Looking for something other than photography or video documentaries, but not sure where to start? Here are links to businesses we recommend; these places are cool, funky, unique, and small businesses that appreciate their customers. No giant box stores here! More links will be added...
The Art Supply Store: An indie store supplying "all your Fine Art Supply needs" on Central Avenue in downtown St. Petersburg. Great people, very helpful and knowledgeable. http://theartsupplystore.co/
Haslam's Book Store: A St. Petersburg (Florida) bookstore that is a "must see" when in town. New, used, and antique books, journals, wrapping paper...a little bit of everything book related. http://www.haslams.com/index.shtml
Lake Shore Camera Exchange: First visited about Lake Shore Camera Exchange in 2008. Located in Palm Harbor, Florida, they are a breath of fresh air: honest, knowledgeable, and reasonably priced. My absolute favorite photography store! http://lakeshorecamera.com/
Lighthouse Books: Another cool bookstore in St. Petersburg, within walking distance of Haslam's. Lighthouse is a member of the ABAA (Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America) and specializes in antique books. http://www.oldfloridabookstore.blogspot.com/
Rollin Oats Market and Cafe: Two health food stores in the Tampa Bay area: one in Tampa, the second in St. Petersburg. Absolutely fantastic! http://rollinoats.com
TESA - The Exhibiting Society of Artists: "TESA is a professional, not for profit organization, whose purpose is to promote original, contemporary art and artists in our community." Located in Pinellas County, Florida. http://www.arttesa.org/
Wilson's Book World: Another great St. Petersburg indie bookstore. Founded in 1971, Wilson's is a member of the Florida Antiquarian Booksellers Association (FABA).http://www.wilsonsbookworld.com/