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"To be honest I wish we had 30,000 more square feet, just because there has been such tremendous demand."

- Jeff Garrison, S.J. Collins Enterprises

[Development]  Whole Foods Center Shows Growth in LWR
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A new commercial center anchored by a Whole Foods Market delivers the most recent sign of strong growth in the Lakewood Ranch-University Park area, as well as the continued demand for businesses supporting a healthy lifestyle.

University Station will officially open Jan. 31, and according to S.J. Collins Enterprises partner Jeff Garrison, the entire 53,746-square-foot center is already fully leased. Already, consumers can visit a Wawa, Zoe’s Kitchen, Greenway Dry Cleaner and Great Expressions Dental Center, and soon, Banfield Pet Hospital and Lee Nails will open as well.

“To be honest I wish we had 30,000 more square feet, just because there has been such tremendous demand,” he says. In filling the project, S.J. Collins has tried to make the development a daily use center for consumers. That’s partly because he knows Whole Foods customers are the types that visit the specialty grocer several times over the course of a month, if not over a week. Also, the grocer in other locations has effectively created a “third space” outside the work and home where people will hang out for extended periods, and the options in the center should feed into that synergy.

Options like Zoe’s follow a consumer demand for fast food options that are still nutritious. “People want to eat healthy but our lifestyles haven’t slowed down,” he says. The presence of medical facilities also will work well with type of activity Garrison expects at the center each day. “There’s an overwhelming demographic relationship between specialty grocery customers and people who own pets and are looking for that use,” he says. “Same with getting your child’s teeth cleaned.”

The center will also host the largest Tesla car charging station in Florida, something that will attract electric car owners in the area and those driving along nearby Interstate-75.

The greatest reason Garrison has confidence this center will perform well, though, is that customers in Lakewood Ranch are already making the trek to Whole Foods in Downtown Sarasota, a location that Garrison says is already overtaxed with consumers. That fact led Whole Foods to pursue this development in the first place, Garrison says. As growth continues between the University Park area and downtown, what used to be a 15-minute commute to the grocer could become a 25-minute trip quickly. The store will provide a closer place to those making a trip downtown and hopefully attract some more people who weren’t making that drive before, as well as many of the affluent consumers already flocking to destinations on University Parkway.

“The site will service both Manatee and Sarasota, it’s right on that dividing line,” he says. “Nearby, you have one of a handful of malls developed anywhere in the last five years. That shows the growth pattern on this corridor.”


Photo courtesy S.J. Collins Enterprises

[Opening]  Krupp Announces Opening of Studio and Gallery

Local artist Barbara Krupp has opened her own gallery in Barbara Krupp Fine Art. An Artist studio and gallery located in Vero Beach, FL, the space will be used to showcase Krupp’s work, as well as be a location for creatives and artists and designers and collectors to discuss the form and art of all kinds. Currently open by appointment, contact the artist and find out more at the website below. Krupp’s work is currently on display at Dabbert Gallery, in its new location on Palm Avenue. 

Barbara Krupp

[Community]  Music Compound Calling Local Musicians for Musician's Table

The Music Compound is looking to galvanize the local music scene by calling all Sarasota musicians and music enthusiasts to come join them January 13th for the Musicians Table. This event will feature five Florida based independent artists. For one night only they will all be in the same place sharing their personalities, stories and their music. The event will take place at Music Compound, a local business devoted to teaching and sharing music with students of all ages. Attendees can look forward to meet-and-greets with the artists, along with the opportunity to purchase their merchandise and receive autographs upon request. It is a bring-your-own-beer/wine event, but local food trucks will provide food for purchase. Featured artists include Tampa Bay singer/songwriter Geri X, American Roots and Circus Swing acoustic guitarist Dean Johanesen, Paul Formier of Wildroot, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Bystrom and local blues artist Steve Arvey. 

The Music Compound

[TODAY]  MUSIC: Perlman Music Program Winter Residency , December 21 – January 6

The Perlman Music Program’s (PMP) intensive 17-day Winter Residency offers unparalleled musical training for international students, ages 12 to 20+, who play the violin, viola, cello and bass. With a faculty led by Toby and Itzhak Perlman and comprising some of the most gifted musical talents of our time, the PMP Sarasota Winter Residency offers an artistic and personal experience that changes students' lives forever. The winter residency’s free public events include orchestra and chorus rehearsals, master classes, and works-in-progress student recitals. Question and answer sessions with the Perlmans, PMP students and faculty follow many of these events that take place in a heated, outdoor performance tent on the grounds of the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. Each year, the winter residency culminates with the Celebration Concert with Itzhak Perlman conducting the PMP String Orchestra and Patrick Romano leading the PMP Chorus at the Sarasota Opera House. 

USF Sarasota-Manatee, 8350 N. Tamiami Trail Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  MUSIC: An Evening in Mayberry , January 5

The Dillards are a a musical group with a history dating back to The Andy Griffith Show over 50 years ago. Join them for an evening in Mayberry, and have the opportunity to relive musical memories and meet some of the Mayberry friendly faces. Tickets are $22 in advance and $25 at the door.

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Ct., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Musical Landscapes , January 6, 7:30pm

See the world from your seat with an evening of musical panoramas. Whitacre's luminous reimagining of the River Cam, which flowed past his window at Cambridge University, features Sarasota Orchestra's own principal cellist Natalie Helm. Hailed for his "energy and enthusiasm," guest conductor Stefan Sanders dynamically guides guests on this matchless musical tour. 

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  GALLERY: Cast, Cut and Cold - Glass , January 8 – March 24

Technically amazing and visually stunning examples of creations by more than two dozen masters of glass art including Peter Bremers, Vadlec Ciglar and Irene Frolic astound in this exhibition. Numerous examples, styles and methods of glass casting and etching are represented in this one-of-a-kind gallery.

Ringling College of Art and Design Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Shakespeare in Love , January 10 – March 28

Adapted for the stage by Lee Hall, Shakespeare in Love will offer an entrancing theater production that follows the story of Will Shakespeare, a struggling playwright tormented by writer’s block. To his rescue comes the vivacious Viola, Will’s greatest admirer. But Viola has a secret and Will finds himself star cross’d.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: The Mountaintop , January 10 – February 18

This performance depicts a fictionalized portrayal of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his last night of his life. With a theatrical imagination, the play gives viewers a window into what went on in the legendary man's life, and what his hopes, vulnerabilities and fears were.

Westcoast Black Theatre , 1646 10th Way, Sarasota

[SOON]  SEMINAR: SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit Call for Applications , January 10

SRQ MEDIA is calling for 6th, 7th & 8th grade girls to find your inner “roar” at the 2018 SMARTgirl Mentorship Summit and Luncheon on Friday, March 16, 2018 from 10:30am-1:30pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

Explore the possibilities and celebrate every girl’s potential at SMARTgirl. Participants will engage in an innovative program designed to educate middle school girls in 6th, 7th and 8th grades on career imaginings and the tools they need to succeed through mentorship, soft skills training and hands-on workshops with some of the community’s top women leaders.


Hyatt Regency Sarasota , 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  GALLERY: Shine the Light Opening Night Reception , January 10, 5:30pm

This three-tier, multi-media exhibition focuses on the current and historical aspects of refugee displacement, persecution and the struggles of finding home. The show features a glass installation by Laura Donefer, photo essay exhibition by Charlotte Schmitz and a short film preview by director Dave Marshall and Deborah Haber. The exhibition is curated under the direction of Deborah Haber, executive artistic director of DEEP Arts, a nonprofit arts organization whose mission focuses on the promotion of new works.

Alfstad& Contemporary, 1419 5th St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  THEATER: Nine , January 11 – January 28, 2pm, 7:30pm or 8pm depending on day

Guido Contini is a wreck and dreading his 40th birthday, a dread that stifles the easy flow of his creative juices. He runs off to Venice in search of inspiration. In a swirl of present issues, revisiting traumatic memories and grasping at women likes straws, Contini finds himself on the verge of total annihilation.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 3rd Ave. W., Bradenton

[SOON]  SEMINAR: An Evening With Audrey , January 11, 5:30-8:00pm

Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993) was one of the greatest fashion icons and screen legends in history whose innate style and kindness captivated the world. Pamela Fiori, former editor in chief of Town & Country and Travel & Leisure magazines and six-time published author, presents a portrait of a much beloved woman, award-winnng actress, devoted mother, humanist, passionate gardener and Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Join SRQ MEDIA and WIB Trailblazer Honoree Pamela Fiori for an enchanting evening of sparkling cocktails, conversation and exploration into Hepburn’s luminosity through images, film and stories.

Mildred Sainer Pavilion, New College , 5313 Bay Shore Rd, Sarasota, FL 34243

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Emily Larned , January 12 – March 17

This exhibition celebrates the ten-year anniversary of Impractical Labor in Service of the Speculative Arts (ILSSA), a social engaged art project founded in 2008 to investigate labor, time, and what we value. A selection from the first ten years of the project will be featured, and ILSSA co-founder Emily Larned will be in-residence in the gallery for the first two weeks of the show.

Ringling College of Art and Design Gallery, 2700 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

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