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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

Bask's new mural at Hyde Park Village gives a nod to retail, with its shopping bag design.

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Bask's new mural at Hyde Park Village gives a nod to retail, with its shopping bag design.

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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Find your perfect shade of green to wear on St. Patrick's Day

It's St. Patrick's Day tomorrow, so you better wear something green or you'll get pinched! Not everyone can carry off the shamrock green associated with St. Paddy's, but there is a shade of green for everyone. Color consultant Jill Kirsh, "Hollywood's Guru of Hue," has suggestions on which green is right for you, which she bases on hair color. Find your celebrity doppelganger below to learn which green to go with.

Warm blondes like Margot Robbie have more fun in Kelly green.


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Deep brunettes like Taraji P. Henson rock emerald green like a boss.



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While golden browns like Jennifer Lopez or redheads like Emma Stone can easily pull off a variety of greens, olive is the most flattering for those tones, according to Kirsh.


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Helen Mirren is a great example of how fresh mint green is on ash blondes, platinum and grey hair.


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Now that you've found your ideal hue, you're St. Paddy's Day ready. And you don't have to lie and say that you're wearing green underwear to avoid getting pinched. …

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Shopping Planner: Mad Hatter's Masquerade, Florida's Largest Home Show and a button show

Funky headpieces, masks and body art are on display at ARTpool's Mad Hatter's Masquerade Ball on March 18.

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Funky headpieces, masks and body art are on display at ARTpool's Mad Hatter's Masquerade Ball on March 18.

Tip Your Hat: Mad Hatter’s Masquerade
ARTpool knows how to throw an art party, and they say that the Mad Hatter’s Masquerade Ball is the fanciest of the year. The event Saturday in St. Petersburg has a lot going on: an art show, video art presentation, body art and a fashion show featuring unique hats, masks and custom couture from local designers. Don’t expect to see some ordinary fedoras going down the runway; it’s much more Eyes Wide Shut, with a Venetian, dark fantasy theme. Guests are encouraged to dress up, as there will be a costume contest. All attendees must wear a hat or a mask to get in. The party runs from 8 p.m. to midnight. $15, $25 VIP. artpoolgallery.com. …

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Shopping Planner: Trashy Treasures, Chiselers Market and Verve grand Opening

Someone's unwanted art can be your treasure to fins at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center's Trashy Treasures "art garage sale."

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Someone's unwanted art can be your treasure to fins at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center's Trashy Treasures "art garage sale."

Party Arty: Trashy Treasures at DFAC
Trashy Treasures, the Dunedin Fine Art Center’s “art garage sale, ” is so much more than that. Yes, you can shop the donated art, books, frames and supplies on Saturday, but Friday night’s event elevates it to a fringe arts festival. This year’s theme is Steamy Punk, and people are encouraged to dress up in more adult-oriented interpretations, and enter a costume contest with prizes. $10 gets you into the party, which begins at 6 p.m. where there will be cash bars, music and everyone gets a free hot dog and drink. Guests can also bid on the best of donated items, culled by the staff of the DFAC, in a silent auction. The garage sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday is free to attend. 1143 Michigan Blvd. (727) 298-3322. dfac.org. …

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Shopping Planner: 321 Books, Shop St. Pete and more

Thousands of books for $3 and under will be available at the grand opening of 321 Books at Tyrone Square mall this weekend.

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Thousands of books for $3 and under will be available at the grand opening of 321 Books at Tyrone Square mall this weekend.

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. …

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