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 Newsletter of the  Ybor City Chamber of Commerce

February Mid-Month 2011

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A Special Thanks
For Joining To


Caroline's Gems and Jewels

Caroline Roth

2602 Brooker Trace Lane

Valrico, FL 33596


Cigar City Magazine

Lisa Figueredo

P.O. Box 18613

Tampa, FL 33679


Hot Willy's

Jason Fernandez

1604 N. 17th St.

Tampa, FL 33605


Quest Corporation of America, Inc.

Brian DeCoveny

3837 Northdale Blvd. # 242

Tampa, FL 33624


Savtira Corporation

Terrence Taylor

2101 E. Palm Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Tricycle Studios

Tona Bell & Randy Rosenthal

1905 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Ybor Art Association

Jason Shiver

1521 1/2 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


A Note Of Appreciation  

To Renewed Members


Dr. Marcos F. Lorenzo

Tampa, FL 33601


Violeta S. Murgado-Lombardia

Tampa, FL 33607


Debbie Springborn

Brandon, FL 33510


Gerard Alexander Consulting Group  

Charles Windish

1600 E 8th Avenue,  

Suite A-106

Tampa, FL 33605


Grafx Design of Tampa

Kathy Stack

1600 E. 8th Ave., A-208

Tampa, FL 33605


Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel

Crystal Rivera

200 N. Ashley Street

Tampa, FL 33602


Sign Makers of Tampa Bay, Inc.

Jerry McNeill

2620 S Falkenburg Road

Riverview, FL 33569


Ybor City Ghost Walk

Julia Gorzka

345 Bayshhore Blvd. # 501

Tampa, FL 33606


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

Board of Directors


Executive Board


Chair of the Board

Arturo Fuente, Jr.

Tampa Sweethearts Cigar Company


Chair Elect

Andrea White

Bright House Networks


Vice-chair Events

David Alvarez



Vice-chair Membership

Bryan Clancy

Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa/ Ybor City


Vice-chair Marketing

Marc Hamburg

Florida Real Estate Associates, LLC



Andrea Gonzmart

Columbia Restaurant Group



JoAnn Cornelius

Tampa Digital Studios


Immediate Past Chair

Angela Rodante

Swope, Rodante P.A.




Michelle Cardamone

Hilton Garden Inn Ybor City


Richard Chad

Highland Properties of Tampa Bay, Inc.


Kristopher E. Fernandez

Kristopher Fernandez, Attorney at Law


Sandra Fernandez-Lopez

Awnclean Diversified Services


Gassen Gutierrez



David Harvey

M&J Wilkow (Centro Ybor)


Gino Iavarone

Carmine's Restaurant


Dave Kemper

WilsonMiller Stantec


Wes Miller   

My Garden


Damon Shiver

The Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn


Ken Soule



Sarah Tildsley



John Trujillo

GTE Federal Credit Union


Jaclyn Witmer

United Way of Tampa Bay


Elliott Wheeler

Chancey Design Partnership


Appointed Directors


Chantal Hevia

Ybor City Museum Society


Vince Pardo

Ybor City Development Corporation


Dr. Shawn Robinson

HCC - Ybor City Campus


Directors Emeritus


Dick Greco,

Former Tampa Mayor


Rafael Martinez-Ybor

Don Tomas declares,  

"There'll be dancing in the streets!"


La Setima was fortunate to get this exclusive interview with Don Tomas, the new Alcalde de Ybor, just off of official duties in last weekend's Knight Parade.


La Setima:  Don Tomas, you appeared to come out of nowhere to win the race for Alcalde.  How did you become the honorary mayor of Ybor City?

Don Tomas:  I got a call from David Greco before the holidays, who thought since I wasn't doing anything else I might be available.  After that, it was a series of grueling personal and group interviews with the commanders of the Ybor army, navy and air force.


La Setima:  Did you do extensive research before throwing your hat in the ring?

Don Tomas:  Why, yes.  I googled "Alcade de Ybor" on the internet and found a whole bunch of guys that had listed it in their obituaries.  I thought - how cool is that!


La Setima:  Did you always have aspirations for high public office?

Don Tomas:  When I was a kid I liked board games especially Monopoly, so I guess you could say that I was destined for greatness.


La Setima:  What are the qualifications for this esteemed position?

Don Tomas:  It helps if you are older and Latin, but it is most important to look good in a top hat and tails.


La Setima:  Some people say that you look like a very famous person.  Do you care to comment on that?

Don Tomas:  Yes, some people think I bare a striking resemblance to Santa Claus.  I ask them, where do you think Santa lives when he's not working?  Ybor City!  Ho Ho Ho


La Setima:  Who do you see winning the upcoming mayor's race in Tampa?

Don Tomas:  People ask me that all the time - the one that gets the most votes!


La Setima:  Any final thoughts?

Don Tomas:  I want to invite all of our friends in the Bay Area to the 64th Annual Fiesta Day here in Ybor City - Saturday, February 26th on 7th Avenue - there'll be dancing in the streets!

Chamber Happenings


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!

Winter 2011 Ybor Expo

Business Showcase

Photos Courtesy of Willy Emerson   

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Events & Announcements Around the District


February 3 thru 25- Prescriptions: Visionary Art of Michel Delgado, Mon. thru Fri.- The Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery present the works of  Michel Delgado in the HCC Ybor Campus Art Gallery. Call for viewing hours. 813.253.7674 


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 18 & 19- Meet the Artist: Roberto Vengoechea- Fri. & Sat.- The Singing Stone will host master jeweler Roberto Vengoechea this weekend. With 40 years experience working with precious stones, silver and gold, Roberto will be on hand to highlight some of his artistic creations. For more information, call 813.247.2787


February 19- Lights on Tampa 2011, Sat. 5:30- 11PM- Lights on Tampa is a biennial event that puts the spotlight on Tampa through new media art. For more information visit  


February 25- The Big Lebowski Fest: Tampa Movie Party at the Ritz Ybor, Fri. 7PM- Dude it is time to slip 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


February 25- Framed: Tattoo Art & Machine Show, Fri. 10PM- 2AM- The Ybor City Tattoo Company will host over a dozen tattoo artists and their works as well as showcase 8 personalized tattoo machines. 813.443.0706  


February 27-  Jazz Ybor Series presents Ira Sullivan, Sun. 3PM- Come out and witness a jazz virtuoso show off his talents at Hillsborough Community College's Mainstage Theatre in their Performing Arts building.  For more information visit


March 5- The Venetian Carnival in Tampa, Sat. 7:30PM- The Italian Club will host a masquerade dinner dance that is being called a step into a lucid dream. For more details call 813.766.8441 or go to


 "A Taste of New Orleans" Jazz Zydeco Brunch-  Rock-N-Sports has launched brunch with a New Orleans flair every Sunday from 11:30AM to 3PM. Come out and be entertained, and enjoy a free mimosa with any brunch item ordered thru March 13, 2011. 813.242.6220 

 Fiesta Day 2011 AD