What hidden gems are yet to be uncovered in your city? In this new series, we’re unearthing local businesses bike share station by bike share station. Ride to the hub, explore, and shop local.
With approximately 20 beers brewed on site, rotating seasonal releases, and guest brews from bay area breweries like Cigar City and Coppertail Brewing, this welcoming tasting room has fast become a neighborhood staple in Tampa Heights. Want some drinking buddies? We’ll be hosting a Handlebar Happy Hour at Hidden Springs next month.
Cacti, ferns, succulents – husband and wife horticulture duo Megan and Robby Wages offer a variety of plants at their beautiful nursery in the Heights. These guys don’t just sell you plants and have you go on your way, they love educating you on where your plant comes from and how to care for it. Feeling more adventurous? The nursery hosts monthly workshops for those looking to create their own arrangements to take home.
Garagiste Meadery had humble beginnings as a home meadmaker business in 2015. What began as a simple crowdfunding campaign to expand the home-based operation, however, quickly grew with potential for a full meadery and tasting room. Today, you can visit the tasting room Friday-Sunday and sample Garagiste’s award-winning creations. (Like peanut butter and blueberry – trust us, it’s delicious.)
Housed a century-old former automobile showroom, this seven-restaurant collective offers a complete tasting experience. Diners get to choose how they order — they can take a seat and pick from one comprehensive menu, or explore with a cocktail in hand at seven vendor kiosks. Stop in for breakfast empanadas, granola and bacon cookies, sample Asian street fare for lunch, or enjoy classic southern fish camp dishes for dinner.
The Rialto Theatre opened in 1926 and is now home to the Tampa Indie Flea Market on the third Sunday of every month, where you’ll find local makers showcasing the best of all things indie. Pass through the historic blue doors on market day and you’ll find a treasure trove of handmade jewelry, letterpress cards, screen printed t-shirts, vintage treasures, up-cycled home goods, dry succulent gardens and artisanal jams.
This little coffee shop’s fundamental values are coffee, community, and the outdoors, and they take that to heart. From the bean used and the water filtered to the serene outdoor patio area, it’s a hidden treasure of caffeinated goodness.