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 with three more in the works. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
A Special Welcome To New Members
Clarencia April Gordon
2426 E. 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
1600 E. 8th Avenue, Suite A-132
Tampa, FL 33605
Thank You To Renewing Members
Centro Asturiano de Tampa
1913 N Nebraska Avenue
Tampa, FL 33602
College Hunks Hauling Junk
1513 E. 9th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
Latin American Fiesta Association
P.O. Box 4557
Tampa, FL 33607
5402 W. Laurel Street, Suite 109
Tampa, FL 33607
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Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight
Long time Chamber member Florida Real Estate Associates, is a full service real estate firm, offering residential, commercial and agricultural properties and specializing in property management. Owner Marc Hamburg has over 25 years of experience and along with his colleagues, Andrew Yerrakadu and Gloria Cochran, are your go-to guys (and gal) for everything real estate.
Marc is a good friend of the Chamber and can always be counted on to step up when asked. Some of his past Chamber titles are: Chair of the Board; Membership Committee Chair; Marketing Committee Chair; and Guavaween Committee Chair. Sounds to me that someone likes being in charge!
If you are interested in buying or renting property not only in Tampa Bay, but throughout Florida, you should visit Florida Real Estate Associates Facebook page. I was surprised at how many properties are listed, including pictures, descriptions and addresses. Very cool!
- Michele Keating
Florida Real Estate Associates, LLC
102 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33603
Estimated Attendance: 1,500
Sheraton Tampa East Hotel
Estimated Attendance: 2,500
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Fall is in the air... the humidity is dropping and there is just a hint of coolness. Yes, it's time for our 4th Annual Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl. And, what better way to celebrate this time of year! I am pleased to say the Ybor City Chamber is poised to host our best O'Fest ever!
Speaking of the best ever - I am proud to announce that Ybor City received five "Best of the Bay" awards from Creative Loafing. Three "Readers Picks" - Best Party District, Best Place to Bring an Out-of-Towner and Best Place to People-Watch, along with two "Critic's Picks" - Best Move Toward Improvement: Guavaween and Best Drag Show Circuit (which I would like to share with our GaYbor colleagues).
While we are much cooler than your father's Chamber of Commerce, we also honor tradition. Our 48th Annual Gala was awesome. We celebrated three generations of engagement in Ybor City by the J.C. Newman Cigar Family. The Gala was both breathtaking in its elegance and deeply moving in its ceremony. The Newman's own and operate the last major cigar manufacturing company in Ybor City and one of only four remaining in the United States.
Our next event of Ybor's Holiday Season will be our 28th Annual Guavaween Costume Contest to be held on Saturday, October, 26th in the south courtyard of Centro Ybor. Local rock band Scilter takes to the stage at 7:00 PM with Mama Guava coming on at 9:00 PM to judge the Costume Contest.
Our theme this year is "Monster Mash" featuring the classic movie monsters from the golden age of horror films. I expect a gruesome array of mummies, werewolves, Frankensteins, vampires, and of course zombies will be stalking their way through the streets of Ybor City on Guavaween night. Grotesque and/or camp movie-aliens are also encouraged to land, infiltrate and replace the native population.
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