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November 2013
Mid-Month Newsletter

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Upcoming Events 

The Chamber Wishes Everyone A Happy Thanksgiving!
The Chambers'
 Membership Services Office will be closed

November 28th & 29th!
Wednesday, December 4th
Navidad en Ybor
at the Hilton Garden Inn
5:00PM to 8:00PM
Tuesday, December 10th
Ybor Chamber
Holiday Luncheon
With Entertainment By
The HCC Jazz Ensemble
11:45AM to 1:15PM

   See Chamber Happenings
For More Details

Thank You To Renewing Members


Dennis Fernandez

Tampa, FL 33602


Fernando Noriega, Jr.

Tampa, FL 33607


Ai Collaborative, Inc.

Leigh Young 

1901 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Buffalo Wild Wings

Casey Hill

1625 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Discover In-Town Tampa Guide & Map

Chuck Wray, Jr.

4940 72nd Avenue, Suite 200, CJ Publishers

Pinellas Park, FL 33781


Frank Vacanti Realty, Inc.

Frank Vacanti

3128 North Boulevard

Tampa, FL 33603


My Garden

Wesley Miller

7310 Park Drive

Tampa, FL 33610


Outback Bowl

Mike Schulze

4211 W Boy Scout Boulevard, Suite 560

Tampa, FL 33607


Row Boat Mediterranean Cuisine & R Bar

Jad Stone

1820 N. 15th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


The Corporate Training Center @ HCC

Brian Hollands

39 Columbus Dr.

Tampa, FL 33606


The Italian Club of Tampa

Sal Guagliardo

1731 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Shari Middleton

2028 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


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


Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight


During the holiday season, it's important to remember those that are less fortunate than ourselves, and one of our Chamber members that does just that, not only at the holidays but all year round, is The Salvation Army. Our branch is located just down the street from the historic district, on the corner of 7th Avenue and Florida Avenue, and serves our local community. 


The Salvation Army is known for their holiday Red Kettle and volunteer bell ringers, collecting money for the needy in our communities. But did you know that at the holidays, they also have the Angel Tree program, which is a community partnership effort that makes the holidays brighter for thousands of underprivileged children throughout the Tampa Bay area. A paper angel is created for each eligible child featuring the child's name, age, clothing and shoe sizes, and a need and gift idea. By "adopting" an angel, you agree to purchase the gifts for that child. To find out how you can participate in the Angel Tree project, contact Patty Harris at 813-226-0055.


The Salvation Army serves Hillsborough County 365 days a year. Each day, more than 200 homeless men, women and children call The Salvation Army their home. There are many ways to help support the good works of Tampa's Salvation Army. To learn how you can help, visit their website at www.uss.salvationarmy.org//uss/www_uss_tampa.nsf .


- Michele Keating


Karen Heinemann

Director of Development

The Salvation Army

1603 N. Florida Avenue

Tampa, FL 33602




Upcoming Conventions 

December 13-15     
Estimated Attendance: 800
Exhibit Location: Hilton Tampa Downtown


January 7-12
Estimated Attendance: 6,500
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

January 14-19
It Works Global Annual Meeting
Estimated Attendance: 5,250
HQ Hotel: The Westin Tampa Harbour Island 

Chairman's Message


Hello Ybor,


Ybor is humming on all cylinders. I can't even keep up with everything going on but it's all good stuff. We had a great Guavaween and the district was full of guests all day long. Melissa and the kids joined me first thing in the morning and we were able to help Jill Wax and her team finish setting up for the Pumpkin Patch. They had a great time decorating their own personal pumpkin and then walking up and down 7th Avenue trick or treating. It was great to see so many families walking the streets and creating positive memories of the Historic District with their children.


The Guavaween Concert in Centro Ybor was great. Things got even better as we transitioned into the Costume Contest. We had tons of entries and I was blown away when I looked up from backstage and saw how full Centro Ybor was. We had guests standing everywhere enjoying the contest. Guavaween is alive and well! The Chamber staff did an outstanding job putting it together and we received lots of positive media, including a #4 listing on top places to celebrate Halloween on AOL.com.


At the beginning of this year, Melissa and I set a goal to run in our first 5k and we were excited to see Richard's Run was going to take place in Ybor. We signed up right after Guavaween and got to participate. It was a great experience and it was once again nice to see Ybor full of families enjoying everything Ybor has to offer.


The next major event taking place for the Chamber will be our annual Fiesta Day that will take place Saturday February 22nd, yes that's in 2014, but when you stop and think about it the event is less than a hundred days away. Check out our website if you would like more information on the event or if you are interested in becoming a sponsor.

Until next time-
David Alvarez

Call for Fiesta Day Vendors!

You are invited to participate as

a vendor for Fiesta Day 2014.

For vendor information,

contact Michele Keating

813-248-3712 x 25



 67th Annual Fiesta Day

Saturday, February 22, 2014

11:00 am - 6:00 pm

Chamber Happenings   

December 4- Navidad en Ybor, Wed. 5PM- 8PM- We hope to see you at "Navidad en Ybor!"  The party will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Ybor City.  Admission into this membership event is a new unwrapped toy to benefit a local charity.  In lieu of toys, cash donations will be accepted. 813.248.3712 x25
December 10- Ybor Chamber Holiday Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM-1:15PM-  The December luncheon will be the last opportunity to network with the chamber before the holiday season. Live entertainment will be provided by Hillsborough Community College's Jazz Ensemble during the lunch hour to get everyone in the holiday spirit!  813.248.3712 x22

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

Click on the highlighted event name for more information.   
Now thru Nov. 16- Fall Dance Concert presented By HCC Dance, 7:30PM- This year's concert features performances by the HCC Dance Ensemble performing works by faculty and guest choreographers. 813.259.6490

Now thru Nov. 24- Stageworks Presents Venus in Fur, Fri. 7PM- Visit the Stageworks Theatre for Venus in Fur- one of the sexiest, most intelligent, and most acclaimed new plays in recent Broadway history! It is the story of a young actress and a demanding director and what becomes an electrifying game of cat and mouse that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality, seduction and power, love and sex. 813.251.8984

Nov. 15- Ybor City Cigar Heritage Party, Fri. 7:30PM- It is not to late to get a ticket to tonight's special cigar soiree.  Get your ticket on line or at the Ybor City State Museum Garden.  For tickets go to celebrateybor.com 

Nov. 16- American Victory Ship Cruise, Sat. 10AM-
Relive history with USO-style entertainment and refreshments on a cruise aboard one of only four operational merchant vessels in the U.S. This will surely be a majestic cruise! 813.228.8766     

Nov. 20- Tree Lighting Ceremony with the Mayor, Wed. 6PM- Start the holiday countdown with Santa and the Mayor as we light the 34' tree in Centro Ybor!


Nov. 21- Twenty One Pilots at The Ritz Ybor, Thurs. 7PM- 97x favorites twenty one pilots will take the stage at the Ritz Ybor along with Robert Delong and Sirah for a night of good old fashioned rock'n'roll! 813.247.2555 


Nov. 30- GameTime Gives Thanks, Sat. 10AM- 6PM- Visit GameTime Thanksgiving weekend and enjoy 8 hours of free game play while you do your holiday shopping with the family.  There will be vendors and other family friendly activities during the event, so stop in and enjoy some time with the family courtesy of GameTime. 813.241.9675


Dec. 1- Santa Speedo Run, Sun. 1PM- The Speedo Run kicks off in Ybor Centennial Park and helps raise funds for children's HIV/AIDS programs at Brighter Seasons for Children and the AIDS Service Association of Pinellas.  727.328.3260   


Dec. 12- Magic & Meatballs, Thurs. 7PM- Gather the family for a special night of magic and Italian cuisine at the Spaghetti Warehouse.  Be careful your meatballs just might disappear. 813.248.1720


Dec. 14- 2nd Annual Snow on 7th Holiday Parade, Sat. 6PM- 9PM- Get here early to watch the pre-parade entertainment starting at 6PM along historic 7th Ave. 



Wednesday celebrated the Grand Opening of Tequilas- the newest concept from Historic Hospitality and new Board Member Jason Fernandez. 


Econo Auto Rentals is holding a food drive now through November 22nd benefiting Feeding America Tampa Bay.  


If you plan on visiting the Dali Museum during this holiday season, be sure to check their holiday hours before you stop by for a visit.

Congratulations to Joe Capitano, Sr. of the Radiant Group on receiving the Tampa Bay Lightning's Community Hero Award.

The Columbia Restaurant Group's Community Harvest Campaign raised $168,000 benefiting 100 non-profits around the entire State of Florida.

For our hospitality members, Outback Bowl teams will be announced on Sunday, December 8th.

Singing Stone Gallery is prepped and ready for the holiday season.  Be sure to pay them a visit on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to take advantage of some great discounts.