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Shopping Planner: Shopapalooza, Trollbeads, Boaters Republic sale and more




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

The Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park in downtown Tampa opens Friday, with ice skating, Sono Cafe — a pop-up from Mise en Place featuring seasonal fare, classic snacks, and holiday inspired beverages — and a pop-up market called the Winter Village Shops. Housed in PODS containers, the market features goods from more than 20 boutiques, including decor, apparel, handmade toys, jewelry, even dog accessories. Local businesses Dark Cycle, Carnage Leather, Lularoe and Me2Designs will set up shop for the duration of the village, which ends on Dec. 24. Other vendors will rotate in and out of two additional PODS, including Pergamo Paper Goods today and Silly Dilly Children’s Boutique on Sunday. On Saturday, customized poems written by Blake High School students will be for sale, and there will be additional jewelry and toy vendors. It all opens Friday with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4 p.m. The Winter Village Shops are open Thursdays and Fridays from 4 to 7 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays noon to 7 p.m. They’re closed Thanksgiving and Dec. 10, and will be open every day from noon to 7 p.m. Dec. 18-24. It’s free to attend, and $12 to ice skate for 90 minutes. The ice rink and the cafe have different hours from the shops.

Across the bay Saturday-Sunday is the Tampa Bay Holiday Market at the Coliseum in downtown St. Petersburg. The historic space will be filled holiday decor, gifts, candles, jewelry and sweets, from vendors including Seventh Avenue Apothecary (candles, which I’ve used, and they are wonderful!), Mrs. Claus’ Sewing Room and Moonbay Gourmet. The first 100 attendees per day get a free jingle bell ornament and the chance to win a television. Celebrity alert! Jolly Old St. Nick himself will be making an appearance from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. That’s just how merry this thing is. It’s free admission and parking, and the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.


The term “palooza” feels a bit overused, but the amount of stuff happening at this event shows that it has earned it. The St. Petersburg shopping extravaganza presented by LocalShops1 is bigger than ever this year, with more than 130 local artists, businesses, nonprofits and community organizations participating each day. The event happens on Saturday, and then again next Saturday, Nov. 26, from 10 a.m. to sunset in South Straub Park. In addition to the variety of vendors, including apparel from Ashe Couture, art from D-Gallerie and home textiles from Mandalina, there’s a Tampa Bay Etsy Crew Village, health and beauty products and fair trade items. Local organizations and services will also be on deck, and there will be interactive exhibits like Planet Fun, Dream Catchers, a community art project and a Kids Village provided by Great Explorations. Then there’s the food trucks, live entertainment and music. See what I mean? A palooza indeed. It’s free to attend, and while registration is not required, shoppers are invited to do so at for an opportunity to win “Palooza Bucks” and $500 cash.


Boaters Republic is like the mecca for all things boating and fishing, but really anyone would enjoy shopping there. Not only does it sell fishing and boating equipment and accessories, it also has tons of apparel for men, women and children, home decor and really, anything that relates to Florida life that you can think of. The St. Petersburg location is having its last big sale of the year this Friday and Saturday, perfect timing for buying gifts. They’re giving away thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise, including items from Yeti, Maui Jim and Star Rods. They’ll also have craft beer for you to enjoy as you shop. The event only takes place at the St. Pete store, 3100 Fourth St. N. (727) 578-0404.


If you’ve never heard of Trollbeads, or even if you have, it may surprise you to know that it’s the original bead-on-the-bracelet brand. The original trollbead was created in Denmark in 1976 and was a silver bead with troll faces on it. What set it apart was that it was hollow in the middle, allowing a cord or chain to pass through, instead of hanging from an eyelet. Now 40 years later, they can be found in 30 countries. The only location in the southern United States is at Tampa’s International Plaza. The store is fairly new, open for about seven months, and Saturday it will have a Holiday Trunk Show and Artisan

Event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Watch demonstrations by an artist of how handmade glass beads are made, some with as many as 100 steps to complete. Capital Grille will be providing food and beverages during the event. The first 25 people will receive a free gift bag, and there will be raffles, giveaways and special promotions. Trollbeads is located on the lower level, center court. (813) 551-3988.

[Last modified: Friday, January 6, 2017 5:20pm]


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