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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 guide below lists some of our favorite local indie boutiques, shops, co-ops, holes in the wall and other whatnots. These are places that lower your carbon footprint, offering one-of-a-kind looks and a more pleasurable shopping experience than the big-box stores. Check out our recommendations here — and if we left any out, please let us know. Some shops post coupons online, so be sure to check their websites and Facebook/Twitter pages, too. If you want to know more about keeping your fashion buys local, visit LocalShops1.com. A fab site in St. Pete — keepsaintpetersburglocal.org — outlines the many cool shops in the Burg.

A & A Boutique Allie and Amber Malott, twin-sister proprietors of A & A Boutique, bring class to the sticks with a high-end couture consignment shop for men and women. Browse items with labels by everything from Versace and Burberry to Ferragamo and Vuitton. Customers can expect to pay 50 to 75 percent less than what’s being sold on retail shelves, and consigners can get 50 to 80 percent return on items consigned and sold. The shop hosts a holiday party featuring Gucci and Hermes handbags on Sat., Dec. 15. 2653 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Suite 108, Wesley Chapel. 81e- 528-8765. facebook.com/AABoutiqueLLC. —Julie Garisto

All Sewn Up “I love your dress, where’d ya get it?” That’s what you’ll hear when you shop at All Sewn Up on Central Avenue. Edgy, bohemian, hipster, hippie shoppers can find their favorite one-of-a-kind piece. Denim, dresses, custom shoes, and brands like Motel Rocks, Upper Playground, Kill City and more. The purchasers shop smart — they only buy one size in each item — so you can have the satisfaction of knowing you’re one of the few who owns the piece. Plus, the store treats students and those in the hospitality industry to a 10-percent discount on Mondays and Tuesdays. 621 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-289-7034, allsewnupboutique.com. —Arielle Stevenson

Anarchist Closet Sheena is a punk-rocker now, and that means she’ll need some punk-rock threads. If you’re less punk and more goth, Anarchist Closet has something for you too. Gently used rockabilly, punk, and goth garb for the devil in all of us. Even if you’re only wading into the shallow waters of the alternative lifestyle, there are plenty of “everyday” clothes, with an emphasis on full-figured ladies. Get your platform books, corsets, and fetish gear here, too. Prices are extremely fair and they have a great selection of accessories too. 12830 N. 56th St., Temple Terrace, 813-280-9805, anarchistcloset.com. —AS

Artpool Local art and fashion maven Marina Williams knows how to make a statement. Just meander through her carefully curated selection of vintage fashion for guys and dolls. Not to mention oodles and oodles of handmade jewelry from local crafters, and collectibles. Since expanding less than a year ago, Artpool has extended into a full service home décor shop, vinyl record store, and café serving delicious treats and craft brews (there’s an outdoor patio, too). And the Best of the Bay-winning Marina (and her mom) are still hosting evening art parties with a wide array of art, fashion, performance and music ­— lately once or twice a month. 2030 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-324-3878, artpoolrules.com. —AS

Bella Moda Pick up some trendy new threads from Brazil’s top four designers: Morena Rosa, Zinco, Moikana and Maria Valentina. Right in the heart of upscale Beach Drive, the boutique has handmade jewelry, accessories and that itsy bitsy tiny weenie bikini. 30 Beach Drive N.E., St. Petersburg, 727-623-9981, lovebellamoda.com. —AS

Bentley’s Boutique A comforting, chic boutique named for owner Torrie Tiernan’s beloved malti-poo. Buy or sell. A unique collection, ranging from local jewelry designers Sid Tori and Feather to trendy threads from Betsey Johnson and Diane von Furstenberg. 6 Sixth St. N., St. Petersburg, 727-403-7280, facebook.com/bentleysboutique. ­—Chloe Lykes

Babybird Vintage Amber Drees and Illene Sofranko’s vintage shop on Etsy offers unique and stylish vintage clothing, shoes, purses and accessories. Most pieces under $20. etsy.com/shop/babybirdvintage. —JG

Brooksie’s Market One of the newest kids on the Seminole Heights-Florida Avenue strip, proprietor Michelle Brooks sells unique handmade jewelry and fashion accessiories, in adddition to teas, bath salts (no, not that kind!), socks, ornaments, birdhouses and fresh herbs and pasta from the Ravioli Co. in South Tampa. Brooks began her endeavor in creative retail entrepreneurship by making cards for military parents. With her son serving in the United States Marine Corps, it became a passion. She told the Seminole Heights Patch in a recent interview that she did the corporate thing for 12 years and had plenty of money to play with. “Now I have no money, but I get to play everyday I come to work.” 5805 N. Florida Ave., 813-446-2187. —JG

Buffalo Gal Vintage Giddy on up for distinctive, snazzy all-Mad-Men-up-in-yo-face couture, decor, accessories — and even pinup-style photography. The newly relocated shop is a paradise for shoppers who love to sift through antique and repro goods. On Facebook, BGV posts a contest for pinup of the month, based on wall posts with the most “likes.” And their Pinups and Pooches event deserves awesome props, having raised a crate of cash for the Humane Society of Pinellas. 911 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, 727-290-8468, buffalogalvintage.com. —JG


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