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 Newsletter of the  Ybor City Chamber of Commerce

February 2011
Register to attend:
Winter 2011 Ybor Expo: Business Showcase

at Columbia Restaurant

on Tuesday, February 8th


A Special Thanks
For Joining To


ABC Tampa Vacation Homes

Megan Johnson

Tampa, FL


All About Computers Etc., Inc.

Dave Mundy

8820 North Himes Avenue

Tampa, FL 33614


Metro Wellness & Community Centers

Lorraine Langlois

1315 East 7th Avenue, Suite 201  

Tampa, FL 33605


Relevant Church, Inc.

Paul Wirth

1704 North 16th Street  

Tampa, FL 33605


The Dog's Bollocks British Pub

Rick Johnston

1704 East 7th Avenue  

Tampa, FL 33605

A Note Of Appreciation

To Renewed Members


Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA

Michael Brown

110 East Palm Ave.  

Tampa, FL 33602


Capitol Carpet Care, Inc.

Anthony Alfonso

8318 North Saulray Street  

Tampa, FL 33604


Florida Blood Services

Evelyn Rogers

10100 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.  

St Petersburg, FL 33716


Kompas Line, Inc.

Chris Sloope

202 East 7th Avenue  

Tampa, FL 33602


Prana Ybor's Premier Nite Spot

Chris Whitaker

1619 East 7th Avenue  

Tampa, FL 33605


Publix Super Markets, Inc

Jenni Stackpole

P  O Box 32024  

Lakeland, FL 33802


Tampa Bay Brewing Company

David Doble

1600 East 8th Avenue, #A123  

Tampa, FL 33605


The Italian School of Tampa

Nuccia Hinckley

4212 West Fair Oaks Avenue  

Tampa, FL 33611

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


Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight   


Ybor City is known for its great restaurants, and we are pleased to announce that one of our newest members, is also one of Ybor's newest fine dining restaurants, Sunday's. Chef David Sunday hails from Long Island and has twenty years of experience, bringing to Ybor his many original seafood recipes.


In addition to its gourmet selections for lunch and dinner, Sunday's serves Sunday Brunch Tuesday through Sunday. You can go sweet with Spiced Rum Banana French Toast, or savory with Smoked Salmon Crepes.


Ybor welcomes this upscale restaurant. The décor is classy, with white table cloths and local art on the walls, the food delicious and the service great. The menu even includes lobster from the live lobster tank. As one of our local residents said, " has the feel of an uptown New York restaurant, right here in our own backyard..."


Sunday's Fine Dining

David Sunday

1919 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Member Luncheons


February 8th 2011

Winter 2011 Ybor Expo: Business Showcase

March 8th 2011

Wit Ostrenko
(Museum of
Science and Industry)
Sponsored by
The Ybor City Museum Society

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 Do You Have Your Booth

 For Fiesta Day 2011?


With the chamber's lead on last year's Fiesta Day, the event went from having mostly outside vendors to a 50/50 split with local Ybor merchants taking pride in participation and showing the day's attendees what we have to offer all year round.


Sign-up to be a vendor and take part in this 64th annual event, and show our guests you're part of the neighborhood.


To sign up, contact Michele Keating at 813.248.3712 x 25 or

Tom Keating Head Shot

Tooting the Horn - Beep Beep!


At the Chamber, we are always promoting Ybor City and as my Vice Chair of Events, David Alvarez says, "We should toot our own horn once in a while."  A little over a week ago, I was installed as Alcade de Ybor and while this is not a Chamber program per se, it allows me to promote Ybor City in new ways.  Perhaps most importantly I am helping to carry-on an Ybor tradition that is 58 years old (almost as old as me).


My first duty was to rally the forces for the Ybor Alcalde Naval Invasion - the traditional precursor to Gasparilla.  Next, I got to wear my formal attire (wardrobe by Men's Wearhouse) as a member of the Host Committee for our Concierge Reception last week at The Ritz Ybor.  I'm still not sure which "alter ego" I prefer - Alcalde or just plain-old El Presidente. 


I had two other opportunities to represent Ybor City this weekend; attending a Gasparilla Reception for professional meeting planners and corporate relocation consultants.  The topic of Ybor always adds sizzle to recruiting conventions and while I considered Ybor City my vocation, business development is my avocation.  I was pleased to be invited to share a pre-view of the new Whiting Street Streetcar Station with our colleagues at HART, THS Board and the Federal Transit Authority.  I never miss a chance to pitch our community or lobby for that matter - cigar anyone?


My next gig, as Alcalde, will be riding in the Sant' Yago Knight Parade followed by a "tour de force" in the Rough Rider's St. Patrick's Day Parade (I'm thinking green top-hat band).  However, our next big event for the Ybor Chamber and our members is our 64th Annual Fiesta Day coming-up, Saturday, February 26th.  Join us for this free, family-oriented street-festival.  Presented by BB&T Bank, this year's edition features our Sabor de Ybor gourmet street food and a new juried Arte de Ybor for up and coming young artists.


If you like dancing in the streets you will love the Main Stage line-up with the Sombras Flamencas flamenco show, Danny Lozada's salsa group and Supernatural, a Santana tribute band.  And, don't forget to check-out the best in young talent on the Centro Ybor Stage featuring top magnet-school performances and our own HCC Jazz Ensemble.

- Tom Keating

10Connects Broadcasts From Ybor

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In a segment called "Why Do They Call It That?," Channel 10 will broadcast live from the Centro Ybor Courtyard on Wednesday, February 9th. Local businesses, krewes, groups and residents are encouraged to come out and get involved- show the bay area what makes our National Historic Landmark District a place to stop in and share with friends & family! 

 Build Relationships & Business


Register to come out and meet with our member businesses at this year's Winter Ybor Expo: Business Showcase Tuesday, February 8th.  Expo is the best way to get to know what valuable services our member businesses have to offer.


Ybor Expo allows members to "showcase" their businesses by demonstrating what they can do for you and your colleagues  through the use of photo displays, brochures and live demonstrations.


Join our sponsors GTE Federal Credit Union, Bright House Networks, Hampton Inn & Suites- Ybor, New Urban Suites & Business Club and the Tampa Tribune for this twice-a-year Ybor City business event; there just might be a business opportunity waiting for you!  Contact Anna Ramos at 248-3712 x22 or for more details.

Chamber Happenings


February 8- Winter 2011 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 luncheon. Exhibitors are lined-up and waiting to meet you at this great business to business function. Be sure to register by contacting Anna Ramos. 813.248.3712 x 22


February 26- Fiesta Day, Sat. 11AM- 6PM- Celebrate this annual

tribute to the Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Jewish and German immigrants that came to Ybor City in the late 1800's. This free event pays homage to Ybor's forefathers through the observance of cultural art and cuisine in a street festival format.  And to add to the day's events, the Ybor Saturday Fresh Market will once again be hosting Flan Fest in Centennial Park. 813.241.8838


March 8- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Join the Ybor Chamber and guest speaker Wit Ostrenko, President of the Museum of Science and Industry (MoSI), at the March chamber membership luncheon. See what is in store for the museum over the course of this year and what their visitors are saying about them. The March luncheon is sponsored by the Ybor City Museum Society. The luncheon registration notice will be in your email by the end of the month.

March 17- PM Networking Event at Club Skye, Thurs. 5:30-7:30PM- Mark your calendars now for networking on St. Patrick's Day! It just might bring you some good luck!

Events & Announcements Around the District


February 10- Wine and Chocolate Tasting at The Italian Club, Thurs. 7PM- 9PM- In the spirit of Cupid, celebrate pre-Valentine's day at the Italian Club with your significant other.  Take a break from your regular schedule and relax while sipping on some wine and a variety of chocolates. 813.248.3316


February 11- Swing Time at Centro Asturiano Tampa, Fri. 8PM- 1AM- Join Blair Carman & the Belleview Boys for an authentic 1950's rock and roll experience. Come out and take a swing dance lesson and then rock the night away. This is an all ages smoke free event. '50's attire encouraged. 813.840.3715


February 17 thru 27- Stageworks Presents "The MOMologues"- Come out and watch how the mother of all jobs can be sassy, irreverent and loving, and how it can be overwhelming, exhausting, yet funny! For details on tickets call 813.251.8984

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.

February 25- The Big Lebowski Fest: Tampa Movie Party at the Ritz Ybor, Fri. 7PM- Dude it is time to kick on your flip-flops and find your rug...and maybe head on down to the Ritz Ybor and have a beer.  Come out to celebrate the anniversary of this cult classic and save the bowling ball polishing for after the party. 813.247.2555


March 23 thru 27- HCC Ybor's Festival of the Moving Image- FOMI is looking for all Florida filmmakers that would like to screen at their annual event. Amateurs and professionals are encouraged to submit and compete for merit awards. Deadline for submission is March 1st. for more details visit the web at or call 813.259.6419.


Art on 19th Street- Join the shops of 19th Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues) every 1st Saturday of the month. Stop in for discounts specials and other happenings. 813.247.2787


Streetcar Extension Open For Service- HART and the TECO Line Streetcar System proudly unveiled the newest section of trolley system this Monday.  The new stop is located convienently next to downtown's parking garage and drops off in the heart of downtown Tampa. Downtown, Ybor, and Channelside, what a ride!