Meadery coming to historic Tampa Heights building
by Ashley Gurbal Kritzer
Tampa Bay Business Journal
When Chad Wiltz was shopping for a space for his new meadery, he couldn’t shake the vibe he got in Tampa Heights.
Wiltz, a nuclear medical technologist, was impressed by the camaraderie among the existing businesses there, from Hidden Springs Ale Works to Tampa Indie Flea, the indoor vintage and craft market that sets up shop monthly in the Rialto Theatre. When he visited the area, Foundation Coffee Co. was just getting ready to open its Tampa Heights storefront.
“The signs are there that this is an area that’s going to be hip and happening in the very near future,” Wiltz said.
If all goes according to plan, his Garagiste Meadery will become part of the up-and-coming foodie district beginning to take shape on the northern fringe of the urban core in Tampa Heights. Wiltz has signed a lease for the 1920s office building at 1506 N. Florida Ave.
In this 1,900 square feet, Wiltz will make and serve a few hundred gallons of mead — an ancient wine made by fermenting honey instead of grapes — every month. The meadery is currently navigating the city’s permitting process, and he hopes to be open by late spring.
Meadery Profile: Garagiste Meadery