March 2021 BrandStory: Achieva Credit Union

This month, the SRQ March BrandStory featured Achieva Credit Union. Achieva has always focused on what matters most — you, your family, and your financial well-being — but this past year, that focus has been even more important.

They have had to constantly adapt to new circumstances, work harder to help clients as they navigate difficult challenges, and find new ways to serve the community when getting together wasn’t possible.

Read Achieva Credit Union’s Story Here.

Vote For the Best of SRQ Local 2021

Voting for the Best of SRQ Local 2021 Competition is officially open! Recognize and celebrate your favorite locally owned establishments by sharing your votes for the Best of SRQ. Votes will be accepted until February 17 and the winners will be featured in our April 2021 magazine.  

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Each year over 200 local establishments receive Best of SRQ Local awards in a variety of categories. CLICK HERE to vote for your favorites for the Best of SRQ 2021!

IN YOUR MAILBOX: SRQ Magazine’s January 2021 Health and Wellness Edition!

The SRQ January edition is jam-packed with healthy ways to jumpstart your year and feel your best. Drink a glass of fresh squeezed fruit or delicious smoothie at SaraFresh Juices new brick and mortar location in the Rosemary District. Looking for a new hobby? We’ve got six local outdoor enthusiasts eager to share their secret spots and best beginner tips on everything from surfing to birdwatching. Zumba becomes a virtual vision with Zoom classes and online shopping has never been more enticing with cruelty-free and vegan one-stop-shop Virtually Harmless. And to treat yourself after heading out on a new exercise adventure, an authentic from scratch bakery and round-up of Sarasota’s best taco spots. Let’s ring in the new year fresh and fit!







Read all our feature articles in SRQ Magazine’s January 2021 edition.

In Your Mailbox: #LOCALON with SRQ Magazine’s December 2020 Holiday Edition and Giving Back

’Tis the season to take back the fun. Seize the cheer and jollification in this year’s Holiday Gift Guide of good times guaranteed. SRQ editors hit the ground running to pull together a mixed bag of feel-good goodies to hygge out at home if you’ve become accustomed to a socially distanced lifestyle, and if not, flip through to our picks of outdoorsy adventure gear to enjoy a quintessential Gulf Coast outing. Or, dive into some ticketed activities and local excursions we stumbled upon for more experiential gift ideas. And we’d be remiss if we didn’t feature a cellar’s-worth of celebratory bubbles to manifest a holly jolly good time upon the end of an historic year of pandemonium. This holiday season, you deserve more than ever to “treat yourself” and your loved ones. Pop a little champagne and recoup on some missed merrymaking. #LIVELOCAL #LOVELOCAL





  • Big Blase Easy: Blasé Southern Style settles into the Southside neighborhood offering elevated southern cuisine.
  • Sauce Is Boss: Local sauce spots bottling up delicious goodness. 
  • Masters of Smoke: Pitmasters at Nancy’s, Mouthole and Perry’s BBQ tame the inferno to fashion a perfect smoked brisket. 
  • Feeding the Front Lines: Gordon Lippe is feeding the front lines of the pandemic with Your Culinary Place.



  • Spread Love artist Brandon Thrift goes viral with a simple message and splattered paint. 
  • Rocket Kids holiday gifts for every age. Featuring the annual Guide to Private Schools.

Get in on all the goodness and check out the DECEMBER 2020 issue today!

-The SRQ Team

Nominate Your Favorites for Best of SRQ 2021

The Best of SRQ 2021 Competition is officially underway! To recognize and celebrate the best locally owned establishments in the region, SRQ MEDIA seeks nominations for reader’s favorite local eats and drinks, shopping, luminaries and hotspots. The top nominees will move forward to a voting round and will have the chance to be named “Best of SRQ Local” in our annual awards feature published in the April 2021 magazine. 

NEW TO THIS YEAR: When readers register and nominate in 30+ categories, they’ll be entered into a sweepstake to win one of three $500 gift cards to the Tableseide Restaurant Group restaurants including: Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie in Southside and Lakewood Ranch and Circo: A Taco and Bourbon Joint.

Each year over 200 local establishments receive Best of SRQ Local awards in a variety of categories. Nominations will be accepted until Wednesday December 16th so CLICK HERE to share your favorites for the Best of SRQ 2021!

In Your Mailbox: #LOCALON with SRQ Magazine’s November 2020 Dish+Art Edition

The pandemic has brought challenges to our community that have required incredible resilience and creativity. Those in the arts, who survive and thrive off the applause of a live audience had to pivot and make their productions digital. Restaurants usually bustling with diners saw their tables empty and curbsides busy.

SRQ’s November 2020 edition looked for the fun in dysfunctional. Pairing up local chefs and artists for the quirky feature Dish + Art, where a mermaid painted on wood becomes a fried fish taco. Showcasing craft breweries, cheer yourself up with some pink beer. Sarasota Contemporary Dance Company throws new kind of party with their Quinceañera show and socially conscious artists John Sim and Mike Solomon find inspiration in the darkest of times. Celebrating the small joys of right now is easy with some Smoquehouse Korean BBQ sandwiches and an inside scoop on the best places to go thrifting.



  • Pandemic Portraits: Mike Solomon captures the faces of turbulent times with his latest exhibition.
  • It’s a Rad World: Raleigh Mosely, Ariel Blue and Derric Gobourne Jr. each explore their artistic identity.


  • Subject to Change: In the wake of COVID-19, performance arts organizations scrambled toward an uncertain future.
  • John Sims: The story of this irreducible artist and activist and his life’s work.


  • Get Bronzed: Handsome hardware bounces light around kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Woven Life: The Gals of Woven Home Collection bring rattan bookcases and bamboo coffee tables to bohemian bargain hunters.
  • Something White: Camilyn Beth’s newly launched bridal collection is ready for wedding season to unravel.
  • Postcard Time Stamps: Orange Moon Interiors brings new life to a 1960s Holmes Beach vacation rental through vintage postcard finds.
  • Waste Not, Want Not: Goodwill’s Bargain Barn offers its donated items one last shot a salvation in a whirlwind of a thrifting experience.
  • What Goes Around Comes Around: Affordable, trendy and affiliated with local charities, these local spots are the best place to find your newest old treasure.


  • BBQ, Evolved: Smoquehouse eggs the stubborn mule called BBQ forward.
  • Bright Brews: Four local breweries take a German beer to the next level with a distinctly Florida Vibe.
  • Dish + Art: A roundup of this year’s gorgeous painting and plating mashups.


  • Top Doctors: The Annual Peer-Review Medical Resource Guide recognizing Top Doctors from Bradenton Beach and Lakewood Ranch to Sarasota, Venice and North Port, FL.

Click here to check out the full digital edition of the November 2020 edition of SRQ Magazine. To engage with the annual Top Doctors Medical Resource Guide, click here.

In Your Mailbox: SRQ Magazine’s September 2020 Trendsport Edition

We might be long past the years of shopping for back to school supplies, but September always brings with it the hint of a fresh start. September’s Trendsport issue is here to let you in on all the up and coming and buzz-worthy things to add to your to-do list. Local restaurants up their game in the takeout dining sector. Combat boots make a utilitarian comeback, while chunky jewelry make a cultural statement. School buses and van build-outs are becoming family homes-on-wheels, while strong offshore winds are calling for kiteboarding lessons and Hobie cat rentals. And believe it or not, gardening and crocheting are becoming the hottest hobbies in the neighborhood. Whether you’re heading to a grassy knoll to meet your pals for a socially-distant, picturesque picnic or jamming the buttons of your video game controller playing esports with virtual friends, the trends we’ve picked up on the last few months are likely to carry us throughout the rest of this turbulent yet trendy year. #LIVELOCAL #LOVELOCAL


  • Sprouted Brain: By treating grains as a living thing, Tom Gumpel hopes to make bread great again.



  • Making Waves: Whitney’s LBK brings 1950s charm, California surf vibes, Cuban bodega flavors and open-garade-door fun to LBK.


  • Permission to Feel: An interview with Forty Carrots Speaker Marc Brackett, Ph.D, psychologist and best-selling author.


FLIPSIDE: Living Lakewood

  • Global Flavors: Lakewood Ranch restaurants are serving up the world’s best flavors in style.

Get in on all the goodness and check out the SEPTEMBER 2020 issue today!

-The SRQ Team