For shoppers trying to snag holiday deals on gifts, Black Friday (and Saturday and Sunday) is part of their post-Thanksgiving ritual.
But this year, instead of invading shopping malls alongside a wave of other regionites, visit a locally based business or two. Many spots are set to highlight food and beverages alongside special offers throughout the weekend.
Refuel with a cup o' Joe from Community Cafe before venturing out on more gift excursions. The shop will open its doors early at 8 a.m. And if patrons stop by with a receipt from a local biz, they'll receive a complimentary coffee. 8 a.m. 2444 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-222-6979.
More than 100 limited vinyl releases will be up for grabs at Mojo Books & Records. The first 20 shoppers in line will receive a free coffee (yes!), and the first five will get a Mojo T-shirt, too. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. 2540 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, 813-971-9717.
Also, Planet Retro Records will hold its inaugural Black Friday event, where rare vinyl releases, beer, eats and DJs will be featured throughout the day. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. 2414 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-218-7434.
Down mimosas and chow on breakfast burritos at the Hideaway Cafe while browsing through rows of local musicians' merchandise. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 1756 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-644-7895.
In the spirit of Black Friday, The Fly Pig Taphouse will carry a lineup of dark brews, including black lagers, stouts and porters. Goose Island Beer Company's Bourbon County Brand Stout will also be on hand, which the bar only showcases once a year. 3 p.m. 1584 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-895-5900.
SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
The Deuces Live Sunday Market will operate off schedule to highlight small bizes. Locally made desserts and fresh produce, along with handcrafted art, will be among the neighborhood market's features. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1221 22nd St. S., St. Petersburg, 727-433-8237.
Ten purveyors will offer everything from artisan foods to vintage clothing at the St. Pete Indie Market's latest pop-up outside The Bends. Patrons may sip cocktails and chow on food truck grub as they shop. 5-9 p.m. 919 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg, 727-202-8931.
For $6 (kids ages 12 and under get in free), meander through an array of vendor booths at the annual two-day Buckler's Craft Fair. A canned food donation, or a printed coupon, will grant shoppers $2 off admission. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 10 to 4. 4800 U.S. Highway 301 N., Tampa, 813-621-7821.
SUNDAY, JUST 'CAUSE
After the craft exhibition, head to Microgroove's 3rd birthday bash — with PBR, eats from The Bricks and a Commune + Co. pop-up coffee shop — to round off the weekend. 11 a.m. 4906 N. Florida Ave., Tampa, 813-667-7089.
For more opportunities to get holiday shopping out of the way locals-style, read CL A&E Editor Julie Garisto's suggestions for Black Friday and beyond.