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Tampa Bay Blog

Category - Memory Makers
  • Bojan Ilić smiling at the Hard Rock Casino
    Bojan Ilić (Bo-hahn Eeleech) has built a life and found a wife thanks to tourism. Born and raised in Serbia, he traveled the world before eventually settling in Tampa Bay, where he works as a concierge at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
  • Lauren Smith ZooTampa Memory Maker
    As the lead veterinarian for ZooTampa's David A Straz Jr. Manatee Critical Care Center, Dr. Lauren Smith's day-to-day routine includes working with wild animals as big as refrigerators (or bigger). Manatees are gentle creatures, but they're still a
  • 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