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"We're making Pilates available to everyone."

- Peter Kilcullen, Club Pilates

[New Business]  HSN's Kilcullen Brings Pilates to Bradenton
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Home Shopping Network watchers know Peter Kilcullen from years selling products on television, but the show host just opened a new business intended to keep people moving and in shape. Club Pilates Braden River, the first of three studios Kilcullen is opening in the area with business partner Gary Keith, just opened Friday in Bradenton. He hopes the new business helps bring the Hollywood-adored workouts to the masses. “We’re making Pilates available to everyone,” he says.

Affiliated with the national Club Pilates franchise, Kilcullen says he wants to make the well-known routine affordable and accessible. The studio boasts a dozen reformers, the main piece of equipment used in Pilates, as well as other gear like the EXO chair, but offers a variety of membership packages to appeal to consumers at all levels of interest. 

The Club Pilates brand launched in 2005, and boasts that it has now served over 2.2 million workouts at locations across the country.

Kilcullen sees merit in the workout, originally designed by Joseph Pilates in the early 20th century, because it strengthens the core in a way that also helps relieve stress. By setting up the gym, he says the studio helps provide the benefits of both a class structure and personal trainer. 

Kilcullen came to be a Pilates studio owner after befriending Keith, whose children play baseball with Kilcullen’s kids. Keith boasts a financial background while Kilcullen developed a strength in sales working at HSN, where he has worked as a product spokesperson since 2001, specializing in outdoor products and goods. Keith and Kilcullen decided to invest in a franchise business so they could take a proven business plan into the marketplace. “This is a simple model, and they [Club Pilates] have over 200 locations,” Kilcullen says. “It’s successful because people love the concept.”

With the Lockwood Commons location now operating, Kilcullen says he and Keith are already in talks with Benderson Development to open a Pelican Plaza location in Sarasota, and are scouting locations for a third Club Pilates to open in the region as well. 

While Kilcullen continues to sell wares on HSN, he says he knows his days as a television spokesman won’t last forever. He wants to have a business of his own, and the new studio could be the first in an empire. “There’s nothing like owning my own business,” he says. "That was a major goal for Gary and I and our families.” 

[Recognition]  Selby Gardens Receives National Accreditation

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, Sarasota’s living museum, has again achieved accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, as well as funders, outside agencies, government and to the museum-going public. Selby Gardens was initially accredited in 2007. All museums must undergo a reaccreditation review at least every 10 years to maintain accredited status. Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, some 1,070 are currently accredited. Selby Gardens is one of 183 museums accredited in Florida. Accreditation is a very rigorous but highly rewarding process that examines all aspects of a museum’s operations. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. AAM’s Accreditation Commission, an independent and autonomous body of museum professionals, considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

[Synergy]  Sarasota Orchestra Receives Grant from GCCF

The Sarasota Orchestra received a ­­­­­$50,000 Arts Appreciation grant from Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Grant funds support the presentation of the Sarasota Orchestra’s 2017-2018 Season, including performances in a variety of formats, from Masterworks to Pops to Chamber Music and Great Escapes. The grant also supports the Sarasota Orchestra's extensive education programs for the three surrounding counties. 330 students participate in seven ensembles comprising the Sarasota Youth Orchestra. The three-week Summer Music Camp provides music education to over 300 students. Finally, some 9,500 area fourth and fifth graders utilize a year-long curriculum guide in conjunction with a live orchestral performance of the Young Persons Concerts. 

Sarasota Orchestra

[Synergy]  Education Foundation Funds Career Readiness

The Education Foundation of Sarasota County has granted more than $60,000 in funding for Sarasota County Schools to support its Middle School College and Career Readiness Project. This funding provides over 6,300 students in eight middle schools The Naviance College & Career Readiness Curriculum, allowing students to develop skills and college knowledge needed to reach their post-secondary goals, and AchieveWORKS assessments, providing a comprehensive profile of each student’s strengths. This grant was made possible thanks to generous donations from the Koski Family Foundation and the Roberta Leventhal Sudakoff Foundation. Every Sarasota County Middle School student will receive 25 minutes of Career Readiness instruction each week and will have access to 17 career lessons annually including a pre- and post-test assessment tool. Students will also be able to explore their career interests through 3000 videos created by students on various career opportunities through a Naviance platform entitled, RoadTrip Nation. 

Education Foundation of Sarasota County

[Best Of SRQ Local]  Cast Your Vote For Best Local Farm!

“I always find their produce is fresher since they (literally) pick it directly from the field and walk it over to the table to be sold,” shared Jeremy Peterson on Jessica’s Organic Farmstand. In what was looking like a Five-way tie for number one, Jessica’s Organic Farmstand galloped to the front of the race as Best Local Farm. Close behind was Hunsader Farms, a local legend for its fall pumpkin patch, and Geraldson Farms, whose staff has been known to go the extra mile to bring a smile to patrons’ faces. Which farm will take the throne in this year’s Best of SRQ Local Reader’s Competition. Vote now! 

Vote Here!

[TODAY]  FOOD: Keep the Dream Alive , November 13, 7:00PM

The Jewish Housing Council Foundation's 7th Annual Keep the Dream Alive event will be held for the first time on the Aviva Campus (1951 N. Honore Ave., Sarasota) and feature a bountiful dessert extravaganza by Chef Paul Mattison and his crew. Benefitting the Jewish Housing Council Foundation's Benevolent Care Program, Keep the Dream Alive will allow JHCF to continue honoring the founders’ dream of assuring that qualified residents can age in place, even if they have exhausted their resources.

Aviva Senior Life Campus, 1951 N. Honore Ave Sarasota, Florida 34235

[TODAY]  FESTIVAL: Siesta Key Crystal Classic , November 10 – November 13

The 8th annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic returns this year with the promise of even more creative and jaw dropping exhibits. Come out and view 12 masterpieces made only from our #1 beach sand and water. Listen to live music everyday. NEW THIS YEAR - Visit us Friday or Saturday night for amazing colorful lit display of sculptures. Enjoy the many activities and vendors throughout the festival. 

Siesta Key Beach, 948 Beach Road Siesta Key, FL 34242

[SOON]  THEATER: A Christmas Story, The Musical , November 14 – December 10

This classic holiday tale centers on a mischievous, bespectacled boy, Ralphie, who dreams of getting a BB-gun for Christmas. In the weeks before the big holiday, Ralphie, his friends and his family get into all kinds of situations — including run-ins with a bully, a tongue stuck to a flagpole, a bar of soap in the mouth, a garish leg lamp, and a Chinese Christmas dinner.

Venice Theatre, 140 Tampa Ave W., Venice

[SOON]  SEMINAR: BASE Talks , November 14, 5:30pm

BASE Talks are an outreach lecture series centered around the core subjects of business, arts, science and entertainment. The presentations are designed to enhance community engagement and add value to the local arts and entertainment sectors. Learn more about these topics and become a smarter thinker. Tickets are $27, $30 or $37, depending on seating.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  THEATER: Evita , November 14 – December 30

Directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes and winner of eight Tony Awards, Evita is among the most passionate and memorable productions. The musical retells the story of Eva Perón, Argentina’s celebrated but controversial First Lady. This exemplary musical is set to impress with a spectacular new staging at Asolo Rep.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Orchid Mania , November 15, 12pm to 1pm

Utilizing material also included in the Orchid Show, this presentation will hone in on one of the most prized exotic plants of Victorian Birtian. Learn about the craze that came to be known as Orchid Mannia, and just how far nurserymen went to supply the orchid market. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: The Cheapskate's Handbook , November 16, 11am and 5:30pm

Local humorist Mifflin Lowe will be doing a chat and sign for his new book, The Cheapskate's Handbook. With over 200,000 copies sold, the book delves into the hilarities of life that often go unnoticed. Reservations are suggested for attendance the 11am session.

Bookstore1Sarasota, 12 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Echoes , November 17 – December 17

Tillie and Samira were born 175 years apart, but their parallel stories eerily mirror one another across generations. Tillie is a Victorian pioneer woman sent to Afghanistan to fulfill wifely duties for an officer of the British Raj, while Samira is a Muslim schoolgirl who runs away to Syria to become the jihadi bride of an ISIS fighter. Both are confronted with tragedy in war-torn lands as they face the oppressive realities of their male-dominated landscapes. For more information please visit www.urbanitetheatre.com for show times and tickets. 

Urbanite Theatre , 1487 Second Street, Sarasota

[SOON]  GALA: Motown Mania , November 17, 6pm

This gala combines cocktails and dinner with a can't miss show full of motown funk. This special performance is in honor of Audrey Coleman and Eva Slane of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe. Tickets are $200 and dress is cocktail attire.

Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe, 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

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