Shopping Planner: St. Pete Shop Hop, beautiful benevolence and a pretty, handy item of the week
SUPPORT CENTRAL: MAIN STREET SHOP HOP
If you have yet to make your way to St. Petersburg for a day of strolling and shopping, the time is now. The city’s three Florida Main Street communities are teaming up to celebrate the incredible and diverse locally owned businesses in these historic districts. The Grand Central District, EDGE District and Deuces Live Main Street are hosting Main Street Shop Hop from 3 to 7 p.m. May 18, featuring select retail shops in all three districts. During your day out, expect to find antiques, jewelry, clothing, vintage furniture, funky fashion, art, designer apparel and coastal decor. Each participating store will feature specials, giveaways, refreshments and more to pamper you while you peruse. Ditch the car and pick up a Shop Hop Card at any participating retail location to take advantage of dozens of promotions, prizes and more. Have your Shop Hop Card validated at five participating stores — with at least one shop in each of the three districts — and you’ll be entered to win one of three grand prize drawings for Main Street gift baskets, each valued at more than $250. facebook.com/stpetemainstreets.
Participating stores and what they’re offering:
• Ashe Couture Boutique: Champagne and 15 percent off storewide. 953 Central Ave.
• Creative Clay: Refreshments and a raffle for an Artworks prize. 1114 Central Ave.
• Flip Flop Quilt Shop: Treats, demos and a giveaway. 1010 Central Ave., No. 105.
• Furnish Me Vintage: 10 percent off any purchase of $100 or more. 1246 Central Ave.
• Magnolia Lane Boutique: Raffle for a gift and storewide discounts. 1018 Central Ave.
• McB’s Men’s Clothing: Raffle for $100 designer necktie. 1045 Central Ave.
• Mis en Chic: Champagne, refreshments and 10 percent off storewide. 1180 Central Ave.
• Paper Street Market: Raffle for a logo T-shirt. 915 Central Ave.
• Plain Jane St. Pete: Wine. 1104 Central Ave.
• Woodfield Fine Art Gallery: 25 percent off all blown glass and crystal. 2253 Central Ave., No. 105.
• Painting With Fire Studio: Wine and light appetizers, silent auction and demonstrations. 2428 Central Ave.
• D and A Ambient Antiques: 30 percent off storewide. 2939 Central Ave.
HELPING HAND: RED TENT SHOP NIGHT
How do we love Ashe Couture? Let us count the ways. … Okay, there are far too many to count. But on Thursday there’s an extra reason to stop by the Central Avenue boutique. From 5 to 8 p.m., Ashe Couture is hosting Red Tent Shop Night. It’s free to attend the event that will include light refreshments, including wine, and 15 percent of boutique sales will benefit Red Tent Women’s Initiative, which provides homeless and incarcerated women with support and empowerment while focusing on the therapeutic benefits of hand-crafting. Women in the program learn to hand-sew and embroider various goods provided through donations. Some of the items that the group’s participants created — such as yoga mat holders, quilts and jewelry — will be available for purchase during the event. Money raised from the sale of those goods will go directly to the participants as Red Tent aims to help women learn marketable skills and benefit from entrepreneurial opportunities. Ashe Couture Boutique is at 953 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Free. (727) 828-9925. ashecouture.com.
BEAUTIFUL BENEVOLENCE: SUCCESS IN STILETTOS
Check out Success in Stilettos, a night of beauty and fashion tips all for a fabulous cause. Stop by Ambay Plastic Surgery at 6 tonight for primping pointers plus food and bubbly, giveaways, a silent auction and live entertainment. The bash will benefit Dress for Success, which helps women in need gain the skills and wardrobe they need to take that next step in their career. Feel free to bring along some gently used work attire or make a monetary donation. Every bit counts. 27716 Cashford Circle, Wesley Chapel. Donations accepted. (813) 406-4448. facebook.com/ambayplasticsurgerytampa.
ITEM OF THE WEEK: HAIR TIE HIDEAWAY
Ladies, I know you feel me on this: We’re sick and tired of having our wrists compressed by hair ties awaiting utilization. Those indentations on our arms can’t be healthy. And what’s worse than checking out our carefully plotted squad pics only to find that unsightly rubber bands have completely destroyed our Instagram-worthy aesthetic? Lucky for us, there’s Bittersweet by Maria Shireen. These bracelets were designed for women on the go who want to remain stylish while wearing a hair tie on the wrist so as not to lose it in the abyss of one’s purse. The bracelets hold the hair tie in place, keeping it off your wrist while providing a polished and elegant appearance. Try a forest green hair tie on a gold bracelet; or black on silver. Maria Shireen even offers rose gold and engraving. Any color combination is sure to look modern and sophisticated, all for the good of our wrists. $45-$85. mariashireen.com.