long time Tampa NTer here,
Heres the deal with Tampa on the sneaker scene for the past decade or so,
Tampa was always known to be a bit behind the times, were a big city with a small city mentality (our downtown sucks). In order to keep up with the sneaker scene we only worked with what we had, SPOT of course being nationally known probably had/has the best SB acct in FL which is were all the hyped SB drops occurred (Spot got multiple restocks on Tiffanys). Then of course for our QS and LS Jordan releases we turn to University mall (aka our "ghetto mall" ) University mall had the most Sneaker stores (Champs, Finish Line, Foot Action, Ect.) than any other mall in the Central FL area. DMP release was insane 5 out of the 7 stores had gotten DMP's! people from Orlando had came to camp out at university mall. Nowadays we grown a bit and now we even got boutiques such as Renown in Ybor (What up Ralph!) one on Kennedy, and one even in International mall.
As far as the night scene goes my top spot would have to be Czar (in ybor) on a Wednesday or Friday night, yeah you get the young hipster crowd chicks and stuff but the Create Bros (DJ's and former NTer's) spin some of the best wax that you will ever hear at a Nightclub.
Peace Tampa Nter brethren's