Shopping Planner: 321 Books, Shop St. Pete and more
Literary Rescue: 321 Books Grand Opening
Tyrone Square mall hasn’t had a bookstore since Borders closed years ago. True, Barnes and Noble is just across the street, but being that I’m old enough to remember when every mall had a bookstore, this was sad to me. Now those pangs can dissipate because 321 Books is opening in a 10,000-square-foot space at Tyrone Square on Friday. The company is one of Amazon’s largest used-book sellers, operating out of a warehouse in Clearwater. They find books cheap at thrift stores and receive donations. As a result, no book is priced more than $3, and they have a trade-in deal where you get a book for every two you bring in of the same type. Beyond books, they’ll also sell CDs, DVDs, records, school supplies and more. Read more about 321 Books here. They open at 10 a.m. Friday, in Tyrone Square mall (6901 22nd Ave. N, St. Petersburg), in the space that the Gap previously occupied, near JCPenney.
You Belong to the City: Shop St. Pete
New businesses and vendors crop up so often in St. Petersburg that you might not discover them for a while and wonder were you’ve been. The Junior League of St. Petersburg doesn’t want that for you, so they’re holding their first Shop St. Pete event at the Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave. N, this weekend. They’ve assembled a huge number (too many for me to count) of St. Petersburg businesses and vendors offering all manner of goods and services. In the fashion category, you’ll find apparel, jewelry and shoes from vendors including the Shop, Designers Consignor and the Rolling Cabana. Check out the home furnishings from Being and the Furniture Place. Learn about services including beauty, health and wellness and photography. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. $5 to attend, to benefit the Junior League.
There’s also a kickoff from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday with Social, a cocktail party that includes a beer and wine open bar (for the first hour), food and dessert, and a silent auction of gift baskets with products from Shop St. Pete vendors. Takes place at the Station House, 260 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg. $50. Purchase tickets at shopstpetejlsp.com.
On the Move: Saturday Morning Market
The Grand Prix is next weekend in downtown St. Petersburg, so the setup and the event are affecting the Saturday Morning Market that normally takes place at Al Lang Stadium. This Saturday from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the market moves to its usual relocation venue, Williams Park (350 Second Ave. N), but will expand onto Second Avenue N and Fourth Street N. Next Saturday, March 11, the market will not be held at all. It’ll return to Al Lang on March 18. saturdaymorningmarket.com.