Plus, a USF football stadium update.
 
June 5, 2024 6AM-Top banner logo-small.png

SUBSCRIBE

Harlestons

Today’s Forecast

95º | 20% chance of precipitation | Sunrise 6:32 a.m. | Sunset 8:23 p.m. | Tides | Old Tampa Bay | High: 1:23 p.m. | Low: 7:02 a.m. + 9:40 p.m. | Clearwater Beach | High: 10:36 a.m. | Low: 6:16 p.m. | Full Weather Report | Traffic Report

 
Get the interior scoop
Tate Casper and Jordan Winston smile for the camera. The pair are in an intricate green and white room, both wearing bright clothing.
We’re shining a spotlight on women-led Tampa Bay business.|Photo via Oxford Design
Stepping inside Oxford Exchange is an otherworldly experience. Intricate marble flooring accompanies a tranquil bookstore, carefully crafted coffee + cocktail options, and a range of dining delights. We recommend Sunday afternoon tea.

The beloved Hyde Park gathering spot opened in 2012, after the historic building’s restoration. Thanks to the efforts of Oxford Design — and its leaders Tate Casper and Jordan Winston — Oxford Exchange remains a buzzy Tampa Bay hotspot.

Since then, Casper and Winston have spearheaded several high-profile interior design projects in our area, including The Library in St. Pete, Predalina in Water Street Tampa, and Casa Cami — our area’s latest rooftop option.

We sat down to have a chat about their newest opening.

How are things going with Casa Cami?
“I think that I think it’s doing extraordinarily well... In a hotel, there’s always a question of, ‘will people get on the highway from South Tampa to go to dinner?’ Or is it going to be primarily this hotel crowd that’s already there... I think it’s been really well received.”

“There’s a lot of repeat customers, and they just really enjoy the rooftop view, because as we know, there’s limited waterfront restaurants [in the Tampa area]. This is one that’s really accessible, where you don’t even have to access it by boat.”

The rooftop at Casa Cami. Tables, chairs, and sofas sit on a balcony in front of the Bay in the distance. Water goes into the distance with a bridge crossing the Bay. Two trees accompany furniture as the sun shines on the surroundings.

Talk about dinner with a view.

|

Photo via Oxford Design

Have you always used authentic + natural materials?
“After Oxford Exchange opened, it was never, ‘we want to be the designer for everybody.’ We want to be the designer for the jobs where the client is really truly committed to doing things the right way... There’s something about a chip in marble that looks so much better than a chip in porcelain.”

“Everybody wants to go to a place that has a soul.”

Learn more about Casper, Winston, and Oxford Design via their portfolio. And keep your eyes peeled for upcoming projects, like Cabot Citrus Farms, and Mad Dogs and Englishmen.
 
Asked
 
What’s your favorite Oxford Design spot?

A. Oxford Exchange
B. Casa Cami
C. The Library
D. Buddy Brew Hyde Park
E. Predalina
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, June 5
  • Tampa Tarpons vs. Fort Myers Mighty Mussels | Wednesday, June 5-Sunday, June 9 | Times vary | George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Dr., Tampa | $4+ | Take yourself to the ballgame where daily specials await.
Thursday, June 6
  • Sunset Market | Thursday, June 6 | 6-10 p.m. | Midtown Tampa, 3659 Midtown Dr., Tampa | Price of purchase | Roam wares from 40+ local vendors, plus enjoy live music + drinks.
Friday, June 7
  • Red, White, & Brews | Friday, June 7-Sunday, June 9 | Times vary | Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, 10165 N. McKinley Dr., Tampa | $99+ | Savor culinary creations on summer weekends at the theme park, including fried Oreo cupcakes and mini corn dogs.
  • Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” | Friday, June 7, Sunday, June 9, Tuesday, June 11 | Times vary | Palladium Theater, 253 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg | $15+ | Join St. Pete Opera for the tragic 1835 tale of love and loss.
Saturday, June 8
  • June Free Saturday | Saturday, June 8 | 10 a.m.-5 p.m. | Henry B. Plant Museum, 401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa | Free | Get free admission to the historic building and museum on the second Saturday of each month.
  • Megan Thee Stallion | Saturday, June 8 | 7 p.m. | Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Dr., Tampa | $99+ | The Houston-born rapper brings her “Hot Girl Summer Tour” to the Cigar City.
Click here to have your event featured.
 
 
News Notes
 
Development
  • USF is making progress on its new football stadium. The school’s Board of Trustees just made a deal with a group of construction firms for the expected $340 million on-campus stadium. Per the agreement, the stadium must be complete for the 2027 football season. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Real Estate

  • Check out what $12.4 million can get you. That’s the asking price for a home with private beach access in Pass-A-Grille. The property also boasts 5,500+ sqft, five bedrooms with en suites, a four-car garage, and floor-to-ceiling windows facing the Gulf of Mexico. (Tampa Bay Business Journal)
Outdoors
  • Two Tampa Bay area beaches just ranked among the Sunshine State’s best. USA Today readers voted Clearwater Beach No. 4, and Treasure Island Beach No. 5. The former was lauded for its white sand + dolphin watching opportunities, and the latter for its waterfront hotels.
Pets
  • The Humane Society of Tampa Bay is bracing for an influx of kittens. The shelter says summertime sees an uptick in births, and is asking for the community’s help. You can do your part by donating supplies like beds, cat scratchers, toys, litter, and kitten formula on Saturday, June 15.
Arts
  • The annual Pride exhibit returns to FloridaRAMA — previously called Fairgrounds St. Pete — this Friday, June 7. That’s when dozens of visual + literary artists’ work will go on display. This year’s theme? Pure joy.
Giveaway
  • Free beer. I repeat, free beer. Busch Gardens is offering two 7-oz beers per visit to the park for a limited time this summer. The deal is available for annual pass holders ages 21+, and can be scored at Orang Café in the park’s Jungala area. (Creative Loafing Tampa Bay)
Number
  • 261. That’s how many miles above the Earth’s surface the International Space Station was when it took this awesome snap of the Tampa Bay area. (WFLA)
Sports
  • Can Bolts fans expect a sophomore leap from Mitchell Chaffee? Get game coverage, analysis, insights, interviews, and more from local experts of the Tampa Bay Lightning with Locked On’s daily podcasts.
    Open
    • Feeding Tampa Bay got a major upgrade. Take a peek inside their brand new, 215,000-sq ft multi-use facility, featuring a market, restaurant, training centers, resource + volunteer spaces, and a massive warehouse that stores four times as much food as the old warehouse — all to help Floridians in need.*
    Finance
    • You know a restaurant’s good if other chefs eat there, and you can trust a gym where athletes train. So, we’ll trust this rec: This card recommended by The Ascent has no annual fee and offers up to 5% cash back, a sign-up bonus, and 0% intro APR into 2025.*
     
     
    Arts
     
    🎭 Time to fringe binge
    A performer during Tampa Fringe. They are pointing at themself and appear to be dressed in office attire for the performance. There is purple lighting on the back of the stage behind them.
    “Last Sibling Standing” is one of many shows to see.|Photo by @tampafringe
    The Tampa International Fringe Festival was founded in 2016, and has been dishing up slices of unconventional entertainment to TBAY locals ever since. Whether you’re in the mood for some live theater, dance, standup comedy, or improv, the 12-day Ybor-based event has offerings for all artistic taste buds.

    Fringe runs from Wednesday, June 5 to Sunday, June 16 at Kress Contemporary (1624 E. 7th Ave.), where shows are taking place in four separate rooms.

    While there are dozens to choose from, we’ve got our eye on “A One Woman Titanic Parody in 59 Minutes or Less.” Tickets for that one are $15, but shows range in price, and can be bought as bundles to save money. For instance, you’ll get 15% off when you buy tickets for three shows, and 20% off for five shows.

    Good luck choosing — here’s the full schedule.
       
      The Buy
       
      The ultimate summer grill accessory: a wireless smart thermometer. Stick it in your food, cook as usual, and the thermometer will notify your smartphone when your meat has reached the ideal internal temp. Hello, perfectly cooked steaks…
       
       
      The Wrap
       
      Patrick Sidwell.jpeg Today’s edition by:
      Patrick
      From the editor
      Earlier this week, we gave some suggestions for a Tampa Bay-themed playlist. You sent in your suggestions too, and we love this 1971 hit.

      Got a better one? Send it in.
      Missed our previous newsletter?    
      Send Us A Scoop, Question, or Feedback    
      Advertise    
      Shop    
       
       

      Content marked with an * is paid advertising. Content marked with an ^ is created by our content studio. The company may also generate commission from affiliate links in the newsletter.

      Change your preferences or unsubscribe here.

      Copyright © 2023 6AM City Inc, All rights reserved.

      P.O. Box 2505, Greenville, SC 29602

      ADVERTISE | CAREERS | ETHICS | PRIVACY | THE BUY