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Like it or not, Tampa's become a hipster hot spot

By Janelle Irwin  – Reporter, Tampa Bay Business Journal

May 25, 2018, 7:11am EDT Updated Jun 4, 2018, 11:46am

MoveHub, a group that provides information for young professionals considering moving to a new city, recently evaluated 446 cities worldwide to rank their "hipster" vibes.

The group looked at the number of vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques and record stores per 100,000 residents the cities had to produce a hipster index score on a 10-point scale for each city.

Tampa came in at No. 11.

The dictionary defines a hipster as “a person who is unusually aware of and interested in new and unconventional patterns,” and according to the ranking Tampa, must have a lot of them.

“I wouldn’t doubt this ranking has something to do with our ability to throw an epic ‘Third Blind Eye’ concert followed by, what’s been reported as, Tampa’s best fireworks show with 25,000 of Tampa’s biggest hipsters, including their biggest cheerleader, Bob Buckhorn,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s right-hand hipster, Ashley Bauman, the city’s director of marketing and communications.

Bauman was referring to the Mother’s Day weekend festivities surrounding the grand opening of Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park (see photo gallery). Her boss, Buckhorn, is known for referring to his younger staff as hipsters. He mistakingly referred to the band Third Eye Blind as "Third Blind Eye" prompting teasing from his staff.

Among some of the areas that might give Tampa an extra hipster vibe, Ybor City is home to any number of vintage shops and thrift stores and Seminole Heights has become a booming mecca for unique eats and craft brews. Downtown Tampa boasts vegan-friendly food joints like Café Hey, Farmacy and Bamboozle Café.

St. Pete came in far below Tampa on the list, which will probably come as a shock to all the St. Pete hipsters. The city landed in the No. 50 spot on the list.

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