Monthly Archives: July 2017

In Your Mailbox: Biketopia Has Arrived!


The Gulfcoast is home to year-round sunshine and some of the greatest scenery you can spot atop a bicycle saddle, so it’s only fitting that our August issue pays special tribute to the life, history, popular culture, wanderlust and treks of the modern bicycle. From the velocipede and the penny-farthing to the nimble composite beasts mounted on the walls of local bike-trotting retail meccas, we’ve covered it all.

From film to TV, as part of everyday life or the start of an over-the-top adventure, the bicycle has staked a claim in pop culture, creating iconic moments and carrying our favorite characters from scene to scene. Scour the pages and celebrate the cycle’s cinematic glory (and one hit anthem) with our pop-culture pop-ups.

As another idyllic Florida summer comes to an all-too-speedy end, we invite you to reserve a weekend for trekking in the lush preserves as we pay tribute to the almighty bicycle.



  • Trekking on Wheels: From the dirt trails here to the 10.6-mile Legacy Trail and the technical, twisting singletrack in North Port, a variety of trails—both paved and unpaved—take bicyclists off the beaten path.
  • Wheels of History: “The bicycle goes hand-in-hand with the circus,” says Scott O’Donnell, executive director of Circus World Baraboo up in Baraboo, WI, where the Ringling brothers first opened their own circus in 1884, just two years after the town’s founding. And it’s a relationship built on something far more fundamental than the spectacle of bears and chimpanzees on bikes or elephants on trikes or even unicycles on the high wire.
  • Cycleology: Navigating the mystifying world of finding the perfect match.
  • Cycling Loves Company: As bike riders clock hundreds of miles on Florida trails, sweating side-by-side, a special bond is forged. Where the rubber meets the road, camaraderie grows. These clubs are not one size fits all, but offer clubs for speed racers, beach cruisers, snowbirds and even programs for young ones.


Starting Line


Agenda: Cycling Toward the Future: Transportation leaders blaze a bike-friendly trail for the Gulf Coast.

  • Kit Overhaul: Take your cycling kit to a new level with these fresh new pieces.
  • Road Warrior: Take to the trails with biking gear that’s both functional and fashionable. From baskets to pumps and classic bells and a high-tech GPS, cyclists can customize their rides as the occasion calls for, and even bring along a couple passengers.
  • Spin Doctors: Tending to your two-wheeler.

Pick up the August issue and ride like the wind! We can’t wait for you to be blown away by the Biketopia that awaits within the pages of this month’s issue.

— The SRQ Team

Click here to access the pages of the August SRQ digital edition.



In Your Mailbox: July’s Double Issue SRQ+Modern Home Magazine Has Arrived!


Summer is in full swing and the July edition of SRQ Magazine is bringing the heat with our double issue headlined by beauty titan and CEO, Nancy Bernardini and the Center for Architecture Sarasota’s Modern Show. On one side you will find your trusted SRQ in full swing with authoritative commentary, interviews and local beats. Flip to the other side and celebrate the newest and most spectacular applications of modern architectural style in our region—welcome to the newest edition of Modern Home magazine.

July 2017 Cover Feature: Beauty of Balance Women In Business 2017 Trailblazer 

“What makes you unique makes you beautiful” is part of the foundational philosophy at Laura Mercier, one of the most successful companies in the international luxury cosmetics and skin care arena. And at the forefront of the company’s mission and message is Nancy Bernardini, general manager of Gurwitch Products LLC and CEO of Laura Mercier and ReVive, an innovative yet grounded leader who is a master at flourishing personally and professionally with balance and perspective. Bernardini divulges how thriving at home and work is the key to her successful roar.

Modern Home Magazine 2017 Annual Edition 

Join us and join our amazing local architects, as they break free of gravity and exalt in the expression of space as a human art. Modern Home magazine captures the passion of modern architecture on the Gulf Coast—from celebrating the Center for Architecture Sarasota’s creative minds to the coolest, hippest modern abodes being fashioned here on the West coast of Florida. We meet the Coast’s hottest architects by browsing their portfolios of recent projects and reading personal stories that chart innovation, client collaboration and spectacular finished spaces.


Interview With: Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz

Evolving a downtown waterfront into a cultural asset brings a daunting task. As Sarasota leaders look toward the future of the Bayfront, they can see the work of other communities who have tackled such tasks before. Manny Diaz, the mayor of Miami from 2001 though 2009, led the city through exciting changes, including turning aging parks into public treasures. He came to town this spring to speak at events organized by the Center for Architecture Sarasota, and he sat down exclusively with SRQ to share how Miami’s experiences could guide this community forward.

  • From the homes of Bird Key to the streets of Downtown Sarasota, the 2017 CFAS Modern Show celebrates the art and architecture of the region.
  • The Goods  Interior Artforms. Compelling conversation pieces.
  • Architecture Books Authors explore the history and impact of modern architecture around the world and in Florida.



Out and About


At the Table


Hunting and Gathering

  • Operation Oasis Adrienne Barrack, chairwoman of Dolphin Tower’s design committee, talks about turning a two-bedroom in a previously troubled tower into her place of Zen.

Whether you’re an architecture junkie like us, or just want to salivate over good food, walk—no, run— to the mailbox and pick up your July issue. See you on the flip side!

The SRQ Team

Click here to access the pages of the July SRQ digital edition.

Click here to access Modern Home’s digital edition.



SRQ Media Gives Back Foundation Supports CFAS Kids Learning Initiative


SRQ MEDIA’s CEO Lisl Liang and Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Ashley Grant present Center for Architecture Sarasota’s CEO Cynthia Peterson with a check from the SRQ Media Gives Back Foundation underwriting Kids at the Center: Architecture 101. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


At its core, the Center for Architecture Sarasota is a mecca for arts, learning and innovation, launching numerous new programs to further enhance understanding of architecture as one of the most important reflections of today’s culture. The CFAS Children’s Experiential Learning Program is an initiative aimed towards engaging our community’s children. With 2 events under its belt, CFAS is working to expand the program by providing multiple workshops throughout the year to a larger demographic.

This past May, the SRQ Media Gives Back Foundation, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc., underwrote the Kid’s At The Center: Architecture 101 program to support exploration into design and architecture. CFAS hosted the program during the Modern Show transforming its gallery space into a LEGO playland. Stations, provided by Bricks4Kidz were set up for children age 5-13 to try their hand at creation and design as amateur architects.

“The Children’s Experiential Learning Program that we are developing is one of our most important events that we do because we are affecting the next generation of stewards for the ‘built environment’,” says CFAS CEO Cynthia Peterson. “We teach them the appreciation of preserving the past and making sure we do everything well in the present for the future. Through the wonderful support of SRQ, we were able to offer this program for free, opening it up to a wider demographic of children.”

SRQ MEDIA is a community engagement initiator that catalyzes impactful regional initiatives to give them lift. The SRQ Media Gives Back Foundation, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. focuses on key platforms of relevance in the region including regional collaboration, economic development, arts & culture, education, ocean literacy and women’s leadership and mentorship development.

As part of its mission, the Center for Architecture Sarasota seeks to foster the public’s understanding of the influence of architecture in enriching the Sarasota region. CFAS is a place where students, design professionals, community leaders and the public can admire, discuss and debate the wonders of our ‘built-environment’.

For more information on the Center for Architecture Sarasota, click here.


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