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The History of West Tampa

With all apologies and due regard to Ybor City, West Tampa should be known as “Cigar City” since it was (unlike Ybor) an independent municipality for 30 years. West Tampa owes its creation to both the cigar industry and to the Macfarlane Investment Company headed by Hugh Macfarlane. Born near Glasgow, Scotland, in 1851, Hugh Campbell Macfarlane moved to Tampa in the mid-1880s and opened a law practice. In 1887, as a city and state’s attorney, he helped reincorporate the city of Tampa and began purchasing several hundred acres of land on the western bank of the Hillsborough River. Then, beginning...

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Made in Tampa: Alamo Design Co.

Most people would never notice if the flow of the wood grain on their cabinets aligned from door to door. But Gabe Tavarez does. So the founder and lead builder of Alamo Design Co. takes the time on each of his projects to make sure grains flow, joinery is hidden and everything just looks simply, subtly, right. Maybe no one will realize it. “One person will,” he says with a laugh. Tavarez started Alamo Design in 2012 as a sort of passion project. He and his wife (and now business partner), Chelsea, had recently purchased a Riverview home that dates back to 1946. It needed significant renovations,...

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Made in Tampa: The Press Box Buffalo Wings

Picture the Super Bowl. Really, picture any sporting event you’d watch on TV. Now, imagine a food you might enjoy while watching said event. Odds are you’re envisioning a plate of wings. Since their invention just 56 years ago at The Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, chicken wings — more speci?cally, Buffalo wings — have become synonymous with the television sports viewing experience. Last year, the National Chicken Council estimated Americans would eat 1.4 billion chicken wings just on Super Bowl Sunday. But our favorite football snack started out as mere kitchen scraps. In 1964, Teressa Bellissimo,...

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Made in Tampa: Florida Cane Distillery

As businesses around the country slowed their production to a halt or even closed their doors in the early months of the pandemic, Florida Cane Distillery could not keep up with demand. But the team wasn’t working overtime to produce bottles of El Encanto rum or Plant City Strawberry vodka at their Ybor City facility. Instead, from late March until September, the distillery pumped out hand sanitizer exclusively. They set up an online ordering system, and the first batch sold out in seven minutes. Demand for the cleanser was so high that the Florida Cane team soon found themselves ordering truckloads...

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