Hometown heroes are the focus of the April issue, where each year we open up the floor to readers and business owners alike to make their voices heard on what local establishments constitute the best of the best. Hang on tight and see where readers took us this year.
To bring you the highly anticipated results of the 9th annual Best of SRQ Local competition, we donned some rose-colored glasses and peace-sign necklaces to celebrate the big winners and finalists in each of the 59 categories we opened up this year. From potholes to trivia nights, food festivals to fish markets, it ultimately comes down to our last write-in question: Why do you love Sarasota?
As the college today undergoes the greatest capital investment and physical expansion of campus since the school opened in 1931, Dr. Larry Thompson proves to be the driving force behind the explosion of growth. As he puts it: “We’re on our way to being the preeminent art school in the country, and we’re on the fast track to get there.” Take a look at the academic pushing the boundaries of traditional higher education.
Out and About
- Mayor Wayne Poston whips up a mean ossobuco.
- Kick-start the conversation with FST’s Dialogues on Diversity.
- Mifflin Lowe talks Cowboy Howie.
- Synergy in education is what Mary Chance is all about.
- Christophe con Hohenberg’s photographic memorial of Andy Warhol.
- GreenZone Hero celebrates American veterans.
- Economic boosts from the Sarasota Farmers Market.
- Inspiration and motivation with under-30s Dino Perakis and Karlenn Peluso.
At the Table
- Get hip to the New York style with Shapp’s Bagels.
- It’s a watermelon wonderland in the kitchen of three local chefs.
- Portrait of a (boiled) peanut.
Hunting and Gathering
- Embrace the open road with road trip essentials that will keep your eyes on the prize.
- Bathe in color with sprightly prints from Charlotte Osterman.
- The future’s looking up inside a Venice Island mid-century hideaway.
Medical marijuana passed in November, but moratoria delay dispensaries.
Karin Murphy of the Urban Design Studio evaluates water taxis for Sarasota.
Learn about what the future holds for research into Alzheimer’s disease.
Passing of the books into Ringling College’s new library.