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June 2013  Newsletter
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Upcoming Events 

Tuesday, June 11th  
Chamber Luncheon  
Raul Alfonso, 
Chief Commercial Officer 
Tampa Port Authority 
Sponsored By 
11:45AM to 1:15PM  

Thursday, June 20th 
Ybor After Work 
(Location TBA)  
5:00PM to 7:00PM 

   See Chamber Happenings

For More Details
Thank You To Renewing Members


1603 Tattoo & Piercing Co.

Skip Sampson

1603 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Allegra Design Print Mail

Nancy Routman

107 North Jefferson Street

Tampa, FL 33602


Blue Devil Tattoo Co.

Skip Sampson

1712 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


C.H. Robinson

Kevin Stencil

1600 East 8th Avenue, Suite A-121

Tampa, FL 33605


Florida Acquisition & Appraisal, Inc.

Jack Curatelli

2109 Palm Aveune, Suite 104

Tampa, FL 33605



Chrissy Koplenik

16012 Penwood Dr.

Tampa, FL 33647


Habibi Cafe & Hookah Bar

Johnny Algonid

1632 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


NueLeaf Business Advisors + CPAs

Kevin Cimino

1402 N. 25th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Old 7th Avenue Tattoo Co.

Skip Sampson

1514 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Perez & Company, C.P.A.'s

Frank Perez

201 E Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 420

Tampa, FL 33602


Pita's Republic

Farid Atir

1600 E. 8th Ave., Suite E-108

Tampa, FL 33605


Seven One Seven Parking Service, Inc.

Jason Accardi

1523 N Franklin Street

Tampa, FL 33602


The Attic on Seventh

Yanett Sabat

2021 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


The Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn

Damon Shiver

1915 Republica de Cuba

Tampa, FL 33605


The Florida Orchestra

Jaclyn Kilpatrick

244 2nd Avenue North, Suite 420

St. Petersburg, FL 33701


Unlimited Printing

Jackie Weinel

202 E. Cass St.

Tampa, FL 33602


Click on a highlighted company name to learn more about your fellow members.

Ybor Chamber

Member Spotlight


One of our newest members and newest food establishments in the district is Yo-Boys Frozen Yogurt. Located on the 18th Street block, Yo Boys is a welcome addition to our Ybor family. I love frozen yogurt so I am especially happy to have them just down the block.

Yo Boys is owned and operated by the brothers Savas. Established in 2011 in Northern New Jersey, Yo Boys opened its second restaurant just over two months ago in Ybor City. James Savas and General Manager Alicia Clark run the Yo Boys Ybor and offer a delicious product in a hip and trendy atmosphere. The restaurant is bright and inviting and the back patio offers a fun place to hang out with your friends or throw a party. They offer yogurt and ice cream cakes and can cater a party at your home, office or in their back patio.


Not only does Yo Boys offer frozen yogurt Wednesday through Saturday, but starting this Friday, they will be offering fresh made tacos for Ybor's late night crowd, from midnight to 3:30 am.


Yo Boys offers 14 different flavors of yogurt and 60+ toppings. I love to stop by for lunch. As a matter of fact, when I wrap up this Spotlight, I'm heading over to Yo Boys. Love to mix their Outragous Orange with Vanilla - tastes like an orangesicle! Yumm!


- Michele Keating


James Savas

Yo Boys Frozen Yogurt 

1815 E. 7th Avenue 

Tampa, FL 33605




Upcoming Conventions 

June 9-16
Estimated Attendance: 4,400
HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina   

June 16-21  
Estimated Attendance: 1,500
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina    

Chair's Message


First let me say that I am very honored to be the Chair of the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce. My family has deep roots in Ybor with my great grandparents and other relatives rolling cigars and owning several small businesses in the district.


Ybor City has always been very much a part of my life. I can remember my great grandmother bringing me to Tropicana for Cafe con Leche & Cuban toast and attending the annual Fiesta Day. I have so many great memories of Ybor City and hope to add to them this year as Chair of the Chamber. 


This year we are faced with many challenges but I trust that with our devoted Board members, Chamber members, staff and volunteers, this will be a great year for the Chamber and our district.


During my term, my main focus will be showcasing what the Chamber already does for the district and improving how we do it.


Last year, between Chamber special events and tourists at  our Information Center, we saw over 42,000 visitors. Through Chamber marketing efforts, we had:

  • 330,000 Website visits
  • 16,000 Referrals to shops, restaurants, hotels, and bars by our Visitor Information Center
  • 80,000 Walking Map & Guides printed and distributed

We will continue to develop & fine tune existing events to help them grow and benefit the Chamber, it's members and our community.


I look forward to a productive, fun and exciting year with all of you.  Thank you for your support.



David Alvarez 

Chamber Happenings
June 11- Monthly Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM-
Join us next Tuesday, June 11th for our next membership luncheon.  The speaker for the June luncheon will be Raul Alfonso, Chief Commercial Officer for the Tampa Port Authority.  This will be a much anticipated luncheon that will highlight the changes that have happened at the Port of Tampa over the last few months.  The Luncheon is sponsored by Stantec.  To make your reservation call Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22 or by clicking the above link!

June 20- Ybor After Work, Thurs. 5PM- 7PM- Mark your calendars now to network with fellow chamber members...after work!  Join the Chamber for give-a-ways and other festivities.  More details to come soon! 813.248.3712 x25  

July 9- Business Expo: Ybor @ Work, Tues. 11:30AM- 2PM- Sponsors and exhibitors signup now for the Chamber's upcoming Expo- reserve your spot now before they disappear! 813.248.3712 x22    
Chamber Ribbon Cutting
Owner Jim Savas cuts the ribbon to Ybor's newest dessert spot, Yo Boys Frozen Yogurt.  Read more about Yo Boys in the Member Spotlight section of this newsletter. 

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

Click on the highlighted event name for more information.  

Now thru June 12- WMNF 88.5FM Summer Membership Drive-  Tune into your community radio network through next Wednesday and show them your support by making a contribution. 1-855-239-1558

Now Thru June 16- The Tampa Repertory Theatre Presents TampaWrights2- Join Tampa Rep's second stage company, TRT▓, for a festival of original one act plays that are fresh, risky and innovative. 813.783.5465

Now thru June 20- Ink Link Presented By The Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery of Hillsborough Community College- Visit an exhibition that focuses on traditional prints and their effects on localism, globalism and hybridism as they form perspectives on identity. 813.253.7674

June 5- ZZ Ward Performs With The Silent Comedy At The Ritz Ybor, Wed. 7PM- 11:30PM-  If the New York Times compares a performer to Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and Etta James, it can only mean that you will want to be in the crowd for tonight's show! If you are the first in line tonight you could even have a chance  to meet the performer and get an autographed copy of her set list! 813.247.2555

June 6 thru 9- Stageworks Presents TampaWorks 2013- Tampa aficionados, here is a chance to catch an evening of short plays celebrating the Tampa Bay area.  All plays are written by local playwrights and star actors. 813.251.8984

June 8- There's No Place Like Home Presented By Housing and Education Alliance, Sat. 10AM- 3PM-  Take your family to MacFarland Park this Saturday for Rally for Home Ownership, and learn about down payment assistance and FHA 203K programs. 813.932.4663

June 10- Kids College Camps Kick-off At HCC ICCE- Hillsborough Community College's Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education is offering a variety of Kids' College Camps that are educational and engaging. 813.259.6010

June 27- A Night of Fashion Benefiting Academy Prep Center For Education, Thurs. 6PM-  Play dress up for a night with WWE Superstars Titus O'Neil and Vicky Guerrero as they highlight the fashions of Sandra Gray Originals and Greiner's Fine Men's Clothing. Proceeds benefit the Academy Prep Student Scholarship Fund and Embracing Legacy. 813.248.5600 x1138

July 10- The Victor E. DiMaio Achievement Award Dinner- Join the Ybor City Lions Club as they celebrate the accomplishments of Richard Gonzmart at their annual awards dinner. For more information or to RSVP call 813.933.1869   

Now through September 30th you can use your Muvico Centro 20 ticket stub for "One Free Ride" on the Teco Line Streetcar System.  Just hand your ticket stub to the motorman for redemption.

The Ybor City Saturday Market wants everyone to know that summer hours go into effect this weekend.  You can catch them Saturday's from 9AM until 1PM now thru September.