Purveyor of Good and Goods

THE STORY

 

 

 

I remember as a young boy, my father and grandfather taking me into Ybor City to enjoy delicious Cuban bread from La Segunda, stuffed potatoes from Uncle Willies, gigantic deviled crabs from La Tropicana, and special occasions at the great Columbia Restaurant. I always enjoyed seeing the older men lounging outside of the cigar shops in Panama hats and fedoras. I felt a connection to a great past time as I watched cigar rollers through the large windows on 7th. As a teenager, stories of crime and wild nightlife changed the magic into fear. The reputation had changed, and it spread to many across the nation. As a young adult, I became CFO of a development company based in the Italian Club building. I would cross the street to Carmine's for lunch to enjoy a half Cuban and black beans. I would take an afternoon break to indulge in an espresso at many of the cigar shops. That's when the magic returned. So when I recently made the decision to launch a new venture focusing on locally crafted goods, I decided that I wanted Ybor City to be a part of it. My desire is to play a role in the revitalization of this great city. Its history of perseverance, cultural diversity, mutual aid societies, and entrepreneurship inspire me to continue the tradition of community greatness. Thank you for being a part of it!