Send Tampa flowers and learn about the city.
Tampa is located on the west coast of Florida. The first settlement was established in 1824 and has now grown to over 40 million people living in the Greater Tampa Bay area today. Like the rest of Florida, Tampa was originally owned by the Spaniards until it was purchased by the US 1821.
The city has contributed to the states' economy through various industries throughout the years. In 1855 Vicente Martinez Ybor moved to town and Tampa began its well documented journey in to world of cigar production. The city’s close proximity to Cuba made importing tobacco relatively easy and its access to railways made shipping throughout the rest of the United States even easier. At its peak of production in 1929, there were over 5 million cigars hand-rolled in the city. Although this number has decreased significantly, Ybor City is still well known for its cigar production and tobacco shops.
In more recent years, the economy has been driven by industries such as finance, healthcare, technology and agriculture. Tampa is actually in the Guinness Book of World Record as the city with the most number of days of sunshine so it's not surprising that agriculture plays a major role in Tampa's economic growth. Food processing is big as is citrus growth, but something else making a fairly big impact is the Tampa flower industry.
Tampa flower growers contribute to the $9 billion US flower industry. Tampa flower wholesalers work as middlemen between farmers and local Tampa flower shop owners, although some buy direct. Tampa flowers are also shipped out of area but most stay relatively close to home. While Tampa flower farmers continue to see a demand for their product, Tampa florists will admit that they’ve seen a bit of a decline in business with the emergence of the supermarket floral department. 80% of all supermarkets now sell flowers. This has hurt the last minute or impulse sales that ordinarily would have gone to Tampa florists.
Most Tampa flower shop owners will still tell you that business is good as they can fill the needs of a marketplace that no supermarket floral department ever could. Weddings. No bride-to-be wants to buy her wedding flowers from the local grocery store so this is an area where business is definitely secure for local Tampa florists. Tampa flower designers and event planners still turn to local Tampa flower wholesalers and shops as their product tends to be fresher. The beauty of purchasing from a Tampa flower shop as opposed to a supermarket is that your blooms come with the knowledge of an experienced Tampa florist and not a 15 year old, gum-chewing part-timer at the local Winn Dixie. With that said, the Tampa flower business just might continue to grow after all.
Tampa, Florida Attractions
- Pioneer Florida Museum
- Salvador Dali Museum
- Gulf Coast World of Science
- Friday Morning Musicale in Hyde Park
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