It only seemed like a matter of time before local Tampa businesses began targeting a significant demographic expected at the 2012 Republican National Convention; the protestors.
With thousands of them (up to 15,000 according to some estimates) expected to converge upon the Tampa Bay area later this month for the convention, it's going to be hard for anyone to ignore their massive presence in the area.
So, a handful of local businesses have gotten creative by planning events and more catered towards those of the more anti-RNC mindset.
Cafe Hey in Downtown Tampa, for example, is billing itself as "Tampa's official oasis of chill" for the RNC. During the convention's time here, or what they call "the big Tampa cluster#%&!", Cafe Hey is extending their hours, adding seating, and hosting a political art show to accomodate for the influx of protestors. They'll also offer a 99% Dinner of rice, beans, and bread ($3.99) as an affordable meal for those on a budget and clever nod to the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Up the road in Ybor City, both New World Brewery and Market on 7th will hold RNC resistance events with appearances from protest singer-songwriter David Rovics and Vermin Supreme. While open to hosting events like these, both businesses are non-partisan and assure that all are welcome - regardless of party affiliation - during the convention's run from August 27 through 30.
Know any other protestor-welcome businesses in the Tampa Bay area? Some great local discounts or deals during the RNC? Let us know in the comments section below!