Shop Gulfport, give handmade and the gift of music this weekend

Women-owned Gulfport shops have their first crawl, two opportunities to shop for the music lover on your list and more.
Published December 5

Passport to Gulfport: Shop Crawl on the Boulevard

You’ve got to love Gulfport, the charming little city on Boca Ciega Bay full of colorful cottages, bars and restaurants and funky boutiques. On Saturday, a bunch of the cool shops that run along Gulfport Boulevard are having their first ever Shop Crawl. Notably, all the shops are owned by women. Find fabrics, notions and patterns for that crafter on your list at Fabric Smart, offering a 20 percent discount during the event. You can enter to win leis and orchids from Thai Orchids, which also sells beautiful Buddhas, pictured. The Nest will offer 15 percent discounts on their coastal home decor. Visit all the shops and get your passport stamped to win a prize. Other shops include the Boulevard Shoppe and Garden and Sweet-Tea Celebrations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 5313 Gulfport Blvd.

Give Creatively: Arty Gifts

Giving original art is a special thing because it’s handmade and supports a local artist. The Mize Gallery has curated a selection of gifts and artist-made ornaments for December. “Stuff and Things and Stuff” opens Saturday and includes, well, stuff, from Reneata Griffin, O’Berry’s Succulents and Junkyard Beautyshop, and ornaments from Daniel Mrgn and Josh Poll. Not to mention work from Chad Mize himself. There’s an opening reception tonight from 6-9. The gallery will be open 4-8 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 24 at 689 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg.

Visit Charlie Parker Pottery from 5-9 p.m. Saturday for “Mugs, Mugs, Mugs.” They’re celebrating the drinking vessel by offering a selection of handmade mugs, cups and tumblers. Beer is being microbrewed especially for the event, and you can fill your purchased mug for free. Live music by JT Bowen makes it a party. 2724 Sixth Ave. S, St. Petersburg.

Musical Shopping: Vinyl Markets

Everyone’s got a music lover on their lists, and there are two ways to shop for them this weekend. The first is Saturday at Planet Retro Records’ Punk Rock Holiday Flea Market. Vendors will be offering ’zines, musical gear, clothing, art, vintage toys and collectibles. Enjoy live music and adult beverages. Noon-5 p.m. 226 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N, St. Petersburg.

Sunday, Bananas Music, Daddy Kool Records, Microgroove and Hello Darlin Records pop up for a vinyl market at Green Bench Brewing from 1-5 p.m. at 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg.

FESTIVE SHOPPING: TAMPA HOLIDAY MARKET FOR MAKERS

Head over to the Cuban Club in Ybor City for the Tampa Holiday Market for Makers. Shop from small businesses while enjoying food trucks and a full bar. It’s $7 to enter, but that includes a free tote to gather your gifts, free gift wrapping and a free DIY flower crown making station. I’m getting serious festival vibes from this market, especially since it happens outdoors in the back lot. 12 and younger free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 2010 N Avenida Republica de Cuba. Find tickets at bit.ly/2PaYmsM.

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