Tampa Treats: TPA, Armature Works, Hyde Park Announce New Additions


Who would have thought that an airport could transform into one of the most predominant foodie gems in the city? Tampa International Airport continues to prove that activation in across restaurant, retail and entertainment concepts serves as a substantial lure for premier airlines.

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Dylan’s Candy Bar opening in Airside A

TPA recently added Dylan’s Candy Bar to their repertoire. Dylan’s, the largest candy emporium in the world, merges your favorite candy with fashion, art and pop culture. Some of their unique creations include Monkey Madness — Nutella, banana, fluff, M&Ms, icing and ice cream — and pure bacon chocolate bars.

They have locations in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami. We’re partial to their cake batter crunch popcorn and Dylan’s S’mores candy bar.

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Outdoor Market in Tampa Heights

Armature Works is arguably the most anticipated arrival in Tampa in 2017. Recently, it was announced that Uptown Market, a sister outdoor market to Pierce Street Market, would begin in Tampa Heights outside of Armature Works in the fall of 2017. That event will take place the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month with an official launch date to be announced soon.

In addition to Armature Works permanent vendors, the food hall will also feature a rotating stall. The first two concepts who will enjoy a 4 month stint at the location have been revealed: Empamamas and Surf & Turf Food Truck.

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Vendors announced for rotating stall in food hall 

Empamamas provides not so basic empanadas. Their Bacon Me Crazy creation features grilled chicken, bacon, ranch, jalapeno, red onion and cheddar cheese. Empamamas infamous grilled cheese is crusted with cheez-its and served over savory fries.

Surf & Turf Food Truck brings the beach to you. Enjoy lobster rolls, incredible shrimp tacos, steak sandwiches and more. This food truck has garnered a plethora of notoriety in New Jersey and Philly, we’re happy to see them flex their culinary muscle in Tampa Heights.

Social Status, Boho Hunter in booming Hyde Park Village 

With a bounty of options for food, fun and fashion, Hyde Park Village continues to emerge as one of the top economic drivers in Tampa. Joining the Hyde Park ranks this fall are Social Status and Boho HunterSocial Status, a hip fashion and sneaker boutique, will be located at 1505 West Swann Avenue between Salt Pines and The Shade Store. Boho Hunter, a Miami based women’s boutique, will be located at 1625 West Snow Circle between Better Byrd and Vineyard Vines.

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Social Status has a merchandise mix that caters to the stylish consumer who is quality driven and fashion focused. Their unique retail environment opens consumers to new trends, styles, and brands including exclusive and limited releases from footwear brands like Jordan, Nike, and Adidas, as well as clothing brands from Just Don, A Bathing Ape, and Off-White.

Boho Hunter features handpicked, luxury brands from Latin American talent and across the region. Some of the featured brands include: Palma Canaria, Stella & Amelia, VerdeLimon and ILKA Bags.

Written by Andrew Harlan

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