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 Newsletter of the  Ybor City Chamber of Commerce

Mid-Month May 2011   

Advertising Sales For The 2011-2012 Ybor City Walking Map & Guide Are Underway

The Walking Map and Guide is exclusively available to tourist-oriented Chamber members located in the Historic Latin Quarter. Over 100,000 copies are distributed annually throughout the Bay area. If interested in advertising, please call Michele Keating at 813-248-3712 x 25 or e-mail her at

A Special Thanks For Joining To


NueLeaf Business Advisors + CPAs

Kevin Cimino

1402 N. 25th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Yoga Loft

Ashley Thesier

2002 E. 5th Ave. # 102

Tampa, FL 33605


A Note of Appreciation To Renewed Members


Michael Mann

Tampa, FL 33605


Mercy DiMaio

Tampa, FL 33607


Mary Alvarez

Tampa, FL 33603


Florida Business Interiors

Kevin Baker

1600 E. 8th Ave., Suite C-201

Tampa, FL 33605


Florida Real Estate Associates, LLC

Marc Hamburg

102 E Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard

Tampa, FL 33603


GTE Federal Credit Union

John Trujillo

711 E. Henderson Ave.

Tampa, FL 33602


Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa/Ybor City

Jason Lillge

1301 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


HCC Ybor Campus

Dr. Shawn Robinson

2112 North 15th Street

Tampa, FL 33605



Gassen Gutierrez

2109 Palm Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Kimmins Contracting Corp.

Debra Williams

1501 2nd Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago

Brittany M. Canasi

P O Box 5037

Tampa, FL 33675


La Terrazza Ristorante

Luigi Bartoli

1727 E 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Muvico Centro Ybor

Robert Boles 

1600 East 8th Avenue, A-200

Tampa, FL 33605 


Paul J. Ferlita, CPA

Paul J. Ferlita

2014 A E 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Regions Bank

Bart Guida

100 N. Tampa St.

Tampa, FL 33602


Tampa Digital

JoAnn Cornelius

1600 E. 8th Ave., Suite A 117

Tampa, FL 33605


Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Mike Falconer

700 S Florida Avenue

Tampa, FL 33602


Tampa Sweethearts Cigar Co.

Arturo Fuente, Jr.

1310 N. 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Tampa-Hillsborough County Expressway Authority

Joseph Waggoner

1104 E. Twiggs St., Suite 300

Tampa, FL 33602


The Radiant Group

Joseph Capitano, Jr

PO Box 5238

Tampa, FL 33675


Woodroffe Corporation Architects

Enrique Woodroffe

5005 W Laurel Street Suite 215

Tampa, FL 33607


Ybor Supermarket Inc.

Yaser Alhamdan

1618 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


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

Convention Planner 



June 1 - 3

Florida Conference United Methodist Church


Embassy Suites Tampa - Downtown Convention Center

Anticipated Attendance:  3,000



June 7 - 19

Daughters of the Nile, Supreme Temple


Tampa Marriott Waterside  

Hotel & Marina

Anticipated Attendance:  3,000

Tom Keating Head Shot

Cool Endings and Warm Beginnings


It has been another busy week at the Ybor City Chamber.  Last Tuesday, we held our Annual Installation Luncheon.  We had over 140 members and guests attend this year's transition ceremony.  We were very fortunate to have newly-elected Tampa Mayor, Bob Buckhorn install Andrea White our 76th Chair of the Board.


Immediate Past-Chair Arturo Fuente, Jr., and President Tom Keating presented the following awards:


ˇCommunity Service Award to Tampa Police Officer Paul Smalley for his work on "special events in the District"


ˇPresident's Award to Wes Miller for his work on "new events for the Chamber"


ˇChair's Award to Angela Rodante for her "leadership of the Guavaween Working Group"


Among the guests were nine Past-Presidents or Past-Chairs of the Chamber and Emeritus Board Member Rafael Martinez-Ybor, great-grandson of Ybor City's founder. 

2011 Installation Picture

Picture provided by Al Frederick

Past-Chair Arturo Fuente, Jr. reported that each division of the Chamber - Events, Membership and Marketing, had significant accomplishments and that the Chamber overall was on-budget for the year.  New Chair Andrea White, Senior Manager of Public Affairs for Bright House Networks, told members that she wants the Chamber not only to continue to preserve and develop Ybor City, but also to think "out of the box" and be a "catalyst for cooperation" with the surrounding community.


This Monday we held our 6th Annual Ybor City Chamber Golf Tournament.  We had 80 golfers signed-up and the weather was perfect- "chamber weather" as they say.  The Radiant Group won the new "traveling trophy" as the first place team.  The law firm of De La Grana, Boardman and Bessone came in second with WilsonMiller/Stantec Team II in third place.  This was our best tournament yet!


2011 Golf Tournament

Picture provided by 3D Vantage

We took a little bit of Ybor City on-the-road to the Temple Terrance Golf & Country Club with lunch provided by Carmine's and a festive dinner of black beans, rice and pork.  Join us for a little bit of Ybor City anytime.  We are the "heart and soul" of Tampa.


- Tom Keating

Chamber Happenings


June 14- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Joe Lapano, Executive Director of Tampa International Airport will be our guest speaker in June.  Hear about Tampa's national gem, and find out about new routes to your favorite destinations and what the plans are for expansion.  The June luncheon is sponsored by Argosy University. Look for the luncheon registration in your email.


June 23-  PM Networking Event at Blue Dog Bistro, Thur. 5:30- 7:30PM-  Cool down this Summer with the chamber at our next PM Event. Blue Dog Bistro, formerly known as Rock-N-Sports, will be hosting the event. Mark your calendars for drink specials, complimentary nibbles, and making new business partners.  

Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight



Ybor City is home to Singing Stone Gallery & Studio, owned and operated by artist and goldsmith, Dan Balk and his wife Nataly. Dan creates one-of-a-kind, handmade "art jewelry" and will take custom orders using your gems or their own. If you visit, you can see some of his beautiful work.


In addition to Dan's handmade art, Singing Stone offers jewelry, photography, original paintings and prints, mixed media, pottery, glass, sculpture and more. There are more than forty-five award winning local and regional artists on display.


Located in the 19th Street Casitas, Singing Stone holds monthly special events that include Meet the Artist, live local music, and live artist demonstrations. They also offer jewelry classes in their studio/gallery for beginners and Rent-A-Bench for advanced students.


Stop by Singing Stone next time you are in Ybor City. Outgoing co-owner and store manager, Nataly Balk, can tell you about each piece of handmade jewelry and art. She knows her stuff.


Dan & Nataly Balk

Singing Stone Gallery & Studio

1903 N. 19th St.

Tampa, FL 33605


Events and Announcements


May 21- Stage Works Theatre Presents The Front Page, Sat. 8PM- Join Stageworks at at the Creative Loafing Performance Space for a comic look at the media and blossoming love! 813.251.8984


May 27- The Stone Soup Company Benefit for New Horizon Support Group, Fri. 5 to 10PM- Stop by the Stone Soup Company for live entertainment by T-Blue.  A portion of the evenings proceeds will benefit New Horizon and their efforts in disability awareness and activism. 813.494.0111


May 27- Yoga Loft Grand Opening, Fri. 6 to 9PM- Welcome new Ybor neighbors Yoga Loft as they open their doors for a meet and greet at their new location at 2002 East 5th Avenue, Suite 102. Come out and enjoy smoothies by Natural Supreme Smoothie. 813.248.9642


May 28 and 29- Centro Asturiano on C-SPAN- Congresswoman Kathy Castor stopped by Centro Asturiano on a tour of select cities to highlight local sites of cultural, historical and literary significance.  Check Bright House Network listings for program times.   813.229.2214


 May 29- Nu Soul Sundays at Blues Ship Cafe, Sun. 7PM- Memorial Day Weekend, visit Blues Ship Cafe for Open Buffet, D-Muzic, Spoken Word, and a full bar. 813.443.2126 


June 4- The Essence of Ybor, Sat. 5 to 10PM-  The Ybor Art Association will hold their first juried art show in the courtyard of Historic Ybor Square.  The fine art show will be more interactive than others with the incorporation of a scavenger hunt.  See the works of over 25 artists and see who will take home prizes for first, second and third place entry.  


June 5- Legacy Awards Brunch at The Columbia Restaurant, Sun. 11:30AM- The Ybor City Museum Society will once again bestow their awards aimed at honoring those in the community that display virtues of economic impact, historical responsibility, and community outreach. Come out and honor this year's recipients- Las Damas del Centro Asturiano, Joe Amon, and Wallace Reyes.  The event will be serving up brunch, a silent auction and classical guitar music. 813.247.1434  


July 14- Natasha Bedingfield "Less Is More" Tour at The Ritz Ybor, 5:30PM- Grammy nominated Natasha Bedingfield is visiting Ybor on her 29 stop U.S. tour. Bedingfield is accompanied by singer songwriter Kate Voegele in what will surely be a night to remember.  Dig into your Pocket Full Of Sunshine and get your tickets today. 813.247.2555  


Cigar City Magazine to Publish Quarterly- For the sake of quality editorial, Cigar City Magazine has changed their publication schedule to quarterly allowing them to have 96 pages available for longer feature stories. The first quarterly edition will  be the Fall 2011 edition and will feature some of Tampa's home grown TV shows highlighting Creature Feature and Shock Theatre. 


New Stop For Beer and Wine- The good folks at the Stone Soup Company has added a few new items to their menu.  Now when you order up one of their delicious soups, salads, or sandwiches, you can add a bottle or glass of your favorite brand to your next order.  


Summer 2011 Kids Camp-  The City of Tampa's Ybor Art Studio will host an Art Camp June 21st through August 10th.  Learn to sculpt, paint and draw, and become a master of the arts. 813.242.5370