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Keep It Local Tampa Bay

n any economy it always helps to Keep It Local, meaning support our small, local business owners. Here is a look at just 5 local alternatives to some big chain brands

If you like Starbucks…

How about checking out Buttermilk Provisions in Wesley Chapel. The decor is minimal and comfy, with a chalkboard wall featuring some funny memes and the coffee choices, and high top tables, with a comfy couch if you’re lucky enough to snag it! Not only are the coffee prices easier on the wallet, but they offer a range of donuts made on the premises that include vegan and gluten free options. I can tell you first hand the quiche is to die for!

If you like iHOP…

Try South Tampa’s Oxford Exchange. The breakfast and brunch options aren’t as extensive as iHOP but what they lack in quantity they make up for in taste. The restaurant is very popular so reservations are highly recommended. The staff are attentive and knowledgable about the menu and the decor has a English Bookstore feel to it, with an indoor courtyard set around the water fountain. The restaurant also features a store where you can buy the coffee and tea blends that you enjoy as well as books and gift options made locally.

if you like Barnes & Noble…

Take a look at Inkwood Books in South Tampa. The store offers book clubs for adults and children alike, themed events and local author meet and greets. The store is cozy and the staff friendly but the selection is everything you’d hope for in a good book store. This is a great place to get recommendations for new authors and to enjoy some downtime browsing the books and book-themed gifts they have. I personally love the atmosphere here, it feels more personable than the big stores and they have their finger on the pulse with local news and events.

If you like Papyrus…

Paper Seahorse on South Howard Avenue in Tampa is an “Artisanal Paperie and Makerie” specializing in all things writing and handmade. They make letterpress, stainer, custom and handmade invitations and paper craft in small batches, giving that unique feel. They even offer classes that will inspire and challenge all papyrophiles and graphophiles alike. In addition to classes, they also sell and rent hard to find typewriters for photoshoots and parties and host Tampa Type, a growing group of people who prefer the analogue to the digital and feature workshops that include zine making and typewriter art.

If you like Bass Pro…

Bill Jackson’s Shop for Adventure is one place you can’t miss! Located in St Pete this store has everything you need for your next adventure, whether it’s on land or water. They have anything an outdoor enthusiast could wish for and offers evening classes in gun safety, fishing techniques dive classes and paddle board classes. They have a full calendar of events and even host club meetings.

If you are thinking about moving to the Tampa Bay area, or are looking for information on the local real estate market email us now or call 813-530-5525

Nicci Tomlin-Baker

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