Night Market Fuels Local Maker Surge

St. Pete is flush with eclectic markets. From the Indie Street Festival that happens at Green Bench on a monthly basis, to the Corey Avenue Market on St. Pete Beach, the Burg and its neighboring cities have carved out a place for local makers, farmers and artists to shine and share their passion with the curious community. On Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 6pm, the Night Market St. Pete will join the fray. The brainchild of Ronnie Lee, the Night Market will take place at the St. Pete Side Lot — 2133 2nd Avenue South.

Lee is a big fan of the weekly/monthly markets in the Burg and wanted to provide another outlet for the most creative minds in the city to showcase their products. “I loved the concept of keeping it local. I always enjoyed visiting the diverse booths and seeing the unique items for sale,” said Lee in an email. The market has already generated massive local buzz. The event page already has over 3.4k residents interested. They’ve already maxed out at their vendor capacity of 20, haveing to turn away at least 10 already. The event coordinators are working with the city to see if they can get the street blocked off to allow more room for vendors, much like how the indie market takes over a section of Baum Avenue in the EDGE District.

As of now, the February night market is the only one in the works, though Lee says they’re hoping to make this a monthly event. Confirmed market participants include:

Pergamo Paper Goods, which creates collage-paintings offered as prints, cards and more. The artist’s website asks, “Do you like animals? Do you prefer your animals to be dressed to the nines? Do you like sweet squirrels in dresses blowing out birthday candles?” When they’re illustrated with such rich, vivid details, our immediate response is yes.

I Love Ewe Boutique creates wools blankets, teddy bears, bibs, nursing covers and is open to custom orders. The wool comes straight from the farm the owners live on. They’ve been in operation for just over a year and certainly add to the family friendly atmosphere of the market.

Sweeticedtea Decor hand crafts an array decorations to add that special signature to your home. From custom wine glasses, wall hanging mason jars, personalized wooden signs, picture frames, coffee tumblers, christmas ornaments and more.

Shweeties Sweets offeres everything from custom order cakes to stuffed strawberries and a wide variety of pastries. Recent creations indlue peach cobbler cupcakes, Guiness cupcakes with Baileys Irish Cream frosting, Angry Orchard Apple Cupcakes with specied cream cheese frosting drizzled with maple syrup, and hazlenut crunch cake.

OB Boards is a handcrafted custom stand up paddle board company. Customers with an appetite for adventure and fun would do well to visit their booth at the event. Nothing compares to launching from North Shore Park at sunrise on one of these boards.

Written by Brian Bailey


Brian Bailey is the founder of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. In addition to regular contributions to each blog, he's been featured as a commentator to Bay New 9, The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Business Observer as well as national outlets including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Brian is currently the Chief Marketing & Experience Officer for Metro Inclusive Health.