Mortar & Pestle: Coffee, Food, Alcohol? Sounds Like a Good Time!

There are a lot of opinions about this restaurant. Lets see what the Exploring Tampa crew thinks!
Mortar & Pestle, 2019
Coming from the ashes of a popular food truck, Mortar & Pestle is a concept that thrives to bring back the old timey pharmacies. You know the ones... You go to get a soda from the fountain, you wander the aisles, make your way to the lunch counter, then leave with your prescriptions. Located on the same block as local favorites Angry Chair Brewing and Trip's Diner, there's no lack of business to be had. This is also one of the few places in Seminole Heights with a real parking lot. Had you never read a review of this place and had you not heard about their filing for bankruptcy, you'd be impressed. The inside of the building is a hipster's paradise, with the industrial looking tables and chairs, the high ceiling, the steampunk-esque inspired decor. The inside of this building is cool. Next door is also a fully functional pharmacy that I wasn…

Vintage Post: A Hipster Pier 1 Imports

And I wouldn't take it any other way!

Vintage Post, 2017

With the holidays coming up (or, in some cases, already here) people are scrambling to find the perfect, last minute gift. Lets go all the way back to Small Business Saturday 2016 when Stormy and I decided to hop on the Seminole Heights shopping spree. Why not? It's a good way to learn more about the neighborhood. There were quite a few places to check out, but the one that stuck with me the most was Vintage Post. Since that fateful day in 2016, Vintage Post has become my quirky shopping spot for things I didn't even know I needed. 

Chairs, 2017

Starting in 2015, Vintage Posts' goal is to bring vintage back into the home. They'll bring in antique furniture, repurposed furniture, painted furniture, and simply quirky furniture, all while also providing knick knacks to furnish and decorate your home. Vintage Post gives off a really familiar feel that I couldn't put my finger on until the other day: It feels like a hipster Pier 1 Imports. This isn't a bad thing. Whereas most stores along these lines are where your elderly family members go to decorate their homes, Vintage Post is where the young, artsy crowd would come to decorate theirs. This is also the type of place to find such oddities as obnoxious clocks, over-the-top globes, and, in Stormy's case, a new make up box. 

Skeleton Ready For Dancing, 2017

There's also a small selection of clothes in the shop, as well as jewelry. Their goal is to sell from local merchants. They also provide a nice, comfortable way for you to consign your older, gently used furniture out, providing you with a little extra money for the holiday season and the new year! The prices for their goods are about what you'd expect for a local furniture reseller. The prices aren't crazy, but you wont be finding many amazing deals either. This is where you go when you want something different for your house, but you're not sure what that something is. 

Faces, 2017

Things to know before you go:

- This is Seminole Heights. That means the parking lot will be very small. There is parking in the back, but carrying furniture to your car wont be much fun.
- You will struggle to find another shop that offers the sheer selection of unique furniture, clothing, and jewelry in the area without going to one of the local thrift stores.
- You can very easily furnish your entire house with supplies found in this shop.
- They're very friendly. The employees will help you find just the right rug to tie the room together.

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