Have you been to Hyde Park Village lately? If you said yes, we sympathize with your empty bank account. If you said no, Sunday is the time to make a trip.
Tampa's high-end outdoor shopping plaza is hosting a pop-up market from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where the emphasis is on locally made goodies. It's taking place at Anthropologie, our favorite overpriced boho-chic store of them all (tip: head for clearance). Vendors include Tahlulah, Sweet Harvest Farms, Squeeze Juice Work, King's Arms Coffee, Three Sisters Herbal, Your Fortenberry, Green Body / Green Home, The Hyppo and Porch Therapy.
After you've given the local businesses some of your cash, wander around and stare longingly at the aspirational wares in stores like West Elm, lululemon and Pottery Barn. Here is what Times designer and friend of the blog Brittany did this past weekend in the Village: "Went to Paper Source, and I'm obsessed, got new sunglasses at Francesca's and sat on beds in West Elm." Truly inspirational, Brittany.
After you've exhausted yourself using all the restraint in the world to not buy a $839 Kumari Paisley Printed Rug in Fig from the Barn, head over to Bartaco for lunch. This place is a hungry Deal Diva's dream, with mini tacos that cost $2.50 and $3.50 and additional add-ons like fried plantains and black beans (GET THE PLANTAINS) for only a couple bucks. If you don't get cocktails (yeah right), it's easy to get out of there for $10 or less.