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Ways to support Small Business Saturday in Tampa Bay

More than 250 local companies assemble for Shopapalooza in St. Pete, Indie Flea pops up at Black Crow Coffee, Oxford Exchange’s gift bazaar and a shop hop in Seminole Heights.
Amber Parker sells her Loudmouth Lip Attire during the Tampa Indie Flea in 2018. [OCTAVIO JONES  |  Times (2018)]
Amber Parker sells her Loudmouth Lip Attire during the Tampa Indie Flea in 2018. [OCTAVIO JONES | Times (2018)]
Published Nov. 27, 2019
Updated Nov. 27, 2019

Black Friday is all about the big box stores and the mall. But Small Business Saturday is hyper local. Here’s a roundup.


Presented by Local Shops 1, Shopapalooza brings hundreds of vendors to Vinoy Park. Find nearly anything you can think of, including gourmet foods, jewelry, clothing, art, plants, yard stuff and beauty products including Loudmouth Lip Attire, all-natural makeup in vibrant colors made by Tampa-based Amber Parker, pictured. It’s also a full-fledged festival, with a fitness activity area, kids’ zone, Christmas tree displays, live music, food court and a very necessary seating lounge by Treehouse Gallery. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 701 Bayshore Drive NE, St. Petersburg.

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This event features around 25 high-end local vendors, perfect for those who crave a more intimate shopping experience. Held on the second floor of Oxford Exchange, discover resort wear from Sohalia, baby clothes by Savvy Jack, leather goods by Form-Function-Form and several jewelrymakers, including the minimal, elegant line by Albisia Jewelry. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

Simple elegance is the style at Albisia's Jewelry. All items are handmade by Albisia Ipek. [Courtesy of Albisia Ipek]


Visit six of the 12 stops along the Seminole Heights Holiday Shop Hop and enter to win prizes. There will be toddies and treats and a variety of potential gifts. Snag handblown glass ornaments or sculptures at Gott Glass Gallery (811 E Knollwood St.), where you can also pick up a map. Reduce your carbon footprint with vintage items from Valhalla Resale or Lufka Refillables Zero Waste Store. Stock up on smell-good stuff at Cleanse Apothecary or Blue Sage Eco Boutique, whose hand-poured soy candles are pictured. Stick around for the after-party from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Graham building, 6701 N Florida Ave., Tampa. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday.

Blue Sage Eco Boutique offers handmade and hand-poured soy candles. [Courtesy of Aya Essentials]


Black Crow Coffee will be the hippest scene in town when the Indie Flea pops up with a Small Business Saturday Market. Indie Flea selected 30 vendors from its network, whose businesses are thriving. They include Dark Cycle, Josh Comics and Knotted Roots. (Did someone say macrame?) To encourage less traffic, Black Crow is giving free coffee to anyone who arrives by bicycle. And St. Pete Bike Co-op and Car Free St. Pete will be on site to raise awareness for biking and bike safety. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday. 722 Second St. N, St. Petersburg.


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