Monthly Archives: February 2014

SRQ’s Sarasota Chamber Chair Lisl Liang Meets the Rays

On Tuesday, February 25, the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce held a joint meet and greet luncheon with the Tampa Bay Rays at the Lakewood Ranch Golf and Country Club to get the regional community pumped up for the upcoming 2014 season. “There is no better example of collaboration between Sarasota and Bradenton than in the development of the sports economy,” says Lisl Liang, SRQ Media Group’s President and Chair of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce. America’s favorite pastime is in the air and SRQ Media Group is excited that our region supports the teams that continuously invest in our community. Lakewood Ranch Medical Center was the presenting sponsor for the event.


Left to right: Mike Montgomery, CJ Riefenhauser, Jeff Beliveau, Jake Odorizzi


SRQ and The Chamber Collaborate for Addy Award


SRQ Media Group partnered with the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce to redesign its look, corporate branding style and membership sales materials, as part of the Chamber’s corporate rebranding strategy. We submitted the Chamber’s newly redesigned membership sales materials, which included a brochure, folder and content sheets, for consideration in the Adfed Suncoast’s annual Addy Awards—the advertising community’s most prestigious awards recognition. We are extremely excited to have our collaborative work receive the Silver Addy Award in the category of Self Promotion. We were up against a lot of great competition quality creative. Brittany Lamont, Communications Manager at the Sarasota Chamber says, “We are very proud to accept the Silver Addy award. This award recognition is an example of the various ways The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is taking its marketing to a new level.  Through the creation of our new branding, sales material and website we are continuing to provide value for our members and serve the community.” SRQ Media Group continues to collaborate with its business and non-profit partners to strengthen and accelerate their growth and position in the marketplace.

Space Closing: May Roundtable

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The Leaders in Education Roundtable celebrates the schools and educators (preschool-12) who are working to inspire, educate, and engage our children each day. Join us to share the philosophies of our local schools and what happens in the classroom. Be among those to engage our readers with this opportunity. The Leaders in Education Roundtable will run in the May edition of SRQ magazine. Profiles include a 250-300 word Q&A, a 250-300 word Company Profile, a Profile Photo, Company Logo and Contact Info. The space closing date for the Leaders in Education Roundtable is Thursday, March 16, 2014. Contact our sales division at 941-365-7702 x211 or for more information.

SRQ’s Ashley Ryan Helps Animals in Need

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After learning of the horrible animal-hoarding incident at Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary, SRQ’s Ashley Ryan took the liberty of spending her Saturday helping out by purchasing food and other supplies to deliver to Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue. After dropping off supplies, Ashley spent time with some of the animals that desperately needed extra love and attention after what they had been through. “I can’t just sit back and do nothing? I love animals, and I can’t bear to see them in pain or suffering. I urge anyone with the means to help out however they can”, stated Ashley. “Stop by and visit ‘Nate’s Place,’ if for nothing else, to spend some time with the animals.” Give Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue a call at 941.747.4900 or visit if you want to help out.

The Places We Love on Valentine’s Day

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SRQ Media Group’s staff reveal their favorite local places to go on Valentine’s Day.

A Night at Owen’s Fish Camp

I’m all about ambiance. I don’t need the most expensive meal in town, but I need a place that bleeds romance: good food, wine and a cozy environment. I want to feel like the night revolves around the two of us. For that reason, I recommend strolling through Burns Court and dining at Owen’s Fish Camp. Before sitting down for dinner, enjoy the cool February weather, while cuddling up outside on their comfy furniture with a glass of wine. For dinner, enjoy any of their southern comfort-inspired dishes, which wont come close to breaking the bank. What more could you ask for?

Jay McManemon

Staycation on Longboat Key

As Valentines Day is on a Friday, I would recommend a long “staycation” weekend to explore new experiences.  My ultimate luxury staycation would include a weekend package at the Longboat Key Club with a bunch of relaxing beachside treatments from their Island Spa. During the day, it would be fun to take a paddleboard excursion through Longboat Key and have lunch at MarVista. For dinner, a romantic night at Euphemia Haye would hit the spot. This is something that I would love.

Ashley Grant

CasAntica Rooftop

One of the most romantic places to dine on Valentine’s Day would have to be the exclusive rooftop setting at CasAntica. I can’t imagine anything more delectable than enjoying a bold Italian red wine with authentic Italian cuisine while overlooking beautiful Sarasota. I’m not big on crowded areas for special occasions, so the intimacy of CasAntica provides the perfect ambiance for a night to remember.

Ashley Ryan

Stroll through Downtown

I’m not huge on the beach, so I’d rather enjoy amenities downtown. Going to see a live act or performance while enjoying a simple dinner at Mattison’s, then walk to Burn’s Court Cinema for an independent film. Next, swing by Classico or Louie’s Modern for drinks or possibly find a place with outdoor seating so you can still hear your companion talking to you over the tabletop. Keep things simple.

Jacob Ogles

Sunset on Sarasota Bay

As a new resident of Sarasota, I’m drawn to many places along the Sarasota Bay area, and I find that many of these places would qualify as a “special romantic spot” for me. The patio area at the Ritz Carlton or the park area near Marina Jack would be lovely places to watch the sunset while enjoying a nice bottle wine along with a picnic basket.

Pat Bugliani

Donuts for Me

I find donuts to be a great alternative to the traditional Valentine’s Day festivities. Some of my favorite donut spots include Starkeeper Cafe (nestled along Bamboo Lane, their outdoor area offers a quaint and quiet refuge from downtown where you can enjoy their made to order donuts), and the observatory deck of SRQ airport (another secluded area where you can enjoy the spectacular view while eating donuts from the airport’s Dunkin’ Donuts or from the nearby Goldstar donuts).

Shane Donglasan

HOTY Finalists and Winners to be Revealed in March 2014

SRQ’s 10th Annual Home of the Year competition is officially wrapped. This year, we received a record number of entrants, the most we’ve ever had, with many familiar businesses from past years along with several new companies who entered for the first time. Our judges this year were returning pros Hugo Mijares of ONEDB Architecture in Miami, Florida and Stephanie Gaines of CGHJ Architects in Tampa, Florida. Judging for the first time was Christopher Herr of Christopher Herr Architects in Boulder, Colorado. Our judges have provided us with great comments on the various finalists and winners that we will publish in the March 2014 issue as part of the Home of the Year special feature. We hope you are as excited as we are for this grand unveiling!


Photo of the judges from left to right: Mijares, Gaines and Herr.