Courtesy of Megan Werner
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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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. …
Courtesy of the Gallery.
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 ReleaseFull Story
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. …
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. …Full Story
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. …Full Story