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June 2012 Newsletter
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A Special Thanks For Joining To


The Florida Orchestra

Jaclyn Kilpatrick

244 2nd Avenue North, Suite 420

St. Petersburg, FL 33701


A Note Of Appreciation To Renewed Members


June Fillion

Tampa, FL 33629


Buccaneer Beads, Inc.

Jennifer Hauanio

3808 East Dr. MLK Boulevard

Tampa, FL 33610


Children's Board of Hillsborough County

Dr. Luanne Panacek

1002 East Palm Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Gulfeagle Supply

Jim Resch

2900 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Larmon Furniture

Jimmy Kalamaras

1324 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Metropolitan Cigars, Inc.

Peter Perez

2014 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Bill Deitz

4955 East 18th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Swope, Rodante P.A.

Angela Rodante

1234 East 5th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Wyndham Tampa Westshore

Connie Paul

700 North Westshore Boulevard

Tampa, FL 33609


Ybor City Museum Society

Chantal Hevia

2009 North 18th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


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

Upcoming Conventions

June 1 -10

HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Estimated Attendance: 2,200

Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight


As most of you are aware, the Ybor Chamber annually publishes our Business Directory & Community Guide and our Ybor Walking Map & Guide. Both of which are beautifully designed and highly utilized. We also promote our annual events, such as Guavaween and Fiesta Day, using event specific promotional materials.


We at the chamber are very fortunate to have developed a great working relationship with a truly talented graphic artist, Kim Thomason of Thomason Creative, who designs our publications and promotional materials. Thomason Creative is also part of the team that does the marketing for the Ybor City Development Corporation.


Thomason Creative is a small, experienced advertising shop that offers custom, high-quality design and marketing services. Some of the services provided include: branding, logos, stationary packages, brochures, print advertising, annual reports, newsletter, websites, e-newsletters and on-line banner advertising. In addition to clients such as the City of Tampa Economic and Urban Development - Channel District and East Tampa, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, and Stantec, Thomason Creative does Pro Bono work for the Pasco Sheriff's Mounted Possee and Gulfside Regional Hopsice - Ride For Hospice.


As the Director of Development, I generally take the lead in all of our marketing materials and working with Kim has been great. She is professional, but easy going, and fun to work with. We make a good team.


Michele Keating


Kim Thomason

Thomason Creative

P.O. Box 76094

Tampa, FL 33675



Andrea Gonzmart Chair 4C

Chair's  Message


íHola Ybor!


It makes me very proud to carry on the torch as Chair for the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce. It is a family tradition that was established by my grandparents, Adela and Cesar Gonzmart and now carries through three generations, including my father, Richard Gonzmart and my two uncles, Casey Gonzmart and Caesar Gonzmart, Jr. I can only hope that one day this tradition carries on to my daughter, Amelia, making it four!


I can't imagine my term beginning at a more exciting time for both Tampa and Ybor City with the Cuban Sandwich being named the "Official Sandwich of Tampa." The Cuban has always been a wonderful representation of Ybor City, combining the cultures of those that first immigrated to Ybor in the early 1900's - the Spanish, the Cubans, the Italians and the Germans. The Spaniard's contribution to the Cuban sandwich was savory ham, while the Cubans added succulent pork, the Italians topped off the meats with tasty salami and last, but not least, the Germans are responsible for adding the finishing touches to the Cuban, yellow mustard and pickles. Just like the layers of a Cuban sandwich, there are still so many layers that exist in our beloved Ybor, which is the reason why "The Cuban" continues to be a wonderful representation of Ybor City.


History is repeating itself... diversity is what made Ybor so unique in its founding days, and that still holds true today. Our community is coming full circle with diversity being ever so present in our district as it was in the turn of the century, and that excites me more than ever! We have a great year ahead of us and I look forward to sharing it with you all.


In the word's of my father when he was Chair in 1981-82...


íViva Ybor!

Andrea Gonzmart 

Chamber Happenings

June 12- Ybor City Chamber Monthly Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45 am- This month's guest speaker is Randy Goers, InVision Tampa Project Manager and Urban Planning Coordinator for the City of Tampa. Come and hear about the City's new master plan project.The June luncheon is sponsored by Hampton Inn & Suites Ybor. Prepaid membership discount $22; $25 at the door for members and guests.  For luncheon reservations contact Anna Ramos at 248-3712 x 22. 

July 10-Ybor Chamber Summer Business Expo, Tues. 11:30AM- 2PM-  With only a month to go, the Ybor Chamber is prepped and ready to host its next Summer Business Expo at the Columbia Restaurant.  This event features many of Ybor's top businesses and has become an expected draw for businesses ready to share news and new opportunities with fellow chamber members.  Contact Anna Ramos to learn more about sponsorships, exhibiting or to make a reservation. 813.248.3712 x22 


Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

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June 8- REC Center CD Release at New World Brewery, Fri. 9PM - Start the weekend by enjoying three bands and a cervesa in Ybor's frontyard biergarten!  Catch live performances by REC Center, Today The Moon Tomorrow The Sun, and Sleepy Vikings. 813.248.4969

June 11 thru July 30- Kids College at HCC-The HCC Collaboration Studio is holding camp this summer. There will be 6 specific camps teaching children ages 7 to 12 life skills in a creative interactive environment. Camps will focus on Computer IT, Healthcare, Chess, S.T.E.M., Fashion Design, and Arts & Photography. For more information call 813.259.6528

June 14- Teco Public Meeting, Thurs. 5:30PM- 7PM- Teco is holding a public meeting to discuss changes to their power pole infrastructure onto the south end of the Ybor historic district. Tampa Electric representatives will be on hand to go over project details as well as answer questions. 813.275.3351

June 15 thru 28- One Waterway, One Tampa Bay, Fri. 5PM- 8PM- Hillsborough Community College's Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery is holding an opening reception for a mural exhibit. The works are a social commentary on environmental responsibilty created by teens that participated in beach clean-ups. The admission is even a tribute to the commentary; plastic bottles get you in the door. 813.253.7674

June 16- Celebrating 25 Years of Savatage At The Ritz, Sat. 7:30PM-Join Jon Oliva, original mastermind behind Savatage, and his new band Pain, as they celebrate 25 years of Savatage. The band will play the entire "Hall of the Mountain King" album. This unique opportunity will be the only US show before the band heads to Europe to play summer festivals. 813.248.9210

June 24- Ybor City Museum Society: 28th Annual Legacy Awards, Sun. 11:30AM- 1:30PM- Lisette Campos of ABC Action News will emcee the YCMS's award brunch as they honor the Fuente Family (Ybor Award), Elaine Illes (Pizzo Award), and Tony LaColla (Adela Gonzmart Award). Register by calling 813.247.1434.

July 4 thru September 1- Handmade in America- Singing Stone Gallery will be showcasing a juried multi-media exhibition featuring handmade fine art and contemporary crafts expressive of regional craft artisans.  View their contributions to America's cultural heritage at this independent exhibition running concurrent with the RNC's visit to town. 813.247.2787

July 28- The Art of Eastern Cuba At Union De Marti Maceo, Sat. 7pm- 11PM- The US national tour of contemporary paintings from eastern Cuba will be the highlight of this gallery. Attendees will enjoy complimentary light hors d'oeuvres and live jazz by the Freddie Montes Trio. For tickets call 813.377.6161

And the winners are...- Congratulations to chamber members Michelle Faedo's on the Go, voted Best Traditional Cuban Sandwich and Gaspar's Grotto, voted Best Non-Traditional Cuban Sandwich at the first Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival.    

Learn More About Meditation- Metro Wellness and Community Center Ybor is now offering free hour-long sessions on relaxation, clearing your head, and taking a journey through your mind with a meditative practitioner. 813.232.3808

Celebrating 12 Weeks of Summer- Visit the Italian Club during their regular Friday Night Happy Hour and enjoy a summer cocktail special each week starting this Friday, June 8th. 813.248.3316

Summer Travel On Your Agenda?- AAA is hosting travel events featuring AFRICA (Thurs. 6/7) and Oceania Cruises (Tues. 6/26) in the coming weeks. Give your local AAA branch a call and they will help you plan out a trip to meet your budget. 813.289.5800 x6547

Be A Featured Restaurant In Dine Tampa Bay 2012-Tampa Bay & Co. is looking for a few more restaurants to fill in their roster for this year's edition of Dine Tampa Bay. To get more information call 813.342.4085