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First vendors selected for St. Pete Pier’s Marketplace

Local vendors will provide everything from gourmet popcorn to silly caricatures.

The City of St. Petersburg has selected its initial round of vendors for the Pier Marketplace at the St. Pete Pier when it opens next spring.

The vendors will provide goods and services ranging from jewelry and art to artisan foods and caricatures.

The Marketplace will be close to the Pier’s entrance near Bayshore Drive. It is a solar panel covered promenade with 10 market-style tents and seven stalls. The Marketplace will initially be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. with extended hours of operation possible for special events.

These businesses will have short-term leases. Other vendors may rotate throughout the year.

“These vendors will offer an exciting variety of local goods and services to the visitors of the St. Pete Pier and help to showcase what makes St. Pete so special,” St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman said. “The Pier Marketplace will be as dynamic as the Pier District itself and reflect the entrepreneurial spirit of the Sunshine City.”


Construction on the new Pier is nearing completion. The main structure at the end of the Pier is nearly complete. Crews are working on Pier details including the Janet Echelman sculpture near Spa Beach, the coastal thicket walkway and landscaping throughout the Pier district. The tilted lawn, an expanse of grass that tilts upward to give visitors a sweeping view of the downtown skyline, is already complete.

The initial vendors selected for the Pier Marketplace include:

Lily Rose Jewelry: locally handmade jewelry

Craft-Tee: custom T-shirts while you wait

Planks: Locally made signs featuring area landmarks

The Merchant: a local collective of St. Pete inspired souvenirs and handcrafted items

One Community: a collective of various vendors

Hey Mon Sauces: authentic Caribbean specialty sauces

— Sunshine City Arts: art collective of various handmade items

Flamed Copper: heat-treated copper jewelry and accessories

— Hats at the Pier: specialty hats

Flaming Pearl: tie-dyed custom printed apparel and accessories

— Kashien Chanterell: custom clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags from Ghana

— Land of Gaia: wood art/ fashion/home décor from around the world

— Goofy Faces: caricatures

— Ancient Herbal Care: organic, plant-based skincare products

The Poppery: gourmet specialty popcorn

— McTavish’s Cookie Shack/Highland Shortbread: locally made cookies, Scottish shortbread and scone

— Cashew Brittle: locally made homemade cashew brittle

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a die-hard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics, including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and contentious issues surrounding transit. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also a devoted wife and mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder.



  1. gary

    December 3, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    What a line-up…. guess I will stroll on by……….

  2. Kevin

    December 4, 2019 at 8:38 am

    The vendors may be local but the products they are selling isn’t. The only thing most of them are making is a phone call to order more stuff from third world countries, the stuff that is available in every beach town in America. I am disappointed that actual things made in
    St Petersburg are not well represented. I was hoping for a more elevated approach with things that are not available everywhere else. I think it’s a missed opportunity for the city to set itself apart, as they kept saying they were trying to do. The only thing missing is a ferris wheel and bumper cars.

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