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October 2012  Mid-Month Newsletter
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A Special Welcome To New Member


College Hunks Hauling Junk

Nick Friedman & Omar Soliman 

1513 East 9th Avenue

Tampa 33605


Thank You To Renewing Members


John Centinaro


Fernando Noriega, Jr.


Frank Vacanti Realty, Inc.

Frank Vacanti

3128 North Boulevard

Tampa 33603


Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant

Bob Joyce

1600 East 8th Avenue

Tampa 33605


James Joyce Irish Pub

Ryan Gougeon

1724 East 8th Avenue

Tampa 33605


Lunasol Institute

Robert Casanas MD, Internal Medicine  

8431 West Linebaugh Avenue

Tampa 33625




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Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight


Tom and I love to go to the movies. It's a great way to escape and one of our favorite movie houses is Muvico Centro Ybor 20. Located on the 2nd floor of Centro Ybor, Muvico offers first run movies in a cool and comfortable setting. You know you're not in just any movie theater as soon as you walk in. The Mediterranean décor features tile, rod iron and warm colors.


In addition to great movies in a great setting, Centro Ybor offers an extended concession menu and for those guests 21 or older, you can enjoy premium cocktails, wines and beer in their full service Muvi-Bar. Now that's a treat!


One of the best things about Centro Ybor Muvico is their people. General Manager, Robert Boles and his staff are always ready to help out the Ybor Chamber, from donating movie passes for the Oktoberfest Pub Crawl Prize Patrol to providing their first floor Box Office for this year's Guavaween, they are truly our partners.


It is so much fun after work to walk from our office to Centro Ybor Muvico, buy a big tub of popcorn & a soft drink the size of which will soon be outlawed in NYC, plop down in comfortable stadium seats and take in that movie you have been dying to see. Oh, the perks of working in Ybor!


- Michele Keating


Robert Boles, GM

Muvico Centro Ybor 20

1800 E. 8th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Upcoming Conventions

October 24th thru 28th
Southern Regional Education Board Scholars Program
HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Estimated Attendance:

October 25th thru 26th
Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants Rock & Roll Senior Celebration & Tradeshow
HQ Hotel:
Tampa Airport Marriott Hotel
Estimated Attendance:

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President's Message 


Hola -


The fall "holiday season" is off to a great start with the 3rd Annual Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl under our collective belts. Seventeen member pubs, patios bars and sundry watering holes entertained over 350 guests in the Historic District.  Chamber Board member and owner of J.J.'s Café, Joe Vigliarolo said, "You can't beat the kind of promotion that brings customers right into your business."


This has been a truly outstanding week - your Chamber received two spontaneous rounds of applause - one at the Guavaween Merchant's Meeting at the Italian Club for delivering a successful OktoberFest and one at the Gaybor Monthly Meeting for transforming Guavaween into a festival that promotes Ybor City as a "live music destination."


However, the best thing that happened this week was the opportunity to take a "wounded warrior" and guest of honor for the Navy Ball to lunch at Carmine's Restaurant. Joe and Colleen Derbak and their escort Lt. Lockett from the Navy's Safe Harbor Program enjoyed our unique cuisine and special brand of hospitality. Both Carmine and Gino came by the table to welcome our party personally.


I hope that all our restaurants, bars and clubs will take full advantage of the new Guavaween model that provides free-flowing access to the Historic District. Please encourage your guests to come in costume and let them know that they cannot leave your premises with an alcoholic drink in-hand.


A special thanks to: Guavaween Chair Marc Hamburg and Co-Chair Angela Rodante and their Committee; Phil & Sean, principles of Brokenmold Entertainment, our production company; and all of our participating Ybor "music venues."


I would also like to acknowledge our sponsors: GTE Financial, ticket sponsor; Centro Ybor, stage sponsor; Bud Light Platinum, costume contest sponsor and the Hilton Garden Inn, hotel sponsor. Media Sponsors include: the Tampa Bay Times/tbt and WMNF 88.5 Community Radio.


Ciao, Tom Keating

Chamber Happenings

October 27- Guavaween 2012: The Many Shades Of Ybor, Sat. 6:00PM- 2:00AM-  This year Guavaween will feature a few new changes like no more gated admission, fences or drinking in the street.  Instead it will take the form of a multi-venue music festival, similar to that of Tropical Heatwave with a Halloween twist, and costume contest with prizes of $1,000 for 1st place, $500 for 2nd place and $250 for 3rd place! Expect an eclectic mix of artists covering a full range of genres.  To purchase advance tickets for only $20 and to stay up on the latest Guavaween happenings visit www.ybor.org!  Tickets are $30 day of the event.

November 13- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM-  Ken Hagan, Chairman of the Hillsborough County Commission, will be addressing the chamber with a focus on historic preservation, tourism marketing and film/television development. The November luncheon is sponsored by Tampa Digital. 813.248.3712 x22

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

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October 19th & 20th- FreeFall Dance Theater: lie, lay, laid- Visit HCC for a dance performance that is being described as piercing and passionate and is for mature audiences only. The performance will take place in the Performing Arts Building of Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Campus. ~ 813.259.6490

October 20th thru 31st- Fantasma Fest- Visit Ybor City now through the end of the month for a wide range of Halloween themed events. Visit facebook.com/YborMerchantsAssociation for more details.

October 20th- "Celebrate Baseball" Kids and Family Day at the Ybor City Museum State Park, Sat. 10AM- 2PM- Families are encouraged to come out for ballpark lunches, pitching contests, USF Bulls Baseball Team autographs, games, and prizes. ~ 813.247.6323

October 20th- The 10th Anniversary Celebration of the Teco Streetcar System, Sat. 10AM- 2PM- Jump on the trolley for 10˘ and enjoy animals, music and a few food sample while supplies last.  The event will also offer tours, birthday cake and a chance to win tickets to a Cirque du Soleil show. For more info visit www.tecolinestreetcar.org.

October 24th- AWOLNation performs at The Ritz Ybor, Wed. 6PM- You can catch them on 97x or you can catch them in person at the Ritz.  That is right, catch AWOLNation while they pass through Tampa on their national tour next Wednesday. ~ (813) 247.2555

October 28th- V.M. Ybor 4th Annual Home Tour, Sun. Noon- 4PM- Go on a tour of 8 homes, a former grocery store, and a operating cigar factory.  The self guided tour begins at Academy Prep Center of Tampa where you will pick up your map and information on the properties. ~ 813.263.7388 

November 2nd- Richard's Run for Life 5K, Fri. 7PM- Help find a cure for cancer at Richard's Run for Life 5K.  Runners and walkers are welcome. Participants will enjoy post-race music, food and drink in Centennial Park.  100% of the proceeds will benefit the Adolescent Young Adult (AYA) initiative for sarcoma research at Moffitt Cancer Center.  Register online at: www.richardsrunforlife.org

The Ybor City Saturday Market is officially on their Fall/Winter schedule now running from 9AM to 3PM!  Enjoy your neighborhood market and enjoy this great weather and find the right ingredients for your favorite seasonal dishes!