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Nature a natural model for two artists
Tampa Tribune – February 25, 2015
Whether it’s looking into the eyes of an elephant or the eye of a storm, realist painters Marie Schadt and Virginia Butler capture the intricate details of nature through their work. The two artists will share their unique perspectives from Sunday through March 29 as part of their “Landscapes and Wildlife” exhibit at The Bunker, Ybor City.  Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

5 Ybor City events to check out in March
Tampa Tribune – February 25, 2015
There are a variety of events to be held in Ybor City this March, including: Rough Rider’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Buildings Alive!, 4th Annual Cuban Sandwich Festival and Awards, Baconalia, and Gasp! The Gasparilla Fringe Festival.  Read more from the Tampa Tribune TBO Seen.

Ybor will be busy with events come Saturday
Tampa Tribune – February 25, 2015
It’s another big Saturday in Ybor City this week with music, food, drink and shopping.  Fiesta Day is from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. along Seventh Avenue. This family-friendly street festival celebrates the cuisine, culture and heritage of the Latin immigrants who settled in Ybor City at the turn of the 19th century.  Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Cuban sandwich fest reigniting Tampa vs. Miami food rivalry
Tampa Tribune – February 24, 2015
The popular Cuban Sandwich Festival will stretch over three days for the first time when it returns to Ybor City on March 20 to 22.  Along with the extra day, the fest is reigniting the Tampa-Miami rivalry over who makes the best Cuban in the “City2City Smackdown” on March 22. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

It’s an excellent time for the eclectic shopper
Tampa Tribune – February 22, 2015
Besides a slew of weekend pop-up farmers markets, at least two new food and craft markets are opening up this week, one in Ybor City and the other in Seminole Heights, and both are offering a quirky, ultra-indie alternative to shopping at the mall. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

New Ybor ‘soundstage’: Lot 1901 goes after collaborative strategy
Tampa Bay Business Journal – February 20, 2015
A team of marketing and media professionals is transforming a 4,000 square foot warehouse space on Ybor City's industrial outskirts. Welcome to Lot 1901. Read more from the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

Nonprofit group hooping up some happiness
Tampa Tribune – February 18, 2015
Yards of PVC irrigation tubing and colored electrical tape are bringing joy to children not only in Tampa, but also around the world. Hoola for Happiness, a nonprofit organization based in Ybor City and with staff in India and Brazil, focuses on spreading joy and God’s love through hula hooping with the giant rings. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Festival del Flan llega con sabor y tradición
Centro Tampa – February 18, 2015
Este año el Festival del Flan se realizará el sábado, 28 de febrero de 11 a.m. a 4 p.m. en el Centennial Park, de Ybor City. El Festival del Flan corona anualmente a la mejor receta de flan casero, un dulce tradicional y de origen hispano que suele ser enriquecido y depurado de un país a otro. Read more from Centro Tampa.

La Septima Cafe celebrates its 20th anniversary
Tampa Tribune – February 18, 2015
When A+E Networks’ lifestyle-based FYI channel filmed Chef Darlene Herrick at work in the La Septima Cafe on Feb. 5, it wasn’t because of the restaurant’s 20th anniversary, which is being celebrated throughout February. The Fernandezes served Ybor-style cuisine, because she grew up in Ybor City and he in West Tampa. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

The Knight Parade brings thousands to a local tradition
10 News – February 14, 2015
The lights, the music, the floats, the beads! The tradition. The annual Knight Parade took over Ybor City and packed the streets on Valentine's Day. The Krewe of the Knights of Sant' Yago has hosted this parade since 1974. Read more from 10 News.

Tampa: A Tandem of Tempo and Timing
Ybor City and Soho celebrate tradition and the modern scene seamlessly
Epoch Times – February 13, 2015
Ybor City in northeast Tampa was founded in the 1880s and dates to when Cuban, Spanish, and Italian immigrants settled here. The area became famous for the hand-rolling of cigars, and in fact is named after a major cigar manufacturer—Vicente Martinez Ybor. At one time, Ybor City was the world’s leader in cigar manufacturing. Read more from Epoch Times.

Ybor City artist hangs up his smock
Tampa Tribune – February 12, 2015
Arnold Martinez has gained fame as an artist for painting in media that is food for most people — coffee, wine, beer, tea and tobacco.  Martinez is stepping away now, more than four decades later, from the career he launched largely out of boredom. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Raise Your Glass to the Quality and Selection of Tampa Breweries
USA Today – February 11, 2015
Visitors who love beer are guaranteed to have a good time in Tampa. The City features breweries of all sizes, from nano-breweries to large corporate brewing operations, turning out some of the best brews in the country. So if your idea of fun is to tour breweries and taste the wares, 10 Best can help you out. Read more from USA Today.

Making candles at the Seventh Avenue Apothecary
FOX 13 – February 6, 2015
Good Day Tampa Bay’s Charley Belcher visits Seventh Avenue Apothecary in Ybor City, where they hand pour some amazingly aromatic candles. The creatively- scented candles are sold at many different retailers in the bay area. Watch video from FOX 13.

Restaurant mogul Gonzmart is a man of myriad ideas
Tampa Tribune – February 6, 2014
Richard Gonzmart nearly missed the start of his own charity 5K run. The fourth-generation Columbia Restaurant patriarch last autumn was hosting a half-dozen big-city mayors at his newest restaurant, Ulele, and the mayors were late, making dinner late, making him late to leave for his “Richard’s Run for Life” in Ybor City. Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

From High Art to Low Tide, There's Lots to Explore and Discover
Attractions near the convention center: Ybor City Museum State Park
USA Today – February 6, 2015
Built to preserve and celebrate Ybor City's colorful history, this acclaimed museum is a highlight of Tampa's colorful historic district also known as the "Cigar Capital of the World." Housed in the renovated historic Ferlita Bakery, the museum boasts temporary and permanent exhibits that bring to life Ybor's golden age. Outside you'll find a peaceful 19th-century-style garden to relax in and you can also tour a "casita," representative of a typical cigar worker's home. On Saturdays, visitors can also enjoy a walking tour of this lively city still filled with the aroma of hand-rolled cigars.  Read more from USA Today.

Dining Review: The Bricks serves up fancy comfort food in Ybor City
Tampa Tribune – February 5, 2015
Ybor City calls to me when I’m hungry for people-watching and culinary adventure. The array of restaurants in the area make it my favorite place to wander on a gorgeous day admiring the architecture until a menu or a cool vibe beckon.  The Bricks summons diners with both. The charmingly hip restaurant on the corner of Seventh Avenue and 14th Street’s laid-back atmosphere and prompt friendly service made our last visit for lunch remarkable before we’d had a bite.  Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

Artist Arnold Martinez honored
Tampa Tribune – February 4, 2015
Arnold Martinez, an Ybor City artist who has been recognized for his innovative medium using tobacco, tea, coffee, beer and wine, was recognized at a ceremony and reception recently.  Martinez, who closed his art gallery Saturday, was honored by Tampa City Council Chairman Charlie Miranda with a City of Tampa Achievement Award. The artist, who is planning on semi-retiring, also was made an honorary member of the Alcade and received a paver in Ybor City, where he had his gallery for 14 years.  Read more from the Tampa Tribune.

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