Make us your home page

New boutique offers ship-shape, chic looks

Ship Chic carries women's wear and housewares with a nautical theme. Photo courtesy of Ship Chic.

Ship Chic carries women's wear and housewares with a nautical theme. Photo courtesy of Ship Chic.

Whenever there's free time, in between juggling a full-time IT position and owning three boutiques, Michelle Thomas takes the boat out with her husband, Mark.

The aquatic life is what inspired their nautical shops.

The couple opened Boater's Republic in St. Petersburg a couple of years ago, and more recently Michelle opened a women-centric shop, Ship Chic, in May at 1540 S Dale Mabry Highway.

"It's difficult to find life-on-the-water clothes that look good on women," Thomas said. "We expanded the women's section in the St. Petersburg store to include more fashionable pieces and then decided to open a whole store devoted to that."

The boutique carries clothes to go boating and fishing in, pieces to wear while dining on the water and Maui Jim polarized sunglasses.

"The whole premise is having something for no matter what you're doing in your life around the water," Thomas said. "It's a store dedicated to the Florida life."

The 1,600-square-foot shop also has a section of coastal-inspired items for gifts or housewares.

On top of that, Thomas will open a second Boater's Republic next month in Tampa, at 2122 S Dale Mabry Highway, a couple buildings from Ship Chic. She plans on a grand opening party for both new stores in August.

To stay updated on grand opening information, go to

SHARE YOUR NEWS: If you have an item for Everybody's Business, contact Arielle Waldman at

New boutique offers ship-shape, chic looks 07/13/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 13, 2016 5:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Trigaux: For Class of 2016, college debt loads favor Florida graduates


    Florida college graduates saddled with student debt: Take heart. The average debt Class of 2016 Florida grads must bear is less than students in most states.

    University of South Florida undergraduates gather at the USF Sun Dome in Tampa for last fall's commencement ceremony. A new survey finds their average student debt upon graduating was $22,276. Statewide, 2016 Florida grads ranked a relatively unencumbered 45th among states, averaging $24,461 in student debt. [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  2. After Hurricane Irma, many ask: How safe are shelters?


    NAPLES — Residents of the Naples Estates mobile home park beamed and cheered when President Donald Trump and Gov. Rick Scott strolled amid piles of shredded aluminum three days after Hurricane Irma to buck up residents and hail the work of emergency responders. But almost nobody had anything good to say about …

    The Islamic Society of Tampa Bay Area opened its doors to anyone seeking temporary shelter during Hurricane Irma. Evacuees were housed in the Istaba multipurpose building and was quickly at capacity housing over 500 people. [Saturday, September 9, 2017] [Photo Luis Santana | Times]
  3. When elders are in peril, who do you call — 911 or Rick Scott's cell?

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Twelve hours after Irma blasted through South Florida, conditions at Larkin Community Hospital in Hollywood were miserable.

    Police surround the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills, which had no air conditioning after Hurricane Irma knocked out power, on Sept. 13 in Hollywood. So far, nine deaths have been blamed on the incedent. [John McCall | South Florida Sun-Sentinel]
  4. Report slams Pinellas construction licensing agency and leaders

    Local Government

    LARGO — The Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board mismanaged its finances, lacked accountability and disregarded its own rules, according to a scathing report released Wednesday by the county's inspector general.

    Rodney Fischer, the executive director of the Pinellas County Construction Licensing Board, resigned in January.  [SCOTT KEELER   |   Times]
  5. A meatless burger that tastes like meat? Ciccio Restaurants will serve the Impossible Burger.

    Food & Dining

    TAMPA — The most red-hot hamburger in the nation right now contains no meat.

    Ciccio executive chef Luis Flores prepares an Impossible Burger Wednesday at the Epicurean Hotel Food Theatre in Tampa.