Franklin Street’s Laura Roy serves as property manager for The Morrison, a five-story, mixed-use lifestyle development project in the Soho Corridor of Tampa.
Favorite spot to take guests from out of town: Grab a Tampa Bay Orange Crush at The Sail Pavilion while the sun sets, jump on the Pirate Water Taxi and head up the river to Ulele.
Favorite place to watch a Lightning game with friends: I can honestly say I only watch the Lightning when I can make it to Amalie Arena. The energy in the arena and live action on the ice is so much fun!
Favorite local boutique: Why Not Boutique is affordable and fun! They have the absolute best selection of clothes and accessories for Gasparilla season.
Favorite local store: The Write Stuff has the cutest selection of gifts and stationery for all occasions. You can always find a last-minute gift there that doesn’t scream “last-minute gift.”
Favorite place for a healthy meal: Zoe’s Kitchen has the freshest Mediterranean food. They have grab-and-go snacks and salads if you’re short on time and want to eat healthy. The harissa red pepper hummus with cucumbers and pita bread is delicious!
Favorite dive restaurant: If you love grouper sandwiches, do yourself a favor and check out Big Ray’s Fish Camp. And don’t forget to order the garlic fries!
Favorite place for a cup of coffee and coffee drink of choice: The Morrison is thrilled to welcome the Blind Tiger Café! The 1920s speakeasy-inspired coffee house is the perfect place to sit and relax with a cup of coffee. The Blind Tiger blend is delicious.
Favorite dive bar: The Hub. If I have made it to The Hub, I have stayed out way too late. I dare you to go there and order a double!
Favorite place to grab a drink downtown: Le Méridien used to be the old federal courthouse in downtown. The bar, Bizou Brassiere, has a cool throwback vibe with great cocktails.
Favorite place for a long walk: Downtown Tampa’s skyline is so beautiful when the sun is setting. There’s no better vantage point than Bayshore Boulevard.
Favorite restaurant across the bay: Stillwaters Tavern in Downtown St. Petersburg is a great spot for comfort food and craft cocktails.
Favorite place across the bay: Downtown St. Pete – no question! I love everything about it. Downtown St. Pete has something for everyone, and I always enjoy my time there.