Carvel's ice-cream shops sling creamy and crunchy treats spanning the sweet-spectrum from hand-dipped ice cream cones to ice-cream cakes made fresh daily. Customize an ice-cream cake based on serving size, flavor, and decoration, or pick up a fully festooned cake ($11.99+) trimmed by one of Carvel's seasoned treat artisans. Each hand-dipped ice-cream cup ($2.59–$4.29) or frosty shake ($3.99–$4.99) can be personalized with any combination of 12 different Flavor Shotz, which can be used to garnish special snacks or to leave a traceable trail of treats when wandering in witch-infested woods. Taste buds can also ascend classic hot-fudge sundaes ($3.99–$4.99), winding past chocolate-syrup flows and whipped-cream glaciers en route to the cherry summit. Click here to learn more about Carvel's creations, including their nutritional information and how many angels can fit on a scoop of ice cream.
Founded by a husband-and-wife duo, Qachbal's Chocolatier draws on family recipes to whip up cupcakes, fudge, coffee, and sweet confections fresh on-site daily. Vanilla-bean cupcakes wear a crown of vanilla buttercream icing adorned with white-chocolate embellishments, which create an alabaster dessert more appetizing than a picket fence covered in whipped cream. Each bite of a chocolate-truffle cupcake unveils rivers of its eponymous filling, protected from a downpour of sprinkles by an umbrella of rich, dark ganache. Atop every sweet treat's summit, a rich chocolate slice pokes out from a delicate dollop of buttercream icing. All orders must be made two days prior to pickup, and customers can have their cakes custom decorated for birthdays, holidays, or daylight-savings transition days upon request. Qachbal's Chocolatier delivers to the downtown Tampa area and Tampa General Hospital for an additional charge.
The staff at Soho Tan Spa knows there’s no single correct path to getting a glowing tan. To accommodate clients of all skin types and sensibilities, they offer tanning treatments ranging from the classic UV beds to airbrush treatments by trained technicians or the automated jets of a VersaSpa booth. Their three-pronged approach lets clients choose the level of privacy and method best suited to their skin. The VersaSpa spray tanning booths offer three tanning MyMyst shades to accommodate clients who just want a splash of color or those who want to look like they've spent weeks in a close orbit around the sun. Four brands of beds let clients emphasize facial tanning or faster tan times, while spa facials performed in the tanning salon help refresh newly tanned skin.
A sanctuary of sweet treats, City Street Sweets packs a jellybean jar's worth of retro candies, decadent truffles, creamy fudge, chewy caramel apples, and more inside its fern-colored walls. Steal your valentine's four-chambered muscular organ with an Uptown Classic truffle eight-piece gift box ($11.95), teeming with gourmet truffles in flavors such as dark-chocolate raspberry, milk-chocolate caramel, and dark-chocolate champagne. Unbirthdays are best celebrated with a Birthday Cake fudge ($8.25 for 8 oz., $16 for 16 oz.), a vanilla-fudge box loaded with mini marshmallows, rainbow sprinkles, and expired birthday wishes. Sink your canines into a caramel-apple pie CraZapple ($11.95), cloaked in fresh-roasted pecans, white chocolate, and cinnamon sugar, or delve deeper into the den of decadence with an old-fashioned strawberry soda-pop float ($4.79), a Sprite sea awash with Titanic-sinking strawberry icecaps. The candy college at City Street Sweets keeps wandering minds occupied with an arsenal of chocolate-drenched course offerings. Channel your inner Einstein at the Chocolate Bar Inventor class ($11.95), in which students are paired with PhD-toting Oompa-Loompas to create an original candy bar bundled up in a wrapper of their own design. The Candy Jewelry Designer course ($16.95) transforms budding fashionistas into haute-couture bling designers with tricks to turn last year's Lifesavers into this year's must-have accessory.
Every Sunday at Blues Ship Cafe, dance instructors teach a Latin swing class in preparation for a night of unfettered rug cutting. The rest of the week, the stage is cleared for open-mic poetry slams and live blues and jazz musicians. With live acts such as these, a polished-wood dance floor, and a full bar, the café proves to be a prime locale for late-night revelry. Chefs fuel the merriment with a menu of classic southern dishes, including slow-smoked pork ribs smothered in Blues Ship's own barbecue sauce, fried fish, and sautéed Cajun shrimp. Meals unfold throughout the dimly lit dining room at tables or plush chairs, or outdoors, where diners can taunt the sun with their ability to taste and consume food.