Tampa Bay’s top shopping picks: Artful decorating at Syd Entel Galleries, Tampa poolside soiree

This weekend offers Art on Maple Street, too, bringing a popup market of vendors and artisans to a biscuit joint.
On Sunday, peruse tables from artisans and vendors during the Art on Maple Street popup market at the St. Petersburg location for Maple Street Biscuit Company. [Courtesy of Zane Zimmer]
On Sunday, peruse tables from artisans and vendors during the Art on Maple Street popup market at the St. Petersburg location for Maple Street Biscuit Company. [Courtesy of Zane Zimmer]
Published August 14

INTERIOR DESIGN: Art Makes a House a Home

I subscribe to the notion that people should always surround themselves with art. It’s easier and less expensive than you think. But don’t just take it from me; let the experts at Syd Entel Galleries and Susan Benjamin Glass convince you. “Art Makes a House a Home” returns this weekend. The gallery has been transformed into vignettes that mimic rooms in a home, expertly decorated with fine art, glass and accessories. The free opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, but come back at 1 p.m. Aug. 23 for a lecture on the importance of art and design. It’s led by Susan Benjamin, interior designer Barbara Krai and Emily Frick of Frickin Fab Furniture and Decor. Free, but seating is limited. RSVP to (727) 725-1808. 247 Main St., Safety Harbor. sydentelgalleries.com.

SUMMER FUN: Poolside Soiree

Suburb Pop curates “social shopping experiences,” which are popup markets geared toward online content creators and bloggers. The Poolside Soiree does sound highly Instagrammable. It’s happening at the swanky Aloft Tampa hotel’s pool with vendors including Gypset, Kat Stylez Merch, Luna + Saige and Beau Gachis. And you better believe there will be tons of photo ops. It’s in the evening so you don’t have to burn up. And you’re free to use the pool, or just lounge by it and snap pics. There will be live music, a bar and bites available, and a raffle for a one-night stay at the hotel. Free, but get a ticket at suburbpop.eventbrite.com. 5-9 p.m. Saturday. 100 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.

BISCUIT BUSINESS: Art on Maple Street

Biscuits and art are an unlikely pairing. But the visionaries of event company the Mars Collective and Maple Street Biscuit Company made the connection, and it has been a success. Art on Maple Street was the brainchild of Mars Bason, who was a customer at the biscuit joint. She approached Maple Street owner Joshua Kittinger about having a popup market inside the shop on Sundays, when it’s normally closed. He agreed and the response was so good they decided to make it a regular thing. In addition to about 10 to 15 vendors and artisans, the Posies Flower Truck will be posted up, and White Claw Hard Seltzer will give out samples and swag. There will be live music and a photo wall. While the restaurant isn’t open that day, employees will sample biscuit sandwiches and free coffee and fresh pressed orange juice. Free. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. themarscollective.com.

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