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SRQ DAILY May 20, 2024

Monday Business Edition

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"Our goal is to be able to bring our prices down lower and continue to stay true to our Eat Fresh for Less motto."

- Sam Detwiler, President of Detwiler's Farm Market.

[Expansion]  Detwiler's Breaks Ground On Distribution Warehouse
Jacob Ogles, jacob.ogles@srqme.com

A local specialty grocery chain just broke ground on a 133,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Palmetto.

University Park-based Detwiler’s Food Market held a groundbreaking ceremony last week on the property, which will be located at Benderson Development’s Florida International Tradeport.

“Our goal is to be able to bring our prices down lower and continue to stay true to our ‘Eat Fresh for Less’ motto,” said Sam Detwiler, president of Detwiler’s Farm Market.

At the groundbreaking, he said the company is currently operating out of two different centers. One of those is at the chain’s corporate offices on 16th Street in Sarasota. But the new warehouse will become the new home to the main offices, produce, meat, deli and grocery distribution centers, all in a single location.

“We’re looking forward to all being under one roof in our new distribution center so we can serve our customers even better,” Detwiler’s Farm Market Founder Henry Detwiler Sr. said.

Sam Detwiller called the current distribution system a “nightmare” now that the company has growth to six stores.

“By us being able to control our own distribution, it’s been crucial," he said. "Even since we were a small little company, with one store getting ready to open a second store, we already had a little distribution. We know this is crucial and we are super excited. It can’t come quick enough. We’re busting at the seams.”

Henry Detwiler said his sons working in the business all wanted double the space in the massive warehouse, but he believes the new warehouse will handle the company's needs for the foreseeable future.

Benderson opened its Tradeport industrial park in 2018 and announced a significant expansion in 2021, at which point the park had six leased buildings. That number has since grown to 12 buildings on a 2-million-square-foot property, with another eight expected to open this year.

Detwiler’s broke ground on its warehouse facility a week ago on May 13. The massive center will allow a consolidation of space serving six Detwiler’s locations operating in the Sarasota-Manatee area.

Henry Detwiler started the Detwiler’s first with a tent at Sutter Egg Farm and later a Palmer store. Between a first roadside stand serving Sarasota in 2002 to the opening of a West Bradenton location in December, the Detwiler’s chain has grown to six locations, including Sarasota stores on Palmer Boulevard, Lockwood Ridge Road and Clark Road, a Venice location on Tamiami Trail, a Palmetto market on U.S. 301 and most recently a West Bradenton location on 53rd Avenue West.

The warehouse should allow the Amish chain to further expand in the region with fewer logistics challenges.

“This is something we’ve been working on for a long time,” Sam Detwiller said. 

Pictured: Mike Asher, Mark Chait, Steve Schlabach, Henry Detwiler Sr., Sam Detwiler, Henry Detwiler Jr., Caleb Detwiler and Josh Detwiler.. Photo courtesy Detwiler's.

[Sheriff's News]  Sheriff Hoffman Presents Heroic Achievement and Life Saving Awards

Sarasota County Sheriff Kurt A. Hoffman presented several awards at a ceremony on Monday. Sergeant Lincoln Dilling received the Heroic Achievement Award for his response to a call for a male in distress after falling into a lake. Deputy Elizabeth Gray-Smith received the Life Saving Award for her immediate action at a traffic crash while heading home from her shift. Deputies Connor Goad, Lynda Morris, and Jackson Stroud received the Life Saving Award for their response to an attempted suicide by hanging. Deputy Jeffrey Mendez received the Lifesaving Award for his actions at the scene of an unresponsive male. 

[Hospital News]  Former Hospital Board Chair to Fill Vacant, At-Large Seat

The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board, which governs Sarasota Memorial Health Care System, appointed former Hospital Board Chair William “Bill” Noonan to temporarily fill the vacant at-large Seat 3 on the Board. Charged with setting the strategic direction of the organization and serving as stewards of public resources, the Board is made up of nine citizens elected to serve on the unpaid Hospital Board. The at-large Seat 3 has been vacant since mid-April, when Britt Riner stepped down to focus on a new role advocating for parents and children at a statewide level. Noonan, who is not running for election this year, will serve on the Board until the general election in November 2024, when local voters will elect a new member for a full, four-year term. Noonan previously served on the Hospital Board from 2016 to 2020, representing Seat 1 in the Central District. He was named Board chair for 2019-2020 but stepped down in 2020 for personal family reasons. He resumed his service to the organization in 2021, when he was appointed to serve as a community representative on the Hospital Board’s Mission & Planning Committee. Born and raised in New Jersey, Bill was hired by IBM after graduating from Villanova University in Pennsylvania with a degree in electrical engineering. During his 30-plus years with IBM in Boston, he served in a number of senior executive roles, including senior global sales operations manager and senior program manager for incentive planning. While at IBM, Bill was also selected as the U.S. representative to the IBM Cambridge Programme at the University of Cambridge, England. After retiring from IBM in 2004, Bill joined Novell, a global enterprise software company, ultimately serving as senior director for global field operations. His many areas of expertise include business and financial management, HR and executive management, operational process design, implementation and improvement, as well as sales and marketing. Bill has been active in our community since he and his wife, Candace, moved to Sarasota in 2012. Sarasota County voters will have an opportunity to vote for candidates for the at-large Seat 3 and three other seats on the Hospital Board in the Primary Election on Aug. 20 and General Election on Nov. 5. Information on candidates and when and where to vote in the upcoming elections can be found on the Sarasota Supervisor of Elections website, www.SarasotaVotes.gov. 

[Recognition]  Manatee Clerk Angel Colonneso Sworn Into U.S. Supreme Court Bar

Angel Colonneso, Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller for Manatee County, was admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar on May 9, 2024, in Washington, D.C. Colonneso and 28 fellow New England Law Boston alumni were sworn into the U.S. Supreme Court Bar by taking an oath administered by the clerk of the court in a swearing-in ceremony presided over by the Supreme Court. Before the entering the chambers, the group met with Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. in a special event coordinated by the school. Preceding the oath, Justice Kavanaugh and Justice Kagan read a summary opinion in two cases, Culley v. Marshall and Warner Chappell Music, Inc. v. Nealy. “To be part of a formal procession into the highest Court in our nation and witness the Marshall call the Court to order as the justices took their seats was a very moving experience for me,” recalled Colonneso. “As an American and a licensed attorney committed to supporting the U.S. Constitution, this experience is something I will never forget.” As a U.S. Supreme Court Bar member, Colonneso can argue a case before the Supreme Court, access special seating to hear oral arguments, and access the Supreme Court library. Learn more about Clerk Angel Colonneso on the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller’s website at www.ManateeClerk.com. 

Pictured: Clerk Angel Colonneso in front of the Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.

[New Hire]  Grimes Galvano Adds Former Manatee County Attorney Bill Clague

Grimes Galvano recently announced the addition of former Manatee County Attorney Bill Clague to its growing team of skilled attorneys. At Grimes Galvano, Clague will focus on transactional, land use and administrative law. Clague served Manatee County in various capacities for more than 20 years. Most recently, from January 2021 through February 2024, Clague was the Manatee County Attorney, where he served as general counsel to Manatee County Government, including the Board of County Commissioners, County Administrator and County staff. From 2018 through 2020, he held the position of chief assistant county attorney and from 2003 to 2018, he served as assistant county attorney. Prior to his time with Manatee County, Clague practiced in Orange County in private practice from 1998 to 2003 and as an assistant county attorney from 1996 to 1998. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida and his law degree from Florida State University College of Law.  

[Leadership]  DSDG Announces Casey Allen as New Partner

DSDG, a leading architecture firm known for its modern and innovative designs, proudly announces the promotion of Casey Allen to Partner. This strategic move reflects Allen’s significant contributions to the firm's success and underscores DSDG's commitment to architectural excellence and innovation.With a Bachelor of Design from the University of Florida and a Master’s degree in Architecture from Syracuse University, Casey Allen brings a wealth of experience to his new role. His portfolio spans residential and commercial projects nationwide, showcasing a dedication to pushing the boundaries of modern architecture. Throughout his tenure at DSDG, Allen has led diverse projects, emphasizing functionality, aesthetics, and sustainability. His designs integrate innovative use of materials, light, and space, creating visually stunning and harmonious environments. "Casey Allen’s promotion to Partner recognizes his exceptional talent and leadership," said Mark Sultana, Principal and Founder of DSDG. "We are confident that Casey will continue to drive our firm's growth and uphold our commitment to excellence." In his new role, Casey Allen will lead major projects, ensuring DSDG remains at the forefront of modern architectural design. "I am deeply honored to become Partner at DSDG," said Casey Allen. "I am eager to collaborate with our team to create meaningful, enduring designs that enhance our communities." 

[SRQIST]  Filling the Knead
Laura Paquette, laura.paquette@srqme.com

FILLING THE KNEAD | Opening Breadsmith in Bradenton, May/June 2024. 

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[SOON]  BUSINESS: Business Networking and Cowork Session , August 22 – June 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Attention all business professionals. Join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event every Tuesday at Out and About Coffee in downtown Sarasota. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow professionals in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Limited spots available, so register now on Eventbrite. O and A Coffee Supply, 1316 Main St., Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Collaborative Coworking Meetup at UTC , September 1 – December 27, 11am-4pm

Attention all business professionals, join us for a productive and inspiring coworking event at Panera Bread at the UTC Mall every Friday. Take advantage of this opportunity to network and collaborate with fellow professionals in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Limited spots available, so register now on Eventbrite. Panera Bread, 215 N. Cattlemen Road, Sarasota.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Business Planning, Feasibility, Forecasts and Financials , May 22, 12pm
Starting a business requires careful planning and analysis of the financial aspects of the venture. In this webinar, you will learn how to estimate the cash requirements for your business, including the initial purchases and expenses, as well as the ongoing revenue and costs. You will also learn how to forecast the cash flow and profitability of your business over time, using various tools and techniques. This webinar will help you to understand the financial feasibility and viability of your business idea and to prepare realistic and accurate financial projections for your business plan. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: How animated videos can be a game changer for your social media efforts , May 31, 12pm
Dylan Healy will give an industry perspective on the animation industry, and its benefits to potential clients, and showcase their work and who they are at Animation Explainers. Free, online webinar. score.org/manasota.
[SOON]  BUSINESS: Lets Connect at Oscura in Old Manatee , August 31 – December 26, 8:30-10am

Connect with local business owners at every Thursday at Oscura. Lets Connect is a community of collaborative business professionals from the Manatee and Sarasota County areas. RSVP on Eventbrite to attend, admission is free.

[SOON]  GALLERY: Byzantine Style Icons , April 7 – June 28, Gallery hours: Mon-Thurs. 9-1, and Sundays 11:30-12:30. June will have no Sunday hours.

All Angels Church is delighted to offer an exhibition of Byzantine-style icons by noted iconographer Christine Simoneau Hales. Since the beginning of Christianity, icons have been revered as aids to prayer and contemplation. They are visual reminders of the Saints and Gospel stories that have inspired all Christians throughout the ages. Ms. Hales has studied for many years and now teaches and produces icons for churches and private collectors. She is sought after for her modern, yet traditional icons for churches all over the world. She has won several grants and awards for her painting and is now a local Sarasota iconographer. She will share the icons she has crafted in the ancient Byzantine Tradition using egg tempera paints and gold leaf gilding on wood panels. There will be over twenty original icons on display, and all icons will be available for purchase by contacting the artist/iconographer. To learn more, visit allangelslbk.org/.

[SOON]  BUSINESS: Sarasota County Connect Business Networking and Panel Discussion , May 9 – July 11, 5:30-8pm

Offered in conjunction with 26 West, the State College of Florida Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation, the monthly Sarasota County Connect Business Networking and Panel Discussion series held through July is for those interested in entrepreneurialism. The program taps into the fast-growing small business climate. Upcoming sessions include: the May 9 workshop with Zeev Wexler, a digital industry leader, marketing automation disrupter and the CEO of a growing marketing firm, who will present on brand-boosting with AI, the June 13 session which features Problem-Solving for Entrepreneurs by Stephen Diasio, a podcaster and professor of entrepreneurship and innovation at the University of South Florida, and July 11 Business IDEA Lab, community forum moderated by Chris Williams, managing director of a Sarasota digital marketing firm, offers an opportunity for participants to share business ideas and gain expert feedback. Sarasota County Connect events run from 5:30 to 8 p.m. and are free with advanced registration required at 26west.scf.edu/sarasotaconnect.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Fresh Harvest Farmers Market at Wellen Park , June 25 – December 29, 9 am to 1 pm

Visit Fresh Harvest, the newly launched weekly farmers market in Downtown Wellen. Fresh Harvest offers a selection of local goods from nearly 40 local vendors. Fresh Harvest takes place every Sunday in Downtown Wellen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attendees can peruse different vendor booths and stock up on a variety of goods. Vendors will offer a wide variety of locally grown and produced food, including herbs, spices, cut flowers, teas, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables, syrups, baked goods, pickled foods, fresh seafood, meats, poultry, eggs, milk and prepared food and beverages. A limited selection of craft vendors also participate in the farmers market. For a listing of participating vendors and more information on Fresh Harvest Farmers Market, visit wellenpark.com/events/fresh-harvest-farmers-market. Downtown Wellen, 19745 Wellen Park Blvd., Venice.

[SOON]  GRAB BAG: Bradenton Market Returns , October 7 – May 25, 9am-2pm

Realize Bradenton is happy to announce the return of the Bradenton Market to its weekly schedule. This beloved community gathering will be held Saturdays through May 25, 2024 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm on Old Main Street in Bradenton. Founded in 1979, the Market has expanded to include more than 90 local vendors. In addition to the weekly shopping and music, the Market hosts special event days throughout the season. Halloween at the Market will be held on Saturday, October 28. This family-friendly event includes trick or treating with vendors, face painting with Manatee School for the Arts Academic Team from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm, and a dance performance by Slick Motion Studios at 10:00 am. For more information, visit RealizeBradenton.com.

[SOON]  FOOD: Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch , September 3 – September 30, 10am-2pm

Experience some of the best food and flavors of the region with more than 100, and still growing, curated vendors. The Farmers Market at Lakewood Ranch has fast become a favorite weekly tradition for people from all over the region seeking farm-fresh produce, delicious prepared foods, and specialty items and gifts. Aside from all the goodies you can shop at the Farmers Market, find your flow in a free yoga class or have the kiddos get creative during weekly-hosted workshops. 1561 Lakefront Dr., Lakewood Ranch.

[SOON]  FOOD: Siesta Key Rum Distillery Tours , September 2 – September 30, Various times

Siesta Key Rum runs free year-round tours for guests to learn the story of the craft distillery, the awards they have won and the secret to how they make their rums taste so good. During our 30-45 minute tour we will discuss the following topics: history of Siesta Key Rum, an overview of the awards our small company has won, what makes our rums taste so good, the rum-making process from mashing and fermentation to distillation, barrel aging and bottling of our rums. After the tour, we welcome you to sample a freshly made Siesta Key Rum cocktail, stock up on your favorite rums and browse our gift shop. 2212 Industrial Blvd., Sarasota.

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