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"The medical field right now is focused entirely too much on either basic First Aid supplies, or the Cadillacs of care like expensive skin grafting."

- Sarah Kitlowski, Omeza

[Health & Wellness]  Omeza Aims to Disrupt the Wound Care Industry
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Having recently moved to a new office space in Downtown Sarasota, the skin nutrition and life sciences company Omeza aims to meet an “unmet market need” with affordable regenerative skin care products, which provide topical healing agents for chronic wound management. “The medical field right now is focused entirely too much on either basic First Aid supplies, or the Cadillacs of care like expensive skin grafting,” says Omeza COO Sarah Kitlowski. “Nobody’s looking at the middle-ground.”

The company was founded when Thomas Gardner—a retired global pharmaceutical and skin care executive of Johnson & Johnson—partnered with Griscom “Chip” Bettle, a renowned chemical engineer and product inventor, and Dr. Desmond Bell, DPM, CWS, a leader in limb/extremity salvage, and founder of the Save a Leg, Save a Life foundation. Conducting biotechnology marine research at Mote Marine Laboratory, University of Florida and consumer testing organizations, led to a core ingredient formulation. That “game-changing” ingredient comes from the sea—more specifically from wild-caught fish oils, known as omega-3. The fatty acids are intricately extracted and isolated for their collagen and anti-inflammatory properties, which help increase blood flow and healing.

In cases of diabetes, aging ailments, disease or amputee surgery, the entire system experiences adverse trauma that is not able to deliver a productive amount of nutrients, vitamins and proteins to the site where it especially needs a stimulant. “We’re driving a high-dosage of omega-3s directly onto exposed skin that has been compromised or damaged,” says Kitlowski. “The value of putting what the body needs, right where it needs to be, stimulates the healing rate.”

The first consumer product launched on Amazon in 2018, called Omega-3 Emollient Spray—the first anhydrous (without water) moisturizer and exfoliant, rich in omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids as well as vitamins A, D, E and K. Originally, the flagship oil spray was only available through Amazon, but has since garnered intrigue from practitioners, apothecaries and clinicians/physicians nationwide, and is now available at two local pharmacies The Sarasota Apothecary and GulfCare Pharmacy. Omeza plans to hand-select similar high-quality independent pharmacies to serve additional geographic markets, in addition to launching supplementary products to its line—including Lidocaine Lavage, Sustained Release Hydrocolloid Dressing and the Collagen Matrix.

Treating poison ivy, blisters, shingles and third-degree burns, as well as venous ulcers, laser scarring, psoriasis/eczema and more, Omeza shares many of its patients being able to shower without pain for the first time in years, or wear shorts unashamed again without compression socks covering. “Instead of disassociating with parts of their body with compromised wounds, we’re giving them back hope and confidence in their skin so they can go back to doing the things they did before,” says Kitlowski. “Chronic doesn’t have to mean you live with it forever.” 

Photo of Kitlowski in the new Omeza office by Wyatt Kostygan.

[GoodBite]  Eggstra! Eggstra! Read All About It!
Olivia Liang

The salmon omelette melts in your mouth—golden, basil-encrusted eggs wrapped around succulent pink meat, smothered in a medley of cheddar, monterey jack, cream cheese and bursting cherry tomatoes. Sip Orangina or Amélie Latourelle Chardonnay, then end sweetly with a Rendez-Vous Cookie, scenically complete with an Eiffel Tower cutout in the center and a powdered sugar top. With French chit chat behind the counters and relaxed conversations amidst sips of Café au Lait, you sink into Parisian scenes with any and every bite.

Clark Road has never looked so chic.

Apple turnovers, flaky croissants, Le Croque-Monsieur, custard eclairs—Joël and Anne-Sophie Garcia, veteran bakers from Montblanc, France, dish out French specialties to the sweet teeth and hankering stomachs of Sarasota at Rendez-Vous French Bakery. Open for breakfast and lunch on Clark Road and Siesta Drive, Tuesday–Sunday, these masters of french gastronomy have prepared France on a fork. 

Pictured: The Salmon Omelette from Rendez-Vous French Bakery. Photo by Olivia Liang.

Rendez-Vous French Bakery, 5336 Clark Rd. and 2117 Siesta Dr., Sarasota.

[Government]  SRQ Airport Awarded $3.6 Million by FAA for Facility Improvements

The office of U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan has announced that the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) has been awarded $3.6 million by the Federal Aviation Authority for a drainage and water management system improvement project, noting that the announcement came after Buchanan urged acting FAA Administrator Daniel K. Elwell to approve the airport’s request for federal funding.

The funds will help improve airfield drainage and reduction in wildlife hazards. It will permit an additional 80 plus acres of taxiways, buildings/hangars, aprons, parking and access road improvements. The reduction in storm water ponds, and the deepening and steepening of the pond and side slopes will also eliminate or reduce wildlife that is currently attracted to the storm water ponds.

An update found that the existing airport water management system was essentially at capacity. In addition, most of the current system has design elements that are not consistent with the United States Department of Agriculture/FAA guidance on minimizing the attraction of hazardous wildlife. The proposed project will correct those deficiencies. 

Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

[Government]  Transform 2045 Brings Millennials Together to Talk Future Transportation

Transform 2045, a millennial group activated by the Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and ATLARGE, Inc. to shape the future of transportation in their communities into the year 2045, will meet to discuss “Technology in Transportation” at a free event tonight at Geckos Grill & Pub on Hillview St. in Sarasota. The community activation group of regional influencers under the age of 45 has a shared passion for future development in the region and will gather to discuss, survey and provide feedback on the community's transportation model for tomorrow.

At the Technology Transportation event, participants will discover: what the MPO is doing to prioritize technology in transportation, how to hop an inexpensive ride to work/school, an alternative to Uber and Lyft and how technology improves safety in transportation. Participants are asked to bring their smart phones to download apps at the event. 

Transform 2045

[Business]  Selby Gardens Appoints Gilpin Vice President for Institutional Advancement

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens has appointed Hermione Gilpin as Vice President for Institutional Advancement. Gilpin will lead Selby Gardens’ comprehensive development program, which includes strategic direction for the Gardens’ annual, planned, major and capital campaigns such as the Master Plan, and oversight of grant-writing efforts and sponsorship activities. Gilpin brings nearly a decade of experience in institutional advancement and recently served as a Philanthropic Advisor at the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. Prior to joining the foundation, she advocated for the importance of donor engagement in arts and culture at Asolo Repertory Theatre, where she strengthened the theatre’s endowment and annual fundraising efforts, and La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego. 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

[Business]  Manatee Community Foundation Announces New Board Members

Dannie Sherrill and Jenifer Schembri will join the Manatee Community Foundation board of directors on July 1.

Sherrill is the project manager for Sherrill Wealth Management, and has held philanthropic roles at The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature, Manatee Education Foundation, Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School and the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. Schembri is a principal at the law firm Blalock Walters, P.A. and practices in the firm’s Bradenton and Sarasota offices. She is a former member of Manatee Community Foundation’s Lakewood Ranch Community Fund board of advisors.

Manatee Community Foundation’s new board officers are: Chair Dr. Jim Davis; Vice Chair Jeanie Kirkpatrick; Treasurer Conrad Szymanski; Secretary Howard (Sam) Seider; and immediate Past Chair Lisa Johnson. Additional board members are: James T. Bruen, Nicholas Drizos, Lillian Elliott, Michael M. Hamrick, Timothy Henning, Stewart Moon, Christopher Romine, Bob Turner and Denise Williams. 

Manatee Community Foundation

[Business]  Neuro Challenge Foundation Elects Bell Board Member Emeritus

Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson’s Board of Directors recently elected Judith Bell as Board Member Emeritus and Cyndi Miller as new board member. Bell served as Neuro Challenge’s first executive director from 2012 to 2016 and guided the organization in its formative years. Bell is a nonprofit executive and consultant. Miller is the Vice-President of 1st Source Bank; she will serve a three-year term. 

Neuro Challenge Foundation for Parkinson's

[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. 

Take the Survey

[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

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Niceties , May 31 – June 30

Zoe is called into her professor's office to discuss her paper about slavery's effect on the American Revolution. What begins as a polite clash in perspectives explodes into an urgent debate about race, history and power.

Urbanite Theatre, 1487 2nd St., Sarasota

[TODAY]  THEATER: Come Together: When the 60s met the 70s , June 11 – July 21

With music made famous by Cher, The Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel, and more, this rockin’ revue explores the changing musical landscape from 1965-1975. Come Together explores the musical soundtrack of one of the most exciting, controversial, and impactful decades our country has ever seen. Featuring hits like “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Come Together,” and “Killing Me Softly.”

Florida Studio Theatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., 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]  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]  GALA: "Red, White & You" Bayfront Kickoff Party , July 3

Kickoff the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival and 4th of July weekend at one of the biggest parties of the year! This event is a fundraiser for Suncoast Charities for Children. Guests will enjoy an open bar, island style food stations, live music and exciting live auction destination packages. Dress is Patriotic/Island Casual.


Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall - Grand Foyer, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Fireworks on the Lake 2019 , July 3, 7pm

Celebrate Independence Day a night early with music, food, concessions and a sky show on the water. Join in on a family fun, four-mile, patriotic themed race just before sundown, followed by the annual fireworks display on the lake. The race begins at 7pm, followed by fireworks at 9pm. Race participants get VIP parking for the fireworks, and a front row seat in the park after completing the race.

Nathan Benderson Park , 5851 Nathan Benderson Cir., Sarasota

[SOON]  SPORTS: Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix , July 5 – July 7

The first Sarasota Boat Races, called the Suncoast Offshore Racing Grand Prix, took place in 1984 and have become an annual event for thrill seekers and offshore boat racing enthusiasts. 2018 marks its 34th Anniversary. 

Hyatt Regency Sarasota , 1000 Blvd. of the Arts, Sarasota

[SOON]  SCIENCE AND NATURE: Annual Liberty Litter Cleanup , July 5, 7am-9am

Sarasota County is looking for volunteers to help clear trash on the beaches hit the hardest by the July 4th celebrations. Cleanup efforts will take place on Siesta Key Beach, Lido Beach, South Lido Beach, Nokomis Beach, North Jetty Beach and Blind Pass Beach.  All volunteers should report to the Site Captain at their cleaning location. 

Sarasota County , Various beaches

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Artwalk Weekend , July 5 – July 6

The Village is a residential neighborhood with a commercial overlay that creates a true live/work/play atmosphere. For 15 years, it has grown from a neglected neighborhood to one of the most unique and visited places in Manatee County. Come visit, shop, dine and stroll through galleries and restaurants with live music and unique indie art during Artwalk Weekend.

Village of the Arts, 12th St. W

[SOON]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , July 5, 8pm

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: Percy Jackson & The Olympians. With a screen stretched around the Gazebo pillars and family flicks back-projected from within, what better place than the facing grassy knoll to relax in a beach chair or curl up on a blanket? Bring the whole family to kick off your weekend while enjoying the park! Support local Venice Avenue businesses by bringing snacks, dinner, ice cream (or gelato!) to the Gazebo to enjoy during the movie. 

Downtown Venice Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave.

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