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Join the Ybor Chamber at the next  monthly membership luncheon and listen to the holiday sounds of the Hillsborough Community College Jazz Band. 

 A Special Thank You For Joining To


813 Area, LLC

Sean Conlon

1213 E. Columbus Dr.

Tampa, FL 33605


Cool Ice, Inc.

Diego Echeverry

1854 Tappan Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33619


Friends of Tampa Union Station

Jackson McQuigg

11509 Adeca Road

Tampa, FL 33618


Rock Capital Sound Corp.

Nada K. Jurist

6005 Jetport Industrial Boulevard

Tampa, FL 33634


Sentry Event Services, Inc.

Ken Milburn

4201 N. Dale Mabry

Tampa, FL 33607



Shari Middleton

2028 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605 


A Note Of Appreciation To Renewed Members


John Centinaro

2704 W Juneau Street

Tampa, FL 33614


Gina Flynn-Carmack

3704 W. San Rafael St.

Tampa, FL 33629


Fernando Noriega, Jr.

3122 West Leroy Street

Tampa, FL 33607


Aspire Attire/Walling Enterprises

Bruce Walling

P O Box 709

Land O' Lakes, FL 34639


Bioscrip Pharmacy

JoAnn Padell

1315 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Brian Manne

306 E. Flora

Tampa, FL 33604



Colleen Chappell

1600 E. 8th Ave., Ste. A-133

Tampa, FL 33605


Jack Curatelli

2109 Palm Aveune Suite 104

Tampa, FL 33605


Gerardi Construction, Inc.

Phillip Gerardi

1604 N 19th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Golson Legal, P.A.

W. Gregory Golson, Esquire

1724 East 5th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Philip Shore Elementary School

Barbara Mercer

1908 E 2nd Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


SunTrust Bank Tampa Bay

Wanda Antunez

1701 E 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Superior Benefits Inc.

Joe Stagliano

3825 Henderson Blvd., Ste 402

Tampa, FL 33629


Tampa Steel & Supply, Inc.

Bill Curnuette

1301 N. 26th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


The American Cleaning Services, Inc.

Jacqelyn Clark

14906 Winding Creek Ct., Suite 103 D

Tampa, FL 33618


The Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn

Damon Shiver

1915 Republica de Cuba

Tampa, FL 33605


The Italian Club of Tampa

Sal Guagliardo

1731 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Kenneth Soulé

3704 3rd Ave., FLTP1032

Tampa, FL 33605



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to learn more about your

fellow  members.


Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight


A familiar face in Ybor City is entrepreneur Joe Vigliarolo, owner and operator of three Ybor establishments - Fresh Mouth, Centro Cantina and JJ's Café & Bar. Joe is a long-time Chamber member and always ready to participate in our events. He was the first to step-up as an Ybor vendor for Guavaween 2011. Thanks Joe for all your support!


For a really good burger, you can't beat Fresh Mouth, located in the heart of Centro Ybor. But burgers aren't their only fare. Their Blue Bell shakes are to die for and one of my favorite Ybor lunches is Fresh Mouth's Gobble, Gobble and a bottle of IBC Root Beer.


Centro Cantina is Ybor's only outdoor balcony bar. Located on the 2nd floor of Centro Ybor, overlooking 7th Avenue, Centro Cantina is the place to watch your favorite team on one of five TVs, listen to live music nightly, Thursday - Sunday, and get a late night snack.


JJ's Café & Bar, located on 7th Avenue directly across from Centro Cantina, is open for lunch and dinner and provides live entertainment nightly, Thursday - Sunday. Known for a variety of wraps and sandwiches, including one of their specialties, the pot roast wrap, JJ's is also the place for martinis, lots and lots of martinis!


Next time you're in Ybor, stop by one of Joe's establishments and say hi, then get yourself something good to eat and drink.


-Michele Keating


Joe Vigliarolo

Fresh Mouth

Centro Ybor

1600 E. 8th Avenue, D101

Tampa, FL 33605



Centro Cantina

Centro Ybor

1600 E. 8th Avenue, D204

Tampa, FL 33605



JJ's Café & Bar

1601 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Andrea White headshot 

Chair's Message




What a whirlwind of activity! We haven't stopped to slow down at the Ybor City Chamber since August. Gala, OktoberFest and Guavaween - all major events in their own right, have been back-to-back-to-back. But, Guavaween is the "big one" and I would like to recognize our leaders, sponsors and public/private partners in this community joint-venture.  

  • Arturo Fuente, Jr., Immediate Past Chair, who got it all moving in the right direction
  • Angela Rodante, Guavaween Committee Chair, and her committee who have provided both strategic guidance and day-to-day support: Michelle Cardamone, Kris Fernandez, Arturo Fuente, Jr, David Harvey, John Trujillo, Ken Soule, Vince Pardo, Tom Keating, Tom Favata, Michele Keating and myself  

"Day of" volunteer managers:

  • Tickets - David Alvarez (Vice Chair Events) & myself 
  • Parade Marshals - Marc Hamburg (Vice Chair Marketing) & Wes Miller (Past Chair)
  • Parade Judging - Andrea Gonzmart (Chair-elect), Arturo Fuente, Jr. (Immediate Past Chair) and Jaclyn Witmer Kilpatrick
  • Costume Contest Judging- Angela Rodante 
  • VIP Reception- Gassen Gutierrez (Secretary) 


  • Savtira Corporation - Presenting Sponsor
  • Centro Ybor - Stage Sponsor
  • Halloween Express - Costume Contest Sponsor
  • Tampa Digital - Parade Sponsor

Media Partners:

  • Bright House Networks
  • CBS Radio
  • St. Petersburg Times/tbt
  • Digital billboards - courtesy of YCDC
Key Vendors:
  • Sentry Event Services
  • Complete Ticket Solutions
  • Smith Fence   

Key Government Services:  

  • City of Tampa Office of Special Events
  • Tampa Police Department
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
  • Ybor City Development Corporation


I want to thank our merchants and residents who support this annual All Hallows' Eve Bacchanalia. The promotional value that Ybor City and the Tampa Bay Area receive as the home of "one of the top-ten Halloween events in North America" is invaluable. Also, let's not forget our visitors who come from far and wide to celebrate Guavaween - many of whom have been coming here year after year.


Until next month,  

Andrea White 


 Guavaween 2011: Heroes Showed Up En Masse

Chamber Happenings

December 8- Ybor City Chamber Holiday Party, 5PM- 8PM- 
Bring a toy for Metropolitan Ministries and help the chamber spread the joy this holiday season! This year's event will be held at the Cuban Club. 813.248.3712 x22


December 13- Monthly Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Make plans to attend the next Ybor Chamber Monthly Membership Luncheon.  The December luncheon
will feature the Hillsborough Community College Jazz Band. 
813.248.3712 x22      

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata

November 11 & 12- Ybor Thunder Bike Fest, Fri & Sat.- Iron horses ride into Ybor starting today to kick-off the inaugural year for Ybor's new bike rally. Live music, Pin-up & Tattoo Contests, and Veterans Day Salutes are highlights to the event. 813.220.1474

November 12- Winter White Italian Ice, Sat. 10:30AM- 2PM- The Italian Club's Winter Fashion Show will spread winter glee during an afternoon dedicated to fashion, shopping and lunch with friends and  family. 813.248.3316

November 12- Crafternoon at Singing Stone Gallery, Sat. 3PM- 6PM- Ornament decoration, crafts and keepsakes will be on the menu for an afternoon of handmade gifts. Join instructor Gail Marceau as she teaches the ins and outs of putting your personal touch on cherished heirlooms. 813.247.2787

November 19- The 13th Annual Ybor City Heritage & Cigar Festival, Sat. 10AM- 5PM- Mark your calendars for the Ybor City Museum Society's renowned annual benefit. Come out for live entertainment, antique cars, beer and wine, food and of course, world famous cigars! www.oursmokinevents.com

November 18 & 19- Square One's Cosmopolitan, Fri. & Sat.- Bust out your passports, and get international at this year's Square One Fall Event. Travel around the world through the works of many artists as the event expands to a two night exhibition. Friday encompasses an Art Walk that stretches from one side of Ybor to the other, while Saturday remains the main event hosted at the Ritz Ybor, and features the works of 75 artists along with 40 live performers. Become part of the show and dress in your finest red, white, and blue. 813.394.0559

November 19- All Jazzed Up Art Festival, Sat. 7PM- 11PM- The Cuban Club will be hosting this fundraiser featuring the works of emerging and mid-career professional artists. 813.833.7843

November 20- The Blue & Green Project, Live on Stage!, Sun. 3PM- Join the Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus and the Tampa Jazz Club as they host Jazz Ybor Series performer Jack Wilkins at his CD release celebration and concert.  The saxophonist's concert will have an Americana feel drawing from his inspirations in Blues, Jazz, Gospel and Mountain music that helped create his new cd. 813.253.7695

November 26- Le Teaze presents Aphrodisiac, Sat. 8PM- PinUp America and the Le Teaze Burlesque Troupe are set to charm audiences with another tantalizing show at the Cuban Club of Ybor City. There will be raffles, variety acts, comedy, and of course burlesque. Get ready to be enticed! 813.765.9649

November 30- Tree Lighting Ceremony, Wed. 6PM- Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be on hand to light the 34 foot tree located in Centro Ybor and will "officially" kick-off the holiday season in Ybor City. Come out for the lights and stay for the carolers. 813.242.4660

December 10- Art In The Park, Sat. 9AM- 5PM- The Tampa Parks and Recreation Department will be holding an arts festival with a juried art show in conjunction with the weekly Saturday Market. Come out for live performances in the park and catch a snap-shot with Santa. 813.274.5188

December 10- Holiday Connections, Sat. 9AM- 5PM- The TECO Streetcar is offering one way rides for a quarter to all of the holiday festivities offered on Saturday the 10th. Plan accordingly and don't forget your quarters. 813.384.6611

December 10- Deck the Walls, Sat. 5PM- 10PM- The Ybor Art Association wants to put art on your walls and wish lists this holiday season. The associations artists will be highlighting affordable gifts for giving in a cultured artistic atmosphere! www.yborart.org

December 16- 22- Holiday, Inc: This Season's Musical Makeover- If you are in the mood for a holiday show this season join ESP Theatricals and the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts in their tale of an elf that has lost her holiday spirit and what it takes for the Board of Holiday Inc to make her merry.  The show will leave audiences inspired and ready to celebrate the season. 813.251.8866


November 25th thru December 3rd
Society for Marine Mammalogy
HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Anticipated Attendance: 500

December 6th thru 9th
Department of Defense
HQ Hotel: Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
Anticipated Attendance: 1,500