Shopping Planner: Indie Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and more
MERRY MARKETS: HOLIDAY MARKET ROUNDUP
It’s that time of year, and Tampa Bay is teeming with holiday markets to meet all your shopping needs. Each week I’ll highlight one or two. Find a complete listing at tbtim.es/markets.
The Creative Life Project’s holiday market will pop up at the Flying Pig Tap House in St. Petersburg from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The organization formed last year to help emerging artists and makers get their work out in the community by popping up at local businesses, a win-win. You’ll find a mix of items at the market, from fun animal collages from Pergamo Paper Goods (pictured) to edgy apparel and designs from Seventh Ink and gemstone jewelry from Treasured Chest. Grab a beer and a snack to nosh on while you’re there. 1584 Central Ave. (727) 895-5900.
If you’re into more traditional holiday goods, check out Buckler’s Craft Fair at the Florida State Fairgrounds in Tampa. The show features work by award-winning crafters from across the country, including Christmas items, clothing, toys, folk art and baked goods. It happens 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to
4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $6, children 12 and younger free. That’s good for both days with a hand stamp. Bring a canned good, or print a coupon on bucklercraftfair.com and get $2 off admission.
Flip the Script: Indie Black Friday Shopping
For many, the thought of Black Friday means avoiding going out in public because of mania at malls and big box stores. Luckily, there’s a couple of events Friday that will help you get your shopping fix without losing our mind.
One option is Ella’s Black Friday Alternative Local Shopping Experience at Ella’s Americana Folk Art Cafe, 5119 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa. You’ll find an eclectic blend of local artisans, including Junkyard Beauty Shop, Dapper Dragon Leather Creations and Iamsonotcool. The event doesn’t even begin until 5 p.m. and runs till 9. Chow on some of Ella’s great eats, take advantage of drink specials, and enjoy live, rockabilly music from the Cadillac Bombers.
Another great choice is Daddy Kool Records’ Thanksgiving Weekend Sale. Beginning Friday at 10 a.m., shoppers can pick up Black Friday exclusives. There will be storewide discounts and a sidewalk sale that lasts through Sunday. 666 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. daddykool.com.
Shop Small: Small Business Saturday
Consider checking out the little guys on Small Business Saturday. The shopping holiday was created by American Express in 2010 to encourage supporting local businesses. We’re very lucky to live in a place that has so many to choose from. You can show your support at the Holiday Shop Hop Seminole Heights in Tampa, where 14 shops are participating, including Bali Bay Trading Co., the Disco Dolls and Vintage Post Marketplace. Visit at least six participating businesses and get your “Shop Hop Passport” stamped to be eligible to win a Local Shopping Spree, featuring gift certificates for local shops. facebook.com/shophopseminoleheights.
The St. Pete Store and Visitors Center downtown is celebrating the day by offering bundle discounts up to 20 percent off, on locally made goods. The shop is a partnership between the city of St. Petersburg and the Chamber of Commerce, with the goal of highlighting St. Pete artists and makers for visitors and residents. They have a wide variety of merchandise, so it’s the perfect place to find an item to show your pride in the city or to find a souvenir. 100 Second Ave. N. (727) 388-0686.
Also, don’t forget that Shopapalooza happens again Saturday in St. Pete’s South Straub Park, from 10 a.m. to sunset, featuring more than 130 small businesses and artists.
Black Market: Black Friday
Let me just preface this by saying that this event, named Black Market: Black Friday is NOT on Friday. The pop-up market featuring more than 25 local, black-owned businesses is Saturday in Tampa. Presented by Aya Essentials, the event encourages spending money with local entrepreneurs rather than corporations on Black Friday but didn’t want to compete for sales. They’ll have items you won’t find at the mall, like T-shirts with original designs from Dyam Nation, African print maxi skirts by Elijah Lee and handmade soy candles from Blue Sage Eco Boutique, above. Enjoy food by Vegg’d Out Vegan Kitchen, live and DJ music and entertainment. There’s no entry fee for this family friendly event, which runs 2-7 p.m. at the Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association, 2005 N Lamar Ave.