Shop Local at the Marketplace on the St. Pete Pier

Shop Local at the Marketplace on the St. Pete Pier

Have you heard? People are out and about shopping again — and the St. Pete Pier is perfectly set up for outdoor browsing and buying. We call it the Marketplace, and it’s open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Come join the fun. 

St. Pete Pier and St. Petersburg Skyline

It’s considerably more beautiful than shopping at the mall, and the sun and breezes will make you feel glad to be outside! Check out the boats in Tampa Bay, then swing around and take a sweeping look at downtown St. Pete’s lovely skyline. The rest of the Pier, all 26 acres of it, awaits — with endless walkways and places to lounge, engaging public art, play areas, waterfront restaurants and more. You might even want to saunter over to Spa Beach and put your toes in the sand.

And that’s in addition to the shopping! The Marketplace, just past the Pier Gateway, displays a wealth of unique merchandise from a variety of local and regional vendors, spread out in kiosks and under 10’x10’ tents. It’s the ideal venue to find a singular item that you probably can’t get online. Besides, it’s nice to touch and feel (and maybe even try on) the product before you purchase. And it hardly needs saying that your patronage is a big help to local small businesses.

As the Marketplace becomes increasingly popular, more and more vendors are setting up shop. Between the mainstays, who often introduce new products, and new businesses coming on board, there’s always opportunities for fresh finds. That makes repeat visits both fun and rewarding.

As of December 2021, the Pier features a lineup that includes original art, healing jewelry, custom T-shirts, specialty foods, international apparel, rhinestone-embellished and tie-dye duds, plus caps, crafts, mugs and more.

Marketplace Gifts To Buy at the St. Pete Pier

Here’s a glimpse at a handful of vendors that just might have your next treasure:

  • Hey Mon — This Jamaican sauce vendor’s slogan is “from the sweet to the heat.” Hey Mon’s nine signature sauces are all made with fresh fruits and vegetables — pineapple, orange, mango, papaya and the like. There’s also a Jamaican jerk and three with pepper sauces, the hottest being Holy Sheet.
  • Ancient Herbal Care — Robin, the owner, uses only certified organic, plant-based ingredients for her line of soaps, scrubs, lotions, creams and masks. Many of the ingredients are sourced from Eastern and African countries.
  • McTavish’s Cookie Shack — Load up on the sweet tastes of the Scottish Highlands. McTavish’s sells light-and-crispy cookies, shortbreads, scones and other goodies, all made by Sheila with a hearty Scottish touch.
  • Hats at the Pier — Skin protection is important here in Florida, which is why this seller of mostly straw, broad-brimmed (and stylish) hats is so popular at the Marketplace. Hats at the Pier even has headwear for dogs, so bring your pooch along to pick one out.

We promise a shopping exPIERience like no other here. So happy browsing!