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April 2013  Mid-Month Newsletter
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Florida Jean Company

Wayne Collier

1714 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Rabelo Barber Shop

Vince Rabelo

2912 N. Himes Avenue

Tampa, FL 33607


Scott J. Givens, P.A.

Scott Givens

1228 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Thank You To Renewing Members


Joan Jennewein

Tampa, FL 33629


Cookie Rodante Spoto

Tampa, FL 33614


Centro Cantina

Joe Vigliarolo

1600 E. 8th  Avenue, Suite D204

Tampa, FL 33605


Game Time

Kevin Oschmann

1600 E 8th Avenue, A-147

Tampa, FL 33605 


Joe Vigliarolo

1601 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Paul J. Ferlita, CPA

Paul J. Ferlita

2014 A E 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Railroad & Industrial Federal Credit Union

Rich Seubert

3710 N. 50th Street

Tampa, FL 33619



Andrea Graham

1208  East Kennedy Boulevard 

Tampa, FL 33602


Tampa Bay Rowdies

Aris Rogers

4904 Eisenhower Blvd., Suite 130

Tampa, FL 33634



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Ybor Chamber

Member Spotlight


Ybor City is home to many tours - history tours, ghost tours, and walking tours - but one of our most fun tours is the Electric Glide Tours, featuring The Segway PT. Owners Russell and Kristy Hess work out of Centro Ybor and opened their doors in July 2012. If you've never driven a Segway PT, don't fret, Russell will give you a hands-on instructional course which takes about 15 minutes, and you're ready to roll.


Ranked #2 by TripAdvisor as the most fun tour in Tampa Bay, Electric Glide Tours offers not only Ybor history tours, but also "Let's Just Roll" tours, for those less interested in history and just wanting a fun experience riding on a Segway PT, as well as custom guided tours. They also offer custom tours for large groups, the biggest of which has been 24 guests. Impressive!


Russell and Kristy have been busy designing Ybor-style tours, such as the Segway and Wine Tasting Tour and starting in May, the Segway Cigar Tour, which includes stops at most of Ybor's cigar bars and of course, cigars!


I love looking out our office window or walking around Ybor and seeing Russell drive on by with 5 to 10 helmeted tour guests. They look like they are having way too much fun!


Michele Keating


Russell Hess

Electric Glide Tours

Centro Ybor




Upcoming Conventions 

April 21-29 
Estimated Attendance: 1,400
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina


April 25-27 
TEAM The Chart Topper Meeting 
Estimated Attendance: 800
HQ Hotel: 
Hilton Tampa Downtown 

Tom Keating Head Shot

Message From The President

Hola -


My article for this issue of La Setima will be the Post-event Press Release for our 7th Annual Ybor Aficionado Days.  I would just like to add my thanks to Aficionado Chair Andrea Gonzmart and her Committee for another great year!


Area Aficionados Celebrate Ybor City History

 Tapas Trail Winner:  AL's Finger Licking Good Bar-b-que


(Tampa, Florida)  Over 300 guests attended the 7th Annual Ybor Aficionado Days Tapas Trail on Saturday April 13th.  Foodies from the region partook of Tapas at eighteen of Ybor's diverse restaurants from one end of the District to the other.


This year the "people's choice award" went to Al's Finger Licking Good Bar-B-Que, 1609 Angel Olive Sr. Street.  Chef Al Reynold's Pulled-pork samples with his original sauce were the top hit with folks on the "trail."  The Bacon-wrapped Medooj Dates with prosciutto & parmesan at Bernini of Ybor came in a close second follow by Carne Chop House's Prime Rib-sliders with port wine, sweet onion compote and Havarti cheese.


On Sunday the ultimate Spanish Brunch was held at the world famous Columbia Restaurant, punctuated by our "one of a kind" amateur Tapas Cooking Challenge.  "We are very proud to announce that the winner of this year's Tapas Challenge is Victoria de Bruin, a student in the Sickles' Culinary Program under the instruction of Chef Richard Ceglio," said Andrea Gonzmart, Aficionado Committee Chair.  "Her Savory Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with beluga lentil relish won the judges' vote and the $500 first prize."


The 7th edition of Ybor Aficionado Days was presented by Bright House Networks.  Major Event Sponsors were the Columbia Restaurant and the Hampton Inn & Suites.  "The Chamber's Tapas Trail is one of the only events of this type in the country," said Tom Keating President & CEO of the Ybor City Chamber.  "I want to thank our hospitality members for making this such a successful promotion for the community!"

Ciao - Tom Keating



Chamber Happenings

May 13- 7th Annual Ybor City Chamber Golf Tournament, Mon. 11AM-  The Ybor Chamber will once again be spending a day out on the green with our member golf players in a shot gun start, four person scramble at Emerald Greens Golf Resort & Country Club. By participating in this event you will be introducing your company to many local professionals as well as supporting the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce and its HCC Scholarship Fund.  For more details call 813.248.3712 x22  


May 14- Annual Installation Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM-  Join us Tuesday, May 14th for our Annual Installation Luncheon.  This is the one time of the year when the Chamber recognizes its own.  New Officers and Directors will be sworn-in and the out-going and in-coming Chairs will speak.  This once-a-year changing of the guard has been conducted for 83 years.  The Installation is a formal sit-down affair where Past-Chairs & Presidents are recognized for their service.  Preregister with Anna Ramos by calling 813.248.3712 x22 or on-line when you receive your luncheon notice.  

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

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Now thru April 26- 39th Annual HCC Juried Student Art Exhibition- The Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery on Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Campus invites you to see some of the best works produced by their students during their annual juried art exhibition.  813.253.7674

Now thru October- DalÝ Museum Special Exhibit-  Be sure to stop through the DalÝ before the end of October to see DalÝ's second largest work, considered by many to be one of the artist's most accomplished works. 727.823.3767

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.

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- Grand Opening Of The ManCave Cigar Lounge & Barbershop, Sat. 2PM- 10PM-  Nothing makes a man feel more at easy than a clean shave and a good smoke.  Stop in this Saturday for authentic Cuban food, domino tournaments, raffles, cigars, and complimentary beer & wine. 813.374.2196

April 20- Creative Loafing's 25 Year Birthday Bash, Sat. 4PM- Midnight-  CL is celebrating their birthday in a big way this Saturday at the Ritz Ybor. The will be 20 music acts, food, cabaret and fashion and other surprises! 813.247.2555

April 25 thru May 12- The Tampa Repertory Theatre Presents Hamlet-  Shakespeare's famed story of a prince, murder, betrayal, insanity and a slight Oedipal Complex will be played out on the Studio Theatre stage at Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Campus. www.tamparep.org

May 1 & 2- Selling To The Government Made Easy-
The Small Business Development Center's 26th Annual Government Small Business Conference typically draws  small business owners to meet with the buyers from large corporations and government agencies that are looking to purchase their products and services. 813.905.5818

May 4- Art On 19th Street: Meet The Artists, Sat. 10AM- 3PM-  In their continued efforts to bring art into everyone's home, Singing Stone Gallery & Studio is highlighting the works of both Candy Woolley & Dan Balk this month. 813.728.4325

May 5- Cigar City Blues Band Performs At The Ritz Ybor, Sun. 5PM- 7PM-  Les Sabler of Jazz fame throws a little twang and soul into his stylings with his new band during their Cinco de Mayo performance. 813.247.2555

May 11- Relive History Cruise Aboard The S.S. American Victory, Sat. 11AM- 4PM- Relive history with USO-style entertainment and refreshments on a cruise aboard one of only four operational merchant vessels in the U.S. This will surely be a majestic cruise! 813.228.8766


ChappellRoberts has done it again.  This time they were ranked 20th in the inaugural University of South Florida Fast 56 Class.  The award celebrates the record growth  among a global mix of fastest growing businesses. Congratulations on the recognition!