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: 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 

SRQ MEDIA Supports Visit Sarasota’s Sarasota Big Pass to Plan the Ultimate Local Getaway

An exciting program is underway in August and September that will connect you to dozens of deals countywide. Welcome back, Sarasota Big Pass—Visit Sarasota County’s one-stop-shop of local deals and discounts in three distinct categories: Buy One Get One Free (BOGO), 25% Off and $5 Off.

If you’re looking for a break from the routine at home, there are plenty of ways to enjoy these limited-time offers at local restaurants, attractions and hotels responsibly. As the media sponsor for this local program, SRQ MEDIA has put together a guide to some of the deals you should be taking advantage of right here in Sarasota County.


What’s better than a hotel getaway in gorgeous Sarasota County just minutes from picturesque beaches? How about a 25% discount off your stay! Access the private beaches of Casey Key by booking at Escape Resort & Marina, or stay 3 blocks from Venice Beach at Venice Beach Villas. Enjoy walkable Downtown Sarasota from your trendy room at The Sarasota Modern, wake up with a hot Amish breakfast at Carlisle Inn, or enjoy open-air curbside shopping at University Town Center from nearby Hampton Inn & Suites Sarasota/LWR, Courtyard by Marriott Sarasota/LWR, Homewood Suites Sarasota/LWR or EVEN Hotel. Change your scenery stress-free at one of these homes-away-from-home, many of which have added signs, sanitizer stations and other new cleaning protocols to provide peace-of-mind with your stay.

Sip and Dine

Give those homemade meals a rest and thrill your taste buds once again with a professionally prepared meal from a reopened local restaurant. Many are still offering takeout and curbside to help customers avoid unnecessary crowds. Outdoor seating is also more prevalent than ever for a brief sit down and drink, dessert, dinner or all three! Chianti Ristorante Italiano, EVOQ at Westin Sarasota and Libby’s Sarasota are offering BOGO appetizers. Siesta Key Oyster Bar and Daiquiri Deck are knocking 25% off the whole bill (food only for Daiquiri Deck). It’s a great way to support local restaurants and save!  


Take advantage of big savings at local attractions and shops too. See Sarasota County like never before and save $5 off your ticket with $5 off tours at Discover Sarasota Tours. Feeling wild? Head inland for $5 off tickets to TreeUmph! Adventure Course or BOGO child tickets at Big Cat Habitat. If you’re looking for something a little more relaxing, enjoy 25% off a signature massage at The Spa and Salon at the Westin Sarasota or 25% off any waxing service at Waxing the City. Make Sarasota Big Pass is your ticket to some of the best attractions and adorable shopping in Sarasota County.

All these deals and more are available online. Show the deal’s digital listing on your phone or mention “Sarasota Big Pass” to redeem the discount. 

Visit the Sarasota Big Pass Website to learn more.

SRQ MEDIA is proud to sponsor Sarasota Big Pass in partnership with Visit Sarasota County and local businesses.

Images courtesy of Visit Sarasota

Announcement: SRQ MEDIA Proudly Welcomes Three Collegiate Interns to the 2020 Summer Internship Program

SRQ MEDIA is delighted to introduce the interns selected to participate in the company’s long-standing Summer Intensive Internship Program including Gabriella Alfonso, Grace Castilow, and Winona Nasser. Engaging with the team remotely, this year’s interns join the team to develop their applied knowledge in marketing and advertising, editorial and art and design. SRQ MEDIA founded the program over a decade ago to provide young professionals entering or continuing their post-secondary work with context, exploration and deep dives into the areas in which they have found passion. Having hosted over 200 interns in the company’s 20+ years, SRQ MEDIA made a commitment to continue the Summer Intensive program during the CoronaVirus pandemic knowing the inherent challenges that have emerged in the media industry would be an incredibly rewarding learning experience for both the company and its interns. 

Gabriella Alfonso, Marketing and Advertising Associate, is a student at the University of South Florida seeking a Bachelor of Sciences in Integrated Public Relations and Advertising. She is currently an active member of both the Advertising Club and the Public Relations Student Society of America at USF. Gabriella is eager to expand her knowledge and experience through guidance with SRQ MEDIA. 

“I first heard about this opportunity through my extensive Google internship search and SRQ MEDIA popped up,” says Gabriella. “I’ve been living in the Sarasota area for about 16 years now. I love how this area is constantly growing! Whether it is with the growing skyline or its appreciation within the arts, this area is beautiful and deserves to have more recognition!” When Gabriella is not working with SRQ MEDIA, she loves to explore nature parks, soak up the Florida sun at Anna Maria Island, and play with her two dogs, Dutchess and Luna. 

Currently pursuing a double major in Media and Communication Studies and Editing, Writing and Media at Florida State University, Grace Castilow joins the team as this summer’s Editorial Associate. Grace is involved in numerous editorial works during college including being a Brand Development Specialist with the Florida State Fraternity and Sorority Life as well as a Staff Writer and Social Media Coordinator for Her Campus FSU. 

“I heard about this internship from a Teacher’s Assistant for an advertising course I took at FSU who was formerly an editorial intern at SRQ MEDIA. I reached out to her and she encouraged me to apply for the position,” says Grace. Born and raised in Sarasota, Grace loves that every connection she has made she is greeted with “kindness and acceptance, which is something you don’t find in every coastal city.” Grace has been “writing” since before she could spell and hopes to write a novel of her own someday.

Lastly, Winona Nasser joins the team as Art and Design Associate. A student at the University of Florida, Winona seeks a Bachelor of Science in the Advertising, agency track. Before working with SRQ, Winona started working with Purility Therapeutics, a startup CBD company as their graphic designer. She has also started her own freelance multimedia design business, Winona Media

“I was looking for an internship where I could flex my creative muscles every day and learn more about different design disciplines,” says Winona. “I came across the internship listing on LinkedIn or on the SRQ MEDIA website after Googling local creative companies. I applied after reading about the company’s great community initiatives, and really liked that SRQ seemed like a rewarding place to grow as a young professional.” Some fun facts about Winona are that her elbows are double-jointed, she is fluent in three different languages, and does competitive Greek folk dance on the weekends.