Monthly Archives: June 2015

Captain Brian’s Joins SRQ Nosh Channel

If you’ve ever thumbed through an issue of SRQ Magazine, you already know. We don’t just report on the restaurants and dishes around town, we wax poetic about them. That’s why we’re excited to share our new food channel, Nosh, with you. Consider Nosh an invitation to our table: the spot where we spill juicy scoop on the latest food happenings around town. A collaborative program with local restaurants, Nosh is our unique way to tell the story behind the food and to share of the moment news from local eateries.

A memorable meal could be as simple as your favorite comfort food, or a new dish that opens a flavor profile that you’ve never tried before. Either way, we believe in the power of delicious eats.

Enter Captain Brian’s Seafood Market & Restaurant

The man. The legend. Our first official SRQ Nosh partner. As this is our first foray into the world of content marketing, we found it only reasonable to drive to his place on North Tamiami Trail to celebrate in an appropriate fashion (read: ask him as many questions as he would allow). What he told us made us love him even more. Captain Brian’s Seafood Market & Restaurant started 32 years ago this September, a milestone that his restaurant will be celebrating. Considering the amount of change our region has faced since 1983, we immediately acknowledge that he must be doing something right. For 11 of those years, he’s been in his current location just north of the airport. Being so close to planes has its benefits, namely, flying in the freshest seafood you can imagine. Especially lobsters.

Captain Brian shows the SRQ Team a fresh Maine Lobster for the nightly special at his restaurant on N. Tamiami Trail

Captain Brian shows the SRQ Team a fresh Maine Lobster for the nightly special at his restaurant on N. Tamiami Trail

Walking into the restaurant, guests are greeted by a tank full of feisty Maine lobsters, each with gargantuan claws. “We run a special everyday on a lobster dinner,” said Brian, pulling an enormous lobster from the tank. “Guests seated before 5:30 can order a whole steamed lobster and a side for $17.95. You don’t see deals like that around town every day.” Nope. You sure don’t. We immediately scribbled “GO TO CAPTAIN BRIAN’S NEXT WEEK BEFORE 5:30PM” in our day planners.

The gourmet and specialty food section of Captain Brian's Seafood Market & Restaurant.

The gourmet and specialty food section of Captain Brian’s Seafood Market & Restaurant.

Rounding the corner to check out his impressive display of fish, oysters, clams and shelves full of gourmet and specialty ingredients, it’s clear that all you need to do is walk through the door for inspiration to cook your own seafood feast at home. If you’d rather relax and have your meal prepared for you, he’s got that covered, too. “Everything on the salad bar is homemade. We do our own dressings and you’d be surprised how much of a difference that makes for flavor.” The salad bar is a new addition to the restaurant and is a point of pride for the good captain.

As we sat at the bar Brian told us about his most recent change to the restaurant. “In December, we added in a full bar. We now serve cocktails in addition to beer and wine,” he said. Nodding to an automated system behind the bar he told us about his decision to invest in a computerized system to serve as his bar back. With thousands of drink recipes programmed and ready at the touch of a button, every pour is consistent and keeps his staff’s focus on preparing great meals.

Drink specials at Captain Brian's Seafood Market & Restaurant.

Drink specials at Captain Brian’s Seafood Market & Restaurant.

A large saltwater fish tank serves as the dining room’s focal point. “Large” might be a misrepresentation. Brian tells us the exact size–16 feet long by four feet wide by three feet tall. His idea was to have the tank serve as a room divider between tables. Holding 1,500 gallons of water, this is not an ordinary pet store fish tank. “I clean it myself,” says Brian, proving that he is more than the owner of the market and restaurant. He is clearly the Captain.

The SRQ Nosh team looks forward to bringing you more information on Captain Brian’s Seafood Market and Restaurant throughout the year. Look for his Kitchen Confidential profile in the September 2015 issue of SRQ Magazine and other bites of information on SRQ Daily and on our website.

Get a Table
Captain Brian’s Seafood Market & Restaurant
8412 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL  34243

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The New Issue of SRQ is Here! (And we’re FLIPPING for it!)

The July issue of SRQ | The Magazine and Modern Home Magazine hits newsstands on July 1st.

The July issue of SRQ | The Magazine and Modern Home Magazine hits newsstands on July 1st.

Do you remember the last time you FLIPPED OUT? We do. Because we just did.

The brand new issue of SRQ Magazine and Modern Home Magazine is here and this one is going down in the SRQ History Books. We can’t contain our excitement, so we decided to share with you the top five reasons that we can’t wait for you to see it!

1. Two words: FLIP BOOK. The July issue of SRQ Magazine has quite a trick. Flip it over to reveal the newest of SRQ Media’s portfolio of publications, Modern Home Magazine. That’s right! More to love. Enjoy your regular installment of all things local in SRQ and then flip over to Modern Home. 

2. Did we mention Modern Home Magazine? You may have heard that the same good folks who deliver SRQ to your mailboxes and newsstands each month were developing a new magazine devoted to the modern vernacular of architecture and home design. This is it! Trust us, you don’t want to miss page upon page of breathtaking photography, enviable dwellings across the Gulf Coast and the unparalleled talent of architects right here in our backyard. If you love houses and design, if you’re looking for an architect or builder or if you just love thumbing through breathtaking home photography, you’re going to love it.

3. Gorgeous Cover Girl: Adrienne Vittadini graces (and we really mean it) the July cover! She is the epitome of beauty, style and success. We swooned when we met her at the SRQ Hear Me Roar Luncheon in April, and this glimpse into her storied career and home is every bit as warm and inviting as she is. One thing is for certain, she is humble and kind and sincere – despite her influence as one of the top style icons of the twenty-first century. And of course, we take pride in the fact that she’s a hometown girl.

4. ASLA Design Medal Winner Thomas Balsley: When we interviewed Thomas Balsley, we had no idea he was destined to win the 2015 ALA Design Medal. But we aren’t surprised in the least. His talent is astounding. His instincts on how people engage with parks and public spaces are uncanny. And his demeanor, perfection. Tom has seen and experienced more than we can fathom in his 30+ years of work as a Landscape Architect. He has worked with the likes of the Samsung’s R&D Campus in Seoul, South Korea, Martha Stewart and Donald Trump, and closer to home his firm was the mastermind behind the successful redevelopment of Curtis Hixon park in downtown Tampa. He dreams big, and always delivers. You won’t want the feature story on him in Modern Home to end.

5. It’s Peachy: Once again, staff writer Phil Lederer has hit it out of the park. This time, he’s written pure poetry on the summer’s most juicy fruit – the peach. And since this story was penned by Phil, we know that you’ll walk away having learned a thing or two, had more than a few laughs and a new appreciation for this slightly furry fruit.

Of course, there’s more than five reasons why we can’t wait for you to see this special issue–but it’s hard to type and jump up and down at the same time. All of the departments you love to savor (like Out & About, At The Table and SRQ&A) are in the July issue so that you won’t miss a beat when it comes to the best ways to live local. We hope you cherish this issue as much as we do.

Catch you on the flip side,

The SRQ Team

SRQ Introduces 2015 Building of the Year Competition!

The Gulf Coast skyline is bustling—from Sarasota to Bradenton. As cranes amble high above and the streets are filled with the productive sounds of construction, we are thinking forward to the ways these new structures will enhance our region. Of course, we’re already looking daydreaming about the ways these new structures will encourage us to live local; whether through new restaurants and retail, breathtaking hotel views, or by attracting visitors and residents to the area. To celebrate these new structures, we’re launching an extension of our popular annual home competition and calling it SRQ Building of the Year! 

We’re ready to take an in-depth look at the new buildings that are well on their way to gracing our streets by introducing them to our loyal readers. Buildings that have broken ground, are under construction or have been realized between January 2014 and December 2015 are eligible to submit. Registration is open now for the following categories:

  • Residential Building or Complex
  • Commercial Building (includes Hotels)
  • Mixed Use Building
  • Public Building or Public Space
  • Sustainable Building

All entries will be judged by an out-of-market panel of experts on function, aesthetics, originality of concept, architecture, implementation and usability. This is your chance to tell-all on what these gorgeous new buildings are all about: what purpose they’ll serve, how they’ll change our region for the better and all describe all of the structural and design details that make it great. We’ve got a few plans up our sleeve to get the community involved in the voting process for a special People’s Choice award and can’t wait to see which structure will be the crowd favorite!

The winners of each category will be announced in the November 2015 edition of SRQ | The Magazine in a special awards section. What better way to announce yourself to the neighborhood than winning a category in this new competition? Consider this the grand ribbon cutting event of 2015 and the best way to introduce your building to our loyal readers.

Call for entries is officially open now through August 20, 2015. Late registration will be available through September 2, 2015. To enter or to find out more information, visit our website.

Good luck and welcome to the neighborhood!

The SRQ Team

Recent SB2 Keynote Speaker Recognized by ASLA With 2015 Design Medal

Thomas Balsley receives ASLA

Thomas Balsley receives ASLA Design Medal. Photo Credi: Evan Sigmund

Sometimes good news puts a smile on your face. Today, we heard something that did just that, and our whole team has been grinning all afternoon. Former SB2 keynote speaker and renown landscape architect Thomas Balsley was just announced as the recipient of the 2015 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Design Medal.

Various parks

Various parks designed by Thomas Balsley, including Curtis Hixon Park in Tampa, top left. Photos provided by Thomas Balsley Associates New York.

Awarded annually to a landscape architect for an entire body of exceptional design work spanning at least ten years, the ASLA Design Medal is a prestigious honor. Joining the ranks of some of the most notable landscape architects in America, Tom’s portfolio of projects represent the magic of public parks when paired with thoughtful design. Among some of Tom’s recent design projects is Curtis Hixon Park along Tampa’s Urban Downtown.

Thomas Balsley fields a question from the SB2 audience on March 18th in Sarasota. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund.

Thomas Balsley fields a question from the SB2 audience on March 18th in Sarasota. Photo Credit: Evan Sigmund.

This past March, Tom presented a keynote address and shared insights on waterfront parks that successfully merge public-private spaces and have transformed the way people enjoy and utilize parks at the SB2 series at The Francis in Downtown Sarasota produced at SRQ | The Magazine. He was joined by Johnette Isham of Realize Bradenton, Drayton Saunders of Bayfront 20:20 and Dave Gustafson of the Bradenton Downtown Development Authority to discuss the future of the Sarasota Bayfront and successful waterfronts in the region.

Thomas Balsley (far right) pictured with SB2 panelists (L-R) David Gustafson, Johanette Isham, Moderator Wes Roberts and Drayton Saunders. Photo credit: Evan Sigmund

Thomas Balsley (far right) pictured with SB2 panelists (L-R) David Gustafson, Johanette Isham, Moderator Wes Roberts and Drayton Saunders. Photo credit: Evan Sigmund

If you’re interested in learning more about Tom and his incredible career, you’re in luck! The inaugural issue of Modern Home Magazine (the newest addition of the SRQ Media family of publications) includes a feature story all about him. Modern Home Magazine is produced as a special edition of SRQ Magazine’s July 2015 edition. Pick up your copy on July 1st at area newsstands. Our team got creative with how to present two magazines under one cover!

Congratulations Tom! The SRQ team can’t think of a person more deserving. Enjoy this incredible honor.

Why You Should Be at the July 23rd SB2: Helping People


If you’ve ever been to an SB2 event about philanthropy, you already know how much we value giving back. In fact, we can’t think of a truer way to live local than to give local—to organizations with boots on the ground in our own backyard to make it a better place.

At past philanthropy SB2 symposiums, we’ve learned that the greater Sarasota area is known for being a population with a charitable heart, and that the act of giving doesn’t have to be a grand gesture or a world-conquering maneuver—or even done singlehandedly. Corporate giving structures and organizations that build up our community have a critical impact on the philanthropic climate in our own backyard. We can’t wait to learn about the organizations that inspire change through action and service at our July SB2 symposium, Helping People: Growing a Stronger Community Together.

Join us on July 23rd at 7:30AM at The Francis in downtown Sarasota for breakfast and a panel discussion featuring some of Southwest Florida’s most giving organizations.

Meet The Panelists
Our excellent lineup of panelists represents the some region’s most impactful organizations with a focus on assisting a range of needs:

  • Tom Waters: President & CEO
    Easter Seals of Southwest Florida
  • Bob Rosinsky: President and CEO
    Goodwill Manasota
  • Sonia Santiago: Vice President of Youth and Family Services
  • Kameron Hodgens: CEO
    Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center
  • Erin McLeod: Senior Vice President
    The Friendship Centers

What We’ll Cover
With the extensive experience in philanthropy represented on the panel, you can expect great insights on how our region assists at-risk groups and those in need. Once you’ve been inspired by people and organizations creating change, learn how you and your business can do get involved in changing lives. One organization doing just that is CoolToday, Helping People’s event sponsor. President Jaime DiDomenico will kick off the event by sharing his thoughts on the importance of giving back and how CoolToday is dedicated to helping people.

We’ll also hear from CS&L CPAs, the SB2 Sarasota Series sponsor. Giving back is at the heart of their mission and the driving force behind CS&L CAREs, a platform for employees to get involved in the community.

This SB2 is one you’re not going to want to miss! To purchase tickets and find out more information about our panelists, visit

Bring your questions (and bring your friends). Let’s grow a stronger community together.

See you there,
The SRQ Team

Calling All Realtors: SRQ Magazine Special Gallery This August 2015


If it is true what the experts say about the best real estate purchases, you can’t go wrong by participating in the upcoming Elite Realtor Gallery special section in the August issue of SRQ. This opportunity has everything – distributed to a great neighborhood, excellent curb appeal and of course: location, location, location! 

Reach the local market with messaging about your company, some of your best properties and what makes your agency the right one when searching for a home. If you have a niche market, now’s your time to tell your story of why you specialize in luxury homes, beachfront properties, second homes or that you love working with couples looking to make their very first home purchase.

Come into our office for a photo and interview, and we’ll do the rest!

Space is closing soon. If you’re interested, contact for more information.

SB2: What We Learned About Women’s Health

Panelists of SB2: Taking Care. From L to R: Drs. John Fezza, Christina de Guia, Lori Abrams, Elizabeth Callahan and Chippy Nalluri, Moderator Wes Roberts. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan

Panelists of SB2: Taking Care. From L to R: Drs. John Fezza, Christina de Guia, Lori Abrams, Elizabeth Callahan and Chippy Nalluri, Moderator Wes Roberts. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan

Last week, SRQ Media hosted SB2 Taking Care: Advancements in Women’s Health at The Francis in downtown Sarasota. The panel was stacked with some of Sarasota’s most notable physicians, and we’re not embarrassed to admit that we learned more than just a thing or two about the changing world of health care. The morning kicked off with a warm welcome by Jay Clarkson, Principal at CS&L CPAs, the SB2 Sarasota Series Sponsor. As an organization, CS&L is dedicated to heartfelt community investment–through service, outreach programs like CS&L CARES and sponsorship of local events like SB2 that encourage conversation and growth. Being a firm that cares about the community it calls home, Jay noted the importance of keeping the women in our region healthy so that they may be able to give back in big ways. We couldn’t agree more.

Jay Clarkson of CS&L CPAs welcomes the crowd to SB2. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan

Jay Clarkson of CS&L CPAs welcomes the crowd to SB2. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan

Taking Care’s panel featured some of the greatest medical minds in our region. Panelists included Doctors Lori Abrams, OBGYN, Abrams Center for Women; Elizabeth Callahan, Dermatologic Surgeon, SkinSmart Dermatology; Christina de Guia, Psychiatrist, Private Practice; John Fezza, Cosmetic Facial Surgeon, Center for Sight; Chippy Nalluri, Cardiologist, Heart Specialists of Sarasota. We jotted down a few notes over breakfast (The Francis KNOWS how to put out a spread for a hungry, early morning crowd!). Here’s what we learned:

Dr. Lori Abrams answers a question at SB2. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan.

Dr. Lori Abrams answers a question at SB2. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan.

1. Treatment and medical care for women is constantly advancing–even with the assistance of non-medical technology! Commenting on the changing ways we look at health care, Dr. Elizabeth Callahan noted, “Selfies are are creating awareness of melanoma. I went on a local news show to talk about the recent viral photo of a young woman with skin cancer. For older women, non-invasive treatments are becoming more readily available. Using them in what I call ‘non-cookbook’ ways to stimulate collagen produces more natural looking results for patients,” said Callahan.

As women age, their health needs most definitely change. “It is a well known fact that women outlive men. As we age, our bodies begin to calcify–even our arteries,” said Dr. Chippy Nalluri. “The heart’s output becomes restricted. Previously, surgery to treat this condition was very invasive. Now, the same procedure can be done through a very small incision in the leg. This change in procedure is the single-handed best advancement in cardiac care. And it is being offered at SMH.”


Dr. Chippy Nalluri addresses the crowd at SB2: Taking Care. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan

2. Stress is no joke. Take it seriously. We’ve all heard it before: stress hormones have a negative effect on the body. For women, the pressures of work/life balance and responsibilities can quickly add up to be the perfect stress storm. Dr. Lori Abrams has seen how women’s natural process can be corrupted by stress’ physical manifestation. “Stress impacts a woman’s ability to get pregnant,” she said. But it doesn’t stop there. Our body’s natural function can be affected on all levels, “stress hormones affect overall health: from the skin, to the heart and even to fertility,” said Dr. Abrams. She also noted that “as women, we are often busy taking care of everyone else and it begins to take a toll on us.”

In the field of dermatology, Dr. Callahan sees the outward stress symptoms, “We see tons of patients with dermatitis and hives. The pace of the world we live in is taking an effect on the health of women.” In fact, the speed of the world changes even our expectations about getting healthy, losing weight or refreshing a few wrinkles. Dr. John Fezza mentioned that within his practice, he never wants to deliver a narrow solution to a larger problem. “My patients may come in and want a quick fix, but what I look to do is make them look and feel better. Which is sometimes much more of a process than they’d like to hear.”

3. Staying healthy isn’t rocket science. There are plenty of things you can do to keep your body in ship shape for the long haul. You have heard all sorts of things, right? Eight glasses of water a day, eating a whole spectrum of colorful fruits and vegetables–we know the right things to do. But sometimes, it just takes a little consciousness, too. “There is no perfect sunscreen. If you’re trying to avoid wrinkles and sun damage, wear SPF 30 or higher every day. If you’re going to spend a lot of time outside, you’re going to get wrinkles. But whatever you do, wear sunscreen and protective clothing and always stay sun smart,” said Dr. Callahan. 

Knowing your family history is also important said Dr. de Guia. “Understand your genetics. If you start to have trouble sleeping and lose concentration, these could be signs of depression. And always exercise, eat a good diet and get enough sleep.”

Dr. Nalluri mentioned something that really stuck with us, “getting a disease isn’t the natural process of aging. Maintaining healthy nutrition and lifestyle are of critical importance of aging in health.”

SRQ Media produces the SB2 Symposia series with bimonthly panel discussions as part of our commitment to foster a community of growth and development. Visit for upcoming topics and event details. The July 23rd SB2: Helping People, will take place at The Francis at 7:30AM. We hope you’ll join us!

From L to R: Nancy Morgan and Dr. Elizabeth Callahan pose for a photo with Ashley Grant of SRQ Media. Photo credit: Shane Donglasan

From L to R: Nancy Morgan and Dr. Elizabeth Callahan pose for a photo with Ashley Grant of SRQ Media. Photo credit: Shane Donglasan

BONUS! All of our amazing panelists had something very important to say about taking charge of your health. Don’t just be a patient, be a partner in your health with your physician. With recent regulation changes and the myriad of treatments available, talk to your doctor and be sure that when you have a concern, see a health care professional. It could save your life. We were stunned to hear a statistic presented by Dr. Nalluri, “64% of women who die from a cardiovascular disease or event had no idea they had a condition. The urgency of preventative care has to happen at a grassroots level. It has to spread to our children and to our parents,” she said.

Guests of SB2 smile for a photo over breakfast. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan

Guests of SB2 smile for a photo over breakfast. Photo Credit: Shane Donglasan

A gallery of images from SB2: Women Taking Care can be found here. 

For a more in-depth look at this and other SB2 events, pick up a copy of SRQ | The Magazine!