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June Local Love List: 11 Must-Visit Businesses in Tampa Bay

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Summer is right around the corner, and we bet you’re looking for some new ways to fuel up, cool off, and hang out! So start the summer off right with these must-visit spots in and around Tampa Bay.

Check out this collection of 11 awesome local businesses in Tampa Bay where you can get great drinks, locally made products, and staycation-worthy experiences.

Are you in desperate need of a spa day? Head to one of Caribbean Mystique’s two locations for invigorating massages, facials, body treatments, and many other relaxing services.

Choose from one of their eight massages, spend a few minutes sweating it out in the sauna, or dive your feet into exfoliation heaven. Plus, you can opt for one of their amazing spa packages, complete with wine and snacks for much-needed R&R.

Tampa Location
Sunday–Monday | 10AM–6PM
Tuesday–Saturday | 9AM–8PM
📍8909 Regents Park Dr. Suite 415, Tampa, FL 33647

Brandon Location
Mon – Sat | 9 am – 9 pm
Sun | 10 am – 7 pm
📍873 E Bloomingdale Dr, Brandon, FL 33579

If you’re looking for the perfect date with your boo or a unique gathering for friends and family, Picnic by the Bay offers Bohemian-inspired pop-up picnic experiences on the beach.

Dine in beachside luxury with fluffy pillows, cozy blankets, elegant table settings, twinkling lights or candles, and even a personalized chalkboard sign. And for the menu, get cheese and fruit boards, sandwiches, and classic picnic baskets with fare to rival restaurants in Tampa Bay.

Kick-off the summer with Picnic by the Bay to plan a summery date night or beach day with close friends.

Email: info@picnicbythebay.com
Phone: 818-452-6745

Be bold and try one of the newest restaurants in Tampa Bay! Located in Brandon, Bolay specializes in creating “bols” of yummy ingredients that are equally nutritious.

Start with a foundation of rice, spinach, kale, or noodles and top it with seasonal veggies and protein like chicken, tofu, pork, or shrimp. Finish it off with fresh herbs, cheese, avocado, and flavorful sauces.

This spot has many options for vegetarians, vegans, and others with diet restrictions or preferences. The best part: you can keep coming back and try something totally new each time.

Monday–Saturday | 11AM–9PM
Sunday | 11AM–8:30PM

📍1544 W. Brandon Blvd Unit 102, Brandon, FL, 33510

Visit J.C. Newman Cigar Co., the last remaining cigar factory in the area! You can bask in the smell of cigars and watch how they’re made when you go on a tour of the factory called “El Reloj.” Then, learn the history of Tampa’s “Cigar City” at the location’s museum and take home some stogies from their on-site shop.

This local business is a perfect outing for history buffs, cigar-lovers, and staycationers looking to switch it up a bit! Book your visit ahead of time to secure a spot during their Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday tour times.

Monday–Friday | 9AM–5:30PM

📍2701 16th St, Tampa, FL 33605

Getting bored with your current workout routine? Spice it up this summer with a visit to Barre 3 in Wesley Chapel.

This fitness studio offers classes that combine muscle toning, bursts of cardio, and tension-releasing stretching. You’ll try different weights, resistance bands, sliders, and other cool equipment to really put your body to the test. Finish each class with guided mindfulness to reflect and recover.

Head over to Barre 3 for a great sweat and even your first class FREE!

Monday | 7AM–9:45AM
Tuesday–Thursday | 5:15AM–8PM
Friday | 5:15AM– 10AM
Saturday–Sunday | 7:30AM–10AM

📍1940 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

Tampa Bay has so many ways for you to get involved and give back to the community, and OnBikes is one of the most unique organizations to partner with.

This nonprofit hosts bike rides and other fundraising events to purchase bicycles for foster kids and teens in the Tampa Bay area. Sign up to help build new bikes as a volunteer, or attend a community ride and fundraising event.

Just recently, they held Bikestock, a Woodstock-inspired event complete with a group ride, open bar, live entertainment, and amazing local food.

Address: P.O. Box 2985, Tampa, FL 33601
Email: info@onbikes.org

📷 Nirie Collection

Refresh your summer wardrobe with styles from one of the newest local businesses in Tampa Bay, Nirie Collection! This online shop was founded in summer 2020 by three sisters from Tampa who all have a passion for fashion and unique styles.

Shop their tailored collection of stunning tops, comfy bottoms, classic dresses, swimsuits, and fabulous accessories like jewelry, hats, and bags. And keep an eye out for their pop-up shops around Tampa Bay.

After just one order, you’ll be back as a Nirie Bestie for life!

Welcome to Deli.icious, your new favorite combo bar and restaurant that “puts the deli in delicious!”

Stop by for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or dinner and indulge in an array of sandwiches made with Boar’s Head meats and cheeses, salads, and, of course, boozy beverages. Choose from the brunch signature, mimosas, local beers, and delicious wines.

And you can order online or have Deli.icious cater your next summer event!

Tuesday–Sunday | 8AM–7PM

📍Westchase Town Center at 9648 W Linebaugh Ave, Westchase, FL 33626

The Blind Goat prides itself on being the hangout for brunchies, young professionals, and night owls. So head over to this Tampa bar for local craft beers, signature cocktails, and delicious appetizers, pizza, and wings.

They have happy hour every weekday from 3PM–7PM, specials each day, and bottomless brunch cocktails every weekend from 11AM–3PM.

This hotspot is sure to be your new favorite hangout this summer!

Monday–Thursday | 3PM–12AM
Friday–Saturday | 11:30AM–3AM
Sunday | 11:30AM–12AM

📍4106 Henderson Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629

If you’re looking to really chill out this summer, look no further than Dunedin Hemp Co. Whether you’re looking to have an R&R spa day at home, sleep better, or help your anxious pet, you can get so many different CBD and hemp products for you, friends, or even family.

Get CBD-infused coffee to brew at home or some oils to make your bath truly relaxing. Plus, you can snag some fun swag to show off your Dunedin pride. Shop in-store and get expert advice from the friendly faces behind the counter, or visit their online store to browse from the comfort of home.

Monday–Friday | 8AM–8PM
Saturday–Sunday | 12PM–5PM

📍1301 Bayshore Blvd, #1/2, Dunedin, FL 34698

Kick Off Summer in Tampa Bay

So there you have it, these are our top picks for the best bars, restaurants, events, and local shops in the Tampa Bay area. Do you have an amazing spot we need to check out? Contact UNATION below and let us know!

Hannah Sylvester

Hannah Sylvester

Hannah is a writer, podcaster, and wine-lover based in Tampa, Florida. As a native of Northeast Ohio and a former Bostonian, she's always searching the Bay area for the sunniest beaches, the best Cuban sandwiches, and, of course, the yummiest wines.