Monthly Archives: December 2015

Start the New Year With SRQ’s January Edition

The January 2016 edition of SRQ | The Magazine is on newsstands now!

The January 2016 edition of SRQ | The Magazine is on newsstands now!

At SRQ | The Magazine, January is full of reasons to celebrate! Our first edition of 2016 has arrived and we haven’t been able to put it down yet. Of course we don’t like to play favorites with our monthly editions. But every year,  January is special. Just like the month itself. A fresh start, a new year and the feeling that anything is possible. For most people, this is the time of year that we set resolutions on ways to grow, to simplify, to achieve very specific goals – and the January edition of SRQ has the same feeling: stories and people and places that are reaching out to do their very best. That collective striving for greatness has a sort of gravitational pull on our region, encouraging good things, new ideas and a fresh perspective to the people who live and work here.

If our feature stories in January could be summed up with one word, it would be potential. In this edition, you’ll learn how local organizations and initiatives are encouraging a spirit of entrepreneurship in our youngest residents. Cultivating dreams should start at an early age, and SRQ Senior Editor Jacob Ogles connected with the people who are teaching our youngest dreamers how to turn their ideas into more than just a great idea. In the same vein, the January edition explores the potential of Port Manatee with the upcoming expansion of the Panama Canal later this year. For local businesses and for the region as a whole, the potential of  this expansion is extraordinary. That’s why the port has diligently invested in its facilities so that it is ready for whatever the coming year may hold. And speaking of expansion, SRQ spoke with Jesse Panuccio, Executive Director of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Specifically, we wanted to learn about his vision and forecast for the job market in the state and the potential for business growth.

But those aren’t the only reason’s we’re celebrating! The January edition of SRQ has a special feature dedicated to the winners of the inaugural Building of the Year Competition. If you know and love our annual Home of the Year feature (which is still open for late submissions), prepare yourself. This sister competition is nothing short of spectacular. To put it lightly, our region is experiencing a growth spurt. With new buildings popping up along our horizon (some large and stately and glamorous, and others tucked away as a secret for only residents to enjoy), we thought the time was right to introduce these magnificent structures to you, our loyal readers. The submissions blew us away. The photos and renderings were of the highest caliber. And the projects themselves? We couldn’t be happier that they’ll be here in Sarasota and contribute to the heightened beauty of our community. See who the judges deemed worthy of the winning title in each category!

It wouldn’t be a complete edition without the playful columns that inspire a whole new way to live local, like In Brief, where we learn about Mark Pritchett‘s love for true Kentucky Bourbon, fish tacos and Seinfeld. Or At The Table, where this month the flavors are geographically widespread – we’re learning about global food traditions from Japan to Germany to Ethiopia that celebrate the New Year. Or if getting in shape and eating fresher, healthier foods is your resolution, we’ve scouted out some dishes around town that will be the perfect way to experience flavor while honoring your new dietary commitments. If you’re thinking of joining a gym, Staff Writer Phil Lederer checked out some of the most popular CrossFit studios with local roots. Find which one is right for you in the January edition.

We hope that you love the January edition of SRQ as much as we do! The new edition is on newsstands now.

May your New Year be full of potential and love for all things local!
The SRQ Team

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Hurry! SRQ Home of the Year Late Deadline Approaches

Late registration for the 2016 SRQ Home of the Year competition closes on January 7, 2016.

Late registration for the 2016 SRQ Home of the Year competition closes on January 7, 2016.

As the holidays circle in, don’t forget that just beyond the New Year is the late deadline for submissions in the 2016 SRQ Home of the Year competition! On January 7, 2016, the 12th annual competition will close for good and all entries will be prepared for the careful review of judges.

If you’ve thought about entering but haven’t moved forward to submit your projects, now is the time! This year, we’ve expanded the categories of competition (including various levels of overall home value) and introduced all new categories, like best great room. With even more ways to showcase your brilliant work in architecture, landscaping and home construction there’s really no reason not to participate!

The official entry packet can be found at SRQMAG.COM/HOTY and includes all of the information for registration in the competition. The winning homes will be featured in the March edition of SRQ | The Magazine. Stay tuned for an introduction of our fantastic and talented judges, coming to Inside the Brand soon!

The 2016 installment of SRQ Home of the Year is proudly sponsored by Tempus Pro, a local systems integrator of commercial and residential properties. Read more about their full-home automation and technology interfaces on their website. 

SRQ Celebrates a Happy Holiday Season

As the authority on living local along the Gulf Coast, SRQ | The Magazine knows that the secret to experiencing our community is through community – getting together to learn, to laugh and to grow. Each and every month, the team at SRQ produces a monthly magazine dedicated to the idea of community: the people and places that make this region special. Outside of ink on paper, SRQ Media takes the “live” part of our mission to live local seriously. Through hosting community events like SB2 and the SRQ Gala, we celebrate the way media can connect us to a place and to each other.

From L to R: Veronica Brandon Miller of Goodwill Manasota, Leymis Bolanos-Wilmott of Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Lee-En Chung of Ivy Ventures and Ashley Ryan, SRQ Business Development Director. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

From L to R: Veronica Brandon Miller of Goodwill Manasota, Leymis Bolanos-Wilmott of Sarasota Contemporary Dance, Lee-En Chung of Ivy Ventures and Ashley Ryan, SRQ Business Development Director. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

In the spirit of community and celebration, SRQ | The Magazine hosted our annual holiday party last week for friends and clients at SRQ Studios in downtown Sarasota. And true to form, the night was full of music, laughter, twinkling lights and delicious food. Local guitar legend Jami Gee set the perfect ambiance for the night, strumming classic holiday tunes with acoustic favorites. SRQ’s Art Director, Anthony Casto joined in the music-making while guests enjoyed a holiday inspired photo booth by Mojo Foto Booth

 

Guests and SRQ team members pose for photos with Mojo Fotobooth. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Guests and SRQ team members pose for photos with Mojo Fotobooth. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan

 

Antony Casto, SRQ Art Director joins Jami Gee in making music for the SRQ Holiday Party. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

Antony Casto, SRQ Art Director joins Jami Gee in making music for the SRQ Holiday Party. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

A delicious spread of favorites from Michael’s on East, like the ever-popular mini lobster rolls and barbecue shrimp, was the perfect compliment to conversation and cocktails. Guests generously brought donations of healthy, non-perishable snacks for the Children’s Healthy Pantry.

Guests enjoyed an assortment of gourmet bites from Michaels on East. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

Guests enjoyed an assortment of gourmet bites from Michaels on East. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

To view a gallery of photos from the celebration, click here.

SRQ Holiday Party guests enjoy sweet treats made by Sift Bakehouse. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

SRQ Holiday Party guests enjoy sweet treats made by Sift Bakehouse. Photo credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

SRQ Media is grateful for clients and community partners that make every day a reason to celebrate! As we close out another fun and exciting year, we are moved by the reasons that the Gulf Coast is a great place to call our home: the people that make it so special.

Happy Holidays!

 

Happy December! Meet the New Edition of SRQ Magazine

The December edition of SRQ Magazine is on newsstands now!

The December edition of SRQ Magazine is on newsstands now!

It may be balmy out, but that is not keeping the team at SRQ | The Magazine from ringing in the holiday spirit! We are pleased for our loyal readers to meet the newest edition of SRQ and to take on the end of year with an emphasis on giving back.

The December edition is full of reasons to cozy up, put on a kettle and be filled with warm reminders of why it is great to live local in our beautiful region. Within the pages, you’ll meet a New College of Florida graduate that is on a newsworthy project, “Shoot the Moon”, putting his incredible artistic skills to use in an exciting documentary. Have a heart-to-heart with with Bob Rosinsky, President and CEO of Goodwill Manasota in this month’s In Brief, learn about a specialty, locally designed stove that is making a name for itself by feeding the masses and simultaneously saving lives across the glob and make your holiday plans to visit three local watering holes that are toasting the season with specialty cocktails.

Dive into major issues facing our community, like the ongoing conversation about chronic homelessness, in Breaking the Impasse by Senior Editor Jacob Ogles. Read a detailed breakdown of the 2015 Giving Challenge in a special edition of By The Numbers and warm up your appetite with an article about the smoky spice of Harissa that is heating up in restaurants around town.

In this edition, explore reasons to give – through charitable causes in Future Philanthropy where we’re discovering what it means to have active cause, a heightened sense of transparency and how to make the most of technology to support your mission and donors. In the gorgeously styled and photographed Holiday Gift Guide, Dashing Through the Glowwe found the perfect gifts to make the season bright from local retailers.

The December edition of SRQ | The Magazine is on newsstands now! Pick up your copy today.

Wishing you and yours a happy and bright holiday season!

The SRQ Team