I remember when I first moved to Florida in 2003 one of my biggest complaints was not being able to find some of my favorite stores nearby. Then of course I moved to Panama and learned what that really meant. The choices there were far less. I came back with a whole new appreciation for being able to find things that I both needed and wanted. Shopping in Panama can seem like a bit of a treasure hunt at times.
The area around Lakewood Ranch has changed a lot since I first lived here. I used to have to drive to either the South Side of Sarasota, Brandon, Tampa or Orlando to shop at the really big malls. That is all about to change! Benderson Development is building The Mall At University Center just a few miles from where I currently live. The choices are about to get even better! And I will really appreciate it!