Bodega-inspired market Pete's General opening soon in St. Petersburg's Historic Uptown

"Hopefully, it becomes a staple in the neighborhood."

Bodega-inspired market Pete's General opening soon in St. Petersburg's Historic Uptown
Alexandria Jones

A new store has started taking shape in the Historic Uptown district of St. Petersburg. Located at 493 Seventh Ave. N., Pete’s General is inspired by the weekend markets in Tampa and the bodegas of New York.

Husband-and-wife owners Steven and Sara Peterman noticed a lack of walkable community markets in St. Pete, so they decided to launch their own. They want residents to be able to step outside and right into Pete’s General, which will function as an affordable emporium of fresh, locally sourced products.

“In New York, we have a lot of bodegas and corner stores,” Steven says, “so we’re excited to bring a hyper-local version to St. Pete.”

The couple split their time between Brooklyn and St. Pete’s Magnolia Heights neighborhood, but now they’ll spend even more time in the Sunshine City.

“Our idea is to stock the market with necessities and be waste-conscious,” says Steven.

The idea behind Pete’s General is simple: keep everything local. The store will allow area vendors to showcase their talents in a centralized location, outside of Saturday markets. The Petermans plan to offer items that include fruits, veggies and flowers, along with breakfast foods like bagels.

Pete’s General will leave the prices up to the vendors. However, according to Steven, the goods will be as wallet-friendly as possible.

Although the final list remains in development, customers can expect to see vendors such as gourmet cookie purveyor Katie’s Goods, which may feature some sweets in the store.

“We’re hoping she’ll have a full line at the market... We’re striving to have everyone stop by on a daily basis,” Steven tells CL.

Neighbors with the recently debuted Flatbread & Butter, Pete’s General took over what was an abandoned laundromat, and Historic Uptown residents are looking forward to its arrival. The couple aims to open the market to the public in late April with a party for the district.

“People have been waiting to see what happens there, so we’re excited to be a part of making Historic Uptown another [walkable] area,” says Steven. “You can get everything you need right there.”

The store is mainly grab-and-go, but outdoor seating in the form of three picnic tables, which should provide a nice view of Round Lake across the street, will accommodate customers who’d like to stay awhile.

As Steven puts it, he’s invested in giving local vendors another platform to sell their products and making Historic Uptown better.

Pete’s General will operate between 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.

“Hopefully, it becomes a staple in the neighborhood,” Steven says. “It’ll be a place where people want to shop local, but also hang out and bring visitors.”

While no specific opening date was announced, the Peterman's are hoping to debut Pete’s General in early spring of this year. 

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