In Your Mailbox: SRQ’s April 2018 Best Of SRQ Local Edition Has Arrived!


SRQ readers/voters set a groundbreaking record in this 10th annual Best of Local SRQ Competition! Meet all the hometown favorites and local businesses who came out on top doing what they do best for our close-knit community! #LOVELOCAL

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

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

  • For Your Consideration: Sarasota Film Festival searches high and low for the audience’s viewing pleasure.
  • Between The Lines:  An intimate interview with poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera.
  • Art Sheet: Events not to be missed for April 2018.

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

  • Earth Kind: A modern hippie’s guide to Earth Day shopping.
  • Circle to Cube: Transforming a small lot into an enviable piece of modern property.
  • Burl Bowl Raconteurs Trees that tell stories make for antique bowls at Crissy Galleries.
  • 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

  • Local Bakeries Rise: Exploring the rise of local bakeries include culinary restaurants’ behind-the-scenes stories—Jim’s Small Batch Bakery in A Small Batch for Big Hunger, OfKors Bakery in Rising Stars, Morton’s Gourmet Market in Stirring Things Up, and Sugar Cubed Pastry Lab in Sweet Tooth Science.

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 APRIL SRQ digital edition.



SRQ Magazine: #SRQ20 Love Local I The Commemorative Anniversary Book

Get Squared for SRQ’s 20th!

In celebration of our 20th Anniversary, SRQ MEDIA will produce the very special and collectible square LoveLocal#SRQ20 | The Commemorative Anniversary Book featuring sections devoted to the most magical local things to see, do, taste and enjoy in our area inviting the reader to celebrate SRQ and engage with the community.

LoveLocal#SRQ20 | The Commemorative Anniversary Book will have a print run of 30,000 copies which will be distributed at high-traffic locations from Venice to Lakewood Ranch, from Siesta Key to Downtown Bradenton and from Siesta Key to Downtown Sarasota at select prime retail boutiques and restaurants, new condominiums and new home communities, visitor centers and accommodations, luxury rentals, private schools, businesses and arts and culture organizations.

Each chapter hosts limited spots for participants—from real estate to philanthropy and from health and wellness to dining and shopping.

Social Media Bonus— Advertisers in the LoveLocal#SRQ20 book will also be invited to join the #SRQ20 Instagram social media program which displays imagery and photos posted by readers at participating establishments at SRQ produced events and online 24-7.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to leverage powerful local influence and credibility from the LIVE LOCAL—LOVE LOCAL team!

Space Closing: Friday, April 13, 2018
Materials Deadline: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

LoveLocal#SRQ20 will be published in April 2018 and will enjoy significant exposure through the #SRQ20 Instagram program and live anniversary events through December 2018,—plus distribution through 60+ accommodation and luxury rentals, new homes and newcomers and prime retail locations.



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 space in the commemorative #SRQ20 LOVE LOCAL book.

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In Your Mailbox: SRQ Magazine’s March 2018 Issue!

FMAR18-ITB SPREADS + COVERMarch’s issue features a special supplement for the 2018 Home of the Year Awards– meet the stunning spaces designed by this year’s competition winners. Also dive in to Spring Home Portfolio featuring fresh new design trends and influences on creating gorgeous residential living spaces from local home builders, designers and professionals.

F-MAR18-FEATURE-HomeoftheYearSRQIST- Local Heart & Soul Stories About the People, Places and Experiences that Define Our HometownF-MAR18-SRQIST-InBrief-JonLewis

F-MAR18-CultureCity-ImageCULTURE CITY- Arts + Culture, Performing and Visual Arts, Portfolio, In Studio, Artsheet

  • Search Conductors: Inside a season of Finding Maestro at Venice Symphony
  • Bird’s Eye View: Nature photographer, Dr. Gerald Barrack talks technique, technology and the perfect spot for the perfect shot
  • Art Sheet: Events not to be missed this month

F-MAR18_CargoCARGO- The Goods, Retail Therapy, Book Brand, NicNacs, Nest

  • Factory Fashion: Goods inspired by Selby Garden’s Warhol: Flowers in the Factory experience
  • Yummy to the Core: Design Dossier on stretchtastic leggings that will have you signing up for an extra Pilates class
  • Global Antique: “Old Wold Wine” takes on a whole new meaning with this 20th century Italian globe bar
  • Book It: a Florida fiction recommendation from Brant’s Used Books and a new release by Alex Hutchinson

F-MAR18-Forage-SpreadFORAGE- At the Table, Crumbs, Restaurants, 5 Ingredients, Pantry, Foodie Life

F-MAR18-WanderlustWANDERLUST- Weekend Getaway Stories 

  • Royal Treatment: A family vacation to the famous Don CeSar “Pink Castle” in St. Pete Beach, Florida


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

  • Incentives Assault: Will Sarasota need a new way to attract business?F-MAR18-BackPageGet 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 March 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 Magazine: Home Sweet Home, Guide to New Communities, June 2018

Help our readers and visitors find their “Home Sweet Home” with SRQ Magazine’s newest special section! A guide to new communities, condominiums and new homes in Sarasota, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch.


SRQ Magazine’s Content Marketing Division engages you with our readers powerfully in print and strategically online.

Contact Associate Publisher Ashley Ryan Cannon at to reserve your photo session today. Space Closing: Thursday, April 14th, 2018

SRQ MAGAZINE—Live Local. Love Local | Sarasota and Bradenton

SRQ Magazine: Women’s Health + Wellness Special Section, May 2018

Work with our content marketing team to ensure your trends, technologies, treatments and client work are brought to life in this special marketing feature focused on breakthrough research, medical practices and treatments for women.

Reserve your space by calling today!


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

SRQ MAGAZINE—Live Local. Love Local |  Sarasota and Bradenton

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