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October 2011 Newsletter   

Upcoming Events



Join the Ybor Chamber next Tuesday for our monthly membership luncheon as we hear from Kimberly Faulk, Chair of the Florida Festivals and Events Association.  The Luncheon is sponsored by Event Show Productions (ESP).

A Special Thank You For Joining To


Ybor Loft

Lauren Tummel

P.O. Box 475

Lutz, FL 33548

A Note Of Appreciation To Renewed Members


Church of Scientology

Ana Tirabassi

1300 E. 8th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Discover In-Town Tampa Guide & Map

Chuck Wray, Jr.

4940 72nd Avenue, Suite 200, CJ Publishers

Pinellas Park, FL 33781


Green Iguana Bar & Grill

Jason Fernandez

1708 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


New Urban Suites & Business Club

Angela Hagerman

1228 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605



Frank Fenech

2311 Angel Oliva Sr. Street

Tampa, FL 33605

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Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight


The place for live music in Ybor City is Crowbar. Located on the corner on 8th Avenue and 17th Street, Crowbar offers concerts five days a week. If you are familiar with Ybor, then you know proprietor, Tom DeGeorge. Tom is a great supporter of the Ybor Chamber, taking the lead in this years' Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl. His offerings of great beer, authentic German food and live music in the Beer Garden were the hit of the pub crawl.


Crowbar offers a variety of music, from All Good Tuesday with $5 liters of beer and DJ Soft Rock Renegades to Old Dirty Sunday's old school 80's hip hop, and free hamburgers, hot dogs and bratwurst from 6-9 PM in the beer garden. The Thursday, Friday and Saturday night live concerts at Crowbar are a must for music lovers. Tom never disappoints.


Come out and enjoy this great fall weather at Crowbar's outdoor beer garden. Visit crowbarlive.com for all upcoming concerts and be prepared to have a great time!


-Michele Keating


Tom DeGeorge


1812 N. 17th Street

Tampa, FL 33605




Convention Planner 


October 9-12


Sysco Foods Annual Fall Show 2011

Embassy Suites Tampa-Downtown Convention Center
Anticipated Attendance: 900

October 9-16
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and Affiliates

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Anticipated Attendance: 2,200



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Andrea White headshotChair's Message



Greetings fellow Members:


It was perfect fall weather for our Second Annual Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl. And, I was "in the trenches" as a volunteer, handing-out t-shirts to a sell-out crowd. This fun event, started just last year, has grown from 230 attendees to almost 400. It features our pubs and patio bars and caters to our growing clientele of young-professionals. Our "prize patrol," lead by Past-Chairs Wes Miller and Marc Hamburg, was a big hit with guests.


We had another great event this past month, our 46th Annual Chamber Gala, where we honored Ybor's Moré family with the Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award. I would like to thank Sandra Fernandez-Lopez, Elliot Wheeler and their entire Gala Committee for a wonderful evening. Everyone commented on the food, décor and entertainment. It was a very elegant evening and up-held this Ybor City tradition in great fashion.


Tom Keating and I attended the Republican National Convention (RNC) Host Committee's kick-off session earlier this month at the Waterside Marriott. There will be some 40,000 guests in the Bay Area for as much as a week in August 2012. Tom invited the Host Committee's head of operations, Matt Becker, to present at our November Luncheon. We want to make sure that Ybor Chamber members have every opportunity to host meetings and entertain delegates.


The Ybor City Chamber is producing Guavaween 2011 and we plan to build on the 25-year history that this community event has enjoyed. As our Guavaween Committee Chair, Angela Rodante says, "We have listened and the motorized-parade is back with beads, floats and krewes!" We are committed to making "one of the top Halloween events in the county," even bigger and better over the coming years.


Until next month,
Andrea White
Guavaween poster 2011

Chamber Happenings


October 11- Monthly Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Kimberly Faulk, Vice Chair for the Florida Festivals and Events Associations, will be on hand to speak on the importance of special events to Florida's economy.  The luncheon is sponsored by Event Show Productions. 813.248.3712 x22  


October 19- Guavaween 2011 Merchant Meeting, Wed. 6:30PM-  Merchants of Tampa's Historic Latin quarter will be able to pick-up their tickets at the Guavaween follow-up meeting in the cantina of the Italian Club on Wednesday, October 19th beginning at 6:30 PM. TPD and ATF will be on hand to cover the rules and regulations of special events. 813.248.3712 x25 

October 29- Guavaween 2011, Sat 3PM- 3AM- Ybor's annual Halloween Street Party and Concerts - Mama Guava takes to the streets of Ybor with Halloween happenings in the heart of the 'Big Guava'!  By popular demand, the motorized parade is back in the schedule.  We listened and we are making it happen.  Be a superhero and unite at Guavaween 2011!   
Yellow Shirts Became A "Fashion Trend" At OktoberFest 2011
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Events and Announcements by Tom Favata

October 7 thru 9- L'Histoire du Soldat: The Soldier's Tale, Fri. thru Sun.- HCC Ybor's School of Visual and Performing Arts is performing a fully staged show of this Stravinsky work. Musicians, Actors and dancers will all bring this tale of a soldier's deal with the devil to life. Come out and  see why the school received Creative Loafing's Best of the Bay Award for Best Under-The-Radar Arts Programming. 813.259.6490

October 8- Ta-Ta's for Ybor, Sat. 6PM- 9PM- Join the Ybor Art Association and other groups at the Honey Pot as they start their fundraising campaign for "Making Strides for Breast Cancer ." "Put on a Pink Bra" encourage male members on the teams participating in the walk to take to the streets of Ybor in a "Bra Donation Stuffing Contest." Come out during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Save the Ta-Ta's. 813.505.8802

October 8- Academy Prep Fall Family Festival, Sat. 10AM- 1PM- Cooking and games are what you will be judged on at this annual event for the Academy Prep Cobras.  It will surely be fun for the whole family! 813.248.5600

October 13 thru 30- Grusome Playground Injuries, Fri., Sat. and Sun.- Check out Stagework's newest offer, a darkly humorous tale of scars, broken hearts, and healed hearts. 813.251.8984

October 13- Oktoberfest at the Double Decker, Thurs. 7PM- 3AM- The Double Decker invites you to attend their Oktoberfest festivities next Thursday.  Take part in Oktoberfest games, listen to German music, and pick up "Das Boot" and celebrate!  813.248.2099

October 15- Meet the Artist at Singing Stone Gallery, Sat. 11AM- 3PM- Learn the in's and out's of creating directly from cigar purse creator and artist Jean Mauser, while you check out her displayed collection. 813.786.2324

October 16- V.M. Ybor 3rd Anual Home Tour, Sun. 11AM- 5PM- The V.M. Ybor Neighborhood Association is throwing their 3rd Annual tour of homes. This self guided tour starts at Academy Prep Center of Tampa where you will recieve maps and information on the featured properties being showcased. 813.263.7388

October 21- Ybor City Architecture: Our Stories, Fri. 5PM- 9PM- The Ybor City Museum Society will be hosting an exhibition opening featuring the unique casitas, iconic buildings and signature architectural elements that define the National Historic Landmark District.  The opening will also feature a juried art exhibit and a pictorial "Then and Now" display. 813.247.1434

October 21- The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Fri. 10PM- Everyone's favorite cult classic stops by the Ritz Ybor for a night of creapishly, cool laughs.  Break out your garters, mascara, and high heels for this Halloween Classic! 813.248.9210 

October 27- HCC Ybor City Campus President's Community Advisory Council, Thurs. 5PM- 7PM- Join campus President, Dr. Shawn Robinson, at this meeting designed to keep an open dialogue between the campus and the surrounding community. 813.253.7754

TIA Wants Your Advice- Tampa International Airport is in a design phase of their main terminal renovations and would like to get input from the community as they move forward.  If you would like to participate in a survey to lend designers some of your ideas go to www.surveymonkey.com

Tampa Natives Show Broadcasts from Ybor- Tampa Digital is the new home to a program dedicated to Tampa's past, the Tampa Natives Show.  This live call-in show is dedicated to everyone's memories of yesteryear and is a great interactive resource to learn more about Tampa's roots.  tampanativesshow.com