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SRQ DAILY Jun 18, 2019

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"The vendors could really use the community's help by attending as much as possible."

- Phil Pagano, Sarasota Farmers Market

[Community]  Downtown Streetscape Construction Still Underway
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Pedestrians and drivers alike couldn’t help but notice that the Main Street and Lemon Avenue intersection implemented designated roadblocks and downtown detours on Tuesday, May 28. Construction swifty took place that morning and is set to last a total of five weeks on a $3-million streetscaping project voted by City Commissioners—adding in new, red bricks onto the sidewalks, and removing the curbs to be at street level.

While the cosmetic rework will look and feel more pedestrian-friendly, the construction closures to the highly-trafficked intersection has affected area merchants for business—taking away a number of Main Street parking spots and blocking storefront walkways. Despite the divergent perspectives between taxpayers and City Commissioners of whether the streetscape uplift was truly necessary or not, Sarasota Farmers Market Executive Director Phil Pagano believes it will ultimately “enhance the market in many ways, including the redesign of Paul Thorpe Park.”

Earlier this year, the vendors relocated to avoid construction—shifting from State Street and South Lemon Avenue to the North side of Lemon and trickling down 1st Street. This move did not affect the size or scope of the market and Pagano hopes it does not affect the weekend attendees now either. He urges locals to continue coming out to Saturday’s farmers market during the continued construction process. “The vendors could really use the community’s help by attending as much as possible,” he says for those hesitant to head to the area for the coming weeks.

The intersection concept plan is said to be completed by July 4th weekend. And a reminder, the Sarasota Farmers Market is open year-round, 7am-1pm every Saturday, rain or shine.


Photo provided by Sarasota Farmers Market

[ShopTalk]  Polka Dots and Pooches Make for Eye-Catching Italian Imports
Madison Holmes

Embrace your inner pop artist with these new pooch-painted totes by Gabs, an Italian luxury handbag brand making its Sarasota debut appearance at Italian Idea on Pineapple Avenue. Along with sporting a non-traditional polka-dot print and pup-coated design, these bags convert into three different shapes, making the Gabs G3 a versatile and functional handbag appealing to anyone looking for a bold addition to their closet. Made in Italy from genuine fine leather, the G3 can change from a simple messenger to a stand-alone evening tote with the punch of a few buckle snaps located on the sides and bottom of each purse. Every G3 also comes with a matching shoulder strap and reusable grocery bag for additional practicality and methods of wear. Each purse from the “Gabs Loves Animals” collection features a different polka dot palette and dog breed wrapped around the fine leather, including golden retrievers, dachshunds, pugs and french bulldogs.

Italian Idea is one of only six exclusive merchants to carry Gabs handbags in the US. Prices range from $205–$234. 

Photo by Madison Holmes.

Italian Idea, 136 South Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-952-3303.

[At the Table]  Savor Sarasota Extends Through Summer

Visit Sarasota County (VSC) has announced that nearly 50 of the Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week participating restaurants will continue the promotion, where guests can enjoy prix-fixe, multi-course lunch and dinner menus for just $16 and $32 per person. Below are lists of restaurants continuing to offer Savor Sarasota menus through summer.

Extending through June: Bravo Coastal Bar & Kitchen, Brick’s Smoked Meats, Bridges Restaurant in Embassy Suites, Café Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar, Duval's Fresh.Local.Seafood, Element Modern Mediterranean Grill, Harry's Continental Kitchens, Italian Tradition Restaurant & Martini Bar, Kona Grill, Melange, Miguel’s, Ristorante San Marco, Roessler's Restaurant, Shore, Sophie’s at Saks Fifth Avenue, The Bistro at The Concession Golf Club, The Melting Pot, Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Bar (except 6/15 & 6/16) and Venezia Restaurant.

Extending through July: Alpine Steakhouse, Amore Restaurant, Bonefish Grill – Sarasota, Hyde Park Prime Steakhouse and Le Petit Jardin Café.

Extending through August: Bevardi’s Salute! Restaurant, Fins @ Sharky's (dinner only), La Dolce Vita (Tuesday through Thursday only), Lolita Tartine, Mona Lisa Restaurant, The Rosemary, Tokaj Restaurant and Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill.

Extending through September or later: Andrea’s Restaurant, Beulah Restaurant, Bonefish Grill – Venice, Café BarBosso, Café Gabbiano (Sunday through Thursday only), Cassariano Italian Eatery (UTC and Venice locations), Chaz 51 Bistro, Crab & Fin, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse (except for Father’s Day), Ophelia's on the Bay, Patrick’s 1481, Ruth’s Chris Steak House (through Sept. 29) and Sardinia Restaurant. 

Savor Sarasota

[Business]  Pinnacle Promotes Smith to Partner and Vice President of Customer Relationships

Craig Smith has been promoted to partner and vice president of customer relationships for Pinnacle Community Association Management, the Sarasota-based company, which provides comprehensive management services for small to medium-sized homeowners and condominium associations throughout Southwest Florida. A Licensed Community Association Manager (LCAM) with more than 18 years’ experience in community service contracting, delivery and management, Smith will spearhead Pinnacle’s client-building, marketing and community outreach efforts, while also managing a portfolio of existing clients for the company.

Before joining Pinnacle in October 2018, Smith was an executive manager with Allied Universal and former equity partner with ALERT Protective Services. He also served for nine years as a regional president for Securitas Security Services USA, where he managed a $250 million region that included over 7,500 employees. Prior to that, he held the position of director of solutions development for G4S, a global security solutions firm. 

Pinnacle Community Association Management

[Business]  Sarasota Yacht Club Completes Spinnaker Pool Bar and Outdoor Kitchen

The Sarasota Yacht Club recently completed renovations of its new $1.2 million Spinnaker pool bar and outdoor kitchen. SYC member and architect Mark Sultana designed the addition, continuing the usage of his hallmark Coastal Contemporary design used on the creation of the main clubhouse. Sultana is the principal architect for DSDG where his work is defined by clean lines and natural materials and textures.  Michael Dooley of MM Dooley Group, Inc. served as the lead contractor for the six month project which also included new pavers and pool-side furniture from Outdoor by Design. The bar features seating for 20, four large screen televisions, a full-service bar and a free-standing kitchen. Roll down shades were added that allow members to enjoy the pool bar and view, regardless of the weather. 

Sarasota Yacht Club

[Survey]  Share Your Story - SRQ Magazine's 2019 Readers Engagement Survey, Closes July 1st

There's still time to connect with the team at SRQ Magazine | Live Local and Love Local for the 2019 Readers Engagement Survey. We invite readers to share their thoughts on how they want to enjoy their time with the magazine—from the types of stories we cover to the way we lay them out in our pages. We want to know what you'd like to see more of in our coverage. Thank you for sharing your insights with us. Click below to take the survey before it closes on July 1st. 

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[TODAY]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Gauguin's Voyage to Paradise , February 10 – June 30

Just as Paul Gauguin left an indelible mark on the post-Impressionist art world, the deep impact of botanical imagery on his work cannot be denied. This exhibition will highlight the essential role of botanicals in achieving the artist’s vision of the savage, primitive and exotic. Together with lush displays of tropical plants in the conservatory and gardens, the show will feature dramatic woodcuts and rarely seen works in other mediums by the artist.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 South Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: Fourth Quarter: Senior Athletes, their Indomitable Spirit , April 13 – July 21

This exhibition features new work by acclaimed photojournalist David Burnett, commissioned by his 2017 Greenfield Prize at the Hermitage Artist Retreat. For this latest project, Fourth Quarter, Burnett spent nearly two years photographing senior-aged athletes from around the country who dedicate themselves to serious physical competition and team sports. In this engaging series, he treats his subjects with reverence as he celebrates their tenacity and challenges notions of aging in the 21st century.

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[TODAY]  GALLERY: Myakka Light , May 25 – June 28

Frank Bibbins has used infrared and low color imagery to capture the evolving landscape of the Myakka River and State Park over the past decade. This photography exhibit not only presents an intimate look at the preserve but concentrates on conservation and preservation. A public reception will be held June 7, 6-9pm.

Art Uptown Gallery, 1367 Main St., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Around the World in 80 Days , June 7 – June 23

Eight actors, 109 characters, six trains, six boats, four flights, one storm, a circus act and an elephant take center stage in this play. When Phileas Fogg and servant Passepartout board the train in London in 1875, he has only 80 days to travel the world to win a wager with his fellow members at the Reform Club. An adventure lies ahead that includes romance, danger and surprises with Scotland Yard pursuing him at every turn.


Asolo Repertory Theatre, 5555 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Summer Circus Spectacular , June 11 – August 3

This family-friendly spectacular showcases some of the finest circus artists from around the world, performing acts to thrill audiences of all ages. Show times are 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Tickets for preview shows, June 11-14, are just $12; for the remainder of the run tickets are $16/adults, $12/children 12 and under.

Historic Asolo Theatre, 5401 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  BUSINESS: June BCE at Siesta Key Palms Hotel , June 20

Mix and mingle with fellow Siesta Key Chamber members at the June Business Card Exchange hosted by Siesta Key Palms Hotel. Join for complimentary drinks, appetizers, and chances to win prizes. Don't forget to bring business cards and a door prize to promote businesses. 

Siesta Key Palms Hotel, 1800 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Big Night Out , June 21

Join us for The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall’s FREE outdoor summertime concert series! The events run from 5-9pm and are located on the Bayside Lawn of the Van Wezel. Each of the four events will feature food trucks, beverage vendors and more – it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a summer sunset over Sarasota Bay.


Kicking off Friday Fest 2019 is Big Night Out – a grooving six-piece dance band performing Latin, R&B and Island dance music! A powerful horn section and Latin percussion add to the commanding vocals of Frank Alverez. Dance the night away with a perfect view of the Sarasota sunset as Big Night Out’s kicks off our annual summer concert series!

Van Wezel

[SOON]  THEATER: Junie B. Jones The Musical , June 21 – June 22

Junie B. starts her first day of first grade, where she encounters many changes. Her best friend finds new best friends. She makes friends with Herb, the new kid. She has problems reading the blackboard in Mr. Scary’s class. Include the friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament, and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” First grade has never been more exciting! A Kidz Camp production.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Avenue West, Bradenton.

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Wigs and Wit , June 25, 8pm

This showcase features a head-to-head battle of the wits between the area's most fabulous drag queens and hilarious stand-up comics. Music, comedy and surprises make this a unique live experience. Hosted by Jeff Klein and Sarasota's favorite hometown girl, Miss Beneva Fruitville.

McCurdy's Comedy Theatre, 1923 Ringling Blvd.

[SOON]  THEATER: Ethel Waters: His Eye is on the Sparrow , June 26 – August 10

This powerful musical biography celebrates the life of actress and singer Ethel Waters. From abject poverty to Broadway and Hollywood stardom, Ethel Waters crossed racial barriers to become a legend. No matter what challenges she faced, music gave Waters strength, solace, and success. 

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Elvis Jailhouse Ballroom Revival! , June 30, 7pm–9pm

From his romantic ballads to his lively jives, embark on a journey through the era of Elvis. Choreographed and directed by world-renowned three-time World Champion, Wilson Barrera, this production is performed by both the professional dance instructors and students of Wilson's Dance Club International. Experience Elvis like never before.

Manatee Performing Arts Center, 502 Third Ave. W

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Share Your Story - SRQ Magazine's Reader Engagement Survey , July 1

There's still time to connect with the team at SRQ Magazine | Live Local and Love Local for the 2019 Readers Engagement Survey. We invite readers to share their thoughts on how they want to enjoy their time with the magazine—from the types of stories we cover to the way we lay them out in our pages. We want to know what you'd like to see more of in our coverage. Thank you for sharing your insights with us. To take the survey, visit SRQMAG.COM/HelloReader before July 1st.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: SB2 Transformation in Philanthropy Symposium- July 25; 11:30am-1pm , July 25, Registration 11am. Program 11:30am-1pm.

Join us for the SB2: Transformation in Philanthropy Luncheon on Thursday, July 25, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota from 11:30am to 1pm. The topic of discussion will be creating bold and resonant impact through the nonprofit mission. Registration opens at 11am. Panelists include special guests: David Moore of Moore Strategic Consulting, Sabeen Perwaiz of the Florida Nonprofit Alliance and Lilly Weinberg of the Knight Foundation. Tickets: $55/person. Table Sponsorships Available. Purchase tickets online at SRQSB2.COM. 

Hyatt Regency Sarasota, 1000 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota

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