How to find local artists and businesses on Small Business Saturday in Gulfport, Florida
As we all know, 2020 has been a tough year for everyone, and especially for small businesses and local makers. When the world went on pause because of COVID-19 in March, many Tampa Bay shops and restaurants had to shut completely and many local makers and artists lost their main source of income, as festivals and other events were put on indefinite hold.
But even during a pandemic, businesses persevered, and they pivoted and they waited, and now they are ready to celebrate – safely – during Small Business Saturday’s Shop Small Holiday Market, a collaboration between the Visit Gulfport Florida, the City of Gulfport, LocalShops1 and SIK Promotions.
The Shop Small Holiday Market in Gulfport, Florida brings in 100 local makers and small businesses to downtown Gulfport, complementing the more than 50 local restaurants, brick-and-mortar shops and other small businesses here year-round. Get a map of downtown businesses at the Gulfport Welcome Center (3101 Beach Blvd S.)
The market starts at 10 a.m. and ends at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov 28, 2020, in Gulfport's downtown, along Beach Blvd South. Everyone – including kids and well-behaved pets on leashes - is welcome at this free event.
Shoppers will find everything from handcrafted soaps, lotions and candles to gourmet sea salts, olive oils and even honey sriracha jerky. They’ll also find books, cat beds, dog treats, home décor items, holiday ornaments, plants, jewelry, and sparkly planters made out of disco balls! In between shopping, there are plenty of places to grab some grub, including Pia’s Trattoria, Isabelle’s at the Histoirc Penninsula Inn, and all the other Gulfport, Florida favorites. And mobile food vendors are coming in, too, including Pipo’s Cuban Café, The Best Thai Food and Funnel Vision Food Truck. For the complete vendor list and for more information, go to LocalShops1.com.
Rest assured you can shop Gulfport safely on Small Business Saturday, because event organizers will take extra precautions and follow CDC recommendations for safe events: the vendors will be lined up, socially distanced, along Beach Blvd. S., and required to wear masks. Event guests are encouraged to wear masks as well, and volunteers will be making the rounds and distributing free masks, courtesy of Visit St Pete Clearwater and the City of Gulfport.
Beach Blvd. will close to vehicles for the Shop Small Holiday Market on Small Business Saturday, but you can find plenty of parking on Shore Blvd., the Gulfport Recreation Center, Gulfport Public Library and the Catherine Hickman Theater (on Beach between 26th and 28th Avenues South). You can also park on side streets, but check signs to make sure you're not in a resident-only area, and make sure you keep your right tire to the curb. The City of Gulfport's free trolley will run to and from off-site parking areas, with limited seating for safety.
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