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Newsletter of the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce September 1, 2010
Gala 2010:
Only 16 Days Away!

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On September 17th, the Fuente family will become the 17th recipient to receive the Adela and Cesar Gonzmart award. Their contributions and commitment to Ybor City have made them the perfect nominee to receive this prestigious award. Please join us on Friday the 17th as we open the Latin social season to another year of memorable events, achievements and inspirations.

Make your reservations by Friday, September 10th to attend the 2010 Ybor City Chamber of Commerce Gala. Please contact Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22 or

A Note Of Appreciation To Renewed Members

Fernando Noriega, Jr.
3122 West Leroy Street
Tampa, FL 33607-1124

El Sol Cigars
Robert Saitta
1728 E 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

Frank Vacanti Realty, Inc.
David Greco
3128 North Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33603

Golson Legal, P.A.
W. Gregory Golson
1724 E. 5th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605

Harvey Schonbrun, P.A.
Harvey Schonbrun
1802 N Morgan Street
Tampa, FL 33602

Highland Properties of Tampa Bay, Inc.
Richard Chad
1608 E. 5th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605

Lunasol Institute
Robert Casanas MD
8431 W. Linebaugh Ave.
Tampa, FL 33625

Metropolitan Ministries
Janet Pantaleo
2002 North Florida Ave.
Tampa, FL 33618

Tampa & Ybor City Street Railway Society
Jan Smith
3627 Berger Rd.
Lutz, FL 33548

The Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn
Damon Shiver
1915 Republica de Cuba
Tampa, FL 33605

Pub Crawl

The Chamber's New Events Committee is preparing to launch our Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl Saturday, October 2nd. This new and exciting event is an outgrowth of our successful OktoberFest BierGarten hosted by Centro Ybor in October 2007. This special event will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, starting in the Centro Ybor courtyard and proceeding out into the Historic District.

Each guest will receive an official Ybor OktoberFest t-shirt and a map of participating pubs and patio bars. Each of the dozen or so participating venues will provide a free sample of premium beer to participants. Establishments along the way will also have German music, drink specials, door prizes, and some will feature German food.

Tickets are $20 and include event t-shirt, logo sample cups, and special activities at each venue. See "special events" at for forth-coming details.
Member Luncheons

September 14th 2010
Roxanne Amoroso
Senior Vice President
Bank of America
Sponsored by:
The Selmon Expressway Authority

October 12th 2010
Susan Haworth
President/ CEO
Sponsored by:
New Urban Suites

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Come out and celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Ybor City's Annual Halloween Extravaganza on Saturday, October 30th!

Guavaween Night is filled with costumed revelry and offers live music featuring national and local artists, the Mama Guava Stumble Parade, 'Features' Costume Contest and all of the exciting venues Ybor City has to offer! Unleash your fantasy! Join in on the Mama Guava Stumble and continuous entertainment!

Call 813.242.4828 or check the event out on the web at to get in on the entertainment!

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Message From The Chair

Hola -

Well the Chamber has finally gone all ELECTRONIC. I would like to thank everyone involved for making our electronic mailing system possible. This will greatly assist us in providing timely communications as well as giving us enhanced flexibility. If you know of anyone that would be interested in receiving our new electronic newsletter, please contact Tom Favata at 813.248.3712 x21 or

Once again, LO QUE A PASADO (WHAT'S HAPPENED LATELY) in YBOR CITY? Well, this past month has been a little quiet, but here are a few of the headlines:

- Ybor arsonist suspect, Kenneth B. Smith, was evicted from 2 of the Ybor City houses that were set ablaze (Tampa Tribune, 8/16/10)
- American Disabilities Act challenges Ybor businesses for lack of handicap accessibilities (Tampa Tribune, 8/22/10)
- IKEA wants a 125 foot tall sign on its property so it can be seen from I-4 (La Gaceta, 8/27/10)

Mark your calendar and join all of us on Friday, September 17th in celebration of this year's Ybor Gala. The Fuente Family is this year's recipient of the Adela and Cesar Gonzmart award. I can't express how proud I was to hear this when I first got the news! This will be the Chamber's 45th Annual Gala and the 17th presentation of the Gonzmart award. This black-tie optional event that will be held in the Patio and Siboney Room of the historic Columbia Restaurant. On behalf of our family, we are deeply honored to be receiving this prestigious award and would like to thank the selection committee. While all members of the chamber are encouraged to nominate qualified candidates, only prior recipients of the Gonzmart Award vote in the final selection. For more information on attending, please contact Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22 or

And finally, Guavaween is just around the corner. It's Halloween time but in Ybor style with a spooktacular & exciting twist! This commemorates our 25th anniversary of this ghoulish event and it will be held on Saturday, October 30th. Join the big guava party with plenty of entertainment and folks dressed in all sorts of creative and fun costumes! It's not too early to start planning now, so get your friends & groups together and we will see you all there! Bring the kids & family down during the day for Family Fun Fest and then the big bash continues with the Mama Guava Stumble parade hitting the streets in the evening. Contact CC Events at 813.242.4828 or visit for more information.

Hasta la proxima (until next time)!

Arturo Fuente, Jr.
Chamber Happenings

September 14- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, 11:45AM- 1:15PM-
Roxanne Amoroso, Senior Vice President from Bank of America, will speak on the Encore Project at the next Ybor Chamber luncheon. The chamber luncheon is sponsored by Selmon Expressway Authority. Be sure to check your email so you can RSVP online; it is the easiest way to make sure you have a seat.

September 17- Gala 2010 and Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award Presentation- Fri. 6:30PM- Join us at the Columbia Restaurant in celebrating the opening of the Latin social season and recognizing the many contributions of the Fuente family, one of Ybor's most prominent families. Anyone interested in sponsoring, advertising, donating and attending Gala should contact Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22

September 23- PM Networking Event, Thurs. 5:30- 7:30PM- Mark your calendars now for the chamber's next PM Networking event at Gaspar's Grotto as they celebrate the official opening of their new kitchen. Check your email and the chamber's calendar of events on for more information.

Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight

Congratulations to Colleen Chappell, President and CEO of ChappellRoberts, who was named the 2010 Business Woman of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The competition was fierce with more than 300 nominees and Colleen rose to the top. Eight years ago she joined then Roberts Communications, and with her hard work and dedication was instrumental in doubling the size of the agency to make ChappellRoberts one of the largest advertising agencies in the region.

ChappellRoberts is an integrated advertising agency focusing on creative, brand management, public relations and client services. ChappellRoberts, located in Centro Ybor, has been a member of the Ybor City Chamber since 2004. Colleen is a past board member and Sarah Tildsley, principal/creative director, is currently serving as a director.

1600 E. 8th Ave., Ste. A-133
Tampa, FL 33605

2007's Oktoberfest Biergarten was held in the courtyard of Centro Ybor. This year's Oktoberfest Pub Crawl will start in Centro Ybor and then pour out into the district allowing participants to sample many Ybor Chamber member bars and pubs.

Announcements & Events Around the District

September 2 thru 28- The Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery presents East Meets West- The works of ten faculty from the Southeast Center for Photographic Studies at Daytona State College will present their works at the Ybor Campus of Hillsborough Community College. The exhibit's opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, September 9th from 7PM-9PM. Call the gallery for hours. 813.253.7674

September 4- Master Mehrdad's Muay Thai Classic XXV, Sat. 8PM-
If you haven't seen mixed martial arts live, here is your chance to catch it right in Ybor. The Ritz hosts this fast-paced, quick growing sport in it's 25th installment. Watch as men and women of various weight classes battle it out to take home a coveted title. 813.247.2555

September 9- The Florida Conversations Lecture Series at the Tampa Bay History Center, Thurs. 6:30PM-
The 2010-2011 lecture schedule begins with Frederick B. Karl speaking on his book The 57 Club: My Four Decades in Florida Politics. The lecture series is free and open to the public. 813.228.0097

September 11- Festival del Sabor at the Ybor Saturday Market, Sat. 12PM- 7:30PM- Join Centro mi Diario as they celebrate their 5th anniversary along with the Saturday Market. Bring the family out and see who is cooking up the best "Arroz con Pollo" in Tampa Bay as contestants via for their part of $1,000 in cash prizes. 813.259.8475

September 11- Singing Stone Gallery presents Leo Rodriguez, Sat. 10AM- 2PM-
Stop by the Singing Stone and see what local artist Leo Rodriguez will paint during his live "oil on canvas" painting demonstration while listening to the music of local musician and composer RJ Kain. 813.247.2787

September 12- Deep Carnivale: A Celebration of Words at HCC Ybor, Sat. 10AM- 5PM- Dozens of poets, authors, songwriters and artists will be on hand to perform at Tampa's premier literature festival including Tampa's own Ferdie Pacheco discussing life in Ybor and reading from his newest book. Covering a vast range of styles, there will be a little bit of everything for every literature enthusiast. This free happening is growing into something for everyone to experience. 813.253.7000 x5179

September 19-"1905 Day" at The Columbia Restaurant, Sunday 12PM- 7PM- The Columbia Restaurant will celebrate "1905 Day" to commemorate the 105th Anniversary of the multi-generation, family-owned business. As has been the tradition since their 75th Anniversary, the Columbia has developed a special menu with the prices of yesteryear for this day. Guests will enjoy the Columbia Restaurant's world-famous Spanish cuisine for the prices they might have paid in the "good ole days". Please note that the Columbia Caf� at the Tampa Bay history Center will not offer " 1905 Day" pricing, but will be open and ready for service. 813.248.4961

September 20- Gaspar's Grotto Galley Ribbon Cutting, Mon. 4PM-Join the crew of Gaspar's Grotto as they commemorate the opening of their new kitchen. The event will kick off a week's long celebration. The "Galley" was made possible in-part by a city funded facade grant; the first of its kind to be awarded. 813.248.5900

Starting September 24 thru November 16-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture and Class Series- Centro Asturiano will be host to a series of classes and lectures illustrating the life and culture of Tampa's Latin communities. For more information call 813.974.8036

Happy Hour at Sociedad La Union Marti-Maceo, Fri. 6:30PM- 10PM- -Mojitos and live Jazz are a regular part of the program every Friday. Get the weekend started at one of Ybor's original social clubs with specials on beer. $5 gets you in the door. 813.229.3922

Tre Amici Kicks-off New Happy Hour, Mon.thru Sat. 4PM- 6PM- Half off bottled wines and beers! Need we say more. Well if you insist...Swing by and partake from a nice selection of beers and wines priced to move. 813.247.6964