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January 2013 Mid-Month Newsletter
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Cacciatore and Sons

Mark S. Cacciatore

3614 N. Armenia Avenue

Tampa, FL 33607


Hillsborough County Family & Aging Services

Anika Coney

3402 N. 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Latino Food Truck

Oscar Membreno

11137 Golden Silence Drive

Riverview, FL 33579


Media Fusion

Cindy Kelly

1517 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Thank You To Renewing Members


A.L. Commercial, Inc.

Anthony Lefler

1514 1/2   E. 8th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Bishop & Associates, Inc.

Jim Crews

1111 W.Cass St.

Tampa, FL 33606


Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA

Michael Brown

110 East Palm Ave.

Tampa, FL 33602


Connelly, Carlisle, Fields & Nichols

Mike Devereux

2028 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Ignition Branding

Jack Glasure

2211 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Tampa Port Authority

John Thorington

P O Box 2192

Tampa, FL 33601


The Salvation Army

Linda Zipkin

1603 N. Florida Avenue

Tampa, FL 33602


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Ybor Chamber

Member Spotlight


Just about any night of the week, you can find something fun and even outrageous going on at Hamburger Mary's. Located in Centro Ybor, Mary's is a favorite of young, old, gay and straight alike. Open 11:00 am to 11:00 pm Sunday through Wednesday and until 3:00 am Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Mary's not only cooks up great hamburgers, but also offers up great fun. Here is an example of what to expect at Mary's:


  • Tini Tuesday's - delicious MARYtini's for $3.00 off
  • Drag Queen Bingo on Mondays, HAM-Bingo on Tuesdays and DRAG Bingo on Wednesday's with all proceeds going to a local charity
  • Mary's Famous Talent Contest on Thursdays
  • Mary's Saturday Night Cabaret


Since its grand opening in January 2010, Hamburger Mary's has been an integral part of our Ybor community. Owners Kurt and Brian are always game to participate in our Chamber events. From the Ybor Aficionado Days Tapas Trail to the OktoberFest Pub Crawl, Mary's can be found on the Trail map or on the back of the O'Fest t-shirt.


It's members like Hamburger Mary's that make this job so much fun!


- Michele Keating


Kurt King & Brian DeChane, Owners

Hamburger Mary's 

2nd floor, Centro Ybor

1600 E. 8th Avenue, E-202

Tampa, FL 33605





Upcoming Conventions 

January 14-29
Estimated Attendance: 1,700
HQ Hotel:Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

February 2-10 
Estimated Attendance: 3,000
HQ Hotel:Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina 

Tom Keating Head Shot

President's Message


Hola -


It's finally getting cool around here. As a Florida native, I still enjoy a little cold weather once in a while. It helps bring local folks out to Ybor City for a hot café con leche or a bracing libation or two. And, for our northern guests, what we experience as "cold weather" doesn't come close to "cold" by their standards.


Michele and I took the long MLK weekend to visit my sister and her family in Tallahassee. It's always great fun to return to the Capital City to check out progress, since our last visit. Tally is pretty quiet this time of the year, since it's between football season and Legislative session. The "big talk" in the Woolley household was their upcoming trip to Tampa to be in the Rough Riders' St. Patrick's Day Parade. Uncle Bill is the official padre for Springtime Tallahassee's Krewe of Andrew Jackson.


While relaxing, I managed to catch an episode of Emerald's Florida, sponsored by the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association. Our Chair, Andrea Gonzmart, was demonstrating to Emerald the right way to cook paella - good job Andrea! While you're watching TV check-out the Chamber's new Public Service Announcement (PSA) running on Bright House Networks. Tampa Digital and the Chamber's Marketing Committee did a wonderful job on this project, funded by the Hillsborough County BOCC. This professionally done PSA shows Ybor at its very best.


The winter tourist season has begun in Tampa Bay and our foot traffic has picked-up quite a bit. We are in prep mode for Gasparilla, the Knight Parade and our own, Ybor-based BB&T Fiesta Day, now in its 66th Year. If you are interested in having a booth for Fiesta Day give Michele a call at the Chamber at 248-3712 x25 or email her at mkeating@ybor.org.


Ciao, Tom Keating


Chamber Happenings

February 12- Business Expo: Ybor at Work, 11:30AM- 2PM-  The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Business Expo at the Columbia Restaurant in lieu of our regular luncheon. It is a great way to roll out new products, services and initiatives as you kick off the new year!  Show attendees what "Ybor at Work" looks like by reserving your space. Contact Anna Ramos as soon as possible as space is limited. 813.248.3712 x 22.
February 23- The 66th Annual BB&T Fiesta Day, Sat. 11AM- 6PM- The chamber is gearing up to share Ybor's authentic culture with the bay area with a day filled with food, fun, and entertainment.  This free, family oriented "street festival" takes place on Ybor's famed "La Sétima" and draws an estimated 20,000 people annually! Vendor space is going fast so call Michele Keating at 813.248.3712 x25 to ensure you have a spot on 7th Avenue.

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

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Now thru January 30- Rocky Bridges- Mixed Media Assemblage- Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Art Gallery exhibits the works of Rocky Bridges.  Mr. Bridges works attempt to convey the evolving relationship between man and his surrounding environment. Catch the opening reception for the exhibit on Thursday, January 17th from 4:30PM to 7:30PM. 813.253.7674 
January 26- Kung Fu Classes At Metro Wellness and Community Centers, Sat. 2:30PM- 3:30PM- Metro Wellness will be holding classes teaching the basics of Kung Fu in a 4-week beginner's class. Push Yourself, Grow Yourself, Know Yourself. 813.232.3808

February 2- 1st Annual B-FIT 13 At The Ybor City Saturday Market, Sat. 9:30AM- 2PM- Get active at the Ybor City Saturday Market.  Attendees of all ages are encouraged to participate in fitness demos. Local organizations and businesses will be on site to provide resources and information on different programs available to the public. 813.241.2442

February 3- Pin Up Workshop, Sat. 1PM- The folks at Pin Up America want to teach you how to get in touch with your inner Ava Gardner.  You will get the whole model treatment including make-up, basic hair styling and model mentoring. Keep in mind that Valentine's Day is right around the corner! 813.841.2192

February 5- Take Action Tour At The Ritz Ybor, Tues. 6PM- The Used, We Came As Romans, Crown The Empire, and Mindflow are all on the ticket benefiting the It Gets Better Project, a project created to help LGBT youths get through their teens to a better tomorrow. 727.822.5665

February 7- Electronics Alive Animation Film Festival, Thur. 7PM- The University of Tampa in association with  Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Art Gallery will present an introduction on interactive electronic art and technology, and then screen 20 animated short films.  The event is free and open to the public. 813.253.7674

February 9- Krewe of Sant' Yago Knight Parade, Sat. 7PM- Parade season is about to kickoff.  Be sure to mark your calendars now for this year's Knight Parade.  The event's Honorary Grand Marshal will be Steve Wilkos host of the Steve Wilkos Show, formerly of the Jerry Springer Show.  Join the WMOR talk show host as you catch beads during this annual Tampa tradition! 813.248.3088

Know Someone That Needs Help With Their Mortgage? The federal government has allocated funding to help pay the mortgages of qualified homeowners who are unemployed or underemployed through no fault of their own.  Find out if you qualify for the Florida Hardest Hit Fund by contacting the Housing & Education Alliance. 813.932.4663