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2 Shops Open in Fringe District

Posted By LocalShops1, Thursday, May 4, 2017

Two local businesses recently popped up with brick-and-mortar spaces in St. Petersburg's growing Fringe District, just a few blocks from downtown:

Bodhi Basics set up shop next to Star Booty in the 200 block of Dr. MLK Jr. Street N. Owner Kim Vorperian has been a frequent vendor at local indie markets and festivals since she opened the business in 2011. According to, she crafts her plant-based soaps with “No crap, no synthetic fragrance.” Other products, such as Aphrodite Anointing Oil, are made with pure ingredients like sweet almond oil, coconut and botanicals. "Our products support and cultivate the sacred connection between body and nature," their Facebook page says. "With genuine dedication to pure ingredients, skilled craft, and exceptional quality our unique skin care transforms daily routine into an invaluable self-care ritual for body, mind, and soul." Learn more at,

Gray Space, which debuted in October 2016 as a pop-up shop at markets and festivals including Shopapalooza, now has a permanent home for that gives men a place to, as puts it, “elevate their post 9-5 wardrobe.” The shop at 189 Dr. MLK Jr. Street N offers upscale “athleisure” items, with bleached-out prints, abstract designs, side-zipper jogging pants, canvas bags with leather trim, and more. For information go to

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