Shopping Planner: Blast Friday, sip and shop, and a very vintage item of the week
SIP AND SHOP: LIVING AND GIVING
In case you haven’t noticed, Stuart Weitzman heels are all the rage. Lately it seems every celebrity has found herself slipping into a pair of the super-popular Nudist sandal. Now you can be just like them — only better, because 20 percent of what you buy at the Stuart Weitzman store at International Plaza from 6 to 8 on Thursday night will be donated to Easter Seals Florida. The organization helps people with disabilities and special needs, offering a variety of services such as early development centers, physical rehabilitation and job training. The Weitzman shopping event promises cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as you sip and shop for a great look and an even better cause. The mall is at 2223 N Westshore Blvd., Tampa. Park near Bay Street and head to the upper level near Grand Court. Free. (813) 342-3790. shopinternationalplaza.com. RSVP to Kate Lanahan at email@example.com.
Can’t make it to International Plaza? A similar sip and shop is happening at Kendra Scott in Hyde Park Village. Swing by the global jewelry company’s newest boutique location during the Kendra Scott Gives Back Party, where you can drink, unwind and indulge, with 20 percent of every purchase going to the Promise Love Foundation, which assists families with the cost of adoption. 6-8 p.m. Thursday at Kendra Scott, 1511 W Swann Ave., Tampa. Free. (813) 644-8999. kendrascott.com. promiselovefoundation.org.
MAKERS AND MUSICIANS: BLAST FRIDAY
Morton Plant Hospital has some celebrating to do, and we’re all invited. In honor of its 100th anniversary, Morton Plant and Bright House Networks are hosting Clearwater’s Blast Friday, a family-friendly food and craft vendor festival with a live concert to boot. Expect a ton of local sellers from 5:30-10 p.m. Friday. (Read: Bring a big bag.) Once you’ve feel like you’ve shopped till you’re going to drop, fill up on specialty food, beer, wine or other beverages and head over to the Tampa Bay Times Cleveland Street Stage at Osceola and Cleveland for performances by Noah Guthrie, Ari & the Alibis and headliners Here Come the Mummies. The street festival will go down on the 400 block of Cleveland starting at 5:30 p.m., when you can step into the historic Capitol Theatre for free. Inside you’ll find the lobby bar (important), plus bingo, a 50/50 raffle, chances to win tickets and more. Out on the street you can also expect to find classic cars, Threshers swag and chances to win Ruth Eckerd Hall and Capitol Theatre show tickets. Free; $25-$45 VIP. (727) 464-7200. rutheckerdhall.com.
ITEM OF THE WEEK: VINTAGE NEON PROJECT
I walked into the office one recent Sunday morning wearing a T-shirt that I acquired during this year’s rainy Localtopia. It garnered great praise from my colleagues, one of whom knew exactly who had made it — because she has the same print hanging in her house. The shirt features a print of St. Petersburg’s famed Fourth Street China City Restaurant sign, only instead of China City it says St. Pete, Fla. The T has become mega popular in my circles, and now I’m happy to report where you can find one just like it: Vintage Neon Project. Photographer/designer Todd Bates, who’s based in St. Pete, takes straight-on photos of vintage neon signs and creates gallery-worthy prints for purchase. His Re-Sign series is a re-imagination of signs from different cities, just like my China City shirt was re-created to say St. Pete. The name of your choosing replaces the original text, and Bates keeps the look as true to the original as possible. It’s a pretty cool concept, and now I want everything on Bates’ website, vintageneonproject.com. His work is also for sale at St. Pete's Strands of Sunshine. Go visit. You’ll light up.