Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Memory Makers
  • Memory Makers: "Coach" Cheramye White
    A few years ago, Cheramye White went from guiding basketball players at schools in north Florida to guiding visitors between downtown and Ybor City as a motorman -- or is it motorperson? -- on the TECO Historic Streetcar . With her aviator
  • Kalyn Sexton
    As a Tampa Bay native, Kalyn Sexton knows a thing or two about the beat of life here in the urban heart of Florida's west coast. She serves as a guide for the Tampa Downtown Partnership, helping visitors find their way around downtown, choose a
  • Headshot of Tabenero cigar roller Enrique Leferte
    Desde el año 1885 – cuando Don Vicente Martinez Ybor abrió su fábrica enorme de Tampa Bay – la fabricación de cigarros (tabacos) ha formado un gran parte de la vida de Ybor City, el distrito que lleva su nombre. Durante más de un siglo, la
  • Headshot of Tabenero cigar roller Enrique Leferte
    Since 1885 - when Don Vicente Martinez Ybor opened his huge Tampa Bay factory - the manufacture of cigars has been a big part of life in Ybor City, the district that bears his name. For more than a century, the industry invited generations of
  • Rivers Family
    The Rivers Family Gasparilla Season arrives in Tampa Bay every year with cannons blazing as Florida's only fully functioning pirate ship, the José Gasparilla, sails into downtown loaded with hundreds of colorfully dressed pirates. The annual
  • Felicia LaCalle
    Felicia LaCalle: Chef/Owner, Hemingway's After years of working in other people's kitchens, Felicia LaCalle struck out on her own in early 2018, opening Hemingway's Cuban restaurant in the Heights Public Market at Armature Works with a menu
  • Pamela Calhoun
    Tampa Bay is filled with people who make it their job to help visitors have a good time and make great memories during their stay here. Some of them work in the spotlight, having daily interactions with visitors. Others work behind the scenes, making sure you experience the best visit you can. Either way, take a moment and thank them for their efforts. They're doing it for you.
  • Memory Makers Dylan Breese
    Some places have pigeons -- in Tampa Bay's historic Ybor City neighborhood, they have chickens. Step off the TECO Historic Streetcar near Centennial Plaza in the midst of the urban jungle, and the next sound you'll hear will be the enthusiastic
  • Angelise Joseph Memory Maker
    Angelise Joseph wears many hats. She's a single mom (and now grandma) with three grown children and two still at home. Born in Haiti, she grew up in South Florida before moving to Tampa Bay 18 years ago. Eight years ago, she began working as a
  • Memory Makers Singleton
    Hostess Straz Center for the Performing Arts Like an iceberg, the mass of a great theatrical show happens out of sight. At Tampa Bay's landmark performing arts center (the largest in the Southeast), you'll find Tampa Bay native Kitt Singleton behind the scenes and in the wings making sure the Straz's events run smoothly. What do you do at the Straz? Banquet Captain / Hostess / Busser / Food Runner / Decorator How long have you been there? 10 years Where are you from? Tampa! What...