Shopping Planner: Bash in the 'Burg, toy town, plus coins and collectibles
PREMIERE PARTY: SMITTEN WITH THE CITY
Fashion and music and art, oh my! What more could you ask for in a local-centric event? ARTpool Gallery unfailingly has it all. Saturday, the boutique, event space and cafe combo is celebrating 10 years of celebrating its city, and you’re invited to the I Love St. Pete Art/Music/Fashion Show, the gallery’s premiere event of 2016. This all-ages bash will kick off a year of fun with a runway show featuring clothing from bay area boutiques and design houses. Channel your inner Anna Wintour as you rub elbows with St. Pete’s hippest designers, models, artists and musicians while soaking up a video art show by David Meek, perusing the fine art gallery and rocking out to music by the Vultures in ARTpool’s 10,000-square-foot space. Expect vegan, vegetarian and carnivore options at the ARTpool cafe, not to mention 30 craft beers, wine, mimosas, sangria and more. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the runway show is set to go on at 10 p.m. General admission, standing-room-only tickets are $10, and VIP are $15. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. (727) 324-3878. artpoolrules.com.
SHOW ME THE MONEY: COINS AND COLLECTIBLES
Cha-ching! That’s the sound you’re likely to hear at the West Hernando Coin Club’s Coin and Currency Show this weekend. More than 25 dealers with more than 40 tables will sell, purchase and appraise fancy coins, including gold, silver, U.S. and foreign coins. Stamps and collectibles are an added bonus at this event that offers free appraisals by ICG. If that’s not enough, stop in for the hourly door prizes, food and drinks. Free starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 13485 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. (352) 584-3163.
TOY TOWN: FAMILY FUN
Last year’s inaugural Tampa Bay Toy Expo was a smashing success — so much so that the family friendly event has moved to a larger space for its second annual affair. Expect artists, vendors, video games, vintage toys, comic books, action figures and pop culture galore. We’re talking classics like Marvel, D.C. Comics, Transformers, Lego, Doctor Who, G.I. Joe, Star Trek and My Little Pony (we’re looking at you, Bronies). Several unique items will find new homes through a silent auction with proceeds benefitting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Local comic artists will be there, too, as well as Star Wars costuming groups and local Internet personality Sexy Mario. You read that right. Sexy Mario, you guys. P.S. You’ll have the opportunity to meet and greet Star Wars characters and therefore have no excuse not to go to this. Tickets are $5, but an extra $10 will get you in an hour early. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Jan. 30. Hilton Garden Inn North, 13305 Tampa Oaks Blvd., Tampa. tampabaytoyexpo.com.
Sexy Mario, obviously.
FIND OF THE WEEK: THE ZOME
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year, you may have noticed that geodesic decor is all the rage. You know that planter you’re obsessed with on Etsy? Well, our local find of the week is that cool times a million — because you can nap in it. Meet the Kodama Zome. Design Milk’s “Best of 2015” geodesic hammock is a hanging, swinging outdoor bed inspired by architect Buckminster Fuller. The Zome is made in the United States with waterproof materials, and its Sunbrella cushions can be ordered in a variety of colors. Hang this modern beauty from a tree or freestanding pod, and you’ll instantly transform your outdoor space into the envy of the neighborhood. For a limited time, the Zome, which starts at $5,400, will be on display at Patio Lane’s Clearwater showroom before it starts popping up at a number of bay area hospitality establishments throughout 2016. To book the Zome at your venue or event, contact Wendy Schechner at email@example.com. Check out a video of the Zome in action at patiolane.com or kodamazomes.com. And if you want to try before you buy, swing over to 10820 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater. (727) 524-1120.