Monday Morning Memo

Monday, February 13, 2017

Partnership Presents

Annual Meeting: June 15

We’ve set the date for our Annual Meeting and Luncheon for Thursday, June 15 from 11:30am until 1:30pm at the Hilton Tampa Downtown Hotel. The Partnership’s signature event celebrates accomplishments and inducts new leadership for Tampa Downtown Partnership. Keynote speakers deliver thoughtful discussion, exciting downtown updates, and the Partnership’s vision for the upcoming year. More information and registration will be available closer to the event.

Recurring Events and Public Space

Tampa Downtown Partnership is proud to bring you weekly fitness classes in Curtis Hixon Park, the Mayor’s Food Truck Fiesta the first Wednesday of every month, Rock the Park the first Thursday of every month, Do the Local Motion walking tours on the first and third Friday, and annual events like Winter Village and the Mayor’s River O’Green. We at Tampa Downtown Partnership are dedicated to bringing people together to enjoy our beautiful public spaces with activities to engage and inspire. If you would like to learn more about our events or if you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact us.

Development Forum: Downtown In Motion

Mark your calendar! The 21st Annual Development Forum will take place on Friday, March 24 from 8am until noon at the Tampa Convention Center. The Development Forum is a half-day event that explores innovative ideas in urban development and serves as a catalyst for discussion and problem solving for major urban issues. Participants hear from public and private leaders, and industry specialists who offer insight into local, regional and national trends in their field of expertise. View the agenda and register. 

Let Us Help Plan Your Weekend

Start planning your weekend every Thursday afternoon with the help of our Downtown After Hours newsletter! Get a list of all the happenings Downtown from Thursday evening until Sunday night directly to your mailbox by signing up today. #DowntownisHappening 

Exclusive Offers for Our Readers

Bon Jovi: Our readers have the opportunity to purchase newly released seats to the upcoming event, Bon Jovi, on February 14. Purchase tickets for $121 with promo code JOVI. Click here to purchase.

Yankees Baseball: Come check out the brand new right and left field decks at Steinbrenner Field for only $15 for the first four games beginning February 24 against Philadelphia. Contact for tickets.

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 Aliens by Annie Baker

Through Sunday, February 26
Stageworks Theatre
Two lost and disillusioned young men sit behind a Vermont coffee shop and discuss music and Bukowski. When a lonely high-school student arrives on the scene, they decide to teach him everything they know. A play with music about friendship, art, love and death. For more information, go to The Aliens by Annie Baker.

Valentine’s Day Downtown

Tuesday, February 14
Downtown Tampa
Downtown is full of opportunities to wine and dine your Valentine! View our website for a list of events where you can swoon that special someone.

Evening Tide Talk

Wednesday, February 15, begins 5:45pm
The Florida Aquarium
An educational marine-focused lecture series featuring world-class scientists and modern day marine adventurers. Vinny Tafuro will lead February’s Tide Talk.  For more information, go to Evening Tide Talk.

Do the Local Motion

Friday, February 17, Noon to 1pm
Poe Plaza
Tampa Downtown Partnership is pleased to announce the transfer of our successful Do the Local Motion program to Where Love Grows, a charitable organization whose founder, Vicki Anzalone, has been involved since the beginning nine years ago. Tours will remain free; however, a suggested donation of $5.00 is appreciated to help feed a hungry child in our community. 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit programs of Where Love Grows. or more information, go to Do the Local Motion.

On Stage at the Straz Center

Forbidden Broadway – Through Sunday, March 12
Wicked – Through Sunday, February 26
An Evening in Conversation with Yanni and his Piano – Tuesday, February 14, begins 8pm
The Adventures of Flat Stanley – Thursday, February 16 to Sunday, February 19
Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 – The Florida Orchestra – Friday, February 17, begins 8pm
Francesca – Live & Local – Saturday, February 18, 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Tampa Bay Symphony Spring Awakens – Sunday, February 19, begins 4pm

On the Marquee at Tampa Theatre

OSCAR-Nominated Animated Short Films – Through Saturday, February 25
OSCAR-Nominated Live Action Short Films – Through Saturday, February 25
OSCAR-Nominated Documentary Short Films – Through Saturday, February 25
Valentine’s Day at Tampa Theatre – Tuesday, February 14, begins 7:30pm
Made in Venice – Wednesday, February 15, 7:30pm to 8:45pm
An Afternoon Conversation and Signing with George Saunders – Saturday, February 18, begins 2:30pm
The Lincoln Lawyer – Sunday, February 19, 3pm to 5pm

This Week at Amalie Arena

Bon Jovi, This House Is Not for Sale Tour – Tuesday, February 14, begins 7:30pm (see our exclusive offer in Partnership Presents!)
Hockey Day in Tampa Bay – Saturday, February 18, begins 9am


Doing Business in Downtown

Retail Spotlight: Aesop at Oxford Exchange

Aesop, the luxury skincare brand, opened last October inside Oxford Exchange, becoming Tampa’s first signature Aesop store. The brand is committed to bringing morality back to products for skin and hair, and is known for the safety and efficacy of its wide range of products for face, body, and hair. The shop offers a free skin consultation so you can try out the products before you buy. No colorants, mineral oils, silicones, parabens, or pearlising agents are used in production, and animals are never used for testing or contents.

Marketplace News

Harbourside Animal Hospital is celebrating Pet Dental Health Month with a $50 discount off any dental cleaning/treatment and a free nail trim for those pets getting the dental cleaning/treatment. Great dental health and a healthy smile will help keep your pet’s entire body healthy.

Pokey’s has been busy installing a brand-new, full kitchen and want to celebrate their re-opening today (Feb. 13) with 25% off lunch! Come by and say congratulations to owners, Rachel and Mark, on such a great improvement to their Downtown location!

City Bike’s own Leo Rodgers recently became the Men’s C2 Kilo Paracycling Track National Champion! Congratulations to Leo and his inspirational support team at City Bike.

Punch Boxing for Fitness offers a free class to find out what it’s like to train like a fighter without the fight. Stop in for a class any weeknight at 6pm or 7pm. Memberships start at $59 per month.

Erika Williner Designs will set up shop in the Bank of America building, Suite 890, from 10am to 2pm today (Feb. 13). Erika enjoyed selling her jewelry at the Winter Village retail shops, and has made many friends in Downtown Tampa.

AIDAvita will be making its final sailing for the season from Port Tampa Bay on Wednesday, February 15.

Business for Good

Downtown businesses are reaching out to children’s cancer charities in very generous ways.  As a result of a successful “Six Years, Six Pizzas” fundraiser, the Tampa Pizza Company and its customers made a substantial donation to the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. At Anise Global Gastrobar, the owners are taking part in the Beat NB at Gasparilla 5K; those who donate $25 or more to their fundraising page will be treated to a scrumptious preview of the North Star Eatery at the Food Hall on Franklin, all for their support of research for neuroblastoma.

ReliaQuest to Create 150 Jobs

Tampa data security company ReliaQuest announced that it will create at least 150 new jobs at its new headquarters on Harbour Island this year. The new jobs will allow the company to introduce new advanced monitoring solutions for its security operations and build a new research and development department. Founded in 2007, ReliaQuest sells technology and services that protect Fortune 200 to regional-sized clients in the health care, retail, utilities, telecom and financial services fields from data breaches.
“Reliaquest To Hire At Least 150 For Tampa Headquarters This Year”Tampa Bay Times

Development and Transportation

Another Look at Lafayette Place

In October of last year, Hillsborough River Realty Company announced they were applying for a mixed-use development rezoning from the City of Tampa. The proposed three-parcel mixed-use development is titled “Lafayette Place”, a name which recognizes the historical significance to the City of the Lafayette Street Bridge (the original bridge completed in 1889 was the first general traffic bridge across the Hillsborough River; its name was changed to Kennedy Boulevard Bridge in 1963). Lafayette Place will offer three complementary 21st century structures. Lafayette Tower, with 355 linear feet of Hillsborough River frontage, will include office, hotel and retail uses. Lafayette Parkview will offer extraordinary high-end residential homes, retail, and parking. Lafayette Central will offer high-end residences, retail, and parking. View photos and the full press release.

ICYMI: New Cycle Track Coming DT

The first ever cycle track on a state road is coming to Downtown Tampa. Unlike most conventional bike lanes, a four-foot raised island will separate cyclists from traffic. The cycle track will be ten feet wide. At locations where driveways and side streets intersect with the bicycle pathway, special bright green pavement markings will alert drivers and cyclists to look out for each other. The cycle track will run along the north side of Jackson Street from Ashley Drive to Nebraska Avenue.
“New Cycle Track Coming to Downtown Tampa” Fox 13

Transportation App: Downtowner

Beginning this week, Monday Morning Memo will feature a transportation app to make your travel easier. This week, we are featuring Downtowner. Brought to you by Tampa Downtown Partnership with the support of several Downtown Partners in October of 2016, Downtowner is a FREE ride service that is on-demand and point-to-point. Rides are requested through an app and dogs are welcome! Click here to download the app and ride for free! Learn more about this free ride service.

Customer Satisfaction Improves with HART

The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority is touting a huge jump in its score on a customer satisfaction survey — an increase of 128 percent since August 2015. According to the latest quarterly survey of about 500 HART riders, the public transit system has drastically improved its customer service since conducting its first survey last year. Results of the survey, which was conducted at different times of day and days of the week on all HART routes to measure customer impressions, indicate that HART is outperforming the national transit industry in customer satisfaction by 28 percent. For all-things HART, including OneBusAway, trip planning, schedules, maps and fares, just visit

Member Corner

UT Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement

Rebecca White, professor and director of the entrepreneurship center, was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship. The United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (USASBE) Max J. Wortman Lifetime Achievement Award for Entrepreneurship is presented in recognition of achievement that encompasses the ideals of entrepreneurial activity. The Awards Committee also extends the award to those whose life supports and advocates entrepreneurial ideals. White is the 14th person to receive this honor. 

Haneke Design Joins the EDC

Haneke Design has joined the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (EDC) as a Chairman’s Council Investor. The EDC is the lead designated economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City. As a Chairman’s Council Investor, Haneke Design president Jody Haneke will serve on the board of the EDC, serve on a Standing Committee, participate in a domestic business development mission, and join in other leadership activities and Investor-only events.
“Haneke Design Joins Tampa Hillsborough EDC as Chairman’s Council Investor”Tampa Bay Newswire

Jobsite Theater Annual Campaign

Producing quality professional theater is not easy, and it certainly is not inexpensive. Jobsite Theater is only able to consistently offer the work they do through the generosity of those willing to donate to their 2017 Annual CampaignEvery $1 makes a difference. Your tax-deductible gifts keep ticket prices down so that they can remain a theater accessible to everyone, but they also improve the quality of life of their ensemble and the many communities they serve. Donate safely and securely through their website or learn about other ways to get in touch.

HART Celebrates Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) has planned several activities to celebrate Black History Month. Rosa Parks, the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” will be honored by designating a seat on every HART bus. Each of these special seat covers will have a commemorative sign displayed on them, honoring both Parks’ legacy and her dedication to the Civil Rights Movement.  In addition, HART has also produced a video – HART Generations of Services. This video features three HART retirees who tell their personal stories about how HART has changed through the years and how HART shaped their lives. Also, on February 21, HART will host a reception for our retirees at the Robert W. Saunders Sr. Public Library at 5pm. 

NAIOP Best of the Best Award

Scott W. Dibbs, Shareholder at Hill Ward Henderson, was recently named Best Attorney by NAIOP Tampa Bay Commercial Real Estate Development Association. During the 17th annual Best of the Best Awards, NAIOP Tampa Bay recognized local businesses and professionals for their contributions to the commercial real estate industry in 2016. NAIOP Tampa Bay is the area’s leading trade organization representing developers, owners, investors and other professionals in commercial real estate.

Around Town

Extensive Renovation in South Tampa

A new owner, S&S Property Group, closed on a historic building where Hugo’s Spanish Restaurant was housed for more than 40 years. The company is working on an extensive renovation that will modernize its residential units and add a third floor.  Under the plans submitted to the city, a portion of the ground floor that abuts an alley would be demolished to create 12 surface parking spaces. The second floor, currently home to 16 residential units, will be gutted and renovated with nine units. S&S Property Group paid $2.7 million for the building.
“Hugo’s Spanish Restaurant Building Sold, Extensive Renovations Planned”Tampa Bay Business Journal

Crescent Westshore Apartments Sold

Crescent Communities’ Crescent Westshore, a 374-unit luxury apartment community in Tampa that opened in September 2016, has sold to Nashville-based Nicol Investment Company for $80 million. The apartment community opened on September 1, and it has experienced significant success in leasing. At the time of sale, the community was 50 percent occupied after being open for just five months. The community is at 2202 N. Lois Ave., near the intersection of Lois Avenue and Boy Scout Boulevard, and is walkable to numerous restaurants, shops and offices.
“Tampa’s Crescent Westshore Apartment Community Sold”Tampa Bay Newswire 

Tampa Named a Popular Moving Destination

A new study said the Tampa Bay area was the fifth most popular moving destination in the U.S. in 2016. The study, Penske Truck Rental: 2016 Top Moving Destinations, was compiled using one-way rental truck data. The company said it has been recording and publishing the data in an annual report since 2011.
“Tampa Bay Named Fifth Most Popular Moving Destination”News Channel 8

Lucky’s Market Expands into Tampa Bay

The first Lucky’s Market coming to the Tampa Bay area is opening in the summer of 2018 as part of a redevelopment project at Tyrone Square Mall in St. Petersburg. Seritage Growth Properties, a New York based real estate developer, is moving forward with plans to demolish the 188,515-square-foot Sears store to make way for a new 151,952-square-foot shopping center, according to building permits filed in St. Petersburg. Leases have already been signed with Dick’s Sporting Goods, Lucky’s Market, and Petsmart.
“Lucky’s Market Plans Further Expansion Into Florida This Year”Tampa Bay Times