This summer has proven to be more than just a hot season for Fifth Avenue South in Naples. A sizzling renaissance of sorts is sweeping through the main street attraction at the heart of the city.
Riding the wave of niche brands in the retail industry, about 10 new stores recently opened or are opening soon along the historical stretch to the Gulf bustling with fine dining, extravagant shops, posh offices and luxurious residences.
At the center of it all are two recently redeveloped corners book-ending Fifth Avenue South and Fifth Street South. Both new buildings have retail spaces at the street level with two floors of lavishly appointed condominiums above.
Local entrepreneur Phil McCabe, creator of the Inn on Fifth, recently completed The Residences at 5th and 5th, a redevelopment project that had a controversial start over its underground parking plans. The stately structure’s architecture rounds the corner and extends to the sidewalk, closing a gap which previously featured a stretch of one-story eateries set back for al fresco dining.