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Ybor City Chamber Plans Havana Trip
WUSF Public Media – August 10, 2015
The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce is using renewed relations between the Obama Administration and government of Cuba to re-establish the link between the “Cigar City” and Havana. Larry Wilder is chairman of the chamber.  He said Havana and Ybor are a natural fit since the Cuban capital pretty much gave birth to Tampa's cigar industry when so many cigar workers moved here in the late 1800s. Read more from WUSF Public Media.

Rebirth in Ybor: Cephas’ Hot Shop is back in business
Creative Loafing – August 8, 2015
He is considered the wise sage of Ybor City, the protective older brother. And if you live anywhere along Fourth Avenue, he is your personal surveillance camera. Cephas Gilbert of Cephas' Hot Shop is many things to all people. Hand-painted signs at his neighborhood restaurant declare his mantras, the most prominent being: "Respect is due whether you are black or white." Read more from Creative Loafing.

Renovated Saunders Library to serve as community cornerstone of history
Tampa Bay Times – August 6, 2015
YBOR CITY — As Robert W. Saunders signed copies of his autobiography after a reading at the University of Tampa, dozens of students, faculty and community members swirled around the civil rights activist and leader. Fred Hearns, a protege of Saunders, realized at that 2000 event that Saunders was in the latter stages of a long and storied career. Read more from Tampa Bay Times.

Meals mark a milestone
Tampa Tribune – August 5, 2015
YBOR CITY — About 130 members of the Wilbert Davis Boys & Girls Club recently celebrated 100,000 meal donations with representatives of the Laser Spine Institute and Feeding America Tampa Bay. At the July 24 celebration, the children received a hot meal from the Boys & Girls Club and a backpack of food with five meals, compliments of Laser Spine Institute’s Give & Grub food truck. Tampa Bay mascot Thunderbug was on-site to celebrate the milestone. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Anti-crime Business Watch started for SoHo district
Tampa Tribune – July 29, 2015
The Tampa Police Department has partnered with local businesses in the South Howard Avenue area to reduce crime with its new SoHo Business Watch Program. The program, a safety network for merchants and property managers was launched July 22 at a kick off news conference at the Epicurean Hotel. The first Business Watch Program, started in 2011 in Ybor City by Tampa Police Officer Sean Mahabir, who organized the SoHo program, has brought a 40 percent reduction in that area.Read more from Tampa Tribune.

Brew Bus shuttle connecting Ybor, Seminole Heights debuts Sunday
Creative Loafing – July 28, 2015
The Tampa Bay Brew Bus plans to offer the new Sunday Local Loop shuttle service, which connects six food and drink establishments from Ybor City to Seminole Heights, starting at noon Sunday. After its premiere, the $10 ride-all-day shuttle will run weekly on Sundays. Read more from Creative Loafing.

Tampa, St. Pete bars set to celebrate National Tequila Day
Tampa Tribune – July 21, 2015
National Tequila Day isn’t technically until Friday, but Gaspar’s Grotto is saying “why wait?” The bar hosts a tasting event for tequila lovers on Thursday night that will bring food, premium spirits samples and agave experts to Ybor City. Read more from Tampa Tribune.

The Bricks Ybor Community Block Party
WTSP – Studio 10 – July 20, 2015
The manager of The Bricks was on Studio 10 to promote the Ybor City restaurant’s upcoming block party to celebrate its 5-year anniversary. Joining The Bricks manager was the executive director of Boards for Bros, a local nonprofit that the block party benefitted. Watch the segment here.

Ybor café offers customers cats to go
The Tampa Tribune – July 18, 2015
Patrons of The Blind Tiger Cafe got a cuddle with a kitty to go with their coffee Saturday afternoon. The Ybor City establishment was the site of the first “cat cafe” hosted by the Animal Coalition of Tampa, which provides low-cost, basic veterinary care for dogs and cats. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Liquidation sale held at historic Ybor City inn
FOX 13 – July 18, 2015
A liquidation auction was held at the Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn on Saturday. As the owners of the former hotel prepare to renovate the building into modern apartments, the bulk of its antique furniture was sold. Read more from FOX 13.

Brandon couple promotes concert series at market
The Tampa Tribune – July 15, 2015
Brandon-area residents Joseph and Le’Ann Jackson, owners of Le’Anns Cheesecakes ’N More, are the driving force behind a new summer concert series at the Ybor Daily Market, 1920 E. 7th Ave., Tampa. The Brandon-based Jacksons and Ybor Daily Market creator Scott Bookamer came up with the concert idea in hopes it will bring people to the market, which is only six months old, and encourage them to return. The Ybor Daily Market Summer Concert Series will take place from 8 to 10 p.m. every Saturday from July through September on the outdoor stage next to the Ybor Daily Market. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Tampa’s ‘College Hunks’ star in debut of new CNBC series
The Tampa Tribune – July 14, 2015
In its debut new series, CNBC’s "Blue Collar Millionaires," featured Ybor City's own College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving. In 2012, entrepreneurs Nick Friedman and Omar Soliman moved their company's headquarters to a 10,000 square-foot center on 9th Ave. in Ybor City. Today, there are 60 College Hunk franchises nationwide employing more than 500 people. Read more from The Tampa Tribune.

Viva tequila! Gaspar’s Grotto throws pre-Tequila Day soiree
Creative Loafing – July 14, 2015
From 7 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 23, the eve of National Tequila Day, Gaspar's Grotto will host its Hecho En Mexico Festival, set to mix premium tequila and mezcal samples with appearances from noted whizzes on agave products. Hecho En Mexico, or "Made in Mexico," will showcase dozens of high-end Mexican spirits as guests down hors d'oeuvres and groove to live tunes. A People's Choice award will also be presented to the event's cocktail challenge winner. Read more from Creative Loafing.

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