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.

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