Entrepreneurs bring pharmacy, cafe to Seminole Heights

By January 31, 2017Local Media

A slice of nostalgia is coming to Seminole Heights.

A trio of entrepreneurs is under construction on Mortar & Pestle, an independent pharmacy and cafe that will combine two buildings for 3,920 square feet at 6308 and 6310 N. Florida Ave. It is slated to open in November.

Mortar & Pestle, an independent pharmacy and cafe, is opening in Seminole Heights.
The concept is the brainchild of Jessica Patel, Ujwal Patel and Badal Patel. It is inspired, the group said in a news release, by “America’s historic mom-and-pop drugstores.”

It will fill prescriptions and serve locally made sodas, espresso drinks, Florida craft beers, wines, desserts and small plates at an adjacent cafe.

Rose Drugs, the neighborhood’s last independent pharmacy, closed in 2007.

Seminole Heights, which has been on the verge of urban renaissance for several years, is starting to reach a tipping point as more residents and businesses are moving to the area.

Ashley Gurbal Kritzer is senior reporter for the Tampa Bay Business Journal.