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SRQ DAILY Aug 27, 2019

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"Partnering with United Way just seemed like the perfect thing to do, given their stellar reputation nationwide and knowing that the work they do changes lives."

- Bianca Ventura, Off the Handle Cycling Studio

[Architecture]  Firmo Construction Named Among Fastest-Growing Companies in Business Observer's 2019 Top 500

Sarasota-based Firmo Construction has been recognized in Business Observer’s 2019 Top 500 in the region, as well as one of the top fastest growing companies. The list ranks the 500 largest companies by gross revenues for consistency and comparability. Firmo ranked as the 35th fastest growing company in Sarasota and beyond.

Established in 2003, Firmo Construction was formed with the purpose to design and build in a sustainable, forward-thinking manner. The construction management firm is licensed in over 15 states. An early adopter of USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system, Firmo began implementing sustainability and efficiency practices into projects, and is known for projects such as the expansion of Rosemary Square in Downtown Sarasota, the ground-up build of Hampton Inn and Suites by SRQ Airport and the build-outs for White Sands Physical Therapy and Center For Sight. Firmo has been expanding its expertise towards the Southern Gulf Coast region.  

Firmo Construction

[Fitness]  Off The Handle Cycling Studio Spins The Wheel For Charity
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

The newly-opened indoor cycling center off Clark Road, Off The Handle Cycling Studio, opened for business with more in mind than generic evening classes throughout the week. The fitness center offers interactive classes such as Sip and Spin on the weekends, followed by mimosas and a mixer to get to know fellow members. OTH also often collaborates with neighboring local businesses, with pop-up Spin and Flow classes, which include 30 minutes of spin followed by 30 minutes of yin yoga with HotYoga4UYou, as well as Hip Hop Happy Hour Rides, which include high-energy pedaling classes to classic hip hop tracks, followed by a free drink at the new Oak & Stone with the team.

OTH now invites the community to join in a philanthropic spin session for the company’s nonprofit partner, United Way Suncoast. The upcoming Charity Ride welcomes all fitness levels and riders for a 45-minute spin class, with all proceeds benefiting the nonprofit. Those in attendance will enjoy refreshments, giveaways and raffle prizes from various local businesses, including Crop Juice, Hey Honey Skin Care and many others. “The health of our community is central to our mission at OTH,” says Bianca Ventura, co-owner of Off the Handle. She then mentions OTH will be incorporating more benefit events like these as frequently as possible moving forward. 

"Giving back to the local community is something that's always been super important to both myself and [business partner] Aimee Howe,” shares Ventura. “Aimee regularly volunteers her time teaching yoga to inmates at the St. Pete jail and I always get friends together to volunteer, whether it's at an animal shelter or a local Ronald McDonald House. Partnering with United Way just seemed like the perfect thing to do, given their stellar reputation nationwide and knowing that the work they do changes lives.” Ventura and Howe hope partnering with United Way Suncoast will be a proactive and fun pathway to invest back into the well-being of Sarasotan families and an overall healthy community. 

The Charity Ride takes place at 11am on September 14, with the price of $25 admission per bike. The event is open to anyone interested in attending, with sign ups available via the website offthehandlesrq.com, or calling the studio at 941-923-5100 to reserve a spot. The studio can accommodate up to 25 people, and if interest exceeds capacity, an additional ride may be added. 

Photo courtesy of Off The Handle.

[GoodBite]  A Laborless Labor Day BBQ
Brittany Mattie, brittany.mattie@srqme.com

Despite your misgivings that summer is coming to an end, at least see out August wearing a bib and a swimsuit at the Labor Day BBQ at Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club. Waterline’s signature restaurant, Eliza Ann’s Coastal Kitchen, will host holiday weekend festivities on the pool deck and outdoor patio of Eliza Ann's. Whether a hotel guest or local, go and enjoy a buffet menu poolside, including St. Louis ribs, blackened local catch, barbeque chicken, Southern potato salad and baked beans, mango coleslaw, corn on the cob and fresh-baked cornbread. If somehow still hungry for more, the grill station will be flipping black angus beef hamburgers and hot dogs, grilled to order with all the accoutrements. For dessert, douse the summer heat with sliced watermelon and assorted fruit pies before diving into the cookies, brownies and cupcakes. 

The buffet price also includes one complimentary beer (draft or bottle), house wine or well liquor drink. Motorworks Brewing will already be there with beer selections on tap, including Pulp Friction Grapefruit IPA and other local favorites. Attendees are encouraged to stay for a full day of pool access, live music and games for all ages, including ping pong, cornhole and life-size Jenga.

Saturday, August 31 from 12 pm to 3pm. $30 per adult and $18 per child under 12. Tickets can be purchased here, or by calling 941-238-6262. Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, 5325 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach.  

Photo courtesy of Eliza Ann's.

[Business]  Entech Ranked in Business Observer's 2019 Top 500

Entech has been recognized in the Business Observer’s 2019 Top 500. Each year the Business Observer spends seven months researching companies on the Gulf Coast to rank the top 500 companies from Tampa to Naples by their gross revenues. On this year’s list, which reflects 2018 fiscal year data, Entech ranked No. 430, with 6.15 million dollars in revenue. Headquartered in Fort Myers, and with an additional location in Bradenton, Entech is an IT Managed Services and Integration provider doing business in Southwest Florida since 1998. 


[Architecture]  Perrone Construction Hires Horner as Project Manager

Perrone Construction has announced the addition of Scott Horner to its growing team of experienced building professionals as Project Manager. Originally from New Jersey, Scott brings more than three decades of expertise to Perrone Construction after managing his own company, Scott Horner Construction, where he specialized in building luxury custom homes and commercial buildings. Perrone Construction is one of the area’s custom home-builders and has been building notable luxury waterfront homes in Sarasota for four decades. 

Perrone Construction

[Business]  Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning of Palmetto Announces New Service

Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning of Palmetto has introduced a new service and product in the Carpet Sanitizer, a new product designed to sanitize carpet and upholstery, as well as counteract odors already in the air. The company says it is one of the only products that can legally make that claim because it was EPA-certified for soft surfaces specifically. The new product is also available in tandem with the company’s Odor Destroyer as part of a “Full Service Odor Treatment.” The cleaning process leaves carpets dry in about one hour by only using 1-2 gallons of water, and is available for both homes and businesses.

Oxi Fresh of Palmetto services Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Ellenton, and Palmetto. 

Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning of Palmetto

[TODAY]  THEATER: The Swingaroos: Hollywood Serenade , July 23 – August 30

Back by popular demand, The Swingaroos return to FST with a brand new show. Inspired by the Golden Age of Hollywood, this jazzy music revue pays tribute to such icons as Frank Sinatra, Cab Calloway, and Fred Astaire. Travel back in time this summer to the ‘30s and ‘40s when big bands and swing dancing were all the rage. 

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[TODAY]  MUSEUM: The Fabric of India , July 7 – October 13

This exhibition showcases over 140 examples drawn from the internationally-renowned holdings of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum and private collections. This exposition illustrates the variety, technical sophistication and adaptability of Indian textiles from the fifteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Through a range of historical dress, carefully preserved fabrics, and cutting-edge fashion, discover how Indian textiles have been interwoven with religion, politics and global trade for centuries. Or join the Curator of Asian Art Dr. Rhiannon Paget for a tour at the Gallery Walk and Talk, 10:30am–6pm on July 25. 

The Ringling, 5401 Bay Shore Road

[SOON]  GALA: Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Kick Off Celebration , August 29, 530pm

Join us to Kick Off the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer season and for the reveal of the 2019 Real Men Wear Pink candidates.  Hear about the American Cancer Society’s lifechanging research and patient programs that are funded by Making Strides and Real Men Wear Pink events. Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served. RSVP is required. Please RSVP by Monday, August 26th to Lucy.Fox@cancer.org or 941-328-3755. MakingStridesWalk.org/SarasotaManatee

The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive, Sarasota, FL 34236

[SOON]  FOOD: Caregivers Comfort Socializing Lunch , September 2, 1215pm

Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers' Comfort Creations, LLC and Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group Facilitator, hosts a monthly lunch at The Rosemary restaurant. This event provides caregivers some time to relax, enjoy themselves and eat super delicious food with others sharing similar situations. The lunch takes place from 12:15pm-1:45pm. For lunch details, contact Julie at caregivercomfort@aol.com.

The Rosemary, 411 North Orange Avenue

[SOON]  THEATER: Who Love You, Musical Tribute to Frankie Valli and Beyond , September 3 – October 13

Experience the signature songs and dance moves of one of the most successful acts in music history: Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. A musical tribute to the group that has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, Who Loves You will have you clapping and singing along to hits like “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk Like a Man,” “Rag Doll,” “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night),” and many more you know and love.

Florida Studio Threatre, 1241 N Palm Ave., Sarasota

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: Stars, Stripes and Style 26th Annual Fashion Show , September 4, 11am

Join us in celebration of the Women's Council of Realtors Sarasota Network 26th Annual Fashion show on Wednesday, September 4 at 11:00 am. WCR will honor America's veterans at the Stars, Stripes and Style fashion show featuring fashions by Goodwill Manasota. Enjoy lunch by The Hyatt Sarasota and a fun filled fashion show by local realtors and business partners. There will be a live auction, lotto tree raffle, silent auction and shopping at tabletop boutiques.

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

[SOON]  FILM: Gazebo Starlight Cinema Series , September 6

Join the Gazebo Starlight Cinema series with this month’s movie: X-Men. 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 enjoy during the movie.

Downtown Venice Centennial Park, 200 West Venice Ave.

[SOON]  MUSIC: The Goldtones , September 7, 8pm

The Goldtones have been called the “hottest doo-wop group in Florida” and entertain their audiences with the sweet sounds of street-corner harmony and all the favorites from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s. The group is back by popular demand after performing at Venice Theatre for five years in a row. Proceeds benefit the Venice Theatre Guild’s Scholarship Fund!

Venice Theatre MainStage, 140 W Tampa Ave.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group Leadership Breakfast , September 13, 730am

Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota County will honor Jaime DiDomenico, Cool Today/Plumbing Today/Energy Today President, and Dr. Rachel Shelley, Booker High School Principal, at the 14th Annual Intertape Polymer Group (IPG) Leadership Breakfast for their commitment to empowering our community’s future leaders to reach their full potential. The event will take place on Friday, September 13, from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, located at 3100 Fruitville Road in Sarasota.  Individual tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at bgcsarasota.com. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Please contact Tanya Orr, Community Engagement Manager, for more information by calling (941) 366-3911 or emailing torr@bgcsarasota.com.

Lee Wetherington Boys & Girls Club, 3100 Fruitville Road, Sarasota, FL 34237

[SOON]  FESTIVAL: Oktoberfest , September 13, 5–8pm

Put on your best German lederhosen and get ready to sample beers and shop during Oktoberfest. Ticket holders will be able to enjoy a fall-themed beer tasting at each of the participating locations in Downtown Venice as live, traditional German music fills the air. Attendees will receive a small sampling stein on a lanyard and get to sample a variety of brews in 3-ounce tastings as they follow a map of beer-tasting locations.

Downtown Venice

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota Wellness Expo , September 15

This expo provides an opportunity for locals to meet with local businesses that promote healthy living, and learn how to better their health and mind. This event caters to all ages and attendance is free. Guests can enjoy free fitness demos, health checks, a teddy bear clinic for kids, healthy food demonstrations, interactive activities and more.

Westfield Sarasota Square , 8201 South Tamiami Trl., Sarasota

[SOON]  HEALTH: Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group , September 16

On every third Monday of the month, Julie Cook Downing, President of Caregivers Comfort Creations, LLC, facilitates a Doctors Hospital Caregiver Support Group. This group focuses on the caregiver and offers a retreat from the never ending mental and physical responsibilities of caregiving. This free, open group provides compassionate support and an opportunity to explore new solutions together to caregiver challenges. The group meets in the classroom outside of the cafeteria.

Doctors Hospital of Sarasota, 5731 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, FL

[SOON]  SEMINAR: Voice + Visibility Women's Summit Lift Off Luncheon , September 17, 11am

Don’t miss the Voice + Visibility Women’s Summit hosted by Shannon Rohrer-Phillips, LLC at 11am on September 17 at Michael’s on East. The Voice + Visibility Network of SW Florida convenes diverse female leaders in Business, Philanthropy, The Arts and Community Advancement for maximum impact. At the event, SRP, LLC will highlight local leaders and announce the Inaugural Program for February 4th, 2020. VVWS will feature nationally recognized visionaries who will share their stories of leadership, innovation, wealth creation, and community investing in women and girls.

Michael's on East, 1212 South East Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34239

[SOON]  MUSIC: Van Wezel Friday Fest featuring Ari and the Alibis , September 20

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. Rounding out Friday Fest 2019 is the high-energy band, Ari and the Alibis! Infusing Funk, Jazz and Samba with Blues Soul and Rock, this 5-piece group has earned two Grammy® nods (Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance) and an award for “Best original song by a local group” in the Bradenton Times “Best of the Bay.” Don’t miss Ari’s powerhouse voice filled with emotion and strength – live at the Van Wezel’s Friday Fest!

Van Wezel

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