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SRQ MEDIA Announces LaStrada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival, October 20


Join SRQ MEDIA as we celebrate 20 years of superlative coverage, community engagement and living hyper-local at LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival on Saturday, October 20, 2018 from 6pm to midnight on Dolphin Avenue. This sparkling street extravaganza will showcase the experiences, arts, entertainment, tastes and libations that make our area so special.

Chill under the stars at the SRQ Chillounge and roast s’mores under the night sky while viewing fabulous films and clips from Ringling College of Art and Design students projected on SRQ MEDIA’s “Backlot Wall.” Enjoy captivating performances by Florida Studio Theatre, Circus Arts Conservatory and Sarasota Contemporary Dance. Stroll Dolphin Street tasting delectable noshes from food trucks such as Fillaburger, WingWay, Kona Ice, Bowl’d Life, Sweet Niche Baking Co, PB & Jelly Deli and Kuwai Venezualan. Indulge in creative libations from local restaurateurs and cold drafts from Gold Coast Eagle Distributing. Dance in the streets and catch up with friends new and old.  Musical performances include: Bri Rivera, The Divebombers, Jami Gee, Sound of Fury, Cahoots and many more. Bring the family out for a magical “LOVE LOCAL” evening celebrating 20 years in our hometown!

LaStrada | SRQ’s 20th Anniversary Street Festival Saturday, October 20, 2018, 6:00pm to Midnight on Dolphin Street (Downtown Sarasota between Orange Ave and Pineapple Ave just south of Ringling). Admission is $10 per person and kids 12 and under are free.  

SRQ MEDIA would like to thank 20th Anniversary Season Sponsor, Ringling College of Art and Design for its support of this monumental milestone. We would also like to thank LaStrada event sponsors, Sarasota Ford, Sabal Palm Bank, Marina Jack, Aloft Sarasota, Al Purmort Insurance, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Chillounge Night. A portion of the proceeds will go to support our exclusive LaStrada | SRQ 20th Anniversary Street Festival Nonprofit Partner, Suncoast Charities for Children. Visit SRQMAG.COM/LaStrada for details and tickets.

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


In Your Mailbox: SRQ’s Special Edition August 2018 WATER issue!


Water, water, everywhere. Every August, our team works undercover to curate our “mystery box” special edition. This year, we turn our pens and lenses to the waters surrounding Sarasota and Bradenton. Unarguably one of the region’s most powerful assets, the Gulf Coast beaches from Anna Maria down to Venice play quintessential matchmaker to the many residents who have come and fallen in love with our coastline.


  • Six Decades Studying the Sea: More than six decades later, the laboratory continues to provide a foundation for marine and science-based industry in the region.
  • All in for Seafood: Nothing makes living on the Gulf Coast more like paradise than easy access to some of the best seafood in the country.
  • Beneath the Surface: In 2016, a recreational diver found human skeletal remains off the coast of Manasota Key, setting off a flurry of activity that culminated in an impossible discovery.

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

  • Live Your Legend: From the Cape of Good Hope to the Gulf Coast of Florida, the legend of Van Hunks comes to Sarasota in superlative form.
  • Supremacy of the Seas: A royal vessel’s voyage to the Gulf Coast.
  • Body of Knowledge: How marine biology students at New College of Florida are quietly amassing a serious scientific study.
  • Clear Skies Ahead: After rocky years of scarce funding and beached sailboats, New College of Florida senior Ren Chock leads the sailing team into calmer waters.
  • Making of a Mascot: A year after Snooty’s passing, we look back at the greatest wonders of his life.
  • Eye of the Beholder: The secret to understanding the Bowhead whale could be staring scientists right in the face.

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

  • Putting on a Show: With the annual convention and exhibition coming to town, Florida Watercolor Society President Jerome Chesley preps a citywide canvas.
  • Shape of Water: From Myakka to the mangroves, artist Jean Blackburn captures the region’s waters unlike any other.
  • ArtSheet: Fish your heart out, party on the pass, get your pioneer on and get groovy at the Very Merry Jerry Day, August closes out summer in style.

CARGO- The Goods, Retail Therapy, Book Brand, NicNacs, Antique Story, Nest

  • Life Aquatic: “Seas” the day and soak up these opalescent, watercolored finds—inspired by the planet’s hydrosphere and its marine dwellers.
  • Shark Charmer: Charming Shark owners unearth fossilized shark teeth in Morocco to make Hawaiian-style necklaces and distribute its surf jewelry worldwide, all from their office in Osprey.
  • Diver Down: A vintage diving helmet resurfaces from the depths and finds shelter in Sarasota Architectural Salvage’s warehouse.
  • Book It: A new graphic novel from the celebrated creators of Artemis Fowl highlights the perilous journey of many modern migrants, a murder mystery unfolds at a Hampton beach house and a centuries-old Chesapeake Bay crabbing community faces an uncertain future.


  • Riding the Waves: Watercolorist Judy Saltzman rides an award-winning wave with Sarasota Bay-inspired painting.

Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s edition today!

-The SRQ team

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In Your Mailbox: SRQ’s July 2018 Modern Home Flip Edition Has Arrived!

We’re thrilled to present the special edition of July’s magazine flipbook. On one side, get to know the Hear Me Roarers from our Women In Business initiative, and then do the flip! The third edition of Modern Home is published on opposite side—featuring local home builders’ profiles, newly released books on architecture and modern interior furnishings. #LIVELOCAL #THRIVELOCAL


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

  • Cuni Tuni’s Sweet Success: Middle Eastern flavor with a family touch can be found at Sarasota Farmers Market.
  • Making Bank: Gulfside Bank will be the first new community institution to open its doors in a decade.
  • Worth The Wait: An in-brief interview with comedian Ali Wentworth with another round of irreverent insight.
  • Right In Our Own Backyard: Lucas Lagoons ups the ante transforming drab backyard spaces into aquatic sanctuaries.
  • Hands On: Creative Recruiter Sidney Clifton nurtures the talent she seeks.
  • Financing The Drama: Theater facilities throughout Sarasota bear Arnold Simonsen’s name.

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

  • Seize The Carp: Strasbourg’s finest look to live it up at the Sarasota Improv Festival.
  • Conservation Couture: Embracing the snakeskin style with Nikki Sedacca of 530 Burns Gallery.
  • A Study In Sand: From Kentucky boy to Florida man: Tim Jaeger embraces a new home.
  • 30 Under 30: Interviews with Abigail Oakes and Melissa Coleman Sperber.

CARGO- The Goods, Retail Therapy, Book Brand, NicNacs, Antique Story, Nest

  • Turkish Treasures: Dispatch to the Middle East with passport stamped provisions from Karavan Treasures.
  • Dialing Doctor Who: Own your own piece of British history with a vintage telephone booth from across the pond.
  • Book It: Murder mysteries, real-world political thrills, flights of fancy and even some special recommendations to send readers back to the classics.

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

  • A Cut Above: Southern Steer aims to not only fill bellies with matchless marinated meats, but warm hearts with a commitment to community.
  • Dulce De Leche: Enjoy the sweet decorum of Dulce de Leche in tres maneras.

WANDERLUST- Florida Staycations and Weekend Getaways

  • Ocean’s Edge: A special birthday spent at the perfect family island escape in Islamorada at Amara Cay Resort.

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

  • Schoolyard Taunts: Secret texts and games of chicken mar school board discourse. What’s going on with Gulf Coast school leaders?


  • Queen Of The Night: Get a glimpse of the exotic, rare flower at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens.


  • Mindful Masters: The locale-minded designs of mid-century modern abodes— from Judith Chafee’s desert oases to Paul Rudolph’s coastal landmarks.
  • Getting Smart: Accidental archivist wants a record of the movement that made Sarasota famous.
  • Living Pages: Fly through the pages of these newly released books—geared for design junkies, architecture buffs, students of modernism, activists of elegant solutions and admirers of modern homes from around the globe.
  • Interior Artforms: Eclectic textural design to dominate interior furnishings.

Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s edition today!

-The SRQ team

Click Here to access the pages of the JULY 2018 SRQ digital edition.


In Your Mailbox: SRQ’s May 2018 Women Who Roar Edition Has Arrived!


It’s Roar Time! SRQ’s Women in Business Leadership initiative celebrates it’s fifth anniversary with a Roaring Retrospective. May’s Special Tribute Edition showcases participants who share their stories of insight, inspiration and empowerment, as we recognize their success as influential and impactful leaders in Sarasota & Bradenton.


  • STEM VS. STEAM: Few acronyms developed such ubiquity in the world of education as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Meanwhile, the concept of STEAM (adding an ‘A’ for Arts), gains ground.
  • His Stand: Novelist David Baldacci on assassinating illiteracy.

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

  • Of Tech and Tesserae: From computer science pioneer to celebrated mosaic artist, Dr. Ken Knowlton blurs the lines.
  • Detail Work: The tiny parts in medical devices come from a Sarasota firm.
  • The Right Strings: Jack Dezelski at the Manatee Chamber is ready to Help Ya, Help Ya, Help Ya.
  • Point. Click. Drive?: How will new online companies reshape the Gulf Coast car market?
  • Stepping Stones: The Studdiford’s put their hearts behind the new foundation helping local college-aspiring kids.
  • Shear Genius: Fashion Focus Academy attracts cutting-edge coaching from the best in the industry.
  • 30 Under 30: The Marketing Guru, Marissa Rossnagle and The Constant Colleague, J. Barton Lowther.

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

  • All For One: On the public-private partnership that brought international sculpture to Sarasota, and what this means for the future.
  • Dressed to Impress:  New Ringling Museum exhibition gives a behind-the-seams look at the work of costume designer extraordinaire Miles White.
  • Conjuring the Canvas: Journey to another world with the art of Barbara Krupp.
  • The Stuff of Magic: Amongst writers, directors, actors and audiences, one man helps bring them all together.
  • Art Sheet: Events not to be missed this month.

CARGO- The Goods, Retail Therapy, Book Brand, NicNacs, Antique Story, Nest

  • Lucky Lavender: Immerse yourself in the it color of the year.
  • Endless Summer: Jacob Shields dives into the ins and outs of what makes this community shred.
  • You’re Just the Type: Sarasota Vintage Typewriters take you on a journey through history.
  • Book It: Broadening horizons and exploring the unknown, these thought-provoking picks will be great for your reading lists.

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

  • All in the Family: Pazzo Southside offer a homey spot for Italian-American comfort food.
  • Jarring Nibbles: Feast on creative bites served in trendy glass jars.
  • Coconut Crazed: Learn how to get your coconut fix in a trichotomy of different forms.
  • 4141. S Tamiami Trail: Strip Mall Findings–Amongst the overlooked and undersung, scope out these choice options.

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


Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s edition today!

-The SRQ team

Click Here to access the pages of the MAY 2018 SRQ digital edition.


SMARTgirl Class of 2018 Roars at Annual Mentorship Summit and Luncheon, April 6

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SMARTgirl Class of 2018. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

On March 16, SRQ MEDIA hosted the second annual SMARTgirl Leadership and Mentorship Summit at the Hyatt Regency engaging over 60 girls from both Sarasota and Manatee Counties with 28 mentors representing our region’s many diverse industries from graphic design, programming and virtual reality to theatre, marine biology and medicine. The luncheon consisted of a curated mentoring program aimed to engage the young women in soft skills training, mentorship and career imaginings.

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SMARTgirl students from Girls Inc. eager for their workshops at SMARTgirl. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

“SMARTgirl is all about the power of connection and possibility.  In connecting these young girls with mentors who can show them real-life examples of opportunities they may not have been aware of or felt were out of reach, we can help to make their dreams a viable reality and set them on a course of success and fulfillment,” Ashley Grant, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships of SRQ MEDIA stated.

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SMARTgirl Mentor and Owner of Pineapple Yoga Studio, Claudia Baeza engaging with SMARTgirl student Rezlyn Krueger during Dream Career Incubator Workshop. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 


The summit kicked off with the Dream Career Incubator workshop where girls were able to ask questions, get advice and gain real world experience about their dream career from our mentors. Hailing from organizations such as Mote Marine Laboratory, State College of Florida, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Humane Society of Manatee County, SIFT Bakehouse, Ringling College of Art and Design, the Sarasota Police Department and Pineapple Yoga, our mentors were eager to share their bank of knowledge with the next generation of women leaders. 

“This event is about helping girls achieve their dreams. Each of us determines our own happiness, and if we are able to help one girl believe in herself and understand she can conquer any challenge ahead to make her dreams reality, then we have helped her on the journey to true happiness,” explained Women In Business Leadership Circle Member and SMARTgirl Mentor, Joy Randels.


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SMARTgirls search for matching beads during Intro to Coding Workshop. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

After a quick snack break, the girls were back in action and onto the Coding Adventure Worksop. Their mission: To plan their dream adventure based by utilizing a series of bead codes for each selection, which included a rocket ship as a mode of transportation and a unicorn as an adventure buddy. Once the girls chose a coding sequence from each category, they created their very own bracelet using the beads to reflect each coding sequence.

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Girls form a superpower group to create team logo, name and mission. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

In between workshops and the luncheon, participants formed teams based on their chosen superpower preferences and collaborated with girls from other groups to develop a name, logo and mission as a team.  The result?  Strategic teamwork, analysis and amazing artwork.

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India White speaks on overcoming obsticles during 2018 SMARTgirl Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

Between bites of decadent alfredo chicken pasta, participants heard from 3 power house speakers, all emphasizing that we have the power to succeed through empowerment, tenacity and spitfire determination.

Our first speaker, India White, was presented with a huge semi trailer of very sour lemons at a very young age and made the choice, in spite of incredible odds, to become a super achiever. India explained how at the age of 16 she found herself homeless finding refuge at the Sarasota YMCA Homeless Shelter. Refusing to feel sorry for herself, India viewed her circumstances as an opportunity to start fresh and change her life for the better.

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Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Vigne from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County gives a powerful message to the SMARTgirl Class of 2018. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

SMARTgirl Keynote Speaker, Jennifer Vigne from the Education Foundation of Sarasota County gave an uplifting presentation on S—M—A—R—T girl with 5 life principles everyone should live by.

  • S- Start your day with a daily affirmation.
  • M- Make good choices.
  • A- Accept yourself.
  • R- Respect yourself.
  • T- Take time to laugh.
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Careeer Ninja Speaker, Ria Persad of StatWeather reminds SMARTgirls to follow their dreams. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

“SMARTgirl embodies who we are as women: resilient and smart, full of hopes and aspirations.  SMARTgirl gives young women access to role models, encouragement and a blueprint for making their dreams come through. SMARTgirl teaches girls to overcome and to be successful in life,” explained CEO of StatWeather and SMARTgirl Career Ninja Speaker, Ria Persad. She went on to encourage each and every girl to follow their dreams whether it takes a few months or 20 years to achieve. She ended her speach with 3 powerful words: ” Never Give Up.”

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Coding expert, Andrea Cannistra displays Dream Adventures on the screen during the luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan  

To close things out, Andrea Cannistra from atLarge, Inc. took the stage to present the 2018 SMARTgirl Coding Adventures based off of the bracelets particpants had created earlier in the day. Girls raised their hands high in the sky for a chance to come on stage and see their adventure coded right before their eyes.

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SMARTgirl mentors and participants work together during Superhero activity. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

We live in a society that puts pressure on girls at a very young age. 12-year-olds are already going on diets and many believe that they’re valued more for their appearance than abilities. As mentors, community leaders and most importantly, fellow women, we need to break this cycle and help these young women realize that they are more than their looks, more than what society tells them to be. We need to create the standard and guide them along so that they surpass all expectations. I’m honored to have had the opportunity to mentor at SMARTgirl. It wholly reinforced the idea that instead of competing with one another, we need to educate and empower each other. Female empowerment is a force to be reckoned with, said SMARTgirl Mentor Kristen Hogentogler when asked why she thought it was important to mentor.

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Career Ninja Speaker, Ria Persad and SMARTgirl Mentor Shana Nichols pose with students at 2018 SMARTgirl Luncheon. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

We would like to thank the Hyatt Regency, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, New Balance of Sarasota and University Park and PSAV for investing in over 60 futures and creating a dynamic day for each of these young women.

We would also like to thank the Sarasota YMCA, Girls Inc., Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota County and Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida as our founding partner organizations for engaging many of the girls who were in the room. 

For a full gallery of photos from the SMARTgirl Luncheon click here.

To view the 2017 SMARTgirl video click here.


SRQ MEDIA Announces Keynote and Trailblazer Honoree for the 2018 Hear Me Roar Leadership And Awards Luncheon on April 26, 2018


SRQ MEDIA hosts the powerful Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at The Francis to recognize exceptional women in the region through the Annual Women in Business competition who have made noteworthy contributions to business, education, philanthropy, culture and health in the community. The Awards Luncheon kicks off with the Keynote Speaker who shares their story of success and the honoring this year’s recipient of the prestigious Trailblazer Award, a luminary who has cultivated distinguished achievements.

It is our great pleasure to announce the Keynote Speaker and Trailblazer Award Recipient for the 2018 annual luncheon and awards ceremony: Keynote Speaker Cricket Burns, Founder of, a curated treasure trove of highly sought after furnishings, artwork and collectors’ items; and, Trailblazer Award Honoree Patti Cazzato, CEO of Timbuk2, the global handbag enterprise. Past Trailblazer Award recipients include Adrienne Vittadini (2015), Pamela Fiori (2016) and Nancy Bernardini (2017).

“We’re thrilled to host keynote speaker Cricket Burns and Trailblazer Award recipient Patti Cazzato as our honored guests,” says SRQ MEDIA CEO/President Lisl Liang. “Hear Me Roar recognizes the passion within each of us conquer the inevitable challenges in our personal and professional lives. The strong and compassionate women nominated each year are a testament to resiliency, innovation and the spirit of giving back to our community.”


Bio: Keynote Speaker – Cricket Burns, “The Jusher” of


Originally from Greenwich, CT, Cricket Burns graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University and attended the University of London and La Sorbonne. With her renowned personal style and her finger on the pulse of collective fashion trends, she became an esteemed fashion editor and stylist in New York City. For three decades held high masthead positions at numerous publications including posts as fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar and Seventeen magazines, fashion director at Avenue Magazine, style director at Quest magazine and creative director at New York’s Scene Magazine. She conceptualized and styled cover shoots, fashion spreads and wrote her own monthly column “Crickets Crush” which catalogued her highly anticipated “Must Have” items.

In 2004 Burns was diagnosed with breast cancer and her husband was diagnosed 2 years later with stage four throat cancer. These terrifying dual diagnoses and two young daughters at home inspired a soul-searching break from the frantic pace of the fashion industry. At this time she unleashed her unstoppable creativity toward renovating and decorating her family’s apartment. She subsequently found a welcoming audience for her original, colorful and whimsical home décor style and a new business was born. Burns launched her website, a curated treasure trove of highly sought after furnishings, artwork and collectors’ items. At her clients’ request, this quickly morphed into her trademark “Jushing” and staging services. Burns’ original take on this instant and unique home makeover combines the use of items that her client already has with personally curated home decor consignments from Burns’ warehouse and trade resources. The result, in as little as one day, guarantees a unique Wow-Factor with intrinsic market appeal. Burns’ web series, “The Jusher”, is currently in consideration with A&E channel. The series covers all aspects of home style; decorating, art collecting, furnishing and accessories curation, in engaging before-and-after format episodes.

While focusing her laser-chic styling and design expertise on the world of home decor, Burns also finds time to create and sell her collection of affordable diamond jewelry called, of course, Crickets Crush Diamonds on the Home Shopping Network, EVINE. She was recently featured on NBC’s Open House with Sara Gore as a top NYC based decorator filmed in her own home.

While Burns’ home décor and personal style motto has always been “A little over the top is just where I like the view best”, she keeps it down to earth in terms of making her service attainable to just about anyone in need of a home decor facelift. She believes that living in a space that is beautiful, comfortable and organized provides a sense of pride and calm that one in turn brings into the world.

Burns lives (in her entirely jushed homes) in New York City and Southampton with her husband and business partner, Richard, her two college age daughters, Manzi and India, and her beloved and ancient pug dog, Blessed.


Bio: Trailblazer Award Recipient – Patti Cazzato, CEO, Timbuk2

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Patti Cazzato was appointed CEO of Timbuk2 in 2014 to helm the company in its 25th anniversary year. A seasoned executive and retail industry veteran, Patti brings nearly three decades of global retail expansion, creative merchandising, product innovation and sustainable manufacturing expertise to Timbuk2.

Prior to joining Timbuk2, Patti held senior leadership positions at high-profile multi-billion dollar global brands. She launched her career over 25 years ago in San Francisco, cutting her teeth in sales and merchandising positions at Esprit, Sam & Libby and Ann Taylor before being recruited by Gap International in 1993. At Gap, she served as Senior Vice President, leading a team of over 200 corporate employees to grow the business over an eight-year period from $650 million to $1.7 billion in revenue, and from approximately 200 to 650 retail stores. In 2005, she joined Levi Strauss & Co. as Senior Vice President to reinvent the women’s line. She delivered record earnings in Levi’s Women’s Division while claiming the top market share position. She also played an integral role in the team that created Levi’s eco-line.

In 2007, Patti founded and financed Clary Sage Organics, an eco-friendly apparel line and wellness center based in San Francisco. Having toured countless international manufacturing facilities during her corporate tenure, Patti was inspired to act upon her entrepreneurial instincts and launch a company built upon sustainable manufacturing and business practices.

Patti currently resides in San Francisco with her two teenage children. In her free time, she is an avid yoga practitioner and enjoys spending time outdoors.


SRQ MEDIA would like to thank the Women in Business Sponsors for their support of this engaging community platform: Seaside Bank, New Balance Sarasota, CS&L CPAs, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Diamond Vault, Gold Star Limo, Muse Salon, Victoria Blooms, Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue and CCAV.

To purchase your online tickets to the SRQ Women in Business Hear Me Roar Leadership and Awards Luncheon and for more details on the program, visit SRQHEARMEROAR.COM.

Event Details: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 10:30am-1pm at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota, 1289 N. Palm Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236. Registration: 10:30am. Pop-Up Boutiques: 10:30 to 11:30am. Luncheon Program: 11:30am -1:00pm. Cocktails: 1-3pm at Louies Modern



In Your Mailbox: SRQ Magazine’s February 2018 Issue is Here!


February’s issue not only features a special supplement for the 2018 Localpreneur of the Year nominees and awards, but is also comprised of articles on underrated local bites and recommended cookbooks for Foodies’ delight!



Jane Seymour: Life As Art: Depending on their age, fans of Jane Seymour know her best as a Bond girl a medicine woman or a Wedding Crashers cougar. But the acclaimed actress says the creative expression she enjoys the most happens in a painting studio, not a soundstage. Seymour comes to Sarasota with an art exhibition at Chasen Galleries, and spoke exclusively with SRQ magazine about her career on canvas and on screen. 


La Famiglia: For an Italian restaurant to reach the upper echelons of legitimacy, it must incorporate a generous-old recipe from some quaint village unmarked on a map, or make use of “nonna” or “mama” as a prefix for some of its menu items. SRQ embarks on a giro d’italia amongst three local Italian restaurants that check all of the boxes, passing the unwritten test of authenticity with flying tricolores


Murder On The Food Express: Fast food is dead and the police suspect foul play. Fast casual is booming in a Sarasota saturated by fine dining locales, and Millennials especially are on the hunt for the next new thing to pick up the mantle. In short, profit motive for the murder stands at an all-time high, and the market points to something chef-driven and worldly- tacos. With a recent proliferation of taco offerings on the Sarasota menu, SRQ rounds up the new usual suspects. 


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

  • Sarasota MOD: Honoring the life and career of an iconic architect in the Sarasota School of Architecture, Edward “Tim” Seibert
  • Virtual Reality: Imerza brings a computer-generated view to a concrete future
  • Standing Ovation: Sarasota’s latest luxury hotel embraces the arts
  • Co-work Space: Coworking throws traditional concepts of the workplace sideways
  • Connections To History: Trumpet Awards founder, Xernona Clayton wants future generations to learn the sacrifices of the Civil Rights era
  • Rockin’ Foodie Life: Head of the Sarasota-Manatee Originals, Sarah Firstenberger gets the most out of life. 
  • Voice For Teachers: Sarasota County Teacher of the Year, ES Swihart shares her love of the classroom


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

  • Out Of The Factory: Selby Gardens exhibition explores Andy Warhol’s artistry
  • Seat At The Table: Sarasota Opera brings the audience behind the scenes with a new series for a new year
  • Cotton’s Candy: Renowned artist, Will Cotton brings his own brand of sinister sweet to Ringling College


CARGO– The Goods, Retail Therapy, Book Brand, NicNacs, Nest

  • Cookbooks to Savor: SRQ‘s favorite cookbooks for 2018
  • Crystal Classic: An expert collection makes it to the shelves of The Women’s Exchange
  • Book It: A new travel section at local Parker’s bookshop


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


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

  • Ripples In The Water: The World Rowing Championships drew cheers, but was Nathan Benderson Park a worth investment?

Get in on all the goodness and pick up a copy of this month’s issue today!

-The SRQ team

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