About Us

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About The Paper Seahorse

Hello, my name is Tona Bell, I am proprietress of The Paper Seahorse. It is a studio for addressing the digital dilemma, the fact that we are in front of "screens" seemingly all the time.  My vision is for people to keep in touch with themselves and others. Creativity and mindfulness is our specialty. Curating handwritten and handmade experiences, we are dedicated to celebrating the creative spirit and the makers. Stationery finds, creative classes and special events, we have the tools to help you digitally detox. Mindfulness starts here with us.

Specialty Stationery

We offer a carefully curated collection of modern and nostalgic goods for the art of writing, paper and presentation. These include: stationery, letterpress, custom and handmade invitations, gift wrap, writing instruments and accessories. The Paper Seahorse also offer creative classes, pop-up events, wedding and baby showers as well as birthday parties for kids little and big.

Creative Classes

For the maker and curious creative looking for new creative expressions, Paper Seahorse classes are modern and fun. These classes are also perfect for girls’ night out, date night, parties and special events. All materials and refreshments are included. Bring an open heart and mind. Learn something new, make with your hands, give from the heart.

Tampa Type: Typewriter Experiences

Our signature “writing bar”consists of a curated selection of typewriters from the 20’s to the 70’s ready for creating. We also specialize in customizing typewriter rentals for photo shoots props/display and parties. Tampa Type has the largest inventory of restored vintage typewriters for sale in Florida. Tampa Type’s permanent home is The Paper Seahorse.

Calligraphy Collective

The Calligraphy Collective is a community of enthusiasts who share a common love of all things nib and ink.  It's a resource for education, inspiration and to encourage others to discover the joys of the art form.  From classic to modern, we embrace all styles of calligraphy.


211 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606

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