This year's event also commemorated Keep Saint Petersburg Local's (KSPL) 4-Year Anniversary. KSPL is a non-profit organization, affiliated with the American Independent Business Alliance, working to build a thriving local economy and a unique community in St. Petersburg.
Nearly 200 vendors filled Williams Park on Saturday, showcasing locally made goods to visitors and locals. To see the entire list of local vendors, click here. Despite a bit of rain, Localtopia shoppers raved about the experience. One testimonial posted on the KSPL Facebook page said, "#localtopia was all I had hoped for and more. Glad to live in such a rad city. #keepstpetelocal".
For the past three years, Localtopia has been a free event, KSPL's greatest "love note" to St. Petersburg. At last year's Localtopia, attendees were able to contribute their own "love letter" to St. Pete. At this year's festival, the "Wishes for Williams Park" tree, a collaboration between Keep Saint Petersburg Local, KEEP ST. PETE LIT and artist, Derek Donnelly, was a new art installation.
The Williams Park bus shelters are scheduled to be removed by February 14th, and Localtopia attendees were invited to write wishes on a leaf that volunteers will hang on the Tree.
KSPL is calling on the community to help them continue to bring the largest and best "Community Celebration of All Things Local." You may have missed the donation towers at the festival, or maybe you were able to attend this year but had a blast in previous years. If you would like to help keep this community showcase festival an annual staple, click the button below to donate to the virtual "tip jar".