Five reasons to ditch the mall for a road trip
I'm a fan of malls, but not during the holidays. Too many people. Too many stores that are the same everywhere. (I love the deals, but my inner diva finds it distasteful that recipients of my gifts will know how much I spent on that discounted set of Bath and Body Works lotion.)
So this season, I plan to spend a little time cruising the boutiques along MacDill Ave. in South Tampa.
There are tons. Here are five that I plan to poke in:
The Royal Tea Room & Gift Shoppe: Gifts for the tea lover and the hostess gal. Take a shopping break for formal tea, by calling ahead for seatings at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30! (2719 S MacDill Ave, 813-837-3000)
Love That! Fashion, accessories and gifts for good girls who aren't afraid to be a little bad. (4109 S MacDill Ave, 813-902-0500)
DKM Accessories: Accessories for every trend. All that glitters and looks real, at prices that are not. (3104 Palmira Ave., right off MacDill Ave, 813-902-0044. Second location at 4017 Henderson Blvd.)
The Write Stuff: Pretty papers and pens, plus a growing collection of girly gifts and baby items. (3225 S. MacDill Avenue #107, 813-837-0400)
The Blue Moon Trading Company and Fresh Threads: Blue Moon has long been a destination for funky, vintage home furnishings and antiques. Not always cheap, but so much fun to look around. And now they have a boutique within a boutique, Fresh Threads, selling designer consignment at remarkable prices. Check out the $5 and $10 racks at their holiday soiree on Friday at 7 p.m. (4129 S. MacDill Ave., 813-839-2056)
This is just the beginning of the pickings on S. MacDill, not to mention the rest of South Tampa. What are your favorite boutique haunts?
Deal Diva Letitia
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(Photo: Love That!)