Category: 2021 Conference

2021 Conference Resources – Best Spots for Bookworms

Some of us start looking for the best Independent bookstores as soon as we get to a new town. Just in case you’re a fellow bookworm, we’ve compiled a shortlist of some of Tampa’s best Indie bookstores.

Oxford Exchange
420 W Kennedy Blvd., Tampa
7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday

Near downtown Tampa, the bookstore provides a rare and engaging browsing experience, with a distinctive presentation that gives each book cover the attention it deserves. The carefully curated collection — including new releases, bestsellers, beloved classics, signed first editions, and children’s favorites — is intended to satisfy the casual browser as well as an avid collector. The location also features a restaurant, a coffee and tea bar,  and a gift shop.

Mojo Books & Records
2540 E Fowler Ave., Tampa
11am – 8pm, Monday-Saturday and 11am-7pm Sunday

Mojo Books and Records is Tampa Bay’s largest independent book and record store. It’s also one of the few local coffee bars specializing in manual brewing and handcrafted flavors.

Tombolo Books
2153 1st Ave S, St. Petersburg
10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Saturday-Sunday

Tombolo Books features all genres, from biography/memoir and science, to gardening, cooking, poetry, and fiction. The store also offers an expansive children’s section with a cozy reading nook for parents and children to enjoy during their visit. Customers will also find a healthy selection of books, both fiction and non-fiction, by Florida authors and about the state of Florida.

Book + Bottle
17 6th St. N, St. Petersburg
8 a.m. – 6 p.m., Tuesday; 8 a.m. – 9 p.m., Wednesday-Friday; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Saturday; 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., Sunday

A bookstore with wine and a wine bar with books. Book + Bottle curates the best in literary fiction, new releases, celebrity bookclub picks, bestsellers, and other mind-opening reading material.  It also has small sections dedicated to the environment, cooking, wine, local lit, and Russian lit.

Wilson’s Book World
535 16th St. N, St. Petersburg
10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday

A family owned and operated, used and antiquarian bookshop in St. Petersburg, Wilson’s is one of the Southeastern United States’ oldest bookstores still in operation. The store maintains a consistent, on shelf inventory of over 250,000 hard covers, paperbacks, comics, manuscripts, and ephemera.

2021 Conference Resources – Game On with the 80s!

This year’s Conference Fun Night is a party like you’ve never seen before… or at least haven’t seen in more than 30 years! Join us for a totally bodacious night of classic 80s tunes, entertainment, arcade games and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged, but if you find yourself in Tampa without a radical outfit, don’t feel like a wastoid. Take a chill pill and check out these local secondhand stores; maybe you’ll find something totally tubular!

  • Valhalla Resale – Recently featured on the Red Carpet at the Gasparilla International Film Festival! Check out their Insta for more info.
  • Uptown Cheapskate – Offers low prices on new and second-hand clothes, shoes, handbags, and jewelry from your favorite brands and designers. Check out their Insta for more info.
  • LabelSwap – More than 4,000 square feet with 1,345 brands; 1,267 of them are MARKED DOWN. Check out their Insta for more info.
  • The Spring Thrift Store – When you buy from one of The Spring thrift stores, 100% of the net proceeds support the Tampa domestic violence emergency shelter, outreach services and other programming. Now open for shopping on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday only. The Spring Boutique is now open for shopping on Wednesday and Friday only. Check out their Facebook for more info.
  • Frolic Exchange – Vintage and Handmade Clothing Design. Check out their Insta for more info.

Need a little inspiration? Check out this list of style icons from the 1980s. We can’t wait to see what you bring to the party!

2021 Conference Resources – Health & Wellness

This year, we’re excited to offer special opportunities for conference attendees to focus on their health and wellness. As additional programs are added, we’ll update everyone!

Morning Runs

Join us on Thursday and Friday mornings for a group run down iconic Bayshore Blvd. Run groups will meet at 6:30am in the hotel lobby for a 3-mile loop. The first 75 runners will receive a conference t-shirt!

Click here to reserve your spot.


Morning Yoga

Join us on Thursday and Friday mornings for sunrise yoga by the pool! Each morning at 6:30am, join us for a 30-minute stretch and flow class, led by Jessica Lynne Trese, an authorized Ashtanga Teacher and Reiki Master. Bring your own mat or a pool towel and enjoy!

Click here to register your interest.


Additional Options

Enjoy the JW Marriott Tampa Water Street’s fitness center and pool.

Runners may enjoy these routes mapped throughout the Tampa area.

Feel like dropping in on a fitness class while you’re in town? Check out these Tampa fitness studios on ClassPass.

Can’t make our morning yoga classes, but still need to stretch? In addition to Bella Prana Yoga who assisted us with scheduling our own yoga instructor, these Tampa yoga studios are on ClassPass.

Left home without your favorite fitness equipment? These running stores are highly recommended by the Tampa running community:

  • Running Center – Established in 1999 with a location north of downtown Tampa. The store prides itself on its skillful gait analysis and customer service.
  • Feet First – Located just a few blocks from the Bayshore Linear Park Trail in Tampa. Good selection of shoes, apparel and gear; very knowledgeable staff.
  • Fit2Run – Family-owned running specialty chain; Tampa store located near International Airport and features a fitness bar for healthy nutrition. Offers video-taped gait analysis, good selection of products and weekly group runs.
  • New Balance – Two locations in Tampa, one near the International Airport and the other ~10 miles north from downtown.