Monthly Archives: December 2017

In Your Mailbox: SRQ’s January Tribute to Business Issue is Here!


Hello 2018! Time for new beginnings, fresh perspectives and even better stories. From stories on business titans to circus themed goods, take a peak, and glance through the business savvy pages of our January issue.


January Features

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Father & Son, Inc.: Taking over dad’s shop holds a level of mythology in the American dream—a belief in the power and promise of honest entrepreneurship as great as the basic vision of a mom-and-pop store. We spoke with the Gulf Coast’s warmest generational business teams who build up brands, whether in real estate, car sales or manufacturing, that transcend simple surnames.


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Franchise Emperor: Jim Abrams doesn’t just start businesses, he creates national brands. The mind behind such home service franchises as Ben Franklin Plumbing and the vision behind Fyzical Therapy and Balance Centers, he’s spent decades successfully building familiarity and trust with companies. It’s a little surprising, then, that the Sarasota businessman has never jumped into the world of chain restaurants, an industry closely associated with the franchising model. That’s why people paid serious attention last year when he announced the opening of two new restaurants downtown: PBnT and Element.


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PINC Possibilities: It can be a difficult sell, the notion that spending all day sitting in a dark theater is good for you. But the annual PINC Sarasota conference may just be the exception. It’s more than entertainment; it’s art and culture and science and business and community. In short, it’s humanity—a  little slice of species-wide affirmation in conference form, letting us all know that somehow, somewhere, some of our fellow featherless bipeds have figured it out and made this existence worthwhile in a way all their own.


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

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  • Rogan Donelly of Tervis: Tervis’ Rogan Donelly raises a glass to football, spearfishing and Wisnlow rifles.
  • The Violin Shop: Sarasota’s newest violin shop aims to keep the luthier craft alive for the area’s deep roster of musicians.
  • Travel Globally, Act Locally: Tom Koski brings his experience and resources to boost education in Sarasota County.
  • Sarasota Cosmos: DeSOL Gallery’s Modern Sol finds inspiration in galactic imagery, Japanese printmakers and the Sarasota School of Architecture.
  • Coastal Commute: Art Conforti, founder of Bloomerang, rides the waves to work.
  • Cheering #SRQHacks: Students gather to code and chart the future of their education.
  • Pushing Through: Donna Cheek and Rebecca Rusch blaze trails into the Women’s Sports Museum MVP Awards.


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

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  • Crowded Campus: The galleries of Ringling College gear up for a new year.
  • Glass Houses: Ringling Museum unveils the Kotler-Coville Glass Pavilion for Sarasota Glass Weekend 2018.
  • Lady du Cirque: Dolly Jacobs keeps circus arts alive.


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


  • Circus Inspiration: From vintage figurines to bedazzled boots, celebrate the circus with this collection of Big Top-inspired merchandise.
  • Dance for the Ages: Hidden away in the closet of a historic Bradenton home, two lonely red shoes with over a century of history contained a mysterious note: “For Ma Wagner.”
  • Book It: Learn more about one of the world’s most intense military trials and how to catch a murderer in this month’s selections.


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

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  • Classic Cuisine for Futurist Foodies: Element’s interior feels like a reception hall for a space yacht, but with a menu that hearkens back to food that feels good.
  • A Talent for Tacos: Malin Parker spices up the Gulf Gate foodie scene with a from-scratch taqueria full of savory meats and house-made salsas at Screaming Goat Taqueria.
  • Blue Marlin: Four reasons we love this fresh seafood hideaway on Bradenton Beach’s Bridge Street.


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

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  • Chamber Chiefs: Sarasota Chamber President Kevin Cooper and Manatee Chamber President Jacki Dezelski on adapting to the market, guarding against future recessions and the ongoing issue of affordable housing.

Start your year right and grab a copy of the January issue today!

-The SRQ team

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


Applications Now Open! SMARTgirl 2018 Mentorship Summit and Luncheon



SRQ MEDIA is calling for 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls to find your inner “roar” at the
2018 SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit and Luncheon on Friday, March 16, 2018
from 10:30am-1:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Explore the possibilities and celebrate every girl’s potential at SMARTgirl. Participants will engage in an innovative program designed to educate middle school girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades on career imaginings and the tools they need to succeed through mentorship, soft skills training and hands-on workshops with some of the community’s top women leaders.

Apply online at —

Limited participant spaces. Free program for those accepted.

Applications close on January 10, 2018
For additional information please call 941-365-7702 x221 or email

Join Us: SB2 Luncheon | State of the Economy and LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR AWARDS, January 25, 2018

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Join SRQ Media for the next installment of the 2017-2018 SB2 Luncheon Symposia series with SB2: State of the Region on Thursday January, 25 2018 from 11:00am-1:00pm at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. Local experts will explore the economic link and symbiotic relationship between entrepreneurship and tourism in the Sarasota and Manatee region. The luncheon will culminate with the presentation of the SRQ LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR awards honoring area trailblazers whose initiative and business savvy are helping our region grow.

Guest Panelists include: Elliot Falcione, Executive Director of the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; Virginia Haley, President of Visit Sarasota County; Mark Huey, President and CEO of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County; Brian Mariash, Senior Vice President and Wealth Management Advisor of Mariash Lowther Wealth Management; Jeff Mayers, General Manager of the Resort at Longboat Key Club; Rick Piccolo, President and CEO of the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Tickets are $65/per person, which includes a mouth-watering plated lunch provided by The Francis. Reserve your spot online at SRQSB2.COM

Table sponsorships available.



SRQ Gets Festive at Sarasota Architectural Salvage, December 6

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Holiday Soiree Guests Kameron Hodgens from Glasser Schoenbaum Human Services Center, Noah Riner and Britt Riner from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

SRQ MEDIA celebrated the holiday season in our most outrageous holiday sweaters at a festive soirée with our clients, partners and dear friends on Wednesday, December 6 at Sarasota Architectural Salvage. True to SRQ form, the night was full of music, connectivity, 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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Sharyn Lonsdale from the Venice Symphony and Robert Olson pose for photos. 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 EastGeckos Grill & Pub and Sift Bakehouse. From chicken quesadillas, New England lobster rolls, California rolls and caprese skewers with balsamic reduction to the delightful SIFT gingerbread cookie iced in holiday sweaters, food was plentiful and the bar fully stocked with beer from SRQ events partner Gold Coast Eagle Distributing.

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SARTQ Artists printing silkscreens in honor of SRQ Magazine’s 20th Anniversary. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

Talented local artists from SARTQ were on site on-site printing one-of-a-kind silkscreens in collaboration with SRQ’s 20th SRQ Anniversary commemorating two decades of local engagement. Each design presented unique creative inspirations from the SARTQ artists whose organization strives to enhance the local visual arts through the creation of unique art experiences and educational programming.

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Laurie Pike and Greg Hayes win most “outrageous” holiday sweaters. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

Special congratulations to 2016 Women In Business Leadership Circle Member, Laurie Pike and Greg Hayes for donning the most “outrageous” sweaters of the evening. Based on votes from guests, they won tickets to the SRQ 20th Anniversary Gala next year.

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Guests mingle and indulge in light bites at the SRQ Holiday Party. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.


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

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SRQ MEDIA’s Lisl Liang and Wes Roberts with their children Griffin and Piper at the Holiday Party. 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.

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

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The SRQ MEDIA team poses for photos in the photo booth. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.



Don’t forget to mark your calendars for all of our innovative and engaging events coming in 2018!

An Evening With Audrey
January 11, 2018 | 5:30-8pm | Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College of Florida
Join SRQ MEDIA and WIB Trailblazer Honoree Pamela Fiori for an enchanting evening of sparkling cocktails, conversation and exploration into Hepburn’s luminosity through images, film and stories.

SB2 Luncheon: State of the Region & 1st Annual Localpreneur of the Year Awards
January 25, 2018 | 11am-1pm | The Francis, Downtown Sarasota
Explore the economic link and symbiotic relationship between entrepreneurship and tourism in the Sarasota and Manatee region. The luncheon will culminate with the presentation of the SRQ LOCALPRENEUR OF THE YEAR awards honoring area trailblazers whose initiative and business savvy are helping our region grow.

 ProjecTHINK Conference
February 10, 2018 | 9:15am-12pm | Ringling College of Art and Design’s Alfred R. Goldstein Library
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.

SRQ KidsFest
February 10, 2018 | 11am-4pm | Ringling College of Art and Design’s Alfred R. Goldstein Library
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.

SRQ Magazine: Women Marketing Feature, March 2018

Share behind -the-scenes stories about recent projects, your creative design process and trends driving home and design spaces. Home Portfolio is produced in the Fall and Spring each year! Work with our content marketing team to ensure your trends, products, design approach and projects are brought to life in this special marketing feature which highlights home and design trends, local projects and home goods. You’ll find rates that are perfect for businesses looking to maximize budget; and, each booking profile marketing and display ad branding in the March 2018 edition!

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, January 10th , 2017

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SB2 Reporting Out: Philanthropic Agenda, November 30

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From left to right: Panelists John Annis, Martha Wells, Monica Van Buskirk, Wes Roberts (center, moderator), Carol Butera, Mark Pritchett and Series Sponsor Brian Mariash. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


On Thursday November 30, SRQ MEDIA launched the brand new 2017-2018 SB2 Luncheon Symposia Season to a sold-out crowd and took attendees on a journey inside the minds of some of the most notable and innovative philanthropic foundations in our area at SB2 Philanthropic Agenda. Hosted at The Francis in Downtown Sarasota, the discussion centered around the recent debates in Washington D.C. on tax reform and how it could impact deductions and incentives for giving.

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Opening presenter, Brian Mariash from Mariash Lowther Wealth Management welcomes guests to SB2: Philanthropic Agenda. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan.

After opening remarks from Series Sponsor, Brian Mariash of Mariash Lowther Wealth Management, panelists took the stage eager to dive into an innovative and empowered discussion focused on the factors influencing philanthropy on the Giving Coast.

Panelists hailed from a variety of organizations: Carol Butera from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, John Annis from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Mark Pritchett from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Martha Wells from the Southwest Florida Chapter Association of Fundraising Professionals and Monica Van Buskirk from the Van Wezel Foundation. Panelists were passionate about the importance of evoking change in the community and focused on potential tax code reforms and the future of philanthropy.

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From left to right: Wes Roberts (moderator), Martha Wells, John Annis, Carol Butera, Mark Pritchett and Monica Van Buskirk. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


When questioned about the possibility of new tax legislation taking away funding from non-profits, John Annis, Senior Vice President of Community Investment at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County explained, “If you watch some TV channels, this is going to be so good, and we’re going to have so much money, and we’re all going to be so happy and we’ll all be rich and have more to give. If you watch other stations, this is the worst thing that ever happened and we’re all going to be broke and we’re all going to be homeless.”

He went on to say, “Philanthropy is all about bettering life for the next generation. We are a very unique country in that philanthropy plays such an important role in things like that.”

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John Annis from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County explains what philanthropy will look like in the future. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


Mark Pritchett, President and CEO of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, said his main concern right now was the increase in standard deductions, which could lead to more people choosing that route instead of opting to file for individual deductions. “The fear is if we minimize, people won’t give individually to charities.”

Martha Wells, representing the Southwest Florida chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, noted other changes could affect the very mission of nonprofits, particularly a change that could allow charities to engage in more overtly political activity. “Broadening that mission would make it more challenging to have confidence and make sure it (donations) gets used the way a donor intended,” she said.

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Martha Wells discusses donor advisement funds at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

“When the stock market turns we will find out who are running really strong foundations because they will prevail. We will have some fall out but again if you stick to the integrity of your mission and you build those relationships, I think you will survive,” Monica Van Buskirk, President and CEO of the Van Wezel Foundation stated.

Another topic of discussion was fair pay among nonprofit employees. Panelists stressed that quality work deserved quality pay from executives all the way down the chain of command. “At non-profits we have to start thinking about paying employees that we want to keep. We have nonprofits that are doing amazing work and they are paying people barely enough to survive,”  John Annis stressed.

“Good people need to be paid well in order to retain them,” agreed Executive Director of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, Carol Butera.

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Mark Pritchett and Monica Van Buskirk share a laugh while on the panel at SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 


To wrap things up, panelists were asked where they think philanthropy is headed in the future.”Today in fundraising, it is all about relationships. My guess in 2075, it will be the same,” Carol Butera explained when asked about the future of giving. She went on to say that 75% of current donations come from those that earn over $100,000 a year. “My hope is disparity of pay starts equalizing and we will see in 2075 the gifts come from people of all income levels.”

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From left to right: Brian Mariash, Jeremy Shelby and Bart Lowther from SB2 Series Sponsor Mariash Lowther Wealth Management at the SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


We couldn’t have learned the incredible things from this engaging discussion without our incredible 2017-2018 series sponsors: Mariash Lowther Wealth Management and SB2 Philanthropic Agenda event sponsor, CS&L CPAsThank you for supporting the SB2 series, but most importantly, thank you for the ways you give back and help people in our community each and every day. Your example inspires us.

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Representatives from SB2: Philanthropic Agenda Event Sponsor, CS&L CPAS. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan. 

Click here to read the article about SB2 Philanthropic Agenda in the SRQ DAILY. A gallery of images from SB2: Philanthropic Agenda is available online.

The next SB2 Luncheon will take place on Thursday January, 25 2018 with SB2: State of the Economy. We will explore the link and symbiotic relationship between Entrepreneurship and Tourism on Florida’s Gulfcoast. The luncheon will culminate with presentation of the first ever SRQ Localpreneur of the Year Awards honoring area trailblazers whose initiative and business savvy are helping our region grow.

For tickets and 2017-2018 annual VIP member passes, visit

We hope to see you there!

SRQ Magazine: Chic and Unique Gift Guide, February 2018

Share the coolest items from your retail collection in a glamorous section dedicated to the art of sourcing quality specimens for the home, gifting , accessories and fashion. You’ll find rates that are perfect for businesses looking to maximize budget; and, each booking includes three editions! Printed in February, May, October and December- share the inside scoop on what’s chic and unique in your boutique!

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, December 13, 2017

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