Shipping containers may soon operate as restaurants, retail in Lakeland

Sparkman Wharf in Tampa.

When local business owner Laures Dockery visited Sparkman Wharf in Tampa, she fell in love. 

Sparkman Wharf is a waterfront destination where residents and tourists alike gather for a taste of local eats and retail treats. And it has an unusual format for doing so: the use of shipping containers for its popular eateries. 

Dockery, 29, was immediately inspired by the location and started dreaming up ways to use the idea for Our Noire Kitchen. 

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“I was telling my husband, like wouldn’t it be great if we could have a spot here?” Dockery said.