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September  2013 
Mid-Month Newsletter

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Opportunity to Partner in Guavaween 2013


The Ybor City Chamber will be hosting the Guavaween Costume Contest again this year at Centro Ybor.  The Ybor Chamber will be carrying-on our Guavaween tradition and invites members to join in as "co-promoters."


All the Chamber's bars, restaurants and hospitality venues are encouraged to participate as Promotional Partners for 2013.  Thus far, the Chamber has received commitments from J.J.'s Café and Crowbar who will act as Promotional Partners.  A modest fee of $250 will allow member businesses to:


- Provide Guavaween specials on the night of the event and use of the name in that regard;

- Be identified on Guavaween promotional materials;

- Utilize Guavaween posters in their establishments; and

- Sign-up official Guavaween Costume Contest participants who will be announced as selected by that establishment.


The 2013 Edition of Guavaween is sponsored by Centro Ybor. 


- Guava Sponsors, to date, include:

- GTE Financial

- C.H. Robinson

- The Hilton Garden Inn & Suites

- Tre Amici at the Bunker


To sign-up to be a Guavaween Promotional Partner contact Michele Keating at mkeating@ybor.org or 248-3712 x25. 


  Guavaween is a protected Sales Mark (SM) of the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce.  Its use is restricted to the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce and its licensees.  

Upcoming Events 

For More Details

A Special Welcome To New Members

Alfonso Architects, Inc.

Carlton Brown

1705 N. 16th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Coppertail Brewing Co.

Kent Bailey

2601 E. 2nd Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Joey's Italian Ice Corp.

Joseph Masselli

558 Lakewood Dr.

Oldsmar, FL 34677


Tampa Electric Co.

Alan Denham

P.O. Box 111

Tampa, FL 33601


Tampa International Airport

Joe Lopano

P. O. Box 22287

Tampa, FL 33622



Thank You To Renewing  Members


Bay Villa Developers, Inc.

Dan Howell

P.O. Box 18464

Tampa, FL 33679


Church of Scientology

Mimi Kintzel

1300 E. 8th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Kuehne + Nagel, Inc.

Bill Donovan

8130 Anderson Road, Suite 304

Tampa, FL 33634


One Blood

Tracy Johnston

10100 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N.

St Petersburg, FL 33716


Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel

Keith Johnson

200 N. Ashley Street

Tampa, FL 33602


Sunshine State Garage

Sam Castellano

407 N. 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Tampa Bay Times

Ryan Barry

1000 N. Ashley Dr., Suite 700

Tampa, FL 33602


Tampa Park Apartments, Inc.

Yolanda Anthony

1417 Tampa Park Plaza

Tampa, FL 33605


Tribeca Color Salon

Brandon Wagner

1600 E. 8th Ave., Suite A 137

Tampa, FL 33605


Ybor City Supermarket Inc.

Yaser Alhamdan

1618 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Ybor Loft

Lauren Tummel

Tampa, FL


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highlighted company name to learn more about your fellow members.

Upcoming Conventions 
September 14-21   
Estimated Attendance: 2,000
Exhibit Location: Embassy Suite Tampa-Downtown Convention Center


September 14-22
Estimated Attendance: 800
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

September 25 thru Oct 4
Estimated Attendance:
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Chair's Message


Hello Ybor, 


We had a great luncheon last week! They seem to keep getting better and better. AAA made a great presentation highlighting all the different places and experiences they offer up in their entire travel line of products, and it was a tease to our upcoming Tropical Cruise themed Gala.


Alexandra Petropoulos, AAA Auto Club Group's Vice President for Travel, (pictured below) opened the presentation with a comment that really caught my attention. She said that she was excited to be at the Columbia, one of America's best restaurants on 7th Avenue, one of the Country's top 10 most beautiful streets. Wow, when you stop to think about that type of comment, you realize that we are so fortunate to work, play and live in Ybor City.  



The Historic District really comes to life during the Holiday Season and for the past forty-eight years the Ybor Chamber Gala has been the kickoff of the season. This year's Gala is almost here, and it has me so excited! The Gala committee has done an excellent job putting this one together. In addition to the Tropical Cruise theme, we will be raffling off a 4 day cruise out of Tampa courtesy of AAA Travel. I hope to see you there as we celebrate Ybor's special night and honor the J.C. Newman Cigar Family with the Adela & Cesar Gonzmart award for their contributions to Ybor City and the American cigar industry!


The second event of the Chamber's Holiday season is just two weeks after Gala. On October 5th we will host the 4th Annual Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl. We have 20 venues signed up and are expecting over 400 attendees. This year's event is shaping up to be the best one yet! It is a great way to experience the district with your friends and family at your own pace! You can purchase your tickets online at www.ybor.org and be sure to "Like" our Ybor Oktoberfest Facebook page for updates.  


Until next time-

David Alvarez  

Last Chance To Register For  
Saturday Night's Gala

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The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 48th Annual Gala this Saturday, September 21st starting at 6:30PM.  The event features a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, and dancing along with the presentation of the Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award.  The event can be attended by everyone including members and friends, but you must be registered prior to the event to attend.  To register, call Anna Ramos by 2PM tomorrow. 813.248.3712 x22



Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight


Carmine's Restaurant is a Tampa tradition, located in the heart of our beloved historic district. Opened in Tampa in 1948 and moved to Ybor City in 1983, Carmine's is known for its Cuban, Italian and Spanish cuisine. The "Flavors of Ybor City" include favorites such as their homemade deviled crab, traditional Cuban sandwich, black beans and yellow rice and spaghetti and meatballs. Brothers Carmine and Gino Iavarone have been at the helm since the passing of their father Eugene in 2001.


Carmine and Gino can always be counted on to participate in our Chamber events. When the Chamber took back the production of Fiesta Day in 2010, Carmine's was one of only four Ybor merchants to join us on 7th Avenue, selling a mini version of their famous deviled crabs. Now, 70 percent of our Fiesta Day vendors are Ybor City vendors.


I've become terribly predictable when I go to Carmine's for lunch. Last week Tom and I stopped in and even before I ordered, Gino informed me that there was plenty of their baked chicken. Did I mentioned how moist and delicious their baked chicken is?


- Michele Keating


Carmine's Restaurant & Bar

Carmine Iavarone & Gino Iavarone

1802 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Chamber Happenings  

September 21- The 48th Annual Ybor Chamber Gala and Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award Presentation, Sat. 6:30PM- Join us at the Columbia Restaurant in celebrating the opening of the Latin social season and recognizing the many contributions of the J.C. Newman Family, operators of the last remaining production cigar factory in Ybor City. Tickets are $100 per individual and $190 for couples.  Tickets can be purchased through 2PM tomorrow by calling Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22 or by email at aramos@ybor.org  

October 5- Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl, Sat. 4PM- 8PM-
German immigrants  were one of the key ethnic groups to settle Ybor City at the turn of the 20th century.  To honor their traditions, join us for an afternoon of beer sampling at 20 of Ybor's patio bars and pubs. For more info call 813.241.8838.

October 8- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM-1:15PM- October's luncheon speaker will be Ray Chiaramonte, Executive Director of the Hillsborough County Planning Commission. He will be on hand to discuss the in's and out's of strategic planning and his commission's current initiative- Imagine2040.org. 813.248.3712 x22

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

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Now thru Sept. 30- Kirk Ke Wang's Sugar Bomb- Visit Hillsborough Community College's School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery for a mixed media installation dealing with the relations between Cuba and the US and their opposite or different political systems. 813.253.7674

Sept. 26 thru Oct. 13- I Do! I Do! A Musical About Marriage Presented By Tampa Repertory Theatre- This delightful musical classic covers the ups and downs of a marriage based on "The Fourposter" by famed Dutch playwright Jan de Hartog.  www.tamparep.org

Sept. 22- 1905 Day at The Columbia Restaurant, Sun. 12PM- 7PM-  All five Columbia Restaurants will roll back their prices for "1905 Day" to celebrate the 108th Anniversary of Florida's oldest restaurant, owned and operated by fourth and fifth generation founding family members. In a  tradition since their 75th Anniversary, the Columbia has developed a special menu with the prices of yesteryear for this day. 813.248.4961

Sept. 27- Friday Night Out In Havana Presented By The Mancave, Fri. 7PM- Join The Mancave for an evening of appetizers, rafle prizes, giveaways, live entertainment, and cigar & drink specials. 813.374.2196
Oct. 12- Streetcar Fest 2013, Sat. 10AM- 2AM- Celebrate 11 years since the return of the bright yellow streetcars with a 25˘ fare from 10 AM until 2AM!  Free Live music along the line include Distinguished Men of Brass (as seen on America's Got Talent) at Centro Ybor (3:30PM-5PM); Green Sunshine at Centro Ybor from (1PM-3PM); and The Commoners at Dick Greco Plaza from 2PM-5PM. 813.254.4278

Oct. 12- 2013 Italian-American Women Of Excellence Awards Luncheon, Sat. 11:30AM- 2:30PM- Join the Italian Club Ladies Auxiliary as they celebrate the accomplishments of some very accomplished women over antipasti and lunch! 813.831.5882

Oct. 13- Sunday Afternoon With Opera Tampa's Daniel Lipton, Sun. 4PM- If you are an opera fan, how does a mixer with Opera Tampa's Artistic Director and Conductor at the Italian Club strike your fancy? The topic of discussion will be everything opera, and to close the event the Opera Tampa Singers will perform a few opera favorites...and it is free! 813.229.7827

Help charitable organizations during the month of September just by having lunch or dinner at any of the Columbia Restaurant's many locations!  The restaurant will be donating 5% of customer's bills to charities during the 16th Annual Community Harvest.  Stop in for a great meal and help a great cause!  

Chamber member Sylvia Alvarez of the Housing & Education Alliance is participating in Tampa Bay's Dancing with the Stars!  Sylvia is looking for votes to help her progress through the competition.  Votes are $10 each and will benefit six different bay area charities.