There’s a new mini-mall in Tampa, and it’s at the airport


Yes, Tampa International Airport is one of the best transportation hubs in the country. The Plane-spotters across Tampa Bay highlight the glorious flying machines that arrive and depart from the airport on the regular. The terminals at TPA are filled with murals, sculptures and avian instillations that make you forget you’re in an airport at all.

Not to mention the plethora of food and drink options available — we may or may not choose our airlines based on what restaurant is near our gate.

Mini-mall inside a giant airport

Well, there’s now another reason to visit TPA, whether you have a flight or not. Honestly, you might find yourself volunteering. The Shoppes at Bayshore in the main terminal is a mini-department store designed to create a dynamic shopping destination that appeals to a range of customers, according to a release from the airport.

What stores are at the Shoppes at Bayshore? Vendors include Tommy Bahama, Coco Bay Apparel & Accessories, Coastal Home, Quicksilver, and Roxy. Officials also say there will be a rotating pop-up shop promoting all events happening in Tampa Bay and nationally.

Gourmet market features best local sweet shops

Before you fly (or after) you deserve to treat yourself to some local flavor and The Prive Gourmet Market is bursting with them. Kahwa Coffee, La Segunda Bakery, our personal favorite Toffee To Go, Teabella Tea and Sweet Divas. It’s certainly the perfect welcome to the city of Tampa, but also a reason to stick around the airport a while longer.

With the busiest travel days of the year approaching, we’re happy to see there’s a new chic reprieve before you hit security.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is in his third year as Writer/Editor of ThatsSoTampa.com. New York Times bestselling author Andre Dubus III has said of him, “Andrew Harlan has a sharp and discerning eye for detail that deftly captures character and landscape.” He has published fiction and poetry in Sabal and Prime Number Literary Magazine. He graduated with honors from Eckerd College in 2013 with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Literature. Phone: (727) 896-3435 / Email: andrew@rkc.me