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  • Writer's pictureBarbara A. Day

The Merchant is Officially a Vendor of the St. Pete Pier

After much anticipation, Jennifer and Kevin Schultz, owners of The Merchant – Purveyor of Local Goods, will be a vendor at the up-and-coming St. Pete Pier marketplace. The Pier, a favorite for both locals and tourists, is opening its long wooden walk-way to 17 different local vendors. 

The Merchant Featured in the Tampa Bay Times

Out of 66 applicants, The Merchant is excited to be chosen as one of the select few to feature their eclectic assortment of local items for sale.

As quoted in the Tampa Bay Times articleSt. Pete Pier marketplace is to feature a diverse mix of vendors and products. Jennifer states:

For the Pier, we are trying to pick our bestselling tourist items. Pier visitors can expect to find locally-made candles, towels, jewelry, books about the city, and St. Petersburg-inspired T-shirts and laser-engraved magnets and other items made by my graphic designer husband, Kevin. The merchant is focusing on items tourists can take home in their suitcases. We will also present a rotating showcase of St. Petersburg artists.

The Pier is located at 800 2nd Ave NE in St. Petersburg, Florida. The marketplace will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Special events may receive extended hours.

The Merchant Food Tours Setting Sail in 2020

Soon, The Merchant will offer food tours, featuring several different cafes and restaurants in downtown St. Pete. Locals and tourists alike may choose from our illustrious private tours to our group celebrations. We plan to have groups leave right from the Pier.

More About The Merchant

The Merchant curates an ever-changing assortment of gifts and wares to reflect our vibrant city and to promote the creative community of artists, craftsmen, and makers. Open our doors and you will find small-batch soaps, apothecary items, art, well-crafted housewares, artisanal local food, handmade chocolates, barware, and heartfelt gifts that are both funky and functional, from makers who focus on quality over quantity. 

Supporting local isn't just an idea, but a way of life. In the past, general stores served as a community gathering space.  We seek to carry on that tradition with classes and workshops offered by the artisans.

As often as possible, we stock our nest with goods made right here in St. Petersburg and the surrounding Bay Area. We also gladly create space for products made by community conscious, small-batch companies outside our area. 

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