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February 2013 Newsletter
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Brady's Backyard BBQ

Glen Caristinos

340 Main St.

Safety Harbor, FL 34695


Econo Auto Rentals

Jessica Sturgeon

9017 E. Adamo Dr., #115

Tampa, FL 33619


ESI Audio Inc.

Patrick Clarke

5126 W. Cypress St.

Tampa, FL 33607


Holistic Health Haven

Russell Fox

400 E. Palm Ave.

Tampa, FL 33602


IP Technology Exchange, Inc.

Gassen A. Gutierrez

2109 E. Palm Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


The Bulnes Group, Inc.

Rey Bulnes

3006 Peacock Ln.

Tampa, FL 33618




Thank You To Renewing Members


Capitol Carpet Care, Inc.

Anthony Alfonso

P.O. Box 20531

Tampa, FL 33622


Joffrey's Coffee & Tea Company

Jessica Valdes

1600 E. 8th Ave., Suite E-100

Tampa, FL 33605


Kompas Line, Inc.

Chris Sloope

202 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33602


McDonalds/J & I Management Co., Inc.

Juan Vazquez

P.O. Box 8589

Clearwater, FL 33758


Metropolitan Ministries

Janet Pantaleo

2002 N. Florida Ave.

Tampa, FL 33602


Prana Ybor's Premier Nite Spot

Chris Whitaker

1619 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Sociedad La Union Marti-Maceo

Sharon Gomez

1226 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Taco Bus

Enrique Guillen

5701 E. Hillsborough Ave., Suite 2453

Tampa, FL 33610


Tampa Bay Business Journal

Jennifer Bentson

4890 W. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 850

Tampa, FL 33609


Tricycle Studios

Tona Bell

1905 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


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Ybor Chamber

Member Spotlight



One of our newest members is the chic, Ybor City Wine Bar, located in front of Centro Ybor at 16th Street and 7th Avenue. Owner and Certified Sommelier, Jayme Kosar, has created a cozy, upscale wine bar, with reasonably priced boutique wines available by the glass as well as by the bottle. In addition to their carefully chosen wines, you can also try a variety of craft beers as well as menu of small plates that pair well with both wines and beers.


On Wednesdays at 7:00 pm, they offer a formal, sit down wine tasting, were you will have an opportunity to taste a variety of different wines paired with gourmet food items. The cost is only $15 a person, so call and make a reservation for a memorable and educational evening.


Tom and I love good wine, and on our many trips to see our daughter Nicole in Half Moon Bay, CA, we try to fit in a visit to either Napa or Sonoma Valley. So, we were excited by the opening of the Ybor City Wine Bar and were not disappointed. The wines were good and the service excellent. Jayme and her professional staff know their wines.


So bring your friends to the Ybor City Wine Bar and enjoy an evening of great wine and good times.


- Michele Keating


Jayme Kosar

Ybor City Wine Bar

Centro Ybor

1600 E. 8th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Andrea Gonzmart Chair 4C

Message From The Chair


ˇHola Ybor!


February can be sort of a "limbo" month... the holidays are over, but spring is not quite here, and according to "Punxsutawney Phil," there will be an early spring this year. But since we live in Florida, I don't know if that is such great news. After all, I was just starting to enjoy this cool weather! Personally, there is nothing much better to do than bundle up and stroll the streets of Ybor City when the weather is nice and cool, especially with Valentine's Day right around the corner! Whoever your Valentine may be, whether it's your husband or wife, mother or father, daughter or son, or even your best friend, Ybor City is a wonderful place to celebrate this wonderful holiday of love! My Valentine this year is my three-year-old daughter, Amelia, and we will be celebrating our Valentine's Day in Ybor City without a doubt!


February also marks the beginning of many of the Chamber's most exciting special events! On February 23rd, the Chamber will be celebrating 66 years of an Ybor tradition - Fiesta Day. This annual "street festival" will feature a wide variety of ethnic foods that are known to the district, and entertainment will line Seventh Avenue, from 15th to 20th Street. We are very excited to have the Buccaneer pirate ship, LEGOLAND, as well as Lowry Park Zoo, to entertain children and adults, alike this year! So come celebrate your own heritage and explore new one's on this fun-filled afternoon. For additional details, call the Ybor City Chamber - Visitor Information Center at 813-241-8838.


Don't forget, in place of our monthly Membership Luncheon, the Chamber will be hosting our Business Expo: "Ybor at Work" at the Columbia Restaurant. It is a great way to explore new businesses within our Chamber and make new business contacts.


I look forward to seeing you at the great events that are to come and have a very Happy Valentine's - sending love from me to you! Until next time...


ˇViva Ybor!

Andrea Gonzmart

Chamber Happenings

February 12- Business Expo: Ybor at Work, 11:30AM- 2PM-  Business Expo: Ybor At Work is your opportunity to make contact with Ybor Chamber members during a genuine business-to-business showcase. The price to attend this Business Expo is only $15 and is open to everyone to attend, and includes the Columbia Restaurant's famed Black Beans & Rice, 1905 Salad, Mini-Cubans and coffee & tea. 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! This year enjoy the sounds of Flamenco Guitarist Nathan Herrera, Latin Pop by La Calle, and  dynamic Latin dance by Sol Caribe. And, partake in hands on activities with LEGOLAND Florida and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 813.241.8838

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

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Now Thru February 17- MOMologues 2: Off To School- StageWorks Theatre presents the story of 4 different mothers and their tales of play-dates gone wrong, how to stalk a potential babysitter, crazy ways to go about getting a Mom day off, and other anecdotes of motherhood. 813.251.8984

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 make plans for this Saturday's Knight Parade.  The Grand Marshal for the event is Agustin Iglesias Caunedo, mayor of Oviedo, Spain. The event's Honorary Grand Marshal will be Steve Wilkos host of the Steve Wilkos Show, formerly of the Jerry Springer Show.  813.248.3088

February 12 thru March 20- Making Connections, Engaging Possibilities- The University of Florida in association with  Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Art Gallery will present a multi-platform art exhibition that focuses on "making connections, engaging possibilities."  The opening reception will be held on Friday, February 15th. 813.253.7674

February 13- The Road To Paid Dues Tour, Wed. 8PM- Crowbar will be presenting the sounds of Murs along with Prof & Fashawn.  Head down for good music and a nice frosty beer.  813.241.8600

February 15- The 2nd Annual Convening The State of Small Business In Tampa, Fri. 9:30AM- 1:30PM-  Join in on a facilitated discussion on the financial needs of Tampa's small businesses and on upcoming innovative project benefiting the small business community. 813.274.7073

February 23- Flan Fest 2013, Sat. 11AM- 4PM- You still have a chance to get in on the Annual Flan Bake-Off.  Forty competitors will vie for a chance to take home cash prizes, bragging rights and an opportunity to be  a judge at next year's event. As an added bonus to the event, there will be a Flan Walk where the winner will be able to take home their own personal flan! 813.241.2442

February 23-The Big Hair Ball At The Ritz Ybor, 7PM- 11:30PM-  After you have had your fill of Fiesta Day & FlanFest, it is time to head over to this awesomely named event over at the Ritz.  Attendees will enjoy the #1 Journey and Bon Jovi Tribute Shows touring, a Big Hair Rockstar Costume Contest, contests for tickets to see Queensr˙che, and a few extra treatments that will make you feel like you fell right back into the 80's and 90's. 813.248.9210

Congrats to Marc Bias & Carrie West celebrating their 35th Anniversary by filing with the City of Tampa Domestic Partnership Registry.
Upcoming Conventions 

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

February 25 thru March 2
Florida Board of Bar Examiners Winter State Exams 2013
Estimated Attendance: 2,000 
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina