Beans & Barlour is one of the most famous dessert spots in St. Petersburg, and in 2020 owner Story Stuart unveiled Beans & Barlour’s mobile bar situated inside an old air stream. The air stream will now have a permanent home at the outdoor EDGE Urban Market. The market at the EDGE Collective officially opens during Super Bowl weekend in the lot next to Bodega St. Pete at 1246 Central Avenue.
Over the years Beans & Barlour has gone viral for its special offerings. In the past, Story Stuart has crafted magic with a Harry Potter-inspired menu, a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory-themed menu, summer of seltzer sips, and more desserts almost too pretty to eat.
A mobile dessert bar in the EDGE District
Beans & Barlour’s partnership with Katies Fine Cookies for one of their boozy pints is also a match made in heaven.
At the start, Beans & Barlour won’t have its full array of boozy dessert offerings. “We will have a limited menu for a little while because this happened so suddenly. We have to go through the process for our alcohol permit,” wrote Owner Story Stuart in a message to I Love the Burg.
You can also find some of Beans & Barlour’s delicious ice cream pints at the Old Southeast Market. Beans & Barlour will continue to operate at its ever popular location at 538 1st Avenue North.
The EDGE Collective introduces the EDGE Urban Market Place on the 1100 block parking lot between 1st Ave. S. and Central Ave, according to a release on the EDGE District of St. Petersburg’s website. Set to launch February 5, this new market will roll out in two phases. By divine happenstance, the official launch comes during Super Bowl weekend.
A massive activation lot
“It will provide an exciting activation of the lot until the permanent EDGE Collective development (with boutique hotel, courtyard, and food hall) can begin,” noted EDGE District Association members.
Phase One will include two 40-foot cargo containers, each with curated food & beverage concepts by noted local chefs, and courtyard seating.
During the Feb. 5 launch weekend, a full schedule of Super Bowl-related activities are planned. They include an NFL-celebrity hosted watch party on a jumbo LED screen, live music (incl. Grammy winner Robert Vilera & Vilera Son), family activities, Saturday Night party with notable radio hosts, farmer’s market, local artists, and vendor booths for local businesses. Vendor opportunities are available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to see what opportunities are available.
Ongoing activities at the outdoor marketplace
After the Super Bowl, weekend activities will be ongoing at the Marketplace.
Then, Phase Two is expected to launch in late April. It will expand on Phase One with two additional 40-foot cargo containers for curated food & beverage, six smaller containers for retail, and 12 vendor kiosks. The Market coordinators will offer opportunities to local businesses to occupy those additional market spaces.
For vendor opportunities, email email@example.com.