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Pop-up Shop at Tempus Projects

Starting today, we have “sprung” into a new pop-up shop space for the holiday season. We’re at Tempus Projects, a multiuse art gallery and studio in Seminole Heights, next door to other independent shops Frolic Exchange, Disco Dolls, and Spool Studio. We’re across the street from Nicko’s Fine Foods (a Tampa landmark) and two antique […]

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GALLIVANT Perfumes’ Amsterdam & Berlin

Adding to its initial launch of four destination-themed fragrances, GALLIVANT Perfumes has released two new city scents: Amsterdam and Berlin. The first is an ode to The Netherlands’ most world-renown destination, a compact agglomeration of 17th-century townhouses, canals, parks, and markets and global exporter of art and design. Today, it is an urban planner’s dream—a […]

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Fall Fragrances

Fall is our opportunity to be expansive and more provocative in choosing a scent. Because the air is drier and temperatures drop, fall fragrances evaporate more rapidly from the skin. Whereas summer fragrances are commonly defined by bright ingredients that connote freshness, which combats high humidity and mixes well with sweat, fall is the time […]

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hyde park village pop-up shop [recap]

Running a successful retail business is a balancing act—between the relevance of your product to your audience, the convenience of your location (point-of-sale), and the ability to instill a sense of value in the course of transactions. It is an exercise in answering an associated series of questions: what makes our product interesting, unique, or useful? […]

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Summer break with GALLIVANT Perfumes

Summertime is a period of wanderlust. Wherever you are, the season encourages travel, journeys, relaxation, and the making of stories you’ll always remember. This is why we brought GALLIVANT Perfumes to our market and invited the line’s founder to Tampa. GALLIVANT Perfumes is a U.K.-based new indie brand of fragrances designed with the urban explorer […]

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Artisanal Eau de Parfum

Artisanal indicates independent, small-batch, high quality (many parfumers bring years of expertise from larger brands to start their own lines), and less ubiquitous than what you’ll find at the mall. Eau de parfum is an important specification because it is more concentrated with perfume oil (the actual extracts of fragrance from the raw materials) than […]

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Uncommon Finds moves to Hyde Park Village

Every retail enterprise starts somewhere, however imperfect that place is. If you’re lucky (as an entrepreneur), it leads to someplace else, bigger and better, and on and on. Two years ago, Uncommon Finds opened in Downtown Tampa and it was Rob’s first experience running a point-of-sale, with regular hours and a footprint for merchandise display, […]

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YeYe Parfums: handcrafted in-house from idea, to creation, to bottling

True to our brand name, we are perennially in search of “uncommon finds” in the world of fine fragrance with which to stock our boutique. While most lines come from across the Atlantic, one contemporary is based in sunny Santa Barbara, California, and is the latest in our spotlight series: YeYe Parfums. After years in other […]

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Three Spring Scents You’ll Love

Tampa comes alive in the springtime. It’s when cool weather fades into memory and warmer weather (allowing for short sleeves) teases us, and every weekend is packed with outdoor events. The Gasparilla parades of late January-early February evolve into art and music festivals, garden markets, and we find ourselves enjoying a bit of artificial green on […]

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Q&A with Kerosene Fragrances

Whenever I encounter a new brand or line, of course I want to know the “what,” especially if it will eventually end up in my store. But I never tire of hearing and understanding the “who” and the “why,” too. Who is the person or partnership behind a product? What motivates and inspires them? How […]

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