La SÚtima
Newsletter of the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce
October 2010
1st Guavaween
Merchant Meeting


It is that time of year again!  Guavaween is right around the corner and as happens every year, there are meetings scheduled to inform district merchants new and old on Guavaween's happenings.

The meetings are scheduled for:
Tuesday, Oct. 5  @ 6:30PM
Tuesday, Oct. 26 @ 6:30PM

Both meetings will be held in the cantina of the Italian Club.  The Italian Club is located on the Southwest corner of 7th Avenue & Angel Oliva Sr. (18th) Street.
Member Luncheons

October 12th 2010
Susan Haworth
President/ CEO
Sponsored by:
New Urban Suites

November 9th 2010
Rick Baker
USF Innovation Partnership
Sponsored by:

Come out and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Ybor City's Annual Halloween Extravaganza on Saturday, October 30th!

Guavaween Night is filled with costumed revelry and offers live music featuring national and local artists, the Mama Guava Stumble Parade, 'Features' Costume Contest and all of the exciting venues Ybor City has to offer!  Experience Wonderland! Join in on the Mama Guava Stumble and continuous entertainment!

Call 813.242.4828 or check the event out on the web at to get in on the entertainment!

Host a Guavaween Party!

Take advantage of the publicity and panache of Guavaween 2010 by ordering up your discounted block of tickets for your krewe, party, or best buddies.

Group tickets run $150 for 10 tickets, $250 for 20 tickets, or  $500 for 50 tickets. For more information on group ticket sales call 813.242.4828
A Special Thanks
For Joining To

Visionary Studio, Inc.
Roger Riedel
6315 Anderson Rd.
Tampa, FL 33634
Quality Inn & Suites
Virginia Lalani
4955 E. 18th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
A Note Of
Appreciation To

John Centinaro
2704 W. Juneau St.
Tampa, FL 33614
Andrew Hall
3405 W. Martin Luther King Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33607
Commercial Moving & Storage, Inc.
Steve Yturriaga
1701 N. 20th St.
Tampa, FL 33605
Discover In-Town Guide & Map
Chuck Wray, Jr.
4940 72nd Ave., Suite 200
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Florida Acquisition & Appraisal, Inc.
Jack Curatelli
2109 Palm Ave., Suite 104
Tampa, FL 33605
French | West | Vaughan
Jack Glasure
2211 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605

Ybor Chamber
Member Spotlight

Joe Photo is a Special Events photographer who specializes in an array of events such as charitable and corporate events; school events; reunions; private parties; bar/bat mitzvah's and golf tournaments.
Matt Nassif, owner of Joe Photo Tampa, has been a member of the Ybor Chamber since February 2009 and has been our event photographer for both Ybor Aficionado Days and Gala. Chamber event guests love Joe Photo's on-site color photographs, allowing them to "walk away" with a picture, customized with event title, date and logo.
Look to Joe Photo Tampa for your next special event photography needs and enjoy our Newsletter Gala photos, courtesy of Joe Photo Tampa.
Matt Nassif
Joe Photo Tampa

Message From The Chair

Hola -
Once again, LO QUE  A PASADO (WHAT'S HAPPENED LATELY) in YBOR CITY? Well, this past month has been a little quiet, but here are a few of the headlines:
- Murals in our midst (Tampa Tribune 9/13/2010)
The mural on the side of the building of Sociedad La Union Marti-Maceo which depicts Ybor City's Latin heritage was featured.  They are located at 1226 Seventh Avenue.
- IKEA postpones higher-sign hearing (Tampa Tribune 9/16/2010).
Facing neighborhood concerns, IKEA representatives have postponed a request to add a 125 foot high sign to the company's store in the Ybor City area.
- Columbia patrons eat like it's 1905 (Tampa Tribune 9/20/2010)
Columbia Restaurant's annual 1905 Day celebration, which features popular menu items at rock-bottom prices.  This event has been very popular for years and attracts large crowds.
At our luncheon this month we had the pleasure of hearing an update on the Encore project from Roxanne Amoroso, Senior VP of Bank of America.  The Encore is a 30-acre urban redevelopment plan for the property located between downtown Tampa and Ybor City, formerly known as Central Park Village. Phase one of the project is underway and Roxanne gave an excellent update on their progress as well as expanding on the private sector perspective.  Encore includes plans for a hotel, grocery store, retail stores and mixed income housing.  This is a major project which will have a positive impact to our businesses and properties in Ybor City.
Our Chamber's 45th Annual Gala and the 17th presentation of the Gonzmart award was held on September 17th.  On behalf of our family, we are deeply honored to receive the Adela and Cesar Gonzmart award.  I would like to thank the entire Gala committee and staff for all their hard work, dedication and commitment in putting on this wonderful event.  Everyone had a very enjoyable evening.  And a special thanks goes to our chair, Sandra Fernandez-Lopez and our co-chair Elliott Wheeler for their leadership in making the evening a very special and memorable one!
And finally, Guavaween is just a few weeks away.  Can you believe it?  I can't wait until all the festivities begin.  This year we are celebrating our 25th anniversary and it will be held on Saturday, October 30th.  So if you have not gotten your costume yet, what are you waiting for?  Let's DO IT!!!   Join the big guava party with plenty of entertainment and folks dressed in all sorts of creative and fun costumes!  Bring the kids & family down during the day for Family Fun Fest and then the big bash continues with the Mama Guava Stumble parade hitting the streets in the evening.  So get your friends & groups together and we will see you all there! For more information please contact CC Events at 813.242.4828 or visit .
Hasta la proxima (until next time)!   
Arturo Fuente, Jr.

Chamber Happenings

October 12- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Susan Haworth, President/CEO,WEDU, will let luncheon attendees know what it has been like to take over as head of one of the bay area's most resourceful television stations. The chamber luncheon is sponsored by New Urban Suites.  Be sure to check your email so you can RSVP online.

Announcements & Events Around the District

October 7- Meet Dr. Ken Atwater, President of Hillsborough Community College, Thurs. 4-6PM- Join Dr.Shawn H. Robinson, Campus President, the faculty, staff and students of the Ybor City campus as they welcome the new President of HCC. Please RSVP to Bridget Harris by emailing or by calling 813.253.7754 as soon as possible.

October 9- B.T. Washington Elementary School Yard Sale, Sat. 9AM- 3PM- The PTA of B.T. Washington is looking for gently used or new items that may be donated to help raise funds for their school.  This is a major fundraiser for the PTA.  Community involvement is key to helping this Title 1 school. Call 813.966.5684 to learn how you can help.

October 9- Sociedad La union Marti-Maceo: 110th Anniversary Celebration, Sat. 2- 6PM- Enjoy music and dancing by La Orquesta Infinidad, eating from the buffet lunch and having a drink from the cash bar tickets to this event are $25. 813-223-6188

October 21- Guavaween 2010 Kick-off Party, Thurs. 6-9PM- Join the Hilton Garden Inn- Ybor City as they kick-off Guavaween 2010.  Come out for food, drink and entertainment performed by recording artist Tom Sartori.

October 30- Guavaween, Sat.- Let the character within you roam Wonderland for a day and night of revelry.  Bring the family to the Guavaween Family FunFest and celebrate until 2PM. At 3PM, the rabbit hole will take adults to place full of music, food and drink, and where we will see who is wearing what and maybe even win yourself  something wonderful... like $2,000! Get your tickets at

Attention Ybor City Restaurants- Here is an opportunity to showecase your restaurant to Lowry Park Zoo's Zoofari attendees.  The Ritz Ybor will serve as the liaison between Zoofari coordinators and district participants.  Contact Okie Tilo for more information and to receive an application at or call Nicole Nassif at 813.267.9981

Gala 2010: Azucar- A Night in Old Havana!

It was exciting to see three generations of Ybor's Fuente family all in one place at one time.  Throughout the world the name Fuente is synonymous with fine cigars.  In Tampa, it is also synonymous with the best in "civic engagement." Photo by Joe Photo
  1st Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl
Is A Success!   
With 230 participants out in the historic district in its first year, the OktoberFest Pub Crawl saw attendees wearing their ticket to 13 of Ybor's fine pubs and patio bars.

"What a great event!  Took the wife and some friends and we were all amazed by all the "new" places we "discovered" since we haven't frequented Ybor since the kids came along! Can't wait until the 2nd annual crawl!"- Nicholas Spurlock