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Cigars take center stage at Tampa’s La Verbena Festival
Tampa Tribune - November 24, 2014
“I would smell that wonderful aroma on her clothes,” Guggino said during Sunday’s La Verbena Festival at Centennial Park, where people mingled, smoked stogies, danced to Cuban rhythms and sampled food from a variety of vendors. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Tampa social club El Centro Espanol seeks to rebuild elite status
Tampa Tribune – November 22, 2014
Centro Español had almost 10,000 members of Spanish descent, two cemeteries and two large clubhouses that measured over half a city block — one each in Ybor City and West Tampa — a medical clinic in Ybor City, a hospital on Bayshore Boulevard and a convention center in West Tampa. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Documentary unravels Ybor cigar history
Tampa Bay Times – November 21, 2014
A Legacy of Smoke chronicles the saga of Spanish immigration in the 20th century to Ybor City and West Tampa through interviews, re-enacted vignettes and archival footage and photographs. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Ybor City replicates Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting
Creative Loafing - November 20, 2014
Historic Ybor City hosted its 4th annual Rockefeller Center-style tree lighting ceremony last night in the Centro Ybor Courtyard and boy did it feel like New York City. There was one point when nearly all of the crowd arrived, covering both sides of the street and corners adjacent to 16th St. in and across from Centro Ybor… Read more from Creative Loafing.

Renovations progressing at Ybor’s Al Lopez house baseball museum
Tampa Tribune – November 19, 2014
Construction on the Tampa Baseball Museum at the Al Lopez House has reached a major milestone. Recently, the house received a fresh coat of paint, which adds a touch of color and protects its wooden exterior. In addition, bricks will soon be added along the front ramp. Before painting, custom siding — designed to match the original siding — was installed, along with new windows. Read more at Tampa Tribune.

Tampa’s Coast Bike Share takes to the road
Tampa Bay Times – November 17, 2014
To start, Coast has put about 50 of its 300 bikes at several hubs in downtown and in Ybor City. The sky-blue bikes come with three speeds, a grease-free drive shaft instead of a chain, Kevlar tires, GPS tracking, a basket on the handlebars and seats that adjust for riders from 4 feet 8 up to 6 feet 7. Starting next month, Coast's entire fleet will be stationed at 30 hubs around downtown, Ybor City, Hyde Park, Davis Islands and along Bayshore Boulevard. Read more at Tampa Bay Times.

Café/retail/coworking space adds to daytime options in Ybor
Tampa Bay Business Journal – November 14, 2014 
Those who have hoped for more open shops in Ybor City during the day have a victory to cheer in the new Blind Tiger Cafe. About 300 people gathered in the newly opened retail/coworking space on Thursday night. Black and Denim clothing brand Owner Roberto Torres started construction in August on the 3,000-square-foot café, clothing store and cowork space. Read more from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Coppertail Brewing expands tasting room; contracts with more retailers
Tampa Tribune – November 12, 2014
Ybor City’s upstart Coppertail Brewing Co. will more than double the size of its tasting room, and bring in a rotating selection of food trucks to effectively run a bar/restaurant along Adamo Drive. The current tasting room of about 1,000 square feet is now being renovated and expanded, ultimately stretching 2,500 square feet, with a commercial kitchen for special events, said brewery President Kent Bailey. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Help hang decorations for the holidays
Tampa Tribune – November 12, 2014
Ybor City will get ready for the holiday season with decorations and a tree lighting. But before the celebration begins, the Historic Holiday Spirit group in Ybor needs volunteers to help get ready. A Community Holiday Decorating Party is set for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, beginning at Bradley’s on 7th, 1518 E. Seventh Ave. The volunteers will hang holiday decor on all the lamp posts through the district; and on Monday, the city of Tampa will hang wreaths at the entrance to the Historic District.Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Holiday events in Ybor feature free food and more
Tampa Tribune – November 11, 2014
Get into the holiday spirit with some free holiday events in Ybor City next week. Sunday, Nov.16 is Community Holiday Decorating Day and volunteers are invited to gather at Bradley's, 1518 E. 7th Ave., beginning at 11 a.m. to help decorate Ybor City lampposts for the season. On Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. is the annual holiday tree lightning ceremony in Centro Ybor, 1600 E. 7th Ave., Tampa. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn will light the 37 foot tall tree and Santa Claus will be available for photo meet and greets. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Woman-owned tech firm in Ybor beats the venture capital odds
Tampa Bay Business Journal – November 11, 2014
Ybor City-based gr8code is expected to receive $5.4 million in venture capital over the next four years. The funding from OmniElite Financial Group is believed to be the largest venture investment ever awarded to a woman-owned business in Florida, according to Daniel James Scott, associate director of entrepreneurship at University of South Florida St. Petersburg. In winning venture backing, gr8code is bucking a national trend. A recent report by Babson College found that less than 3 percent of the 6,793 companies that received $51 billion in venture capital from 2011 to 2013 were women-led startups. Read more from The Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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