November 28, 2016  

Monday Morning Memo is your weekly update on Downtown Tampa development, transportation updates, news and events. Click on the sections below or scroll down to read the complete issue.

In this Issue...

The Partnership Presents Development and Transportation
Downtown Guides and Clean Team's New Look New Transportation Rolls Up Mileage
Downtown Worker and Resident Survey Florida Automated Vehicles Summit
Winter Village: Now Open Vinik and Buckhorn Talk Infrastructure
Downtown Debriefing SoFresh Opens in Downtown Tampa
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
Rock the Park Straz Holds Future Awards Program
Do the Local Motion Port Tampa Bay CEO Reappointed 
The Great Gatsby Tampa Museum of Art: Call to Artists
SantaFest & Christmas Parade Sherloq Solutions Turns 100
Taking the Stage at the Straz Center  
On Screen at Tampa Theatre  
This Week at Amalie Arena  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Retail Spotlight: Dark Cycle Clothing Tampa Bay Sports Opens Store
Marketplace News Cigar Factory to Become a Hotel
Port Tampa Bay Gets Another Cruise Ship Indoor Skydiving Center Opens
Tampa Chosen to Host 2020 Conference Powerstories Theatre Presents

The Partnership Presents

Downtown Guides and Clean Team’s New Look
The Tampa Downtown Partnership Guides and Clean Team are ready for the winter weather with their new uniforms! The weather is cooling down but that doesn’t slow down the Guides and Clean Team. You will see them around town in the iconic yellow, with accessories in navy blue! Scarves, gloves, vests, and dry-fit active wear has been added to their outfits to keep them warm in the winter and cool in the summer, as they help keep Downtown Tampa clean and safe. Learn more about our Downtown Tampa Services and Programs and see them in their new winter uniforms here.

Downtown Worker and Resident Survey
The Tampa Downtown Partnership’s biennial resident and workforce study is live. Your participation is paramount as Downtown rapidly evolves! Past studies have given rise to many downtown initiatives including enhanced accessibility to the river, events in the parks, new museums and attractions, extended operating hours for transportation and merchants, full-service grocers, and many more. In exchange for 10 to 15 minutes of your time, all participants receive a coupon for special Downtown discounts and offers. Gift card drawings will follow the close of the surveys. Share your vision for Downtown Tampa:

Note: If you live and work in Downtown, please take the resident survey.

Winter Village: Now Open
Join us this holiday season at Tampa’s only ice skating rink, complete with holiday shopping and a waterfront café! 2016 Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park, Presented by USAmeriBank, is fun for the whole family. Ice skating is $12 for 90 minutes. Group rates are available. For hours of operation and more information, visit

Send a letter to Santa in the Winter Village Santa Mail Box, and you’ll receive one back from the jolly old elf. To help Santa’s elves during this busy time, children are asked to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Remember, Santa appreciates mail from children, and takes time out of his workshop to write back to each one. Don’t forget to ask about the reindeer and Mrs. Claus in your letter too!

Downtown Debriefing
Tuesday, December 13, 7:30am – 9am
Embassy Suites Tampa Downtown – 513 South Florida Avenue
Join us for a discussion with industry leaders from FDOT, THEA, and the City of Tampa as we explore the future of transportation in Tampa including connected vehicle technology and autonomous vehicles. Click here to register.

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Your Downtown Calendar

The following is just a sample of upcoming events in Downtown Tampa. Visit the Downtown Tampa Events Calendar for a more comprehensive list.

Rock the Park
Thursday, December 1, 6:30pm to 9pm
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Listen to great local talent, including NoNeed, Synergy In A Cup, and Pajamas. With stadium styled seating within the park, food and drinks on the premises, and an exciting vibe, this event is guaranteed not to disappoint! For more info, go to Rock the Park.

Do the Local Motion
Friday, December 2, noon to 1pm
Poe Plaza
Join us on a walk as we Tour a Jewel in Downtown Tampa. All tours are free; however, a five dollar donation is encouraged. All donations go directly to Where Love Grows, a charitable foundation feeding hungry children in our community. For more information, go to Do the Local Motion.

The Great Gatsby
Thursday, December 1 to Sunday, December 18
Stageworks Theatre
The breathtaking glamour and decadent excess of the Jazz Age comes to the stage in an adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel. For more information, go to The Great Gatsby.

SantaFest & Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 3, begins 11am
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
At this free event, the Park will be transformed into a winter wonderland. Enjoy free photos with Santa Claus, holiday entertainment, make-n-take holiday crafts, hands-on games and activities, and more! For more information, go to SantaFest & Christmas Parade.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center
Into the Woods - Tuesday, November 29 to Sunday, December 4
The Akliah Institute presents Mama Rwanda - Tuesday, November 29, begins 7pm
Opera Tampa Singers – A December to Remember: A Holiday Extravaganza - Friday, December 2, begins 7:30pm
Beethoven’s Violin Concerto - The Florida Orchestra - Friday, December 2, begins 8pm
Dean Johanesen - Live & Local - Saturday, December 3, 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Shanghai Nights: Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China - Saturday, December 3, begins 7:30pm
Rock School Blowout - Sunday, December 4, begins 3pm

On Screen at Tampa Theatre
Loving - Through Thursday, December 1
Gremlins - Friday, December 2, 10:30pm to 12:15am
Making Spirits Bright - Saturday, December 3, begins 3pm
Holiday Inn - Sunday, December 4, 3pm to 4:45pm

This week at Amalie Arena
Barbra The Music... The Mem'ries: The Magic! - Wednesday, November 30, begins 8pm
Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular - Friday, December 2, begins 7:30pm
Tampa Bay Lightning vs Washington Capitals - Saturday, December 3, begins 7pm

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Doing Business in Downtown 

Retail Spotlight: Dark Cycle Clothing
Dark Cycle Clothing is one of our vendors at Winter Village! Founded in 2009 by husband and wife, Coryn and Adam, Dark Cycle began with Adam thinking up quirky animal on bike designs while making his 17-mile bike ride to work. Now with over 100k happy customers and with their shirts in over 100 small shops worldwide, each shirt is still hand screen printed with care in their three-person shop.

Dark Cycle Clothing's mission is to provide ethical and quality clothing while promoting alternative transportation.

Marketplace News
Designing Eyes Optical Boutique at 200 N. Tampa St. recently welcomed Paul Breault, OD, to their team.  Aside from vision checks and prescription eye glasses, his specialties include corneal and contact management and prescriptions for contact lenses. 

The Portico Café at the Portico, set to open in early 2017, will be a missional coffee shop to deliver excellent quality coffee, superior customer service and impact the local and global community in profound ways. 

Harbourside Animal Hospital at 1112 Channelside Drive is proud to announce cooperation with Vet Care Express Animal Ambulance for pet transport, including emergency transport, regular vet visit transport, and on-going vet treatments. 

Hayman Jewelers not only sells beautiful jewelry and watches, but our downtown jeweler is also recognized for excellence in jewelry and watch repairs. Hayman never outsource your valuables to other stores or jewelers. This family-owned business has been Downtown since 1933!

Port Tampa Bay Gets Another Cruise Ship
Holland America Line’s MS Oosterdam will call Tampa home for the 2016-17 winter cruise season. The MS Oosterdam, built in 2003, has a passenger capacity of 1,964 and crew of 812. It was part of a larger, overall $300 million brand enhancement initiative that included updates such as a new lounge, dining and entertainment venues and refurbished suites.
“Port Tampa Bay Scores Another Cruise Ship”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Tampa Chosen to Host 2020 Conference
The City of Tampa was chosen host the National League of Cities Annual Conference in 2020. During the conference, Tampa can expect around 3,000 local elected officials and city staff to convene in Tampa for several days of educational seminars, organizational policymaking and networking. NLC also brings in prominent speakers, and members will experience Tampa through mobile workshops around the city, in which they will learn about best practices and innovative solutions to bring back to their own communities.


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Development & Transportation

New Transportation Rolls up Mileage
One month in, Tampa's new Downtowner ride service vehicles have covered 7,840 miles and carried 13,000 riders. Commuters covering the first or last mile of their trip to and from work account for a little more than half the rides and more than 60 percent of the shuttles' passengers are repeat riders. The service is popular enough that organizers suggest planning ahead and checking wait times, especially around lunch and dinner. And Coast Bike Share said it hit the 100,000-trip mark last Friday when someone used one of its bikes to go from Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park to MacDill Park in downtown Tampa.
“Alternative Transportation — Electric Shuttles, Ferry, Rental Bikes — Rolling Up Mileage On Both Sides Of Tampa Bay”Tampa Bay Times

Florida Automated Vehicles Summit
Tampa’s downtown is hosting the Florida Automated Vehicles Summit on November 29 and 30 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. Hop on a Downtowner and check out the free demonstrations of driverless cars! They will be at Cotanchobee Park (601 Old Water St) from 10am - 3pm on both days. Visit here for more information.

Vinik and Buckhorn Talk Infastructure
With President-elect Donald Trump and federal officials talking about a big infrastructure bill next year, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik said on CNBC’s Power Lunch that new spending aimed at “moving people around” is critically important for the Tampa Bay area. “Transportation,” Buckhorn said when CNBC asked what kind of infrastructure his city needs most. “Clearly Florida’s a state that desperately needs multimodal options, and that would include rail.”
“Bob Buckhorn And Jeff Vinik Talk Infrastructure, Jobs, Politics On NY Media Tour”Tampa Bay Times

SoFresh Opens in Downtown Tampa
SoFresh is now open at 512 N. Franklin Street! Hours are 11am to 9pm. Order online, get it delivered, or cater your next office lunch with their selection of healthy wraps, salads, bowls, and soups. This is the third SoFresh location, with two additional stores in South Tampa and near the University of South Florida, and part of a major growth push for the concept. SoFresh launched in 2013.
“See Inside SoFresh, Downtown Tampa's Newest Restaurant (Photos)”Tampa Bay Business Journal


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Member Corner

Straz Holds Future Awards Program
High school theater programs in the Tampa Bay area are invited to participate in the Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ Broadway Star of the Future Awards program, designed to encourage, recognize and honor excellence in high school musical theater performances through a constructive review process. Applications should be submitted at least three weeks before the performance, prior to Jan. 9, 2017 and are available here. Musical theater productions should take place before May 7, 2017. A $150 per production application fee is required.
“Straz Center Holds Broadway Star of the Future Awards”Tampa Bay Newswire

Port Tampa Bay CEO Reappointed
Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson has been reappointed as chairman of the Florida Ports Council, an association of the state’s 15 public seaports, headquartered in Tallahassee. The association represents the voice of the port industry in Florida and provides leadership, on both the state and federal levels, in key initiatives that bolster the state’s maritime interests and seaborne trade, domestically and internationally. For more information, visit

Tampa Museum of Art: Call to Artists
Please submit your work for SKYWAY, Tampa Museum of Art’s upcoming regional artist exhibition. Opening June 2017, this exhibition is a celebration of artistic practice in the Tampa Bay area and an exercise in collaboration as it is shared between three institutions: the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; and the Tampa Museum of Art. Click here for submission guidelines. Online call closes December 15, 2016!

Sherloq Solutions Turns 100
On December 1, 2016, Sherloq will celebrate their centennial at the Tampa Bay History Center. Their private celebration is giving special guests, clients and business leaders the opportunity to participate in a $100,000.00 “Centennial Gift to the Community.” The guests will choose their favorite 501(c)(3) charity to receive $1,000 from Sherloq with a total giveback of $100,000. Read more about Sherloq Solutions.


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Around Town

Tampa Bay Sports Opens Store
Tampa Bay Sports & Entertainment has opened a new Tampa Bay Sports retail location inside International Plaza. The new mall location will feature all of the latest, licensed merchandise from all local sports teams, including, but not limited to, the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Rays, USF Bulls, Florida Gators and Florida State Seminoles as well as from large-scale sporting events that take place in the region.

Cigar Factory to Become a Hotel
The former Balbin Bros. Cigar Factory at 1202 N. Howard Ave. was purchased for $1.4 million by a partnership between a Tampa hotelier and a Louisiana-based hospitality company. Though still in the early stages, plans call for a hotel with about 70 rooms that likely will be part of a major chain but with a name reflecting its local heritage.
“One Of Tampa's Original Cigar Factories Could Soon Be A Boutique Hotel”Tampa Bay Times

Indoor Skydiving Center Opens
IFLY, which operates more than two dozen such centers across the U.S., has opened its new location at 10654 Palm River Road, next to Topgolf Tampa. The facility features a vertical wind tunnel that's 14 feet across and powered by four electric fans that generate enough force to let participants float on a cushion of air.
“IFLY Tampa Indoor Skydiving Center Opening This Week In Brandon”Tampa Bay Times

Powerstories Theatre Presents
Powerstories Theatre produces both original and published plays that focus on true stories or “real life” stories for their audiences. They select plays that feature women as playwrights or in lead roles and strive to create theatre that opens hearts and minds. Powerstories Theatre is located at 2105 W. Kennedy Blvd. View their 2016-17 season and learn more about Powerstories here.

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