One-stop shopping is a concept that has practically taken over the retail experience. Want to buy a weed wacker and your groceries in the same place? Walmart has got you covered. What people may not realize, though, is that your favorite coffee shop or restaurant might be using the same tactic. Here are a list of some of the places in Tampa Bay where you can shop and dine at the same time.
DI Coffee Bar
214 E. Davis Blvd. | Davis Islands
DI Coffee Bar is a favorite spot for those who live on the island and Tampa locals alike. You’ll often find many students and professionals camped out with laptops and sipping on lattes. But what you’ll also see is an immaculately decorated space, with many of the pieces marked with price tags. Candles, candle holders, water bottles, local honey and jams, and home decor are only a few of the rotating items for sale.
420 W. Kennedy Blvd. | Hyde Park
Oxford Exchange is commonly thought of as a great brunch place or the go-to spot for a good Instagram, but the shopping opportunities are also abundant. While enjoying a cup of Buddy Brew or as a post-brunch activity, check out Oxford’s book selection or all the eyeglass frames they have to offer in the Warby Parker corner of the store. In the back you’ll also find an array of home goods like candles, plates, and cutlery, as well as a skincare haven provided by Aesop.
1910 N. Ola Ave. | Tampa Heights
The Heights Public Market at Armature Works has a lot to offer: acai bowls, empanadas, ramen and nitro ice cream for your sweet tooth. But along with all the good things to eat, A.W. Mercantile offers some retail therapy at the picturesque location as well, selling local handmade goods like jewelry, cosmetics, succulents and textiles. Next to Inside the Box’s stall, you’ll also find a fresh market with produce, breads, coffee and more. The best part is that each purchase supports a local Tampa entrepreneur!
6500 N. Florida Ave. | Seminole Heights
Urban Bungalow is a Seminole Heights gem and a great place for handpicked, unique gifts from across the country. From furniture to gourmet goods, lifestyle and home essentials, their rich selection suits any taste. The location is also home to Bungalow Coffee, which not only serves top-knotch brew but great pastries, sandwiches, and wraps as well. They’ve also got some outdoor seating to enjoy the beautiful Tampa weather.
Editor’s note, in 2020 Pickford’s Sundries partnered with the original Urban Bungalow to revive the store.
179 2nd Ave. N. | St. Petersburg
Locale Market in St. Petersburg is a fun place regardless of which side of the bay you live on. Located in the Sundial, Locale houses not only a gourmet market but also an Italian-inspired restaurant called FarmTable Cucina. After some wining and dining, take a trip downstairs and check out the house-made breads, freshly made to-gos like salsa and pesto, an extensive cheese collection, and some all natural cosmetics, candles and sunscreen.
Editor’s note, unfortunately the location is now closed.
934 S. Howard Ave.
1901 E. 7th Ave.
Blind Tiger Cafe opened its first location in Ybor City, where it quickly became a popular meeting place for the coffee lovers of the area. The shop also provided a space for owner Roberto Torres to showcase his clothing line, Black and Denim. With the opening of a new shop in Tampa’s SoHo district, Blind Tiger shows, once again, the success of combining retail and restaurant. The SoHo shop features a partnership with Ella Bing, a local bow tie company that specializes in handcrafted bow ties, sunglasses, suspenders and more.
Tebella Tea Co.
227 E. Davis Blvd. | Davis Islands
Tebella started in a small storefront on Davis Islands and now has many locations around the Tampa Bay area. The aforementioned shop not only serves a myriad of different teas, hot and cold, but also offers a small retail section of tea-related products. You might find a charming teapot calling your name or a manatee loose-leaf strainer as a perfect gift for another tea lover.