Many people who live in Bradenton don’t realize the city is home to a rich and diverse community of talented artists, musicians, and makers. Not long ago, a group of friends met over coffee at downtown Bradenton’s Oscura Cafe and decided it was time to change that. They had a vision of creating a space for local creatives to share their gifts and for the community to support and engage with them.
The Friendly City Flea quickly transformed from concept to reality and the first market launched on February 23rd, 2019. They now host both daytime and nighttime markets outside of Oscura Cafe & Bar (540 13th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205). The event continues to grow, and you can expect to see big things from The Friendly City Flea in 2020!
Meet the Vendors
There are a ton of cool vendors you’ll find at The Friendly City Flea. Here are just a few!
Oscura Cafe & Bar
Oscura Cafe & Bar is more than just a great coffee shop, it’s a collective hub for artists, entrepreneurs, students, and others to come together. They serve coffee & tea, beer & wine, sandwiches, salads, and soupd. They also often hold live music events.
Kinspoke focuses on creating space for people to gather creatively and ways for them to experience beauty and art through: pop-up bloom bars, installation art, creative workshops, and events.
The Daily Dose Juice Garden
The Daily Dose Juice Garden is located in downtown Bradenton at 536 13th St. W. This community-inspired juice bar offers organic, cold-pressed juices, smoothies, lunch options, and vegan bites.
Colonial Shrubs is a Bradenton-based company that preserves fruit in a sweetened acidulated syrup. You can add your favorite flavors to a variety of food and drinks, including desserts, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Shannon Kirsten Illustration
Shannon Kirsten Illustration sells illustrated greeting cards and stationery.
LAMECLAU offers cool apparel accessories and art.
KG Jewelry creates unique, handmade, hypoallergenic necklaces.
Ray of Light
Ray of Light creates inspirational prints, cards and home decor for a brighter world.
Three Sisters Legacy Company
Three Sisters Legacy Company offers greeting cards, paintings, wooden signs, planters, and more.
ALT PAPER CO.
Bradenton-based ALT PAPER CO. offers custom calligraphy, wedding design and decor, event signage & more!
Amity Brothers Coffee
Amity Brothers Coffee offers ethically-sourced, locally-roasted coffee made with love.
Gather & Grain
Gather & Grain creates custom, raised-letter wood signs & hand-painted, reclaimed wood earrings.
Kind Cotton creates inspirational clothing and accessories designed to spread kindness and make a difference. They also give a book to a child for every item sold!
Olivine Roasting produces locally roasted whole-bean or drip grind coffee.
Hatchling’s Publishing – a Bradenton-based publishing company that publishes and supports women authors.
Slow Foods Kitchen, Inc.
Slow Foods Kitchen serves up vegan snacks that carnivores love!
Orange Grove Vintage
Orange Grove Vintage sells wearable vintage clothing and accessories from the 1960’s-1990’s!
Pet Wants Sarasota
Pet Wants Sarasota offers fresh, high-quality natural pet foods and treats and pet care products.
Tectonic Gems offers handmade ceramic essential oil diffuser jewelry and accessories.
The High Vibe Studio & Trading Co.
The High Vibe Studio & Trading Co., located in downtown Bradenton, offers sustainable lifestyle items such as clothing, jewelry, skincare, and self-care tools and yoga class packages.
Kava Social Club
Kava Social Club serves up kava, exotic teas, coffee, and mocktails.
Mayakka’s Gold Apiary
Mayakka’s Gold Apiary offers locally-sourced honey and other bee-related products.
Lazer InVision offers unique, personalized, and handcrafted gifts for life’s special occasions.
Driftheory creates jewelry for people who love the outdoors. In their jewelry you’ll find materials like 100% recycled Florida palm bark, pressed wildflowers, local sands, coral, and shell — all hand collected and sourced locally in Sarasota Florida.
Macaronage offers unique and delicious macrons in a variety of interesting flavors.
Author Rebekah Phillips (Farlee & Friends)
Rebekah Phillips, author of the “Farlee & Friends” series is at the Flea selling her illustrated children’s books and plush character toys.
Exotic Gourmet offers U.S.-Peru fusion foods for chocolate lovers.
Good Mood Candle Co.
Good Mood Candle Co. creates great-smelling, non-toxic candles custom blended to gently illuminate your path to a good mood and health.
South Florida Salt Works, LLC
South Florida Salt Works offers hand-harvested, premium-style Florida Sea salt. 5-10% of all proceeds are donated to Ocean Conservancy Projects.
Toast and Tassel Boutique
Toast and Tassel Boutique sells women’s clothing, dresses, tops, bottoms, accessories, candles, and vintage clothing.
Natural BeYouty offers custom jewelry, live and faux planters, succulents, special event décor, woodworks, signs, and more.
Haute Pawz Pet
Haute Pawz Pet sells hand-crafted, custom beaded pet collars for fashion-forward pets to wear every day.
Atria Bread + Coffee
Atria Bread + Coffee is a local cafe that focuses on naturally leavened bread, specialty coffee and seasonal food in Lakewood Ranch.
Sadgebrush Designs offers custom-designed invitations, murals, illustrations, and more.
The 2019-2020 Season
Are you excited to come check out Friendly City Flea for yourself? The next few dates are:
- November 30th – Day Market – 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
- December 14th – Night Market – 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
- December 21st – Day Market – 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Make sure to follow Friendly City Flea on Facebook so you can keep up with the latest news and happenings!
Apply to Become a Vendor
If you have a local business and would like to be a vendor at upcoming events, contact Friendly City Flea using their vendor application form. They’re always looking for locally based artists and makers!