Monday, August 03, 2009
The Islands of Indonesia come alive at Bali Bay Trading
We first found Bali Bay Trading when it was located on Bay-to-Bay Boulevard in South Tampa. They now have a 10,000 sq. ft. showroom and warehouse on North Florida Avenue and a store in St. Petersburg. It is the place in the Bay area to buy handcrafted products from Indonesia. Over the years we have brought home a fun, colorful and kind of wild assortment of things ranging from huge armoire (when a television set needed such a giant cabinet) to a 3-ft. tall carved rooster who lives with the rest of the rather large collection of chickens. (He is the only one who speaks Indonesian.) Bali Bay specializes in attractive, comfortable and sturdy teak furniture but they carry an assortment of statues, doors, carved panels, clothing and jewelry. Everything is imported directly from Indonesia where they are made by hand so no two pieces are ever alike. They have large benches, beds, tables and shelving units which are heavy and hold a ton of books. The furniture is made from teak, coconut and coffee woods, as well as bamboo. We've always enjoyed exploring and never knowing what fun, odd and intriguing items we might find hiding around the corner. I'm never quite sure if an item is old and antique or brand new. The age, patina and handcrafted appearance add to the charm. Everyone in the store is very nice and friendly and genuinely enjoys being the Bay area's local source for Indonesian products. They receive monthly shipments so new things are arriving regularly. The women in your life will like the intricate and carved jewelry plus handbags, sandals and even sarongs...if you're into an authentic - and cool - exotic islands look.