Monthly Archives: December 2016

In Your Mailbox: 2017 is here!


Happy new year! Time for new beginnings, fresh perspectives and even better stories.

Cover Feature: Breaking Chains

What do an indie bookstore, convenience store and cinema all have in common? In Sarasota, local legendary businesses are surviving—and sometimes beating out—the influx of major chains. See Morton’s Market, offering specialty goods and prepared foods singular to its aisles. Pop into Short Stop, a much-beloved staple for locals seeking craft beer to go along with traditional Middle Eastern food. Pick up your scripts at Davidson Drugs and get a personal touch not found at CVS. And head to Bookstore1 or Burns Court Cinema for doses of culture unavailable elsewhere. Not only have these businesses been around for what seems like a lifetime, they are also thriving.

Feature: Made on the Gulf Coast

Thought nothing of consequence was still made on the Gulf Coast? Think again. Major companies bring both production and headquarters to this side of the Sunshine State, finding prosperity and expansion. Here, SRQ takes you into the offices, warehouses and open-plan studios of ten companies making their millions on the Gulf Coast.

Feature: Plugging the Talent Pool

Across the region, business leaders are attempting to stall what they call “brain drain”—the siphoning of young talent out of the local community to more metropolitan areas post-graduation. Explore efforts to keep local wunderkinds on sandy ground this month, with initiatives such as the Sarasota Chamber’s Talent4Tomorrow program supporting student mentorship and job recruitment, Ringling College of Art and Design’s Collaboratory and the Sarasota Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy.


Out and About

  • Go backstage with SANCA’s Robert Sullivan.
  • Balancing business and creativity with Kathryn Hunter.
  • The Jaeger-Kites proves that a family that paints together, stays together.
  • A crash-course in gemology inside the Diamond Vault workshop.
  • Chatting (again) with Kevin Cooper of the Sarasota Chamber.
  • In our newest ongoing section (30 Under 30), go up close and personal with under-30s making waves in the community.



  • Lido Beach Restaurant serves stellar lobster rolls out of a window.
  • The family behind Buttermilk Handcrafted Food keeps it close to home.
  • Poor boys eat po’ boys three ways.
  • Food takes the stage alongside rockin’ live tunes.



Hunting and Gathering:

  • Taking care of business in your home corner office.
  • Get comfy with interior design maven Angela Rodriguez.

Agenda: After 11 years of vacancy, what’s in store for the former Quay site as new plans march forward.

Body Dimensions: Put your best face forward with expert dermatologists.

Parting Shot: Soviet Scenes from World War II to the
August Coup at The Ringling.


SRQ Studios Transforms Into BLOTCHED Film Set, Dec 12


SRQ Studios channeled our inner Hollywood by transforming our office into a movie set for the upcoming indie film, Blotched on December 12. Crew members unloaded equipment, set the scene and patiently worked on obtaining the perfect shot while we got an inside look at this drama/sci-fi slated to be released late next year.

Blotched follows Ann, a struggling journalist who does her best to get by despite being inflicted with a facial disfigurement that seems to dictate every aspect of her life. After losing her mother and receiving shocking news regarding her health, she must reconnect with her sister Julie, a beautiful actress and celebrity that does her best to make sure the public is unaware of her relation to Ann, as well her estranged father, the only person with the correct biological makeup that could potentially save Ann’s life.

Amidst the challenges Ann must face, is a mysterious 20 story high reflective sphere that appeared out of nowhere 10 years ago downtown, creating a perpetual cloud of smog around all who dwell in the city, a sphere that vanishes away those that dare touch it. Blotched is an affirming and innovative story about self-reflection,  learning to find companionship in the most unlikely of places and understanding what true beauty really is.

“The movie Blotched is really about embracing the imperfection in all of us,” says Blotched Director, Writer and Producer Robert Burdsall. “I came up with the idea working as a 1st Assistant Director in Hollywood and seeing actresses take all of this time with their hair and makeup. I wanted to make a movie about a character that is the complete opposite of that.”

After he completes Blotched, Burdsall hopes to send the film to domestic and international festivals, distribution companies as well as host screenings locally and in Los Angeles, CA.

For more information on Blotched and Orensis Films, click here.

Best of luck to you!
SRQ Media Team

SRQ Magazine’s 4th Annual Women in Business Competition is Officially Open!

2017-WIB LOGO-LION-NEW PINK.jpgNominations are now open for SRQ Magazine’s 4th Annual Women in Business Competition, recognizing extraordinary women who have made meaningful contributions to the Sarasota and Bradenton communities through their business, non-profit and philanthropic endeavors. Know someone who deserves to be recognized? Nominate them today! Once nominated, individuals will be invited to submit a formal application which will be juried by a panel of outside judges.

The finalists and winners of the 2017 Leadership Circle will be announced at the Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon  on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at The Francis where we recognize the past years’ Women in Business Leadership Circle Classes as well as the new inductees. All nominees, finalists and winners will be recognized in a special Women in Business awards supplement in the May 2017 issue of SRQ Magazine.

The SRQ Women in Business Initiative is a year-round engagement program creating highly dynamic personal networking through the science and art of mentorship. Kicking off two years ago, the SkillSHARE program focuses on professional career and personal development mentorship at the speed of life with two mentorship summits each year. Launching this year, SMARTgirl will catalyze youth leadership and development by focusing on middle school and high school girls on the Gulf Coast. Thank you to the University of South Florida, Sarasota-Manatee and The Hyatt Regency, Sarasota for coming on board to support the SMARTgirl program. Thank you also to Seaside Bank for their sponsorship of the Women in Business Initiative throughout the year.

To nominate a deserving local woman for her leadership and positive influence in the community, click here. 

Nominations are open through Friday, January 27, 2017; midnight.

Best of luck and Roar On ladies!

SRQ Kicks Off The Holidays With A Festive Soiree at SAS, Dec 1

Executive Publisher Wes Roberts, Michael Kulaw of WUSF, Michael Ippolito of Seaside Bank and Samantha Cummins of Goodwill Manasota. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

SRQ MEDIA kicked off the holiday season with a festive soirée with over 200 of our clients, partners and dear friends on Thursday, December 1 at Sarasota Architectural Salvage. True to SRQ form, the night was full of music, laughter, twinkling lights and delicious food. The vintage pieces on display at Sarasota Architectural Salvage perfectly captured the hyper-local essence of SRQ Magazine, each telling its own colorful story about a unique history. Guests were treated to an experience like no other exploring, discovering and stimulating the imagination with a little holiday cheer sprinkled in.

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SRQ staff member, Phil Lederer poses with City of Sarasota Mayor Willie Shaw in the interactive photo booth. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

The sound of laughter filled the party as guests enjoyed the interactive photo booth and indulged in a delicious spread of holiday favorites provided by Michaels on East, Geckos Grill & Pub and Sift Bakehouse. From chicken wings, New England lobster rolls, barbecued curry shrimp, and caviar on blintzes to the classic SIFT sugar cookie (totally addictive!), food was plentiful and the bar fully stocked with beer from SRQ events partner Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.


SRQ Holiday Soiree Guests Cynthia and Guy Peterson of the Center for Architecture, Sarasota and the Guy Peterson Office for Architecture and Erin McLeod and Marty Katz of Friendship Centers. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

We would like to sincerely thank Jesse White, Owner of Sarasota Architectural Salvage for allowing us to use his imaginative space. We are so grateful for his inspiring commitment to the community and continuous support of SRQ Magazine.

“The theme of the evening was ‘partnership’ and the SRQ team clearly knows the meaning of win-win. The joy of the season was in the air all night long. Guests and team members with shining smiles, laughter booming above the background music and animated stories shared amongst business partners turned friends. Joining with SRQ Mag for this holiday party demonstrates all the good that comes from partnerships,” said White. 


Owner of Sarasota Architectural Salvage and host, Jesse White and Robert Davie of Robert Davie Landscaping. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

On behalf of the entire SRQ MEDIA team, we wish you happiness, peace and togetherness this holiday season. Thank you for your unending passion and support for making the place we all call home, so very special.

Jesse White with the SRQ team members Aviel Kanter (front), Morgan Bortz, Ashley Ryan, Ashley Grant, Madeline Crotts
and Suzanne Munroe. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

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