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A Special Thanks For Joining To
Ybor City Gold Coffee Co.
5914 N. Tampa St.
Tampa, FL 33603
A Note of Appreciation To Renewed Members
2001 E. 2nd Ave., # 8-C
Tampa, FL 33605
1st US Volunteer Cavalry, Rough Riders
P O Box 75892
Tampa, FL 33675
Anton Legal Group
1509 E. 9th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
Bramlett Direct Mail Service, Inc.
6301 N Florida Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604
Howard Johnson Plaza
111 W. Fortune St.
Tampa, FL 33602
Italiano Insurance Services, Inc.
Jeffrey G. Italiano
3021 W. Swann Ave.
Tampa, FL 33609
Nicahabana Cigars, Inc.
1625 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
Roal Group, Inc.
1602 3rd Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
Staybridge Suites Tampa Sabal Park
3624 N. Falkenburg Rd.
Tampa, FL 33619
Yellow Cab Company of Tampa
P.O. Box 1748
Tampa, FL 33601
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Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight
New World Brewery, known as one of Ybor City's best live music venues, with gourmet pizza, and over 100 varieties of beers, including 30 on tap, can add great BBQ to its list of accomplishments. Owner Steve Bird has been cooking up BBQ chicken and ribs on Wednesday nights for some time now. The response has been so positive, that you can now enjoy his great BBQ for lunch, Wednesday - Friday, from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Offering four BBQ meat choices including chicken, pork, and sausage, along with four hot and three cold sides, you can have as little or as much as you want, as it is priced by the weight of your plate.
Enough about their great food, New World has always been famous for presenting original music from the local independent music scene to recognized and respected national bands. It doesn't get much better than sitting in their open air patio, sipping a Red Seal Ale, and listening to great live music. Thanks Steve!
New World Brewery
1313 E. 8th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
Board of Directors
Chair of the Board
Arturo Fuente, Jr.
Tampa Sweethearts Cigar Company
Bright House Networks
Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa/ Ybor City
Florida Real Estate Associates, LLC
Columbia Restaurant Group
Immediate Past Chair
Swope, Rodante P.A.
Hilton Garden Inn Ybor City
Highland Properties of Tampa Bay, Inc.
Kristopher E. Fernandez
Kristopher Fernandez, Attorney at Law
Awnclean Diversified Services
M&J Wilkow (Centro Ybor)
The Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn
GTE Federal Credit Union
United Way of Tampa Bay
Elliott Wheeler Architect
Ybor City Museum Society
Ybor City Development Corporation
Dr. Shawn Robinson
HCC - Ybor City Campus
Dick Greco, Former Tampa Mayor
Message From The Chairman
This has been an incredible year for me and my family - full of both hard work and great reward. For a doting father, there is nothing like seeing your only daughter become President of the Ybor Rotary Club, while you Chair the Ybor Chamber. It has been a great year for our beloved Ybor City and all involved in its preservation and promotion.
I have been very fortunate to have outstanding officers, directors and committee chairs to help promote the community more effectively. We have worked closely with our professional staff to engage our member/merchants in making all of our events more "Ybor Centric."
We started out with the Chamber's Gala and Adela and Cesar Gonzmart Award. It was a wonderful way to open the Latin social season for the 45th year and a great opportunity to see old friends. Next, our New Events Committee produced our first Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl. This well-managed, event involved a baker's dozen of Ybor's pubs and patio bars in a fun-filled activity that appealed to a younger, hip crowd and served our nightlife members well.
The Silver Anniversary proved that Guavaween is here to stay. For the third year in-a-row the District had a turnout of over 20,000 costumed-revelers. This event generates more positive press than any other single activity we do, with over 15 articles published across the region both pre and post event. Americans love Halloween and Guavaween is Tampa's strongest fall event by far. Thanks to our creative staff for distributing the fresh guavas to the press - a brilliant PR move!
With the cooperation of the weather, our 64th Annual Fiesta Day was "over the top" bringing over 15,000 guests to Ybor City, half from outside Hillsborough County. Talk about promotion - 70% of the "street vendors" were Ybor Chamber members. That's up 30% from last year. The Columbia Restaurant street tent had 600 customers for their seafood paella and GameTime had 400 potential customers take a spin at their roulette wheel. I was very proud of the quality of our ethnic entertainment with local flamenco, salsa and Spanish rock groups.
I am particularly pleased that our upcoming Ybor Aficionado Days (April 9th & 10th) is now in its fifth year and that it promotes the culture and cuisine of Ybor City in such a comprehensive manner. With 17 restaurants on the Tapas Trail, it is a "must do" for bay area foodies. I want to thank my former Co-Chair, Andrea Gonzmart, who took over last year and has added so much with her knowledge of food, wine and the culture of our community.
I look forward to playing in our 6th Annual Chamber Golf Tournament just around the corner (as Immediate Past-Chair). All of these special events could not have been done without the hard work, dedication and commitment of our member organizations and many strategic partners in the Historic District.
Since this is my last Article, I want to thank my predecessor Angela Rodante for her guidance and support and wish the very best to my successor Andrea White. Along with me, they have served as our unbroken "chain of command." Our officers, directors, committee members, volunteers and staff have been in the business of "community building" for a lifetime - 81 years to be exact.
- Arturo Fuente, Jr.
April 9 & 10 - Aficionado Days is coming-up next weekend! - Celebrate the first manufactured cigar in Ybor City with a Tapas Trail of Ybor restaurants and bring your crew to the Italian Club for the After Party. Enjoy a complimentary cigar in the Cantina, if you are so inclined. This year, trail transportation is "Powered by Chevy," who will chauffer guests between stops. If you have not had a traditional Spanish Brunch you are missing something very special. Join us for sparkling wine, an elegant buffet and smooth jazz by the Les Sabler Trio. Be a part of the Chamber's second Tapas Cooking Challenge, as celebrity judges select the best amateur recipe. For tickets go to www.ybor.org or call our Visitor Information Center at 813.241.8838.
April 12 - Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45 AM- 1:15 PM - Wit Ostrenko, President of MOSI (the Museum of Science and Industry), is the guest speaker at the April Membership Luncheon. Wit is the Immediate Past-President of the Association of Science Technology Centers and has built MOSI into the "most attended Museum in Florida" over the past 20 years. The April Luncheon is sponsored by 5th/3rd Bank. Sign-up on-line when you receive your e-mail notice.
May 10 - Annual Installation Luncheon, Tues. 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM - Join us Tuesday, May 10th for our Annual Installation Luncheon. This is the one time of the year when the Chamber recognizes its own. New Officers and Directors will be sworn-in and the out-going and in-coming Chairs will speak. This once-a-year changing of the guard has been conducted for 81 years. The Installation is a formal sit-down affair where Past- Chairs & Presidents are recognized for their service. Register on-line when you receive your e-notice.
May 16 - The Ybor City Chamber's Annual Golf Tournament, Mon. 11:00 AM - For the golfers in our ranks, this is your opportunity! The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce's Annual Golf Tournament is being held for the third-year at the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club. Sign up to be a sponsor or register as a team from your company. By sponsoring this event you will not only be introducing your company to local professionals but also supporting the Ybor Chamber's HCC - Ybor Campus Scholarship Fund. To sign-up call Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Events and Announcements
April 1- Opening Reception for Queens of Confection, Fri. 5PM- 7PM- Join the Singing Stone Gallery for a concurrent independent exhibition juried by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) during their annual convention here in Tampa for their 45th annual conference. The exhibit will feature containers for candies, condiments and cookies as its theme and is open now thru April 27th. 813.786.2324
April 2- The 10th Annual 5K Race for Sight: Roar Through Ybor, Sat. 6:30AM- Get registered for a race to benefit the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research. The race will honor males and females in 11 age divisions with awards as well as an after race celebration, and prize, t-shirt and goodie bag give-a-ways. Register online at www.active.com. 813.289.1200
April 2- Man on the Moon: a SQUARE ONE Event, Sat. 7PM- The Spring edition of the bay area's multi-dimensional art exhibit will have attendees questioning what is history and what is fiction. Each of their events plays on a theme and even encourages audiences to participate by incorporating the theme in their wardrobe. 813.394.0559
April 2- Grand Opening Reception of the Metro Wellness Center of Ybor, Sat. 7PM- 9:30PM- The event will feature building tours, entertainment, Champaign, refreshments, and a silent auction. Opening remarks and featured speakers are scheduled at 8 PM. The public is cordially invited to attend. The agency provides prevention services for at risk populations. Services include free HIV testing throughout the community, substance abuse and mental health treatment, medical case management for those infected with or affected by Florida's HIV and AIDS and extensive education and counseling programs. 813. 727.321.3854
April 3- The Straz Center Presents The Afro Cuban All-Stars, Sun. 7PM- Made famous by a PBS special, the Afro Cuban All-Stars have continued their mission to show the world the wealth, diversity and vitality of Cuban music. Visit the Straz and see something special. 813.229.7827
April 16- Los Muñequitos de Matnzas perform at the Straz Center, Sat. 7:30PM- Drum rhythms and beating percussion sounds are the defining elements of the rumba movement. These are the key sounds that sustain and popularize Los Muñequitos' tribute to the African roots in Cuba's culture. Be enchanted and mesmerized by a memorable performance by this highly animated band. 813.229.7827
April 17- Easter Bonnet Bar Hop, Sun. 5PM- The GaYbor District Coalition is celebrating Easter early by throwing a bar hop with some flair. Join in for stops at 12 well-known Ybor drinking spots, and don't forget your bonnets! 813.247.6233
BBQ Buffet at New World Brewery- By popular demand and as highlighted in this edition's spotlight, New World Brewery is now serving a weigh your plate BBQ buffet. Choose from slow smoked meats, fresh sides and salads on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday starting at 11AM. 813.248.4969
Movie Night at Tre Amici- Catch a show and enjoy 2-4-1 Sangria every Wednesday from 7PM to 9PM, and if you want a free goodie be sure you show up in your PJ's. 813.247.6964
MOSI Special Offer for the Month of April- Receive a free child's admission with a paid adult or senior admission the entire month of April! Mention this offer to receive the discount. Offer is valid with the purchase of the three part ticket. Some restrictions apply. Offer good thru April 30th .813.987.6100
Small Business Jobs Grants Available- Expand your business and get your part of a $500,000 grant made available by Hillsborough's Board of County Commissioners and the Hillsborough County Small, Minority Business Development Section. Small business owners can get the application and more information online at www.hillsboroughcounty.org/econdev or by calling 813.914.4028.