Oxford Exchange is a restaurant, bookstore, lifestyle gift store, co-working space, design studio and event venue in Tampa, Florida.
Depending on how you look at it, Oxford Exchange is either a large house, or a small town. Dave and Susan Ward of Buddy Brew Coffee and Abigail St. Clair of TeBella Tea Company came on board; Executive Chef Erin Guggino began to develop the menu for the Restaurant; Allison Casper Adams created the Shop; and Alison Powell devised the Bookstore. Each area offers its own feel and personality, and yet each contributes to the whole, which is designed to fulfill a diverse range of needs, from coffee to conversation.
Originally built in 1891 as a stable for the Tampa Bay Hotel, Oxford Exchange is really two buildings: the original four walls of Number 420, and a new structure that took the place of an older building next door. Painstaking restoration of the older elements, most notably the brickwork, was done alongside the creation of new features, such as the many skylights and the glass-roofed conservatory. It is hard to tell the new from the old, which underscores Oxford Exchange’s mission to showcase the best of the contemporary and the classic.
In addition to the careful planning of the physical structure of Oxford Exchange, a great deal of thought went into the activities and products offered here—the spirit of the place. Curation is a key concept behind the food, goods, and events at the OE. With choices overwhelming us all these days, there is a great relief in having the field narrowed by those with the passion and expertise to help us find our way to wonderful new discoveries.
Oxford Exchange is available for booking of private events.