Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Graffiti Junktion chugs into Palma Ceia; La Sunshine Boutique dresses downtown; Premier Barber snips vets

PALMA CEIA — The early November opening of sports bar Graffiti Junktion on Bay to Bay Boulevard brings welcome renovation to a former wing joint that flew the coop long ago.

"We're giving some love to the building, which has a lot of character but needs updating," said Mike Shaw, owner of the South Tampa franchise, the eighth location for the Orlando-based chain. The first Graffiti Junktion outside of Orlando opened Monday near the University of South Florida and Shaw is scouting more area locations.

The American burger chain specializes in stuffed Angus beef burgers, such as the Sin City, filled with jalapenos, Brie, pepper jack cheese and bacon, and the Green Mountain, loaded with Canadian bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg.

More menu options include fresh salads, fish tacos, buffalo chicken wraps, and wings, breaded or naked, with a variety of sauces. Happy hour specials start with $2 drafts from some of the 20 beer taps. Karaoke and trivia nights are planned, as well as a kids-eat-free night.

Graffiti Junktion, 3114 Bay to Bay Blvd., will be open from 11 a.m. to 1 or 2 a.m. daily. Visit graffitijunktion.com for updates.

La Sunshine Boutique

Shopping for women's fashions and accessories in downtown Tampa was pretty much limited to Tampa Bay Rays T-shirts and convenience store flip-flops before the summer arrival of La Sunshine Boutique.

Mother-daughter owners April Sims and Jericka Henry sell "affordable, sophisticated styles" in space shared with a fitness and spa studio across from Chillura Courthouse Square.

Their niche? "We cater to the curvy," said Sims, adding that inventory has evolved from club fashions sold in their previous Ybor City shop to casual work attire.

"Club wear is marked down to $20 as we get to know downtown customers," she said. "We listen and order according to their input."

After-work shoppers can avoid Friday afternoon traffic and shop happy hour deals offered along with wine and snacks from 6 to 8 p.m.

La Sunshine Boutique, 406 N Morgan St., inside Studio K, is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Call (813) 344-4437.

Pressure-brewed coffee is his passion

For now, Commune + Co. sells its pressure-brewed specialty iced coffee at pop-up events around town, as plans for a retail store are in the works. Joel Davis started the coffee company in his Ybor City kitchen in June.

"I'm just a coffee nerd," said Davis, who indulged that passion working nearly three years at Buddy Brew. He's constantly tinkering with recipes made from coffee beans roasted in Michigan and Wisconsin, then pressure-brewed using a mixture of beer and winemaking equipment.

"It's served from a nitrogen-tap system," Davis said. "So you get a creamy feel with a head of foam on top like a stout or Guinness."

Davis sells single cups on a donation basis, plus 13-ounce snifters for $8 and 32-ounce growlers for $15. Look for him to pop the tap Sept. 13 at Tampa Workspace in Seminole Heights from 6 to 11 p.m.

Visit Commune + Co. at communeandco.com, or follow on Facebook and Instagram.

Army vet opens barbershop

Squad leader Jorgie Cabrera served two tours of duty on the front lines of Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army, finished his service and found himself back home in Tampa, wondering, "What's next?"

"I would cut hair, "high and tight" when I was in Mosul and enjoyed it," he said. A friend encouraged him to go to barber school and in July, he opened Premier Barber Shop on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Armenia Avenue.

"We do typical haircuts for men and women, but also old-school swag, like hot towel shaves," Cabrera said.

Clients already include law enforcement officers, emergency responders and lawyers, like his mom, Lynn Goudie. Vets participating in the Domiciliary Care Program can come in for free haircuts "as long as they are seeking employment," Cabrera said.

Premier Barber Shop, 2144 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to whenever the last person comes in Friday and Saturday. Call (813) 876-0230 or visit premierbarbers.genbook.com.

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