In the last decade or so, the shopping malls and big box stores in Tampa just seem to be getting bigger and bigger. Today, the city features all the big retail names from Neiman Marcus to Ikea, but there are still lots of eclectic and unique independent retailers that offer visitors value and variety. This 10 Best list spotlights just a small sample of these proud small businesses that showcase Tampa's creative spirit and offer some of the best shopping in the city.
Many of the shops on this list are not just retail outlets, they are destinations in themselves hosting special events, classes, and/or a cafe space. One of the newest of these shops is the Blind Tiger Cafe. This unique retail space features a deluxe coffee bar with snacks AND the locally designed and US manufactured clothing line from Black & Denim.
Another unique option is Inkwood Books, the leading independent bookseller in town where famous authors consistently stop by to read from their new works and autograph copies. They also have a wonderful selection of Floridiana for visitors looking to achieve a more in-depth understanding of the culture and history of the Sunshine State. Check their website for upcoming events.