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Take a Peek: Local Eats and Drinks in the Village of the Arts

By Cooper Levey-Baker / Photography By Kathryn Brass-Piper | Last Updated January 01, 2015
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A view into Bonnie Bakes.

You know you’ve arrived at Village of the Arts when the houses turn into rainbows. In sharp contrast to the muted Med-Rev tones common in so many other Suncoast neighborhoods, the homes in this Bradenton community are brazenly colored. Fuchsia, magenta, turquoise, malachite, chartreuse … they’re all well-represented on the Village’s walls and trim.

What’s inside those aggressively hued cottages? Like the name says, the arts. The Village is home to any number of galleries and knick-knack shops, music stores, and clothing boutiques. All that browsing is bound to make you thirsty, and hungry.

To cure the former, sip a brew at Motorworks Brewing on the eastern edge of the neighborhood. For the latter, visit any—or all—of the spots listed here.

Sugar Cubed

Sugar Cubed
This is where Villagers start their day. The combination bakery and coffee shop opened up last July, the culmination of 15 years of baking work put in by owner and chef Dana Johnson.
|1506 13th St W, Bradenton, FL, us


Tortia di Cariofi
What separates Gaetano Cannata from most other chefs is his exquisite knowledge of history and its impact on food.
|1418 13th St W, Bradenton, FL, us

Bonni Bakes

Bonni Bakes
Don’t just stroll up to Bonni Bakes expecting to pick up some sweets. Bonni Brown’s kitchen isn’t just where she sells her magnificent...
|932 12th St W, Bradenton, FL, us

Arts & Eats

Arts and Eats
After months of renovations, the space was ready, and Arts & Eats opened in September 2012.
|1114 12th St W, Bradenton, us
|941-201- 6647


The front room at Retrobaked hardly looks like a bakery—more like a midcentury display room, which in fact it is. Retrobaked owner Rachel...
|933 12th St W, Bradenton, FL, us


One of the newest entries in the Village food scene, Concetta’s is situated off the beaten path, almost in the shadow of Motorworks.
|1004 10th Ave W, Bradenton, FL, us
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