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Newsletter of the  Ybor City Chamber of Commerce                                             July 2011   

Upcoming Events

July 2011 Ybor Expo Business Showcase 

Tuesday July 12, 2011 from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM EDT

The Columbia Restaurant


This semi-annual event features  table top exhibitors, showcasing their products and services.

The cost is $22 in advance for members and $25 for guests and day of attendees and includes a luncheon buffet.

For reservations contact Anna Ramos at 813-248-3712 x 22.

Register Now By Clicking The Link Above! 

Support Historic Preservation!


Our historic social clubs - Centro Asturiano, the Italian Club, the Cuban Club and Marti-Maceo are appearing before the County Commission on Tuesday, July 13th at 2:00 PM at the County Center at 601 East Kennedy Boulevard (come early to get a seat).  Funding for much needed repairs and restoration have dried-up at the state level and the Ybor City Round Table and the Publisher of La Gaceta, Patrick Manteiga, are leading the charge to seek funding at the local level.


To join the leadership team contact Patrick at 248-3921 or sign-up to attend the Commission meeting by sending your name, e-mail address and phone number to saveourclubs@hotmail.com.  The team is looking for 300 supporters to show-up and wear bright red "Save Our Historic Buildings" t-shirts.


Come join us for Ybor Expo: Business Showcase and we can head-down to the Commission meeting after


- Tom Keating

A Special Thank You For Joining To



Limosine & Sedan 

Kraig Obarski

17116 U. S. Hwy 19 North

Clearwater, FL 33764


Blue Devil Tattoo Co.

Skip Sampson

1712 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Josko & Associates

Todd Josko

2900 W. Azeele St., Unit A

Tampa, FL 33609


Personal Touch  

Mobile Sound Production

Reese Elliott

10219 Altavista Avenue North, # 107

Tampa, FL 33647


Urban Kai

Aimee Conlee

2426 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Yanger Law Group, P.A.

Bill Yanger

217 N. Lois Avenue

Tampa, FL 33609


A Note Of Appreciation To Renewed Members


1603 Tattoo & Piercing Co.

Skip Sampson

1603 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Columbia Jobbing   

Company, Inc. 

Joe Gonzalez

1702 E. 5th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Columbia Restaurant Group

Casey Gonzmart

2025 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Old 7th Avenue Tattoo Co.

Skip Sampson

1514 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



International Shipping 

Judy Stephenson

1717 S. 50th Street

Tampa, FL 33619


Tampa Tribune

Louis Kotopka

202 S. Parker Street 3rd Floor

Tampa, FL 33606


The Bricks

Brian Schaefer

1327 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Click on a highlighted company name

to learn more about your

fellow members.

Convention Planner 



July 4-15  

National Association of College and University Business Officers, Annual Meeting 


Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Anticipated Attendance: 2,500  



Andrea White headshot

Message From The Chair 


Greetings fellow members,


Wow, my term as Chair is off to a great start!  As an ex-officio member of all committees, I have tried to attend as many as I can in the beginning of the new Program Year.  This has included: a session of our Marketing Committee focusing on the new website; a debriefing for the Golf Tournament, the first event of our program year; and the initial meeting of our Membership Committee, with new Vice Chair, Richard Chad.  I am both pleased and impressed at the level of professionalism we have at the Committee level.  Yes, the Board is rock-solid and the Executive Board is a dynamo, but we have also built a strong, bottom-up organization.


I want to invite all members and potential members to our next event - Ybor Expo: Business Showcase.  This is our bi-annual "business to business" marketing opportunity that features Ybor's service-oriented businesses in an intimate networking setting at the Columbia Restaurant.  Twenty-some Ybor organizations will have table-top displays of their services and products.  This is our version of a "buy local" program.


Our next internal activity is our Annual Board Mini-Retreat.  As Chair of the Board, this is my opportunity to set the tone for the year and for my Vice Chairs to share ideas and information across division lines.  GTE Federal Credit Union will be hosting this planning event and graciously providing refreshments for the Board social.


And, they told me summer was the slow time in Ybor City - not at the Chamber!


Until next month- Andrea White


P.S.  Did you see the watershed article "Ybor Rising" on the front page of last Sunday's Times - Business Section (Tom tells me that it was three months in the works).

Chamber Happenings


July 13-Ybor Chamber Summer Business Expo, Tues. 11:30AM- 2PM-  The Ybor Chamber is prepped and ready to host its next Summer Business Expo at the Columbia Restaurant.  This event features many of Ybor's top businesses and has become an expected draw for businesses ready to share news and new opportunities with fellow chamber members.  For reservations, contact Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22


August 9- Ybor Chamber Monthly Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- The Ybor Chamber annually awards Hillsborough Community College a check for the Lois Gaston scholarship dedicated to the Ybor Campus' Motion Media Program.  Come out to hear about the program's successes. 813.248.3712 x22  


Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight


There is a little secret in Ybor City called Al's Finger Licking Good Bar B Que. Located in a converted casita one block off 7th Avenue on Angel Oliva Sr. Street, Al's serves up the best made from scratch BBQ sauce, vegetables and desserts. Open Wednesday through Saturday, this family owned and operated restaurant opened in Ybor two years ago. Al cooks up beef, chicken, pork and turkey legs on his famous outdoor smoker, using only oak or pecan wood. The secret to the taste is his "special meat rub."


You can't beat their $5.99 luncheon specials, their Turkey Leg Thursdays or their Friday Mac & Cheese. Made from old family recipes, their sides and desserts are delicious. From spicy collard greens to Sweet Potato Pie, it is hard to choose what to order.


As one satisfied customer said, "It tastes like you're eating in Grandma's southern kitchen." With Al behind the counter chopping smoked pork for you, maybe we should say it's like eating at Grandpa's southern kitchen!


Al & Jacqueline Reynolds

Al's Finger Licking Good Bar B Que

1609 Angel Oliva Sr. Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Events and Announcements 

July 14 thru 28- Paint The Possible: Artistic Mural Messaging-  

Hillsborough Community College will be hosting an opening reception for their newest art installation on Thursday, July 14th from 5-8PM.  The School of Visual and Performing Arts and the Youth of Community Stepping Stones are presenting this social enterprise and are encouraging participation in live demonstrations. Call for hours. 813.253.7674


July 14- Campus President's Community Advisory Council HCC-Ybor, Thurs. 5PM- 7PM- 

Join the Ybor City Campus President, Dr. Shawn Robinson, for this event designed to open dialogue between the campus administration and the community-at-large. To attend call 813.253.7754


July 14- Natasha Bedingfield "Less Is More" Tour at The Ritz Ybor, 5:30PM- If you haven't heard yet, 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 memorable concert.  Dig into your Pocket Full Of Sunshine and get your tickets before next Thursday. 813.247.2555  


July 15- The Head, Friends of Giants, and Alexander & the Grapes perform at New World Brewery, Fri. 9PM-  If you haven't stopped by New World in a while, why not stop by and catch a night filled with great music while enjoying your favorite beverage.  These bands are described as having tight harmonies, being fully fleshed out, and packing a pop wallop.  It's time for a cold mug and good music. 813.248.4969


July 16- Meet the Artist: Byron O'Neal, Sat. 10AM- 2PM-  Meet pop artist Byron O'Neal at Singing Stone Gallery and find out the various inspirations for his very recognizable works.  813.247.2787  


July 16- Vans Present The Bricks and SPoT Skate Shop Ybor: One Year Anniversary Party, Sat. 5- 11PM- Believe it or not, but the Bricks will be celebrating their first anniversary in less than two weeks.  Come out for BBQ, $2 Beers, the Renegade Mini-Ram Jam and the presentation of Building of The Bricks Documentary. Come celebrate this landmark anniversary. 813.247.1785   


August 18- Tampa Bay Tech Jam 2011: A Decade of Rock- The Tampa Bay Technology Forum's will be holding its tenth annual Tech Jam at the Ritz Ybor.  This event serves as a fundraiser for the TBTF Foundation.  Proceeds from the event benefit mentoring and education programs as well as provide for various scholarships focused on students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math. 813.425.9635  


Ybor City Saturday Market, Saturdays from 9AM- 1PM- Summer hours are in effect at Ybor City's Saturday Market.  Experience shopping in a unique way by visiting Ybor's Centennial Park.  Open rain or shine, vendors are on hand to sell their goods and wares.  So come out and pick up your fruits, veggies and other treats, and maybe even find a gift for someone special.  813.241.2442