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Shopping Planner: Shop for summer at Suitsupply, get steampunk at the Alchemist's Bazaar and more

Suitsupply brand ambassador Kristian Krempel will be in attendance at the shop's Toast to Summer shopping event at Hyde Park Village on June 22.

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Suitsupply brand ambassador Kristian Krempel will be in attendance at the shop's Toast to Summer shopping event at Hyde Park Village on June 22.

Summer Stylin’: Suitsupply Shopping Event
As of this week, it’s officially summer, though it’s felt like it for some time now. Men’s retailer Suitsupply is ready and will host a VIP shopping event tonight at Hyde Park Village. Come shop the new summer collection while you rub elbows with Kristian Krempel, right, the label’s new brand ambassador. Enjoy music, light refreshments and get yourself a fresh new fit for a new season. It happens from 6-8 p.m. at 1525 W Swann Ave. RSVP to events@suitsupply.com.

It’s Crafty: Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival
Downtown Dunedin is so charming to stroll through, with all its shops, galleries and restaurants. Why not make a day of it Saturday or Sunday, when the Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival returns to Main Street? More than 150 crafters will be selling their handmade wares, including ceramics, jewelry and an expansive Green Market. It happens from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. artfestival.com. …

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Shopping Planner: Gray Space fills the men's goods void, shop with Dad at Hyde Park Village and celebrate Urban Arts

Gray Space is a new men's boutique in downtown St. Petersburg.

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Gray Space is a new men's boutique in downtown St. Petersburg.

Filling the Void: Gray Space
For all the locally owned specialty shops and boutiques downtown St. Pete has to offer, there has been a serious lack of men’s goods. Until now. Gray Space is a new men’s boutique in the up-and-coming Fringe District, offering “post 9-5” and athleisure wear for men. Husband and wife owners Jamie and Gordon Hall started the business because they recognized the need for a place for men could shop and be shopped for. They started out as a pop-up and at indie markets, gained a following, found their space at 189 Dr. MLK Jr. St. N and opened in April.
The clothing is very casual, yet stylish enough to blend in at a swanky brunch spot. The carry brands from Florida, including Winter Park’s Duvin, and West Coast brands Alo Yoga and Kinetix. They also have caps, fun socks and men’s skin care, including Organic Beard Supply, a local brand. The Halls plan to expand their gift and novelty items, like a breath spray I found that supposedly enables you to “understand your mother completely.”
Gray Space is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. grayspacefl.com.
Gray Space also continues to pop up at indie markets, including Saturday at Mastry’s Brewing Co. on St. Pete Beach (7701 Blind Pass Road). There’s a day market from noon to 3 p.m., an evening market from 6-10 p.m. and a fashion show at 7 p.m., which Gray Space is showing in. …

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Shopping Planner: Ink Mania tattoo expo, a moving sale at CC's Boutique and more

A tattoo by Edward Best, one of the featured artists at the Ink Mania tattoo convention at the Coliseum June 9-11.

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A tattoo by Edward Best, one of the featured artists at the Ink Mania tattoo convention at the Coliseum June 9-11.

Art on Your Sleeve: Ink Mania
I’m of an age where I can remember a time when tattoos were rare, or least less common, and edgy. Now, of course, it seems more rare not to have at least one tattoo. And why not? They’re artistic, often beautiful forms of self expression and personal adornment. And there will be a whole lot of them at the Ink Mania tattoo convention this weekend at St. Petersburg’s Coliseum. You can get inked by a number of award-winning tattoo artists from around the world, get a body piercing, attend seminars and enter a tattoo contest. Enter your motorcycle in their Ink and Pistons Bike Show, or just admire them. There’s an art fusion wall and a graffiti contest, as well as a pin-up pageant. The family-friendly expo features specialty vendors, live entertainment and a DJ battle. There’s also an online art auction. Of course, there will be beer and food trucks. Proceeds help benefit children with autism. Admission is $25 for a single-day ticket, $48 for two days or $60 for three. It runs from 2-11 p.m. Friday, noon to midnight Saturday and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. 535 Fourth Ave. N. inkmaniaexpo.com. …

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Shopping Planner: St. Pete goes retro, stylish kids and a search for fierceness

The St. Pete Vintage Bash returns to the Hollander Hotel on June 4.

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The St. Pete Vintage Bash returns to the Hollander Hotel on June 4.

Time Travel: St. Pete Vintage Bash
What’s old is what’s up at this retro-centric event at St. Petersburg’s Hollander Hotel on Sunday. The poolside St. Pete Vintage Bash celebrates cars, bikes and swimwear. Enter your bike in the motorcycle contest, or don your 1950s bathing suit for a Guys and Gals Swimwear contest. Check out vintage cars by Burghounds Car Club and new motorcycles from St. Pete Powersports and Euro Cycles of St. Petersburg. Feathers, Fate & Steel Boutique will be there in its vintage airstream. Throwback jams from DJ Sugarbear and rockabilly tunes from the Hot Rod Hornets set the vibe. It’s free to attend and runs from 2-6 p.m. 421 Fourth Ave. N. …

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Shopping Planner: A new spot to shop and drink and shopping local in Tampa

Head to downtown St. Pete and check out the 600 Block's newest addition, a bar/boutique combo aptly named Bartique.

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Head to downtown St. Pete and check out the 600 Block's newest addition, a bar/boutique combo aptly named Bartique.

New Shop Alert: Bartique
Strolling down the 600 block of St. Pete’s Central Avenue one day, I noticed a new spot on the corner: Bartique. Is it a boutique with a bar? That’s too good to be true, I thought. But it wasn’t. When I walked in, I was greeted by a bar stocked with wine and beer from local breweries, including Big Storm and Cigar City. Beyond the bar, you see a sweet boutique with fashions for men and women. The shop also features local makers, including distressed vintage denim by Blue Monday Denim. Dogs are also welcome; in fact, Bartique is having a Mutts and Mimosas party Saturday to benefit the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. They’re selling dog bandanas and will have adoptable dogs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 648 Central Ave.,
St. Petersburg (727) 827-2914. …

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Shopping Planner: Rays beer can release, a bridal sample sale and more

Have a cool one at the release party for the Tampa Bay Rays Budweiser can at The Gallery on Thursday, May 18.

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Have a cool one at the release party for the Tampa Bay Rays Budweiser can at The Gallery on Thursday, May 18.

Have a Cool One: Rays Budweiser Can Release
How cool is it that the Tampa Bay Rays have their own Budweiser can, and that it was designed by local artist Timothy Raines? Celebrate the release of the can from 4-7 tonight at the Gallery at 1 Progress Plaza, St. Petersburg, where you can meet the artist. While you can’t purchase the Budweiser cans at the event, they’ll be serving the beer for free, and it will be available for a limited time at bay area stores and at Rays games. Proceeds from any art purchase in the gallery will benefit Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Spend $500 or more on a piece and you’ll get a 12-pack of Buds signed by Raines and a signed print. It’s free to attend the event. thegalleryart.com. …

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Shopping Planner: Shop with Mom

Find beautiful African fabrics, fashions and accessories at the African Fashion Pop Up on Saturday at the Tampa Marriott Westshore.

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Find beautiful African fabrics, fashions and accessories at the African Fashion Pop Up on Saturday at the Tampa Marriott Westshore.

She Gave You Life: Shop with Mom
Yes, it’s really true, Mother’s Day is Sunday. Perhaps you’ve already bought her a gift and planned a fabulous weekend full of activities with her. If not, here are a few suggestions that involve shopping, free stuff and fun.

Hyde Park Village is a lovely place to shop and stroll, and several stores there are offering deals over the weekend. The Carlton Ward Gallery is offering free family photos from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. It’s first come, first served, so get there early. Anthropologie has children’s crafts on Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon, and on Sunday, moms get a free gourmet ice pop from the Hyppo, 744 S Village Circle, Tampa. hydeparkvillage.com.

Maybe your mom’s a DJ, or just really into vinyl. If so, consider Clearwater Record Shop’s record show and swap meet on Saturday. You’ll find thousands of records, music memorabilia and vintage electronics, as well as collectors and dealers buying, selling and trading. It’s free admission from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at 1610 N Hercules Ave. …

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Shopping Planner: Cinco de Mayo and Mad Props at Freefall

Try your hand at pouring candles at Seventh Avenue Apothecary's Cinco de Mayo candle making workshop.

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Try your hand at pouring candles at Seventh Avenue Apothecary's Cinco de Mayo candle making workshop.

Keep it Local: Small Business Week
This week is national Small Business Week, so in the spirit of shopping small and local, here are a few suggestions on how to support the little guys.
Grab a passport from one of the shops in downtown St. Petersburg for the Spring Down Central Shop Hop on Sunday. Participating shops Florida CraftArt, ZaZoo’d, Misred Outfitters, Strands of Sunshine, Ashe Couture, Plain Jane and Milagros will offer specials, refreshments and giveaways. Get your passport stamped at all locations and be entered in a raffle to win baskets stuffed with goodies from small businesses all over St. Pete. (727) 827-8310.

Try your hand at candlemaking with a Cinco de Mayo candle workshop in Hyde Park Village on Friday. Local business Seventh Avenue Apothecary makes beautifully scented soy candles, and will guide you in the process of pouring. The event is held at West Elm, and every participant gets a free taco and swag from Bartaco. In-store specials at West Elm and Seventh Avenue Apothecary are also available. $35. (813) 247-3814. tampasoy.com. …

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Shopping Planner: VooDoods, Art Hops and the Fancy Flea

Theresa Crout with a past collection of VooDoods. Her new steampunk-themed collection will be available for sale on Friday at the Bricks of Ybor.

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Theresa Crout with a past collection of VooDoods. Her new steampunk-themed collection will be available for sale on Friday at the Bricks of Ybor.

LIMITED EDITION: VOODOODS CHALLENGE WRAP PARTY
Artist Theresa Crout is seriously dedicated to her craft. So much so that every year she challenges herself to create more and more “VooDoods,” funky little voodoo dolls made of polymer clay. She breaks her own record every year, and this year she created 46  pieces in 60 days. As you can see from the photo, each piece is intricately different, making this feat all the more impressive. Every year they have a different theme; this year it’s steampunk. Crout posts a new piece every day on social media, asking people to suggest a name for it. She selects a winner, who then gets registered to win a custom piece at the end of the challenge. The Steampunk VooDoods have their big debut Friday, with a wrap party at the Bricks of Ybor. All the ’Doods will be for sale, and there are art giveaways. It runs from 7-10 p.m. at 1327 E Seventh Ave., Tampa. theresacrout.com. …

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Shopping Planner: Clothing swap and the rebirth of the Black Market

Disco Dolls Studio celebrates Fashion Revolution Week, a campaign that calls for sustainability in fashion, with a kick-off clothing swap on April 24 and a wrap party on April 29.

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Disco Dolls Studio celebrates Fashion Revolution Week, a campaign that calls for sustainability in fashion, with a kick-off clothing swap on April 24 and a wrap party on April 29.

Eco Fashion: Swap at Disco Dolls
Disco Dolls Studio is participating in Fashion Revolution Week, a national campaign for “greater transparency, sustainability, and ethics in the fashion industry.” The campaign uses the hashtag #whomadeyourclothes from Monday to April 30 to mark the anniversary of the 2013 Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed more than 1,100 people. The Disco Dolls do their part for the effort on Monday with a clothing swap and a viewing of The True Cost documentary. Between 6 and 7 p.m., bring in up to six items of gently worn clothing, shoes or accessories, but not jewelry. You will be given a ticket for each item you bring. BYOB and a chair for the viewing. It’s free, but registration is required by emailing discodolls.tampa@gmail.com. 4632 N Florida Ave. (813) 641-4367. thediscodolls.com. …

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Shopping Planner: Night Markets, a mermaid party and more

 Blossom and Shine jewelry and home decor will be at the St. Pete Night Market on April 13 and at the St. Pete Indie Market's pop up in the Fringe District on April 14.

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Blossom and Shine jewelry and home decor will be at the St. Pete Night Market on April 13 and at the St. Pete Indie Market's pop up in the Fringe District on April 14.

Night Moves: Night Markets
The night market trend has been steadily rising. Don’t believe me? The four this weekend prove my point:
Today, the Night Market St. Pete returns to the St. Pete Side Lot (2133 Second Ave. S) from 6-10 p.m. They have a huge roster of vendors, including Latin American Boutique, Blossom and Shine, work shown right, and True Vintage Eyewear. A DJ, kids fun zone and food trucks round out the festivities.

Friday, the St. Pete Indie Market hosts a pop-up in the up-and-coming Fringe District, on the 200 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street N in the lots next to Coney Island and Planet Retro Records and along the sidewalk. In addition to vendors, there will be a food truck village, beer from Green Bench Brewing and tunes from DJ Holiday. 5-9 p.m.

Tampa’s in on the action too, with the Fringe Bazaar at 81Bay Brewing Co. on Friday. Hosted by Fringe Creatives, this market includes vendors and artists, including the Kate S. Cottle Pop Up Art Shop. 7-10 p.m. 4465 W Gandy Blvd., Tampa. …

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Shopping Planner: Elzoria Red Carpet Party and Trollbeads anniversary celebration

Little girls and moms alike will enjoy Elzoria's Red Carpet Party Saturday and Sunday at the Sundial in St. Petersburg.

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Little girls and moms alike will enjoy Elzoria's Red Carpet Party Saturday and Sunday at the Sundial in St. Petersburg.

Step and Repeat: Elzoria Red Carpet Party
Little girls will get a taste of the Hollywood life this weekend at women and girls’ apparel brand Elzoria’s red carpet party. The fete happens at Ansley Z Kids Co. (115 Second Ave. N) and Jackie Z Style Co. (173 Second Ave. N) boutiques in St. Petersburg’s Sundial shopping complex, from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. The shops are offering 20 percent discounts on Elzoria items, which will include an extensive selection of the Mommy & Me collection, clothing and accessories for girls and baby girls. There will also be custom matching dolls and accessories, giveaways, a fashion showcase, a red carpet experience with interviews and photo ops, and spring styling advice. Rose and champagne will be available for parents and there will be pastries for everyone. (727) 826-0732. …

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Shopping Planner: Indie markets, Sip and Shop for a Cure and a succulent sale

Anchor Skate Supply is one of the vendors at the Film and Funky Flea on March 31.

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Anchor Skate Supply is one of the vendors at the Film and Funky Flea on March 31.

MUCHAS MARKETS: INDIE MARKET ROUNDUP
Ever doubt St. Petersburg is a hub for indie markets?
There are three this weekend alone.
The Film and Funky Flea kicks the weekend off on Friday from 7 to 11 p.m. at Calusa Commons, at First Avenue S and 22nd Street. Hosted by Cinema Squatch, this market features a screening of the B movie Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter. Vendors include Bluebird Books, Anchor Skate Supply, hats shown left, and Refashioned Apparel and Home Decor. Black Crow Coffee Roasting will be slinging the beverages, and Urban Brew and BBQ provides the eats.

The O.G. of local indie markets, St. Pete Indie Market, happens Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Green Bench Brewing (1133 Baum Ave. N) with its trademark eclectic selection of makers and artists, including plush monsters by Poopy Doops and cross-stitch creations by the Indigo Owl. There will be food trucks and, of course, beer from Green Bench.

Just down the street on Saturday is the Grand Central Market, held at Punky’s Bar and Grill (3063 Central Ave.) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. This market features art, antiques and collectibles. …

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Shopping Planner: Rock and Roll Swap Meet, Fido and Frida and more

"Smack Crossed Lovers," Hardison Collins' homage to Sid and Nancy, will be available at the Rock and Roll Swap Meet on March 26.

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"Smack Crossed Lovers," Hardison Collins' homage to Sid and Nancy, will be available at the Rock and Roll Swap Meet on March 26.

MUSICAL MARKET: ROCK AND ROLL SWAP MEET
If you love rock ‘n’ roll, or any music really, this event Sunday at Cage Brewing in St. Petersburg is for you. The Rock and Roll Swap Meet will not only have nine bands performing, including Car Bomb Driver, Pretty Voices and Mondo Diablo, but there will also be vendors selling vinyl, CDs, books and memorabilia. The event isn’t really a swap meet, so no trading, but more of an indie market that includes Daddy Kool Records, WMNF Community Radio and Planet Retro Records as vendors. If you’re in the market for some rockin’ art, they’ve got you covered there too, including Hardison Collins’ large-scale pop art “EyeHurts,” like the one of Sid and Nancy that’s pictured. There’s a $5 cover charge, but I’d say for nine bands and tons of cool stuff, that’s a deal. Oh yeah, and you can grab a nice cold beer (or a few) at Cage Brewing, 2001 First Ave. S. The event runs from 2-7 p.m. …

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Katy Perry's rainbow-colored shoe line is giving us life

Katy Perry's "Hillary," a shoe named after Hillary Clinton. $139.

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Katy Perry's "Hillary," a shoe named after Hillary Clinton. $139.

Did you know Katy Perry had a shoe line? It doesn't really matter. Everyone has a shoe line. My cat has a shoe line (it's kind of rote, to be honest, but she doesn't get out much).

However, in the saturated realm of celeb shoe lines, Katy Perry's new collection is exceedingly on-point. The collection dropped in February, and the headline-making design has been one named for Hillary Clinton, pictured above (Perry is a noted supporter). But if you get past that political nugget, you enter a vast wonderland of multicolored foot confections. The styles, many of which are named after Perry's famous friends, are available at Macy's and online. I'll take ten!

Some highlights:

The Stella, $139

The Kate, $115

The Carmen, $139 

The Perry, $149

The Richie, $169

The Jackie, $169

The Margot, $100

The Shannon, $129

The Geli, $49


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