Friday, November 16, 2018

Hot new designs from Sunshine State and St. Pete Beach gets crafty

It's not hard to tell that the creator of apparel company Sunshine State is a Florida native. A couple of years ago, Chelsea McMillan, who hails from Clearwater, set out to design a line of apparel that reflects the true Florida beach lifestyle. She hit the mark with graphic designs on T-shirts, tanks and hats for women and men, from a riff on the Florida Lottery flamingo to classic surf styles. The design choices and colors are what set Sunshine State apart from your typical beach gear. As the brand continues to grow, so do the designs, many with retro vibes. I'm particularly digging this '70s-ish Coastal T-shirt in a lovely shade of iris. They've also branched out into items you'd bring to the beach, including a stainless insulated wine glass. Shop online at, where you can also find a list of retail partners. Or drop by the Clearwater headquarters at 1799 Clearwater-Largo Road, Tuesday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

You've got to love that there's creativity at every turn in the bay area, even at the beach. Corey Avenue on St. Pete Beach is loaded with shops from local makers and restaurants, and they have a market every Sunday. And four times a year, including this weekend, the St. Pete Beach Craft Festival comes to the avenue. The juried show offers a selection of handmade fine craft items, including glass, pottery, wearables and jewelry, like the sweet necklace from Sol Filippi, pictured below. There's also fine art including painting, photography and sculpture. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 250 Corey Ave.

Jewelry from Sol Filippi will be on display at the St. Pete Beach Craft Festival on Corey Avenue.[Courtesy of American Craft Endeavors]

A fashion retrospective, Shopapalooza at South Straub Park and a market round up

A fashion retrospective, Shopapalooza at South Straub Park and a market round up

Fashion designer and illustrator Michael Vollbracht is remembered with a retrospective in Safety Harbor. Shopapalooza returns with more vendors than ever, and the Winter Village opens at Curtis Hixon Park.
Published: 11/14/18
Holiday shopping opportunities abound this weekend

Holiday shopping opportunities abound this weekend

Shop local galleries to give the gift of handmade and original art, or visit a new vintage market. Holiday markets are in full swing.
Published: 11/07/18