Tampa Bay Vintage Markets

As many of you know, Ryan and I love to go on vintage hunts for unique items for our house. It has become a fun and exciting weekend adventure. Here are some of the places we have been scoping out lately for our place. (Photo Credit: NHIE Tampa Bay)

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Located in Seminole Heights, this spot is new to the area. It is right next door to Rooster and the Till, so if you are looking for a unique stop for a mixture of old and new items for your home, look no further! We found a bunch of really fun items for the home and ended up settling on the blue couch below for our living room. David provides AWESOME customer service and was really helpful in pointing us in the right direction. They also do custom upholstery, slip covering, draperies and more. Check them out and then head next door for a bite to eat at Rooster and the Till. It’s a great combo for a weekend afternoon trip!

 

Schiller Salvage

If you have been following us for a while, you know how much we LOVE Charlie and Larry Schiller, owners of Schiller Salvage. Their space is a gathering of antique and vintage items that they can reinvent and repurpose into something totally new. If you are looking for reclaimed wood, slabs of granite from the old courthouse downtown (now home to Le Meridien), or even some funky letters from an old store front, you can find all you need here. The advice and creative styling they provide will be just what you need to make that project a reality in your home. Not to mention, the slideshow below shows some great artistic elements Charlie curated and created for the Coppertail Brewery Grand Opening in Ybor City.

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Vintage Post Marketplace

Also new to Seminole Heights, Vintage Post Marketplace boasts a variety of vendors looking to share their funky styles with customers. As you walk through the space, you are taken through many different decor styles and may even see a live demo being completed. When we stopped in during the grand opening, we watched a team sanding and repainting a dressed using chalk paint. It was very cool! Additionally, the back of the store includes a consignment shop for home furnishings, so if you aren’t in the market for a new item just yet, but are looking to take a few items off of your hands, this may be just what you are looking for.

Tampa Bay Salvage

Although it is quite a hike for us from South Tampa, I enjoyed the peaceful drive to Tampa Bay Salvage. It is located in Tarpon Springs right near the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks, so I would suggest taking the ride out and making a lunch date out of it. You can search around the property, run by Joshua White and his wife, for all things salvage. What sets this stop apart from the others is that they also have upcycled items they have created on site that are one of a kind like wooden top tables and funky lighting fixtures (as shown below).

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Zazzoo’d

Zazzoo’d is a really great design and decor store located in the heart of Downtown St. Pete. Featuring tons of creative items made in house, they carry both large and small items. When we visited a few months back, we found a set of books ends shaped like a mermaid’s body. It was repainted in a coral color and when we found a men’s bathroom symbol, we asked if they could paint it to match. They were all about it and within an hour, we were back to pickup our two unique purchases. They have tons of inventory that can be custom painted or refinished and moves quickly through the store. So, if you ever see something that catches your eye, you better move FAST!

 

Summer House MarketplaceOh Whatever Decor

These spots are located on S. Manhattan where you can find a slew of great vintage shops. Ranging from indoor and outdoor furniture, to art and custom pieces, they have it all for your home decor needs. What’s the best part? Well, every time we go in, we find a variety of great, vintage finds. So head on over to see all of the great products available this week.

 

Dang Chics

This spot is a bit off the beaten path. One day, on a drive down Adam Dr. towards Brandon, I caught this shop from across the way. When I went inside of this low key spot, I was surprised at the amount of cool things they had. I think the metal table with blue stand was probably my favorite. You should definitely check them out if you head in that direction.

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Hoping you find what you’re looking for,

Nicholas

Great Escape Room Tampa

So, a few weeks ago, we decided to locked ourselves in a room with some of our blogger friends. No, we were not at rehab for social media crazies! We were checking out the opening of The Great Escape Room Tampa. With its newest location in Downtown Tampa, this place is QUITE the unique and exciting experience to say the least.

 

We arrived around 7:45pm to get our paperwork signed and meet all of our fellow sleuths before our 8pm start as suggested by the awesome staff. Getting to the space itself was a bit of a hunt at first, but once we found the address (behind Crumb & Cork), we made our way upstairs to get started. We signed a little waiver and split into teams for the big competition.

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Now, as many of you know, Allison, Ryan and I are VERY competitive, so this is about the moment when the trash talking began. There are two rooms currently available to search (both are practically replicas of each other) except one can hold a few more people than the other. Our group was about 16 people, so we split down the middle and then had to decide our group names. Ryan and I stuck with some of our peeps and we called ourselves the #SherlockSuperSleuths and Allison’s team of sleuths were deemed the #WatsonWannabees.

Once the trash talking ended, we were escorted into our rooms, known as “The Library”, and given the directions. This obviously built the anticipation that we ALL were feeling. So much so, that SOME people in our room, not mentioning any names, were trying to start looking for clues before our staff member, Anitra, was able to go over all of the directions. Luckily, we eventually got started and were on our way to not only beating the 60 minute timer we had to get out of the room, but to ALSO crush our opponents in the other Library.

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We devised a plan, organized objects and clues as we found them and worked collectively as a team to solve the different puzzles within the room. Some clues and puzzles were easy to find, while others took almost the full 44minutes to figure out. And although it was a timed race and we wanted to beat the clock, we were all having a blast as we worked through the different puzzles.

Not to give away TOO much information about what happens inside the room, you have to really get “creative” when thinking about what could be considered a clue. Also, many objects in the room are used as part of a clue, but there may be a message included that needs decoding or a math equation that needs solving. All in all, we made it out of our room in 44 minutes and change, a new record at the Tampa location! Allison’s team followed right behind us at 48 minutes, all smiles and laughing.

We reconvened in the parlor room where our journey began, had some cookies and water, took some pictures with some GREAT sleuth gear and called it a night at The Great Escape Room Tampa!

Happy Hunting

-Nicholas

Exercise the Demons


We all know that one of the hardest things to do after a long day of work or day drinking, is to have the motivation to get our bodies back in check by doing some exercise. The only thing holding you back is YOU because we have done the hard part for you and provided you with some local, FREE workout events that are offered throughout the month which means you can save that gym membership fee for doing what we love (exploring #everythinglocal).

Sunday:

Sunday mornings never felt so good than after trying a free yoga class at Lulu Lemon Athletica in Hyde park Village. Usually at 9am or 10am right in the store, this is a smaller event (due to location), but it’s definitely relaxing and a great way to begin your Sunday Funday. If you hit it on the right week, you may even be able to walk out right into the Hyde Park Sunday Market!

In addition, check out their latest event Bootcamp and Brews coming on Saturday, March 21st (see below).

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If Sunday Funday hasn’t knocked you on your booty, you do not have to be a pro to try Yoga in The Park (Curtis Hixon Downtown Tampa). Just come prepared with a mat, water bottle and towel. We attended a few weeks ago and as you can see, it was PACKED!! All Levels and ages are welcome.

NHIE Tampa Bay Free Exercise

Monday:

If you are close to Harbour Island or just looking to change up your routine, then stop in to Brew Camp hosted on Monday’s at 6:30 at Cafe Dufrain! And if that’s not enough, a free beer should seal the deal!

NHIE Tampa Bay Cafe Dufrain Brew Camp

 

Curtis Hixon Park Downtown also is host to a complimentary group exercise class on Mondays. If you head downtown from 6:00-6:45pm on Monday Nights, you can check out a Pound the Park class for free! Pound Fit Rockout Workout is a high energy, full body, group exercise class. This free community activity is sponsored by the Tampa Downtown Partnership.

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Tuesday:

Zumba In The Park at Curtis Hixon Park in Downtown Tampa on Tuesday Evenings at 6pm! This free group exercise class is presented in collaboration by the Tampa Downtown Partnership & Downtown Tampa YMCA.

Four Green Fields Running Club is another weekly running crew that meets between 5:30-5:45pm to sign in and then hits the ground running promptly at 6pm. Come by every Tuesday and enjoy a 5K with friends, followed by a pint of your favorite brew from Four Green Fields! Note: There is a one-time $5 fee to join the running club. Here is a map of the running route:

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Wednesday:

If you loved the Monday night on Harbour Island, you might as well get some sweatin’ done at Cry Baby Cafe  at 6:30am which also provides participants a free coffee after completing your bootcamp workout.

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Another Wednesday option would be Bamboozle Fit Club  in Curtis Hixon Park downtown. This collaboration between Bamboozle Cafe and Sweatshop Urban Gym and Fitness Studio. Class starts at 6:00 pm every Wednesday night, but participants should meet at Bamboozle Café prior to class to sign-in or fill-out/turn-in waivers. What makes this different? Well, participants receive 20% off their tab that evening for dinner. So, you can order before class starts and have your dinner ready to go when you complete your workout!

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Saturday:

If you are a yoga fan, then you should probably check out Saturday Yoga in Ybor . Hosted every weekend at 9:30am at the Ybor City Museum garden, this class donates any proceeds to the Ybor City Museum Society. It’s actually three fold, you get a great workout, you can donate to a great local cause AND you can hit up the Ybor City Saturday Market afterwards.

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Our new favorite healthy spot, Fresh Kitchen, is offering Paleo Bootcamp and yoga classes in Bern’s Park outside of their location on weekends. Led by coaches from Result Cult, the most recent bootcamp was a great success. Some of our FK friends were recently there for the first class and said it was a great way to detoxify after a rough night partying in SoHo. So be sure to check out Facebook for the next event! #sweatoutthedemons #giveaFK

If you are an avid runner and want to find others like you OR you need to get your lazy butt off the couch because the only marathons you participate in are ones from Netflix (House of Cards obviously), then you may think about joining Running For Brews. What we love about RFB is that there’s no pressure to be done first and no slack if you are last. It is a group of passionate runners, joggers, walkers, young and old, looking to get in some exercise and enjoy each other’s company. Back when we first tried RFB years ago, they were only hosting runs two nights a week. Now, they have expanded by popular demand and have a running club each night of the week (Friday is the weekend in our book)! Whatever night you choose, there are drinks specials and often food deals after the run. A great way to get out and meet new people or enjoy a beautiful Tampa sunset as you work out. Mondays and Wednesdays at Pourhouse in Channelside, Tuesdays at Macdinton’s SoHo, and Thursday at Yard of Ale SoHo.

Whatever it is that you choose, make it a goal to at least get out to one event per week. We are not the most fit people around (clearly), but we do love the social side of these free workouts around Tampa. So bring a mate or find a date, grab your gear and have a great time!

-Nicholas

Top 5 St Patrick’s Day Parties | Tampa Bay | NHIE Tampa

Erin Go Bragh!

It’s not even through lunch but you are itching to head out to the bar for a green beer or Guinness. Perhaps you even want some potatoes and corned beef. Well here are our top five things to do in Tampa Bay today to celebrate.

1. PaddyFest- In years past, Irish 31 has put on the best local St. Patrick’s Day party in Tampa. Closing down streets and inviting the community in for a multi-day extravaganza. This year, even before its grand opening, Ferg’s Live is hosting and the party is expected to be huge! Pick up your $15 ticket and don’t wait because the party has already begun.

Fergs Live Tampa

Paddy Fest FAQ

You can also visit their sister locations:

Irish 31 Hyde Park & Irish 31 Westchase

2. Stop into the WXYZ Bar at Aloft in Downtown Tampa for live music, a special Irish themed menu, and of course some green beer! The party kicks off at 6pm. Fun fact, if you have not been yet, Aloft is home to the only infinity pool in Tampa.

Aloft Tampa St Patricks Day

3. Never better, Flanagan’s Irish Pub in Dunedin is hosting its annual party for the whole family. From bagpipers to Irish step dancers to live music and booze, this street party is sure to have something for you!

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The party kicked off at 11:00am and continues until 11:00pm.

4. MacDinton’s St Pete is open all day serving up some traditional corned beef and cabbage as well as Shepard’s Pie. Stop in for some good grub and stick around for the live music and the party that typically takes place at MacDinton’s! This is definitely a community favorite of ours.

5. And last but definitely not least, Four Green Fields is the Irish destination in the area and is sure NOT to disappoint. They self proclaimed on their Facebook page that this is the best musical lineup they have ever had. So get there quick to hear some great Irish music! 

Four Green Fields Tampa

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The party has begun and will last until 2am, its $10 after 1pm- that makes for a long day! Make sure to get a ride home from this one.

Have a safe and fun St. Patrick’s Day, Tampa Bay!

From your fellow Irishman.

Ryan

Zoominations

Friday night, we got lit up- but not in the way you’re assuming (everyone calm down). Despite it being a Friday night in Tampa, we decided to keep things low key and  head over to Lowry Park Zoo for their new event, Zoominations.  With the boys off being fabulous at their Gala, I was lucky enough to be joined by our friend Milynn of Love and Whimsy. 

I have never been to the zoo and Milynn hadn’t been in years so we were excited to check things out. We walked in under a giant red gate and definitely knew we were in the right place. We continued under a lighted pathway and were suddenly in a different world. The giant plated towers were immaculate and we couldn’t wait to see more.

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For the next hour we weaved in and out of different lands and saw pandas, zebras, fish and even dinosaurs completely lit. It’s no surprise that we had to find out how these creatures were created so we snuck a little feel (we noticed we weren’t the only ones) We learned each piece is put together by numerous Chinese craftsman by melding together frames. The fabric almost feels like pantyhose stretched across the frame. The LED lights made the colored fabric pop and they were certainly eye catching.

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The entire experience is spread throughout the zoo so everywhere you turn there is something to look at. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any real animals but the illuminated animals were equally as cool. If you’re a parent looking to make a day of it, we definitely suggest doing the zoo during the day and staying to see the magic after dark.

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