Shop Small St. Pete: a local gift guide to the Sunshine City

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St. Petersburg small businesses have done everything they can to support the community while keeping their staff and customers safe. Now more than ever we as a community need to come together to support them. I Love the ‘Burg has put together a list of shops to visit, and ways to support local right now.

First, we wanted to say thank you for your continued support. If you love what we do, please consider purchasing one of our brand new St. Pete inspired tees on our digital shop. We also just launched brand new ‘Burg heart tees to show how much we love this city.

Support the I Love the ‘Burg Toy Drive

We’ve also just launched a Toy Drive to benefit R’Club Childcare, Inc. Consider dropping off toy donations at your local Kahwa Coffee. Full details HERE.

Do you part and help those in need in Pinellas County. Volunteer with Neighborly Care and help deliver meals to seniors throughout the St. Petersburg area.

Want to learn how to connect with non-profits in the region? Visit The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay’s website to learn about the work they’ve done in the Tampa Bay community with countless non-profit organizations. They’ve also launched a new Mental Health First Aid initiative which aims to train 5,000 in the region. Learn how you can get involved HERE.

Here are a few more gift ideas from St. Petersburg businesses:

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Local Gear from the St. Pete Store 

The St. Pete Store, from our own St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, is bursting with incredible Sunshine City-inspired items. Grab new Paris London Tokyo St. Pete long sleeve shirts, pick up coasters featuring Tampa Bay icons, or find the perfect ‘Burg travel mug.

Location: 100 2nd Avenue North

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Artist-inspired ornaments 

Bring home the amazing art that adorns the walls of the Sunshine City. Thanks to Pixel Stix, each artist-inspired ornament comes with a message from the artist.

Shop ornaments online here.

The Tampa Bay Online Market launched by LocalShops1

This is bascially Amazon but only for locally-owned businesses. The Tampa Bay Online Market.aims to fuel the Tampa Bay economy through these difficult times. Shop art, furniture, delicious treats and masks on the market. Click HERE to shop.

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Fashion and Brews at Brutique

This shop has some of the coolest shirts (and owners) in the ‘Burg. Find amazing St. Pete tees, in addition to candles, and other perfect fashion finds. After you shop, enjoy a brew just for you.

Brutique: 648 Central Avenue

Books, Books, and Books 

Listen I love books, and the Sunshine City is home to several bookstores you need to visit this holiday season.

Tombolo Books, 2153 1st Avenue South

Book + Bottle, 17 6th Street North

Cultured Books, 833 22nd Street South

Wilson’s Book World, 535 16th Street North

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Shop Local and be Eco-Friendly at The Refillery 

Enjoy an environmentally conscious holiday season at The Refillery. The locally-owned and operated boutique features shampoos and conditioners, hand sanitizers, shaving lotions, bath bombs, dryer balls and so much more.

The Refillery, 7490 30th Avenue North

Vinyl Fixation at Daddy Kool Records 

There’s no comparing to the wonderful Daddy Kool Records. Go get your vinyl fix at the longstanding and beloved record store.

Daddy Kool Records, 2430 Terminal Drive South

Tickets to a show at The Mahaffey 

The Mahaffey Theater is back open! The Florida Orchestra is performing live, and more shows are being added each week. Visit The Mahaffey’s website to see what shows are coming soon.

The Mahaffey, 400 1st Street South

Salty Sisters Delicious Popcorn

There’s nothing more appropriate during the holidays than an assortment of delicious popcorns. Salty Sisters brings the fun and flair to the season with super sweet, and savory options for all tastes. The sweet butter popcorn, salted caramel corn, and key lime pie flavors are my personal favorites. You can see a full list of flavor options on Salty Sister’s website.

Salty Sisters, 107 107th Avenue

Gluten-free Sourdough bread

Treat friends and families at our cottage kitchens

New cottage kitchen concepts have popped up throughout the ‘Burg – and they are all incredible. These spots don’t have brick-and-mortars, but you can order for delivery to your door, or pick up.

Adieu Glu, a 100% gluten-free bakery that makes an amazing gluten-free sourdough baguette.

Katies Fine Cookies,  you haven’t lived until you’ve tasted these phenomenal cookies (especially the guava).

St. Pete Bowls, enjoy artfully curated fruit spreads delivered straight to your home.

Grateful Bakes, offering a slew of the most jaw dropping cakes and cupcakes you’ve ever seen, but get your orders in quick because Grateful Bakes fills up fast.

Shae’s Cafe, sensational vegan, plant-based cuisine that will change your entire outlook on food.

Kayaking Adventure begins with Tidal Boar

Did you know Tidal Boar does more than just make the best damn Ginger Beer ever? That’s right, they also have a Kayak company. Find kayaks, coolers, and stand up paddle boards at affordable prices on their website.

Tidal Boar Kayaks, 1150 19th Street North

Kahwa Gift Baskets 

Make it a caffeinated holiday this year. Kahwa Coffee has supported I Love the ‘Burg since we first launched more than a decade ago. Kahwa employs hundreds of residents across the region, handicrafts some of the most delicious coffee you’ve ever tasted. Visit Kahwa’s website and assemble the the perfect gift of local roast, merch, candles, cold brew pods and more. The roaster ships nationwide.

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Send love with Print St. Pete Cards 

Print St. Pete is amazing. We all know that. Send messages of love, gratitude and appreciation with their artfully crafted postcards and greeting cards. Shop on the Print St. Pete online store.

Keep Fit with The Body Electric Yoga & Athletic 

Is there a better gift than one that includes an awesome community of yogis, and fitness enthusiasts? The answer is no. The Body Electric has kept this city healthy and motivated, and we cannot recommend doing either Yoga Co., Athletic Co., or both this year and in the new year.

The Body Electric Yoga, 3015 7th Street North

The Body Electric Athletic, 655 31st Street South

Support I Love the ‘Burg Sponsors 

So much of what we do wouldn’t be possible without the support of small businesses in the St. Pete community. We wanted to take a moment to highlight a few that are well worth a visit any day of the week, but also make for great gifts:

Pacific Counter – voted the best poke bowl spot in all of Tampa Bay. The delicious Central Avenue gem serves up amazing Aloha BBQ chicken, and my favorite dessert Dole Whip.

Rebuilt Meals – a chef-prepared meal service emanating from Ybor City. This meal plan is like a local Blue Apron or HelloFresh, but with heartier portions. The meals can cater to vegan, and gluten-free diners, too.

Pinoy St. Pete – Filipino cuisine has finally arrived in St. Petersburg, and it is glorious. The new EDGE District restaurant is aa must visit for anyone new to the ‘Burg.

Sun State Yoga – Get fit with local yogis in the Fringe District of the ‘Burg.

Special thanks to Personal Injury Attorney Chris Reynolds for always supporting our work.

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Citrus Blossom Candles and Gifts 

A hidden gem in the Sunshine City. Citrus Blossom is a locally owned gift shop featuring wonderful hand poured candles. Just search for the kitschy pink sign and you’re there!

Citrus Blossom Candles and Gifts, 11006 4th St North

Support Other St. Pete Nonprofits 

Are you looking to donate this holiday season? You’ll see below several of our favorite nonprofits in the Tampa Bay region providing critical services to those most in need in the community.

Nomad ArtBus, bringing art and creativity to kids across the Tampa Bay region

Bess the Book Bus, bringing the love and joy of reading and the pride of book ownership to families across the country.

Metro Inclusive Health, providing lifesaving medical services to many throughout the Tampa Bay, and operating programs for kids in Tampa Bay.

Academy Prep, an exceptional school that primes students in St. Petersburg for future success.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic, a nonprofit fighting food insecurity throughout Pinellas County.

Want discover new businesses? Follow Green Book of Tampa Bay to discover black-owned businesses you can support right now in Tampa Bay.

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For the Person with the Green Thumb 

Need more plants? Need to connect someone with plants who loves them? Look no further than Lida’s Jungle, which just joined the EDGE District at 1114 Central Avenue.

You can also visit the incredible Wild Roots (1949 1st Avenue South).

Go Chic at Bohemian Reves 

Bohemian Reves has the coolest selection of decor, clothing and really good candles on Central Avenue. It’s the perfect stop for stocking stuffers, or just somewhere to refresh your own space.

Bohemian Reves, 1620 Central Avenue

73 Days of Shopping Local on I Love the ‘Burg’s Instagram 

We are featuring a different small business every single day on I Love the ‘Burg’s Instagram! Here are some recent features:

St. Pete Picnic Co.

Beans & Barlour

HR Trains Toy Store

Yummy Europe

Sipping Nomads

Noble Nectar Apiaries

The Indie Flea, which returns to St. Petersburg in December

Vertical Ventures St. Petersburg

Coffee Culture 

Just wanted to take a second to show some love to our bustling coffee scene here in St. Petersburg. Gift cards and gift baskets always make for great gifts.

Kahwa Coffee

Uptown Eats

Bandit St. Pete

Black Crow Coffee

Grassroots Kava

Hogg Batch

Southside Coffee Bar

Beans & Barlour

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.