I’m Rachel, Market Mafia’s social media expert. I’m pursuing a degree in Media Studies + Journalism from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg. I love visual arts, music festivals, writing and editing, designing social strategies, and creating aesthetic content.

I’m a local lover of everything from food, to art, to clothing. My favorite thing about living in St. Pete is how many amazing small businesses we have here. I love supporting local stores and keeping up with the openings of new restaurants and shops in the ‘Burg. My favorite recent opening is Beans and Barlour, the delicious boozy ice cream spot.

Exploring Tampa Bay’s market scene is a huge passion of mine. Saturday Morning Market in St. Pete is my all time favorite. Grab a glass of Mother Kombucha on tap and explore the market from my perspective! I’m constantly snapping photos when I hit the market – photos of cute dogs, tasty food, beautiful flowers, and happy market goers. If you have a sweet tooth while you’re at the Saturday Morning Market, be sure to pick up a Belgian waffle with nutella, strawberries, and whipped cream from Sylvia’s Waffles.

Pro tip: the best, cozy lounge pants come from the tie dye booth at the Saturday Morning Market!

If I had just one day to explore St. Pete, I’d start at the Dali Museum. Then, I’d head to the 600 Block of Central Avenue and grab an iced coffee and a piece of Wanda’s cake at Brew D’ Licious. Taking a stroll around downtown is always awesome because of all the amazing street art. Check out my favorite mural, Starry Eyed, in the alley behind the 600. You can see all of the murals by the talented Chad Mize here. Next, it’s time to pick up a cuban sandwich from Bodega and head to Pass-A-Grille beach to catch some afternoon sunshine. The Wine-O burger from Engine No. 9 is on tap for dinner, before ending the day with a drink at the Copper Shaker.

Starry Eyed by Chad Mize

When I’m not wandering around a market or writing a story at the Black Crow Coffee Co., you can find me flipping through vinyl albums and zines at Daddy Kool Records, or relaxing in my hammock at North Shore Park. On Saturday nights, I head to Mad Hatter’s Ethnobotanical Tea Bar to dance with fire at the weekly fire flow jam, Wonderflow.

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