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"He's an interesting person, and yes a controversial person, and he has a story to tell."

- Caroline Wetherington, Women for Trump

[Politics]  Roger Stone To Visit Sarasota At Legal Fundraiser
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

Roger Stone, one of the most controversial figures in the Russian meddling investigation, will soon visit Sarasota to raise dollars for his legal defense fund. Women for Trump on May 13 will host “An Evening with Roger Stone.” 

The controversial confidante of President Donald Trump faces charges he lied to prosecutors about pursuit of hacked emails and damaging information about Democrat Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. But a federal judge on Wednesday granted permission to Stone to make a trip to Sarasota.

“A lot of people are interested in controversy,” said Caroline Wetherington, founder of Women for Trump. “He’s a very controversial person, and he’s having a real tough time right now personally.”

Wetherington said several members of her group know Stone, who lives part-time in South Florida and has regularly held speaking engagements there. 

The Stone event will take place at Gold Coast Eagle Distributing in Sarasota. Tickets cost $50, or $75 to attend a VIP Private Reception. Stone will also hold a book signing, and those who buy the high-cost ticket will get a free book. Proceeds support the Roger Stone Defense Fund.

Wetherington said her motive in hosting Stone is to bring an interesting personality to the area.

“I’m not doing this because I think this guy is a wonderful person and we all have to support him,” she said. “He’s an interesting person, and yes a controversial person, and he has a story to tell.

“With what’s going on in costs, I don’t know how much he’s able to tell,” she said.

She did suggest nobody should bring preconceived thoughts about Stone before he speaks.

“I find him an interesting character in the whole saga of everything going on,” Wetherington said. “I don’t think he committed any crimes, but maybe I’m wrong. At this point, I’m being open-minded and ready to hear what he has to say.” 

[Health]  Water + Sole Looks to Set Sarasotans On the Right Foot
Philip Lederer, Phil.Lederer@srqme.com

With all the benefits of a walkable downtown area full of restaurants to visit, theaters to attend, boutiques to shop in and public art to admire, comes that one pesky drawback—sore and stinking feet after a long day hustling in the Sarasota sun. But where some see obstacles, entrepreneurs see opportunity, and the newly opened Water + Sole Foot Spa aims to turn barking dogs into pampered pups with accessible and affordable massage for the Sarasotan on the go.

Located off Second Street by Whole Foods, the escape begins the moment customers enter the door, with curtains blocking out the harsh sun and essential oils perfuming the air—and this quick transformation is part of the Water + Sole ethos, which aims to get customers in, massaged and spoiled, and back to their day as quickly as possible. “The massage for the modern person,” says owner Doug King. With no messy oils, long waits or even a need to disrobe, a massage at Water + Sole is all about getting rejuvenated and refreshed before heading right back to work or hitting the town for round two.

Led into the back by one of the spa’s licensed massage therapists—“Specialists, not generalists,” says King, who wanted something more sophisticated and a step above the casual cosmetologist foot rub—and visitors have seemingly left Florida far behind, arriving in a dimly lit and cavernous room full of Himalayan salt lamps, soothing music and 15 evenly spaced and arranged massage stations, separated by flowing diaphanous curtains.

Guests can choose one of two services—either the 25-minute massage or the 50-minute massage. Both begin with a seated foot soak (aromatherapeutic oils by request), as the massage therapist tends to the neck and shoulders, before guiding clients to a reclining position for some special attention to the calves and feet. Swaddled in a warm blanket and with a warm cloth over the eyes, this is where many clients fall asleep, or “drift,” as King puts it. The 25-minute massage ends there, but the 50-minute includes additional arm and hand massage. Importantly, phones are off and talking is kept to a minimum.

“This is providing a more accommodating and less intimidating form of body work,” says Spa Manager Samantha Wuerfel, who, along with King, sees Water + Sole as more than a spa, but as a refuge from a world constantly asking for more. “We’re all so connected to our phones and the business of our lives,” she says. “This gives people a chance to actually connect with themselves—to connect with their bodies, listen to what’s going on and promote well-being.”

And for King, who wants to see Water + Sole franchise across Sarasota, this is just the first step—for him and Sarasota. “Taking care of our feet—doing therapeutic massage and pampering them a little bit—absolutely helps your health,” says King. “Truly, health starts from the feet up.” 

Pictured: Three dimly lit massage stations in the back area of Water + Sole Foot Spa. Photo by Kevin Quick of PhotoSRQ.

[Mattison's ]  Bourbon, Mattison's style

An exciting new collaboration has developed between acclaimed distillery Knob Creek and local chef and restaurateur, Paul Mattison just in time for Mint Julep season. In 2018, Knob Creek approached Chef Paul with an opportunity to create a barrel of bourbon that would be crafted specifically for Mattison’s group of restaurants in the Sarasota-Bradenton region. Chef Paul enthusiastically agreed and worked with his team to curate a smooth-tasting bourbon with character, spice, flavor and warmth. Chef Paul sought a delicious flavor profile that had a good personality to match. After being distilled in Kentucky, an entire single barrel arrived at Mattison’s. Eager to try this special, crafted bourbon? Mattison’s exclusive bourbon can be found in all three of Chef Paul’s restaurants as well as The Van Wezel Performing Arts Center for pre-show dining. Save the date and get ready to break out your best derby garb - Mattison’s will feature their bourbon in chef created menu features and crafted cocktail specials, as well as a Kentucky Derby Hat Contest on Saturday, May 4. Winners will be announced right before the derby and will receive a $50 Mattison’s Gift Card. Winners will be judged by Mattison’s management and staff. The pageantry of horses and hats is always fun but let’s face it- the star of the show is sure to be Mattison’s very own barrel of liquid gold.  

Mattison’s City Grille, 1 North Lemon Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 330-0440

Mattison’s Forty-One, 7275 Tamiami Trail, South Sarasota, FL 34231 (941) 921-3400

Mattison’s Riverwalk Grille, 101 Riverfront Blvd, Bradenton, FL 34205 (941) 986-9660

Mattison’s is a member of Nosh, SRQ magazine's content marketing program for local restaurants.  

Image provided by Mattison's 

Click here to visit Mattison's website

[Government]  Manatee County Approves Near $23 Million in Infrastructure Improvement

Manatee County Commissioners have unanimously approved major updates to the infrastructure sales tax spending plan that will pave the way for a new library in East Manatee, an animal shelter to replace the aging Animal Services facility in Palmetto, pickleball courts at G.T. Bray Park and more. The action also creates more funding for the Lincoln Park community pool and for street improvements at 60th Avenue East, the crowded road leading to the Ellenton Premium Outlets. All together the Board approved nearly $23 million in modified funding from the voter-approved half-cent for infrastructure.
The vote includes: $8 million in funding for a new Manatee County Animal Services Shelter tentatively planned for a vacant County-owned parcel off State Road 64 north of the Lena Road Landfill, which triggers a new fundraiser by the Animal Network to raise another $2 million for future improvements to the new shelter; $2.9 million for pickleball courts at G.T. Bray district park; $2 million for Lincoln Pool; and $6.6 million for the East County library tentatively planned for the County's Premier Sports Complex.

All of the funding changes come within the infrastructure sales tax, which brings in about $25 million each year to unincorporated Manatee County. 

Manatee County Government

[Government]  Monday Brings Grand Opening for St. Armands Garage

The City of Sarasota will host a grand opening ceremony for the St. Armands Garage at 57 North Adams Drive, on Monday, April 29 at 11am.  The public is invited to join the festivities, which will include tours of the facility, ribbon cutting and remarks from St. Armands business leaders as well as City officials.

The four-story garage, located within a short stroll to the shops and restaurants along St. Armands Circle, includes 484 parking spaces with 23 additional spaces available in the surface lot adjacent to the garage. Amenities include:  five electric vehicle charging stations (one DC fast charger), bicycle storage and repair station, public restrooms, exterior stairwells for improved safety and a light well that disperses natural sunlight through the facility.  90 solar panels are now generating renewable energy to help power the garage, highlighting the City’s commitment to power municipal facilities with 100 percent renewable energy by 2030. 

City of Sarasota Parking Information

[Healthcare]  Hemstead Named COO at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

Peter Hemstead is the new chief operating officer at Doctors Hospital of Sarasota. Hemstead will manage the daily operations of the hospital, several departments and key service lines. He will also oversee hospital facilities, construction and renovation projects. He was previously the Assistant Administrator at Brandon Regional Hospital in Brandon, FL, with direct oversight of several departments, more than 500 employees and numerous construction and expansion projects. He was also previously the Director of Clinical Excellence Facility Interface Team at Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) in Nashville, Tennessee.

Before working in healthcare, Hemstead served in the United States Coast Guard on helicopter search and rescue teams. 

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota

[Business]  GCCF Accepting Applications for Summer 2019 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute

Gulf Coast Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the Summer 2019 Gulf Coast Board Institute.

Gulf Coast will select up to 20 applicants to participate in the upcoming Board Institute. The group will meet four consecutive Fridays from July 12 to August 2, covering topics including the fundamentals of nonprofit board governance, financial and legal oversight responsibilities and how to create a highly functioning and engaged board. Gulf Coast provides all training and resources at no cost to participants in exchange for their commitment to serve as advocates for good board governance in current and future nonprofit board roles. Applicants must be currently active board members at a nonprofit in the region to be considered. Because of high demand, applicants must sign a commitment that they will attend all four days if selected.

The deadline to apply is May 17. 

Gulf Coast Board Institute Applications

[Business]  Omeza Announces Board of Managers

Sarasota-based Omeza closed on its most recent funding round on March 28, exceeding its $5MM goal by $0.75MM and attracting its board members in the process. A medtech and consumer healthcare company, Omeza invited a select group of individuals to invest in its breakthrough technology, which is initially aimed at healing and preventing chronic leg and foot ulcers. Currently launching the second of its core OmezaTM omega oil products, the company will focus on evidence generation this quarter, as well as building out its marketing, sales and logistics capacity.

With the close of this round came the appointment of a Board of Managers. Omeza’s Board Chairman is Joel Morganroth, M.D., P.C., former CEO of (ERT) eResearch Technology Inc. Additional Board members are Ronald G. Gelbman, Executive Committee Member and Chairman of Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics at Johnson & Johnson; Robert A. Essner, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wyeth; A.G. Lafley, former Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble; and Thomas Gardner, Omeza CEO and Founder. 


[Healthcare]  Coastal Orthopedics Specialist Publishes Spinal Research in ANA Journal

Dr. Richard H. Bundschu, an interventional pain management specialist with Coastal Orthopedics, was one of nine physicians worldwide whose high-frequency spinal cord stimulation (HF-SCS) research was recently published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology, an open-access journal of the American Neurological Association.

Select physicians were chosen to validate real-world results utilizing Nevro’s HF10 technology, and Bundschu has some of the best results in the world. High-frequency spinal cord stimulation at 10 kHz has been proven effective in the treatment of chronic back and leg pain in a randomized, controlled trial. Prior to this study, however, large observational studies had yet to be performed and published.

During the real-world, multicenter study, 1,660 patients with chronic trunk and/or limb pain were implanted with HF-SCS at 10 kHz. Of the 1,660 patients who were implanted, approximately 100 were Bundschu’s patients. At the end of the review, more than 70 percent of patients treated with HF-SCS experienced at least 50 percent pain relief throughout the 12 months of follow-up. The majority of the patients also reported an improved quality of life, specifically in terms of function and the ability to sleep comfortably. 

Coastal Orthopedics

[LOVE LOCAL]  SRQ's Annual LOVE LOCAL | Live Local Hometown Guide, Now Closing May 8, 2019

SRQ MAGAZINE’S Love Local | Hometown Guide is a carefully curated book of vibrant images and quotes that comes with a powerful social media engine. Love Local | Hometown Guide is SRQ‘s love letter to our local community, featuring pages devoted to the most magical things to see, do, taste and enjoy in our region. Through this publication we invite the reader to celebrate the people and places of our hometown.

Powerful DistributionLove Local | Hometown Guide will have a print run of 30,000 copies, distributed through 60+ high-frequency locations including hotels, accommodations, venues, the SRQ Airport, rental car locations, and arts and culture organizations and 30+ community events.

Powerful Social Media—Advertisers in the Love Local | Hometown Guide will receive significant exposure featured in SRQ MAGAZINE’S LIVE LOCAL Instagram channel. Your gorgeous Instagram images will also appear on the official #LOVELOCAL Reel, on-screen during all events produced by SRQ MEDIA throughout the year.

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

Early Space Closing: May 8, 2019

Materials Deadline: August 15, 2019 

[TODAY]  GALA: An Emerald Evening , April 25

Join NAMI Sarasota County for an evening to raise awareness and support youth and family mental health programs in our community. The event will include dinner catered by Michael's on East, open bar, live auction, and music and entertainment by the one and only Jonathan Cortez.

Michael's On East Ballroom, 1212 East Avenue, Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Wednesday's Child , April 3 – May 24

A world premiere from Mark St Germain, when a young surrogate mother is found dead, a police investigation explodes the lives of everyone who knew her. As Detective aleece Valez and Walt Dixon begin to put the pieces together, secrets surface, alibis weaken, and lies are uncovered. This dramatic new play explores motherhood, passion, and the thin line between right and wrong.

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 North Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Love Sung in the Key of Aretha , March 13 – April 28

Four women musically review their life experiences as told through the songs made famous by the late and legendary “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin. Join to pay tribute to one of America’s most iconic voices in this joyful appreciation of Aretha’s music and its impact on our lives.

Westcoast Black Theatre Mainstage, 1646 10th Way., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay For Life Of Venice , April 26 – April 27, 7:00pm - 7:00am

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Money raised from Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services. People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event. Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: A Journey Through India , April 26 – April 28

Created in collaboration with local community partners, the festival will celebrate the performing and visual arts, literature, flavors and thought of historical and contemporary India. Friday, April 26, the festival will kick off with a Bollywood dance party in the Museum of Art Courtyard. Saturday, April 27, look forward to a day-long program of cultural exploration, including a series of lectures from scholars speaking on various aspects of Indian culture; music and dance performances by community groups; art-making and other activities for families; and a market featuring local food and artisan vendors. Sunday, the Festival culminates with a free, celebratory morning Hatha yoga event on the Ca’ d’Zan terrace.

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Bazaar Birthday Bash , May 1

Celebrate The Bazaar’s one year birthday with live music by Kaleidogroove, free beer from JDub’s, smoothies from Cha Cha Coconuts and cupcakes from Bad Girls Baking Co-Op. Also find art demos, great shopping, food truck and more surprises.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Phoebe Hunt and the Gatherers , May 2

Named one of the ‘Top 10 New Country Artists you Need to Know’ by Rolling Stone Country, Phoebe Hunt is an accomplished Americana instrumentalist with foundations in jazz and swing music.  Phoebe is skilled at taking seemingly disparate elements and pulling them together in a dazzling kaleidoscope of lush, coherent sound and rhythm patterns. The result is music that swells, crashes, and breathes organically under Phoebe’s soulful, plaintive voice.

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

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Hear Me Roar Women in Business Leadership and Awards Luncheon , May 2, 10:30am-1pm

Join us for the 2019 Hear Me Roar Awards and Leadership Luncheon taking place on Thursday, May 2, 2019 from 10:30am to 1pm at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota in Sarasota. Every year, this incredibly powerful event features a nationally-recognized keynote speaker, a noted luminary who has made a significant impact in their field and the announcement of the winners of this year’s 2019 Women in Business Competition. We are thrilled to announce this year's Keynote Speaker Geralyn Lucas, author, breast cancer survivor and inspirational speaker and this year's 2019 Trailblazer Award Recipient, Journalist and Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Butler Gilliam. Stories collected over the course of the past year's Women in Business initiative will be shared along with the announcement of the 2019 inductees into the Women in Business Leadership Circle who will engage in the science and art and mentorship through regional programming aimed to empower women—from 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th-grade girls in Sarasota and Manatee counties to professionals looking to expand their capacity for leadership. Tickets online through March 25.

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Evolving/Revolving , May 2 – May 5

"Evolving/Revolving" is becoming SCD's annual homage to the 'upbringing' of Sarasota Contemporary Dance. The final performance of the season will be comprised of diverse, new works by past company collaborators and/or dancers as well as works brought back by popular demand. This year's production will feature Gerri Houlihan, Pamela Pietro, and an aerial work by SCD Co-Founder, Rachael Inman.

Jane B. Cook Theatre, FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Plena Adentro , May 4

Plena’s origins can be traced back to the changes in society caused by Puerto Rico’s transfer from Spanish to U.S. rule, and the abolition of slavery which caused displaced colonial sugar cane workers to seek economic opportunities in the growing cities of the island. While it is important to study Plena given the popularity of its folkloric style, it is equally as important because it is a living tradition that is still an active part of Puerto Rico today, marking important occasions in the lives of our people, from birth to death, and even street protests.

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

[SOON]  THEATER: Sweeney Todd- The Demon Barber of Fleet Street , May 4 – June 1

This murder and revenge in 19th Century London has shocked audiences. Unjustly imprisoned for 15 years, barber Sweeney Todd returns to take his revenge on the judge who took him from his family. When he partners with Mrs. Lovett and opens a barber practice above her meat pie ship, Todd’s need for vengeance increases. Their notoriety soars until Todd comes face to face with the judge. This thrilling theatrical treat is Sondheim at his very best.

Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Run4Love FUN-K , May 4

Run and honor the LGBTQ+ history, at the Ringling Bridge. The Fun-K welcomes everyone just wear your silliest light-up, glowing, flashing, blinking costumes and show up!  Get some cool stuff, including a limited-edition T-shirt of the first-ever Harvey Milk Run4Love! Participants 21+ will also get a free beer alongside some great food offerings from The Overton Restaurant.

JD Hamel Park, JD Hamel Park, Bayfront Dr., Sarasota

[SOON]  THEATER: Tomorrow's Voices Today , May 5

Witness a choral festival incorporating more than 200 singers of all ages. Maestro Caulkins inspires music-making at the highest levels, planting seeds that will ripen throughout students’ lives with an eclectic program from classics to contemporary. Key Chorale’s 6th annual collaboration with the Sarasota County Schools will feature Pine View, Venice and North Port High School choirs performing separately and alongside Key Chorale.

Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Ave., Venice

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: An Afternoon of Operetta , May 12

Two centuries after the beginnings of operetta - a form of opera with light music and subject matter - it continues to delight audiences worldwide. Our production showcases the work of favorite composers Gilbert & Sullivan, Franz von Suppe' and Jacques Offenbach. Revel in the glorious melodies featurning soloists, chorus and instrumentalists.

Sarasota Opera HOuse , 61 NOrth Pineapple Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Relay for Life Sarasota , May 18

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is the world’s largest movement to end cancer. Money raised from Relay For Life helps the American Cancer Society save lives by funding ground breaking research to discover cancer’s causes and cures and help people facing cancer today with free programs and services. People form teams and raise money together leading up to the event. Then, everyone comes together for a night of fun that celebrates cancer survivors, remembers loved ones lost to cancer, and unites us in our commitment to fight back against the disease.

Van Wezel , 777 N Tamiami Trl, Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  FOOD: Morton's Market 50th Anniversary Party , May 19

Join Morton's Market to celebrate their 50 Year Anniversary. Food & Fun! Live music & raffle prizes! All proceeds to benefits the Morton Culinary Education Fund.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Fur, Feather, Flora & Fauna , May 21 – June 21

An all media, open exhibition throughout all galleries. Includes Art & Animals on June 1—a fun family day with animals and art, nonprofit organizations, information, activities and photo opportunities. Guests are invited to bring their leashed, well behaved pets.

ArtCenter Manatee, 209 9th St W., Bradenton

[SOON]  HEALTH: Warrior Pose For Warriors: A Yoga Fundraiser Supporting Veterans at the Sarasota Opera House , May 23

An evening with Operation Warrior Resolution (OWR) supporting military servicemembers with yoga, breath and body work and sound immersions on the stage of the legendary Sarasota Opera House. The event will be led by popular yogi master and Lululemon ambassador, Ms. Ashley Stewart. All proceeds will support OWR’s mission of providing immediate and effective mental health care at no cost for all U.S. military veterans and family members. Operation Warrior Resolution is a locally-based military nonprofit celebrating its first year as an officially recognized 501 c3 with a warrior pose for warriors – doing a downward dog on the same very stage a young Elvis Presley once shook his hips and sang “Hound Dog” at the Sarasota Opera House.


A variety of small eats and juices will be provided by local vendors in the courtyard immediately afterwards. Spots are limited, so get your ticket today and support our country’s warriors with a warrior pose yourself at the Sarasota Opera House!

Sarasota Opera House

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: SRQ Margarita Festival , May 25, 2:00PM - 10:00PM

Join us for the inaugural SRQ Margarita Festival, the perfect combination of live music and margaritas. Enjoy a variety of margarita flavors, 5 great bands, the areas best food trucks, games, anda spectacular firework display to end the night. Tickets are limited and are on sale now. Proceeds from event will benefit Turning Points, Barking Out Loud Rescue, and Farm Dog Fosters. #SRQritafest

Van Wezel, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota.

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