Local crafters, crafty fun in Hyde Park at West Elm and The Paper Sea Horse

Shopping and creative cool in Tampa's Soho district.

click to enlarge OUR TYPE OF SHOP: The Paper Sea Horse not only sells typewriters but will teach you how to use them (again). - Jenn Carroll
Jenn Carroll
OUR TYPE OF SHOP: The Paper Sea Horse not only sells typewriters but will teach you how to use them (again).


See what's popping in and popping up at West Elm decor boutique in Hyde Park this Friday night. The store is launching a new pop-in shop that carries an exclusive collection of locally designed goods. Celebrate the new addition at  a launch party from 6 to 9 p.m. on March 27.  Singer-songwriter Corrine Oliviia performs the party as guests browse new in-store vendors 9th Letter Press, Franny & Franky DesignsPerro Paper Co.Rifle Paper Co. and Sea & Asters. A pop-up shop will also feature other local vendors at the shop for one night only. West Elm is at 700 S. Village Circle, Tampa.

The Paper Seahorse, 211 S. Howard Ave., is Hyde Park's new "paperie plus makerie." The spot for artisanal paper and crafts, offers classes, workshops, events and more. The April-June schedule can be found at paperseahorse.com/classes. Most classes are 1-3 hours (workshops are half and full days) and range from $12 to $75. 

Classes include creative writing, introduction to poetry, Typewriter 101, 'zine making, papercrafts, creative business launching and classes for kids. According to The Sea Horse, the classes are tres modern and fun, offering the perfect spot for a girls’ night out, date night and other gatherings. All materials and refreshments are included. 

The shop also offers a curated menagerie of modern and nostalgic goods for writing purposes, paper and presentation items — including stationery, letterpress, custom and handmade invitations, gift wrap, writing instruments and accessories.