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Gather at CL Space for an Ybor family affair
Creative Loafing – June 18, 2015
Celebrate a century in the life of Ybor City with tales about men and women from Tampa’s cigar-making days up through present day. Playwrights Richard and Mary Ellen DiPietra, who brought us the Tampa biographical performance piece I Am a Cuban Sandwich, presents a brand new show this year: The Ybor Stories. We can all but smell the cafe con leche and cigar smoke thinking about it. Read more from Creative Loafing.

The gift of menus: say thank you to Ybor Pizzeria
Tampa Tribune – June16, 2015
When a small business is ripping up flooring and replumbing an old building, creating a new logo and menu design gets pushed down the to-do list. Due Amici Pizza won’t need to wait. The New York-style pizza joint that opened eight months ago on 7th Avenue, received a “gift of gratitude” from on Tuesday — a clean, modern logo and 100 new hard cover menus. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Ybor City experiences tech startup boom
83 degrees – June 16, 2015
Ybor City, best known as a tourist destination based on its traditionally crazy nightlife, is taking on a new persona in becoming somewhat demure and sophisticated as tech startups set up shop in the historic district. Read more from 83 degrees.

After helping revive Ybor City, Pardo prepares for retirement
Tampa Bay Times – June 11, 2015
Developers have driven residential and commercial demand to Ybor City's highest level in a decade. Crime is down 80 percent and 40-plus businesses, mostly tech firms, have opened in the past two years. Decades of rebranding and reinventing the historic district finally hits pay dirt as Urban Development Manager Vince Pardo signs off for retirement. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Explore Ybor City’s Streets to Gain Insights into Cuban History
USA Today 10 Best – June 11, 2015
Whether you love it or hate it, Cuba holds a fascination for many Americans. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Florida. And while Miami may be the first city you think of, Tampa's history is also liberally sprinkled with Cuban influences, which you can discover at Tampa's Ybor City State Museum and on a walking tour of the nearby historic district. Read more from USA Today 10 Best.

TECO Streetcar available to hockey fans
Tampa Tribune – June 11, 2015
Lightning fans can park at any Ybor City parking garage, maybe take in dinner in Ybor City before the game, then hitch a ride on the TECO Streetcar Line. Again this Saturday and next Wednesday, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority is extending the hours for the streetcars during the Stanley Cup Final between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

There’s more than soup at Tampa’s Stone Soup Company
USA Today 10 Best – June 4, 2015
In Tampa’s historic Ybor City neighborhood is a small café, long and narrow and comfortably furnished with booths and wooden chairs and tables. On the wall are colorful, eclectic artworks displayed for sale by local artists. It's called The Stone Soup Company, but you'll find much more than soup in this friendly neighborhood dining spot. Read more from USA Today 10Best.

The Florida Cuban Heritage Trail
Action News Jacksonville – June 4, 2015
Cuba and Florida share close proximity, hundreds of years of related history, and cultural influences that flavor both. Here in the Sunshine State, The Florida Cuban Heritage Trail, is your pathway to exploring it all, from Tampa to Miami. Read more from Action News Jacksonville.

Browse the market, ride the streetcars
Tampa Tribune – June 3, 2015
All summer long, Ybor City Saturday Market shoppers can ride the streetcars for free. Every Saturday the market is open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the heart of Ybor’s historic district, 1901 19th St. Tampa. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Channel District development on TECO site: Big potential, big challenges
Tampa Bay Business Journal – May 29, 2015
The massive mixed-use development proposed between the Channel district and Ybor City has enormous potential to transform the entire urban core. If the development comes to fruition as proposed by Phillips Development & Realty, it would bring thousands of residents and a grocery store to what's currently a desolate industrial site. It's adjacent to the most viable potential site for a Major League Baseball stadium in Tampa, the Tampa Park Plaza affordable housing development. Read more from Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Ybor City’s Gaspar’s Grotto will be featured on TV next week
Tampa Bay Times – May 28, 2015
One of Ybor City's more colorful watering holes is getting its close-up. Andrew and David Fung, the brothers behind FYI network's series What the Fung, headed over to Gaspar's Grotto in January to investigate the signature conch fritters served with tequila chili jam sauce. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

With lots of love and money, Tampa’s historic gems keep shining
Tampa Bay Times – May 28, 2015
The Cuban Club, Italian Club and Centro Asturiano, where Spanish immigrants gathered, stand as Tampa gems, looking like grand mansions built by railroad barons of the era. These elaborate edifices, all built between 1914 and 1918 to replace original buildings, housed America's first mutual aid societies, forerunners to health maintenance organizations. Celebrated architect M. Leo Elliott designed or helped design each building, all listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Centro Espanol started mutual aid society movement
Tampa Bay Times – May 28, 2015
The club that started the mutual aid society movement is now a group of about 60 whose two clubhouses were sold to other entities. Spanish immigrants led by Ignacio Haya — whose factory beat Vicente Martinez Ybor's in turning out Tampa's first hand-rolled cigar — formed Centro Espanol in 1891. It grew to nearly 3,000 people in its heyday. In 1912, the club built the large brick structure that still bears its name at 1536 E Seventh Ave. in Ybor City. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Don Vicente in Ybor celebrates last day as an inn
Tampa Tribune – May 28, 2015
The Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn celebrated its last day as a boutique hotel today, closing its doors to prepare for its transformation to apartments. The inn planned a by-invitation farewell bash tonight that it called the Last Look, according to Sabrina Bouabid, front desk receptionist. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Best places in Tampa to experience Hispanic culture
AXS – May 27, 2015
There are many locations throughout the Tampa area, especially in Ybor City, where you will find opportunities to experience Hispanic culture up close. Everything from annual festivals, authentic restaurants and museums offer a chance to learn about Hispanic history. Read more from AXS.

Quietly working wonders at Academy Prep
Tampa Tribune – May 23, 2015
Here in Tampa exists an institution, led by one of our most exceptional individuals, built on the promise of a first-class education for every American child, no matter his or her socioeconomic status. Since 2003, Lincoln Tamayo, Head of School for Academy Prep Center of Tampa, has led this Ybor City jewel, which, along with its sister campus in St. Petersburg, serves underprivileged fifth- to eighth-grade students — with stunning results. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Editorial: Ashley Furniture’s plans a huge boost for Ybor
Tampa Tribune – May 23, 2015
Ashley Furniture’s announcement Thursday that it will move some of its corporate offices into the Centro Ybor complex is another big shot in the arm for Tampa. The move will bring 100 corporate jobs to Ybor City and build upon the huge momentum boost created by Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik’s plans to invest $1 billion in the nearby Channel District. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Office workers could take Ybor from nightlife hub to live-work-play neighborhood
Tampa Bay Business Journal – May 22, 2015
Ybor City could be at the beginning of a transformation from nightlife destination to urban neighborhood. Ashley Furniture HomeStores is building out office space in the long-beleaguered Centro Ybor, the mixed-use development in the heart of Ybor City. Portions of the movie theater space are being renovated for the retailer, according to city building permits filed in April. Read more from Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Patience pays off for Centro Ybor owner with Ashley Furniture ecommerce office deal
Tampa Bay Business Journal – May 22, 2015
David Harvey has turned down a number of potential deals for Centro Ybor over the years. Harvey, an executive with Chicago-based M&J Wilkow, said "a lot" of night clubs had approached him about leasing space in Centro Ybor since his company bought it in 2007. But that type of tenant didn't fit with M&J Wilkow's long-term vision for the mixed-use property. Read more from Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Ashley Furniture picks Centro Ybor for new e-commerce headquarters
ABC Action News – May 21, 2015
Ashley Furniture, the biggest furniture retailer in the U.S, is moving its e-commerce headquarters into the heart of Ybor City, taking over half of the Centro Ybor Muvico 20 theaters. Read more from ABC Action News.

Ybor City ‘is where Millenials want to be,’ Ashley Furniture CEO says
Tampa Bay Business Journal – May 21, 2015
The CEO of Ashley Furniture Industries said he knew right away that Centro Ybor was "the perfect location" for his company's U.S. e-commerce headquarters. Todd Wanek said Thursday that he considered San Francisco and New York City before deciding on Tampa's Ybor City. His company has a distribution center in Brandon, where some e-commerce employees have been working since last year. "This is where millennials want to be," Wanek said. Read more from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Ashley Furniture moving U.S. e-commerce HQ to Tampa
Tampa Bay Business Journal – May 21 2015
Ashley Furniture HomeStores is moving its U.S. e-commerce headquarters to Tampa, into a redeveloped space in Centro Ybor. The Wisconsin-based retailer will occupy 70,000 square feet and eventually employ 100 people in the mixed-use development in the heart of Ybor City. Read more from Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Ashley Furniture picks Centro Ybor for its U.S. e-commerce headquarters
Tampa Bay Times – May 21, 2015
Ybor City is well-known for its late-night entertainment. But in recent years it has started to move beyond that, attracting hotels and tech firms. The latest — and most prominent — business to put down roots there is Ashley Furniture, which announced Thursday that its subsidiary, Ashcomm LLC, will build its e-commerce headquarters in the historic district. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Ashley Furniture’s e-commerce headquarters moving to Ybor
Tampa Tribune – May 21, 2015
Ashley Furniture Industries Inc. officially announced Thursday that it will locate its global e-commerce headquarters, a training center and other administrative offices in Centro Ybor later this year. Starting with 100 employees, the company expects to attract customers and employees from around the globe who will conduct business or training here, book hotel rooms and patronize local businesses. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

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