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December 2012 Newsletter
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Long Ash Cigars

Sandra Cincunegui

1728 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Thank You To Renewing Members


1632 E. 7th Avenue, LLC

Sheila Shaw

4210 Fairway Circle

Tampa, FL 33618-8640


Awnclean USA Diversified Services

Sandra Fernandez-Lopez

501 N. Newport Ave.

Tampa, FL 33606


Hamburger Mary's

Kurt King

1600 E. 8th Ave, E-202

Tampa, FL 33605


Minaret Realty

Jack Rodriguez

PO Box 10544

Tampa, FL 33679


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Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight


One of Tampa's premier night clubs is located right here in Ybor City - Club Prana. Celebrating their 14th Anniversary last month, Club Prana is known for its 5 levels, each with its own style and music. Open from 9:00 pm to 3:00 am, Thursday through Saturday, you can enjoy VIP bottle service on Level 3 or be amazed by the 360º view from the 5th floor open air, Skybar.


You can rent one or more floors for your special event or drop by anytime on the weekend for a great party. Thursday's boasts the largest Thursday night party in Tampa. Friday is "Paradise Friday's" touted as the Tampa Bay's hottest Friday ladies night and Saturday is the ultimate "Hot Latin Nights" with free salsa lessons starting at 11:15 pm.


One of the best Guavaweens Tom and I had was in 2006 when our daughter Nicole, who was living in Miami at the time, came to Guavaween with her friends. We were "allowed" to hang out with them for awhile at Club Prana. So much fun! I'm sure the fact that we bought them the VIP bottle service had nothing to do with it.


Have some good times and make memories at Club Prana.


- Michele Keating


Chris Whitaker, GM

Club Prana

1619 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Ali Specialties
Ribbon Cutting

(From Left to right)Ali Carr, Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and Chamber President Tom Keating

The Ybor City Chamber was on hand to help with the official ribbon cutting of one of the districts new chamber members and neighbors.

Ali Carr brought her promotional products company to the district a few month's back and is fast getting networked into Ybor's business community.

The Chamber is glad to have Ali Specialties as a member.  Keep them in mind when you need promotional products for your clients!

Andrea Gonzmart Chair 4C

Message From the Chair


¡Hola Ybor!


The holiday spirit is definitely alive in Ybor City with exciting events happening all month long. The events range from a Santa "Speedo Run" to a Cupcake festival in the park... it's virtually impossible to name them all!   But one of my favorites is the Ybor City Winter Carnival where you can celebrate the holiday season "Ybor City-style." This two-day event will be on December 14th and 15th, right here in the heart of the Historic District. On Saturday, Seventh Avenue will be converted to a winter wonderland with snow drifting from rooftops as the Holiday Spirit Parade makes its way down the street. Stroll through the snow, catch a ride on a horse-drawn carriage or sit back and enjoy a hot Café con Leche and good cigar - either way, it is an experience unlike any other in Tampa during the holiday season. For more information on holiday events in Ybor, call our Visitor Information Center at (813) 241-8838.


While doing your Christmas shopping, don't forget to stop into the many eclectic stores that line our streets to find the perfect gift for that "someone special." One of kind art, jewelry, trinkets and other great finds are right at your fingertips in Ybor City, all you have to do is open your eyes to discover them.


Besides all of these great events in Ybor, don't miss out on the opportunity to get jolly with your fellow Chamber members at one of our great holiday celebrations. On December 6th, the Ybor Chamber will have their annual holiday party, "Navidad en Ybor," hosted by the Hampton Inn and Suites. Admission is a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the Salvation Army and the East Ybor Historic and Civic Association. Our monthly membership luncheon on December 11th will take on the holiday-vibe as well, with entertainment provided by the HCC Jazz Ensemble at the Columbia Restaurant, beginning at 11:45am.


As another year closes in Ybor City, I would like to wish you all happy holidays, Merry Christmas, and happy New Year, from my family, to yours! Until next time... In 2013!!


¡Viva Ybor!

Andrea Gonzmart


Chamber Happenings

December 6- Navidad de Ybor at The Hampton Inn Ybor, Thurs. 5PM- 8PM- Attendees can look forward to complimentary beer, wine, and holiday noshes.  While you kickback, enjoy the sounds of Tampa's own Frank Sinatra, Don Juceam, as he sings holiday favorites and Sinatra standards!  Admission into the celebration is a new unwrapped toy to benefit the Salvation Army's "Toys For Angel Tree" and the East Ybor Historic & Civic Association's Annual "Christmas in the Park." In lieu of toys, cash donations are accepted. 
813.248.3712 x25

December 11- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Come out and enjoy the sounds of the Hillsborough Community College Jazz Ensemble during the lunch hour, and enjoy a traditional Cuban holiday lunch of pork and black beans & rice.  It is a great way to meet new business partners, get new ideas and unwind with fellow chamber members before you kick-off the new year! 813.248.3712 x22

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

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Now thru December 7- Spread Awareness: Bringing Awareness To Local Hunger- Now through this Friday be sure to stop by Florida Business Interiors as they help Metropolitan Ministries and Kids Cafe during their peanut butter drive. 727.735.3333

November 29 thru December 16- Holiday Party For One presented by Stageworks- Celebrate the joy of the holiday season with an eclectic mix of songs that pays tribute to diversity. 813.251.8984

December 7- Sum 41 at The Ritz Ybor, Fri. 8PM- Join Sum 41 as they celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their album "Does This Look Infected."  They will surely play fan favorites and hits as well as tracks from their new album "Screaming Bloody Murder!" 1.800.745.3000

December 11- Historical Monument Trail Unveiling, Tues. 5PM- 6PM- Head down to the Tampa Bay History Museum and witness the induction of Vicente Martinez Ybor into the Historical Monument Trail during the trail's first annual unveiling. Ybor City's namesake is one of six individuals included in the 2012 Class. www.tampariverwalkhistorictrail.com

December 15- East Ybor 7th Annual Christmas In The Park, Sat. 10AM- 2PM- The East Ybor Historic & Civic Association invites the Ybor community to come out and join in on food, fun & games. 813.244.1800

December 15- 2nd Annual Cupcake Festival, Sat. 9AM- 3PM- The Ybor City Saturday Market gets "frosted" as the theme for the day as 15 contestants bake off for cash prizes and compete for the title of "Best Cupcake In Tampa Bay 2012." Visitors can purchase creations from over 20 cupcake vendors while they last! 813.241.2442

December 16- Buffalo Wild Wings: Live, Sun. 11AM- Join Buffalo Wild Wings Ybor City, 1625 E. 7th Avenue, as they kick open their doors and take flight. To celebrate the occasion, WDAE's Steve Duemig will be broadcasting live from 12PM thru 2:30PM. 813.247.9453

December 22- Boat Parade of Lights: Holiday Spectacular, Sat. 6:30PM- 9PM- The American Victory Ship has a place for you on-board to enjoy the Boat Parade of Lights.  Attendees will enjoy music, refreshments, and holiday cheer. 1.866.468.7630
December 31- Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade and Pep Rally, Mon. 5:30PM-  7th Avenue will once again play host to the Outback Bowl parade and official pep rally. This free family friendly event will feature the competing teams' cheerleaders as well as floats and at least seventeen marching bands. Come out and cheer on the teams!  813.874.2695

December 31- The Rose Ball New Year's Eve Gala at The Italian Club, Mon. 8PM- 1AM- make plans to attend the Italian Club's New Year's Eve Gala in what will surely be a nice evening.  Tickets to the shindig include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dancing, with music by the Mark Anthony Band. 813.248.3316 


Be sure to visit or call the Ybor Chamber's Visitor Information Center to answer your holiday needs. Tourism counselors are on hand to help you answer any of your "Ybor Holiday Happenings" questions like  "When is the Ybor City Holiday Spirit Parade or Snow on 7th?", and they even have a good selection of gifts available to stuff stockings or even place under trees! 813.241.8838