Authentic Team Merchandise helps Tampa-area sports enthusiasts reach their full potential of fandom with an extensive selection of licensed Bucs, Bulls, Rays, and Lightning products. Inside a pair of apparel-packed stores, jerseys sway from racks, hats hang from hooks, and collectibles coax the praise of passersby. Pet accessories and home accents ensure that every nook of daily living is doused in the colors of hometown teams. As customers graze the all-star lineup of gear, friendly staff members are available to answer questions and help match possible purchases to the colors of the area’s newest expansion team, the Tampa Bay Tetris Turtles.
Each Eye Doctor?s Optical Outlets location is doctor-owned, uniting the staff with a common vision to sharpen sight and boost eye health. Eye examinations reveal prescriptions and uncover any other ocular problems. After patients choose a new set of lenses, the in-house technicians get to work crafting them in the shop?s own lab rather than sending them off to be made during a summer camp?s arts and crafts day. Sundry designer frames border eyes in looks from Giorgio Armani and Marc Jacobs to Nike and Harley Davidson, and there is usually a trio of technicians in the shop, enabling multiple clients to summon help with a single pigeon call.
The seasoned brewers at Southern Brewing & Winemaking impart the secrets of crafting artisan ales at home during friendly, intimate beer-making classes. Up to 15 students savor sample brews and light snacks as hops-loving experts explain basic equipment and recipes and discuss the bottling and tasting of home-brewed beverages, demystify the brewing process. Instructors fill the lesson plan with their passion for brewing and encourage students to ask questions or stage modern-dance interpretations of “99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall.” The class covers enlightening topics open to students of all ages, but only participants 21 or older can drink alcohol.
Thousands of miles separate India from Florida, but the fashion world can be far more accessible and affordable than the real one. For a case in point, look no further than Gro Styles, a chic Indian boutique with locations in Orlando, Tampa, and Fort Lauderdale. Rack after rack of colorful saris?many covered in sequins or embroidery?line the walls at each store, as do sparkling necklaces. Pair these accessories with a flattering skirt or tunic.
Since 1988, the instructors at Scuba Haven have equipped underwater explorers with essential knowledge and certification to brave the aquatic frontier. Their certification classes grant access to equipment rentals and exclusive admittance to starfish speakeasies at the bottom of the sea. They lead classroom and hands-on sessions in local pools and open water, allowing students to execute learned techniques in safe and practical environments. Scuba Haven carries essential tools for students, including air tanks, regulators, and wetsuits. Divers are required to supply their own personal gear, including masks, snorkels, weights, belts, and jet-powered fins, with a student discount is available.
Eduardo Torres’s interest for capoeira began in his teens, but it wasn't until he traveled from Northern California to Florida that he discovered his passion for teaching the Afro-Brazilian sport. After extensive training, Eduardo earned the title of Professor Girino and became a member of Grupo Maculelê. Tucking that experience into his back pocket, Eduardo now leads four Tampa Capoeira studios across the Greater Tampa Bay Area.
At those studios, Professor Girino and his savvy staff teach the ways of capoeira to students of all ages and skill levels, and they have even trained Major League Baseball catcher Russell Martin. During classes, students form a traditional roda, or circle, as they learn everything from the rhythmic chants that keep fighters on beat to the fluid, acrobatic movements that send their bodies spinning across a mat. Professor Girino also points out that capoeira is not about fighting but rather anticipating the opponent's next move, much like playing chess against a short-tempered orangutan.