Duckweed Urban Market is the newest shopping addition to downtown Tampa. The curiously-named emporium recently expanded from their tiny digs across the street to a new 4,000-square-foot spot. This is great news for visitors and residents alike, as it is now possible to pick up a few necessities or grab the makings for a quick dinner without leaving downtown. From fresh produce to fresh art, Duckweed has something for everyone — Photo courtesy of Skye Rodgers
This is not your soda and cigarettes convenience store, though; this is a gourmet market focusing on healthy, local and fresh products such as bread, meats and produce. There is also a good selection of delicious specialty products, such as honey, cheese, chocolate, olive oils and gluten-free products.
Another big draw for visitors to Duckweed is the display of local artwork. Friendly and enthusiastic owner Michelle Deatherage is currently scouring the city looking for up-and-coming local artists who are looking for a place to sell their wares.
Deatherage also promises that the new Duckweed is going to be much more than a quick stop on the way. With the addition of a deli counter that serves fresh, organic and vegan dishes, and a standout wine and craft beer selection that can be consumed onsite (pending end of September 2013), the market will become a hang out and community gathering spot, she hopes. Helping achieve this goal are the new seating areas that invite customers to linger at tables outside, by the deli counter and in a funky loft area overlooking the store. Deatherage is even planning a space for a band.
One thing’s for sure: this isn’t your mother’s grocery store.