Barrymore Hotel to be one of Zipcar’s new Downtown Tampa hubs


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TAMPA FL: The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk announced today that they will be home to one of downtown Tampa’s newest Zipcar locations, with two Zipcars on-site. Now, when you stay at The Barrymore in downtown Tampa, renting a car only for a few hours or for the entire duration of your stay just got a lot easier.


“The Barrymore is extremely excited to be one of this innovative company’s first downtown locations, bringing more transportation options to the city center and beyond with ease,” stated Larry E. Collier, Jr., General Manager of The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk. “We know our guests want the most convenient and hassle-free way to enjoy their visit and we believe Zipcar’s product offers just that.

As an environmentally-conscious business, we appreciate that car-sharing programs can reduce the amount of personally owned vehicles on the road, the demand for gasoline and pollution in the air we breathe.”

zipcar logoZipcar can be described as a “micro rental,” service, but with maximal flexibility. If you need a car for only an hour, rent it for an hour and return it to the same pickup location. If you need it for 5 days, rent it for 5 days.  Each rental includes the cost of gas, insurance, and up to 180 miles per day.

According to Zipcar’s website, 10% of the population is expected to participate in car-sharing in the future instead of owning their own vehicles. Car-sharing can not only reduce humankind’s carbon footprint, but it also opens up the potential for more green space instead of parking space – less concrete jungle and more actual jungle.

The other downtown hubs will be located at the Tampa Convention Center and Skyhouse Channelside (with two Zipcars each). On Wednesday April 27th from 9:15-9:45am at the Tampa Convention Center’s parking lot (on the south side of the center), there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the launch of Zipcar’s new downtown locations. All are welcome to attend.


About The Barrymore Hotel Tampa Riverwalk: Located along the banks of the Hillsborough River in downtown Tampa’s Arts District, the Barrymore is more than just a place to stay but rather a glimpse into Tampa’s unique local arts and culture scene. The 14-story hotel’s prime location on the north end of downtown provides easy access to Tampa attractions as well as the nearby Gulf Beaches.

About Zipcar: Zipcar provides “wheels when you want them,” creating a smarter way to get around the city. Members can drive cars by the hour or by the day, with fuel and insurance included. 


Neighborhood Mixer & Art Party Held for Residents

Your voice will shape Tampa’s future.

The Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa opened their outdoor pool deck doors on Tuesday, May 8, for Uptown Tampa’s residents, business owners and Downtown Tampa Partnership members and involved staff. With complimentary food and/or drinks provided by Pizza Fusion, WaterWorks Bar & Grill, Kahawa Coffee and the Howard Johnson Plaza Tampa, guests enjoyed a networking opportunity to discuss the social matters and development of the Uptown area.


The Uptown area is a subdistrict located at the western end of Downtown Tampa. Notable attractions include The Tampa Theatre, Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, the Straz Center for the Performing Arts and the Tampa Museum of Art. The district is bordered by Hillsborough River to the west, Kennedy Boulevard to the south, Palm Avenue to the north and Morgan Street to the east.

The theme at the May 8th event was “Local Artists of Tampa.” Featured artists included Nicole Abbett (Multi-Medium Artistic Photographer), Todd McDonald (Black & White Architectural Photographer), Ray Paul (Fine Artist), Charles Schwartz (Fine Artist) and Dominique Martinez (Owner and Artist of Rustic Steel Creations).


Randy Goers, of InVision Tampa, spoke about Downtown Tampa’s cause and future, sharing details of the ongoing InVision Tampa campaign. Donna Chen, Downtown Tampa Partnership’s newly-elected Director of Marketing and Communications, was also present discussing ideas about the Republican National Convention in August 2012 with locals of Tampa.

This is the first of many neighborhood mixers to be hosted in venues of the Uptown Tampa area. More details are listed at the Uptown Tampa Council’s website. The Uptown District Tampa Neighborhood Association’s goal is to find and solve issues and develop opportunities to benefit all of Uptown Tampa members — harnessing the passion and skill sets to approach and achieve real results.


What is InVisiona Tampa? Using federal grant dollars, InVision Tampa will create a master plan for the City Center of Tampa, Fla., spanning from downtown to Ybor City on the east, Armenia Avenue on the west, and north along historic Nebraska Avenue to Hillsborough Avenue. Working closely with Mayor Buckhorn, experts and scholars with worldwide experience and insight will walk, talk, photograph, map and — most importantly — listen to you about the nuances of your neighborhood as well as the things that matter to you and your families now and in our future. And when we are finished, together, we will have written a community master plan that will catalyze prosperity and a high quality of life for all of Tampa and Hillsborough County.