Best Of 2007

BEST PALM-FROND ROSE DEALER: Ybor City’s Joe Adams

BEST PALM-FROND ROSE DEALER: Ybor Citys Joe Adams.

Of all the homeless people walking the streets of Ybor City, Joe Adams may be the most well-known. For the last three years, he’s sat on a grate under a palm tree in front of the Green Iguana restaurant peddling green-tinged palm-frond roses and the occasional cross. Adams is not the only man in Tampa trying to hustle roses to the tourists, but his quiet and courteous demeanor has earned him the respect of business owners, police and locals who allow him to sit unmolested in the same spot every day. And according to his fans, Adams has perfected his technique enough that his roses, topped with a red or purple bougainvillea petal, can retain their shape and color for months, unlike some of the more shoddy palm-frond roses you can find. Find the bushy-bearded man on Seventh Avenue and spend a few dollars on a unique Tampa novelty.