Plenty of Tampa Bay businesses have been reaching out to local artists, and plenty of Tampa Bay artists have found a home with a local business. Painters, photographers, potters, jewelers and sculptors have been able to gain more exposure in the community as more businesses have decided to showcase artwork. Art lovers, too, enjoy the benefit of artistic beauty on a lunch break or coffee break. This article features just a few of the businesses with mind-blowing art galleries.
Felicitous Coffee House
11706 N. 51st St.
Tampa, FL 33617
Felicitous is not your average coffee shop. Board games are stacked along the back wall, plush sofas and desks invite guests to pop open their laptops while they sip a coconut frappé and art created by local artists adorn the walls and ceiling. The most striking art in the shop are the large, colorful paintings spread across the ceiling like a smaller, more modern Sistine Chapel. While the ceiling paintings are permanent, the walls host a rotating selection of paintings that can be purchased and enjoyed at home as well. In addition to paintings, local artists also contribute hand-made jewelry, purses and other accessories, all of which can be bought just as easily as your jasmine green tea.
217 S. Cedar Ave.
Tampa, FL 33606
RedLetter1 is a tattoo studio that doubles as an art gallery to feature the work of local artists. The studio has been displaying and selling artwork since 2005, with individual paintings ranging in price from $25 to $60. The paintings portray subjects of all kinds, such as angels, dragons, tigers, wolves, roses and more. RedLetter1 is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. — for either tattoos or art viewing — but individual appointments can be made outside of “open hours” as needed to accommodate ink lovers and art lovers alike.
Fly Bar and Restaurant
1202 N. Franklin St.
Tampa, FL 33618
Fly places no limits on the kinds of art on display. Dominique Martinez creates sculptures of a sort he calls “rustic steel.” The metal creations range from Picasso-like faces to unique napkin holders made out of cogs and screws. Fly also hosts a variety of paintings of all sizes and subjects, including music, dogs, plants and more. Guests will enjoy a delightful blend of modern art, modern architecture and great food when they visit Fly.
2955 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Craftsman House is a unique combination of cafe, art gallery and pottery studio. The cafe has a continuously changing menu of specialty drinks, sweets and snacks, in addition to a permanent menu that features hand-blended smoothies and coffee drinks as well as salads, wraps and small plates. The art gallery features works from over 300 local and national artists, and includes art from a wide variety of mediums including blown glass, turned wood, jewelry and much more. Stephanie Schorr is the professional potter that works in the pottery studio, and guests are welcome to watch her work and discover how bowls, mugs and other vessels are completed.
The Cafe at ARTpool Gallery
2030 Central Ave.
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
This eclectic blend of fine food, live music, beautiful art and vintage boutique attracts people from all walks of life. The menu features tasty items like lentil salad, hummus and pita, egg salad wraps and soup, along with a selection of teas, coffees and soft drinks. The boutique offers some truly unique clothes and accessories, including shirts, hats, coats, shoes, boots, jewelry and more, all with a retro theme. All art comes from local artists and includes paintings, photography, glass art and more. All art is for sale and sales go directly to support the artist.
Amanda Mole has been writing since she was old enough to hold a pencil and cooking since she was tall enough to reach the stove. She believes that food provides more than just vital nutrients: it is an irreplaceable part of countless cultural and social activities. As a Tampa Bay resident for the past 21 years, she is well acquainted with the incredibly diverse range of restaurants, bars, and food festivals that the area has to offer. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.