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It is a known fact that the right oil, vinegar or spice can do wonders to a simple dish. Joe and Son's Olive Oils is a gourmet food shop where they stock a unique blend of olive oils, pestos, sauces, balsamic vinegars and more. These include Blood Orange Olive Oil, Wild Mushroom and Sage Olive Oil, and Roasted Walnut and Truffle Oil. They also have organic oils and skincare products in their inventory. The rustic setting of this store adds to its charm. If you get flummoxed, their expert staff will guide you through to find your perfect pick. You can also sample them before making a purchase.
Keep Me In Stitches has everything needed for sewing projects, including sewing cabinets designed to customer specifications, state-of-the art sewing and embroidery machines, sergers, and an impressive selection of quality metallic, silk, print, and hand painted fabrics. For sewing enthusiasts, the shop offers classes and club memberships to keep customers up-to-date on specific sewing and embroidery machines. Gift cards are also available. For customer convenience, visit their second store located at 4237 West Kennedy Boulevard in South Tampa. -Vickie Ferguson
Toffee to Go is Lisa and Jim Schalk's dream come true. Established in 1998, this nationally-renowned specialty store has put Tampa on the top of the dessert map. Their handmade toffees come in three forms - dark, white and milk chocolate. Indulge in these buttery, crumbly sweet delights or gift it to your loved ones in beautifully-wrapped packages. It is no surprise then that the likes of Oprah Winfrey are fans.
Located in trendy Hyde Park, Albisia's Jewelry is the place to shop for exquisite, handmade jewelry. Each piece is handcrafted to highlight the natural stones used in jewelry pieces. Albisia's uses an assortment of handpicked stones such as lapis lazuli, aquamarine, coral, emerald, pyrite, onyx, peridot, and carnelian. Whether you choose a pair of onyx earrings, a lapis necklace, or a pearl pendant, each is mounted on the highest quality sterling silver. All of the jewelry in the boutique is made completely by hand. Experienced artists are available to create custom pieces per your specifications for everyday wear, special events, anniversaries, or weddings.
St. Petersburg's Saturday morning market has been going strong since its inception in 2002. Taking over the downtown area every Saturday morning from 9a to 2p, this lively gathering features live music, mouth-watering food and a variety of vendors selling their wares. Find fresh eggs and goat cheese from a nearby farm or Cajun spices and handmade crafts made by a locals. A great family activity, the market also features kid-friendly events. Check the website for more information about vendors and upcoming music acts and events.
Once you have observed the crazy tiled floor and the cozy decor, you'll discover the treasures of this old-fashioned store. Word lovers have the chance to access a very rich selection of books here, with various subjects such as fiction, travel, science and medicine, cuisine, history, business or biography. The goal? To increase customer's passion for reading! If you like enjoying a cup of local tea or artisanal coffee while reading, you'll find what you need: the Oxford Exchange also carries an amazing selection of those, to be enjoyed perched on a bar stool or comfortably reclined in a deep armchair.
Mediterranean flavor and spice and beautifully presented dishes add just the right touch to the menu at Row Boat Mediterranean Cuisine. The restaurant features juicy lamb and beef gyro sandwiches, ginger-enhanced chicken soup, falafel, Greek fries, and tangy cucumber sauce for starters. For dessert, what else can be expected but the sweet taste of traditional walnut enhanced baklava. The casual atmosphere coupled with excellent service and fresh made cuisine make the Ybor City restaurant a local favorite. Reasonably priced and generous portions, tasty Greek wines, hookahs and live entertainment will keep you coming back for more. Vickie Ferguson
Since Ybor City was created by cigar manufacturers in 1880 and mostly populated by Cuban immigrants, it is a historically rich Tampa neighborhood. Located right in downtown, this area has become one of the most commercial parts in the city nowadays, but still, you can find really traditional places. With a 50 years history, King Corona Cigars is one of those places. Here smokers are able to enjoy a large selection of cigars and accessories. Need a snack? Grab one of the delicious Cuban sandwiches. No hesitation, a visit to Ybor can't be completed without a good cigar or some real Cuban food!
If you are looking for a certain style of vintage clothing, costume or fine jewelry, handbags, or hard to find accessory items for men and women, a visit to Sherry's YesterDaze may take care of all your needs. The store also has a selection of retro furniture, chairs, art pieces and collectibles for your decorating needs. With an ever-changing inventory, you will have access to a variety of items from the latter part of the 1800s to the 1990s. Stop by the shop and browse for hours or, for your convenience, check out Sherry's online store.
Ella's Americana Folk Art Cafe offers its guests a cozy place to enjoy Southern dishes like Kansas-style barbecue, chicken and waffles and a range of burgers. The recipes are inventive and the dishes come out as flavorful, such that they are forever etched in the memory of diners. The decor consists of paintings and artwork from local talent that adds a pop of color. Evenings see crowds swaying to live artists and bands.
Cleanse Apothecary, located in historic Old Seminole Heights, is a locally owned boutique specializing in high-end natural beauty products from the world's top niche labels. The pet-friendly shop even stocks products for your pet. Browse the hand-chosen selection of beauty products, soaps, lotions, candles, and home fragrances from brands like Jardins de Provence, Thymes, Caldrea, and The Art of Shaving. The owners are usually in the store and offer helpful advice to suit your taste.
For all of your culinary needs when it comes to preparing dishes using rich, savory spices, the place to go is the Spice & Tea Exchange at Johns Pass Village. Inside the shop, senses are pleasantly surprised with the aroma of freshly prepared herbs and spices. The shop has an assortment of savory gourmet teas, sugar, exotic rice, blended rubs, and sea salts. The exchange also carries a line of dry goods and accessories tea accessories, mills and grinders, spice racks, and mortars and pestles. Gift certificates and gift boxes with assorted spices and blends are available for individual or corporate orders. - Vickie Ferguson