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Ideas for shopping from local Tampa Bay businesses online

Makers, artists and small businesses are feeling the sting of closures and cancellations.

HELP THEM OUT: MARKET VENDORS

The coronavirus has affected Tampa Bay’s robust market scene. Many of those vendors rely on that exposure for their livelihood. Consider browsing their wares online during these times.

Kristin Fizur ran the Vinyl and Vintage Market that took place Wednesdays on the rooftop of St. Pete Beach’s Hotel Zamora. Fizur makes handcrafted jewelry under the name the Last Quartz. Leather bracelets for women and men range from wide cuffs to thin and stackable. She also uses quartz, other gemstones and vintage coins to create necklaces, bracelets and earrings. thelastquartz.com.

Lady Ceramics was another vendor at the Vinyl and Vintage market who has a robust website where she sells rustic ceramic plant hangers, wall decor, reed and wax diffusers, bowls and mugs. ladyceramics.com.

STAY STYLISH: LOCAL APPAREL

It may seem counterintuitive to shop for clothes while we’re social distancing. But a time like this calls for comfortable clothes that are also stylish and can help lift your mood. Here are more ways to shop locally, online.

Soulgani Activewear, owned by St. Petersburg resident Christina Majeed, is inspired by travel and environment. Each sale gives back a portion of the proceeds to the town, city or village the design was inspired by. Plus, wearing workout clothes all day could inspire you to move your body or do some meditative yoga. soulgani.com.

Misred Outfitters has duster-length printed kimonos. Pair them with baggy shorts and a cami, and voila — a perfect ensemble for elegantly slinking around the house. Their jogger jumpsuits look like another comfy-cute option. Their website says everything from the brick-and-mortar store is online, and it’s easy to make returns. bemisred.com.

Soulgani Activewear is inspired by travel and environment. [ Courtesy of Kera Holzinger ]

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