Downtown Tampa's newest hang out. And bookstore, coffee shop, resturant, gift shop and tea house. A one of a kind space, the Oxford exchange is located across the street from the University of Tampa and was originaly built as a stable for the Plant Hotel in 1891. Over the past 120 years, the space has seen its share of uses; shops, an insurance company, dentist office, photography studio, etc. Created by Blake Casper, the new renovation started as a book store. Blake's vision and ideas grew to what the Oxford Exchange is today, housing a multitude of spaces.
As mentioned, the first floor of the building is open to the public with the resturant, book store and shop. The second floor holds the Commerce Club; a flexible business resourse, the club features private offices, conference rooms and a shared environment that can be reserved daily.
I recently attended a tour of the Oxford Exchange given by Blake himself. I could go on for hours about every interior finish used, the flooring, walls, where it all came from and how it was shipped on site. I will not bore you with all of those details but do want to point out a few elements that caught my eye.
The black and white marble floors are throughout the book store and first floor seating area. The stunning pattern stands out amoungst the adjacent wood tones.
The restuarant features a solarium and centralized water feature for an outdoor dining experience. The glass ceiling feature was brought in from Switzerland and is retractable (that's right, retractable).
Keep an eye out for the natural light that is brought into every space, including the restrooms.
Make an excuse to stop by. Grab a coffee or tea. You will not regret that you did.