How to support small businesses in St. Petersburg

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smith and associates

Hi St. Pete. It’s been a strange weekend to say the least. We at I Love the Burg wanted to take a moment to first thank city officials for their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We’d also like to thank the Tampa Bay Times for their continued coverage, and for keeping residents informed. Reporters continue to work tirelessly to answer your questions — they’ve even launched a new Facebook group to address all concerns and provide a direct outlet for the latest stories.

Since our inception, we’ve been about celebrating the ‘Burg, its small businesses and locally-owned organizations. At this moment, we understand and support those who are currently practicing social distancing to mitigate the spread and ease the burden on area health facilities. While these precautions are necessary, they will have an affect on the artists, makers, nonprofits and entrepreneurs that make this such a vibrant and wonderful city.

So we wanted to share a few of the folks that truly bring us joy, and provide vital services for the city of St. Petersburg. Even if we’re not going out, there are more ways to show and provide support.

First we would like to send a special shoutout to our partners whose continued support allows us to do what we we do on the daily. Smith and Associates Real Estate, Gayoso Plastic Surgery, Kahwa Coffee, Mahaffey Theater,  AARP Tampa Bay, Red Mesa Cantina, Station House St. Pete, Renzo’s, Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, PAINT Nail Bar, Pacific Counter, LocalShops1.com, The Blend Coffee + Wine, Nomys Technology Solutions, No Clubs, Preserve the Burg, Personal Injury Attorney Chris Reynolds, and The Body Electric Yoga and The BE Athletic THANK YOU so much for making our work possible.

In addition to our sponsors there are plenty of locals who inspire us every single day. Special shout out to the healthcare workers, educators, and sanitation workers in the Sunshine City working tirelessly for the residents of this city.

Please consider preordering art, purchasing gift cards to use in the future, and taking advantage of delivery services (UberEats is currently waiving delivery fees for independently-owned restaurants)  to help support the institutions you love!

The St. Pete Free Clinic, now more than ever, any support you can provide to the ‘Burg’s essential food pantry is vital.

METRO Inclusive Health, the local nonprofit that provides pivotal services for the LGBTQ+ community, and offers a safe space for youth at their wonderful Welcome Center in the Grand Central District.

Tombolo Books is a locally-owned independent bookstore. Alsace Walentine and Candice Anderson have created a new space for locals to explore new worlds and dive into thrilling stories.

Tails & Trails dog-walking and pet sitting services provides so many locals with jobs in the Sunshine City, and takes amazing care of the animals that call this city home.

Todd Bates Creative, this photographer, writer, artist, and ubiquitous local personality captures the essence of St. Pete with his work.

Josh Sullivan has an aura that we cannot get enough of. His pins, and pen and ink illustrations are fabulous.

Chad MIZE is one of the most significant figures in St. Pete’s booming arts scene, and his gallery is a platform for so many rising talents in the Sunshine City.

Maureen McDole and Keep St. Pete Lit provide such a necessary outlet for creatives in the ‘Burg, both young and old.

The Ale and The Witch for their wonderful courtyard concerts, and for being one of our favorite spots to unwind on a weekend for nearly a decade.

Amanda Hill and Wild Roots, I can’t imagine my apartment without the wonderful plants she provides in her store, and the beautiful mural outside the shop by Leo Gomez.

Katie’s Fine Cookies, Katie’s cookies seem to be ubiquitous now, and her range of flavors are almost too pretty to devour, especially the UBE!

Bodega for their oh so sweet maduros, refreshing Chi Chi Rodriguez soda fresca, and the amazing vegetarian plato.

Vamos Food Truck, a key component to any food truck rally in Tampa Bay, their exquisite arepas.

Sara Fludd, Chief Waffle Officer of Pop Goes the Waffle, and the creative ways in which she feeds the Tampa Bay region.

Worden Farm + Little Pond Farm — for our organic produce that’s a ritual for us to pick up at the Saturday Morning Market. Thank you for working to provide options for delivery and pick-up that will still keep everyone safe and eating healthy.

To all the Saturday Morning Market  and Indie Flea vendors, we love you. We miss you. And we hope to see you soon.

Craft Kafe for their amazing gluten-free baked goods, and the dog treats my pup Kino cannot resist.

Love Food Central for its exquisite Jackfruit Sandwiches, amazing chocolate chip cookies and just outstanding service.

The Refillery for helping us save the planet, one corner of our household routine at a time.

Rollin’ Oats for being our go-to health and local grocery store. Thanks for stocking all the necessary social distancing supplies we need.

The entire Deadly Rival Roller Derby Team for putting on events unlike anything else in the Sunshine City.

Baum Market with the crave-worthy Twisted Indian and Karma Juice Bar for their healthy smoothies to keep our bodies healthy.

All our local craft breweries where we’ll be consuming pints when this is all over because we could all use a drank. Shouts to 3 Daughters Brewing, Green Bench Brewing, Cycle, St. Pete Brewing Company, Pinellas Ale Works, Avid Brewing Company, If I Brewed the World, Kozuba & Sons Distillery, St. Pete Distillery, and Horse Soldier Bourbon Whiskey.

Nitally’s, Casita Taqueria, the Avenue, Fresh Kitchen for those quick lunches that tide us through the long weeks.

Matter of Fact, Misred, Atlas, and ARTpool for keeping the ‘Burg in stylish threads.

Ichicoro, Bavaro’s, Buya Ramen, La V for the noods that give us comfort.

Bohemian Reves and Nightshift Wax Co. for their amazing candles.

Cassis St. Pete for its amazing smokey old fashioned cocktails, and 2nd & Second for keeping us fed 24/7.

Preserve the ‘Burg for protecting the vital components that give this city character.

The Museum of Fine Arts for its sweet rooftop apiary, and the dynamic programming it continues to bring to Beach Drive.

Please share more of the businesses you love in the comments! As always, please be kind, gracious, and courteous to one another. We love you all and this city.

Sincerely,

Dexter, Ysa and Andrew.

Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is the Editor of ilovetheburg.com. Follow him on Twitter @harlanyoungII and Instagram @harlanyoung. Send tips and potential stories to info@ilovetheburg.com.