Heads up: Father’s Day is Sunday. It crept up on us, right? Luckily, Tampa Bay is rich with locally owned businesses that have great gifts for Dad. And many offer online shopping. Here is a round-up.
Atlas Body and Home
The St. Petersburg men’s boutique has a number of great options for Dad. They carry the St. James of London collection of personal care items, including all-natural, alcohol paraben, cruelty-free cologne ($40) that comes in five scents, including black pepper and lime. They also carry the brand’s shaving products, including a handmade brush ($55), traditional shave cream in five scents ($25) and pre- / post-shave oil ($25). The shop also carries clothing, including OAS of Sweden swim trunks that also come in kids’ sizes, so Dad and his lad can be twinsies ($85 adult/$48 kid). Online shopping is available. 919 Central Ave. (727) 873-3500. atlasbodyandhome.com.
Bella Nella Fashions
Because face masks are a necessity for slowing the spread of the coronavirus, give Dad a stylish one from Tampa-based designer Antonella Lavoile. Her high-fashion masks ($15) come in a variety of fabrics suitable for any occasion. Imagine the powerful statement the African fabric and matching Kofi hat ($30), pictured, would make. bellanellafashion.com.
Melanated Millionaire Apparel
Help Dad get fresh with a T-shirt (the one pictured is $24.99) from Tampa-based brand Melanated Millionaire, “an American brand consciously designed for people of color. Rich in culture, mind, and spirit.” The shirts come in a variety of logos and styles, including women’s, so more opportunity for twinning. melanatedmillionaire.com.
The Seminole Heights boutique is the go-to for the dad who has a personal care regimen. Make his day with the Jack Black Grand Tour gift set ($52) that includes a facial cleanser, moisturizer, deodorant, beard lube/conditioning shave and shampoo. Or, if Dad is a bit forgetful, gift him the Mad Man Bluetooth trackable wallet ($60) that uses an app to find his wallet the next time he misplaces it. They don’t have online shopping, but their super helpful staff will take orders over the phone. 6500 N Florida Ave., Tampa. (813) 374-0305. cleanseapothecary.com.
It’s highly likely that Dad loves boating, fishing, or even just the beach, because it’s Florida. Boaters Republic has literally everything you would need for a day on the water. Olukai sandals ($70) are designed specifically for boating and fishing. Impress Dad with the Shiman Saragosa reel ($279-$309) that is perfect for catching tarpon. The shop also carries a vast selection of beer, which you’re welcome to drink while you shop, making for a fun activity to do with Dad. Keep that cool one frosty with a St. Petersburg pelican logo koozie ($12). Online shopping is available. 3100 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. (727) 578-0404. boatersrepublic.com.
Coastal living Dad would appreciate some duds from Sunshine State Goods. The Clearwater-based brand clinches the Florida lifestyle from its logos to its fabrics. True Floridians know the need for a lightweight hoodie, like the Flamingo badge solar one pictured ($48). It’s also unisex, so again, an opportunity to match. Pair it with a Florida Sunset trucker hat ($20). Online shopping is available. Bonus: They’re having a Father’s Day sale of 20 percent off everything plus free U.S. shipping for orders over $50 through this Sunday. 1799 Clearwater Largo Road N. (310) 871-1910. sunshinestategoods.com.
St. Petersburg Distillery
When in doubt, liquor usually makes a good gift. You can keep it local with spirits from the St. Petersburg Distillery. Even better: They also make hand sanitizer and sell it in a variety of sizes ($25-$200) to keep Dad safe. And every purchase of a bottle of their Old St. Pete line of spirits comes with two small bottles of hand sanitizer, a win-win. Online shopping and pickup options are available. 800 31st St S. (727) 914-0931. stpetersburgdistillery.com.
Is Dad an art aficionado? Blow his mind with a gift of abstract art from Fabstraq. Tampa-based artist Shawn Rainey makes bold, colorful creations in paint and is connected to the Tampa fashion community. Inquire for pricing. fabstraq.com.