When interior designer Jaime Rogers isn't traveling to Iceland to collect new items or to Paris for international shows, she can be seen behind the tall glass windows of Doxa Home's new storefront in downtown Tampa.
Rogers has been in the field since 1997 and designing for Doxa Home as senior partner for a little over a decade.
This is the first design lab and gallery opened by the luxury boutique firm.
"We needed a space to meet with clients where a library of samples were on hand," Rogers said of the decision to open the store. "Since it's all floor-to-ceiling glass windows, I wanted to showcase some items, as well.
"Plus, art is a huge part of our interior design approach to a project."
Occupying less than 500 square feet, the shop still manages to squeeze in 25 pieces of art, 40 gift items, 15 pieces of furniture and five chandeliers.
"Things you use every day but are designed by leading architectures," Rogers said.
Items range from $35 to $20,000 and include a small selection of host or birthday gifts, such as tea kettles, serving piece for charcuteries, reclaimed ivory and topaz jewelry.
"We showcase international artists, as well as two Tampa Bay artists, Theo Wujcik, who sadly has passed away, and Dominique Labauvie," Rogers said. "It's neat because the Museum of Art across the street has also showcased their work."
As for Doxa Home's design approach, it incorporates traditional with a modern edge.
"We look for things for our clients that you can't find anywhere. Not necessarily expensive but special," Rogers said.
Examples of their work can be seen in many high-end residential buildings as well as restaurants such as Seminole Heights' Rooster & the Till or Doxa Home's new neighbors, Anise Global Gastrobar.
For now, the store will be open from noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. Doxa Home will be closed June 13-24 to shop overseas and pick up artwork for the gallery.
Visit the website at doxahome.com or its location at 777 N Ashley Drive, Suite D.
Arielle Waldman, Times staff writer
North Indian cuisine arrives in North Tampa
After years of visiting relatives in Tampa Anu Vohra felt the area lacked a restaurant that served North Indian food. She and her husband, Rishi Vohra, recently moved from New Jersey and opened Desi by Nature, which focuses on North Indian cuisine.
"There was no real authentic North Indian food that we could really find. We wanted to fill the gap," Anu Vohra said.
With no formal restaurant experience, the Vohras visited relatives in India and traveled around the country so they could learn more about the culture and cuisine before opening their restaurant.
"We just spent six months in India, so we know exactly what the food should taste like, what the quality should be, how it should be cooked," Anu Vohra said.
Their menu focuses on foods cooked in a special clay oven called a tandoor. Anu Vohra said their specialties include "a lot of grilled chickens, lambs and breads." They also offer a variety of vegetarian dishes.
Desi by Nature is open for lunch and dinner, and the restaurant offers an all-you-can-eat lunch option for $9.95 during the week and for $12.95 on the weekends.
Instead of having customers serve themselves buffet style, executive chef Subeg Singh came up with the concept to serve customers tableside.
"It's from our kitchen to your table," Anu Vohra said.
Desi by Nature is at 1251 E Fowler Ave. and offers catering, takeout and student discounts. Call (813) 972-7400.
Danielle Hauser, Times correspondent
Walgreens closes store in Riverview
Two Tampa Bay area Walgreens closed this week, including one in Riverview, as part of a 200-store, nationwide closing the company announced in April.
After 12 years in operation, the store at 13323 Boyette Road (corner of Boyette and Bell Shoals roads) shuttered on Wednesday.
Walgreens spokesman Phil Caruso said all customers with existing prescriptions automatically had their information transferred to one of the three closest area Walgreens: 1011 Bloomingdale Ave., 10624 Gibsonton Drive and 5605 FishHawk Crossing Blvd. Customers didn't need to take any action and should have received a letter in the mail from Walgreens explaining this process.
Riverview resident Susan Gillespie said the closing is going to upset her neighborhood. "We started a petition, but apparently, they made up their mind," she said in an email to the Times. "So we will have a big, empty building at this corner."
Caruso said Walgreens expects to place the majority of its employees at other locations. He also said more closings are possible in the future.
Eric Vician, Times correspondent
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