After experiencing the soothing beaches of the area, fine dining, and attractive attractions, it may be time for a little retail therapy. If you love shopping at indoor malls, which are particularly popular during the intense summer heat, you won’t have to go far to indulge in a very satisfying shopping spree in beautiful settings. There are many options, some recently opened or renovated. Saint Petersburg city center is home to the beautiful and popular Sundial St Pete, where you will find a large selection of shops for the whole family, as well as restaurants and a multi-screen cinema.
One of the new additions to the scene, Seminole City Center, offers a collection of shops, fine restaurants and the popular Studio Movie Grill. Tyrone Square Mall is another favorite – especially with the locals. But there are also a range of small shops specializing in unique items, handicrafts and local crafts, which can offer more unique treasures. If this type of shopping is more to your liking, you will appreciate some of the independent stores like Ashe Couture Boutique, Matter of Fact, Za’Zooed and some of the others listed here.
1. Ashe Couture Boutique
What started as an online shopping experience turned into a very successful women’s clothing store in 2014. Today, the tastefully presented items offer trendy clothes, swimwear and accessories with a defined bohemian atmosphere. You will also find an assortment of bracelets, watches, earrings, necklaces and assortments of “bling”, as well as scarves, handbags, belts and much more. Describing it as a “casual, luxurious” store, owner Amanda Henderson posts daily videos, Monday through Friday, on Instagram with tips and advice on every item in the store. Among the American designers, you will find Billabong, Free People and Amuse Society. Creations from Australian designers are also available: Mink Pink and Two Sisters the Label.
2. Matter of Fact
If you are in the men’s clothing market, this new kid on the block of stores is the place for you. Opened in April 2019, the tastefully furnished boutique offers shirts, shorts, swimwear, wallets, backpacks and more. You will also find a rich variety of colognes, soaps, deodorants and trinkets. Owner Matt Baker has teamed up with neighbor Amanda Henderson, owner of Ashe Couture, to present this men’s boutique offering carefully selected brands such as Herschel, Billabong, Vissla, Kenny Flowers and RVCA. Unusual items such as cigar glass, whiskey glass and “cork wine cooler”, make unusual gifts at any time of the year. Dog dads will also find “dogdanas” for Fido.
Open since 2013, this is the place to go if you are looking for a unique gift, decoration or furniture. They also specialize in interior design and if you want them to plan a wedding or special event, they will too. The name of the shop was born from the appreciation of the wine by the owner David Fischer and from the euphoric feeling that one feels when drinking it. “Getting ZaZoo’d” and unleashing your creative genius has become a keyword. Among some of the unusual items you will find here neon signs from old companies and hand towels with daring sayings or double meanings. The store has a reputation for being a fun place to shop.
4. Plain Jane
When the owner, buyer and manager of Plain Jane, Karen Porterfield, moved to the Denver region in 2009, her goal was to present a “West Coast aesthetic” characterized by quality work, fabrics, in St. Petersburg. soft and muted colors. In 2014, she opened a boutique specializing in everyday clothing, simple handcrafted jewelry and small leather goods. Her unique line of gifts, which she buys all over the United States, is becoming more and more popular and they are also becoming well known for their cute baby gifts. Twice a year, the store is part of the “Shop Sunny Central” group of stores that host two “shop hops” a year, one just before Mother’s Day, the other just before Thanksgiving.
5. The Merchant
Nestled in the central arts district of St. Petersburg, The Merchant combines nostalgia and urban lifestyle with an ever-changing selection of gifts and eclectic items ranging from candles, soaps in small quantities, t-shirts and news. Owners Kevin and Jennifer Schultz opened the apothecary-style “general store” in 2018 and offer products made exclusively by local artisans and craftspeople.
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In addition to handmade gift items, including baby gifts, treat yourself to a tasty selection of fudge, honey, chocolates, beer and Florida wines. If you happen to be visiting the weekend between Black Friday and Christmas, you will be greeted by “Blizzard in the Burg”, a snow machine outside the store, which will add snow flurries to your experience. Le Marchand will be one of the 17 stores represented at the new Pier when it opens in 2020.
6. Casa Di Mazzaro
If you are a fan of cooking and everything related to cooking, you should definitely visit Casa di Mazzaro. Cindy Richmond opened this “one stop shop” in 2013, with an emphasis on “everything for the cook”, which even includes cooking classes three or four times a week. Not only will you find quality cooking utensils and all the gadgets you could imagine, but you can also treat yourself to gourmet specialty items as well as a wide range of teas and specialty gifts. Some of the kitchen brands that you will find exclusively here include Emile Henry, Cucina Pro, Gurgle Pot, Luque and many more. The current cooking classes cover a range of subjects such as: the art of sushi, Spanish paella, the basics of bread.
7. Shapiro’s Gallery Of Contemporary America Crafts
This elegant art gallery located on the bustling Beach Drive started in artist Sue Shapiro’s garage in 1982. Decades later, Shapiro’s contemporary American craft gallery is still a family business and presents a wide range of handmade art by over 300 American artists. Works include glass, jewelry, clay, metal, clocks, lamps, furniture, handbags, and other gifts.
Discover a limited edition set of Razzmatazz winnings including a colorful mix of glass beads and crystals, or a square pendulum clock in stainless steel and copper with decorative side panels. You are sure to find a special work of art by hand in this unique gallery.
8. Sundial ST Pete
You’ll find plenty to keep you occupied for hours at this two-story open-air shopping and dining center in downtown Saint Petersburg. Formerly known as Shops at St Pete and Bay Walk, Sundial St Pete is home to a variety of high-end boutiques, boutiques, restaurants, and AMC Sundial 20, a multi-screen movie theater. There are a multitude of selections for men, women and children, promising a dream come true for shopaholics. Some of the local favorites include the White House Black Market, Tommy Bahama, Swim ‘n Sport and many others. When you have finished your shopping spree, the fortification awaits you in restaurants such as Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Sea Salt and the popular local market which offers freshly made handicrafts.
9. Bermie’s & Son Jeweler
Bernie’s & Son was voted “Tampa’s Favorite Jeweler” by the St. Petersburg Times, a fine jewelry store in downtown St. Petersburg, and recognized throughout the region as the best place to find an amazing gift for this person. The store is family owned and operated for 42 years and was opened in 1977 by Bob and Bernie Serata.
Bernie’s son Bob and grandson Brad are now at the helm. The jewelry store offers an impressive selection of wedding and engagement rings, handcrafted Italian cameos and classic watches. If a sparkling diamond set with platinum or a pretty pearl necklace is on your wish list, this jewelry store is perfect for you.
10. Pete Shirt CO.
If you are looking for souvenirs related to St. Petersburg while visiting the city center, this is the shop for you. Inaugurated in 2015, the owner and native of the region, Travis Hise, pays homage to his hometown with a collection of “portable art” from the “Burg” engraved on hats, T-shirts, socks and others casual clothing as well as shot glasses and shot glasses. You will find everywhere the official logo of the city of Saint Petersburg, printed by Hise’s sister company, St Pete Ink. Personalized screen printing is available for clothing, businesses and schools as well as for teams and organizations. This shop offers clothes for men, women and children.