Shopping Planner: Gray Space fills the men's goods void, shop with Dad at Hyde Park Village and celebrate Urban Arts
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.
Shop with Dad:Father’s Day at Hyde Park Village
Sunday is the day to celebrate that special guy, and Tampa’s Hyde Park Village has all kinds of deals to help. Menswear retailer London Phillips is offering 20 percent off in-store purchases Friday through Sunday. Vineyard Vines has a special through Sunday: Customers who spend $250 and more receive a limited-edition tie. Let’s talk free stuff: On Sunday only, dads get free studio time and 10 percent off mugs at Color Me Mine, free gourmet ice pops at the Hyppo and free bloody marys at Irish 31 (now we’re talking). hydeparkvillage.com.
Celebrate Good Times: Urban Arts Festival
Graffiti, DJing and breakdancing are the focus at this fun, family-friendly event Saturday at University Mall in Tampa. The Urban Arts Festival includes a DJ scratch demonstration, Turn Up V Dance Battle for kids, an urban wear fashion show and an interactive graffiti exhibit from noon to 5 p.m. at 2200 E Fowler Ave. The event celebrates the University Area Community Development Corporation’s Prodigy Cultural Arts Program. That faction brings urban arts events and programs to children, and over its 17 years, 98 percent of students report they have not gotten in trouble since their enrollment. Sounds like a reason to celebrate.