PALMA CEIA — Ethan Morency and his former boss Dereck Coons, now his business partner, think the Violin Shop Tampa is the first full-service stringed instrument shop in the bay area.
The professional luthiers repair, restore and rent violins, violas, basses and cellos at their Henderson Boulevard store, about a mile west of Dale Mabry Highway.
Morency, 23, a recent University of South Florida grad, counts a combined 25 years of experience. Previously based in Melbourne, in Brevard County, he said Tampa is a better market for serving students, music teachers and professional musicians.
"The Florida Music Educators Association has its annual conference at the Tampa Convention Center, and the Hillsborough County school district is the eighth or ninth largest in the country," Morency said.
Instrument consignments are accepted; commissions, custom-made by hand, are welcome.
The Violin Shop Tampa, at 4019 Henderson Blvd., is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Visit violinshoptampa.com or call (813) 288 -8215.
Smoke, sip, play and chat on Henderson
Middle Eastern water pipes are bubbling, and espressos and cappuccinos are brewing at the Hookah Hut coffee lounge on Henderson Boulevard, west of MacDill Avenue.
Tampa native Nathan Kader opened in July, offering indoor social smoking amid numerous sports channels, Xboxes and PlayStations and a menu of gourmet coffees, relaxing kava tea, exotic sodas and fruit smoothies.
"Smoothies have been a big hit," Kader said. "They're 100 percent fruit, fresh and frozen, but no concentrate, no powder. All flavors are $4."
As for hookah flavors, there are four dozen kinds, to mix in an infinite number of combinations, for $8.99.
Hookah Hut, at 3215 Henderson Blvd., is open from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. daily. Visit facebook.com/sohohookah or call (813) 879-2211.
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