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October  2013 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 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 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

LaSunShine Boutique

Clarencia April Gordon

2426 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


20/20 Companies

Ron Akers

1600 E. 8th Avenue, Suite A-132

Tampa, FL 33605


Thank You To Renewing  Members


John Centinaro

Tampa, FL


Centro Asturiano de Tampa

Rick Duran

1913 N Nebraska Avenue

Tampa, FL 33602


College Hunks Hauling Junk

Nick Friedman

1513 E. 9th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Latin American Fiesta Association

Rosanne Favata

P.O. Box 4557

Tampa, FL 33607



Chuck Foreman

5402 W. Laurel Street, Suite 109

Tampa, FL 33607


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


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


Marc Hamburg

Florida Real Estate Associates, LLC

102 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33603



Upcoming Conventions 

October 5-13  
Estimated Attendance: 1,500
Exhibit Location: Sheraton Tampa East Hotel


October 10-17
Estimated Attendance: 2,500
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina


President's Message




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.


Ciao, Tom


Chamber Happenings  

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

October 17- Ybor After Work, Thurs. 5PM- 7PM- Save the date for a special Ybor After Work at the newly renovated Hampton Inn & Suites Ybor City sponsored by GTE Financial. 813.248.3712 x25

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

Click on the highlighted event name for more information.  

Now 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

Oct. 12- Cupcake Festival, Sat. 2PM- 6PM- Visit with the good folks at the Ybor City Saturday Market and satisfy your sweet tooth during the cupcake bake-off! 813.241.2442
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- Trolley Of The Doomed, Sat. 12PM- 5PM- Ghost-Party.com for a memorable ghost hunting tour along Ybor's trolley line! Happy hauntings! 813.610.1063

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

Congratulations go out to ChappellRoberts on recieiving their Gold Stevie Award for Management Team of the Year!  They beat out 3,300 other companies from over 50 nations!

A special congratulations to former board member and Gala Chair Sandra Fernandez-Lopez on her recent retirement!  We wish you the best on your new journey!