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How To Spend A Day In Black-Owned Tampa, Florida

By Leah Freeman-Haskin

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Tampa, located along Florida’s Gulf Coast, is a mix of historic architecture and modern landmarks. The city is infused with Cuban and Spanish flavors, gorgeous views, and a vibrant scene of art and entertainment. If you are passing through, here is a great way to spend the day supporting the local black community.

Morning

Enjoy breakfast starting as early as 7:00 am at The Open Café. Here, you will find some of the best southern food in the city including grits, hash browns, omelets, and waffles. The prices are reasonable and the staff is like family.

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Enjoy a morning salon visit at Virtuous Beauty Hair Studio where you can get styles from relaxers to weaves. Nestled in the heart of Tampa, Florida, Virtuous Beauty Hair Studio offers you a healthy hair experience in a professional and comfortable environment.

Afternoon

Lunch at the Jerk Hut is a must when visiting Tampa. Jerk Hut’s famous chicken is seasoned with a secret blend of exotic Jamaican herbs and spices and grilled with a hint of pimento smoke. Choose from their menu of wraps, salads, sandwiches, and more.

Photo via instagram.com/jerkhut

Find your Zen with a yoga class at Meeyogi. Myiesha “Mya” Cato is the founder and Executive Director of this collective that aims to promote acceptance and self-love. Enjoy a group class or book a private, one-on-one session.

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Evening

You can’t miss a visit to Mama’s Soul Food Restaurant when passing through Tampa. Very popular “secret recipes” have been passed down, collected and are prepared today as they have been for many years. Mama’s menu includes all of your favorites “prepared with love and seasoned with soul.”  

Photo via mamassoulfoodrestaurant.com
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