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Shopping Planner: Pirate prep, sparkle for sale, plus Cocktails and Couture

Models work the runway at last year's Cocktails and Couture fashion show at the Ritz Ybor.

Luis Santana | Times

Models work the runway at last year's Cocktails and Couture fashion show at the Ritz Ybor.



Here's a look at what's going on in the world of Tampa Bay fashion and shopping this week. So much fun to have, so little time!

The circus may have packed up and skipped town, but there’s still some cirque-themed fun to be had at the Ritz Ybor this Saturday as it teams with Tribeca ColorSalon and Square One to present the fourth annual Cocktails & Couture avant-garde art and fashion bash. Expect three themed rooms at the event sponsored by Tampa Bay Fashion Week. Runway shows by local designers and boutiques will take over the Cirque Werk Theater. The Fashion Fun Haus will feature acrobatic performers, couture clowns and fortune-tellers. And in the spirit of “pics or it didn’t happen,” stop by the Traveling On Fleek Side Show Museum to gawk at living curiosities and get your fill of photo ops. Fashionable dress is encouraged, and guests are promised special craft cocktails and entertainment by Vita Devoid, MACAViTi, Anye Cole & Christopher Knolton, Marcus Borders Production Co., Tampa Modern Dance Company and DJ KROUTH. Designers and boutiques participating in the fashion show include Disco Dolls Studio, Atelier LOLITA, Dolce Couture, DOLLFACE, Juliet Retro, Kelly Reed’s Boutique, Marie Gagne’ & NADIA, Ricky Lindsay and Spellbound Stitches. Tickets for this 18 and up event are $15, $20 day of show. VIP admission, for 21 and up, is $50 and includes runway seating, skip-the-line privileges, a swag bag and two free drinks. Proceeds benefit Pride & Passion at the Tampa Museum of Art. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. 1503 E Seventh Ave., Ybor City. (813) 247-2555.

Are you, like us, unabashedly obsessed with crystals, minerals, gems and jewelry? Then we’ll expect to see you in St. Petersburg this weekend when the Gem, Jewelry and Bead Show and Sale takes over the Coliseum from Friday through Sunday. More than 50 dealers from around the country will show off and sell their precious gems, minerals, crystals, jewelry, gold, silver, pearls and beads. Pay a one-time $5 entry fee and you’re welcome back all weekend. 15 and younger are free, so bring the kiddos to share in your affection for all things sparkly. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. 535 Fourth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 892-5202.


Happy anniversary, numerous businesses in St. Petersburg’s Grand Central District! To celebrate longevity (and one grand opening), the second Grandiversary Block Party will play host to you and yours plus several vendors and live music by Meg Shannon, Moon Flag, Mave’s Arcade, the Sticky Keys and Jeff Brawer. Participating businesses include Community Cafe, Old Key West Bar & Grill, Urban Provisions, Planet Retro Records, Michael Thomas Interior, Your Neighborhood Realty Inc., and Yoga Vie Studio. It’s free and starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in the 2400 block of Central Avenue in St. Petersburg. (727) 222-6979.

Well, Gasparilla month sure did sneak up on us. Hyde Park Village, though, is more than ready to celebrate the upcoming festivities. On Saturday, the shopping and dining center will host a meet and greet with Gasparilla pirates, complimentary face painting, in-store shopping events, giveaways and more. At JMcLaughlin, sip, shop and enter to win a $50 gift card. Don Me Now also is hosting a sip and shop, plus buyers will receive a free koozie with a purchase of $30 or more of Don Me Now Gasparilla gear. Purchase any Gasparilla-themed item at Dixieland Monogram and enter to win Gasparilla goodies valued at $50. Stop by Juxtapose and enter to win a Gasparilla blouse. And at Salt Pines, enter to win a Gasparilla Bourbon & Boweties  bracelet, Salt Pines custom Gasparilla T-shirt or a Gasparilla Survival Pack. It’s all happening from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1602 W Snow Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-3500.

Also in Hyde Park Village: Swing by Piquant next Thursday for a beading workshop hosted by Dream in Vintage. Choose your beads and learn to knot, fit and style a custom Gasparilla-themed bracelet all while enjoying discounted food and drinks at the chic eatery. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 1633 W Snow Ave, Tampa. (813) 251-1777.

[Last modified: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 1:27pm]


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