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‘The Show Must Go On’

The much anticipated book from the 1st Lady of Ybor, Miss Joey Brooks is out! At Miss Brooks first book signing at Bradley’s on 7th, hundreds of books were signed! This book is a must-read for all in the Tampa Bay community. It is like a walk down memory lane for many of us. Mark & Carrie included! On page 135 you will find a fantastic photo of Joey & Tea Cup!

dishing-show-must-go-on-1‘The Show Must Go On’

The much anticipated book from the 1st Lady of Ybor, Miss Joey Brooks is out! At Miss Brooks first book signing at Bradley’s on 7th, hundreds of books were signed! This book is a must-read for all in the Tampa Bay community. It is like a walk down memory lane for many of us. Mark & Carrie included! On page 135 you will find a fantastic photo of Joey & Tea Cup!

The Last Tampa Hurricane of 1921

What a crazy fun, unbelievably day we had at MC Film. We had been talking online with Bryan from TampaChanging.com about the history of the building MC Film is located in. The building was the former home to “King Greco Hardware.” It was Tampa Mayor Dick Greco’s parents store. Into our store walked Bryan with this photo he had found at the Tampa History Museum in a store about the 1921 hurricane! We had a great visit about the history in Ybor City. If any of you have any old photos please contact Bryan at Bryan@TampaChanging.com. Shortly after Bryan left our good friend and owner of the building Diana stopped by. She had not seen the photos and was excited too.

Now, you’re not going to believe this but, two hours later a lady, her brother and two kids all came into MC Film. She told me that she was from North Carolina and her great grand- father had a hardware store here. We said “Wow, so you’re a Greco?” She said “No, we are the King family who sold our store to the Greco’s!” What unbelievable timing it this!

Now squint your eyes and look at the sign above the door at the very top next to the roof. . .The Pride of Ybor City! Hmm, so looks like there has always been PRIDE in this store. Today it’s LGBT PRIDE! Viva La GaYBOR!

dishing-show-must-go-on-2Motorcycles On 7th.

7th Ave will be closed to car traffic on Nov. 11 and 12th for the new weekend “Ybor Thunder Bike Fest.” Only motorcycles will be allowed to drive the pavement for the two day bike festival involving thousands of motorcycle riders, vendors, outdoor bands and entertainment.

People are Talking

-Opening in GaYBOR District a new themed Mediterranean Restaurant, “Row Boat” on the corner of 8th Ave. and 15th Street. There will be entertainment on the weekends with gyros and kabobs! The owners presently have four restaurants: two in San Francisco and two in Las Vegas.

-If you see designer Mathiew Stanoch walking the streets in a daze don’t bother him. He is the official Holiday decorator for all of Ybor City Holiday Spirit, a 6-week long holiday extravaganza in historic Ybor City! He will be transforming lampposts, storefronts and shops all along 7th Ave. Snow machines will be making a blizzard of a snow storm on 7th in December furnished by Walt Disney Corp.

-Rumor has it that a lease has been signed for a new gay bar/ restaurant complex on Central Ave in St. Petersburg.

– New GaYBOR members have taken the oath of office for the new Ybor City Development Corp. Board of Directors two year term. YCDC is part of the City of Tampa Redevelopment Division and runs Ybor City. They are Bonnie Plumbtree of Crowbar, Manny Alvarez of Liquid Lounge and D. Stephen Moss, co-partner of Florida Entertainment Group.

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