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Chamber Happenings 

 A Note Of Appreciation To Renewed Members


Ai Collaborative, Inc.

Leigh Young
1901 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Robert Saitta 

El Sol Cigars 

4951 - B E. Adamo Drive, Suite 230

Tampa, FL 33605


Konica Minolta Business Solutions

John Kowalski

3725 W. Grace St. 4th Floor

Tampa, FL 33607


Outback Bowl

Mike Schulze

4211 W Boy Scout Boulevard Suite 560

Tampa, FL 33607


Scott A. Haas, PA

Scott Haas

1901 E. 5th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Dawn Merritt

1101 W. Sligh Ave.

Tampa, FL 33604


Ybor City Lions Club

John Centinaro

2704 W. Juneau St.

Tampa, FL 33614


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Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight


A little off the beaten path in Ybor City is a gem of a business, West Palm Wines & Beaune's Wine Bar. Located on 22nd Street, just south of I-4, West Palm Wines is a full-service fine wine retailer, specializing in European wines and home to the Tampa Institute Wine School. Owner Jim Sirna and his competent staff can help you find just the right bottle of wine for any occasion.


Beaune's Wine Bar, (pronounced "bones") named after the capital city of Burgundy, France, is a wine bar & French bistro open Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM. A cozy, comfortable lounge, with couches, tables and chairs and a beautiful bar, Beaune's offers an excellent assortment of wines by the glass, along with fine cheeses, charcuterie and a complete dinner menu. In addition, all the wines for sale at West Palm Wines can be poured at Beanue's for just $10 above retail. In 2010, Beaune's Wine Bar received the prestigious Wine Spectator "Best of Award of Excellence."


One of our favorite nights out in Ybor is to spend quality time with our friends, sharing a bottle of wine, while enjoying a cheese, meat, fruit and nut platter at Beaune's Wine Bar. Then, buying another bottle from the wine store to enjoy at home. It doesn't get much better than that.


Michele Keating


James Sirna

West Palm Wines & Beaunes Wine Bar

2009 N. 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33605



November 25th thru December 3rd

Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine MammalsSociety for Marine Mammalogy
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Anticipated Attendance: 500

December 6th thru 9th

5th Annual SDVOSB/VOSB & SB Conference & ExpoDepartment of Defense
HQ Hotel: Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel
Anticipated Attendance: 1,500

Andrea White headshot 

Chair's Message


Greetings Members:


I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are getting into the Holiday spirit. We are catching-up on our committee debriefings on our fall events - with sessions on Gala, OktoberFest and Guavaween. This fall has been the busiest in years at the Ybor City Chamber and it doesn't stop as we move into the winter season.


The Cuban Club will host our Annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 8th. This open house style event is from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Admission, again this year, is a toy for member, Metropolitan Ministries (or a modest cash donation at the door). The Club is providing hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, and we will have one of our member DJ's, Reese Elliott, provide the music. Please join us for this Annual year-end celebration. This fete brings together over one hundred and thirty guests from around the Ybor City community.


Another tradition is our Annual Holiday Luncheon on Tuesday, December 13th. This is a great opportunity to relax and network with friends, associates and other Ybor business owners. Entertainment will be provided by the HCC Jazz Ensemble based at the Ybor City Campus and lead by Director, Robert Winslow. Dress in your best holiday garb.


Our Fiesta Day Committee met Wednesday and is preparing for Ybor's oldest and largest heritage celebration. I understand that the Committee is planning on making the 65th Anniversary Edition extra special. Traditionally held on the last Saturday of February, the 25th this year, it should be a real treat. We had over 15,000 guests for this free, family-oriented event last year, half of them from outside the county.


Finally, we have two of our strongest B2B marketing opportunities coming up - the Chamber's Business Directory and Community Guide and our winter Ybor Expo: Business Showcase in February. Advertising sales are now open for the Directory. By contacting Michele Keating at 248-3712 x25 or mkeating@ybor.org, you can reserve your ad space. You can sign-up to sponsor and/or exhibit at the Ybor Expo by contacting Anna Ramos at 248-3712 x22 or aramos@ybor.org.


Until next month, Andrea White

COO Visited With Ybor Chamber RNC Host Committee

Matt Becker with the
RNC Host committee was the guest speaker at the Chamber's last membership luncheon. Mr. Becker shared with the audience how small businesses can get involved in the convention through the use of their new small business webpage 2012tampa.com/small-business-network.
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

December 7- Ybor City Business Watch Kickoff Meeting at the Ritz, Wed. 3PM- The Tampa Police Department is rolling out a new "Business Watch" program. Join Chief Jane Castor and Officer Sean Mahabir as they start registration to better serve your businesses policing needs.  A staff member must be on hand to to get your business registered. 813.480.1272     

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- Streetcar 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 on your wish lists this holiday season. The association's artists will be highlighting affordable gifts for giving in a cultured artistic atmosphere! www.yborart.org

December 11- Sociedad La Union Marti-Maceo presents Acto Patriotico, Sun. 1PM-Celebrate the 115th Anniversary of the passing of General Antonio Maceo as orator Dr. Gustavo Leon covers the history and patriotism behind the movement that laid the groundwork for the Spanish-Cuban-American War. 813.223.6188

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

December 16 and 17th- Snow on 7th Avenue, Fri. 8PM- 10PM- See Ybor streets like you have never seen them before, at least since 1977. Visit 7th Avenue between 15th and 17th streets and watch, as Tony Bennett would say, "Snow Fall, softly......."  813.241.8838

December 17- Singing Stone Gallery presents Terry Andrews, Sat. 11AM- 3PM-In Singing Stone's ongoing efforts to bring art to the masses, they have invited Terry Andrews to their "Meet the Artist" series. Not only will you take in the fusion of his handmade glass-copper pieces, but also his vocal and guitar talents. 813.247.2787


Thinking About Holiday Gifts- Think Ybor when you are shopping around for your loved ones.  Who wouldn't love a gift or gift certificate from one of Ybor's great retail shops, restaurants, bars, or clubs. Some, like the Segway Experience Ybor City, are even offering discounts and specials. 813.241.8838

Grants Available For Local Artists-The Arts Council of Hillsborough County is taking grant applications to award $10,000 in grant funds. The grant funds are available to experienced artists in performing, visual, literary, dance and music disciplines. Grant applicants must demonstrate relevance to a related project. 813.276.8250