Thursday, January 29, 2015

Arrrgh!!! Ye Matey's Are Ready for Gasparilla!

If you are from Tampa, FL or have ever lived here, you know that we don't have 4 seasons a year. We have 5 - Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and.....

Most of us began decorating for Gasparilla at the beginning of January, right after we took down our holiday lights and decorations. Wreaths made of beads, pirate flags, feathers and skull & cross bones grace the front doors of many homes in our area.

Kids of all ages get excited this time of year as they decorate their wagons, put on their swashbuckling costumes and catch pirate booty!  Here in Tampa, we began celebrating last week with the Children's Festival & Parade! Finishing off a great day of pillaging and plundering, the kids enjoy a "Piratechnic" Extravaganza, a.k.a fireworks.

Local boat owners gear up their vessels for the Pirate Invasion as they plan to defend the city against the  legendary pirate, Jose' Gaspar, and his crew of plundering pirates.

Copyright: © The Tampa Bay Times

How about a little history of Gasparilla? 

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Jose' Gaspar, a young Spanish aristocrat that turned pirate, terrorized the coastal waters of West Florida. Plundering any ship flying the flag of Spain as payback to a woman that tried to frame him for stealing the Spanish crown jewels.  Some say he plundered over 400 ships, though Gaspar's diary only boasts of 36 victories from 1784-1795.

In 1821, after many years of pillaging, Gaspar convinced his crew to go their separate ways and live their lives in peace... that is, until they saw a British ship. One last plunder, they thought. Their last hoorah. Gaspar and his crew closed in on the ship and as they got within cannon range, it was too late! The British ship dropped it's colors and raised the US flag!  Jose' Gaspar was deceived, the seemingly defenseless British ship was actually a US Navy warship, the USS Enterprise. A bloody battle took place and left Gaspar's flagship burning. He wrapped a heavy chain around his waist, jumped overboard and sank into the ocean.

Legend has it, when Jose' Gaspar died, he left an untold fortune in buried treasure somewhere along the Florida coast. Though it's never been found, the story of Gaspar was discovered and his memory was revived by Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla (YMKG) in 1904 and adopted as a city-wide celebration.

In 1904, a society editor for the Tribune had been working on a plan to produce a festival, a 3-4 day event to draw attention to the city. With the encouragement from George Hardee, a Collector of Customs, the annual 'May Day Festival' had turned into the Gasparilla Festival. Hardee encouraged civic leaders to create a "Mystic Krewe" to participate in the event and that is exactly what happened.

On May 4, 1904, tons of people lined the streets for the parade for the inaugural invasion as 50 members of Ye Mystic Krewe of Gasparilla 'invaded' the city on horseback wearing masks and costumes.  And each year, to this day, Ye Mystic Crewe of Gasparilla, led by legendary pirate Jose' Gaspar, invades the City of Tampa. Defenseless to the Jose' Gasparilla, the Mayor surrenders the Key to the City of Tampa into the hands of the Captain of YMKG.

In 1911, YMKG had their first 'invasion' by water on a rented ship called Samuel T. Beacham. In 1937, the Krewe purchased their first ship, the Jose' Gaspar I. And the current ship, Jose' Gaspar II, was built especially for YMKG and was christened in 1954. The Jose' Gaspar II is the only dedicated pirate ship sailing in the world today.

Edwin Lambright, editor of the Tampa Morning Tribune, said "Tampa Society, and the Tampa public generally, were so enthusiastic about the first 'invasion' for the Mystic Krewe, that a citywide demand was voiced that the organization be made permanent." And that it has!

Here at Scrubin Uniforms, we are happy to live in sunny Tampa, Florida and hope that you get the chance sometime to come visit for our legendary Gasparilla Festival. Arrrghh!

Other Gasparilla festivities going on this season: Pirate Fest Street FestivalInvasionParade of PiratesThe Knight ParadeThe Distance ClassicFestival of the Arts and Music Festival

Thursday, October 9, 2014

It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month!!

Raise your hand if you, or someone you know, has been affected by Breast Cancer.

*Raises hand*

Let's face it, with numbers on the rise, it is uncommon that you've come into contact with someone that hasn't been affected by Breast Cancer.  According to, this year there will be about 232,670 new cases of breast cancer and 40,000 deaths from breast cancer in women and 2,360 new cases and 430 deaths in men.

Living a healthy lifestyle could quite possibly reduce your risk or recurrence of breast cancer. Please get screened, a simple mammography or MRI can find early stages. These numbers are increasing every year, so don't wait to get screened!
Show your support this month, and every month, for the people in your life that are battling this ugly disease. Wear your pink ribbons proud!

We carry all kinds of Breast Cancer Awareness items, from badge holders to scrub tops to watches!
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Jockey - Ruched V-Neck Scrub Top

We are absolutely in LOVE with this new ruched top! The ruched side panels create a slimming waistline effect and give that feminine touch to your scrubs that every girl wants.  The deep front pockets offer convenience and security and it is available in 7 different colors and sizes XXS-3XL.

New colors are being added each season! Get your hands on this adorable top today! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Nurse's Week Celebration

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Monday, March 31, 2014

Autism Awareness Month

Since the 1970s the Autism Society has celebrated National Autism Awareness Month!  The US distinguishes April as an opportunity to connect with neighborhoods and communities to inform and educate the public about the affects of autism.

In the United States, autism has risen to 1 in every 68 births and almost 1 in every 42 boys. Every 11 minutes a family gets the news their child has autism.  Autism is a complex developmental disability that commonly emerges during the first 3 years of life.

This spectrum disorder affects everyone differently, and one of the most important things you can do as a parent or caregiver is to learn the early signs of autism.  Here are a few signs to look for in the children in your life:
• Little or no eye contact
• Repetitive behaviors such as hand flapping
• No babbling or coo-ing by 1 year
• No meaningful 2 word phreses by 2 years old
• Constant fixation on parts of objects
• Any loss of speech. babbling or social skills at any age
• Lack of interest in peer relationships

The most distinguishing symbol of Autism Awareness is the puzzle ribbon. This year Trust Your Journey introduced 3 new scrub print tops for Autism Awareness. Based on the total sales for these 3 prints in 2014, Encompass is going to give a 5% donation to the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA. This donation will impact each family served and will support the programs that Marcus Autism Center offers.

Show your support with one of these adorable scrub tops and know that you are helping make a difference! For more information on autism or ways to get involved, please visit the Autism Society or Autism Speaks.