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December 2011 Mid-Month Newsletter                  Stay Up On Ybor! Visit Ybor.org 

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Getaway Travel of Tampa

Sylvia G. Reina

3310 W Cypress Street, Suite 205

Tampa, FL 33607


New World Brewery

Steve Bird

1313 E. 8th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Storrington Corporation

Walter Aye

1710 N. 19th St.

Tampa, FL 33605


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Member Spotlight


Welcome to Ybor City's Living Room. It doesn't get more inviting than that! Ybor City's living room is Tre Amici @ The Bunker, a unique coffee shop, located on 19th Street, across from Centennial Park, in the historic 1929 building nicknamed "The Bunker" by the war veterans who use to hangout there.


Tre Amici offers a variety of coffee drinks, teas, and beer and wine. The décor is warm and inviting and you can enjoy both inside and outside seating as well as free wi-fi. The menu consists of breakfast fare, sandwiches, wraps and salads, as well as a variety of yummy treats.


Open daily, Tre Amici offers nightly themes, such as Tuesday's Speed Networking, Wednesday's Movie Night and Thursday's Songwriters Night. It is truly a community gathering place.


As many of you may know, the Chamber office is small and offers no room for meetings. One of our favorite spots to meet with a prospective new member or hold one of our event committee meetings is Tre Amici. We can always count on welcoming service, great coffee and a good time had by all.- Michele Keating


Jessica Stehlik

Tre Amici @ The Bunker

1907 N. 19th Street

Tampa, FL 33605




January 10th thru 15th
HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina 
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January 11th thru 19th

HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
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Tom Keating Head Shot

Message From The President 


Felez Navidad -


I love the Holiday Season, not for the presents, parties and decorations, but because it's a great time to reflect, to step back and get a broader view of what's happening. I will celebrate my seventh anniversary in Ybor City this March. Seven years is a good window in human experience. It has an organic quality long enough to get to know the lay of the land, but not so long as to become oblivious.


The Ybor City Chamber is a link between an aging Latin past and a youthful artistic future. The great thing about working in a Historic District is that you experience time in a broader perspective - more on a generational level. You don't just think in the short-term, but get a real feel for long-term change. You come to appreciate the perspective of both the old-timer and the new-comer. The well-anchored property owners and the transient café patrons all know what is best for Ybor and are more than willing to express it.


When I travel around the Bay Area, people tell me they love Ybor City, but then add quickly that they haven't been there in a while. My sense is that Ybor is an "idea" that people love - quaint, friendly and inviting, but as a real "place" it is urbanesque, a bit alien and even foreboding on occasion. Many people move to Florida to get away from these very qualities that permeate America's northern cities. They seek the comfort of their air conditioned TV room, the familiarity of a national franchise and the predictability of the mall.


Having raised our family in the ultimate suburban community, the state capital, my wife and I moved back to the bay area to enjoy a more cosmopolitan atmosphere, great home-owned restaurants and the urban feel of a port city. In a lifetime, you learn that the good comes with the bad. If you try to prefect things too much - they have no character.


In Ybor City the generations work with each other rather than trying to get away from each other. Genuine creativity knows no boundaries and is the secret to regenerating our culture, generation after generation. Come on down to your National Historic Landmark District and renew your creative spirit.


Buon Natale - Tom Keating

Chamber Spreads Some Holiday Cheer

12-8-11 Holiday Party

The Chamber spread some holiday cheer this month with a holiday benefit for Metropolitan Ministries (with over 45 toys, $300, and 40 pounds of food collected) and December luncheon where Santa spread the "spirit" courtesy of Infinium Spirits.

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Chamber Happenings

Place Your Business Directory Ad Today
-  Sales for ad space in the Chamber's 2012 Edition of the Annual Business Directory is available.  Make members more aware of your directory listing with a special message in a display ad. Call Michele Keating for rates, sizes and availability by next Friday, December 23rd to lock-in your space. 813.248.3712 x25


January 10- Monthly Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Come out and hear an address from Mayor Bob Buckhorn to start the New Year. The luncheon is sponsored by the Florida State Fair.  813.248.3712 x22      


February 14- Winter Ybor Expo: Business Showcase, Tues.11:30AM- 2PM-The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Winter Business Expo at the Columbia Restaurant in lieu of its regular luncheon. This is a great way to promote your business to other Ybor businesses and let them know what you do. Reserve your space by contacting Anna Ramos. 813.248.3712 x 22   

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata

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- Christmas In The Park, Sat. Noon- 2PM- TheEast Ybor Historic and Civic Association will be holding their annual get together in East Ybor Park. Books, stuffed animals, and toys will benefit the children of East Ybor. Food and refreshments will be available to the children in attendance. 813.244.1800

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

December 31- UnitedHealthcare Chilren's Foundation New Year's Eve Outback Bowl Parade and Pep Rally, Sat. 5:30PM-Come out for this annual parade featuring 17 marching bands from around the country, floats, and of course, the bands of both Georgia and Michigan State Universities, followed by a pep rally featuring a "battle of the bands", cheer, dance and mascot routines. This free family event runs along 7th Avenue running West to Avenida Republica de Cuba. 813.874.2695

December 31- White Wonderland- New Year's Eve Gala, Sat. 8PM- 1PM- Get your tickets to New Year's Eve served up Ybor style at the Italian Club. Come out for cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dancing with music by Mainstream.  813.248.3316

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