The Morrison on South Howard Takes Shape with Food, Fashion & Local Brews

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South Howard Avenue is a hub of activity right now. The stretch of road is home to several Tampa staples (i.e. Bern’s Steakhouse, Bella’s Italian Café), as well as fresh new faces like Chef Inspired Popcorn Company, Haven and Daily Eats. The area boasts quick access to beautiful Bayshore Boulevard and the always bustling Hyde Park Village.

Weekend visitors gravitate toward the Epicurean Hotel, which offers a full-fledged foodie experience for those looking to truly savor the flavor of Tampa. It’s a place to work, play and, now, live. The Morrison promises to bring new residential units between West Morrison Avenue and South Eleta Street on South Howard Avenue. As with concepts rising in Tampa, the Morrison Complex will be a mixed-used development.

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The Morrison brings together coffee, fashion and foodie delights

Zoë’s Kitchen is one of the major names to join the project. The restaurant chain offers scratch made Mediterranean cuisine. Their philosophy parallels that of Julia Child: “You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces. Just good food from fresh ingredients.”

Most of their dishes are vegan/gluten-free (when ordered without pita bread). Popular entrees include the live med salad — thin ribbons of zucchini and squash, fresh spinach, farro, lupini beans, cherry tomatoes, parmesan tossed with Calabrian pepper dressing — and chicken kabobs — two kabobs, grilled peppers and onions, tomato, rice pilaf.

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Made-to-order wooden bow ties and handmade leather belts

Joining Zoë’s is Ella Bring Bow Ties. The company was formed out of a passion for high quality men’s fashion and bow ties. The shop is famous for their made-to-order wooden bow tie and wood shades. Recently, the company started selling their own handmade leather belts and key fobs.

You can also pickup dress socks, pocket squares, suspenders and even dog bow ties. This is a shop for the modern man with a timeless sense of style. Visit their website or follow them on Facebook to see their latest creation.

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Blind Tiger grows again

Blind Tiger has experienced fantastic growth since it opened in Ybor. The coffee shop recently opened in the burgeoning Seminole Heights Neighborhood. The place for coffee, tea and textiles is a space for creatives to nourish their craft, business leaders to recharge before the grind begins, and space for locals to unwind on a Sunday morning. It blends perfectly with the mixed-use concept meant to appeal to young professionals.

There’s currently office space available for lease. There are also plans for a pilates studio at the complex and Bulla Gastrobar. The 4-story, 46 unit complex is still currently under construction.