Past articles have touched on St. Petersburg’s bustling arts scene, its delicious food, and its outdoor adventures. This time, we’re going to focus on the St. Petersburg shopping scene.
In truth, shopping is an absolute favorite amongst vacationers no matter the destination. Those heading to Old Florida are in for an absolute treat, as there are plentiful opportunities, both in St. Petersburg and in our beloved Gulfport. Whether you’re looking for a mall with it all, a specialty shop, or a swanky boutique, you’re almost guaranteed to find it.
Let’s look at three reasons St. Petersburg shopping is awesome:
An Abundance of Large, Name-Brand Stores
St. Petersburg has a mall (Tyrone Square Mall) which offers fairly typical mall stores (Macy’s, J.C. Penney, Sears). If you’re searching for something you’ve forgotten, that’s a safe bet. However, this is really about discovering some of the finer and more interesting St. Petersburg shops.
For an assortment of higher-end stores, you might have better luck visiting Sundial St. Pete. Here, you’ll find designer clothes, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Farmtable Kitchen (a restaurant crated by James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Mina), and much more. You can view their directory on the Sundial St. Pete website.
You Can Build Your Own Work of Art
Moving on to more interactive stores, we’ll start with the Morean Arts Center’s Hot Shop. The Hot Shop is something we’ve touched on in the past. If you’re looking for a beautiful, handmade glass item, this is the place. You can also stop and observe the artisans in action, crafting each piece with skill and precision. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you might even sign up for their Personal Glass Experience package and create your own!
Beautiful, Handcrafted Works of Art by Master Artisans
If you’re looking for exquisite and eclectic home accessories and handcrafted jewelry, check out Agora on Beach Drive. Agora offers everything from wallets and purses to wall-mounted tribal art – and it’s all vibrantly colored. If you’re looking to up your (or your home’s) style-factor, this is a great place to start!
If you like handcrafted items, you might consider exploring St. Petersburg’s Saturday Morning Market. The market offers a variety of fresh foods (fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads), food vendors, and tons of handcrafted artwork, ranging from paintings, to jewelry, to clothes and decorative soaps. It’s casual, it’s busy, and it’s a fantastic way to spend a Saturday morning. Be sure to stop by.
Gulfport has a wide variety of unique, handcrafted offerings, too. Our beloved town offers plenty of locally-owned and operated stores featuring unique items crafted by the owners themselves. You can view a listing of Gulfport’s businesses on the Gulfport, Florida website.
Domain Home Accessories represents over 20 local artists and 60 American artists, and it stocks a huge array of functional art for your home, such as lamps, mirrors, bar items, candles, and much, much more.
For those of you who hate being cold, visit Stargazer Quilting. At Stargazer, you can design your own quilts for handcrafting. Select from hundreds of patterns, and return home with a lasting memory of your trip to beautiful Gulfport.
The stores above are just a tiny fraction of the shopping available in St. Petersburg and Gulfport.
When your day of shopping is over, return to your beautiful suite at the Historic Peninsula Inn in Gulfport. The Inn offers a number of beautiful suites and a multi-award-winning restaurant, Isabelle’s. We hope you’ll come visit us!
If you haven’t already done so, check out our FREE Gulfport Vacation Guide. It’s jam-packed with insider information on our unique town!