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Hyde Park Village welcomes several new stores this summer


Published:   |   Updated: June 18, 2013 at 04:17 PM

TAMPA - The Hyde Park Village shopping neighborhood is getting a welcome breath of new life from a pack of new shops set to open this summer.

The shops range from a high-end wedding boutique to a hippy-style retailer, just months after the Village opened a large new restaurant and re-signed some large retailers.

The West Elm home goods retailer confirmed news that the Tribune first wrote about earlier this year, that they plan on taking the space of its sister company Williams-Sonoma in the circle around the village's central fountain. Construction is now underway for a potential opening this September.

White Magnolia Bridal Collection will open this summer as well at 1603 W. Snow Circle. The upscale bridal boutique is appointment only, and offers sitting areas for friends and family, with champagne available. Owner Karrie Hileman started the boutique in 2010 in Jacksonville, focusing on a certain type of bride. Gowns start at $1,300 and go up to $4,000.

"We work with one bride at a time," she said, "and focus more on customer service and working with the bride through the whole process."

Another store is High Cotton Living. In a similar socially conscious ethos as Tom's Shoes, this store focuses on home goods, clothing and accessories from companies and suppliers that give back to their communities, with most products sourced from "sustainable processes in the United States." The store is set to open this summer at 1619 W. Snow Circle.

Navy is a new local boutique that has unusual shoes, jewelry an accessories, opening just next door at 1607 W. Snow Circle. And Dixieland Monogramming is opening June 29 at 1625 Snow Circle, after the company grew its online business.

For fans of the Milagros soap store, those operations essentially relocated last month to downtown St. Petersburg, at 1104 Central Ave. Though the store's website www.sisteragnes.com is now dormant, the store is still taking orders over the phone and via their Facebook page at facebook.com/MilagrosTampa.

These new entrants into Hyde Park come after the Piquant restaurant opened on West Snow Avenue, taking the space of the former Restaurant BT and Sophie's French Bakery Cafe. Business has picked up at the bistro since opening several months ago, and the owners plan to expand catering from the site. That adds to several other relatively new stores to open, including the running store FitNiche and the upscale yoga gear store Lululemon Athletica.

Two other anchor stores have also re-signed leases, according to mall management, including Pottery Barn and Pottery Barn Kids, which are sister companies of West Elm and Williams-Sonoma - which cements several of the shopping center's larger spaces.

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