If you’re looking to support some local businesses and artists, holiday shopping is a great way to do it. And despite the pandemic, there are tons of great shopping opportunities all over Tampa Bay, whether you want to shop in person or online. Here’s our list of local artists, shops, and markets across Tampa Bay where you can find inexpensive items to bring joy to your family and friends this holiday season.
Morean Arts Center’s Holiday Art Show Over 100 Florida artists are represented in the Morean Arts Center’s Holiday Art Show this year, including several Morean artist members. Shop from over 1,000 items, including unique ornaments, functional pottery, greeting cards, whimsical stockings, jewelry, photography and paintings. The title of this year’s show is "Spread the Joy," and Exhibitions Curator Amanda Cooper says the artists really took that to heart. “This show feels very similar to holiday shows in years past,” Cooper told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. “The pandemic doesn’t seem to have affected it and it feels like a bit of normalcy during these crazy times.” Online shoppers have plenty of affordable options at shop.moreanartscenter.org. Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg; Nov. 16-Dec. 26, Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m.-5 p.m. 727-822-7872. moreanartscenter.org
Meet the Makers The Morean Center for Clay hosts an outdoor craft market Sat. Dec. 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., called "Meet the Makers." Step inside for ceramic sculptures and mugs at Kodi Thompson’s solo show. Morean Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg; Thurs.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 727-821-7162 x 2311. moreanartscenter.org
Morean workshops Alternatively, you can make your own holiday cards at Barry Goodman’s Holiday Card Printmaking workshop Thurs. Dec. 3, 6 p.m.-9 p.m., fused glass ornaments at the Morean’s Fused Glass Ornaments workshop Dec. 4 & 11, 1 p.m.-4 p.m. and 5 p.m.-8 p.m., or blown glass ornaments at the Morean Glass Studio on select Saturdays. Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave, St. Petersburg. 727-822-7872. moreanartscenter.org
Florida CraftArt A great place to purchase affordable arts and crafts year-round. This holiday season it’s hosting a more pandemic-friendly version of its Annual CraftArt Festival called CraftArt with a Twist. Florida Craft Art, 501 Central Ave., St. Petersburg; Sat. Nov. 21 & Sat. Dec. 5. 727-821-7391. floridacraftart.org
Craftsman House Gallery One of my favorite places to grab a coffee and look at art. It always has something cute and affordable, and this holiday season should be no different. Craftsman House, 2955 Central Ave. N, St. Petersburg; Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 727-323-2787. craftsmanhousegallery.com
Sunshine City Arts Don’t forget the St. Pete Pier’s new local art marketplace, Sunshine City Arts, in person or online for locally-made affordable gift options like blown glass business card holders, etched wine glasses, and ceramic beer steins. Sunshine City Arts, The Marketplace at the St. Pete Pier, 800 2nd Ave. NE, St. Petersburg; Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 727-424-5245. sunshinecityarts.com
St. Pete Indie Flea After a long COVID-19 hiatus, St. Pete Indie Flea is launching a Holiday Market this year at its new headquarters inside Coastal Creative Warehouse in downtown St. Petersburg. Keep an eye on Indie Flea’s website for updated COVID-19 shopping information. St. Pete Indie Holiday Market, 2201 1st Avenue S., St. Petersburg; Fri. Dec. 4, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. & Sat. Dec. 5, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. theindieflea.com
Uptown Market Blossom and Shine, Alli Arnold, Andrea Pawlisz, Hardison L. Collins III, and Vintage Neon Sign Project/Press Press Pull’s Todd Bates will all coalesce like some kind of St. Petersburg art scene Captain Planet for the first Uptown Market outside Mize Gallery. And even if you don’t buy art, you can grab a great breakfast at nearby Uptown Eats. Sat. Dec. 5, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 689 Dr. M.L.K. Jr St. N, St. Petersburg. chadmize.com
Dugout mugs After former Minor League baseball player Randall Thompson got cut from the Blue Jays organization, he went back to coach at his alma mater a small D2 school in Florida. He got an idea to hollow out the barrel of a baseball bat and turn it into a drinking mug. Dugout Mugs' Rays containers are pretty cool, but there's a Negro League centennial mug available, too. dugoutmugs.com
Gulfport Beach Bazaar Are you one of those awesome people who set up a tiki bar in your home during the pandemic? Did any of your friends? Head to Gulfport Beach Bazaar for fun tiki signs, Steve Kalter’s Tipsy Coasters, and affordable local art like Larry Busby and Dorothy Smith photo prints, because every home deserves a tropical oasis. Gulfport Beach Bazaar, 3115 Beach Boulevard South, Gulfport; Mon.-Thurs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 12-5 p.m. 727-381-8548. gulfportbeachbazaar.com
IndieFaire Night Market Gulfport’s outdoor markets have returned just in time for the holiday season, and there’s a new market in town. Gulfport’s new IndieFaire Night Market, happening every third Saturday, is the perfect opportunity to pick up some inexpensive, locally-made jewelry and crafts for your special people. Gulfport’s Third Saturday IndieFaire Night Market, Downtown Gulfport; Sat. Nov. 21, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. visitgulfportflorida.com
Stella’s Sundries Swag & Scullery New this year, Stella’s Sundries Swag & Scullery hosts a Grand Opening Celebration during November’s Gulfport IndieFaire, Sat. Nov. 21, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Stop by during normal business hours for some affordable American-made kitchen wares to give the home cook in your life. Stella’s Sundries Swag & Scullery, 2908-A Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport; Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 727-303-0976. stellasingulfport.com
LocalShop1 Shop Small Holiday Market A one-day market along Gulfport’s Beach Boulevard featuring products from 100 Tampa Bay makers and small businesses. Don’t feel like leaving the house? Check out LocalShop1’s online local shopping hub at buylocaltampabay.com, where you can find inexpensive locally-made items like Christmas cards designed by St. Pete artist Pamela Joy Trow, handmade Christmas Scallop and Oyster ornaments from BarFly Designs, or tropical Guitar Pick Necklaces by Twisted Picks. Shop Small Holiday Market, Beach Blvd S, Gulfport; Sat. Nov. 28, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. localshops1.com
Fourth Saturday Block pARTy The up-and-coming Pinellas Arts Village hosts several talented local artists who would love to have your business this holiday season, including Jeneca Luckey, John Gascot, and Gianna Pergamo. Shop its Fourth Saturday Block pARTy and get your pic taken with Santa on Small Business Saturday; it’s also unveiling eight Puppies on Parade to benefit Southeast Guide Dogs and debuting a new art vending machine by Lucid Vending. Or find Pinellas Arts Village on Etsy @jenecasfantasea (Jeneca Luckey’s seashell and sea glass holiday trees), @LatinPopShop (John Gascot’s "Trump Loser 2020" commemorative prints, ornaments and more), and @PergamoPaperGoods (Gianna Pergamo’s animal art, earrings and ornaments). 5663 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park., Nov. 28, 5 p.m. open Tues.-Sat. 12-7p.m. 727-549-6587. pinellasartsvillage.com
Clay and Paper Gallery Dunedin’s Clay and Paper Gallery, owned by Palm Harbor artists Ira Burhans (clay) and Barbara Melby-Burhans (paper), prides itself on having something for every budget. More affordable items include Burhans’ handmade stoneware pottery—his baking dishes, bowls, coffee mugs, and serving platters tend to run under $50. On the paper side, most of Melby-Burhans’ paper wall sculptures of tropical fish run under $50. Clay & Paper Gallery of Art, 362 Main Street, Dunedin; Mon.-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. 12-4 p.m. 727-736-0934. claypaper.com
Cool Art Gallery After COVID-19 forced the Professional Association of Visual Artists to cancel some art shows, the group set up a permanent shop in Dunedin. The new Cool Art Gallery crams work from about 43 different artists (including upcycling sculptor Joyce Curvin (work pictured above) into an 800-square-foot space. It’s currently advertising woodcut printed paper ornaments by Polly Perkins, Curtis Whitwam watercolors, and original drawings and paintings of downtown Dunedin on Instagram @pavaartist. Cool Art Gallery, Independence Square Plaza, 1240 County Road 1, Dunedin; Wed.-Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. pava-artists.org
DFAC Holiday Sale Shop seven trees worth of affordable, handmade ornaments at the The Dunedin Fine Art Center’s 34th Annual Holiday Sale through Dec. 23, 2020. If you can, visit during gallery shop hours and peruse a selection of handmade items for the home, like small clay vessels and unique artisan-made coasters. At the time this was written, all items were 25% off. Visit on Shop Small Saturday, Nov. 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for additional specials. Dunedin Fine Art Center, 1143 Michigan Blvd, Dunedin; Exhibition Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Gallery Shop, Mon. & Wed. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. dfac.org
Safety Harbor Galleria Want to shop for inexpensive locally-made arts and crafts in a charming 1930s bungalow? If you live in North Pinellas, you might want to check out Safety Harbor Galleria. It’s great for beach décor, holiday décor, and beachy holiday décor. Safety Harbor Galleria, 123 2nd Ave S. Safety Harbor; Tues.-Thurs. & Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. 727-799-1600. @safetyharborgalleria on Facebook
Tampa Museum of Art Unfortunately, I believe we’re publishing this after the Tampa Museum of Art’s Annual Holiday Shopping Event Nov. 18, but there should still be some good stuff left in the museum gift shop. Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W. Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa; Mon.-Wed. & Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. 813-421-8386. tampamuseum.org
Junior League of Tampa Holiday Gift Market The annual Junior League of Tampa’s Holiday Gift Market heads online this year due to the pandemic. Nov. 14-Dec. 13. holidaygiftmarket.org
Shop Small Tampa Check the Shop Small Tampa Directory from the City of Tampa online for more shopping ideas at tampagov.net.
Heights Night Market Every second Wednesday, the riverside lawn outside Armature Works on Seventh Avenue turns into the Heights Night Market complete with live music and a rotating cast of artisanal artists and makers selling handmade goods, jewelry, art, wood-work, gifts and more. Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave., Tampa. 813-250-3725. armatureworks.com
Indie Noir Market Camille Washington, owner and operator of the mobile holistic healing company Smudged Life, noticed a lack of Black vendors in Tampa’s indie market scene, and decided to create her own indie market. Indie Noir Market is a space where Black businesses can culminate and thrive. Now, supporting small Black businesses has never been easier during the holidays. Please note a new venue (Meditative Energy Lounge) to make social distancing easier. Fri. Nov. 27, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Free to attend. 1602 E 3rd Ave., Ybor City. indienoirmarket.com
Pop Up Art Shop Tampa Tampa Heights’ favorite vagina-forward bar hosts a Dec. 12 outdoor Saturday pop-up market with at least 20 vendors, all socially-distanced. Masks are required if you go inside to grab a drink or food, but there will be hand sanitizer everywhere at Shuffle Pop-Up Market. Dec. 12, 3 p.m.-7 p.m. @popupartshoptampa on Instagram
There are so many Tampa Bay artists selling inexpensive items this holiday season, it would be impossible for me to include them all on this list. The good news it that many of them are on Etsy, and a quick search for shops in your city could lead to all sorts of unique finds, like engraved Santa Milk & Cookie Trays by Richard’s Laser Shop @richardslasershop or a handmade shadow box for your Florida beer caps from Tampa’s Torched Products @TorchedProducts.
CL’s also been lucky to have local artists complete a few covers during these COVID-19 days, and we’d be lying if we said that seeing their work didn’t dust us off and lift us up during some tough weeks. We’re willing to bet a few of them are taking holiday commissions, too, so make sure to check out (then reach out to) @mrcoryrobinson, @jujmo, @megasupremo, @thepeachmoon, @conradgarner and @joeydaglasses sooner than later.
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