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Tampa Bay's top shopping picks: Pride gear from Chad Mize, St. Petersburg markets

Mark Noll’s jewelry made from beetle wings, called elytra, will be available this weekend at the Saturday Morning Market in St. Petersburg. [Courtesy of Brian James]
Published Jun. 19


St. Pete Pride is arguably the most colorful time of year for the city. Since it's always hot, most people are scantily clad, but what they do have on is vibrant. Now that corporate brands are jumping on the Pride train (Levi's now has a Pride line), you can find rainbow apparel almost anywhere. That includes locally. Artist and designer Chad Mize's Pride World Tour T-shirts that celebrate gay-friendly cities are available in three locations in St. Petersburg. Find them at the St. Pete Shirt Co. (655 Central Ave.) or Old Southeast Market (1700 Third St. S). Mize also has them at his gallery (689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N) but his quantities are extremely limited. Do pop in to his gallery to see "Icons," the group Pride exhibition, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

IT'S HOT: Summer markets

The Saturday Morning Market is chilling among the oak trees at its breezy, shady summer location at Williams Park. More than 60 vendors offer fresh produce, crafts, clothing and personal care items. Find something to eat and drink or grab a refreshing cold treat. Make sure to find Mark Noll's booth, with handmade jewelry made from recycled materials including Corian, bamboo flooring and even beetle wings. He's the market's biggest cheerleader and has been a staple there for years. Free. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. 350 Second Ave. N.

The Indie Flea always takes it indoors during the summer, and this year it's at the St. Pete Shuffleboard Club. It's the fourth Sunday of the month through August. There's a new brunch element, so between that and the hip vendors, cocktails and shuffleboard, you've got all the makings of a great afternoon. Free. Noon-4 p.m. 559 Mirror Lake Drive.


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