NEW SHOP: Circle Box
While shopping at International Plaza a few weeks ago, I noticed a chic new shop in the space where Henri Bendel used to be. It's called Circle Box, and the plaque on the outside explained that it's a "curated pop-up shop showcasing local and international emerging talent and independent designers." The concept was created by sisters Angie Farid and Silvana Sidra. Farid was designing men's apparel and saw how hard it was to break into retail. So they started these temporary pop-up shops in Toronto and New York, and brought it to their hometown of Tampa. They find emerging designers through Instagram. The pop-up will remain through June 28, but if things go well it could become a permanent fixture.
The store has men and women's apparel, accessories, personal care products and greeting cards made by Clearwater-based 9th Letter Press. Rock the athleisure look with yoga pants from Tampa-based company Soulgani Activewear. Or try a tastefully sexy body suit from Anglo Couture, also based in Clearwater. Guys will appreciate the stylish spin on basic T-shirts and hoodies from Tampa's Ocean Rebel. There's some really edgy stuff, like CIE Denim's upside down jeans, featured in Elle and Vogue. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. 2223 N Westshore Blvd., Tampa. circleboxshop.com.
FLOWER POWER: Green Thumb Festival
The Green Thumb Festival is one of the most anticipated plant sales in the area, and certainly one of the largest. When it returns to St. Petersburg's Walter Fuller Recreation Center, folks will be loading up their wagons to stock up on plants, trees, flowers, succulents and yard art from hundreds of vendors. The early bird gets the free plant; the first 500 people get one each day. Children get a free butterfly plant. And you can get a bag or two of mulch for free, as well as pine seedlings with the purchase of a $5 tree. Now let's talk deals. In celebration of Arbor Day, a large variety of one gallon trees are $5. And you can get your tools sharpened for $3 each. But what's priceless is all the free advice you can get, including plant/water/soil diagnostics and the Ask an Arborist tent. Free. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 7891 26th Ave N. stpeteparksrec.org/greenthumb.
NEW MARKET: Indie Noir
A new market lets you shop local and support black-owned businesses. The Indie Noir Market is the brainchild of Camille Washington, owner of Smudged Life, a mobile mindfulness company specializing in holistic healing. She noticed that although there are many indie markets, it's hard for vendors to get into them on a regular basis. Washington saw the opportunity to bring black businesses together. Booths include clothes and jewelry, personal care items, art and financial services. A kids zone and a bounce house make it fun. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association, 2005 Lamar Ave. indienoirmarket.com.