Shopping Planner: Looking forward to 2016
Now that the holidays are over — praise be — here's to shopping for ourselves and nobody but ourselves in the brand new year. Cheers!
LOOKING AHEAD TO 2016: BUNULU
When was the last time you stepped foot inside a Bealls? For me, it was back when I had no choice but to shop with my parents… or my grandma.
For that reason, the Bradenton-based retailer is branching out, targeting teens, millennials and trendy moms alike. Bealls Inc. has launched a store called Bunulu, which sells activewear like yoga pants and swimsuits, and we can’t wait for the International Plaza location to open in 2016.
“Bunulu is for that outdoor, youth-minded person. We sell apparel and footwear, but also accessories like Costa sunglasses, Garmins, GoPros and Yeti coolers,” Lorna Nagler, president of Bealls Department Stores, told Times reporter Justine Griffin.
Step into Bunulu and you’re met with a bright, beachy PacSun-Hollister vibe. The shops feature scenic backdrops in changing rooms and a “sand bar” where customers can chill out and charge their gizmos.
The Bunulu line of activewear, though modeled after upscale brands like Lululemon, is much more affordable, and stores offer brands like O’Neill, Hurley, Beyond Yoga and Ray-Ban for the beachgoer, the teen and the mom on the go.
“Shoppers can discover looks that really are a seamless casualization of bringing that idea of performance into your everyday wardrobe. It’s that intersection of showing you live an active lifestyle and fashion,” Nagler said. “We really have taken that idea and run with it.”
Honorable mention for what’s coming in 2016: Discount fast-fashion brand Forever 21 has launched F21 Red, which features even lower bargain-basement prices than its mother ship. The retailer is opening shops in Sarasota, Orlando and the Tampa Bay region.
CORNER MARKET: BACK TO BASICS
Finally, we can get back to our regularly scheduled weekends of strolling through our favorite markets from around the bay. Here are our top picks for this extended weekend:
Fresh Market in Hyde Park Village: On the first Sunday of every month, take advantage of Fresh Market in Hyde Park Village. Local vendors show up in droves to sell produce, plants, take-home foods, ready-to-eat lunch bites, hand crafts, eco-friendly and fair-trade products and more. There will be live music, shopping and breakfast, brunch or lunch all around the village. It’s all happening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1602 W Snow Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-3500. hydeparkvillage.com
Downtown Saturday Morning Market: More than 100 local vendors will be on hand in St. Petersburg this weekend with fresh produce and gourmet foods. Don’t miss the crafts, prepared foods, live entertainment, flowers and plants while soaking up the glorious Florida sun this weekend. The shopping kicks off at 9 a.m. every Saturday. This week, meet at the entrance of the Saturday Morning Market to begin a guided walking tour of hotels, stately churches and architectural treasures in the historic district between Central Avenue and Fourth Avenue North. It’s $5, and members of the St. Petersburg Downtown National Register Historic District are free. Progress Energy Park/Al Lang Field, 180 Second Ave. SE, St. Petersburg. (727) 455-4921. saturdaymorningmarket.com
Fresh Market at Wiregrass: This weekend there are two reasons to swing by the Shops at Wiregrass. Reason No. 1: Post-holiday discounts. Reason No. 2: The Fresh Market featuring foods, crafts and live music is back, and it’s free to poke around. 10 a.m. Saturday. 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel. (813) 994-2242. theshopsatwiregrass.com
Indian Shores Morning Market: We’ve been having some fantastic beach weather, so why not head to the breezy shores to pick up some produce, fine arts and crafts, specialty items, library books and gourmet food? The Indian Shores Morning Market takes place at 9 a.m. on Sunday at 19305 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. (727) 278-4285.
Westchase Morning Market: A wide variety of vendors are coming out for this market that will feature produce, cheeses, seafood, plants, honey, pet treats and more. The Westchase Morning Market is every Sunday through mid-April, so get out there and meet your neighbors at 10 a.m. 9644 W Linebaugh Ave., Tampa. (727) 692-5353.
Sweetwater Sundays Farmer’s Market: Bring Fido to this family-and dog-friendly market with morning yoga (11 a.m.-noon), live music (12:30-2:30 p.m.), open mic sessions (2:30-4 p.m.) and self-guided tours of the farm on Sundays through the end of May. Shop for organic fruits, vegetables, handmade goods, artisan breads, local honey, take-home foods and more. Free from noon to 4 p.m. at Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, 6942 W Comanche Ave., Tampa. (813) 887-4066.