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
Tate & Tilly, conveniently located in north Tamp, has a variety of fun and trendy novelty items and assorted gifts to fit most any occasion. From colorful wristlets perfect for carrying important items to university themed wine goblets, there is something fun and unique about shopping at Tate & Tilly. The store also carries handbags, backpacks, lunch totes, travel bags, and monogrammed water bottles in a variety of colorful and fun designs. For your office or den, themed notepads, calendars, scented candles, and even decorative matches are a few of the intriguing items you will find in the store. - Vickie Ferguson
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.
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
When the sun is shining and the surf is up, a visit to the Surf Shack is the place to go for all of the necessary accessories. When choosing the appropriate board for your choice of water activity, Surf Shack carries a fine selection of surfboards, skateboards, paddleboards, and skimboards. Outfit yourself with the latest in beach and water apparel, including wet suits, waterproof watches, swimwear, shorts, flip flops, t-shirts, and sunglasses. The family-owned and operated shop is a local favorite and the team provides a wealth of experience and knowledge to novice and veteran boarders. - Vickie Ferguson
Discover a taste of scrumptious French pastries at the Cafe de Paris. This quaint bakery is popular with local residents and for good reason. Start the morning off with an assorted selection of breakfast pastries that include brioche, apple turnovers, strudel, beignets and French croissants. For a quick bite for lunch, order a full side quiche or individual servings. For desserts as a snack, for an after meal treat or for dinner party, select from a varied menu that includes specialty cookies and cakes or try the bakeries citron tart or coconut flan. Cafe de Paris has an excellent selection of fresh breads, dinner rolls and baguettes. The bakery is available for catering services. - Vickie Ferguson
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
Downtown Dogs located in fashionable Hyde Park Village has everything and more for your pampered pooch. With an assortment of doggie accessories, collars and leads, luxury bedding, snacks, toys, carriers, and apparel, your canine friend will always be trendy, stylish, entertained, well fed, safe and secure. From the boutique's inventory of ultra-comfortable urban loungers and chenille blankets to mega-suave Swarovski crystal necklaces and colorful dog collar neckties, your decked out pooch will make a fashion statement anywhere she goes. -Vickie Ferguson
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.
Find a multitude of local art here at Artpool Gallery. From vintage accessories, handmade jewelry, vinyl records, books, clothes and more, this shop has some funky and neat finds. Aside from the retail goods, Artpool Gallery also offers a cafe with delicious local eats with sandwiches, wraps, salads and local craft brews and gourmet coffee.
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.