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SRQ DAILY Nov 30, 2020

Monday Business Edition

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Monday Business Edition

"You can buy as easily locally as you can with everybody else."

- Laura Kresl, Sarasota DID

[Business]  Downtown Retailers Attract Business Amid Pandemic
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

With a pandemic shuttering many consumers at home and away from crowds, retailers in the region face a particular challenge this year drumming up business. Marketing efforts on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday sought to remind customers it’s still easy and vital to support local stores.

An online directory at LoveDowntownSarasota.com, part of a broader marketing strategy funded by the Sarasota Downtown Improvement District, worked to drive many locals shopping for gifts this year to mom-and-pop shops. “When our community needs us most, we are always there for them,” said Laura Kresl, whose Pro It Out Marketing firm set up the directory for the DID.

The website over the last weekend, traditionally the most important all year for American retailers, saw more than 3,600 digital engagements. The marketing effort also unleased $500,000 in television advertising on local airwaves.

A sweepstakes with downtown retailers also offers reason for consumers to spend money locally for a chance for prizes such as a meal for two at Patrick’s 1481 or a night stay at Art Ovation Hotel. Consumers can enter once a day per retailer where they spend some of their holiday budget.

The local efforts come as groups like the Florida Retail Federation encourage support for local retailers throughout the state.  Part of that has been reminding customers who flocked to websites and laptop computer screens for shopping instead of malls and downtowns that they can spend their money from home without sending their dollars far away.

“Florida’s retail industry is resilient. Stores were quick to pivot to offer delivery and curbside options so customers can shop safely and help prevent the spread of illness,” wrote FRF President and CEO Scott Shalley in a guest editorial. “Many stores invested in new technologies, like contactless payment systems, dividers and signage to keep their teams and customers safe.”

The LoveDowntownSarasota.com website includes links to local retailers with the ability to have goods shipped or delivered curbside to cars contact-free.

“We are trying to put out a strong campaign with merchants to help show that shopping locally is just as easy as it is to go to Amazon or Google,” Kresl said. “You can buy as easily locally as you can with everybody else.” 

[Job Opportunity ]  Applications Open for Winter Virtual Gulf Coast Board Institute

Gulf Coast Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the second entirely virtual Gulf Coast Board Institute. The deadline to apply for this high-level nonprofit governance training series is Sunday, December 13. The online application for GCBI Winter 2021 is available at GulfCoastCF.org. Through interactive videoconferencing, the foundation will deliver the same nonprofit board-governance training as in past sessions, but make it accessible to participants from the safety of their own homes or offices. 

Click here for more information.

[SOON]  MUSIC: Sarasota Orchestra: Inspirations , January 14 – January 17

Great composers have always looked to other great composers for guidance and inspiration. This program, from January 14 until January 17, 2021, features music whose composition was influenced by other masters. American Caroline Shaw, the youngest-ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize in Music, was inspired to write her 2011 string quartet Entr’acte after hearing a performance of Haydn’s quartet, Op. 77, No. 2. Her captivating, cinematic writing has earned her widespread acclaim as one of the most important young voices in today’s music world. Antonin Dvorak had recently lost his mother when he decided to rework the slow movement from an earlier string quartet into the hypnotic Nocturne in B Major in 1883. Nine years later, Josef Suk, Dvorak's student and future son-in-law, was challenged by his teacher to “lighten up” his melancholy music. Suk responded with the sunny and romantic Serenade for Strings, by far his most popular and enduring work. $10 Streaming Access from January 21 - 26.

Holley Hall, 709 North Tamiami Trail

[SOON]  PERFORMANCE: HD at the Opera House: Macbeth , December 6, 1:30pm

The warrior Macbeth fights on the side of the King of Scotland, but when a coven of witches prophesy that he shall become king himself, a ruthless ambition drives Macbeth and his wife to horrific acts. Murder makes Macbeth king, and intrigue and butchery are the hallmarks of his brief, doomed reign. The witches make another prediction, which also comes true: Macbeth and his lady lose their lives, and justice is restored. From Royal Opera House, starring Anna Netrebko, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Yusif Eyvazov, Francesca Chiejina, Konu Kim, Simon Shibambu, Jonathan Fisher; conducted by Antonio Pappano. Macbeth will play at 1:30pm on December 6, 2020 and will run for 3hr and 20m, including one intermission, sung in Italian with English subtitles.

Sarasota Opera House, 61 North Pineapple Avenue

[SOON]  GALLERY: Ringling College: Sally Pettibon: Personal Geography , October 19 – December 11

"Personal Geography represents the connection I feel for my hometown of What Cheer, Iowa. This small town with its boarded-up buildings and a melancholy that permeates the streets holds so many memories of my early life. Although I lived there for only five years, it has a hold on me that’s difficult to explain. Perhaps it’s my inherent need to belong somewhere, perhaps it’s the memories of my family who are no longer alive, or maybe it’s the place itself with its rolling hills, verdant cornfields and own distinct quality of light. More likely it’s my memory of a place where both my father and I were born, where my Grandparents and Great-Grandparents lived nearby. The map of my life extends quite far, I lived in four different states by the time I was 16. But it’s this tiny forgotten town that has a hold on me both temporal and spiritual that I don’t fully understand. Combining family snapshots with photographs I have taken in What Cheer since the 1970’s Personal Geography explores the impermanence of history and memory and the permanence of place." This exhibition is open by appointment only. Please email galleries@ringling.edu to request an appointment. This exhibit began at the Larry R. Thompson Academic Center on October 19, 2020 and will end on December 11, 2020, during museum hours.

Larry R. Thompson Academic Center, 2700 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234

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