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Belle of the Ball is distributing homecoming dresses and UT is having an art auction

The Belle of the Ball will distribute homecoming dresses on Saturday.

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The Belle of the Ball will distribute homecoming dresses on Saturday.

Dress You Up: Homecoming Dress Distribution
You’ve heard of being all dressed up with nowhere to go, but it would be worse to have somewhere to go, like a homecoming dance, but not have a dress. The Belle of the Ball project has been doing its part to ensure that doesn’t happen to in-need high school girls. The organization collects formal dresses and accessories all year long, and distributes them during prom and homecoming season. Homecoming distribution season kicks off this Saturday, at the boutique location in Clearwater. Choose from a huge inventory of over 3,000 dresses. A $1-$5 donation is suggested but not necessary. No referral or appointment is needed. Additional distribution dates are Sept. 30, Oct. 12 and Oct. 21, and donations can also be made during distribution times. The event runs from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 1210 Holt Ave.
(727)386-4502. belleoftheballproject.com. …

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Discover the art of fashion, a change of seasons and shopping for good

Get a jump on Halloween decoration at the Fall Harvest and Tailgate Festival Friday-Saturday.

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Get a jump on Halloween decoration at the Fall Harvest and Tailgate Festival Friday-Saturday.

Shop for Harvey Victims: Goodwill’s Round Up
Goodwill has come up with easy ways to contribute to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Now through Tuesday, when you make purchases at Goodwill Industries-Suncoast stores, you’ll be asked if you’d like to round up the amount of your purchase to support relief efforts. The donations will go to the American Red Cross. If you don’t want to purchase anything, you can just donate cash at a Goodwill store. While it seems like the people affected could use new clothes and household items, right now those are too difficult to deliver, so monetary donations are more helpful. For store locations, visit goodwill-suncoast.org. …

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New Tampa salon offers more than haircuts, celebrates African culture

Faro Farak and his wife, Nandi Safiyah, pose for a photo at the grand opening of Faro’s Cutting Lounge and Afrikan Boutique in Tampa in August. Farak is the barber. Safiyah’s expertise is braiding and natural hair.

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Faro Farak and his wife, Nandi Safiyah, pose for a photo at the grand opening of Faro’s Cutting Lounge and Afrikan Boutique in Tampa in August. Farak is the barber. Safiyah’s expertise is braiding and natural hair.

Faro Farak dreamed of working for himself.

Though the Tampa native became a licensed barber in 2008, his travels around the country, to California and Atlanta, led him on different career paths, including as a personal trainer and in commercial plumbing.

Nandi Safiyah began doing hair in her native Tobago when she was just 9. Her sisters noticed her gift and would bring her down to the cruise ships to braid tourists' hair. She saved the money she earned to move to the United States and continued doing hair to put herself through school. She gave up braiding hair professionally but would occasionally style friends' hair.

When Farak and Safiyah met in Tampa in 2014, they bonded not only over their hair backgrounds, but also over their passion for African culture. The idea for Faro's Cutting Lounge and Afrikan Boutique was born: a full-service salon and barbershop that specializes in natural hair, and a place where African culture could be celebrated.

"I wanted to bring culture into it, and be something new and fresh in the area," Farak said. "We didn't wantto be a cookie-cutter salon." …

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Market your way down Central Avenue and find chopper gear at Grayspeed

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Niknaki Vintage is vending at the St. Pete Side Lot end of summer market on Sept. 2.

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The ’Burg Has It: St. Pete RoundUp
There are so many markets around St. Petersburg this Saturday, you can easily make a day of it. The following list takes you up Central Avenue with one short detour on the way.
It’s the St. Pete Indie Market’s last event at its indoor summer venue, the State Theatre, with more than 50 artists and makers selling their creations. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 687 Central Ave.
The folks at ARTpool are back from their summer vacation, just in time to hold Crafty Fest Market. Shop vendors selling handmade and vintage items, and check out the shop and gallery, too. You can even grab a beer there. Crafty Fest runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2030 Central Ave.
Here’s the short detour I mentioned: the Side Lot Summer Sale. Vendors will be selling new and used items, and there will be music, food and drinks next to Brocante Market and 3 Daughters Brewing at 2133 Second Ave. S. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Find antiques, art and crafts at the Grand Central Market, located in the parking lot of Punky’s Bar & Grill, 3063 Central Ave. Grab a bite and a libation and enjoy live music, too. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. …

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Beards are back in style, but guys, take care of them

Tyler Goelz of St. Petersburg, the creator of Organic Beard Supply, is pictured at Central Oak Barber Co. in St. Petersburg with some of his products. Goelz, 28, has had a beard since he could grow one.

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Tyler Goelz of St. Petersburg, the creator of Organic Beard Supply, is pictured at Central Oak Barber Co. in St. Petersburg with some of his products. Goelz, 28, has had a beard since he could grow one.

Tired of sitting in front of a computer screen for a living, Tyler Goelz wanted to make something tangible. The 28-year-old web developer only had to look in the mirror to find inspiration.

Facial hair is back in full force. Whether they are making a trendy statement, or are just lazy shavers, guys are rockin' ZZ Top full-length beards, swoon-worthy scruff or even just a wispy hipster mustache. But men are arguably clueless when it comes to skin care, said Goelz, so with his own beard in mind, he knew he could help.

Soon after concocting beard oils in his spare time, he found two business partners, and Organic Beard Supply was launched about a year ago.

The St. Petersburg company started selling oils to men with furry faces. Goelz hand-mixes and hand-bottles everything in his Pinellas County home. And he prides himself on using only the best ingredients. After getting to know his indie market customers, and making a few recipe changes, the St. Pete native realized he could grow more than just a long beard. …

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Shopping Planner: Strands of Sunshine's shop dog turns 12, and you can find unique frames at Optik frames

Celebrate Oscar at his Pawsome Birthday party at Strands of Sunshine on Saturday.

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Celebrate Oscar at his Pawsome Birthday party at Strands of Sunshine on Saturday.

Dog Party: Oscar’s Birthday Celebration
If you’ve ever visited Strands of Sunshine in downtown St. Pete, it’s likely you’ve met Oscar, the shop dog. The shih tzu-poodle mix is pretty famous: He has his own Instagram (@shopdogoscar) and was also featured in Keep St. Pete Local’s pet calendar a few years back. The little cutie is turning 12, and to celebrate, owner Amy Marshall is throwing him a Pawsome Birthday party on Saturday. The shop carries all kinds of adorable pet-related stuff, including doggie bow ties, cat toys and animal art, not to mention their air plants, unique greeting cards and other sparkly treasures. They’ll have doggie treats and a raffle for prizes. A portion of all sales will benefit Pawlicious Poochie Pet Rescue, which will be at the party with a few chihuahuas. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 633 Central Ave. strandsofsunshine.com. …

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Mane Stay Hair Studio owners talk color, flat irons, good selfies

Rachel Korman, left, and Amanda Galmiche opened their St. Petersburg salon, Mane Stay Hair Studio, in January. They both have Aveda educations and apprenticed at Arrojo Studio in New York City.

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Rachel Korman, left, and Amanda Galmiche opened their St. Petersburg salon, Mane Stay Hair Studio, in January. They both have Aveda educations and apprenticed at Arrojo Studio in New York City.

Sitting poolside one weekend, Amanda Galmiche started daydreaming of her own salon and asking "What if?" Luckily, her friend and co-worker Rachel Korman got serious, and together, they opened Mane Stay Hair Studio in St. Petersburg in January.

Both Galmiche, originally from Detroit, and Korman, of Palmetto, have Aveda educations and apprenticed at Arrojo Studio in New York City. But their paths didn't cross until they shared the same station at a St. Pete salon. After breaking out on their own, the women are growing their business slowly.

"We're taking our time and doing this right," said Korman, 31, a mother of two. They have six chairs, potentially more soon, as well as a few apprentices who help with clients.

Galmiche, 32, with her bubbly personality and purple hair, travels across the country teaching hair-coloring classes. She has more than 40,000 followers on Instagram (@thehaircolorexpert) who get to see before-and-after transformations, hair process videos and her beauty tips. She and Rachel (@trustyourhairdresser) stay up-to-date with trends and are excited to now offer hair extensions, Korman said. "Our client is California meets Brooklyn girl," Galmiche said. …

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Shopping Planner: Back to school edition

PLAE shoes are adjustable and come with a Growth Spurt Guarantee.

Courtesy of Jenny Heller

PLAE shoes are adjustable and come with a Growth Spurt Guarantee.

So Long, Summer: Back to School Events
Well, here it is. The last weekend of summer before most area schools go back Aug. 10. For some kids, this is the last hurrah of sweet freedom. Some parents are counting down the days until the return of their sweet freedom. Whatever your emotional disposition on back to school, here are a few fun ways to be prepared.

Tax Free Weekend: Saving money is always a blast, and Friday through Sunday, state sales tax is waived on school supplies, clothing and computers. This back-to-school special takes place at all retail stores throughout Florida. See floridarevenue.com for a detailed list of what’s covered.

Back to School Fair: This event at Tampa’s WestShore Plaza will get you prepared with workshops, exhibits and speakers, and will also be fun, featuring live entertainment and activities. The first 500 kids will receive a free book bag. It happens from  10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 250 WestShore Plaza. (813) 286-0790. westshoreplaza.com. …

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Shopping Planner: A folklore art show and gypsy market, back to school bash and the Summer Style Series

Jennifer Kosharek's painting based on Goldilocks and the three bears is part of the "Legends" series of art shows, presented by Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery.

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Jennifer Kosharek's painting based on Goldilocks and the three bears is part of the "Legends" series of art shows, presented by Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery.

Fairy Tales and Folklore: Legends Chapter 2 Art Show and Market
Legends, folklore and myth are the stuff great art is often based on. The folks at Black Amethyst Tattoo Gallery know that, which is why they are presenting a series of fantasy-themed art shows throughout the summer. This month’s event happens Friday at Green Bench Brewing Co. They have teamed up with the St. Pete Indie Market, which will present a Gypsy Market, with loads of handmade goods from local artisans and makers. The art show looks really cool, featuring imaginative artwork by area talent. Florida Folk Scene provides the tunes with a live set. The next two events are scheduled for Aug. 25 and Sept. 29. Friday’s event happens from 7-11 p.m. at 1133 Baum Ave. N, St. Petersburg. …

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What you need to know about eyelash extensions: how they work, what they cost

Volume lash artist Gabrielle Dalip poses for a portrait at Lash Addict Studio.

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Volume lash artist Gabrielle Dalip poses for a portrait at Lash Addict Studio.

Natali Cespedes knew the next big thing was lash extensions.

After applying eyelash extensions on clients for eight years out in California, she wanted to open her own business somewhere where trend hadn't quite taken off, yet.

"I've always wanted to move here," said Cespedes. She opened Lash Addict Studio in January 2016 and her business grew so fast she had to move to a bigger place almost immediately. In the last year and a half, she has brought on more lash technicians, who are "always booked and busy."

Women have wanted full lashes since the dawn of time. Mascara and falsies have been the go-to quick fix. Now you can walk into a lash studio and leave with lusciously long lashes that last for a few weeks at a time. Lash extensions look a little more natural, because a stylist glues individual synthetic lashes onto your real ones, and the whole process can take up to two hours. But it'll certainly make getting ready each morning that much easier.

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Natali Cespedes poses for a portrait at Lash Addict Studio in St. Petersburg. Lash Addict Studio does applications for clients in its space off of First Avenue N. …

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Shopping Planner: Christmas in July at the Sundial, a trunk sale at BoTiki and a glam squad at Lu'Jeanik

Wear if you dare! This bodysuit is one of the many pieces of handmade apparel at Lu'Jeanik in Tampa, who are hosting a girls night out party on Fridau, July 21.

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Wear if you dare! This bodysuit is one of the many pieces of handmade apparel at Lu'Jeanik in Tampa, who are hosting a girls night out party on Fridau, July 21.

Seasonal Switch Up: Christmas in July
Shopping and dining destination Sundial St. Pete reminds us that there are fewer than 170 days until Christmas. Time to start shopping now at their Christmas in July celebration Friday and Saturday. Not only will there be deals at participating stores, but Santa himself will be stopping by in beach attire, bringing snow with him. The courtyard will be bustling with arts and crafts from the Nomad Art Bus, cookie decorating with Locale Market and a steel drum band banging out holiday favorites. The festivities run all weekend during the center’s hours of operation. Santa appears Friday from 5-8 p.m. and Saturday from
10 a.m.-1 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. sundialstpete.com. …

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Shopping Planner: Markets galore and the Sunrise Sale returns to downtown St. Pete

A Bazaar Art Throwdown art competition will happen at the Art Bazaar and Market in Clearwater Beach on July 15.

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A Bazaar Art Throwdown art competition will happen at the Art Bazaar and Market in Clearwater Beach on July 15.

Never Too Many: Market Round Up
It’s interesting to watch the trends in retail change, and there’s no doubt indie markets are having a moment. Whether tried and true or all brand new, these markets each have something different to offer.

Shop under the shady trees at Williams Park in St. Petersburg on Saturday for the Saturday Morning Market, in its summer location. You’ll see the same quality of fresh produce, food, vendors and entertainment that you’ve come to expect at Al Lang Stadium, only with respite from the blazing sun. 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. at Fourth Street and First Avenue N.

Clearwater Beach is getting in on the market action with the Art Bazaar and Market, pictured, on Saturday. This market boasts art, a farmers market and vendors just for kids. But the main event is the Bazaar Art Throwdown, a competition between three area artists for cash prizes. 3 p.m. McKay Park, across from co-host Beach Fire Beach Bar and Grill, 608 Mandalay Ave. …

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Shopping Planner: The Tampa Bay Etsy Craft Party returns, Jameis Winston gets his own backpack and more

Pottery by Barro y Arena by Monica Guerrero will be available at the Tampa Bay Etsy Craft Party on July 8.

Photo by Monica Guerrero

Pottery by Barro y Arena by Monica Guerrero will be available at the Tampa Bay Etsy Craft Party on July 8.

Creative Convention: Tampa Bay Etsy Craft Party
If there was ever any doubt about the incredible number of creative people in Tampa Bay, this party will dispel that notion. The Tampa Bay Etsy Crew’s Etsy Craft Party returns to downtown St. Petersburg’s Coliseum on Saturday, bringing artists, makers and vintage sellers together for a day of craft appreciation. They’ll have make-and-take projects and “live skill” demonstrations, including DIY wood signs from Aerie Lane, polymer clay sculptures with Judy Freeman and mandala making with Becky Blitch of With These Hands. Vendors run the gamut, too, including pottery from Barro y Arena (pictured), unusual jewelry from Freak Show Follies and plants from O’Berry’s Succulents. Get there early: The first 100 adults through the door get a Dark Cycle Clothing tote bag full of swag from vendors, sponsors and makers. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 535 Fourth Ave. N. …

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Pottery by Barro y Arena by Monica Guerrero will be available at the Tampa Bay Etsy Craft Party on July 8.

Photo by Monica Guerrero

Pottery by Barro y Arena by Monica Guerrero will be available at the Tampa Bay Etsy Craft Party on July 8.

Creative Convention: Tampa Bay Etsy Craft Party
If there was ever any doubt about the incredible number of creative people in Tampa Bay, this party will dispel that notion. The Tampa Bay Etsy Crew’s Etsy Craft Party returns to downtown St. Petersburg’s Coliseum on Saturday, bringing artists, makers and vintage sellers together for a day of craft appreciation. They’ll have make-and-take projects and “live skill” demonstrations, including DIY wood signs from Aerie Lane, polymer clay sculptures with Judy Freeman and mandala making with Becky Blitch of With These Hands. Vendors run the gamut, too, including pottery from Barro y Arena (pictured), unusual jewelry from Freak Show Follies and plants from O’Berry’s Succulents. Get there early: The first 100 adults through the door get a Dark Cycle Clothing tote bag full of swag from vendors, sponsors and makers. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. 535 Fourth Ave. N. …

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Shopping Planner: Fit2Run's tent sale, macrame makes a comeback and the Indie Market stays cool

Learn to make a macrame hoop at Makeme studio in St. Petersburg on July 2.

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Learn to make a macrame hoop at Makeme studio in St. Petersburg on July 2.

Walk a Mile: Fit2Run Tent Sale
It feels like more and more people are getting into fitness. If it’s true, that’s a good thing. But it could just be that athleisure is such a big trend now, so it looks like everyone has just come from the gym. Either way, wearing good shoes is key, but that usually comes with a hefty price tag. Enter Fit2Run’s tent sale this weekend. The St. Petersburg location of “the runner’s superstore” will have great deals on all the running essentials outside their store Friday through Tuesday. Jog on over there and check it out. 256 Second St. N. fit2run.com. …

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