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March 2013 Newsletter
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Mancave Cigar Lounge & Barbershop

Darren Alvarez

3408 South Dale Mabry Highway

Tampa, FL 33629 


Stacy Richards

1604 North 17th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


US Tent Rental

Tina Smith

2006 92nd Drive East

Sarasota, FL 34243


Yo Boys Frozen Yogurt

James Savas

1815 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Thank You To Renewing Members


Anton Legal Group

David Anton

1509 East 9th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Ardaman & Assoicates

Joseph Amon

3925 Coconut Palm Drive #115

Tampa, FL 33619


Bayshore Law Group PLLC

Harry Teichman

1614 North 19th Street

Tampa, FL 33605



David Alvarez

4144 North Armenia Avenue

Tampa, FL 33607


Centro Ybor

Carl DalCerro

1600 East 8th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Robert Sicignano

1731 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Coldwell Banker Commercial NRT

Tom Brice

5010 West Kennedy Boulevard, 2nd Floor

Tampa, FL 33609


Florida Aquarium

Scott Rose

701 Channelside Drive

Tampa, FL 33602


Grimaldi Insurance, Inc.

A.J. Grimaldi, II

238 East Davis Boulevard, Suite 309

Tampa, FL 33606


Housing & Education Alliance, Inc.

Linda VanDoren

9309 North Florida Avenue

Tampa, FL 33612


Howard Johnson Plaza

Lisa Reilly

111 West Fortune Street

Tampa, FL 33602


La Segunda Central Bakery

Copeland Moré

2512 North 15th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Sabella Tours

Tom & Vilma Sabella

3017 West Patterson Street

Tampa, FL 33614


SBC Signworks, Inc.

Benny Gomez

3422 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Tampa Bay History Center, Inc.

C.J. Roberts

801 Old Water Street

Tampa, FL 33602


The Perry Company

John Hermes

1814 North 15th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Turley Roofing

Robert Pierson

1228 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Ybor City Round Table

Angelo Spicola

PO Box 75774

Tampa, FL 33675


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Ybor Chamber

Member Spotlight


Spring is almost here (though our warm weather and pollen would say it's been here for awhile) and that means it's time for soccer! And the Tampa Bay area is blessed to have its own National American Soccer League (NASL) team, the Tampa Bay Rowdies. It's great to have the Rowdies back after playing professional soccer in Tampa from the mid 70's to the early 90's. How many of you remember their slogan "The Rowdies arrrreeee...a kick in the grass!"


As most of you know, the Rowdies are the 2012 NASL Soccer Champions, beating the Minnesota Stars in an over time, penalty kick shootout. The 2013 Regular Season begins Saturday, April 6 and runs through Saturday, November 2. Home games are played at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg and General Admission is only $16.


We were excited to have the Rowdies join us this year for our 66th Annual Fiesta Day. Tampa Bay is rich with professional sports teams and it is great when those teams come out and join the community in celebration.


Soccer has been near and dear to Tom and me ever since our daughters began playing in elementary school. We had years of city soccer leagues, travel soccer teams and of course, high school soccer. Yes, I was a soccer mom and loved every minute of it!


Go Rowdies!


- Michele Keating


Tampa Bay Rowdies 

4904 Eisenhower Blvd., Suite 130

Tampa, FL 33634




Upcoming Conventions 

March 10-15
Estimated Attendance: 1,750
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

March 13-21
Snack Food Association SNAXPO
Estimated Attendance: 1,400  
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Andrea Gonzmart Chair 4C

Message From The Chair


ˇHola Ybor!


Last month, Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring, but in my mind, regardless of any predictions, once the month of March hits, it's time for spring! Fiesta Day definitely brought visions of spring with the beautiful weather we had for our 66th celebration. I couldn't have been more content spending the day in Ybor City with my three year old daughter, creating memories that are reminiscent of the one's I have with my parents and grandparents. I can only hope that she will one day carry on this tradition with her own children, creating Fiesta Day memories spanning five generations of our family.


Another one of my favorite Ybor events is right around the corner - Ybor Aficionado Days. In preparation for this two-day event, the Chamber wants you to enter your favorite, original tapas recipe for a chance to win a $500 grand prize!  Four finalists will be selected to prepare their recipe in the Columbia Restaurant's kitchen on April 14th for the Aficionado Days 4th Annual Tapas Cooking Challenge. So... do you think you have what it takes? If so, contact Tom Favata at tfavata@ybor.org - all entries must be received by April 3rd.


If cooking is not quite your thing, Aficionado Days still has plenty to offer in its two-days filled with fun. Saturday, April 13th, stroll through the streets of Ybor City while tasting the best tapas Ybor has to offer at over a dozen of our tasty establishments. After your journey is complete, unwind at the Italian Club for an after-party and smoker with music, premium cigars, desserts, and samples of rum, wine and beer. Round out your weekend on Sunday, April 14th at a traditional Spanish brunch at the Columbia Restaurant. In addition, experience the excitement of the Tapas Cooking Challenge with live judging by local celebrity foodies and the announcement of this year's winner. For further questions or to purchase tickets, please contact the Visitor Information Center at 813-241-8838 or at info@ybor.org.


I hope to see everyone at our monthly Membership luncheon on March 12th at the Columbia Restaurant.  


Until next time...


ˇViva Ybor!

Andrea Gonzmart


Chamber Happenings

March 12- Ybor City Chamber Membership Luncheon, 11:45AM- 1:15PM-  Tampa Bay's own Gasparilla International Film Festival (GIFF) is growing, and this year half the events will take place in our very own National Historic Landmark District.  Come out and hear from Rachel Feinman, VP of GIFF, on what can be expected from this year's edition and learn more about this Bay Area gem. 813.248.3712 x 22
March 21- Ybor After Work At Buffalo Wild Wings, Thurs. 5PM- 7PM-  Network with fellow chamber members at one of Ybor's newest restaurants!  Join the Chamber for an evening filled with networking, wings, give-a-ways and Happy Hour drink specials.  We look forward to seeing you there!  813.248.3712 x25    

During the Tapas Trail, stroll the streets of historic Ybor City while you sample tapas, hors d'oeuvres, anti-pasta and mesa at over a dozen of Ybor's top restaurants.  Unwind at the After Party & Smoker at the Italian Club. Enjoy music, premium cigars, desserts, café con leche, and samples of rum, wine and beer.   On Sunday, enjoy a Silent Auction with great prizes, live jazz, a lavish buffet & the Tapas Cooking Challenge at the historic Columbia Restaurant in Ybor City. 813.241.8838 

Since The Last Newsletter...

The Chamber kicked-off February with a well attended Business Expo: Ybor @ Work on February 12th...
Then on February 23rd, we held the 66th Annual BB&T Fiesta Day. There looked to be a good 18,000 out on the streets!... And, celebrated the Grand Opening of Sentry Self Storage with a
ribbon-cutting this past Monday!

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

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Now thru March 24- StageWorks Presents Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation- In this hilarious and touching play we catch glimpses of the poignant drama that animates ordinary lives in a small town acting workshop.  The play celebrates the subtle and surprising transformative power of creativity where secrets come to light in unexpected ways. 813.251.8984

March 7- Buildings Alive! Ybor City Architecture Hop, Thur. 5PM- 10PM- The second annual event is presented by the Ybor City Museum Society and Bright House. Participants will enjoy "insider" tours of nine historic buildings and sites, foods, drinks, and rides on Jolley Trolleys. To top the evening off, be sure to stop by the Ybor City Museum State Park for the After Party from 8 - 10 PM for live entertainment, dessert, drinks and prizes. 813.247.1434

March 9 thru April 20- Small Business Entrepreneurship Workshop-  HCC's Institute for Corporate & Continuing Education is offering a workshop designed to help participants develop a solid business plan as a first step in  ensuring the success of any business venture. 813.253.7982

March 15 & 16- Queensryche & Bad Religion at the Ritz Ybor- The good folks at the Ritz Ybor are celebrating everything Big Hair and Rock 'N' Roll these day. Join them for back-to-back dates and share in the music that rocked before "Grunge!" 813.247.2555

March 16- The Rough Rider's St. Patrick's Day Parade, Sat. 8PM-  The annual Rough Riders St. Patrick's  Day Parade will roll through Ybor City starting at 8 p.m. next Saturday.  The parade begins at 7th Avenue and Nick Nuccio Parkway, proceeds east on 7th Avenue, north on 20th Street and disbands at Palm Avenue. 813.248.1898 

March 23- The Great Egg Race, Sat. 10AM- The Christian Family Church invites children and families from Ybor and neighboring downtown communities to enjoy a day that includes an egg hunt, food, games, live entertainment and prizes. 813.802.8736

March 28- Think Tank Thursdays, Thurs. 6PM- 8PM- Join retired Police Major Gerald Honeywell at Swope, Rodante P.A. for this networking event for Tampa Bay Business Leaders & Professionals. There will be cocktails, appetizers and idea exchanges.  RSVP at 813.283.8035

April 7- 16th Annual Festa Italiana, Sun. 10:30AM- 6:30PM-  Everyone's favorite Italian festival is right around the corner.  Mark your calendars now. Get more details at www.festaitalianatampa.com or by calling 813.342.3630

April 20- Community Yard Sale, Sat. 10:00AM- 4PM- Sentry Self Storage is throwing a Yard Sale at their property.  A portion of the proceeds raised will benefit the March of Dimes. 813.248.6569

April 20- 12th Annual 5K Roar Through Ybor, Sat. 6:30AM- The Race for Sight raises funds to make sight-saving corneal transplants possible and to support those in our community who are visually impaired.  There will be an after race celebration, cool prizes, t-shirts, goodie bags, and  awards for top male and female in 11 age divisions.


Tampa Police Department Officer, and Ybor Patrolman, Sean Mahabir wanted to remind the Ybor Business Community that you can still get signed up for the Ybor City Business Watch Program by giving him a call. The program is meant to create faster communication between TPD and Ybor merchants in the case of an emergency. 813.480.1272