For more than 20 years, the professional photographers at Charlie's Angels Photography have worked to capture images that not only preserve memories but also incorporate artistic touches. Their digital galleries boast shots from larger occasions such as weddings and runway shows to private events such as boudoir and portrait sessions. Their staff also includes professional makeup artists, who can prep subjects for shoots or gussy up complexions before weddings or high-school-graduation re-enactments.
Premier Parking Ventures solves commuters’ daily existential crises by carving out secure parking lots on six downtown Tampa corners. Strategically placed concrete pedestals glaze over highly trafficked avenues with affable attendants and reliable security. Drivers with a mallet to drop at the Florida State Circuit Courthouse can roll into the 1012 East Madison Avenue auto nursery ($66.20) and rest their vehicles next to safely snoring auto-tots. The 401 South Florida Avenue ($66.20) parking palace safely eases guests of the catty-cornered Tampa Convention Center into slots where their wheels may rest under the sun, heating leather seats and leftover food scraps alike.
At Color Me Mine, experts in clay decoration put paintbrushes and pottery in the mitts of customers old and young, guiding them through the process of creation. Pairs of painters peruse the studio's more than 400 ceramics including plates, bowls, and figurines resembling animals or Vincent van Gogh's easel. Each budding Pollock then selects one item and slathers an unlimited supply of paint on their chosen pieces, flexing creative muscles with provided materials and various painting techniques, such as stamping, sponging, and splattering. When each work of art is completed, staff members glaze and fire the masterpieces, and customers can pick up their creations five to seven days later. Music and natural-wood furniture foster a relaxing environment in Color Me Mine's studio, which is peppered with finished pieces created by past customers and sentient pottery wheels.
Stocked with cute collectibles, hand-made home furnishings, and fashionable accessories, Gifts by Maria is a treasure trove of keepsakes and mementos. Under the sparkling light of a crystal chandelier, customers can find bath and body products, decorative figurines, and treat-packed gift baskets in Big Bad Wolf–proof packaging. Seasonal offerings include stocking stuffers, unstuffed stockings, and spooky Halloween-themed party favors.
Packaged by the ounce, The Spice & Tea Exchange hand-mixes spices from around the world to create their unique blends and rubs. Banish blandness from any meal with a wide variety of spices (starting at $0.99 per ounce), more than 60 custom blends and rubs (starting at $4.89 per ounce), and a ton of salts, peppers, and chili powders (starting at $0.49 per ounce). Office workers can wean themselves off the teats of the break room's coffee-cow with dozens of loose-leaf teas ($4.89 per ounce) sweetened with more than 12 flavor-infused sugars ($4.89 per ounce), including blueberry sugar, spicy habanero sugar, and espresso sugar. The Spice & Tea Exchange's huge variety of flavors make it easy to fulfill long-held cooking fantasies, be it a robust hickory-flavored manticore or topping a freshly grilled cheeseburger with unicorn-radish.
Four Corners Custom Framing owner Chad McCluskey once elevated mall art to high art at a Deck the Walls frame shop, where he would preserve $6,000 art pieces alongside Scarface posters at Christmas. Now that he owns his own framing shop, Chad loves to display his clients' finished pieces in his sprawling front windows just so he can revel in the looks on their faces when they come to pick it up. Chad takes equal pleasure in the sheer variety of things he gets to frame, which has encompassed everything from poisonous blow darts to a lone turkey gobbler from a father-daughter hunting expedition.