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, advisory, and sales. That location was a dipped toe into the world of high end retailing, but when the opportunity was offered to move to Hyde Park Village, even as a temporary pop-up fling, the choice was an obvious one.
Today, we are open in a larger, airier, and perhaps most importantly, more heavily trafficked location, surrounded by complementary boutiques. Despite intense construction, our first three days of operation in Hyde Park have been more successful than some previous months Downtown. Chalk it up in part to the parade of canine owners headed to Downtown Dogs or the DIYers enjoying a pottery painting class at Color Me Mine.
The value of scale—being colocated with other independent retailers in a shopping destination cluster for Downtown and South Tampa—isn’t lost on us. We couldn’t be more thrilled!
After a few days of moving, setup, and rearranging our existing furniture (silver mirrored bureau) plus some new furniture on loan from West Elm (wasabi velvet swivel lounger), we opened our door onto Snow Circle (behind Bartaco and lululemon), and debuted a new line.
Like all of our brands, it is exclusive to Uncommon Finds in the Tampa Bay market; we are one of the few stockists in the country, according to Forbes Magazine. Gallivant is a collection of “fragrances for urban explorers,” comprised of four destination cities: Brooklyn (musky and citrusy), Istanbul (ambery, woody, and spicy), London (floral, green, and leathery), and Tel Aviv (floral and fruity).
Amsterdam and Berlin are soon to follow.
In June, we’ll host the founder of Gallivant, Nick Steward, for a party and introduction to his brand, as well as a discussion about how he develops scents that embody his favorite cities and the biggest challenges he faces launching an artisanal fragrance line from scratch.
Look out for more information on that event soon, a more in-depth blog post about Gallivant, and the first four scents to go online shortly.
Elsewhere in-store and online, we now have five Diane Pernet fragrances with the addition of Love Affair, a woody, earthy scent with notes of rose, vetiver, and moss. There’s also a new Agonist (White Lies), our thirteenth! It is considered a white floral with notes of jasmine, tuberose, and patchouli—an excellent choice for warmer months.
This week, we’re hosting a grand reopening happy hour on Friday, May 19 from 6-8pm in-store to fête our new space. Join us for a glass of bubbly and enjoy a mini-cupcake (or two, or three) from Sprinkles, also located within the village.