Essentially, the inventory includes things that are sustainably and responsibly made, Fleece said.

The opening of the second Pink & Navy store comes about five years to the day after Fleece purchased the original store at 216 Pine Avenue, Anna Maria.

The Anna Maria store will continue to have an island vibe while the downtown store will have a sophisticated urban feel, Fleece said.

Fleece met her husband, Jonathan Fleece, now president and CEO of Tidewell Hospice, while they were attending Emory University. They both worked to help each other pursue higher education.

She holds a doctorate in psychology and has taught at the college level. But after the Fleeces’ three children left home and enrolled in college, Amy sought a new direction.

“I wanted something new and exciting and challenging,” she said.

That something turned out to be retail.

Pink & Navy is open seven days a week: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. The staff includes Maria Danby and Susan Robbins. Buyers don’t have to worry about parking. There are plenty of spaces available in the downtown parking lot.

For more information, visit pinkandnavyami.com or call 941-567-4000.

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Amy Fleece, owner of Pink & Navy on Anna Maria Island, has opened a second location on Bradenton’s Old Main Street in the city center. Tiffany Tompkins [email protected]

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Amy Fleece, owner of Pink & Navy on Anna Maria Island, has opened a second location on Bradenton’s Old Main Street in the city center. In addition to clothing, a selection of mugs, stickers, jewelry, handbags and more are available. Tiffany Tompkins [email protected]

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Amy Fleece, owner of Pink & Navy on Anna Maria Island, has opened a second location on Bradenton’s Old Main Street in the city center. In addition to clothing, a selection of mugs, stickers, jewelry, handbags and more are available. Tiffany Tompkins [email protected]

This story was originally published July 1, 2022 5:50 a.m.

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