If you pick any review of the Edge District St. Petersburg, you will notice that the words eclectic and vibrant are often repeated. And there's a good reason for this in that it accurately captures the atmosphere and ethos of the place. St. Petersburg - affectionately referred to as 'St. Pete's' - is famed for its sense of history, heritage, arts, and culture. But the Edge District is where all these aspects are enhanced and amplified.
Jewel of St. Pete's
The Edge District covers an area of seven blocks in Downtown St. Petersburg, packed with a variety of independent shops, boutiques, eating places and galleries. It was established as a non-profit organization, with the aim of creating sustainable, independent, local businesses. All this is set within the historic architecture which is preserved and cared for, alongside the towering palms. As well as preserving its unique character, another dimension has been added through the bright murals that decorate a number of the walls.
The overall effect is one that dazzles the senses. Stroll through the historic streets and you're sure to find something to amuse or entertain you. Not only are there many small craft-beer pubs and bars, but there is also a micro-brewery offering tours. With a host of boutique stores offering everything from coastal-chic to bohemian fashion, shoppers will have plenty of options to choose from. You will also find fine art, alongside more 'folky' offerings - there really is something for everyone.
And when you need to restore your energy, there are more than twenty unique eating places spread throughout the bustling streets. Each one brings you a different cuisine in a variety of colorful settings. The difficulty will be choosing which one appeals the most!
There is more to the Edge District than shopping, eating, and art. The individuals who live and work here foster a real sense of community - a common theme in this region of Florida. Business owners, residents, and even visitors have all worked tirelessly to restore and preserve the rich heritage of the area and to ensure that the emphasis remains on boosting local, independent businesses. This multiple award-winning venture sets an example for others by celebrating the past with pride and preserving it through sustainable business methods.
Inclusive and modern
Although the historic side features strongly, this doesn't mean that the Edge District is stuck in the past. The area boasts free wifi for visitors, and consideration has been given to guests who require assisted access due to disability. Wheel-chair friendly transportation is available, and ramps are provided to accessibility to all. As may be expected from a creative and 'arty' district that includes a variety of cultures and backgrounds, there is an overall feeling of openness and acceptance, which is also reflected in the fact that it labels itself as being LGBT friendly.
The Edge District St. Petersburg is truly both vibrant and eclectic, joining the past and the present and offering an impressive precedent for the future.
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