February BrandStory: SunCoast Blood Bank

Have you read the February 2020 SRQ BrandStory featuring the SunCoast Blood Bank?

As the oldest blood bank in the state of Florida, and one of the oldest nonprofit blood centers in the entire country, SunCoast Blood Bank depends on a close-knit community of donors for those direly in need. Working daily to save lives, while striving to cultivate a younger and broader generation of active donors, the February SRQ BrandStory focuses on the past, present and future of SunCoast Blood Bank.

Click Here to Read the February SCBB BrandStory

In Your Mailbox: The February Business 2020 Edition is Here!

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It may be a short month, but SRQ has a long list of great reads for you in our February 2020 Business Edition. Warm up your winter taste buds with some Latin heat or Cajun spice with a trip to El Melvin Cocina Mexicana and Shiny Gumbo Food Truck. Next, kick your winter blues by shopping for all things Classic Blue inspired by Pantone’s color of the year. Learn about local angel investors and young entrepreneurs further adding to Sarasota’s vibrant portfolio of businesses. Better yet, take a trip around the globe with the international cast of characters featured in this issue: a Venice based sculptor from Hungary, an Israeli DJ staging pop-up concerts around town, a fashionable French duo with a new concept store or lastly, a Sarasota native relocated to Australia to get lost in the outback. #LIVELOCAL #LOVELOCAL



  • Winds of Change: Six young millenial locals are looking to define the experience of this future and undoubtedly shape our hometown in the years and decades to come.
  • Calling All Angels: On the shores of retiree-rich Sarasota, there’s a particular interest in turning retirees with thick investment portfolios into funders and angels for bright business ideas originated here.
  • Forum 2040 The Future Vision for Philanthropy and the Arts: Donors and community leaders gave us a rather uncommon and unique perspective, and it was clear that they were glad to have an opportunity to share their accumulated wisdom
  • SunCoast Blood Bank: Cultivating a younger and broader generation of active donors.
  • Tribute to Business Leadership in the Region:  SRQ Media pays tribute to our community’s visionary local businesses and the people behind them.

SRQIST: Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown

  • Let the BeatDrop: SRQ-BEATSproduction company wants to connect the city to sound.
  • Who Rule the World?: The only museum in the world dedicated solely to women in sports is due to make its mark in Sarasota
  • Family Recipe: Shiny Gumbomakes Louisiana cuisine a Florida family affair. 
  • Modern Explorer: SRQ goes out on a limb with the female Indiana jones of our time.
  • The Course of the Heart: Paul Caragiuloon Sarasota, sincerity and public policy.

CULTURE CITY: Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Art-sheet

  • NewDigs: Sarasota’s Westcoast Black Theatre Troupereturns with a stellar new space and 20th-anniversary season.
  • A Match Made in Theater: Florida Studio Theatre presents Handle With Care,” a charming rom-com with an even more charming backstory.
  • A Giant’s Shoulders: Four decorated illustrators and cartoonists dish on the art and legacy of Jack Davis.
  • Prometheus Rising: In a nondescript garage in Venice, sculptor Geza Gasparre builds what he left behind.

CARGO: The Goods, Design Dossier, Retail Therapy, Antique Story, Nest, Books

  • Siesta Stunner: A 3,200-square-foot new residence on Siesta Key is the contemporary work of Tampa’s Traction Architectureand a “forever home” for Domingo and Karin Galliano.
  • Classic Blue: Pantone Color of the Year: Classic Blue is reminiscent of the sky at dusk or a sapphire gemstone.
  • A La Mode: Trendsetters, jet-setters and gal pals from France bring high fashion stateside with the MOI Concept Store.
  • Cut From the Same Cloth: A couple of eco-minded craft carpenters form JL Productions Custom Woodcrafts.

FORAGE: At the Table, Foodarama, Restaurants, Foodie Life

  • Make It Melt MelvinHeating up the streets of Downtown Sarasota is El Melvin Cocina Mexicana.
  • Affogato Bout It: From scoop to shot, the best local spots to grab the creamy coffee Italian treat affogato.

AGENDA: Insight on Politics, Government and Business 

  • Grip on theGavel: Senate President Bill Galvano has one more legislative session, and he wants the Bradenton area to feel the benefit.


Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s edition today!

-The SRQ team 


January BrandStory: ASID Florida West Coast Chapter

Have you read the January 2020 SRQ BrandStory featuring the Florida West Coast Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers? Available to view and download online, the the ASID BrandStory delves into the benefits of membership and engagement, as well as important legislative updates and exclusive SRQ coverage of the 2019 Weekender Conference and Design & Awards Dinner.

Covering a bandwidth spanning from Tampa to Naples, Florida, learn what makes this passionate group of local creatives a powerhouse in the world of design. 

Click Here to Read the January ASID BrandStory

In Your Mailbox: The January Health & Wellness Issue is Here!

This January, dive into 2020 as your best self. Health and wellness are more than just hours on the treadmill. Instead, try a delicious vegan creation at Leaf & Lentil tempting meat eaters to switch to plant-based. Skip the boring salad, and drink your veggies at local juicers. Escape to a relaxation retreat, and bliss out in a zen garden, or return to youth in an upgraded tower treehouse. This issue of SRQ Magazine urges you to explore your wanderlust, meditate on mindfulness and find your happy! #LIVELOCAL #LOVELOCAL
  • New Year New YouHappiness, often renders health, longevity, well-being and success. But happiness isn’t something that just happens. Optimists may look at the glass half full, pessimists rather see it bleakly emptied. But opportunists, they grab the glass and go fill it themselves. Everyone has the power to make small changes in their lifestyle – from surrounds, relationships and mindfulness, to diet, fitness  and sleep behavior – that can help se the course for a brighter mood and sunny disposition. With the dawn of a new decade, get strong, be well and prosper.
  • ASID-Florida West Coast Chapter Brand Story: The American Society of Interior Designers-Florida West Coast Chapter makes waves in the world of design.
  • Top Doctors Special Awards Section: Top Doctors peer review and highlights from our 2019 Nominees.

SRQIST: Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown

  • Secret LifeDavid Steiner opens up about life as a gear junkie.
  • Blowing Up: The Modern Girl Party & Co. wants to make sure your next party is poppin’.
  • Don’t Worry, Bee Happy: Hey Honey is the bee’s knees for natural skincare.
  • Grey Matters: The Rosekamp Institute shows light at the end of the tunnel for Alzheimer’s research and development.

CULTURE CITY: Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Art-sheet

  • Double Bill: In conversation with Asolo Rep directors Peter Amster and Frank Galati.
  • Seeing GreenThe visionary landscape art of Linda Richichi.

CARGO: The Goods, Design Dossier, Retail Therapy, Antique Story, Nest, Books

FORAGE: At the Table, Foodarama, Restaurants, Foodie Life

  • Living on the VegLeaf & Lentil’s shapeshifting menu is changing the status quo on vegan eating.
  • Juiced UpFor the cold-pressed groupies who crave nutritionally potent potions of clean energy.
  • Sausage Savants: A modern revival of a maligned mystery meat.

AGENDA: Insight on Politics, Government and Business 

  • Behind the Voucher Debate: School Choice offers some parents a lifeline, but schools fear the resources will hurt their ability to serve kids.



  • The Future Now: A fun Q&A with David House, Futurist, House & Associates.

Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s edition today!

-The SRQ team 

SB2: The Philanthropic Agenda Symposium Wrap Up

The final SRQ SB2 Symposium of 2019 took place at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota on Monday, December 9. The SB2: Philanthropic Agenda luncheon and panel discussion explored the dynamic and ever changing world of non-profits.

The program began with welcoming remarks by Series Sponsor Brian Mariash, Senior Vice President of Mariash Lowther Wealth Management. Event Sponsor Neil McCurry, President & CEO of Sabal Palm Bank also welcomed the audience to SB2 and raffled off a generous gift of $1,000 to a non-profit in the room. Congratulations to the raffle winner, Sarasota Cuban Ballet School!

SB2: Philanthropic Agenda continued with commentary by Keynote Speaker Mark Brewer of the Central Florida Foundation and moved into a dynamic panel discussion featuring John Annis of the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation, Carol Butera of the Selby Foundation, Mark Pritchett of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, and Roxie Jerde of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

Moderated by SRQ Executive Publisher Wes Roberts, the panel engaged in a conversation that covered topics that ranged from ethics, social justice, and diversity.

The afternoon culminated with the Local Philanthropy Hero Awards presented by Heidi Brown of the JFCS Of The Suncoast where SRQ honored individuals who have impacted our community in meaningful ways. SRQ MEDIA extends warm congratulations to the recipients of two Volunteer Awards to Ann Walborn of Mote Marine and Suzanne King of Selby Gardens; a Staff Award to Barbara Van Essen from Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast; two Board Member Awards to Jonna Keller of Boys & Girls Club Sarasota and Ann Anderson of Save Our Seabirds; a Donor Award to Robert Bernhard; two New Nonprofit Awards to Peter Skokos and Chef Bryan Jacobs; and, a Corporate Hero Award to Rae Dowling.

Thank you to the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy event sponsors Sabal Palm Bank and Sue Ellen’s Floral Boutique and to the 2019-2020 SB2 Series sponsors: Merrill Lynch Mariash Lowther Wealth Management, JFCS of the Suncoast, The Hyatt Regency Sarasota and PSAV for their support for this community program.

Additional Photos from the event are available HERE

The next SB2 Symposium, The State of the Regional Economy and Economic Engines and the 2020 Localpreneneur of the Year awards ceremony will take place on Thursday, February 20, 2020. For more information visit SRQSB2.com.

November BrandStory: The Hyatt Regency Sarasota

Since its lobby doors opened in 1974 as Sarasota’s first full-service hotel in the downtown area, the Hyatt Regency Sarasota is taking a look back at all it has accomplished. From impactful community partnerships to the guest experience and the team behind the scenes – the Hyatt’s SRQ BrandStory delves into the hotel’s past and looks ahead to its future.

Read the Hyatt Regency Sarasota’s BrandStory HERE

Modern Home Symposium Wrap Up

As part of the SRQ Modern Home Magazine programming, SRQ MEDIA hosted the 2019 Modern Home Symposium. An evening focused on modern architecture along the Gulf Coast, local architects and builders that participated in the 2018 and 2019 editions of the SRQ Modern Home Magazine engaged in a moderated discussion, where they had an opportunity to discuss their design ethos and expand on how architecture and design plays a factor in the aesthetic of our region.

Panelists included Mark Sultana, DSDG Architects; Nathan Cross, NWC Construction; Jonathan Parks, SOLSTICE Planning and Architecture and Steve Murray; Murray Homes. The panelists discussed topics that ranged from environmental practices, client relationships, technology, and the past, present and future of architecture in the Suncoast region.

Mark Sultana, AIA, Principal Architect at DSDG Architects discussed how his firm facilitates the design process through state-of-the-art renderings to give clients a hyper-realistic understanding of projects. Using three-dimensional modeling that bridges concept and construction, Sultana described how technology is changing how architects can interface with clients in dynamic and visually engaging ways. He highlighted several of the firm’s recent residential projects, which are clean and elegant concepts that incorporate sustainability and a ‘warm modern’ aesthetic. Sultana also acknowledged the area’s unique architectural history as being a catalyst for modern residential design. “Sarasota is all about good architecture,” explained Sultana, “Not only do the architects care about architecture, but the community cares about architecture.”Nathan Cross of NWC Construction delved into the custom home building process and emphasized the importance of incorporating sustainably-driven practices and materials into his work. He shared that as a craftsman who often creates high-end, bespoke elements within his custom homes, strong client relationships are invaluable to successful design. For Cross, who takes on two to three projects at a time, it’s all about finding the right, mutual fit. “I interview our clients just as much as they interview us,” shared Cross. This focus and attention to detail allows NWC to build with integrity and quality. “I think of it this way,” said Cross, “While I’m building your home, in the moment, I’m actually building my own home.”Jonathan Parks, AIA of SOLSTICE Planning & Architecture has an extensive portfolio of both commercial and modern, residential design. As the architect behind well-known civic spaces, hospitality and multi-use buildings, Jonathan Parks expanded on how he considers the urban gesture to guide the design of his projects. Parks provided the audience with insight into his thought process behind the Art Ovation Hotel and the St. Armand’s parking garage. Rooted in concept and experiential design, Parks envisions the planning of projects in a holistic way that remains appropriate to scale and site.  As an architect who has seen Sarasota evolve throughout the years, Jonathan Parks discussed regionalism and what makes Sarasota unique:  “There are lot of places that have beaches, sand and the sun, but what makes Sarasota special and separates it, is the arts,” Parks said. “What’s changing is, Sarasota used to be very inward focused, but with more young people here than ever before, it’s become more of an outward focused place with a ton of things to do, shows to see, places to go. The architecture community is building upon that.”Steve Murray, President of Murray Homes discussed the family-owned firm’s luxury, residential design and custom home building practices. “If you cannot find what you want to buy, you have build it. It has to be designed.” stressed Murray. Working closely with clients to establish a plan for their dream home often evolves into tight-knit relationships, which is a rewarding aspect of the process for Murray that also establishes repeat clients. Murray shared that he has once worked with a client nine times, a testament to the quality of a custom Murray Home residence as well as the high level of client engagement. Guided by a series of core values that have become the firm’s philosophy: Dream Big. Build Better, Murray shared with the audience that, “We always place our core values at the front of our conversations with clients.”

The insightful evening culminated with audience q+a and post-presentation networking between designers, architects, builders, and industry experts.

A special thank you to our stellar panelists for participating in the SRQ Modern Home Symposium and to all of our attendees. To learn more about the panelists, read the latest edition of SRQ Modern Home Magazine ONLINE.

Click here to view more photos from the 2019 SRQ Modern Home Symposium