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 Newsletter of the  Ybor City Chamber of Commerce

Mid-Month December
Get Your Space Reserved:
Winter 2010 Ybor Expo: Business Showcase
at Columbia Restaurant
on Tuesday, February 8th

A Special Thanks
For Joining To


F.T.B., Inc.

Christopher Mink

PO Box 27096

Tampa, FL 33602


INC, Inc.

Willy Emerson

10904 Whispering Oaks Circle

Riverview, FL 33569


Storrington Corporation

Walter Aye

1710 N. 19th St.

Tampa, FL 33605


A Note Of Appreciation
To Renewed Members


Jack Fernandez

371 Channelside, Walkway #1101

Tampa, FL 33602


Ardaman & Associates

Joseph A. Amon

3925 Coconut Palm Drive #115

Tampa, FL 33619


Humane Society of Tampa Bay

Nancy McCall

3607 N. Armenia Ave.

Tampa, FL 33607


Mainstream Band

Frank Del Vacchio

2823 W. Kirby St.

Tampa, FL 33614


Ybor City Lions Club

Anna Ramos

2503 N. Glen Avenue

Tampa, FL 33607


Click on a company name to learn more about your fellow members.


Ybor Chamber

Member Spotlight

Ybor's own caterer, Wayl of a Time Catering, can be counted on for any size event. From catering a board meeting, holiday party or the Ybor Aficionado Days After Party/Smoker, Cheryl and Waylon never disappoint.


Wayl of a Time represents the marriage of two seasoned restaurateurs who share a passion for great food and exceptional service. Cheryl has over 20 years experience in the restaurant business and Waylon's culinary skills were learned at the famed Johnson & Wales University and honed at the world famous Brennan's Restaurant in New Orleans and the Palm Restaurant in New York City.


A member of the Chamber since 2008, Wayl of a Time Catering serves not only Ybor City but all of the Tampa Bay area. When planning your next board retreat or wedding reception, give Cheryl a call.



Waylon & Cheryl Nelson

Wayl of a Time Catering

1725 ˝  E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Member Luncheons

January 11th 2011
Dr. Ken Atwater
Hillsborough Community College
Sponsored by:
Florida Business Interiors

February 8th 2011

Winter 2011 Ybor Expo: Business Showcase

Tom Keating Head Shot


Holiday to Festival:  Ybor's Changing of the Seasons


Our beloved Ybor City has two great seasons "Holiday Season" and "Festival Season."  Holiday Season runs from the opening of the Latin social season demarcated by the Chamber's Gala in September to the Outback Bowl Parade and Pep Rally on New Year's Eve. 


What's in-between are some of my favorite holiday celebrations such as Oktoberfest, Guavaween, Cigar Heritage and the holiday decorations on La Setima.  Holiday Season ends with all the great New Year's Eve parties at our historic social clubs.  "M" and I would be at the Italian Club this New Year's Eve, however, we will be returning from a post-Christmas visit with our eldest on the West Coast.


Festival Season begins in Tampa with the Alcalde Ybor Naval Invasion, the traditional pre-cursor to Gasparilla at the end of January, and from there Ybor City has a parade, street party or festival to celebrate just about anything you can imagine.  The Knight Parade, one of the top illuminated parades in the South, transverses Ybor City with a myriad of floats, pirates and a treasure trove of beads and booty for all.


Next, is our traditional verbena or "day of rest" - yes, we even celebrate resting in Ybor.  Now in its 64th year, Fiesta Day honors the Spanish, Cuban and Italian immigrants who settled Ybor City at the turn of the 19th Century.  In March are two great celebrations, the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Beer Fest, featuring Florida's top craft beers (no explanation needed).


Festival Season ends in April and features two of the Historic District's "must attend" events - Ybor Aficionado Days celebrating the manufacture of the first cigar April 13, 1886 and Festa Italiana.  Aficionado Days is our most up-scale event and Festa lets everyone "be Italian for a day."  Come to Ybor for the holidays, a festival, or any day of the week.  We are your National Historic Landmark District - the heart and soul of Tampa.  - Tom Keating.

Chamber Happenings

January 11- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Join the Ybor Chamber and guest speaker Dr. Ken Atwater, President of Hillsborough Community College, at this month's chamber membership luncheon. Find out what it has been like for the college's new president and what his long term goals are for the institution. The luncheon registration notice will be in your email before we ring in the new year.

January 20- PM Networking Event, Thurs. 5:30-7:30PM- Do you want to meet new contacts in a stress free, enjoyable atmosphere featuring drink specials and complimentary hors d'oeuvres?  Come out and trade business cards and walk away with contacts! The location will be announced soon.

February 8- Winter 2010 Ybor Expo: Business Showcase, Tues. 11:30AM- 2PM-The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Winter Business Expo at the Columbia Restaurant in lieu of its regular membership luncheon. The event is an ideal setting to learn more about the Ybor Chamber's member businesses and what they do in the community. Reserve your space by contacting Anna Ramos. 813.248.3712 x 22
It Was a Jolly Good Time With Ole' St. Nick

Tom and Janet PantaleoAt the bar at the Holiday PartyAt the holiday party 2010
(From top left, clockwise): Tom Keating and Janet Pantaleo greet attendees; Vinny Tafuro, Sarah Tildsley, Erin Gray,Vince Pardo, and Tom Keating get in the Christmas Spirit; Party attendees enjoyed the sounds of the Famunda All-Stars.)

This year's annual party was another success! Because  of chamber members, we were able to collect 65 toys and $225 in donations to help Metropolitan Ministries with their mission.

Announcements & Events Around the District

December 31- Outback Bowl United Health Care Foundation Parade and Pep Rally, Fri. 5:30PM- 8PM- Come out for this annual parade featuring 15 bands from around the country, 30 floats, and of course, the bands of both Penn State University and University of Florida, followed by a pep rally featuring a "battle of the bands", cheer, dance and mascot routines and a salute to parade officials.

January 8- "On Broadway" at the Masquerade Ball V, Sat. 6:30PM- Join Stageworks at Centro Asturiano for cocktails, dinner, dancing, silent auctions and a program that includes "Broadway Cabaret" with songwriter/composer David Friedman and Masters of Ceremony Russell Rhodes and Denise White. 813.784.9832

February 2- Jimmy Eat World at The Ritz Ybor, Wed. 6PM- Stop in and enjoy a great concert this new year.  If you aren't catching national recording artist Jimmy Eat World check out one of the many talents passing through Tampa's premier special events venue by calling their box office at 813.247.2555

February 9- Campus President's Community Advisory Council at HCC Ybor, Wed. 5PM- 6:30PM- Join Dr. Shawn Robinson and discuss campus highlights, community comments and partnership opportunities.  RSVP by calling 813.253.7754 by January 20th.

February 21 & 23- HR Certification Classes at the HCC Collaboration Studio, Mon. 8:30AM- 4PM- Let HCC's Center for Continuing Education help you meet your company's HR needs.  Certification classes are limited to 25 participants. Call 813.259.6508 to learn more about this opportunity and to register.

Last Weekend to Experience Ybor's Holiday Spirit- Tomorrow will be the last day to catch a ride on on a horse drawn carriage, take pictures with Santa, listen to holiday musicians and take adavantage of dining and entertainment specials. 813.241.8838

Special Holiday Menus Available at The Columbia Restaurant- The Columbia will be open and featuring special menu selections on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve. Make your reservations online by visiting

New Monthly Parking Lots Available-  717 Parking Enterprises now offers two new lots for monthly parking.  Contact Debbie Betances on rates, agreements, and to reserve your space. 813.228.7722