The Best Little Store on Anna Maria Island
This weeks “Best of The Sarasota Post” goes to wonderful store~ Good things come in small packages! That’s the way to describe and very unique and cool store on Anna Maria Island, “Anna Maria Rocks!” It’s a “gem” of a store! Located at 9908 Gulf Drive this store has some marvelous treasures.
They have great prices on top quality rocks and fossils. The specialize in having a very unique inventory of shark teeth, crystals and very unusual stones from all over the world. They inventory a nice selection of hand made obsidian knives, sterling silver and gold-filled jewelry and so much more. Along with jewelry they have a wonderful selection of roc and roll memorabilia from Aretha Franklin, Frank Zappa, The Grateful Dead and more.
Some Facebook testimonials:
I stumbled upon this perfect Little Rock shop last week and stayed for a good hour plus. The owner of the shop, Bill is so easy to talk with and very knowledgeable on all the rocks/crystals. I will definitely be stopping by again! This shop is great for everyone of all ages
Robert was very well-informed, helpful and enthusiastic. Their selection of gemstones, fossils, custom-made jewelry, and sundry fascinating items was impressive. He hand-crafted a beautiful bracelet for my wife, at an unbelievably cheap price! I would highly recommend a visit to this little “gem” of a shop on Anna Maria Island!
This place is fabulous. Come in and pick up some cool Florida shark’s teeth, fossils, gems, or jewelry. They will also make ANYTHING you want from their extensive selection of gems. You can go to the beach right down the street and pick up your goodies when you are done! Classic Florida.
Owner, Bill Arthur came to Anna Maria Island in 1972. He started to make jewelry on Anna Maria Island Pier in 1995 when it was the original Anna Maria Oyster Bar. He opened Anna Maria Rocks in 2016 when there was talk about closing the pier for up to a year for refurbishing. Bill ran both businesses until Hurricane Irma did irreversible damage to the pier which was torn down in 2018.
Big News! Bill is pleased to announce that the store has a brand-new website. www.annamariarocks.com is now “live.” Developed by the team at Sande Caplin & Associates the website contains all of the information about the store.
So, whether you are a “local” or an out of town visitor, Anna Maria Rocks is the place to visit.
Photos from Sande Caplin & Associates