Monthly Archives: November 2017

In Your Mailbox: SRQ’s December Spirit of Giving Issue is Here!


Baby it’s cold outside (at least we wish it were) — SRQ‘s December issue is filled with philanthropic stories big and small that will fill warm heart reminding us of the reason for the season.

December Features


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The Gift of Wisdom: The future looks bright today for Daniel Lopez, a Lemon Bay High graduate with his eye on the sky. Studying at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, he dreams of working at Tesla building a new generation of electrically powered aircra . But the future hasn’t always been sky blue clear.


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Do Good: Sarasota may be known as a destination for retirees, but local residents nonetheless work tirelessly to help underserved populations gain traction on new paths out of trying situations. Whether nancing higher education for the impoverished or o ering emotional support to those ba ling disease, area nonpro t organizations hope to empower bene ciaries with the tools to scale their personal mountains. From large scale organizations like Community Foundation of Sarasota County to one-man operations like Music Heals Us, people in need will sleep be er knowing a helping hand is ready to assist.


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Where the Wild Things Get Help: Low brush edged by wide berths of trees make the park a perfect home for a big bird of prey, especially on a windy autumn day like this. But the red-tailed hawk Ed and son Devon Straight of Wildlife Inc. Education and Rehabilitation are preparing to release has yet to show any inkling of gratitude for his new home or his saviors. His talons clutching Devon’s gloved wrist, the hawk is too busy casting spiteful glares to even notice where he is. Ideally, by the time they are ready for release, all the Straight’s rescue animals should be as ready as that hawk to give humans a wide berth. Humans, a er all, present a far greater threat to wildlife than hurricanes.

SRQIST- Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our Hometown 

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CULTURE CITY- Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Artsheet

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  • International Explorer: Getting the global perspective at Florida Studio Theatre.
  • Plastic Beach: The artists of Washed Ashore transform pollution into art at the latest exhibition from Mote Marine.


CARGO- The GoodS, Retail Therapy, Book Brand, NicNacs, Nest

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  • The Goods: Bold hues for your holiday muse.
  • Zen and the Art of Cashmere: Classically trained and hailing from Hungary, fashion designer Andrea Mihalyffy brings an element of chic to timeless cashmere.


FORAGE- At the Table, Crumbs, Restaurants, 5 Ingredients, Pantry, Foodie Life

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RECONNOITER- Collaborative Dialogue, Dispatches, Case Study, Agenda, Rattlebag

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  • Power Struggle: After Irma, FPL faces scrutiny about keeping the refrigerator going.

Grab your copy of the December issue today and embrace the spirit of giving this holiday season!

-The SRQ team

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

SRQ MEDIA Announces ProjecTHINK and KidsFest, February 10, 2018

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Local catalyst SRQ MEDIA is pleased to announce the launch of two collaborative community initiatives, ProjecTHINK and the KidsFest: Hands-On Creativity Festival. Launched from SRQ’s Springboard Engagement Center, both events are produced in partnership with Ringling College of Art and Design, the Education Foundation of Sarasota County and CareerSource Suncoast and engage Sarasota and Manatee families, educators and organizations serving local children.

“Engaging with our community to recognize existing resources and to develop new opportunities for the family started as a personal journey with my two young children,” says CEO/President of SRQ MEDIA Lisl Liang. “What I learned is that our region represents incredible thought leadership in education and lifelong learning. These experiences inspired us to cultivate programming that would convene this topic in a meaningful way cross-silo and to invest in bringing the hands-on movement to life in a day-long festival in February.”

The ProjecTHINK takes place at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library on the campus of the Ringling College of Art and Design the morning of Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 8:30am to Noon. This year-round initiative cultivates inspiration and insight by bringing families, educators, students and creative thinkers together for collaborative discussions on the changing strategies of innovation in learning throughout our lives. Kicking off with the professional half-day conference this spring, ProjecTHINK works with partners in the region to push the boundaries of this impactful topic to spark new a-ha’s.

KidsFest: The Hands-On Creativity Festival takes place at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library on the campus of the Ringling College of Art and Design on Saturday, February 10, 2018 from 11:30am to 4pm. Children and their families will participate in curated experiences provided by Ringling College of Art and Design faculty and local professionals that expose them to creativity, the arts, technology, complex problem solving and collaboration. Focused on the art and science of learning, this initiative features immersive content in the annual magazine RocketKids, thoughtful year-round programming and hands-on activities that provide memorable experiences for children and their parents.


Join us this February 10, 2018 for an invigorating morning of innovative thinking and interactive collaboration at SRQ MEDIA’S ProjecTHINK CONFERENCE hosted by the Ringling College of Art and Design at their award-winning Alfred R. Goldstein Library in Sarasota, Florida. ProjecTHINK is the ultimate exploration into the world of innovation and creativity in learning. Designed for educators, professionals and anyone interested in thinking outside of the box, ProjecTHINK will challenge perceptions and jumpstart creative sparks, from early education to lifetime learning. How is learning adaptive? What are the new perspectives on engaging minds creatively at every age? How can organizations cultivate innovation and creativity to solve challenges?

Opening presentations will feature President of Ringling College of Art and Design Larry Thompson and President of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County Jennifer Vigne; the keynote presentation will be provided by Nathan Schwagler, Co-Director of The Dali’s Innovation Lab in St. Petersburg, FL.

Thank you to founding partners Ringling College of Art and Design, Education Foundation of Sarasota County and CareerSource Suncoast.

ProjecTHINK opens with 8:45am registration at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library.  The event will take place is from 9:15am-Noon. Keep the post-conference conversation going at Lunch on the Lawn featuring local food trucks. Tickets are online at SRQPROJECTHINK.COM.

SRQ KidsFest: Hands-On Creativity Festival

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SRQ KidsFest is a vibrant, hands-on family festival cultivating creativity, crafts, arts and innovation. Launched as the brainchild of SRQ MEDIA President and CEO Lisl Liang as an experiential mosh-up of learning pathways, SRQ KidsFest deconstructs the whole mind ecosystem of creativity by curating an afternoon where curiosity, open-ended play, arts and design reign supreme. SRQ KidsFest is an experience designed to connect parents and kids with hands-on learning experiences, local engagement resources and opportunities in our region with a day teeming with exploration designed to deliver fun “a-ha” moments for the whole family.

In one afternoon program, SRQKidsFest will capture the power of imagination with interactive experiences with workshop such as bookmaking, musical instruments, collaborative sculpture, technology and science, storytelling, architecture, arts and crafts and a variety of magical experiences designed to stir creativity. Parents will be able to peruse booths showcasing local programming, education and family services available from educational organizations to parenting resources, camps to sports and creative theater to engineering.

Parents and kids can meet in between and after each workshop/lecture to enjoy a variety of experiences including tours of exhibitions at Ringling College of Art and Design Galleries, food trucks and live music. Registration starts at 11:30am and the event runs from 12pm-4pm.  Tickets are online at SRQKIDSFEST.COM.

For more information please contact Associate Producer of Marketing, Events and Programs, Madeline Crotts at or 941-365-7702 x221.

ProjecTHINK and SRQ KidsFest: Powered by SRQ MEDIA’s SPRINGBOARD Engagement Center.

Share Your Story—SRQ Magazine’s Tribute to Business, January 2018

Join us in recognizing the power of local business by sharing your story in SRQ Magazine’s annual Tribute to Business New Year’s 2018 edition.

From anniversaries to new business expansion, SRQ’s dedicated content marketing team works with you to position your story with our influential readers. It’s a smart way to launch your new business, celebrate an anniversary, announce business expansion, share philanthropic efforts and recognize your team for a successful year! You’ll find rates that are perfect for businesses looking to maximize budget; and, each booking includes a photo session at SRQ’s studios in Downtown Sarasota.

SRQ Magazine’s Content Marketing Division engages you with our readers powerfully in print and strategically online.

Contact Associate Publisher Ashley Ryan Cannon at 941-365-7702 x211 or to reserve your photo session today. Space Closing: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

SRQ MAGAZINE—Live Local. Love Local |  Sarasota and Bradenton

10th Annual Best of SRQ Local Reader’s Competition is Officially Open!


The 10th annual “Best of SRQ Local” Readers’ Competition is officially open! It is time to sound the alarm, rally the troops, take to social media and VOTE for your favorite Sarasota-Bradenton establishments and causes to be recognized in one of our most popular editions of the year.

Readers can vote on local eats, shopping, arts, luminaries and hotspots culminating in the compendium published in the April 2018 edition of SRQ Magazine. We hope you’ll share your favorite local experiences—from top taco in town, most memorable on-stage productions to best place to paddle board. 

Tell us where you go after a long day when only the Best Happy Hour will do. When you are in need of a little R&R, where do you go for the best salon, best massage and best yoga studio? When you are looking for that perfect pair of pumps to sport out on the town, where’s the Best Shoe Boutique? When you’re redecorating and you know just who to turn for the perfect period piece, we need to know the name of the Best Interior Designer. Parents, we’re counting on you to name the Best Local Children’s MenuBest Private School and Best Children’s Attraction in our community. Foodies, you know the drill. We’re looking for the Best New RestaurantBest Local Barbecue, and so much more. For all of you spaghetti lovers, we want to know who serves the Best Pasta in town. But we aren’t just looking for food connoisseurs. We want to know who you trust to care for your furry friend with the Best Local Veterinarian. Maybe you’re meeting a client for for lunch and 18 holes – even better! We’re looking for the Best Golf Course, too.

This year, SRQ will be handing out the Locavore Legacy Award to winners who have dominated the #1 position in their category for 5+ years. Finalists who have been recognized in their category every year of the decade-long competition will earn the title of Über Local Champion. 

Only locally owned establishments may be nominated for the “Best of SRQ Local” Readers’ Competition. Yes, we know there’s a line that wraps around the building at the Midtown Plaza Starbucks, but their coffee doesn’t count—it must be local.

Rock the vote and honor the local businesses that make up our eclectic community. Polls are now open. Encourage your family and friends to vote in this for the people competition brought to you by the people that deliver vibrant local content each month in SRQ Magazine!

The polls are open through February 12, 2018. All winners will be announced in the April 2018 edition of SRQ Magazine.

Good luck and may the very best locals win!




Nominations are now open for SRQ Magazine’s Inaugural LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR Competition! We are searching for passionate and purposeful local entrepreneurs who you believe have forged a successful company in the Sarasota and Bradenton region with astute corporate drive, a heart for giving back, a talent for engineering innovation and indelible leadership qualities. The entrepreneur you nominate should have an active for-profit business located in Sarasota or Manatee County and may represent any sector of business, from restaurants to tech companies, from manufacturers to boutiques and from furniture stores to building contractors.

New this year, the LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR program celebrates the courageous and intrepid visionaries who make our region one of the best places to start and run a successful small business. We will showcase all nominees and finalists in the February 2018 edition of SRQ | The Magazine.

The deadline for nominations is Monday, November 20, 2017 by midnight. Nominations are anonymous. 
Thursday, January 25, 2018, 11am-1pm; The Francis Ballroom, Sarasota
Debuting at the SB2 Regional Economy Luncheon
Registration at 11:00am. Luncheon, Program and Awards 11:30-1pm
Reserve Table Sponsorships and Tickets Online.
Thank you for helping us recognize and celebrate the impact local entrepreneurs are making on our region.
Nominate someone today!