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Localtopia grows again and places to make your own valentines

Blow a glass heart for your valentine at Phoenix Glass Studio. 
[Courtesy of Susan Gott]
Blow a glass heart for your valentine at Phoenix Glass Studio. [Courtesy of Susan Gott]
Published Jan. 31, 2018
Updated Feb. 2, 2018

Always Growing: Localtopia
What started five years ago as a showcase of St. Petersburg businesses and merchants has expanded to a full-fledged festival with more than a market. Presented by Keep St. Pete Local, Localtopia returns to Williams Park on Saturday, bringing a flurry of activities. Sure, they'll still have a market featuring local artists, including Frank Strunk III, to scratch your shopping itch. But they've added live music, a Skate Village with ramps and vendors, a Family Village where you can paint the Nomad Art Bus and a Health and Wellness Village. New this year is the Eco Village, featuring two tiny houses from St. Pete Eco Village. It all kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs through 5 p.m. at Fourth Street and First Avenue N. $5 suggested donation.

Be Mine: Valentine Make and Takes
It's February, and as you've known since the day after Christmas, Valentine's Day is coming up. Gifts mean more when thought and maybe even your own hand are put in, so here are some options for making your own valentines.
Glass Hearts: Phoenix Glass Studio is having an open house with the opportunity to make your own glass heart for the one who has yours. The keepsakes can be displayed year round, and your loved one will always remember that you were willing to suffer third-degree burns for their present. Just kidding! The master artists will keep you safe. The workshop is $59-$69, and happens runs 5-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at 811 E Knollwood St., Tampa. Reserve a spot at
Valentine's Cards: Snack on sweet treats as you make your sweetheart a card at Tampa studio Paper Seahorse. All supplies provided. $10. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 211 S Howard Ave., Tampa. (813) 251-8096.