It Happened to Me Tampa Bay

My photos from a visit to Seminole Heights’ new(-ish) store, Tiger Dust

Seminole Heights’ seal, which depicts a two-headed alligatorSmall Business Saturday (which took place yesterday) is an excellent opportunity to check out local places that I don’t usually go to, or places that I’d been meaning to go to for some time. Tiger Dust, which has been in Seminole Heights for several months, falls into the latter category.

Tiger Dust calls itself a wunderkammer, a German term meaning “wonder room” or “room of wonders.” There’s a similar term, kunstkammer, which literally means “art room” but it often interpreted in English as “cabinet of curiosities.” This is from a time when “cabinet” was used more often to refer to a room than furniture for storing things (our modern usage of the word is a sort of downsizing).

If you’re looking for a gift for an unconventional friend, Tiger Dust just might fit the bill.

Need an interesting taxidermy piece? Tiger Dust has ’em in spades.

Kitschy art? Oh yeah.

Housewarming present for a friend whose wardrobe is entirely black? They’ve got ’em.

Need the complete works of Anton LaVey or Aleister Crowley? Do what thou wilt.

I almost bought the tiger kite pictured above. I may yet return to complete the purchase. I did buy a skull ring, because it’s a key part of the accordion rock and roll lifestyle.

Tiger Dust is located at 4222 North Florida Avenue, a couple of blocks north of M.L.K. Boulevard. Their hours are listed online as 12 noon to 7:00 p.m. daily, but the sign on their door might be a little more accurate — it says they’re open noon-ish to 7-ish.

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