The Reserve – Established in 1933. Re-imagined in 2016. A place where history and tradition collide with the present.
The Reserve is a place for gathering with friends, a place for buying a bestselling book, a place where you can relax. With tasty lattes, cappuccinos, teas, wines, craft beers, and more that you can enjoy on-site or take with you on the go, The Reserve is a place where you can savor the best of life in a casual, unique atmosphere, steeped in Sarasota history.
The Reserve is a distinctive and historic meeting space of almost 5,000 square feet where you can hold unforgettable special events including weddings and reunions, just a stone’s throw from the Bay, the Van Wezel, Florida Studio Theater, the Ca’d’Zan, the Ringling Art Museum, and more. You can rent out the entire facility, or a single room, while enjoying the beautiful outdoor courtyard with overhead Edison bulb lighting. Experience a piece of true Sarasota history and the Ringling heritage with them.
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The Reserve also will feature a market with farm-fresh produce and curated artisanal goods from their 25-acre farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Here you’ll find seasonal produce like apples and tomatoes, honey from their very own honeycombs carefully tended by their family, jams, jellies, eggs, baked goods, gifts, and more.
Word has it that The Reserve buildings originally were part of Charles Ringling’s estate before his mansion was built. Charles was John Ringling’s brother and a partner in Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. Once they made their fortunes, Charles built his mansion, and the buildings were then moved to their current location at 1322 N. Tamiami Trail, near Downtown Sarasota and the Van Wezel. Once on the Trail, the buildings were used as a boarding house, a circus performance venue, and even a bordello. They are now bringing them back to their former glory and sharing these historically significant buildings and their rich histories with you.
“It is a great little bookstore and coffee shop! The people are so helpful and great to be around! The vibe and environment is relaxing. It’s it upcoming and perfect for an afternoon coffee date!” – Clairebear Awesome
“Good prices on coffees of all kinds, an excellent selection of books, ranging from non-fiction, political, sci-fi, etc. There’s even a section of books all about coffee! Very homely feel, with an indoor and outdoor patio area to enjoy with company.” – Nick D.
“Was excited to visit there and it did not disappoint! Best Carmel macchiato I have ever had!! Loved that they had books in both buildings, ohhh and the wine bar area looks amazing! I would def recommend this to anyone!” – Sara Sponsler
“The Reserve is a must for locals and tourists. Flavorful fresh coffee, authentic NY bagels, comfy atmosphere and lovely owners.” – Mary Fab
1322 N. Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota, FL 34236