Not your mother's Hyde Park Village: Check out new shops, eateries

A flurry of new businesses has arrived in trendy Hyde Park Village in South Tampa this year, with more on the way.

The shops and restaurants are a mix of local and national names, including some that selected the upscale retail district in the heart of historic Hyde Park as their entry into the Tampa Bay Area market.

"Part of the evolution of curating these retail shops and restaurants is finding the right mix,” says Nicole Dee, the General Manager of Hyde Park Village. “What we are trying to do, what our goal is, is to offer these types of services and businesses that can benefit this community that we are in. We are committed to creating a place that people want to go to with a mix of local and national retailers and restaurants that gives the community a walkable destination to enjoy themselves day or night.”

The newly built Snow Avenue Building toward the southern end of Hyde Park Village is the focal point of the new activity. The spate of openings so far this year includes New York City-based fitness company SoulCycle, upscale beach clothing shop Sunni Spencer, men’s clothing store Bonobos, do-it-yourself candle making shop The Candle Pour, haberdashery Ella Bing, and Forbici Modern Italian restaurant.

Co-working and event space Hyde House, a Tampa location of St. Petersburg’s Station House, upscale steakhouse Meat Market, clothing store Madewell and juice bar Clean Juice are opening soon.

Slated to open in the Fall, Meat Market has locations in Miami Beach, Palm Beach, and San Juan and selected Hyde Park Village for its first Tampa location. SoulCycle and Madewell are two national brands that chose Hyde Park Village to enter the Tampa Bay market, Dee says.

She says WS Development, the Massachusetts-based property developer that purchased Hyde Park Village in 2013, works to get a mix of well-regarded national brands and beloved local businesses to create a destination.

The Hyde House gallery-style co-working space will include 65 private offices, a 150-person auditorium, space to hold events for up to 300, an outdoor terrace, as well as a bar, kitchen, and fitness center for members.

In addition to the new building and businesses, WS Development has been in the midst of ongoing upgrades that include façade renovations of existing buildings, replacing older trees with newly-planted palms, oaks and elms, and the addition of new benches, patio seating, and bike racks throughout the shopping and dining area.

For more information on the businesses in this story, follow these links:  Hyde Park Village, Hyde House, SoulCycle,  Sunni Spencer, Bonobos, The Candle Pour, Ella Bing, Forbici Modern Italian, Madewell, Clean JuiceMeat Market

Read more articles by Christopher Curry.

Chris Curry is a freelance writer living in Clearwater. Chris spent more than 15 years as a newspaper reporter, primarily in Ocala and Gainesville, before moving back home to the Tampa Bay Area. He enjoys our local music scene, great weather, and Florida's wealth of outdoor festivals.
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