Ilenes Gator Store - Shoppes At Thornebrook

Ilene’s Gator Store – Unique Gator Apparel

Ilene’s Gator Store connects with Gator fans near and far with unique Gator apparel and accessories available through their physical location in Thornebrook and online at Perfect for gameday, or simply anytime you want to show off your Gator spirit and look fashionable at the same time!

In this series we are highlighting the exceptional local businesses of Thornebrook. We had the opportunity to sit down with Ilene Silverman, owner of Ilene’s Gator Store, for a few questions:

1. What do you love most about your business?

We look forward to reconnecting with our Gator fans over the many years that they have shopped with our It’s just a feel-good moment. We introduce ’em to our new gator wear. We chat. We continue our relationship and share thoughts about our families and our lives and so through Ilene’s Gator Store, all of us here, our team at Ilene’s Gator Store have been able to build these bridges of relationships through our Gator wear and it it is a wonderful spirit of the Gator nation.

2. What is one thing that new shoppers should know you offer?

We always make certain that our Gator friends are aware that we at Ilene’s Gator Store offer complimentary gift wrap and a lot of the people visiting us are looking for gifts. So, knowing that they can walk out with their selection already beautifully wrapped is a wonderful feature that we can provide for them.

We also want to make sure that all our Gator friends know that we offer a wide range of sizes and collection of gator wear, women’s, men’s, kids, gifts, all kind of accessories, jewelry, clear bags, and novelties but in our women’s apparel, we feature small through 3X. In addition to many size options, we have multi-generational styles to choose from.

Ilene’s Gator Store is known for exclusive designs that we create just for our store. Sometimes, beautiful sparkling orange and blue crystal designs on a multitude of different fitting styles and tops and other by designers with unique fabrics that are only used for Ilene’s Gator Store.

We’re also very proud that we feature Joseph Ribkoff Designs out of Montreal. This design collection is not just orange and blue.

3. What is another shop in Thornebrook you would recommend to a friend and why?

We have many visitors from out of town coming in to shop and and spend time at Ilene’s Gator Store
and we always like to let them know that we have two delicious restaurants right here in the center court at the Shoppes at Thornebrook. There’s Cintron offering Floribbean, a blend of Caribbean and Floridian Cuisine and Formaggio’s Italian, both with outside and inside seating.

4. Anything else you’d like to add?

I’m proud that I’ve had the opportunity to continue doing business in Gainesville through the legacy of my parents, Joe and Faye Silverman and Silverman’s downtown for men and women so many years ago. It makes me very happy when Gator friends remember those days and my other stores and have been a
part of our Gator family for these many, many years.

We invite everyone to come in and get to know us and become a new Gator friend or return again to Ilene’s Gator Store.

More Information

Ilene’s Gator Store is located in the Shoppes At Thornebrook 2441 NW 43rd Street Suite 19 Gainesville FL, 32606. They are open Wednesday through Saturday: 11 am – 6 pm with extended days/hours for most Gator home games. Visit their directory page for more information including special hours.

Questions? Call (352)378-1611 or email

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