Shopping Planner: A new spot to shop and drink and shopping local in Tampa
New Shop Alert: Bartique
Strolling down the 600 block of St. Pete’s Central Avenue one day, I noticed a new spot on the corner: Bartique. Is it a boutique with a bar? That’s too good to be true, I thought. But it wasn’t. When I walked in, I was greeted by a bar stocked with wine and beer from local breweries, including Big Storm and Cigar City. Beyond the bar, you see a sweet boutique with fashions for men and women. The shop also features local makers, including distressed vintage denim by Blue Monday Denim. Dogs are also welcome; in fact, Bartique is having a Mutts and Mimosas party Saturday to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. They’re selling dog bandanas and will have adoptable dogs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 648 Central Ave.,
St. Petersburg (727) 827-2914.
Shop Local: Tampa
We really are lucky to live in an area with so much local enterprise and talent, on display at two events this weekend in Tampa.
A pop-up Makers Market happens Saturday at the Whole Foods Market in Carrollwood. The market is presented by Tampa Bay Made, an organization that curates pop-ups for local producers, artisans and craftsmen. There’s a heavy emphasis on fresh foods, with vendors including All GF Vegan by the Amateur Kitchen, Gulf Coast Sourdough and Peaceful Pastures Farm. As for nonfood items, candlemakers Seventh Avenue Apothecary and Red D Woodworking will be on deck. It happens from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 3802 Northdale Blvd. They’ll pop up there again June 24 and July 22.
Drive, walk or even boat to Harbour Island on Sunday for the Artists and Authors event, a special installment of the monthly art walk. In addition to the mix of work by artists, including fractal-burnt wood art by Dragon’s Breath Creations, a number of authors will be signing their books. Among them are Kim Clark (Riley and Frankie Go to the Beach), Tammy Levent (Sink or Swim: A Survival Story) and Alicia Campos Masso (When Clotilde Dreams). You actually can get there by boat; either bring your own and enjoy free public docking, or take the Pirate Water Taxi, as it’s a drop-off point. Noon to 5 p.m. at 800 Harbour Post Drive.