CL’s guide to indie fashion retail 

These shops offer one-of-a-kind looks and a pleasurable shopping experience.

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The Shop This simply named shop in Northeast St. Pete gets kudos for “unbelievable prices” (actual quote) and stylish West Coast-inspired looks. Balancing timeless classics and trendy sass, shop owner Vickey Blair helped pioneer St. Pete’s prolific local-friendly shopping movement. 3440 Fourth St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-821-6905, —JG

Simple Graces Artisan Jewelry Boutique If your dresser is an island of broken misfits — clasps broken off, unstrung beads and lonely earrings — bring them in for repair or a new custom design. Owner Daphne McDowell is très helpful and creative. She opened the shop in 2002 to help her church move out of its storefront location and build its own place of worship. At McDowell’s shop you’ll find handmade pieces made with semi-precious gem stones, Swarovski crystals, fire-polished glass, sterling silver, copper, fresh water pearls and other natural elements. 3642 Henderson Blvd., Tampa, 813-503-9863, —JG

Singing Stone Gallery We’re not including too many non-clothing jewelry shops in this guide, but Singing Stone gets recognition for its distinction and outreach in promoting the arts in Ybor. Owner/artisan Daniel Balk recognizes a unique beauty in the balance of nature; his studies of the natural world, anatomy, psychology, philosophy and anthropology inform his designs. 1903 N. 19th St., Tampa, 813-247-2787, Tues.-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Sunday. —JG

Skatepark of Tampa/The Bricks of Ybor The skatepark is one of Tampa Bay’s most inspiring success stories, a world-renowned skateboard facility. Locally, it’s a veritable counter-culture dynasty with two great retail shops. Browse a slew of quality brands online or at the SPoT’s two locations. The SPoT Bricks of Ybor Skate Shop, 1327 E. Seventh Ave., Tampa, and the main skatepark location at 4215 E. Columbus Drive, Tampa 813-621-6793, —JG

Surf or City This is not your grandma’s floral-print Florida-friendly boutique. The stylish St. Pete shop offers a combo of urban sophistication, trendy looks and cute beachwear. Owner Caroline Saunders has lived in Hawaii and traveled all over. Her experiences inspired her to sell fashions that “snuggle up harmoniously in your suitcase.” 1000 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-490-7799, Mon., 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-7 p.m. —JG

Squaresville If you’re searching for some of the grooviest fashions of the ’50s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s, Squaresville is a goldmine of retro fashions for both men and women, plus funky mid-century home furnishings. With wigs, hats and sunglasses as well, you’ve got all the trappings for a carefree decade-themed party! 508 S. Howard Ave., Tampa, 813-259-9944, —MG

Tampa Upcycle Good for the soul with super-cool style and fun events galore, the shop at the Roosevelt 2.0 collects and offers used (and some new) art, fashion and craft supplies with pay-as-you-can-afford prices Indie artists, designers and crafters can find materials that can be repurposed and made into something new. Everything from partially used paints to vintage sheets to cereal boxes are used and sold. 1812 N. 15th St., Ybor City., —JG

The Trunk Stylists Since 2010, Neesa Shakur and Marianne Shaffer have brought their mobile boutique to your home for image consultations and closet revamping. Now with a storefront in Downtown St. Pete, The Trunk is filled with the trendiest of threads, accessories, novelty items, shoes and more. 651 Central Ave., St Petersburg, email —JG

Urban Body A mainstay for men since opening in SoHo 11 years ago, Scott Moore’s boutique is now making women happy, too, with a carefully edited selection of separates and dresses that share the same body-conscious, casual flair of his men’s collection. Now that the shop occupies a more visible space on Howard (in the former home of Kabloom), there’s more room to browse the smartly constructed, fashion-forward looks favored by the unfailingly affable Moore and staff. 711 S. Howard Ave. #100, Tampa, 813-251-5522, —David Warner

432 Westside Boutique The small eclectic boutique offers personal service, product knowledge and creativity. 100 Indian Rocks Road N, Belleair Bluffs. —JG


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