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March 2012 Newsletter                                                                          Visit Ybor.org

Upcoming Events

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Chamber Happenings 


A Special Thanks For Joining To


Hi-Def Express

Ronald Ceyrolles, Jr.

3208 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Housing & Education Alliance, Inc.

Sylvia Alvarez

9309 N.Florida Avenue

Tampa, FL 33612


MHS Commercial & Residential

Rhiannon Brick

P.O. Box 1555

Valrico, FL 33595


Pinup America

Richard Strawn

1701-A N. 20th St.

Tampa, FL 33605


A Note Of Appreciation To Renewed Members


Cookie Rodante Spoto

4718 Michael Court # 113

Tampa, FL 33614


Debbie Springborn

411 Clemons Road

Brandon, FL 33510


Centro Ybor

Carl Dalcerro

1600 East 8th Avenue, A-132

Tampa, FL 33605


Chancey Design Partnership

Walt Chancey

1228 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


ELEMENT Engineering Group, LLC

Derek M. Gil

1713 E. 9th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Florida Aquarium

Scott Rose

701 Channelside Drive

Tampa, FL 33602


Grafx Design of Tampa

Kathy Stack

1600 E. 8th Ave., A-208

Tampa, FL 33605


Grimaldi Insurance, Inc.

AJ Grimaldi, II

238 E. Davis Blvd, Suite 309

Tampa, FL 33606


Ignition Branding

Jack Glasure

2211 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Nicahabana Cigars, Inc.

Alfred Moreno

1625 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


The Corporate Training Center @ HCC

Brian Hollands

39 Columbus Dr.

Tampa, FL 33606


Willy's Photography

Willy Emerson

10904 Whispering Oaks Circle

Riverview, FL 33569


Ybor City Round Table

Angelo Spicola

PO Box 75774

Tampa, FL 33605


Ybor City Tattoo Company

Pat Rieli

1730 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Click on a highlighted company name to learn more about your fellow  members.


Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight


Tribeca ColorSalons are known as eclectic, friendly salons, who treat their customers like family. The original Tribeca is located on Kennedy Blvd., just 3 blocks from the University of Tampa. The Ybor City salon, which opened in the fall of 2009, is located in Centro Ybor. The addition of Tribeca ColorSalon in Ybor, along with little sister Becky, is a boon for Ybor.


Brandon Wagner, owner of Tribeca ColorSalons, and his talented staff, are amazing at what they do. They are known not only as experts in hair color, but hair styling as well. And their prices are based on the experience level of their stylists. Every stylist has what Tribeca calls "ColorConstruct Training," but some have more practical knowledge than others and so you can choose your stylists based on your needs and budget. You can read about each stylist and their level and experience at www.tribecasalon.com.


Now for Becky, a beauty studio, offering a variety of services from facials to manicures and pedicures. When I have a "formal" chamber function to attend, you can always find me at Becky's for a pampering mani/pedi.


If you are looking for a new hairstylist, look no further that Tribeca ColorSalon of Ybor. You won't be disappointed.


-Michele Keating


Brandon Wagner

Tribeca ColorSalon








1600 E. 8th Avenue, Suite A-137

Tampa, FL 33605

Upcoming Conventions

March 17-26
Estimated Attendance:4,000
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

March 23- April 1
Estimated Attendance: 1,000
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

April 2-8
Estimated Attendance: 21,500

Tom Keating Head Shot

President's Message


Hola -


Two weeks ago, to celebrate my seventh anniversary in Ybor City, Michele and I decided to see Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra at the Straz. Next to Ybor, the Straz Performing Arts Center is my favorite place in Tampa, because there we get to experience the best from other parts of the country. After chateaubriand for two at Malio's, we strolled around the Gasparilla Music Festival - it appeared to be a very nice event for a first time effort.


Although my acquaintances in "live music" call jazz a four letter word, since it's hard to make a buck promoting it, I still enjoy the genre immensely. I'm partial to trumpet, having played as a kid. I've had the good fortune to hear five of the best: Al Hirt, Maynard Ferguson, Chuck Mangione, Arturo Sandoval and now Wynton Marsalis. And, you meet the nicest people at a jazz concert like Andrea White, Chair of the Board of the Ybor City Chamber - cool is not a coincidence.


Being of Irish heritage and, as Vince calls me, "a river rat," we just had to take-in the Mayor's River O' Green Fest this past weekend. Actually, we had a preview as dedicated City workers tested the process up river - not as easy as you might think to make the Hillsborough "kelly green." After a ride on the river with some of our friends from downtown, our next stop was at Ybor's own Irish pub, the James Joyce, for a pint of Harp and a shot of "Powers" Irish whiskey. This has become a family tradition, since I am named after my Daideo, Tommy Powers.


It was home for corned beef and cabbage. I know we should have stayed for the parade, but seven in a row is a pretty good track record. Seven Galas, seven Guavaweens, seven Fiesta Days...you get the idea. Don't forget we have our Sixth Annual - Ybor Aficionados Days coming-up the weekend of April 14th and 15th. Aficionados has grown to be Ybor City's most up-scale event - where in the world can you be chauffeured along a Tapas Trail of over a dozen restaurants for $40. Feel like a king or queen; join us in Ybor - Tampa's authentic Latin experience.


Ciao, Tom Keating

March Luncheon Highlighted CAMLS Center

Doctors Deborah Sutherland and Laura Haubner were on hand at the March Membership Luncheon to let chamber members know how special and unique their new training facility is not only to the bay area but also to the nation.
Chamber Happenings 


**This Thursday** March 22- PM Networking Event, Thurs. 5:30PM- 7:30PM-  While the weather still meets "Chamber of Commerce" standards, the chamber would like to invite members to a PM Networking Event in the Ybor City Museum State Park garden. Come out and get acquainted with not only this unique museum & park but also fellow chamber members. 813.248.3712 x25


April 10- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues.11:45AM- 1PM- Mark your calendars for what members are calling "the best luncheon to network." Take a break from your regular schedule and get the inside scoop on upcoming projects.  813.248.3712 x 22 


April 14 & 15- The 6th Annual Ybor Aficionado Days- Sample the best Ybor has to offer in tapas, hors d'oeuvres, antipasti and mesa during the Aficionado Tapas Trail, and cap the night at the After-party/Smoker at the Italian Club.  Sunday, enjoy contemporary jazz and a lavish traditional Spanish Brunch buffet at the Columbia Restaurant, while witnessing the annual Tapas Cooking Challenge judged by local celebrities & food critics. 813.241.8838  


May 21- The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament, Mon. 11:00AM-The Ybor Chamber will once again spending a day out on the green with our member golf player in a shot gun start four person scramble. Get in on the fun by registering a team or sponsoring the event. For more details call 813.248.3712 x21   

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata
Click on the highlighted event name for more information. 


Now Thru April 1- To Kill A Mockingbird- Stageworks Theatre is producing Harper Lee's coming of age tale of integrity, known generations over. 813.251.8984

March 30- The Reign Of The Gila Monster, Fri. 6:30PM- 8PM- The Church of Scientology Tampa invites the public to a live, dramatic reading of L. Ron Hubbard's work as performed at Stories From The Golden Age Theater of Tampa Bay. 813.872.0722

March 23 thru 25- The American Pin-Up Burlesque Fest- If you are into burlesque, tattoos, pin-ups, rockabilly, and sweet rides, plan to visit the Cuban Club for Tampa Based Pin-Up America's first annual event. Meet vendors models performers and fellow fans.   info@pinupamerica.com

March 24- American Victory Ship: Relive History Cruise, Sat. 10AM- 4PM- See the American Victory Ship come alive as she lived during the WWII era. Experience WWII airplane flyovers and reenactment performers, and the rest of the pleasantries that make a party a party. Experience a unique ride. Get your tickets before space runs out. 813.228.8766

March 29 thru April 1- 15th Annual Festa Italiana- The Italian Club of Ybor City is ready to kick off another great year of Festa activities beginning with Wines of Italy (Thurs. 3/29); Bocce Ball Invitational, Italian Idol Competition, and Cinema Italiano (Sat. 3/31); and the main activities of Festa Italiana including cooking demos., children's activities, and performances by Matt Morgan, The Fabulous Rockers, the Russo Brothers and of course, many food vendors(Sun. 4/1). www.festaitalianatampa.com

April 14- Race For Sight: 11th Annual 5K Roar Through Ybor, Sat. 6:30AM- The Race for Sight raises funds to make sight-saving corneal transplants possible and to support those in our community who are visually impaired. Join the Lions Eye Institute for a morning filled with fun, food, prizes, and awards.www.lionseyeinstitute.org

May 12- Tampa Union Station Centennial Celebration, 10AM- 5PM- Join the Friends of Union Station in celebrating the landmark anniversary of Tampa's Nationally Registered Historic Place. The event is highlighted by  the 5th Annual National Train Day and features displays, exhibits, history, entertainment, family fun, trains and more birthday fun! www.tampaunionstation.com

May 26- Cuban Sandwich Festival Of Tampa Bay, Sat. 10:30AM- 4:30PM-  Restaurants will be put to the test as to who has the Best Cuban Sandwich in town.  Join the Ybor City Saturday Market for a day dedicated to "Tampa's original sandwich." 813.241.2442

March 31- The Great Egg Race: Annual Children's Easter Event, Sat. 10:30AM- The Christian Family Church is inviting the entire Tampa Bay community out for a day highlighted by a 15,000 egg race, live animals free food and live entertainment. Join Mayor Buckhorn and former baseball great Darryl Strawberry and guests for the event at the Nick Capitano Boys & Girls Club. 813.900.5053

Every Saturday- Yoga In Ybor, 9:30AM- 10:30PM- Starting March 24th, Yoga Loft Tampa will be offering "open-level" yoga classes in the the courtyard of The Ybor City Museum State Park's Garden. Licensed yoga instructors will be on hand with a limited number of mats to get things started. 813.248.9642

Third Thursdays- Latin Nights at Maestro's Restaurant, 8PM- 1AM- Is your leg kicking around and you don't know why?  Maybe it is because it wants to Salsa. Head over to Maestro's Restaurant at the Straz Center for an evening of live salsa and dance lessons. The cover charge gets you in the door, and a cash bar and tapas menu are ready for you when you are ready to cool down. 813.229.STAR (7827)


Warning Sirens Will Ring on March 20th-  Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Campus will be testing their new Mass Notification System. Beteween the hours of 9:30AM and 4:00PM, audible warning signals and verbal messages will be broadcast.  Law enforcement has already been made aware that the alerts are tests. 813.253.7911