Best Of 2018

Best Ybor City fire starter: BURN RUBBER

We’re a few years removed from a BOTB award which recognized that asshole who started a disco ball fire at Amphitheatre in 2016, so here’s an accolade for a group bringing a new kind of heat to 7th Avenue. In June, the minds behind Burn Rubber teamed up with FILA to create a custom show dedicated to the neighborhood, and one month later they teamed up with Tampa art collective Mergeculture to put on a Smithsonian-level custom classic Reebok exhibition. Couple a commitment to carrying local designers with the general bravery it takes to operate a retail store in this day and age, and what you’ve got is one of the best shoe and streetwear shops in Tampa Bay. 1517 E. 7th Ave., Ste. B., Ybor City. 813-442-7745, burnrubbertampa.com. —RR