In Your Mailbox: Biketopia Has Arrived!


The Gulfcoast is home to year-round sunshine and some of the greatest scenery you can spot atop a bicycle saddle, so it’s only fitting that our August issue pays special tribute to the life, history, popular culture, wanderlust and treks of the modern bicycle. From the velocipede and the penny-farthing to the nimble composite beasts mounted on the walls of local bike-trotting retail meccas, we’ve covered it all.

From film to TV, as part of everyday life or the start of an over-the-top adventure, the bicycle has staked a claim in pop culture, creating iconic moments and carrying our favorite characters from scene to scene. Scour the pages and celebrate the cycle’s cinematic glory (and one hit anthem) with our pop-culture pop-ups.

As another idyllic Florida summer comes to an all-too-speedy end, we invite you to reserve a weekend for trekking in the lush preserves as we pay tribute to the almighty bicycle.



  • Trekking on Wheels: From the dirt trails here to the 10.6-mile Legacy Trail and the technical, twisting singletrack in North Port, a variety of trails—both paved and unpaved—take bicyclists off the beaten path.
  • Wheels of History: “The bicycle goes hand-in-hand with the circus,” says Scott O’Donnell, executive director of Circus World Baraboo up in Baraboo, WI, where the Ringling brothers first opened their own circus in 1884, just two years after the town’s founding. And it’s a relationship built on something far more fundamental than the spectacle of bears and chimpanzees on bikes or elephants on trikes or even unicycles on the high wire.
  • Cycleology: Navigating the mystifying world of finding the perfect match.
  • Cycling Loves Company: As bike riders clock hundreds of miles on Florida trails, sweating side-by-side, a special bond is forged. Where the rubber meets the road, camaraderie grows. These clubs are not one size fits all, but offer clubs for speed racers, beach cruisers, snowbirds and even programs for young ones.


Starting Line


Agenda: Cycling Toward the Future: Transportation leaders blaze a bike-friendly trail for the Gulf Coast.

  • Kit Overhaul: Take your cycling kit to a new level with these fresh new pieces.
  • Road Warrior: Take to the trails with biking gear that’s both functional and fashionable. From baskets to pumps and classic bells and a high-tech GPS, cyclists can customize their rides as the occasion calls for, and even bring along a couple passengers.
  • Spin Doctors: Tending to your two-wheeler.

Pick up the August issue and ride like the wind! We can’t wait for you to be blown away by the Biketopia that awaits within the pages of this month’s issue.

— The SRQ Team

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



In Your Mailbox: July’s Double Issue SRQ+Modern Home Magazine Has Arrived!


Summer is in full swing and the July edition of SRQ Magazine is bringing the heat with our double issue headlined by beauty titan and CEO, Nancy Bernardini and the Center for Architecture Sarasota’s Modern Show. On one side you will find your trusted SRQ in full swing with authoritative commentary, interviews and local beats. Flip to the other side and celebrate the newest and most spectacular applications of modern architectural style in our region—welcome to the newest edition of Modern Home magazine.

July 2017 Cover Feature: Beauty of Balance Women In Business 2017 Trailblazer 

“What makes you unique makes you beautiful” is part of the foundational philosophy at Laura Mercier, one of the most successful companies in the international luxury cosmetics and skin care arena. And at the forefront of the company’s mission and message is Nancy Bernardini, general manager of Gurwitch Products LLC and CEO of Laura Mercier and ReVive, an innovative yet grounded leader who is a master at flourishing personally and professionally with balance and perspective. Bernardini divulges how thriving at home and work is the key to her successful roar.

Modern Home Magazine 2017 Annual Edition 

Join us and join our amazing local architects, as they break free of gravity and exalt in the expression of space as a human art. Modern Home magazine captures the passion of modern architecture on the Gulf Coast—from celebrating the Center for Architecture Sarasota’s creative minds to the coolest, hippest modern abodes being fashioned here on the West coast of Florida. We meet the Coast’s hottest architects by browsing their portfolios of recent projects and reading personal stories that chart innovation, client collaboration and spectacular finished spaces.


Interview With: Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz

Evolving a downtown waterfront into a cultural asset brings a daunting task. As Sarasota leaders look toward the future of the Bayfront, they can see the work of other communities who have tackled such tasks before. Manny Diaz, the mayor of Miami from 2001 though 2009, led the city through exciting changes, including turning aging parks into public treasures. He came to town this spring to speak at events organized by the Center for Architecture Sarasota, and he sat down exclusively with SRQ to share how Miami’s experiences could guide this community forward.

  • From the homes of Bird Key to the streets of Downtown Sarasota, the 2017 CFAS Modern Show celebrates the art and architecture of the region.
  • The Goods  Interior Artforms. Compelling conversation pieces.
  • Architecture Books Authors explore the history and impact of modern architecture around the world and in Florida.



Out and About


At the Table


Hunting and Gathering

  • Operation Oasis Adrienne Barrack, chairwoman of Dolphin Tower’s design committee, talks about turning a two-bedroom in a previously troubled tower into her place of Zen.

Whether you’re an architecture junkie like us, or just want to salivate over good food, walk—no, run— to the mailbox and pick up your July issue. See you on the flip side!

The SRQ Team

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

Click here to access Modern Home’s digital edition.



SRQ Media Gives Back Foundation Supports CFAS Kids Learning Initiative


SRQ MEDIA’s CEO Lisl Liang and Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Ashley Grant present Center for Architecture Sarasota’s CEO Cynthia Peterson with a check from the SRQ Media Gives Back Foundation underwriting Kids at the Center: Architecture 101. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan


At its core, the Center for Architecture Sarasota is a mecca for arts, learning and innovation, launching numerous new programs to further enhance understanding of architecture as one of the most important reflections of today’s culture. The CFAS Children’s Experiential Learning Program is an initiative aimed towards engaging our community’s children. With 2 events under its belt, CFAS is working to expand the program by providing multiple workshops throughout the year to a larger demographic.

This past May, the SRQ Media Gives Back Foundation, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc., underwrote the Kid’s At The Center: Architecture 101 program to support exploration into design and architecture. CFAS hosted the program during the Modern Show transforming its gallery space into a LEGO playland. Stations, provided by Bricks4Kidz were set up for children age 5-13 to try their hand at creation and design as amateur architects.

“The Children’s Experiential Learning Program that we are developing is one of our most important events that we do because we are affecting the next generation of stewards for the ‘built environment’,” says CFAS CEO Cynthia Peterson. “We teach them the appreciation of preserving the past and making sure we do everything well in the present for the future. Through the wonderful support of SRQ, we were able to offer this program for free, opening it up to a wider demographic of children.”

SRQ MEDIA is a community engagement initiator that catalyzes impactful regional initiatives to give them lift. The SRQ Media Gives Back Foundation, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. focuses on key platforms of relevance in the region including regional collaboration, economic development, arts & culture, education, ocean literacy and women’s leadership and mentorship development.

As part of its mission, the Center for Architecture Sarasota seeks to foster the public’s understanding of the influence of architecture in enriching the Sarasota region. CFAS is a place where students, design professionals, community leaders and the public can admire, discuss and debate the wonders of our ‘built-environment’.

For more information on the Center for Architecture Sarasota, click here.


The Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of consumer services by calling toll-free 1-800-435-7352 (or 1-800-352-9832 en española) or going on the department’s website WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. One hundred percent (100%) of the donation is received by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, Registration #SC-02471.

Just for You—June Just Went Donut-epic at SRQ Magazine!


The team at SRQ Magazine has can’t resist indulging in the occasional sweet treat from time to time, so when Five O Donut Co, the latest from local baker mastermind Christine Nordstrom (of Sift Bakehouse fame) opened its doors we were the first in line to try the pastries topping Sarasota’s Most Wanted list.

From mouth watering vanilla bean glazed croissant donuts to her unique concoctions such as the “Jail House Pop Rocks,” jelly filled cake donuts and Butterfinger coated “Sticky Fingers” donuts, these treats seem too good to be legal. Christine does Sarasota proud!

And now through June 30th, we’re sharing the love! When businesses sign or renew an advertising contract with their favorite locally-owned magazine— SRQ Magazine, of course— our team hand delivers Five O treats from donutrepreneur Christine Nordstrom’s now infamous shop. What better way to celebrate our passion for living and loving local?!


Mireya Eavey, Sarasota Area President of United Way Suncoast and her team enjoy their surprise donut delivery. Photo Credit: Dylan Howell 

If you’d like a ticket on the donut train, call Associate Publisher, Ashley Ryan Cannon at 941-365-7702 x211 or to get your plan going. And hurry, before June ends!

**Deliveries will be made to Sarasota and Bradenton only. Allow for 3-5 business days from the signing date. Offer good for advertising contracts signed through June 30, 2017 at 5pm.**


SRQ Kicks Off Summer With An Evening Of Engagement and Empowerment at SkillSHARE, June 15


The June 15, 2016 class of SkillSHARE mentors and participants. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

SRQ Media kicked off the summer season with an evening of connection, engagement and empowerment at its SkillSHARE Mentorship Summit.


2017 Leadership Circle member, Erin McLead of The Friendship Centers and guest mentor, Claudia Baeza of Pineapple Yoga with SkillSHARE participant, Melanie Reda. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

SRQ Studios came alive with positive energy, enthusiasm and laughter as participants arrived to meet the Women In Business Leadership Circle and special guest mentors. Guests gathered in a circle to share their insights to questions designed to forge communication and connection with each other. From riding motorcycles, to spending time with children, running a new business, to yoga and crossword puzzles, mentors and mentees from incredibly diverse background shared highlights of their passions, what keeps them balanced and what adds meaning to their lives.

Powered by the Women In Business Initiative, SkillSHARE features the basics of mentorship concentrated into mini-sessions that encourage honest interactions and allow for spontaneous connection. Participants meet like-minded professionals, make valuable connections and get straight to the heart of their most burning questions about career and personal development.


The June 15, 2017 class of SkillSHARE mentors and participants shared their insights during icebreaker activity. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

“SkillSHARE is a type of ‘potential incubator’ where women of all ages and walks of life can come and connect with others in a safe environment to brainstorm creative solutions to challenges, learn practical tools to pursue their passions, and explore intelligent risk-taking all in an encouraging and supportive space that celebrates growing to each person’s full potential whether that be personal, professional or both. It is a very powerful thing to see these incredible women realize through the magic of connection and collaboration that the sky is the limit for them and we are so proud and thrilled to be able to facilitate this process,” said Ashley Grant, SRQ Media’s Vice President, Strategic Partnerships.




SkillSHARE mentor, Shannon Rohrer-Phillips of the Visible Men Academy answers mentee’s career oriented questions. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

With new friends, insights and connections, the group eagerly launched into mentoring breakout sessions in which skilled mentors met with participants for four rounds of 15-minute concentrated mini-sessions. Enthusiastic participants were armed with specific questions looking for advice from some of the regions top female entrepreneurs. SRQ’s skilled mentors shared their own experiences on participant’s questions on a myriad of topics from navigating the ladder to success and effectively communicating with team members to maintaining a business and work life balance. Mentors and mentees alike shared their delight in learning from each other and their in-depth conversations.

“Meeting these women, with all different careers and successes inspire me to be like them one day and give me hope for the future of women working together,” said SRQ Marketing Associate and SkillSHARE participant, Dylan Howell.


SkillSHARE mentor, Robin Dumas of Bombshell Hair and SkillSHARE participant, Dylan Howell engage in compelling discussion. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan 

As the evening concluded, the strong connections in the room were undeniable with many praising the format and above all atmosphere of this one of a kind networking event. “How powerful it was to participate in a room filled with dynamic and passionate women who care enough to share their expertise and who are open enough to ask wonderful questions as they seek to grow personally and professionally. I came away from the evening having learned a thing or two from the women I was there to mentor. Thank you, SRQ, for making SkillSHARE a part of the Women In Business program!” said SkillSHARE mentor and 2017 Women In Business Leadership Circle member, Erin McLeod.


Anna Duchene asks questions to SkillSHARE mentor, Erin McLead of The Friendship Centers. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

“I have been in the business world and interacting with people for over 25 years.  As a newcomer to Sarasota, I was excited to have the opportunity to engage with these ‘roaring women.’ This event was by the far the best resource to develop relationships with amazing female leaders in our area. I was touched by each of their honesty, dedication, and true concern for their businesses and each of our futures.  What a fabulous event and group of down to earth, beautiful inside and out- Powerful ladies.   I am truly humbled!” said SkillSHARE participant, Anna Duchene.


Left to right: Women In Business Leadership Circle members, Nikki Taylor and Angela Massaro-Fain with SkillSHARE guest mentor, Julie Henry. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

The SRQ MEDIA team would like to thank our engaging mentors who created innovative conversations and lasting impressions. To all our enthusiastic participants we thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey as you continue to learn and grow throughout the community.

The next SkillSHARE Summit will take place on Thursday, February 15, 2018 from 5:00pm-7:30pm. To submit your application to participate in the February 2018 SkillSHARE, please click here to register.

For more information on the SRQ Women in Business Initiatives, visit us online at

Click here for more photos from the June 2017 summit!

Meet the Team: SRQ Welcomes Associate Producer of Client Services Phoebe Ray

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Meet Phoebe Ray, Associate Producer of Client Services. Photo Credit: Wyatt Kostygan

It’s always exciting welcoming a new member to our SRQ MEDIA team. We recently welcomed Phoebe Ray aboard as the new Associate Producer of Client Services. Phoebe will be working closely with our clients to ensure a smooth process from start to finish by coordinating the company’s content marketing channels, advertising traffic, design platform and special marketing programs.

Phoebe graduated from the University of Maine with a double major in Communications and Spanish. After studying abroad in Alicante, Spain, she fell in love with the language and became passionate with culture and travel. After graduation, Phoebe moved to Portland, ME and started her career as a marketing assistant for a local marketing agency. Working for a small company she was able to gain exposure in many different outlets such as project coordination and working directly with clients and vendors.

Looking for a change of pace, Phoebe moved to Tampa, FL and began working in production for an international marketing agency. Currently a new resident to Sarasota, she is excited to be working for a company with such an influence on the local scene.

You can reach Phoebe at or at 365-7702 x 212. Please join us in welcoming Phoebe to the SRQ team!

We are so happy to have you!

Join Us: Tickets SB2 | GOOD HAND Building Capacity in Our Independent Sector, July 20



Join SRQ Media for the conclusion of our 2016-2017 SB2 Season with SB2: GOOD HAND– Building Capacity in our Philanthropic Sector on Thursday, July 20, 2017 from 7:30am–9:00am at The Francis, Downtown Sarasota. Local foundation experts will give us insight on fundraising, innovation and non-profit consultants. Keynote, David Odahowski, President and CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation, will discuss the organization’s work giving grant money to qualified non-profit organizations to improve the quality of life for the people of Central Florida. Special guest panelists include: Roxie Jerde, President and CEO, Community Foundation of Sarasota County; Stacey Corley, Vice President of Advancement, Ringling College of Art and Design; Veronica Brandon Miller, Vice President, Goodwill Foundation; Susie Bowie, Executive Director, Manatee Community Foundation; and Heidi Brown, CEO, Jewish and Family Children’s Service.

Thank you  Jaime DiDomenico of Cool Today for supporting and sponsoring this SB2 event as the event sponsor! Thank you to SB2 Series Sponsors: The Resort at Longboat Key, CS&L, SRQ Airport and the Bradenton Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. If you are engaged in work with our local non-profits, you should consider joining us for insight on how our region is transforming its capacity to meet the need and how funders are increasingly looking at non-profit organizational sustainability and infrastructure when awarding grants.

Tickets are $35/per person, which includes a mouth-watering breakfast spread provided by The Francis. Reserve your spot online at SRQSB2.COM.