Shop Local Under the Stars in the Fringe & Warehouse Arts Districts

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The Burg boasts a wealth of local artists and makers. Our under-the-radar fashion and design stars have helped fuel St. Pete’s shop local movement, and, in turn, assisted in creating our prolific pop up market scene.

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Packed parking lots, side roads and alleyways continue to prove that the demand for handmade, upcycled and vintage items is at its peak. Our surging food truck community has also found these markets to serve as a way to better connect with the curious palates of residents.

At Keep St. Pete Local’s Localtopia event, the PB and Jelly Deli Food Truck made their Burg debut to thunderous applause. Maggie on the Movie, a Tampa Bay food truck staple, recently made the list of the top food trucks in all of America..

The prominence and success of our local makers sparked two more market concepts coming in April.

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Fringe District Pop Up Market

Rosey Williams and the Indie Market team — who now have monthly markets in the EDGE District, Tampa Heights and Gainesville — will host a night market in the Fringe District on April 14. Food trucks and indie market staples will set up near Coney Island Grill at 250 MLK Street North from 5pm until 9pm.

Visitors will be able to enjoy music from DJ Holiday and a benefit concert for Girls Rock Camp — an organization that combines music education and performance, empowerment and social justice workshops. Vendor applications for the event are currently open on the Indie Market’s website.

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Night Market in the Side Lot Round 2

Back in February, local resident Ronnie Lee launched the Night Market in the St. Pete Side Lot at 2133 2nd Avenue South. The event was an amalgamation of local art, food and fun. The event’s inaugural success sparked the announcement of a second one on April 13. Night Market, which runs from 6pm until 10pm, features a kids zone, food trucks, DJs, and a plethora of your favorite local vendors.

Spots for local makers have already filled up. Current vendors include Sweet Life Cupcakes, GraySpace, Pergamo Paper Goods, Edna & Irene Jewelry, Opieo Pizza and Urban Brew and BBQ. You can keep up with their list of vendors and learn more about the market by following Night Market on Facebook.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of iLovetheBurg.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape." He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. He can be reached by phone: (727) 896-3435 or email: andrew@rkc.me