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.
Boasting 1.26 million square feet on two levels, over 200 specialty shops, 15 full service restaurants, and a luxurious four diamond hotel, this mall has something for even the most refined tastes. Its anchor's include such landmarks as Nordstrom's, Neiman Marcus, Dillard's, and Robb & Stucky Interiors. If all this shopping starts to overload your feet, and your purse, they offer a sunny, 125,000 square foot outdoor plaza to relax in before venturing back into the fray. In addition they offer excellent packages, that include hotel accommodations, relaxing amenities, and special savings.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The French Bee Antiques Shop, named as south Tampa's best when it comes to selecting beautiful, quality, and vintage antiques, is filled with ornately painted screens, oil paintings, estate jewelry, antique armoires, and secretary's and beautifully upholstered Italian chairs. The perfect accessory accompanies carefully selected pieces depicting English, Italian, Swedish and French styles using a variety of woods, including bamboo and mahogany. Quality in crafting, attention to detail, rich fabrics and interesting pieces have made the shop a local favorite. For shopper's convenience, local delivery is free of charge. - Vickie Ferguson
Awesome Jewelry on Dale Mabry Highway offers a delightful collection of jewelry that is elegant, timeless and quite unique. Best known for their rings selection, that features many options for engagement and promise rings, the store is quite a popular choice when it comes to 'popping the question'. Apart from a fabulous inventory that includes pretty pendants, rings, necklaces and earrings, the place also has a splendid collection of hand-carved Galatea pearls that can be used to customize your jewelry.
A customer-friendly shop with a wide variety of apparels, thats what American Eagle Outfitters is all about. Providing the largest range and the best quality in both mens and womens wear, this store is like the 'mixing pot of clothes'. This store literally clothes you from head to toe, whether you have to pick from accessories or lingerie or casuals or shoes. The clothing style is highly American styled and the sales people are extremely friendly and well-informed.
Established in 1959, Kirbys Mens Wear is one of the top stores for the fashion-conscious man in Tampa. This upscale boutique has a good collection of formal wear, casual attire, resort and sports apparel from well-known designers. For a distinct wardrobe, try their bespoke tailoring. Take help from their image consultants for a change in your style and gain more confidence in the way you look. Though expensive, the quality fabric and cuts are well worth the money paid.
Arthur Yates and Sons, in business since 1947, provides an extensive selection of jewelry made from gold, platinum, and silver. Settings are mounted with colored stones, precious gemstones or diamonds. The store also buys gold, silver, coins, and precious gems. Choose from an array of appraised and documented necklaces, rings, bracelets, pendants, pearls, diamond tennis bracelets, designer pieces, earrings, and pre-owned Rolex watches. The store also provides cleaning and repair services. Visit the store during business hours or call for an appointment. -Vickie Ferguson
As the name suggests, this shopping Mecca sprawls over some major acreage in the WestShore section of Tampa, not far from downtown and close to the airport. Alluring Mediterranean architecture beckons here, but dedicated shoppers are far more tempted by the presence of Saks Fifth Avenue, the only full-line Saks in the region. Plus four other department stores, and 100 specialty shops, including Banana Republic and Gap. A food court feeds you, and there's covered parking in case it rains.