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Tampa Bay weekend shopping picks: Where to go for National Best Friends Day, Father's Day gifts

Artpool’s Crafty Fest Market, which will take place in St. Petersburg this weekend, features vendors selling vintage and handmade goods. [Courtesy of Artpool]
Published Jun. 5

ROUND UP: Weekend markets

Heads up: Saturday is National Best Friends Day and June 16 is Father's Day, so you have reasons to shop this weekend. And there are many markets this weekend where you can shop local:

Kick off your spree Friday night at the scenic Royal Palm Market at Intermezzo. In addition to handmade goods, clothing, accessories and pet supplies, you can nosh on smoked meats and edible cookie dough, enjoy a specialty cocktail and groove to the DJ's tunes. Free. 6 p.m.-midnight Friday. 1111 Central Ave., St. Petersburg.

Funky boutique Artpool hosts Crafty Fest Market. Grab a drink from the cafe and shop local vendors, including some from Etsy, offering handmade and vintage items. Free. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. artpoolrules.com.

Support black-owned businesses at the Indie Noir Market, which includes live entertainment and artists. A portion of the proceeds benefits community building projects and youth programs. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association, 2005 Lamar Ave. indienoirmarket.com.

Shandy Style Boutique has handcrafted tiki cocktails for its Say Aloha to Summer popup on Saturday. There will be local vendors, too, including Sunshine State Goods. Enter to win a $200 gift card and receive a swag bag at checkout filled with summer goodies if you spend $100. Free. Noon-5 p.m. Saturday. 4336 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg. shandystyle.com.

More than 50 local vendors will sell at the Seminole Heights Sunday Morning Market, where there is on-site parking and bike valet from Two Broke Spokes. It's held at Southern Wine and Brewery, so grab a cool one while you shop. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. 4500 N Nebraska Ave., Tampa.

Grindhaus Brew Lab has Dad in mind at a Pre-Father's Day Gift & Craft Market, where artists and makers have gifts perfect for the big guy. Free. Noon-4 p.m. Sunday. 1650 N Hercules Ave., Clearwater. grindhausbrewlab.com.

SUMMER READY: Five Below grand opening

Five Below is the store with all kinds of cool stuff for five dollars or less. Stores have been popping up around Tampa Bay for a few years now. Another one opens this weekend at Westfield Citrus Park. It's the perfect place to shop for Best Friends Day gifts. You'll find tech-y gadgets, toys, books, clothes, shoes and cute accessories. There is an entire department called "summer," so pool floats, towels and even sunscreen are super affordable. Shop the rainbow section so you can be ready for St. Pete Pride. The Citrus Park location is celebrating all weekend with hot dogs for 5 cents and a free cinch sack. And the first 100 people in line each day will receive a mystery ticket worth up to $100. Free. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday. 12845 Citrus Plaza Drive, Tampa. fivebelow.com.

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