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Downtown Tampa, in Color

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What do Eddie and Sam’s Pizza, Hillsborough Bay, Lights on Tampa, and Urban Cantina have in common? These are some of the places and activities the team at Marketing In Color has recently enjoyed, in full living MIC color, to help support the growth of downtown Tampa.


Using the hashtag #downtowntampa, we all don our eye-catching shirts and set out to call attention to our fellow downtowners, Twittering our way through both culinary destinations and leisurely adventures.


Trying to stand out at Eddie and Sam’s (Sam referring to Uncle Sam, because that’s where their taxes go) was a bit of a challenge, considering the lively crush of pizza fans at lunch hour. There’s a touch of the ol’ New York with Eddie and Sam’s Pizza, especially since they reportedly use real New York water in their crust. True? Who knows, but it sure tastes good.

Gelatos were on tap at Eddie and Sam’s on a separate trip. And a little Mexican fiesta for Cinco de Mayo at Urban Cantina on Tampa Street.


See also: Company Culture: Create Your Own Cult

Exploring Tampa Bay

We took to the “high” seas for a boat tour as part of Tampa Downtown Partnership’s “Local Motion” series. We joined with other landlubbers on a lunchtime voyage, exploring the waters of Hillsborough and McKay Bays motoring by Bayshore, Davis Islands (including Jeter’s house), Channelside, Harbour Island, and the gritty but interesting Port Tampa Bay. We even saw a few dolphins.


At Lights on Tampa, we strolled Curtis Hixon Park and the illuminated Riverwalk, did a little shadow dance on stage, rang a bell with a carnival sledgehammer (lighting up the beer can building with every strike), and watched some impromptu entertainment at the Kiley Gardens amphitheater.

Kiley Gardens amphitheater

See also: Lights On Tampa

And in partnership with the Tampa Police Department, we showed our true colors at a press conference to show our proud participation in the department’s growing Business Watch program. Yep, that’s us with Mayor Buckhorn.


Show Your Support

The concept is pretty simple. Be visible. Support businesses and causes. And look colorful doing it. Especially on social media. Be on the lookout for us on Twitter and Instagram at #downtowntampa. We’re out and about every month or so.

Next up: Join us at Kahwa Coffee in Downtown Tampa in celebration of National Coffee Day on Tuesday, September 29!

About The Author

Cheryl Parrish
Cheryl Parrish is President & CEO of Marketing In Color with a 25-year career in marketing and advertising, nearly all of it as the owner of firms in Connecticut or Florida. She is driven to engage candidly and fruitfully with clients from virtually any industry, and to lead her team both in crafting branding strategies and creating new friends and believers in MIC’s marketing philosophy.
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