Tin City – Shopping, Food and Entertainment

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    If you like to shop in a place full of maritime history, great views, great seafood, you won’t want to miss a visit to Tin City, an old seafood processing plant converted into shops, restaurants and attractions.

    Robin Kay: Hi there! This is Robin Kay. I'm here today at Tin City in Naples Florida and if you are the type like me, who likes to shop in a place with plenty of character and history you've got to check this place out. With its clean board walks tin top buildings and water front views, you get the feel that you are back in time at the center of Naples fishing industry.

    Male Speaker: Tin City was built in the early 1900s as a clam cannery in a boatyard. It serviced all of the fishing fleet an industry of South West Florida at the time.

    Lois Bolin: This particular area is extremely important because this is one of the first economic centers in the city of Naples, but in the early 20s, this area became very crucial not only to the livelihood of the families that lived here, but it became very crucial to tourism which was really the driving force behind the founding of the city of Naples.

    Robin Kay: Putting its history aside, it's now home to more than 40 local and eclectic shops offering everything from swimsuits to scrimshaw, local crafts to crystals, t-shirts to fine jewelry and everything in between.

    I'm here at the Naples Soap Company checking out some incredible soaps. Here is one that sounds interesting and I'm told that it's very popular, Cucumber Melon. Just down the way, you'll have to pay a visit to the Naples winery and try something that you probably have never tried before. Rick Braddick: Here at the Naples winery we sell only Florida wines, these wines are very local, they are all produced here in Florida. We use Florida fruits, we have flavors like key limes and mangoes and we also have peaches and blueberries and blackberries.

    Robin Kay: Tin City can also be a launching pad for exploring the beautiful water ways with pure Naples. Take a side seeing cruise, rent a jet ski, dolphin watch or go deep sea fishing in some of the most picturous waters around.

    Harry Julian: Leaving from Tin city, we can take it down the 10,000 islands, see tons of wildlife, dolphins, mangrove forest, manatees you name it.

    Robin Kay: When it's time to unwind and get some food in your stomach, there are several eateries here that not only offer great atmosphere and views but also fantastic fresh sea food.

    Male Speaker: It's very historic. And it has gone from being a boatyard fishing industry to being shops, forty shops and two fabulous restaurants.

    Elisabeth Price: It's fun shopping, you can spend time with friends and just hang out, get ice-cream and walk around.

    Robin Kay: This is Robin Kay reporting and shopping from Naples Florida.