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.
The perfect spot for a cup of freshly brewed tea, cup of iced coffee and a fresh muffin while perusing shelves stocked with books, DVDs, posters, CDs and vintage vinyl is Mojo Books and Music. Located near the campus of the University of South Florida, the shop is a hub for students, locals, and anyone interested in selling, trading, and buying items. With an impressive inventory of new and used audio and visual entertainment, Mojo provides customers with more opportunities to find an elusive CD, rare book, vintage poster or vinyl collectables. - Vickie Ferguson
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
Windworks, located at Johns Pass Village, specializes in anything and everything to do with wind-related items for individuals and to enhance front or backyard landscaping. The store features a wide selection of fun items for the yard including colorful spinners, flags, and windsocks. Decorative backyard items from Windworks include bird feeders, comfortable hammocks, and garden sculptures. The shop also carries more than 100 selections of natural wind chimes. For fun outdoors at the park or on the beach, Windworks carries a large assortment of kites designed for children and adults. - Vickie Ferguson
When looking for just the right piece of antique furniture or accessory for your home, or a special gift for an anniversary or special event, visit Wisteria. Their selection of items ranges from French buffets and Italian dressers to Asian tables and American vanities. Choose antique furniture pieces for the home as well as decorative items for the patio and garden. Serving the Tampa area since 2004, Wisteria has an impressive selection that includes items dating from the late 1800s to more modern, eclectic, one-of-a-kind original oil paintings, cloisonné ornaments, jewelry and decorative ceramic pieces. -Vickie Ferguson
This family variety store is still housed in the original building in which it was founded in 1949. In Florida where businesses change rapidly, this qualifies as historic, if not downright Florida-prehistoric! Friendly and unassuming, this throwback to a kinder, gentler era features the personal service that evokes the shopping experience of yesteryear. Looking for Blue Waltz perfume or Panama Jack hats? You may be in luck here. From "pie flutes to Hula Hoops," variety is the keynote here and the stock includes a multitude of Florida souvenirs, as well.
Serving the Bay area since 1912, this family-owned bakery and deli creates a selection of gourmet sandwiches, tasty hot entrees and crispy salads, all made fresh daily. After a visit to the deli, stop at the bakery to eye the tempting selection of French, Spanish and Italian pastries, cakes, breads and rolls. Outdoor seating on the covered patio area is available so you can dine inside or out.
Right down the street from St. Petersburg's Museum of Fine Arts, Sweet Diva's Chocolates combines a huge inventory with meticulously picked ingredients to ensure customers can purchase all the necessary components for some personal indulgence or a romantic offering. Specializing in gourmet chocolates and artisan cupcakes, Sweet Diva's also carries a full range of wine and champagne, coffee and tea as well as flowers. Particularly enticing is the European sipping chocolate available in a chocolate cup.
Right in the heart of Downtown St. Petersburg, the 600 Block on Central Avenue is the premier place in town to tour local galleries, secondhand stores, restaurants, boutiques and more. What sets the 600 Block apart from any other shopping district is the density and trendiness of the businesses that occupy this coveted real estate. Quarterly events and monthly art walks bring crowds of people to the street to mill around sampling tasty treats from nearby restaurants and enjoying local artists' work at the ample galleries.
Olympia Bakery & Caterers offers gourmet sandwiches, made to order, including Cubans, pork and steak, plus freshly prepared salads and pizzas and fried croquettes and empanadas, This bakery-deli is a tantalizing spot. Olympia Bakery & Caterers has cakes for all occasions and the staff bakers are experts in design and creative artwork.