Trailblazers & Tastemakers


Join us as we spotlight the dynamic women who bring their visions to life and invite you to discover our destination's distinct flavors and treasures. From culinary adventures to unique offerings in local boutiques, Tampa Bay is home to establishments that enrich our region and offer unique experiences that embody the spirit of our community.




Baton Roux food truck

Baton Roux Food Truck

📍 : Food Truck

Alexis Williams, determined to bring the rich flavors of the bayou to Tampa Bay, founded Baton Roux Food Truck. This mobile experience offers authentic Cajun cuisine, drawing inspiration from the Louisiana capital, Baton Rouge. Alexis's use of family recipes to share her culture makes the food truck a unique taste adventure in the Tampa Bay area.




📍 : 701 N Howard Ave, Tampa

At the heart of Psomi is a blend of family, food, philanthropy, and philoxenia. Chef/owner Christina Theofilos, a second-generation Greek American from Tampa, invites diners into a space that feels like home. Her commitment to service and high-quality cuisine nurtures a culture of love and connection. Her passion is demonstrated by the recognition of the 2023 Young Chef Award in the MICHELIN Guide Florida.


Bake'n Babes

Bake'n Babes

📍 : Inside Armature Works, 1910 N Ola Ave, Tampa

Julie Curry's Bake'n Babes is a haven for those with a sweet tooth, famous for its "Best Local Cookie" award and a menu that includes oversized cookies, over-the-top shakes, and triple-layer brownies. Julie's passion for crafting epic desserts and memories shines through every indulgent treat.



Peterbrooke Chocolatier

📍 : 777 N Ashley Dr Suite D-2

Jennifer Hill's Peterbrooke Chocolatier in Downtown Tampa is a chocolate lover's dream, offering handmade delicacies such as hand-dipped strawberries and truffles. The team's commitment to small-batch production ensures the highest quality in every bite. Stop by to discover a seasonal treat or a Tampa-themed souvenir. 


Erika Williner Designs

Erika Williner Designs

📍 : Sold at our Visitors Center: 201 N Franklin St #102

Erika Williner's unique creations are a true reflection of her rich cultural heritage, extensive world travels, and profound love of nature. Her handcrafted jewelry collection is a testament to her passion for accentuating the natural beauty of every woman wearing her pieces. 


Ersula's History Shop

Ersula's History Shop

📍 : 1421 Tampa Park Plaza

Ersula's History Shop was created and designed to give you, whether a collector, enthusiast, or historian, access to a repository of vintage publications and rare finds. You will experience a treasure trove celebrating Black history throughout Tampa Bay and Florida. This shop is a must-visit for anyone interested in taking a piece of history home.



Posies Flower Truck

📍 : Find the Trucks

This charming, retrofitted VW truck, filled with fresh seasonal flowers, brings joy to local businesses and special events. Poises Flower Truck, founded by Stephanie Frank and her husband Dennis, allows guests to create custom bouquets using seasonal stems, spreading smiles wherever they go. Find Posies at Hyde Park Village or one of its pop-ups. 


Candle Pour

The Candle Pour

📍 : Hyde Park Village: 1619 W Snow Cir

📍 : Oxford Exchange: 420 W Kennedy Blvd

The Candle Pour is an innovative business founded by Misty and Dennis Akers, where customers can create custom candles, reed diffusers, linen spray, wax melts, and pure fragrance oil. It's a unique experience perfect for any occasion, embodying the spirit of creativity and personal touch.



Desserts by Toffee to Go

📍 : 3251 W Bay to Bay Blvd

Dive into a world where every bite blends tradition and perfection. With over two decades of perfecting their craft, the Schalks offer a trio of irresistible toffee flavors that have become a local legend. Born from a cherished family recipe, this sweet venture has blossomed into a beacon for dessert lovers, promising the finest indulgences for those pursuing unparalleled taste and quality.



Edison Food + Drink Lab

📍 : 912 W Kennedy Blvd

Step into Edison Food + Drink Lab, where Chef Jeannie Pierola, a five-time James Beard semifinalist, orchestrates a symphony of flavors. At Edison, every dish is an adventure, blending scientific precision with artistic flair to transform everyday ingredients into extraordinary culinary experiences. Known as one of Tampa Bay's culinary gems, Edison invites you on a journey of taste exploration, where each meal is a testament to innovation and exceptional dining.