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 Newsletter of the  Ybor City Chamber of Commerce

October Mid-Month 2010
2nd Guavaween
Merchant Meeting

Next Tuesday

Merchants make sure your calendars are marked. Guavaween is right around the corner and the next meeting scheduled to inform district merchants will be here before we know it.

The meeting  is scheduled for:
Tuesday, Oct. 26 @ 6:30PM

The meeting will again 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

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

December 14th 2010
Keith Norden
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Corporation
What Costume Will Win The $2K Grand Prize?!

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!

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

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

Is Your Party Scheduled Yet?

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

Bioscrip Pharmacy
JoAnn Padell
1315 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
Deb Hunseder
1701 East 8th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
A Note Of
Appreciation To

Dennis Fernandez
306 E Jackson Street Suite 3N
Tampa, FL 33602
Communications Systems Management
Michael York
3806 Gunn Hwy
Tampa, FL 33618
Green Iguana Bar & Grill
Jason Fernandez
1708 E. 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
GTE Federal Credit Union
Abby Baltra
711 E. Henderson Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602
Minaret Realty
Jack Rodriguez
PO Box 10544
Tampa, FL 33679
Scott  A. Haas, PA
Scott Haas
1901 E. 5th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
Shrimp & Co.
Rafael Rosario
2202 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
Sociedad La Union Marti-Maceo
Herman Monroe
1226 E 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
UTi  United States Inc.
Nery Rodriguez
5823 Barry Road
Tampa, FL 33634
Volunteers of America of Florida
Wendy Whitescarver
1205 E. 8th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

Click on a company names to learn more about your fellow members.
Remember to register for the monthly membership luncheons as early as possible to guarantee you have a seat on reserve.
Tom Keating Head ShotGuavaween 25:  Bacchanalia at Its Best
Sensuous, seductive, sexy and only a bit scary, Ybor City's Guavaween is where you and your friends are the most important part of the party.  Where can you enjoy a beer in the street legally; feast on the best Latin, Italian and Greek cuisine; see some of the most creative costumes imaginable and dance in the street till 3:00 AM?  - in our National Historic Landmark District - Ybor City!
Human beings have been celebrating the autumnal equinox, since the beginning of time.  We have worked hard; the harvest is in and we feel the need for a blow-out.  Sure the days are getting shorter and darkness longer, but hey, hope springs eternal.  Our ancestors knew how to party. I'm rather certain there are some Druids in my background; probably a couple of Vikings and maybe even a Spaniard, if what they say about the "black Irish" is true.
Come celebrate your hard work, the refreshing cool of Florida's fall and take part in the 25th Anniversary of Guavaween - Tampa's "Halloween with a Latin flair." While Mama and Papa Guava are no more real than Jose Gaspar, you can have your own krewe for the cost of admission; and march in the Stumble with whatever group of friends and colleagues you put together.  What I like is that this is the best deal in Central Florida - the Orlando theme park will cost somewhere near $60 and North Tampa's theme park in the neighborhood of $40.
While our "day of" gate is $17, if you can find Feature's Costumes in South Tampa you can buy advance tickets for only $12 (by my calculation that is only one dollar an hour). Come down to the District early and have dinner or do like we do at the Chamber.  Establish a base-camp at one of our many quaint pubs, patio bars or fine restaurants and have a pre-game party.  We have venues in your Historic District than can host from four to four hundred.
Do your part to keep Guavaween in the "top-13 Halloween events in the country!" - Tom Keating

Chamber Happenings

November 9- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, 11:45AM- 1:15PM-  Rick Baker, former Saint Petersburg Mayor and new Director of the USF Innovation Partnership,  will speak with luncheon attendees about his new role as a partnership cultivator between the University of South Florida and the world of research and development, and how those relationships can create new industries for the Bay Area. The chamber luncheon is sponsored by SunTrust.  Be sure to check your email so you can RSVP online.

spotlightYbor Chamber Member Spotlight
El Sol Cigars has been a presence in Ybor City since 1929, when master cigar makers Guy and Mary Saitta, opened their cigar shop on 7th Avenue. The tradition was carried on by their son Tony and now grandson Bob. All of El Sol Cigars are hand rolled in small cigar factories in Tampa, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. You can purchase cigars on-line at or from Bob himself at his 7th Avenue store. Bob has been a loyal member of the Ybor City Chamber since 1997 and is proud of the heritage given to him by his grandparents.
As Guy Saitta once said:  "Cigars are not vitamins, they're enjoyment. But the pleasure that a cigar offers goes beyond the smoking...Tobacco has a kind of romance...I'm never alone when I have a cigar going. I don't just taste tobacco, I don't just see a cigar. I can see, taste, smell and feel the earth, the sunshine, the rain and the air trapped in every leaf."
Now that is a love affair with the cigar.
Robert Saitta
El Sol Cigars
1728 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
Announcements & Events Around the District

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 21- 16th Annual TBBCA Gala & Save The Arts Benefit, Thurs. 6:30PM- 9:30PM- celebrate local businesses and professionals who have mad e a difference in Tampa Bay's arts and cultural community.  Business and the arts are the focal point of the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and Arts' Gala at The Ritz Ybor.  Get your tickets online at

October 30- Guavaween Parking at B.T. Washington Elementary , Sat. 3PM 3AM- The PTA of B.T. Washington is raising funds by offering parking for Guavaween for $5.00.  This is a major fundraiser for the PTA.  Proceeds raised will help pay for lunches, school t-shirts, field trips those that can not afford it and many other needs.  Call 813.966.5684 for more information.

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

November 2- Casino Fundraiser For Fallen Officers at Club Skye, Tues. 6PM-  Club Skye is opening their doors to a charity casino night and silent auction to benefit the Kurtis/Kocab Memorial Fund.  The evening promises hors d''ouvres, great give-a-ways, and celebrity appearances.  All proceeds from this event benefit the fund. For more information call 813.404.6202 or 813.401.7787.

November 5- The 9th Annual Richard's Run For Life 5K, Fri. 7PM- Help the Columbia Restaurant and Moffitt Cancer Center find a cure through their annual run. This year the run begins and ends at the Ybor Centennial Park with food and drink to follow for contributors.  For more information visit

November 13- BERLIN! a Square One Creative Event at the Ritz Ybor, Sat. 7PM- 12AM- The theme for Square One's newest production revolves around expression and artistic freedom in a time of separation.  With the Berlin wall being the perfect analogy to how people deal with expressing themselves when obstacles are put in their way, and how the human spirit can transcend most difficulties in life.

Attention Ybor City Restaurants- Here is an opportunity to showcase 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

Yellow Cab "Goes Pink" For Breast Cancer Awareness- You have seen them around town already, and it may have left you scratching your head. Why are some of the Yellow Cabs sporting pink roofs? Through the month of October, donations are being raised through the pink cabs' fares to help benefit Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation to help in the fight against breast cancer.  If you would like to learn more about the program or to donate, visit

HART Gets Top Honor-  Beating out 80 candidates throughout the nation, the county's own Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority  was recognized as being the #1 Outstanding Public Transportation System for 2010 by the American Public Transportation Association.  Way to go HART!