What hidden gems are yet to be discovered in your city? In this series, we’re exploring local businesses bike share station by bike share station.
With the cozy aesthetic of a vinyl record store, RockShop’s speciality is fine gemstones and custom-designed jewelry for varying budgets. Owner and resident jeweler Carlos Lopez brings extensive experience to his quirky St. Pete store, having worked for many years on Jewelers Row in Chicago and in New York’s 47th Street Diamond District. Whether you have something special in mind, or just want to browse, shop dogs Biggie and Jasper are always on-hand to give a warm welcome.
ZaZoo’d made its debut in September 2013 on Central Avenue and has been a favorite of locals looking for unique home decor ever since. Wooden whale bookends? Intervention side plates? British flag hutch? You’ll find it all at ZaZoo’d.
If you like your food with a side of belly dancing, plate breaking, napkin throwing, zorba dancing and live music, Acropolis Greek Taverna is for you. The extensive menu features classic dishes such as hummus, baba ghanouj, dolmades, souvlaki and Athenian fish, with a program a live entertainment at weekends.
Craft art is presented in the 2,500-square-foot retail gallery, as well as in a large gallery featuring curated exhibitions. On the second floor of the building, you’ll find 19 artists’ studios (ArtLofts), which are often open to the public, as well as a classroom where workshops and lectures are held.
Call in to Cycle’s unassuming tasting room and you might not guess its beer is repeatedly ranked among the best in the world by craft beer enthusiasts and experts. Most pints are $5, and the sidewalk patio makes for a perfect spot to enjoy them. Growlers (bottles to-go) are also available in two sizes: 32 oz and 1 gallon.
In operation since 1975, Central Coffee Shoppe is a family-owned and operated local diner serving fast breakfast and lunch food with a smile and a side order of Americana.
While the restaurant itself may be small, the food and flavor is mighty. The rustic-chic nook offers seasonal, New American fare like seared espresso-rubbed, slow-braised short rib, beef tenderloin and house-made ravioli, and miso-marinated black cod with a broth of coconut and ginger.
A Portuguese fusion restaurant and speakeasy where the complexity of colonial street food meets the simplicity of tapas, this lush space brims with the energy and warmth of Mouraria, and so does the fusion on every small plate.