The Tampa Bay Times traces its origins to the backroom of a pharmacy in 1884, when the bay area was a sleepy backwater. In those days, only 480 people read the four-page journal. But over the course of the next 50 years, cadres of plucky, adventurous businessmen, including W. L. Straub and Paul Poynter, oversaw an unprecedented expansion in the newspaper?s circulation and prestige as they promoted the region?s booming growth in business and population. Paul?s son, Nelson Poynter, took over as editor in 1939, establishing a reputation for journalistic integrity that led admirers to revere him as a patriot and genius and detractors to denounce him as a muckraker, a communist, or a delirious sleepwalker.
Readers of the Tampa Bay Times witness Nelson Poynter?s legacy for sober, detailed analysis in the pages of today?s publication, which has claimed ten Pulitzer Prizes?including one in 2014, and two won in 2009, one of which was awarded to its nationally renowned PolitiFact.com fact-checking operation. In addition to informing subscribers with journalism scaling in scope from local to national, the Times? bureaus extensively cover hyperlocal news with hometown papers for each of the Tampa region?s distinct cities and districts, where reporters publish stories on sports, entertainment, government, and politics.
Lace tablecloths, decorative flowers, and china cabinets filled with ornate teacups and saucers lend A Corner Of England the ambience of a vintage parlor. In these whimsical digs, Danielle Bruning and her mother, Julie Hicks, brew certified organic tea leaves harvested from two century-old gardens in Assam, India. The women pour fragrant brews of black, green, and antioxidant-loaded white tea into teacups, along with concoctions of their own devising that they flavor onsite. Their Green Tea Delight blend, for example, marries the classic potable with chamomile, mint, ginger, and fruit peel.
During the bistro’s signature high tea, guests snack on housemade scones and cakes or savory bites of sausage rolls, quiche, and croissant sandwiches. Parents can stop in with children for a kid-friendly tea experience as tykes dress up in faux-fancy hats and gloves while sipping from cupfuls of a juice-tea blend. Quenched cross-cultural caperers can relive their high-tea hijinks or recreate the boston tea party in the neighbor’s pool with bags of dry tea and teacups, available for purchase.
Revolve Clothing Exchange recognizes the cyclical influence of fashion. To carve out its niche and impede the constant flow of textile waste, the boutique buys, sells, and swaps new and vintage apparel from celebrated brands such as Diesel, American Apparel, and Anthropologie. This has earned it the loyal patronage of local fashion mavens and Creative Loafing Tampa's Best of the Bay Awards for Best Consignment and Best Women's Clothing Boutique in 2012. Its ever-changing arsenal of skirts, hats, shoes, and tops spans all styles and eras, from the floral prints and mini dresses inspired by the 1960s to the 8-foot-tall wigs from the 1760s. Skilled clothing appraisers maintain a curated collection of high-end boots, jeans, jewelry, and dresses, buying strictly from a list of brands and styles that focus on seasonality.
The all-female staff at Milagros, who proudly believe in “long, hot baths” and high-quality ingredients, routinely handcraft half-pound bars of Sister Agnes soap from glycerin, a natural humectant that deftly draws moisture and magnets to the skin. Their selection of soaps evokes innumerable essences, from the intoxicating musk of a wine cellar to the homespun nostalgia of the linen closet. The friendly instructors happily impart their squeaky-clean art to budding soapsmiths, teaching them to create with a variety of shapes, colors, and scents during 90-minute classes.
With more than 30 sweet and savory olive oils and vinegars to choose from, Kalamazoo Olive Company may overwhelm the shrewdest gourmand. That?s why the shop?s expert staff members happily lead customers on tasting tours, pouring small samples from the gleaming fustis that line wooden shelves. Customers can taste oils infused with exotic ingredients such as chipotle peppers or persian limes and lap up sweet, syrupy dessert vinegars. Oil experts are also happy to recommend complementary food pairings from their shop?s selection of Italian pastas, antipasti, and stuffed olives. Once customers have honed in on their ideal oil or vinegar, staff will bottle and seal them onsite to ensure they stay fresh and free of genies.
For the staff at Uniquely Yours Boutique, fashion doesn’t mean exotic runway costumes; instead, they treat clothing as an everyday means of stylish self-expression. With that in mind, they curate a boutique filled with feminine dresses, blouses, handbags, and handmade jewelry as wearable as it is chic. They also welcome visitors to create artful fashion of their own during one of the shop’s painting workshops, which cover the art of painting silk scarves, pillow covers, and portraits depicting customers as a member of the House of Windsor.