Metro’s new ‘Inclusivitea’ health center, adult retail shop and cafe is now open in St. Pete

It’s in the former home of Metro Retro and Retail.

click to enlarge Inclusivitea will sell sex-positive shop set to sell adult toys, tea and coffee in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Inclusivitea will sell sex-positive shop set to sell adult toys, tea and coffee in St. Petersburg, Florida.


Whether it's exploring kinky art or helping trans folk navigate lifestyle changes, Metro Inclusive Health is no stranger to straightforward sexual liberation aimed at keeping health in mind.

Now, Metro is bringing that same energy forward with Inclusivitea—a sex-positive shop set to sell adult toys, tea and coffee.

Located at 2235 Central Ave. in St. Petersburg, the location is the former home of Metro Retro and Retail. Visitors to Inclusivitea will have access to a satellite health center, according to a press release, complete with two exam rooms and a waiting area.

The center will offer HIV and STI testing, PrEP/nPEP and links to over 100 services and programs offered at the Bay’s four other Metro Health locations. The center (and all Metro locations) accepts most insurances, and also provides assistance to those that need it with its “Copay It Forward” program.

“We know this is an opportunity to reach folks that are perhaps unaware of our health centers and all the services we offer, from primary care to behavioral health,” Brian Bailey, Chief Marketing And Experience Officer for Metro, told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay.

You’ll also be able to plant yourself in the concept’s cafe space for an afternoon of work if you want to take advantage of indoor and outdoor seating. The space is big enough to seat 20 people, and you don’t have to worry about booking reservations in advance.

On the menu: baked goods, chips, coffee, teas and even mocktails hand-selected by the Metro team. No specific items have been revealed, but you can expect unique offerings exclusive to the space, according to Bailey.

Like other cafes, the menu is a rotating one. Offerings like the teas, snacks and mocktails, are set to change often, with the exception of offerings like coffee, cappuccinos and other espresso drinks.

The new concept is nestled next to Metro’s LGBTQ Welcome Center in the city’s Grand Central District. This part of the city has been called a “safe space” for the LGBTQ+ community over the last two decades, and Metro’s newest addition is adding to the education.

“Our goal is always to eliminate barriers to care,” Bailey said. “Having owned that space for some time, Metro was lucky enough to grow into what the Grand Central District has become today.”

The cafe also has a media wall for presentations and movies meant for education and any events the space hosts. During opening week, it’ll feature podcasting events and an LGBTQ+ youth and senior art market.

You can also head into the retail shop to pick up your Cher candle, Dolly Parton charcuterie board or to choose between designer lubes, condoms and adult toys. A lot of the sexual health merchandise is unique to the shop and to the area, according to Bailey, so you won’t have to worry about mass-produced toys and cheap protection.

“It’s an opportunity to reduce the stigma surrounding sex positive discussions so that customers can not only buy products, but have a well-rounded experience regarding sexuality and safe sex practices,” Brian said. “It offers a far more comfortable atmosphere to browse and learn with access to Metro’s sexual health experts.”

Support local journalism in these crazy days. Our small but mighty team works tirelessly to bring you news on how coronavirus is affecting Tampa Bay and surrounding areas all while giving you the food and drink news you crave. Please consider making a one time or monthly donation to help support our staff. Every little bit helps.

Want to know everything going on with Tampa Bay's food and drink scene? Sign up for our Bites newsletter.

Scroll to read more Openings & Closings articles
Join the Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.

Newsletters

Join Creative Loafing Tampa Bay Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Creative Loafing Tampa Bay, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at [email protected]