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Indie flea market set for Tampa Heights

Tampa Indie Flea curators, left to right: Marc Havnoonian-Folker, Rosey Williams, and Seanissey Loughlin measure the Rialto for their upcoming market. Photo credit: Rachel Loughlin.

Tampa Indie Flea curators, left to right: Marc Havnoonian-Folker, Rosey Williams, and Seanissey Loughlin measure the Rialto for their upcoming market. Photo credit: Rachel Loughlin.

TAMPA HEIGHTS — A slew of vendors will fill the historic Rialto Theatre and the adjacent Hidden Springs Ale Works for Tampa Indie Flea's grand opening on Nov. 15.

"It is a curated market that provides a platform to local vendors," said indie market curator Rosey Williams. "At the same time, it will stimulate the 'indie' business economy in the Tampa area."

Williams is also the originator of the St. Pete Indie Market.

"While the market is based off its big sister it has developed its own personal style and brand," Williams said. "It focuses on integrating Tampa business and resources."

Williams, along with indie flea curator Seanissey Loughlin, believes the market will provide the area with new products from up-and-coming talent.

"As opposed to other local markets which focus largely on local produce and eating options, we are focused on showcasing a curated assortment of locally sourced and handmade goods and wares," Williams said.

Booths and a food truck court will run along the Tampa Heights sidewalks and alley ways, with a total of about 60 vendors in all.

Among the vendors are St. Petersburg-based Hartley, which carries a line of minimalist leather bags, and Ybor City's Commune and Co., which will serve cold brewed coffee by nitro tap.

Some vendors will travel from Miami, Gainesville and Orlando to be featured at the market including Blue Salvage, who will embark on the hour drive to bring their homemade bohemian textiles to Tampa.

Dry succulent gardens, handmade jewelry, letterpress cards and up-cycled home goods showcase the variety of vendors.

Following the Nov. 15 grand opening from noon to 4 p.m. at 1617 N Franklin St., the market will take place every third Sunday of the month.

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