A Special Welcome To New Members
8600 Hidden River Pkwy, Suite 400
Tampa, FL 33637
C. Fuente Holdings, Inc.
R. Martin Sorensen
P.O. Box 5175
Tampa, FL 33675-5175
Gulf Coast Transportation, Inc./United Cab of Tampa
Robert A. Searcy
1701 W. Cass St.
Tampa, FL 33606
Heartland Payment Systems
639 Poinsettia Rd.
Bellair, FL 33756
SIMA Communications/CNN Latino
1805 North Franklin Street
Tampa, FL 33602
1302 N. 19th Street
Tampa, FL 33605
Thank You To Renewing Members
Liana Fernandez Fox
Temple Terrace, FL
Rent All of Tampa, Inc.
722 N. Dale Mabry Hwy
Tampa, FL 33609
Scott A. Haas, PA
1901 E. 5th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605
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Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight
If you are looking for some of the best brands of blue jeans, look no further than Florida Jean Company, located in the heart of our historic district. Owners, Wayne and Tammy Collier opened their second Florida Jean Company in Ybor City in March 2013.
Started in 2006 by selling pre-worn jeans on-line out of their garage, Florida Jean Company grew into a premier jean company, opening their first store on Corey Dr. in St. Pete Beach. Florida Jean Company sells top jean brands such as Lucky Brand, Rock Revival and True Religion, as well as a variety of clothing - hats, sandals, flip flops, board shorts, tank tops, sundresses and more.
Wayne and Tammy chose to open their second store in Ybor City because of its history and strong community. "Ybor is a great place to enjoy the many restaurants, and the rich history filled buildings from the cigar manufacturing era that has made Tampa famous."
Stop by Florida Jean Company next time you are strolling down 7th Avenue. They have the coolest clothes.
- Michele Keating
Wayne & Tammy Collier
1714 E. 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
Estimated Attendance: 2,300
Exhibit Location: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Estimated Attendance: 2,000
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
So much has happened since the last Newsletter! We kicked off the Holiday Season with our 48th Annual Gala, where we had a great time celebrating the Adela & Cesar Gonzmart award recipients, J.C. Newman Cigar Family. Elliott Wheeler, along with the stellar Gala committee, pulled out all the stops and transported us aboard a Tropical Cruise. A big congratulations goes to newlywed Traci Sherman, who won the raffle grand prize of a 4 day cruise courtesy of AAA, and plans to use it as her honeymoon!
It felt like as soon as the Gala ended Oktoberfest began. This year was the biggest and best one yet. We had over 500 participants that visited 20 venues! Melissa and I invited some friends to join us and we had a great time. We boasted about hitting 12 of the 20 venues until I spoke to some of our board members and found out they hit all 20 and were still going! Overall, the restaurants and bars did a fantastic job and it was so rewarding seeing all of the official Oktoberfest shirts roaming the streets late into the night!
The newly renovated Hampton Inn & Suites played host to Ybor after Work on the 17th and we had a great turn out. There was lots of networking, mixed with some great food and cool drinks. Thanks to John Trujillo & GTE Financial for sponsoring the event. It was a hit!
Next up is the best costume contest in the Bay Area! The 28th Annual Guavaween will take place on the 26th. It begins with an outdoor concert on the Centro Ybor Stage @ 7pm featuring the music of Scilter. The Costume Contest begins at 9:00 PM and will be hosted by the original "Mama Guava." This year's contest features a top cash prize of $1,000! Be sure to plan your weekend in Ybor and visit one of our Guavaween Promotional Partners for your warm-up and after-parties. Promotional Partner venues include J.J.'s Café & Bar, Crowbar, Hamburger Mary's, Buffalo Wild Wings and James Joyce Irish Pub.
There will be parties, strolls, bed races (yes Bed races), and more leading up to the Costume Contest.
For more information, check out our website at www.ybor.org or call our Visitor Information Center at 813.241.8838.
Until next time-
Events and Announcements by Tom Favata
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