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 Newsletter of the  Ybor City Chamber of Commerce

June 2011   

Nominations for 18th Gonzmart Award Being Accepted


Nominations for Ybor City's most prestigious recognition, the Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award, are being sought by the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce.  The Gonzmart Award has been presented annually for the past 17 years at the Chamber's formal Gala.  This year's Gala will be held at the Columbia Restaurant on Saturday, September 17th - please save the date!


Chair Sandra Fernandez-Lopez, Co-Chair Elliot Wheeler and the Chamber's Gala Committee are starting early this year to provide plenty of time to seek nominations, select the winner, announce the award and promote Gala to the entire Ybor community.  The 46th Annual Chamber Gala marks the traditional opening of the "Latin social season."  Chamber members will be receiving their nomination forms by e-mail.

A Special Thank You For Joining


Cigar City Saloon  

Matt Norman

1613 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605  


Tabu Ultra Lounge

Matt Norman

1611 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605  

A Note Of Appreciation to

Renewed Members


Blue Dog Bistro

Franja Eastling

1600 E. 8th Ave., Ste E200

Tampa, FL 33605


Features Costumes & Bead Barn

Joseph Stokes

3015 W. Barcelona Street

Tampa, FL 33629


J.C. Newman Cigar Company

Eric M. Newman

2701 N 16th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Larmon Furniture, Inc.

Jimmy Kalamaras

1324 E 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


New Horizon

Arizona Jenkins

1017 E. 24th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Swope, Rodante P.A.

Angela Rodante

1234 E 5th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Click on a highlighted company name

to learn more about your

fellow members.


Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight  

There is a gem of a restaurant located in the heart of Ybor City, The Stone Soup Company. Proprietor and chef, Ilya Goldberg's focus is on fresh, healthy foods. He accomplishes this by air-cooking, using local produce and offering veggie based soups and sorbet gelatos.


This bistro-style eatery is open 7 days a week and offers not only delicious, homemade soups, fresh sandwiches, salads and entrees such as Seafood Pasta and Mojo Roasted Cardo, but also beer, wine and Sangria. You can enjoy happy hour from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm daily, along with an extended dinner menu. The Stone Soup also provides catering.


As if providing great food at a good price in a friendly atmosphere wasn't enough, Ilya also gives back to the community. All unused produce is made into vegetable soup and donated to local homeless shelters for redistribution. Ilya would like other local restaurants to join him in the "2" Campaign - for every cup of soup sold in the restaurant, a cup of soup is donated at the end of the week.


Their motto says it all about The Stone Soup Company and their commitment to their customers and the community - "MO soup for you!"


Ilya Goldberg

The Stone Soup Company 

1517 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


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



June 20-26

Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, Annual General Assembly 


Tampa Marriott Waterside  

Hotel & Marina

Anticipated Attendance: 1,800



June 21-25

Millennium Dancesport Championships 


Tampa Marriott Waterside  

Hotel & Marina

Anticipated Attendance: 1,700 

Andrea White headshotChair's Message


Greetings fellow members -


I want to thank my friend, the Honorable Bob Buckhorn, for being our Installing Officer.  It was wonderful to have such a strong turn-out for the Annual Installation Luncheon.  I especially appreciate all my friends and colleagues from Bright House Networks for attending.  Staff informed me that we had 141 guests at this year's ceremony - a new record.


As Past Chair Arturo Fuente, Jr. pointed out, we have had a very productive year with a strong events schedule, an increase in both regular and tiered membership and the "refresh" of our logo by the Marketing Committee.  We have been blessed with a solid leadership team; most of whom will be continuing on with me.  The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is truly a talented and dedicated group.


I am very excited about the coming year.  We will be creating a new "state of the art" website, revitalizing the community's major fall event, Guavaween, and continuing to fine-tune our array of events that promote the District.  We are also fortunate to have an experienced and highly-professional staff, who continue to devote themselves to the preservation and promotion of Tampa's National Historic Landmark District.   


Ybor City is the "heart and soul" of Tampa.  As a long-time resident of this area, I have seen many positive changes in the last few years.  In my term as Chair of the Ybor City Chamber, I hope to see Ybor City become a "must see destination," not only for local visitors and domestic tourists, but also for international guests.


Until next month- Andrea White

Chamber Happenings


Joe Lopano PixJune 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.


Blue dog Bistro logoJune 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 and music will be provided by DJ Reese Elliott. Mark your calendars for drink specials, complimentary nibbles, and making new business partners.  

Events and Announcements


June 1- Dedication Day at The Bricks, Wed.- Dedication Day is a celebration meant for local residents and businesses within the historic district.  The event is held the first Wednesday of every month. Kick-back and enjoy 1/2 price house wine, well drinks & select drafts. Check out THEBRICKSYBOR.COM for Daily BS. 813.247.1785


June 2- Gavin Degraw at the Ritz Ybor, Thurs. 6PM- Catch nationally known recording artist Gavin Degraw in his only Florida solo performance before he starts touring with Maroon 5 and Train over the summer. 813.248.9210


June 3- Noches de Salsa Caliente at Centro Asturiano de Tampa, Fri. 9PM- Celebrate the Grand Opening of what will surely be a dance hit for Centro Asturiano as Salsa Caliente Dance Studio brings salsa, bachata, cha cha, and merengue dance to the social club on a regular basis, and don't worry if you have two left feet; dance classes are held at the beginning of the evening to kick things off. 813.229.2214


June 3 & 4- Sneak Peek of Stageworks' Listen to My Heart, Fri. 6PM-  Meet the members and cast of Stageworks' first production for a meet and greet. Broadway and internationally-acclaimed performer David Friedman will be in attendance. This event is meant to benefit the company's new theatre in the Channel District. 813.251.8984


June 4- Art on 19th Street, Sat. 10AM- 4PM-  Join the shops on 19th as they hold their monthly "block party" featuring live art and music. This month's music will be performed by Chris Mayberry and John Asumendi, and art by live pop art painter Pam Tipton. 813.247.2787   


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 most, 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   


June 11 & 25- The Cuban Sandwich Show at King Corona Cigars- The Artists and Writers Group will be holding two events of the month-long series dedicated to Tampa's heritage as embodied by the Cuban Sandwich. King Corona's events promise art, performance, storytelling and a BS session about all things Ybor and Tampa.   


June 18- Cuervo Games, Sat. 3:30PM- 9:30PM- Jose Cuervo will be stopping through Ybor (1 of 10 U.S. stops) holding their annual obstacle challenge consisting of a barrel roll, agave gauntlet, waterfall climb, and high wire harvest.  Teams of four can register online at Facebook. For those not competing, there is "The Party" portion of the event that promises food, drinks, attractions, Cuervo girls, games, and Maxim magazine's Hometown Hotties.  For more details, visit  


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  


ChappellRoberts Awarded For Exceptional Advertising- ChappellRoberts raked-in 3 silver Addy Awards during statewide competition. Their winning works encompassed TV ads, viral videos and invitations for national level clients.  The winning works will be entered into national competition being held in San Diego on June 4th.  Congratulations and good luck to our neighbors during the next round of competition!

ICCE Releases 2011 Summer Catalog- The Institute for Corporate & Continuing Education at HCC has released their summer catalog featuring courses to meet many needs from certifications to personal enrichment course work. Visit for more details.

Business Assistance Program Extended- For those that were hoping to attend the Business Technical Assistance Program being provided by the Ybor City Development Corporation  in conjunction with the Hillsborough County Small Business Information Center there is good news, the program has been extended through September 30th. 813.914.4028


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