Hey Tampa friends! Our team is super excited to announce the beginning of an exciting series known as the “Local Love List”. After all, the city of Tampa Bay has a lot to offer, including a growing food/live music scene, a killer lineup of breweries, backyard manatees, and so many other family-friendly beach activities! With all that being said, each month our team will highlight 10 local businesses that we love to support! From restaurants to markets to bars, UNATION aims to spotlight the homegrown businesses that make our city so great.
If you spot our picks around town, give them a shout-out and let them know @StuffToDoInTampaBay sent you!
You can never go wrong with chocolate, right? The Cake Drip is a MUST that we needed to feature. It is the sweetest spot and talk of the town located in Hyde Park Village. This DIY dessert boutique offers unique in-studio experiences, as well as a self-serve kiosk if you want to take your tasty creations to go. Not only does everything taste delicious, but the décor is perfect for anyone wanting to up their Instagram game. With a flower wall and ball-pit bathtub that make great backdrops for photos, you’ll be sure to thank us later.
Meet Tampa’s first mobile plant shop! Part walk-in plant shop and mobile greenhouse. The owner at Plante La Vie welcomes all, from beginners to experts, to come and find a plant that speaks to your individual personalities. They always love meeting new people and helping educate on how to properly care for your plant baby. Make sure to say hello and check out their website for Flora’s upcoming market events!
Flora’s Upcoming Market Events:
Thursday, May 6th: Aurora Downtown Tampa Pop-Up- 5pm-8pm
124 S Morgan St, Tampa, FL 33602
Sunday, May 9th: Armature Works Sunday Market (Mother’s Day)- 12pm-4pm
1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa, FL, 33602
Saturday, May 15th: Bar Method- Tampa Pop Up- 9am-11:30am
4102 W Boy Scout Blvd #1, Tampa, FL 33607
Sunday, May 16th: Cali- (St Pete) Pop Up- 10:30am-1:30pm
190 37th Ave N, St. Petersburg, FL 33704
The Poké Company, a Florida-born franchise, opened has a shop perfect in proximity to many Tampa locals at 1208 E Kennedy Blvd., Suite 116 in Tampa. Riding the trending poké wave, The Poké Company offers poké burritos, as well as bowls. You slide in, pick a base followed by a protein, mix-ins, sauces and toppings. By the way, proteins accommodate every dietary preference including vegans.
Need more than a bowl to fill you up? You can also snag seaweed salad, krab salad or Key Lime pie ice cream. We recommend leaving room to try their delicious boba. Trust us, it’s a must.
Whether hot or iced, caffeinated or decaf, black or sugary sweet, coffee is a deliciously versatile pick-me-up! Luckily, the Tampa area is filled with many shops that are bound to be your new go-to spot. One of our regular favorites is Spaddy’s Coffee Co. This spot offers a variety of specialty coffee offerings, as well as tea, cookies, Cuban bread, and light bites. A great aspect of Spaddy’s is their Courtyard-the perfect spot to enjoy your Spaddy’s coffee as you relax, get work done and maybe get some work done or simply converse with a friend. Make sure to check them out as this will become one of your favorite coffee shops in the Tampa area.
📍 5206 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33603
📍 6102 S MacDill Ave, Tampa, FL 33611
DRIP is a creative art studio in the heart of Ybor City, where art, fashion, and vibes come together as one. At the shop, you can paint pre-made ceramics, throw some clay on the wheel, attend a sculpting class, print custom t-shirts, and even catch an open mic night. The owners of the shop give you enough direction to accomplish what you want, and let you learn the rest on your own. With the team’s help, I’ve gone from an absolute beginner on the pottery wheel, to making pieces I’m really proud of. DRIP is the perfect place to let go and help inspire your inner creativity. Whether you’re just looking to do something with the kids or an artist in need of a laid-back studio, Drip is the place for you.
When our team first heard about OnBikes, we immediately fell in love with the company and its mission. We believe that everything we do should be about bettering this world and bringing the community together and that is exactly what OnBikes strives for.
OnBikes is a non-profit organization on a mission to bring bicycles to foster kids in the local communities. They strive to build healthy, sustainable communities one bike at a time. For the child who isn’t expecting a gift under the tree or who wants to explore with friends. OnBikes is dedicated to providing a new bike to each and every one. Because a bike is more than just a bike. A bike means possibility. Because on bikes, kids go places. There are different ways for everyone to get involved with more information below!
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Our team is always on the lookout for a new picturesque picnic spot, and with the help of The Perfect Picnic Co. do we have the place for you.
The Perfect Picnic Co is great for date nights, anniversaries, proposals, or a simple treat yourself girl’s night. The Perfect Picnic Co. is Tampa Bay’s premier picnic planning company that takes pride in the detail! This service lasts for 2 hours, and the great part is that they handle all of the setup and cleanup. All you have to worry about is having a one-of-a-kind, amazing experience. Just imagine plush seating, charcuterie, wine or bubbly, and more!
Known as the best New York pizza in Tampa Bay! Many returning customers rave that this joint is the best small chain restaurant in the Tampa Bay Area and it is affordable. They offer all the classics from Margherita to Florentine to chicken ranch and broccoli Bianca. Find the nearest location near you and fall in love with why people rave about “classic New York pizza”.
Let’s talk about Sonder Social Club. We can’t say enough good things about the place. The decor is amazing, the location is perfect, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable, food is top-notch, and cocktails. The bathrooms alone are worth a trip. Disguised as a bookcase, the burnt sienna shelves are lined with weathered volumes of the classics and other knickknacks. Give that shelf a little nudge and you’re on your way to the restroom. That’s just one of many intriguing design gems at Dunedin’s new cocktail lounge!
Sonder Social Club is primarily a cocktail bar, but the dishes are worthy of attention, too, a small but strong selection of snacks and shared plates that raise the bar on the usual watering hole staples. The perfect spot for anyone looking for a great place to relax and grab a drink.
The 3–day Vintage Roost Market is the perfect place to find unique items that no one in your friend group is bound to have. This market is held on the 2nd & 4th weekend of each month, located at 2326 E 7th Ave, the heart of historic Ybor City. With awesome vendors offering their own unique distinctive vintage flair, the 5,000 square feet of Vintage Roost in Ybor City is filled with fabulous pieces for you to discover.
This is the perfect event in Tampa this weekend if you are itching to get out of the house.
May Local Love List
Know a Tampa Bay original that should be included in an upcoming edition of our Love List or think you have what it takes? Contact UNATION below and let us know as we would LOVE to feature a fan favorite business!