Heights Made is the first curated market here in Tampa, this Pop-Up is by invitation organized for the sole purpose of acquainting Tampa Bay Area natives with local artisan businesses and the makers who may or may-not have a brick mortar set up. This to me is the most fun and communal way of creating a roving community of distinguished vendors. The idea was the brain child of one of my dearest friends Jenn Speirs- Robinson and her husband Artist Cory Robinson who relocated to Tampa from Philadelphia, side bar conversations over a period of years and then this take on it sort of was a happy accident with Belle's first Pop- Up. Belle Fleur has always maintained an artist studio versus a retail store front like many of the artisans listed below, make a point to come to one of 4 seasonal Pop- Ups. We will be adding a handful of vendors over the next few months.
Bay Area Artisan Collective 2015-2016 Roster includes:
Beard + Beauty, a locally made, organic apothecary of sorts specializing Beard Essentials, adding clever products for skin and every day use regularly. You can find these locally at Squeeze Juice Works along with a number of their other products. Kendra & Shane are the makers, also a couple, he a Chef at Casita Taqueria he is also a musician, she a professional Juicer at Squeeze in St. Pete.
Hill Street Leather, a locally crafted specialty Leather maker- Bobby's work is rugged and beautiful has a look that is all it's own. He crafts custom pieces in addition to some everyday wearables, and sandals perfect for Florida. This look is popular amongst vintage cycle owners, boho obsessed shoppers such as myself, and lovers of leather.
Commune + Co. Joel is a bit of a local hero with a following all his own. He literally has a heart of gold that you can taste when he pours you a refreshing, rich and bright cup of Commune- reminiscent of a Milk Stout but getting your brain firing. You can catch him on his trike in Gaslight Park downtown Tampa and at Gaspar's Grotto in Ybor. He will have a growler refill tap at the eagerly anticipated Jug & Bottle Department in Seminole Heights, bring your growler fill up on high octane coffee.
O'Berry's Succulents, a Tampa native Jamie is not only lovely but also extremely dedicated to creating little worlds of art as I call them- each little succulent holding itself firmly in a hand chosen vessel. A family business, all hands are on deck including her parents, boyfriend Mark braving the Florida heat to offer the sweetest kitsche-chic succulent and other heat baring plants to Tampa- St. Pete. You can catch her at the Saturday Morning Market St. Pete, Indie Market, and with selected items in Strands of Sunshine, as well as, Bohdi Basics retail locations.
Urban Canning Co. Illene is as tenacious as they come, inspired by canning, heirloom veggies, and passionate about locally sourced produce -she founded Urban Canning Co which gained an immediate following. Her recipes are extremely thoughtful, clever and inventive keeping up with culinary trends while appealing to staples that everyone loves. She is also the organizer of Local Buds Market, Green Bench Brew Brunch as well as instrumental in many other local events promoting her co-small business folks. Her products are carried at Local Provision House, Duckweed Market, Green Bench Brewing Co, and we will be side by side at Jug & Bottle Department in 2015.
Astatula Candle Co. Angela is a whispy, airy deeply thoughtful maker. A barista at Jet City, she is no stranger to using her Olfactory skills. Her candles are long burning, luxury and extremely diversified in the fragrances she offers. She will be creating custom candles for Belle Fleur to be carried at the Jug & Bottle Department this Summer. Check out our "I love Florida", "Lui" "Elle" candles.
Inez and Beryl Vintage - "Inez & Beryl, named after our grandmothers. My wife and I started this shop because of our love of vintage, art and handmade. We fell in love in the city of Philadelphia and we now reside in sunny Tampa Florida. We love all things vintage and are totally in love with finding unique items. We do many local markets in Florida so if you are in the area try and find us. All of the items in our shop were hand selected for you from a yard sale or flea market. Any tears, holes, paint stains or other “defects” we consider a virtue not a flaw. Thanks for checking us out." - Cory Robinson . Jenn is educator in Florida, but on the large active with Teach for America, instrumental in starting charter schools in Philadelphia with an emphasis on single gender education- gaining her Masters from Columbia University- she continues to be extremely passionate about education reform. Cory Robinson is a visual artist with a large following, he has had solo shows all over Tampa, Philadelphia and has a cache of personal collectors across the US. When Cory isn't painting he splits his trade time between private commissions and designing store installations for Urban Outfitters nationally. They are two of my favorite people, a for real love my family.
Tallulah Picture the 60's & 70's Beach Boys "Pet Sounds" album playing in some Santa Barbara swanky beach house- in walks a super cute little whisp of woman using her two hands to create beautiful macrame pieces. Call it wall art- she has a huge fan club locally and across the US. Elizabeth McTague is the wife to former Under Oath band member Tim, but has completely distinguished a creative following for herself with her hand work. We were super stoked to add her to our roster at our "Hail Momma" market at Fodder & Shine back in May. PS. She creates custom pieces as well, you can find her at the UO Market, on her Etsy Shop, or if by chance window shopping she has a huge piece adorning the windows of St. Pete boutique Ashe Couture.
Belle Fleur is my baby, my passion and I am very proud to be able to offer affordable beauty to a spectrum of clients. The Pop-up Markets are an ideal way for me to get to meet many of the people in the community that have followed my brand since a few years now. Come see me, come get something pretty for yourself or for someone you love. Flowers are the best way of saying everything without opening your mouth! You can find my bouquets at the Jug & Bottle Department in Seminole Heights.