October 24, 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
Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park Congrats to HART in Accounting Excellence
Downtowner Service is Live Channel Club and Publix Breaks Ground
Downtown Debriefing: October 25 In-Towner Announces New Route
Trick or Treat on the Riverwalk Cross-Bay Ferry Arrives
Urban Excellence Awards HART Developing Autonomous Service
Special Contest for Our Readers  
Your Downtown Calendar Member Corner
The Vault of Souls Tampa Theatre Announces NYE Party
Fourth Friday Children's Cancer Center Benefit
Guppyween Special Discount for LIZZIE
Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions 2016 Florida Wellness Celebrates 10 Years
Taking the Stage at the Straz Center  
This Week at Tampa Theatre  
Doing Business in Downtown Around Town
Retail Spotlight: Massage Envy Johnson & Johnson Opens New Center
Marketplace News New Foundation to Benefit MS Patients
Duckweed Returns to Element Tampa Bay Named a Top Destination 
MegaCon Brings Business to Tampa Funding Approved for $600M in Amendable Projects
Seeking an Events Management Company  

The Partnership Presents

Winter Village at Curtis Hixon Park
Tampa Downtown Partnership announces the transformation of Curtis Hixon Park into a Winter Village this holiday season. Running November 18 through December 25, all are welcome to enjoy Downtown Tampa's Winter Village complete with an outdoor ice rink, holiday market, and a waterfront café featuring tastes from Mise en Place and Sono Café. For hours of operation, parking, and for more information, visit WinterVillageTampa.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available - Download the Sponsorship Package.

Downtowner Service is Live
Have you downloaded the Downtowner app yet? Join the movement! With over 150 rides given the first night, Tampanians are embracing the complimentary app-based Downtowner ride service. Similar to Uber and Lyft, the Downtowner app provides you with an estimated wait time before your ride arrives and even offers a photo and name of your knowledgeable and friendly driver! Before summoning your ride, be sure to browse the app and view all of the activities and places available for you to explore in Downtown Tampa.

Even if you’re new to town or on vacation, you are able to see where fellow Downtowner riders are going so you too can check out the hottest spots in the city!

Downtown Debriefing: October 25
Join us on Tuesday, October 25 for our next Downtown Debriefing series event; The Hall on Franklin: A New Twist on Downtown Dining. Taking place just upstairs of the new concept at the Hip Room off North Franklin Street, attendees will hear from a variety of dining entrepreneurs including Jamal Wilson, the Developer of The Hall on Franklin. Registration closes at noon today!

Trick or Treat on the Riverwalk
The Tampa Riverwalk is hosting the inaugural "Trick or Treat along the Riverwalk." Kids of all ages are welcome to join us along the Riverwalk for a FREE and fun evening. Over twenty stops will be setup along the Riverwalk offering Halloween treats, plus food and beverage will be available at multiple locations between the Tampa Bay History Center at Cotanchobee Park and Curtis Hixon Park. Come dressed in your best Halloween costume and enjoy this free event while experiencing the beautiful Riverwalk. View the Facebook event here.

Urban Excellence Awards
Join the Tampa Downtown Partnership on Wednesday, November 30 as we celebrate businesses, organizations, individuals, events, and projects that have made significant contributions toward creating a unique, vibrant, and diverse downtown. We will honor lasting, positive impacts on Downtown Tampa at the Rooftop at the Beck Building off of West Seventh Avenue from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. For more information and to get tickets, go to Urban Excellence Awards.

Special Contest for Our Readers
Enter to win two free tickets to BiRDMAN LiVE at the Straz Center on Thursday, November 3 at 8pm. Five-time Grammy®-winning drummer Antonio Sanchez supplied one of the most complex characters in the 2015 Best Picture Oscar®-winning film Birdman: the score. Hear him perform the award-winning score live with the movie in this electrifying collaboration of film and music for a one-of-a-kind experience.

Enter to win by posting the following on Twitter or Facebook by Thursday, October 27, noon:
“Birdman Live is #happeningdowntown and I want to win 2 tix from @StrazCenter in @TampasDowntown”

The winner will be randomly selected and announced on social media by 5pm on Thursday, October 27.

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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.

The Vault of Souls
Through Saturday, October 29
The Vault
This paranormal purgatory was constructed in the basement of the bank and acts as the safe haven for carefully selected souls. To this day, those brave enough to enter this mysterious vault learn it's hidden secrets the hard way. For more info, go to The Vault of Souls.

Fourth Friday
Friday, October 28, 4pm to 9pm
Downtown Tampa
A celebration of Downtown Tampa's rich arts and culture scene. Nine museums and performing arts venues offer extended hours, free or value-added admission, and/or special programming. While visiting the venues during the event hours, pick up a Fourth Friday wristband for access to food and drink specials (20+ downtown establishments) and two complimentary Pirate Water Taxi trips between venues. For more information, go to Fourth Friday.

Thursday, October 27 to Friday, October 28
The Florida Aquarium
Head to the Aquarium for the only time wild animals, ghosts, and princesses roam the facility. Trick-or-treat among over 20,000 sea creatures, making for the perfect family-friendly Halloween event. Entertainment and treats will be provided, so be sure to wear your best costume! For more information, go to Guppyween.

Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions 2016
Sunday, October 30, 6pm to 9pm
Amalie Arena
See a cast of Olympic gymnastic heroes, such as The Final Five – Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman. Various men’s gymnastics stars are also in the participating cast, as well as Nastia Liukin, Shawn Johnson, and Jordyn Wieber. *Due to athletes’ schedules and personal commitments, the cast will vary. For more information, go to Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions.

Taking the Stage at the Straz Center
LIZZIE - A Killer Rock Musical - Through Sunday, November 6
Ray Charles, Motown and Beyond - The Florida Orchestra - Friday, October 28, begins 8pm
Broadway Ball - Saturday, October 29, begins 6pm
Broadway Ball After Dark - Saturday, October 29, begins 8pm

This Week at Tampa Theatre
Balcony To Backstage Ghost Tour -Through Saturday, October 29
The Witch - Monday, October 24, 7:30pm to 9pm
It Follows - Monday, October 24, 10pm to 11:30pm
Dr. Terror's House of Horrors - Tuesday, October 25, 7:30pm to 9pm
Poltergeist - Tuesday, October 25, 10pm to Midnight
Ghost Stories with Deborah Frethem - Wednesday, October 26, 7:30pm to 9pm
The Omen - Wednesday, October 26, 10pm to 11:30pm
Trailer Park Boys - Thursday, October 27, 7:30pm to 9pm
Shock Treatment - Friday, October 28, 7:30pm to 9pm
The Rocky Horror Picture Show - Friday, October 28, 11pm to 12:45am
Ghostbusters - Saturday, October 29, 3pm to 5pm
The Haunting - Saturday, October 29, 6pm to 8pm
Late-Night Lights-Off Paranormal Investigation - Saturday, October 29, begins 9pm


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Doing Business in Downtown 

Retail Spotlight: Massage Envy
Find Massage Envy at Grand Central, at 1208 E. Kennedy. In addition to their excellent massage and facial therapies, the store offers a wide variety of Murad skincare products. Murad was developed by Dr. Howard Murad (a dermatologist and pharmacist) 25 years ago, and became the first modern doctor brand of clinical skincare products. In addition to Murad, the store also sells spongelle body care, Wyndmere bath salts, and Swan Creek candles.

From October 28 through November 6, spend $75 on Murad products and receive three free deluxe Murad samples and a facial enhancer.

Marketplace News
The Portico Café, coming Fall 2016, will be a missional coffee shop offering live music, open mics, artist works and special events. Every cup of coffee will benefit the most vulnerable in the city.

Marriott Waterside Grill recommends making Thanksgiving reservations early for their popular holiday buffet in their Grill. Chef’s Thanksgiving buffet is priced at $40/person and served from 11am – 6pm.

So Fresh Salads has ever-so-slightly pushed back their opening to the beginning of November at 512 N. Franklin Street. Stay tuned for news of this terrific new restaurant’s opening. 

The Channel District Community Alliance
is hosting its annual Home Tour on Sunday, November 6 from noon to 6pm. Tour from noon to 4pm followed by a Block Party in the courtyard of Grand Central at Kennedy from 3pm - 6pm with live music and prizes!

Duckweed Returns to Element
The Duckweed Downtown Cafe is back at their downtown location at Element. The grocery store seasonally changes its cafe concept to bring new offerings, and have brought back the Duckweed Cafe with some of downtown’s old favorites and some new goodies. The store also offers breakfast bites and muffins, plus savory sandwiches and sides. Duckweed is still open at their Channel District location.

MegaCon Brings Business to Tampa
In its first year, MegaCon Tampa Bay expects to attract more than 30,000 fans. Celebrities from the worlds of sci-fi, Japanese anime, horror and fantasy are expected at the Tampa Convention Center over three days during Halloween weekend. Tourism services are hoping these types of conventions, which are rising in popularity, grow into tourism drivers.
“How The Newest Sci-Fi Convention Will Impact Tampa Bay”
Tampa Bay Business Journal

Seeking an Events Management Company
The City of Tampa and Friends of Tampa Union Station are looking for a company to manage special events and catering services at historic Tampa Union Station. This will create revenue to help with the ongoing restoration and maintenance of the historic 1912 rail facility. For more information, check out the listing here: http://ow.ly/VFHF3058KWM. Bids close October 27, 2016.


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Development & Transportation

Congrats to HART in Accounting Excellence
For the fourth consecutive year, HART has been recognized for its outstanding achievements in financial accounting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The transit agency was recently awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, for its FY2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). This award is the highest form of recognition for financial accounting, and it represents a significant accomplishment by the HART Finance Team.

Channel Club and Publix Breaks Ground
On Friday, October 21, Mayor Bob Buckhorn joined development partners for a groundbreaking on Channel Club and the downtown Publix off Madison Street, Downtown Tampa. The Channel Club site is one of the last undeveloped parcels in the Channel District. The Publix store is a crucial component of Tampa's ongoing downtown revitalization — having a major grocer in the urban core validates it as a true live-work-play neighborhood. Estimated development is over 600 days.
“Mayor Buckhorn And Development Partners Break Ground On Channel Club And Downtown Publix (Video)”
Tampa Bay Business Journal

In-Towner Announces New Route
The In-Towner Trolley now has a much more inclusive route to serve the downtown parking garages! Check out the map to find your closest stop.  Operated by HART and funded by the City of Tampa to serve commuter’s needs during the peak times, The In-Towner remains to be a free service and comes every 15 minutes.

Cross-Bay Ferry Arrives
The 98-foot Cross-Bay Ferry arrived in St. Petersburg on Friday, October 21 and is docked at the Vinoy Basin. The ferry, which can hold 149 passengers, will depart from the basin at 501 Second Ave. NE to make its twice a-day trip to Tampa – three times on Friday, beginning on November 1 and running for a full six months as a pilot program. Operators are hoping that the program will prove the need for the ferry service year-round.
“Ferry Arrives Ahead Of Its 6-Month Test Run Between Tampa, St. Petersburg”Tampa Bay Times

HART Developing Autonomous Service
HART and FDOT have partnered to Support Development of Downtown Autonomous Circulator Service. The connection will be between Marion Transit Center (MTC) to Downtown Tampa along the low speed, controlled access Marion Street Transitway. This project would be one of the first of its kind in the U.S. utilizing autonomous technology. This project is part of a larger vision that HART has to bring innovative technology to the Tampa Bay area while diversifying its array of options to deliver service to the Tampa Bay region. Autonomous vehicles can supplement the HART transit network with first-mile last-mile service, or enhance options to under-served areas. More information available here.


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Member Corner

Tampa Theatre Announces NYE Party
Tampa Theatre presents its inaugural NYE Wrap Party this New Year’s Eve, Saturday, December 31 from 9pm until 1am. Tickets for the “Animal House” themed party are available at the Tampa Theatre Box Office, located at 711 N. Franklin Street, and online at TampaTheatre.org for $99 per person or $89 for Tampa Theatre members.

Children’s Cancer Center Benefit
The Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel is hosting the 4th Annual Wine, Women & Shoes event benefiting the Children’s Cancer Center. Taking place on November 3, the Moroccan themed event starts at 6:30pm and is presented by Cale America. For more information, visit wwstampa.com.

Special Discount for LIZZIE
The Straz is offering a special discount for LIZZIE – a killer rock musical.  Save $10* using promo code: KILLER. Four women front a six-piece rock band to tell the story of Lizzie Borden, America’s favorite double axe-murderess and Victorian hometown girl-next-door. Read more about the show at StrazCenter.org.
*Valid now – November 4, 2016. Excludes Saturday and Sunday performances. Limit 2 tickets. Not applicable to prior sales. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Subject to availability. Offer can be discontinued at any time. Events, days, times, performers and prices are subject to change without notice. Handling fees will apply. 

Florida Wellness Celebrates 10 Years
Florida Wellness Medical Group invites you to join their Grand Celebration anniversary party, taking place on Thursday, October 27 from 5pm - 8pm! It will take place in the Tampa City Center esplanade (pedestrian section of Franklin Street) outside their first clinic. Check out their Facebook event page for more information.


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Around Town

Johnson & Johnson Opens New Center
Johnson & Johnson, one of the most recognized brand names in the world, formally opened the company’s new North American Global Services Center on October 19 in the Hidden River Corporate Park. Tampa was described by the company’s Vice President of Global Services as a “magnet for well-educated millennials.” With promises to employ 500 people by 2020, there are already 240 employees at the center, averaging at least $75k.
“Leaders Celebrate New Johnson & Johnson Center — And 500 Tampa Jobs”
Tampa Bay Times

New Foundation to Benefit MS Patients
On October 31, along with Athletes & Causes, Sonya Bryson will be discussing her new foundation, Voices of Hope, at Sal's Soldiers 1st Annual Charity Golf Tournament (Carrollwood Country Club). Voices of Hope Foundation will directly benefit MS patients in the local vicinity. The official launch will be next month. Registration information can be found on the Sal's Soldiers website (www.salssoldiers.com).

Tampa Bay Named a Top Destination
WalletHub has named Tampa Bay the eighth Top Warm-Weather Destination for the 2016 winter holiday. WalletHub’s analysts crunched the data to find the most fun-filled and wallet-friendly destinations. Data set ranges from “cost of the cheapest flight” to “number of attractions in each winter vacation spot.”
“2016’s Best Winter Holiday Destinations”
- WalletHub.com

Funding Approved for $600M in Amendable Projects
Hillsborough County Commissioners approved a $600 million list of transportation projects dominated by roads, starting with $35 million in 2017 and increasing by $5 million every year for a decade. Now that the board approved the project list, the next step is to identify the funding sources for each of the projects. That process is expected to take 60 days.
“Hillsborough Commissioners Approve $600 Million, Road-Based Project List”
Tampa Bay Times

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