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september 2021

An inside look at what’s been hot this season in the ever-changing worlds of food, fashion, arts, sports and travel. From immunity-boosting wellness shots, funky ice cream flavors and self-defense combat to outdoor glamping, luxury home theaters and animal adoptions, there’s a lot to not miss this season—especially the burgeoning of vegan eateries and scintillating gold jewelry. Written by Grace Castilow, Ariel Chates, Olivia Liang, Brittany Mattie and Madison Mursch. Photography by Wyatt Kostygan and Wes Roberts.

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TRIBUTE TO BUSINESS Fawley Bryant Architecture Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill


STORY PROJECT Terra Nova Equestrian Center



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At home with surfer, illustrator and watercolorist Ali Kurzeja, creating pastel palettes inspired by botanicals and the sea. Just in time for gala season, high-fashion black tie attire for the modern woman awaits at Rahelia Couture. Candid Q&A cameos with the four local Olympians back home from the Tokyo games.

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As visionary arts advocate Patricia Caswell retires, she leaves behind monuments to the creative process. She draws, she cuts, she glues; she’s the amazing X-acto knife collage artist, Philomena Marano.



New to the downtown scene, Japanese restaurant KOJO inspires mindfulness, subtlety and gratitude.

LIVING LAKEWOOD FLIPBOOK FALL EDITION LIVING LAKEWOOD New experiences abound as Waterside Place comes online this Fall. Restaurateurs eye the rapid residential and commercial growth of Lakewood Ranch as fertile ground for expanding existing properties with new locations. A.M. Nosh features breakfast and brunch spots teeming with options­—from stacks of gourmet pancakes to pillow-soft, Japanese milk bread. Furry friends are supported with a plethora of pet services, boutiques and resorts.

Cover: Golden Hour Harvest Fall Fashion Endless Blu Asymmetrical

Cutout Crop in Marsala, $38; Modern Soul Boutique, 59 S Blvd of the Presidents, Sarasota, 941650-6808, modernsoulboutique. com, @modernsoul_boutique; Hudson Remi High Rise Cropped Straight Jeans, $205; T.Georgiano’s Boutique, 1409-B 1st St., Sarasota,, @tgeorgianos; Minkpink Beige and Maroon Fringe Cardigan, $129, America & Beyond Fiji Embellished Navy Suede Crossbody Bag, $139; Blend Fashion House,​​1913 S Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 941-5529379,, @ blend_fashion_house. Photography by Wyatt Kostygan, modeled by Madison Mursch. Previous page: Orange Octopus’ Kentucky Bourbon ice cream, photo by Wyatt Kostygan. This page: Kojo’s Tuna Pizza, photography by Wyatt Kostygan; Patricia Caswell at The Hermitage, photography by Wes Roberts; and Your Choice 24x27 by Philomena Marano, courtesy of the artist.

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Abby Weingarten



The magazine in your hands offers enormous insight into our community, but the most informed in our community follow our constant coverage of Sarasota and the Bradenton Area in SRQ Daily. The electronic newsletter is a must-read in thousands of inboxes. Check our special editions: the Monday Business Edition, the Wednesday Philanthropy Edition, the Friday Weekend Edition and the much-discussed Saturday Perspectives Edition, featuring a diverse range of opinions from the region’s top pundits and newsmakers. SIGN UP


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ORIGINS OF “SRQ” The “SRQ” in SRQ magazine originates from the designated call letters for the local Sarasota Bradenton International Airport. “SR” was the original abbreviation for the airport before the growth in total number of airports required the use of a three-letter code. Letters like “X” and “Q” were used as filler, thus the original “SR” was revised to “SRQ,” much as the Los Angeles airport became “LAX.” As a regional publication committed to the residents of and visitors to both Sarasota and Manatee counties, SRQ captures the place that we call home.


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Below: Shooting the breeze with wave chaser and botanical artist Ali Kurzeja at her home-studio.



Illustrator, print designer and watercolorist Ali Kurzeja sees the world in pastel palettes inspired by botanicals and the sea. Brittany Mattie

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GROWING UP ON THE GULF, SEASIDE ELEMENTS BECAME ALI KURZEJA’S AESTHETIC, HER ETHOS. Wild flowers, palms, parakeets, beach and surfscapes

materialized from Kuzeja’s fingertips to canvas. When an art professor at Ringling College of Art and Design took notice of her ethereal subjects in her soft, serene paintings, she urged Kurzeja to apply for an internship with Hallmark Cards. “I always loved picking out and giving cards to my family and friends,” she says, “so I thought it was pretty fitting.” Then came American Greetings. As soon as she graduated, Kurzeja moved to their Columbus, Ohio headquarters to step in as an in-house illustrator. While the Gulf coast surfer girl adapted to frigid landlocked winters, she honed in on sketching the things that made her feel warm. Dainty peonies, blushing roses, tanager birds, monstera leaves and the like in an array of cheerful jewel tones bloommed onto the folded pages of greeting cards inked with sensitive locutions in letterpress. Her niche work even landed her an exclusive Artist Series for Target. But, after almost a decade spent state lines away from the emerald flora and cerulean waters she thrived in, bags were packed, ‘I’ll Miss You’ cards were given from her AG coworkers, and San Diego’s beaches became her backyard. Kurzeja took her talents to a west coast independent home decor and stationery company. “It was a new experience getting to see the production side of projects and more of the business side of art,” she says. “I became involved with printing surface designs onto different kinds of mediums, textiles and packaging before they were manufactured onto a product.” Kurzeja saw her graphic designs and illustrations land on tea towels, wallpaper, body wash bottles, gift wrap/ bags, textiles and more. From a tropical Wanderlust stationery/pen set for Anthropologie, notebooks and planners for HomeGoods, girly journals and paper goods for Elum Designs, flamingo-printed phone cases, and a watercolor glass bauble float pattern custom created for Mahina Made as a shower curtain, illustrated surface printing brought Kurzeja’s many 2D images to 3D life. Alas, the freelance and surf world beckoned. Through a San Diego Surf Ladies group, Kurzeja found kindred connections to collab with to get her bird of paradise flowers onto Salt & Reverie surf fins, as well as Hawaiian floral prints for Hakuna swimwear and Dylee & Lylee’s surf suits. Recently back in her old stomping grounds of Sarasota, Kurzeja now occasionally teaches fellow creatives her lighthanded ways with popup workshops at the Jackie studio. Attendees learn watercolor painting techniques such as “layering in lots of washes” to create an aquarelle-style map of suspended pigments making up the “gouache” effect of opaque greens and blues that mirror the Gulf Coast. “One of my favorite things about painting in watercolor is laying the pigment down and watching it bloom across the page,” she says. “It’s one of the properties that makes this particular medium so magical. I demonstrate this technique known as ‘wet on wet’ painting, as well as how to create your very own Gulf Coast map.” Also teaching part-time back where it all started at Ringling, Kurzeja shows students the inner workings of 2-D design in Photoshop; professional practices in Illustrator; and the importance of color focus, color theory and surface design when drawing graphics. Feeling very much back at home, the lovely longboarder hopes to see an airy botanical pattern she created for a personal project to have Compound Boardshop inlay and sea her printed fabric onto one of their locally shaped surfboards. “There’s going to be a lovebird, palm and hibiscus adorned board in the lineup very soon,” she says. SRQ

This page: Find Ali Kurzeja’s art prints and cards in Marmalade Salon & Boutique, Molly’s, Island Trader, Home & Humble, and Etsy, or at alikurzeja. com, @ali.kurzeja

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From the runway to the roundabout, Rahelia dresses the modern woman in floor-length high-fashion. Brittany Mattie


closely with celebrities—finding yourself at photoshoots with creative luminaries such as Andy Warhol, and sitting next to the more listenedto trendsetters and buyers from Saks and Bergdorf Goodman at New York Fashion Week. Durrani has worked alongside the best of them, making a name for herself from her high-end boutiques, Rahelia— located on Madison Avenue in New York City; in Westchester, NY; and in Westport, CT. Now with a sweeping retail shop downtown at the Ringling Blvd. roundabout, Rahelia takes SRQ to the NYC level with ball gown brands you don’t see coming in and out of department stores or chain clothiers. “I’m never swayed or persuaded by other buyers. I buy for the real woman, not models,” she says. “This means, I look to see how the fabric falls, how it moves and feels. I won’t buy it unless I believe it’ll accentuate and flatter all different body types and women of all ages.” Durrani has made a rolodex of connections from her time in NYC to bring high-fashion designer evening wear onto the hanging 12 | srq magazine_ SEPT21 live local

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racks of her shadow box closets built into the walls of her store. You won’t find your typical David’s Bridal dress with Durrani, nor will she try to sell you a dress for the sake of a sale. “There’s a psychology in fashion styling—understanding someone’s needs, personality and lifestyle is important to dressing them for their special occasion and feeling their absolute best,” she says. With over a half a million dollars in inventory—including designers such as Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Elie Saab and more—Durrani not only personally finds her clients a fitting floor-length number for gala season, black tie events or weddings, but will style them head to toe if they’re looking to also accessorize with scarves, shoes and jewelry to coordinate. “I get a lot of mother-ofthe-bride and mother-of-the-groom clients, desperate to find a dress they won’t look frumpy or ‘old’ in,” she says. “No woman wants to feel frumpy at their son’s wedding; at Rahelia, they won’t have to.” SRQ Above: Getting glitz and glam with stylist, buyer and shop owner of Rahelia Couture, Rachel Durrani. Rahelia, 1420 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-330-1600,


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HOMETOWN OLYMPIANS Sarasota Athletes Represent at the Tokyo Games. Brittany Mattie


athletes with roots to our hometown (either former or current) who have made their mark this summer in Tokyo? Now that’s impressive. From 400m Swimming and Air Rifle to Rowing 4- and Street Skateboarding, we celebrate this young talented squad of Sarasotans that have done their country, city and community proud. While you may have watched their heats and read news stories about their triumphs, we take a more personal, candid look into the lives of these ambitious athletes. Cue the flame. SRQ Interviews took place before the start of the games.

Age: 24. Hometown: Osprey, FL. Current City: Sarasota, FL. Beginnings: Started at age four at Grannie’s house, learned at home and Payne Skate Park. Current Titles: Ranked sixth in the world and second in the United States. Sponsorships: Blind Skateboards, Rockstar Energy Drink, Bones Swiss Bearings, Bones Wheels, MOB Grip tape. What excites you most about representing Team USA? I’m excited to hopefully inspire more kids to start skating!. Your favorite motto . . . “Never Give Up.” Your guilty pleasure . . . The Tonight Dough ice cream. Your last supper would include . . . A plate of Grandma’s cooking. What was the funniest thing you remember doing as a kid? Building my own D.I.Y. ramps and skating them. Would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button? A rewind button, to get to relive things. If you had your own podcast, who would your first three guests be? Gaspar Ramirez, Tyler Hunger and Eric Matias. What is the scariest thing you have ever done? Went back to film the last trick in my Coastal Concrete video part.

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Your favorite snacks of the moment are . . . White cheddar crunchy Cheetos, mixed fruit from Publix, and Ritz peanut butter crackers. What song best describes your life right now? “Olympian” by A$AP Ferg.

JAKOB (JAKE) ILARDI Competing Olympic Sport Men’s Street Skateboarding

If you could snap your fingers and appear somewhere else, where would you be? Barcelona. What do you consider the most underrated virtue? Patience. What do you consider your greatest achievement thus far? Living the life I’ve always dreamed of since I was a kid!

What achievement/goal have you set for yourself for the next five years? I would love to have my own house with a skate park out back. But first, I have to get Grannie a house. What has been your most memorable or cherished moment while competing? My most memorable moment was when I found out I was going to qualify for the United States Olympic Skateboarding Team, and celebrating with friends, family and everyone from Compound Boardshop. SRQ


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srqist CLARK ATLAS DEAN Competing Olympic Sport Men’s Rowing 4, also called the “straight four”

Age: 21. Hometown: Sarasota, FL. Current City: Oakland, CA. Beginnings: Sarasota Crew Rowing Club in 2012. Current Titles: U19 World Champion in Single Scull 2017 and 2018, World Record Holder U19 Single Scull, and U.S. Rowing U19 Athlete of the Year in 2015 and 2018. Share a recent day in the life . . . Wake up at 6 am to get to our first morning row at 7:20 a.m. The Olympic Team has no boathouse of its own, so we work around the schedule of the Cal Berkeley rowing team, and row out of their boathouse. Our first row goes from around 7:20 to 9:30 am. We then get off the water and go get a quick breakfast at a nearby grocery store. We return to the boathouse around 10:45 am for a shorter technical row. After this second session, we would head home to rest for a few hours before our land session of weights and indoor rowing machines, which goes from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.

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What excites you most about representing Team USA? Racing and potentially winning a medal for my boat, my family and my country. Since being a kid, I dreamed of being able to represent my country on a stage like this. When you were younger, you always dreamed of growing up to be . . . An Olympian! I saw how much more popular the sport of swimming became in America once Michael Phelps entered the world stage, and I still dream of having a similar impact in the sport of rowing. Your guilty pleasure . . . Publix chicken tenders. Your favorite heroes in fiction . . . Captain America. If you could snap your fingers and be anywhere, where would it be? . . . Sarasota! I haven’t been home since January 2, and I can’t wait to see my family after the Games.

Your favorite heroes in real life. . . Michael Phelps, my parents and my grandma! What was the funniest thing you remember doing as a kid? Coming up with games to play using my friend’s golf cart, which we crashed three separate times. Would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button? Pause. Anyone who has seen the movie Click knows time travel is a slippery slope. I could just pause occasionally when super busy to stay on top of my work! What in your mind is the biggest fashion faux pas? Wearing rowing gear in nonrowing settings. What achievement/goal have you set for yourself for the next five years? 10 years? In five years: Graduate from college and compete at another Olympics. In 10 years: Have a fulfilling job and meaningful relationships.

Where would you most like to live? I love Sarasota and Florida, but I could see myself living in Boston after graduating from Harvard. If you could undo one invention in the world, what would it be? Social media. What do you consider the most underrated virtue? Altruism. Your most treasured possession? My used 2012 Toyota Avalon. Which country are you most intimated by in your sport? No country “intimidates” me, but the British 4- have won every Olympics since 1996 and could be considered the favorites. However, in 2019, we were less than two seconds off them, so I think we can get them. SRQ


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srqist Age: 19. Hometown: Sarasota, FL. Current City: Sarasota, FL. Beginnings: Began swimming competitively in Sarasota at age nine. Current Titles: 2018 Junior Pan Pac Champion, 2019 National Champion, 2021 Olympic Trial Champion, 4A State Champion, Silver Medalist in Women’s 400m individual medley. Share a recent day in the life . . . Currently, I am at Olympic training camp in Hawaii with the rest of the Team USA swimmers. Every morning, we wake up and eat breakfast together before heading over to our first pool workout. Getting to train with the best swimmers in the country creates the coolest environment, where everyone around you is working hard and supporting each other. After practice, we visit the weight room, where we get in our strength training and dryland workouts. Then, after a quick nap, we go back to the pool for the second practice of the day.

The second workout of the day usually consists of stroke and technique work, as well as resistance training for me. We all eat dinner together as a team, and end the night with a team meeting and Team USA cheer. What excites you most about representing Team USA? I’m so excited to have the honor to wear the flag on my cap and compete with the best in the world. The culture of Team USA is like no other, and I can’t wait to have more experiences being a part of it. Your favorite motto . . . “I’m not defined by what I achieve, but by whom I am loved.” Someone shared this quote with me a couple of years ago and it has always stuck with me. Being an athlete, there are inherent pressures to achieve at the highest levels. But, at the end of the day, no matter the outcome, having a team and family and supporters behind you that love you and are proud of you makes every race and result worth it.

EMMA WEYANT Competing Olympic Sport Women’s Swimming, 400m IM

Your favorite heroes . . . My mom. Without her, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today. She’s the most selfless and strongest person I know. Your guilty pleasure . . . Chocolate. Anyone who knows me knows I’m the biggest Hershey’s fan there is. Your last supper would include . . . Any type of bread and pasta. Noodles & Company is my favorite during a swim meet. Athlete/coach you admire the most and look up to . . . My current coach, Brent Arckey. I’m so incredibly grateful for everything he has done for me over the years. Coach Brent pushed me to be my best every day and gave me the confidence to believe that no goal is unattainable. Would you rather have a rewind button or a pause button? I would say a pause button. I think it’s hard, sometimes, to stop and appreciate where you

are and what you have done to get to where you are. I would say that I am a fairly goal-oriented person so, in the past, after reaching one goal, it was always natural to have my next move be adjusting my goals and getting back to work. What do you consider the most underrated virtue? Trust. Trusting in yourself, in your coaches, in your teammates, and in your journey. My coach’s mantra is “Trust the process.” This means that, when you put your trust in your coaches and their plan, you will get the results you want in the long run. On the plane, you’ll be . . . listening to Taylor Swift. She’s been my favorite since I was eight years old. So I can honestly just put her entire discography on shuffle and I’ll be happy. Your favorite snack of the moment are . . . I love Triscuits. They’re super easy to eat in-between races or take with me wherever I go. What song best describes your life right now? “Wildest Dreams” by Taylor Swift. Being an Olympian and getting to compete in the Olympics has always been a dream of mine, and I’m just so excited to live out those dreams and perform at my best for Team USA. What has been your most memorable or cherished moment while competing? Touching the wall at the Olympic trials and realizing that I had become an Olympian. The last 50 meters of the race was all that was running through my mind, so touching the wall and hearing my name announced as an Olympian was the most surreal experience ever. Where will your winning medal(s) hang when you get back? If I get the opportunity to win a medal for Team USA, I will definitely be keeping it hanging in Sarasota to share with my family and my teammates. SRQ

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Age: 20. Hometown: Sarasota, FL. Current City: Lexington, KY. Current Titles: NCAA Individual Airgun, Individual Smallbore, Individual Overall and Team National Champion. First Olympic Team Member Airgun and Smallbore (out of two, won both qualifiers). 6x World Cup Finalist, 3x World Cup Medalist. World rank #2 in Airgun, #11 in Smallbore. Share a recent day in the life . . . Right now, since it is summer and I am not on campus, I usually get up around 8 or 9 am, have a quick breakfast and drive to the range. Once I’m at the range, I will go to whichever gun I am shooting first and set it all up. I don’t really have a warm-up other than some quick balance board work, so then I shoot for however many hours (usually three or four) before lunch. After lunch, I typically switch to the other gun and will do that for another three or four hours before packing up and heading back to wherever I’m staying. I also go to the gym Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Training for shooting is hard since there are only three facilities in the U.S. What excites you most about representing Team USA? I am excited for the atmosphere the most, and getting to check another country off. I have heard a lot about how fun the Games are, and I look forward to seeing a lot of friends from other countries. Your favorite motto . . . “Prove them wrong.” There are always doubters, especially when you are young/inexperienced and in a sport people don’t fully understand. When you were younger, you always dreamed of growing up to . . . Being a veterinarian was something I thought I was going to be for a very long time, but I am too invested in shooting to ever leave it, so now I just live with a vet student. What was the funniest thing you remember doing as a kid? My mom said that, when I was little, I would always rub my hands together like I was plotting something evil. I think that’s pretty funny.

What is the scariest thing you have ever done? Shot a 600 in airgun. It really isn’t a huge deal, but because I had shot so many 599s in the past, I was extremely nervous for it. I did it, but I was shaking so bad. Your favorite snacks of the moment are . . . have a minor obsession with Haribo gummies right now, especially the little colas and the fruit ones. I like them so much that, when at World Cups, other countries will bring me Haribos that are specific to their countries so I can try them.

srqist MARY TUCKER Competing Olympic Sport Women’s Air Rifle, Air Rifle Mixed Team, Women’s Smallbore Rifle

What song best describes your life right now? As someone who can never remember songs, this is a hard question, but one song that I really like and makes me happy is “Live a Little” by Chaz Cardigan. You have to wear a T-shirt with one word on it. What would it be? Breathe. Things move fast and everything can be really stressful, and I have to remind myself a lot to just let things happen and focus on myself. In shooting, breathing is a big thing to pay attention to. What are you most excited to see or try while in Tokyo? I always love going downtown in other countries, just because it is so different from the states. I am not sure how it will look with COVID, but I hope to at least see a little bit of it. What has been your most memorable or cherished moment while competing? My first European match. I was in the final in airgun, and we had gotten down to the gold and silver medals with one shot left. We have 50 seconds to take a shot and I usually am slow, so right when I was about to pull the trigger, the other girl shot and the crowd gasped so loud that I didn’t take the shot. I glanced at the clockand it said 10 seconds. I had to take that shot so fast. I have no idea how it was a 10 but it was definitely the most nerve-wracking shot I’ve ever taken. I think I ended up getting silver by only .1; it was crazy. SRQ srq magazine_ SEPT21 live local | 19

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As a locally grown, locally owned company, SRQ MEDIA pays tribute to our community’s visionary local businesses and the people behind them who work hard to create economic opportunities every day on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

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“We are partnership driven.

Our team’s intentions, actions, and outcomes are fueled by

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positive client communication and collaboration.” — Steve Padgett, Partner


design firm, created and released core values. These seven principles represent the “how” behind the daily operations of the 20-person team. The company is different now than it’s been in the past. The firm has evolved – an essential part of success, agree Stu Henderson and Steve Padgett, owners of FBA. While Fawley Bryant’s reputation was strong when the partners purchased the firm in 2017, the duo took a proactive approach to ownership. The transition to the “new FBA” has been intentional and strategic – re-engaging with community partners, focusing new business efforts, concentrating on their team, and establishing updated processes and protocols. “Successful organizations cannot remain static if they hope to continue that success; they must change to keep up with a changing world,” said Amanda Parrish, principal and COO. “Our inward renewal has allowed us to find the right people, both from a mindset and skillset standpoint. Our processes allow a platform for them to be successful, and our team culture encourages ownership, problem-solving, collaboration, and at the end of the day, an understanding that we’re all human.” With the FBA team stronger than ever, the inward focus has transitioned to a reintroduction to the community. Connecting with municipal and educational leaders, re-committing to Chamber and EDC initiatives, and volunteering for area nonprofits, the team is finding unique and valuable ways to care for the communities that continue to support them. “We’re grateful,” said Henderson. “FBA’s evolution was possible only because of the trust our clients and partners have in us. We will continue to find ways to improve for the purpose of bettering the community and people we serve. One of our core values, Elevate Others, indicates


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TSUNAMI SUSHI AND HIBACHI Samuel Ray and Jeffrey Karasawa

“I am elated with the support our community has shown to us. We immediately fell in love with Sarasota and are thrilled to bring everything we’ve learned to Lakewood Ranch”


— Samuel Ray (shown to the right)

THE BEGINNING OF TSUNAMI ACTUALLY STARTED on Samuel’s 21st birthday dinner in Texas at Kobé Japanese Steakhouse. He left a large tip to the best server he had ever known, Jeffrey Karasawa and the two struck up a conversation, became friends, and the adventure was well underway. Jeffrey offered Samuel a job as a server, which he gratefully accepted. Samuel strived to learn everything about the business as quickly as possible and within a few short weeks he was promoted to manager. They doubled sales two months after Samuel’s promotion. Samuel and Jeffrey’s friendship grew and so did their interest for bigger opportunities. During Samuel’s time as restaurant manager, he heard a rumor from one of the chefs about a struggling restaurant in Sarasota that needed saving. He flew to Sarasota to explore the opportunity for himself. He worked undercover as a server at the current Tsunami location and saw the potential for a successful restaurant. Six months later, Samuel and Jeffrey became business partners, purchased the corporation and took ownership. After “blood, sweat, and tears” Tsunami was born. It was only a matter of time before Tsunami transformed into the best Asian dining experience in Sarasota; dedicated to providing an amazing upscale dining experience to their patrons. With the support of the loyal community, Tsunami has been able to survive the pandemic and come back stronger than ever. We are thrilled to announce our second location opening soon in Lakewood Ranch. This new location will have all of the delicious food offered in SRQ, and even more! The atmosphere will cater to family dining, as well as an upscale bar and event space for people to enjoy craft cocktails, live music, and a place to relax after a long day’s work.


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As visionary arts advocate Patricia Caswell retires, she leaves behind monuments to the creative process. Andrew Fabian


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Left: Patricia Caswell basks in the Gulf glow of one of her greatest accomplishments at The Hermitage on Manasota Key.


portfolio of projects, the existing house hung precariously over a berm of sand as though plopped there by accident. Built in 1907 by sawmill operator and Swedish immigrant Carl Johansen, The Hermitage house, as it was called for reasons unverified, had changed hands for decades--until Ruth Swayze, a writer who used the property as both a home and an informal artist retreat in the ‘70s and ‘80s, sold it to Sarasota County in 1988. The house sat for more than a decade, each high tide sweeping more sand from beneath its foundation. Caswell stood before it and wondered how to save the property from being razed to a parking lot and beach access. With the home’s age and impending destruction at the hands of nature, nobody thought the place could be salvaged or that it would even be worth it. But Caswell saw magic in the dilapidated property. For 12 years, she served as the director of the Sarasota County Arts Council, a precursor to the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County that adopted as its mission the cultivation of a thriving arts scene. “Sarasota had a great foundation of performance art institutions like The Asolo, Sarasota Orchestra, Player’s Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre,” Caswell says, “but it became apparent, when we were doing a lot of strategic planning, that there wasn’t a lot of support for independent artists, and we also needed to do more in south county.” In this seemingly logical and innocuous way, The Hermitage Artist Retreat was born. With some help from the late arts collector and philanthropist Syd Adler, Caswell raised funds for and orchestrated the restoration of The Hermitage house. It was plucked from its disintegrating foundation and placed on concrete pillars about 100 feet back, coming to rest as though upon a pedestal. The project quickly became a bright star around which a long list of achievements orbited. “During my tenure as director of the Arts Council, I initiated a county public art program,” says Caswell. The first artist to stay at the retreat was Malcom Robertson, a renowned Scottish sculptor commissioned by



Caswell’s crew to fulfill the county’s public art initiative.“He was here working and needed a place to stay,” says Caswell, “so we thought that, instead of paying for a hotel, he could be the first artist to stay at The Hermitage.” Robertson went on to create and install “Open Book Gateway,” the 18-foot tall stainless steel sculpture that sits in front of the Fruitville Library; as well as “Shell,” a sculpture in a roundabout near Manasota Key. The program continues to bring worldclass sculptors to the county to construct installations of varying scale and complexity. To help pay for those commissions and other initiatives, Caswell created the grantwriting process for the tourist development tax program, which she also had to defend several times. “I saw Palm Beach have great success with their tourist tax,” says Caswell, “so, with the help of several foundation heads, I wrote the guidelines for the program and then stewarded it for many years.” Caswell spent lots of time in front of county commissioners and community stakeholders to campaign in support of the tax, powering through bureaucracy like a “velvet-covered bulldozer,” as Sarasota Ballet Founder Jean Weidner Goldstein used to call her. Today, that same tourist tax funds major programs around the region--from exhibitions at Ringling College to the nonprofit tourism marketing arm of the county, Visit Sarasota. And though The Hermitage proudly attracts artists from around the world, Caswell saw opportunities to get local artists into the retreat, too. “One of the other things I initiated was the John Ringling Towers Fund,” says Caswell, a grant program that awards local applicants with short stays at The Hermitage to work on their craft. “She left a really well-organized operation at the Arts Alliance,” says Jim Shirley, the current executive director of the arts organization formerly headed by Caswell. Shirley says that, in many ways, Caswell was the ideal person for that job. “She was obviously very passionate about the arts scene for many years,” says Shirley, “but she was a strong leader and an outstanding collaborator, pulling so many county, state and federal pieces together to fund a lot of programs.”

When Caswell stepped down as program director of The Hermitage in May, she and current CEO/artistic director Andy Sandberg tried to wrap their heads around the staggering number of artistic works that branch out from her efforts as a champion of the arts. “There must be thousands,” she says, “and Andy and I agree it’s just impossible to track how much is out there.” Plays, musical compositions, paintings, novels, sculptures, poems and any number of interdisciplinary works have all germinated at the retreat that once seemed lost to the sea. On her last day as program director of The Hermitage, Caswell thought she was going in for a final wrap-up meeting with staffers and the board. She was unprepared for the video Sandberg helped put together. “It was a surprise tribute video where 100 artists that came through The Hermitage contributed words of thanks and congratulations,” says Sandberg. They all, in one form or another, remembered her welcoming energy, her reception dinners, and the way she made them feel special and seen. “Patricia was just this wide-eyed, intelligent person that was passionate and curious about so many artforms,” says Sandberg, “but I think, more than anything, she really set the bar high for her hospitality. That really infused the culture of the organization from top to bottom.” In her customary humility that belies her great feats as a velvet bulldozer for the arts, Caswell reflects on her time with The Hermitage. And it all comes back to the artists--the ones she supported in their artistic pursuits, the ones whose creative blocks were shattered by the picturesque view, and the ones who wrote more in two weeks at The Hermitage than they had in the previous two years. “I think, more than anything, I’ll miss the artists,” says Caswell. “Artists are the people doing the R&D for the collective subconscious of the nation. They’re always ahead of the curve, and talking to them is like a lightbulb going off constantly because they look at the world in a way most people don’t. How lucky am I to have spent all these years among them?” SRQ

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This page: Lionel’s Chair celebrates the stalwart security guard that used to keep watch of a Coney Island roller coaster at night.

Collage artist Philomena Marano tells a story that is both timeless and personal.

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PHILOMENA MARANO’S OLDER COUSIN, NORA, used to drag her around their little corner of Bensonhurst like she was a circus curiosity. “Phyllis,”

as Nora used to call her, “draw a horse,” and draw she would. With a bottle in one hand and a pencil in the other, baby Marano cranked out not some crude assemblage of shapes lacking any connection to an actual horse, but a sketch with identifiable proportions that told a story. That same steady hand went on to pick up pens, crayons, markers and paintbrushes all through afterschool art classes, fancy Manhattan magnet schools and the illustrious Pratt Institute (where she campaigned to be the first-ever “draw’ring major,” as she says proudly in her Brooklynese).

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Opposite page: A ferris wheel made out of balsa wood has an electric motor attached that lets it spin. This page clockwise: The tiny human figure is made from five individually cut layers of paper. With surgical precision, Marano uses tweezers to affix a delicate cut of paper. In I Hear the Brooklyn Bridge Singing, Marano pushes collage beyond two dimensions with depth and perspective.

She went on to work with Robert Indiana­—yes, that Robert Indiana—helping him produce the prints that came to define a whole pop art movement alongside Warhol’s product portraits, Johns’ American flags and Rosenquist’s pop montages. It was during this time that Marano picked up the two most important tools that would come to define her career. The first was the notion that no object was too mainstream or mundane to be creatively rendered. The second: an X-Acto knife. “Robert used to talk about riding in the car with his mother and looking at all the highway signs,” says Marano, “and he used to call them ‘highway literature.’” She got to thinking about the iconography that made an impression in her own life and turned to the mythical, whimsical, distinctly American temple of amusement known as Coney Island. Like many New York City children, Marano grew up steeped in bumper cars, roller coasters, spook houses, snow cones and ice cream. She grew up enamored of the colorful signage, the banners waving in the wind and the danger of the Parachute Jump. “There were archetypes embedded in the culture there,” says Marano, “it really had its own mythology.” When she finally put all of these elements and implements together, she created Shooting Gallery #2. Made from hand-cut paper, it depicts a carnival shooting gallery from the inside, rendering all of its gears and moving parts in the brilliant silkscreened colors of the Color-aid line of paper. Though the piece captures her precision and attention to detail, her later work, like the American Dream-Land series, would grow in complexity and depth. Her process begins with a drawing. “Even though I’m cutting paper, drawing is the root of all of it,” says Marano, “it’s all so dependent on the lines, whether it’s a pencil or a knife.”

She sketches her image onto vellum paper with a pencil, which becomes what she calls her “master tracing.” From there, she carefully plots out the layers and colors of the piece, starting with the background and slowly shifting to the foreground, accounting for shadows and texture and color along the way. Using the master tracing, Marano cuts each swirl of a cloud or rollercoaster truss with the X-Acto knife, checking it against the tracing to ensure each piece fits together properly. The full scope of that complex and tedious process looms large in I Hear the Brooklyn Bridge Singing, which depicts a view from the bridge’s central walkway. The texture of the steel cable in the foreground stands out with its careful depiction of the cable’s braids. As the eye delves into the background through the arch, the trusses and windows in the buildings stand out as particularly tedious objects with which she captures the depth of perspective in the scene. Since her move to Sarasota in March 2017, she continues to celebrate Coney Island’s storied iconography but has added a new wrinkle to her subject matter. At a recent survey exhibition of collage at Ringling College, Marano showcased some works that depict The Nerveless Nocks, a Sarasota family of circus performers who travel with their motorcycle acts all around the nation. “It has a very similar kind of excitement and mystery as some of the Coney Island rides I remember,” says Marano. In Vortex of Doom, Marano depicts a high-flying act as seen from the ground, with blue skies and big white clouds in the background. In a sense, it captures the entirety of her approach. It’s a scene of whimsy and majesty, of danger and fun, of rich color and hard-edged lines--captured lovingly, painstakingly and with childlike wonder on paper. SRQ srq magazine_ SEPT21 live local | 29


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TO HUMBLY RECEIVE Kojo’s subtlety inspires mindfulness and gratitude. Andrew Fabian

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forage IN JAPANESE, ITADAKIMASU MEANS “TO HUMBLY RECEIVE.” When uttered before a meal in its purest sense, it takes into account all of the elements, both large and small, that contributed to a meal—the earth that yielded the herb garnish, the fish that provided the delicate meat and the chef whose efforts created the dish. The phrase primes a diner to discern the steady accumulation of subtleties in a flavor profile. And, in this state, Kojo, a new Asian fusion restaurant on Palm Avenue, delivers.

The izakaya-inspired concept pulls from the combined expertise of the Speaks Clam Bar team, including owners Mark and Natalia Levey; general manager Robert Castellon and beverage director David Roth (with their the big-city pedigree); and executive chef Ken Lumpkin, whose deep personal (his mother is Japanese) and professional experience with Japanese cuisine adds a calculating panache to Kojo’s menu. Together, they concocted a space full of carefully chosen design elements and, more importantly, a food and drink menu that balances fun experimentation with the pursuit of understated perfection. A selection of small plates and bao buns offer shareable dishes that can be built up into a group tasting menu of sorts, or treated like appetizers. A yellowtail sashimi with jalapeño slices comes served in a shallow bowl, with house ponzu at its base and cilantro microgreens as a garnish. The fish tastes clean and lean--a perfect centerpiece to the sweet, savory and spicy tones coming from the ponzu, yellowtail and jalapeño, respectively. Though outlandish-sounding on paper, the tuna pizza shows off the restaurant’s ability 32 | srq magazine_ SEPT21 live local

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to balance creativity with accessible flavor. A thin and crispy tortilla gets cooked to order and is then layered with tuna sashimi, ponzu mayo, truffle oil, red onion slivers and microgreens. It somehow manages to blend flavors from Mexico and Japan with harmony such that it never clashes or seems unnatural. With the tuna pizza’s hint of Mexican flavors, the mezcalero cocktail might offer a nice complement. Made with triple sec, Del Maguey mezcal, ginger bitters, and freshly squeezed grapefruit and lime juices, the cocktail is described by Roth as “a really juicy margarita.” What the fast-talking mixologist misses with the description is the rich smokiness and dryness of the drink that elevates it from a mindless party punch to a more refined experience, though it’s still plenty boozy. Also worth noting is that Roth invented the drink and is credited as such in Difford’s Guide. To plumb the depths of Lumpkin’s expertise as a sushi chef, an omakase (chef’s choice) plate of assorted nigiri delights with both its presentation and precision. Serving the nigiri on a large earthenware

plate bisected by a lush green frond, Lumpkin forms the sticky rice into uniform mounds before draping thin, decadent slices of chilled fish over each. He then adds a hint of different flavor profiles for each fish for balance--like a smoked soy and yuzu kosho for the bluefin toro, or a yuzu kosho aioli with Meyer lemon zest for the torched salmon. Moving on to larger dishes, the shrimp, bacon and kimchi fried rice offers a more indulgent fusion of cuisines compared to the tuna pizza. Made with Nueske’s bacon, Gulfcaught shrimp and housemade kimchi--then topped with scallion ginger oil, kabayaki, nori flakes, a sunny-side-up egg and a drizzle of spicy gochujang sauce--it holds nothing back. It’s busy, yes, but it’s also as rich as the many Asian cuisines it borrows from while being held together by the silky, smoky fat of the bacon. Every element still maintains its own place, with the copious amounts of umami accented by the tang, sweetness and heat of the kimchi, gochujang and scallion ginger oil. A cocktail accompaniment here depends on the diner’s goals. Should something savory and eccentric be desired, the “black PHOTOGRAPHY BY WYATT KOSTYGAN.

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and gold” is the path. Made with bourbon, Frangelico, honey and lemon, it then takes a drastic and altogether pleasant turn with the addition of sesame oil. A few drops of the oil are added to the shaker, and a few drops are added to the lemon wheel garnish to accent the hazelnut notes in the Frangelico and boost the nutty tones, making this a truly singular concoction. If more accessible fun is desired, Roth makes what he confidently describes as “the world’s best Midori sour.” The melon liqueur gives it the cartoonishly green hue traditionally associated with the drink, while navy-strength gin (57 percent alcohol by volume), lemon, bitters, a dash of lemongrass syrup and togarashi add layers of dryness, tang and saltiness. At the end of an evening in which such thoughtful food and drink has been consumed, it is appropriate to follow up the pre-meal supplication with a direct entreaty to the hands and minds of the people that made it possible. The Japanese have a word for this as well: gochisousama, which can be interpreted as “thanks for the feast.” SRQ

Left to right: Light, cool and exquisitely balanced, the yellowtail appetizer captures the understated perfection of Kojo’s menu. The wagyu skirt steak comes perfectly seared with ramekins of shiso salsa verde and garlic soy butter. Handmade wood carvings adorn booths along the bright row of windows A dish for the heartiest of appetites, the shrimp, bacon and kimchi fried rice is both fun and filling

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glamp ing (noun)­— a portmanteau of “glamorous” and “camping;” where stunning nature meets modern luxury; a way to experience the untamed and completely unique parts of the world-—without having to sacrifice creature comforts. •

EXPOSED SHOULDERS No need to give the cold shoulder, exposed shoulders and necklines are flattering for any figure— boasting an element of seduction and sass paired with class. Whether it’s a simple thin-strapped crop top or a long-sleeved cocktail dress, dare to bare one shoulder, or both of them, with these bold yet feminine neckline shapes. Revealing a hint of décolletage with a one-shoulder cross top or off-theshoulder silhouette is proving to be the perfect balance of modesty and sultry for a Floridian fall— especially when paired with a slouchy cardigan sweater or statement gold necklace. Floral Frolic Olivaceous Floral Print Mini Dress, $84; Fixxation Boutique, 1108 N Orange Ave., Sarasota, 941-467-3553,, @fixxationbtq.

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While we may not be Parisian trendse ers dictating the runways for fall fashion, or Wall Street masterminds predicting hot stock market investments, or even divine forecasting fans of a fantasy football league, we’d like to think we’ve got a discerning eye on what’s having a moment in the SRQ spotlight. Here’s an inside look at what’s been hot this season in the ever-changing worlds of food, fashion, arts, sports and travel. From immunityboosting wellness shots, funky ice cream flavors and self-defense combat to outdoor glamping, luxury home theaters and animal adoptions, there’s a lot to not miss this season.



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Glamping Glory What better way to immerse yourself in the life of a region, to explore hidden corners and appreciate the natural nuances of a place while enjoying the benefits and enormous satisfaction of traveling under your own power? These are on-the-road experiences you cannot have behind the wheel of a sedan, or on a train or a tour bus. Active travel is, at its heart, a way of connecting more authentically with the outdoors while not giving up some of the luxury comforts and amenities of indoor accommodations. These local services bring you the transient and adventurous side of travel so you can discover the great open road, or campground, on your own terms and in style. Planes and hotels continue to take a backseat (pun intended); we plan to keep getting closer to nature by not just simply witnessing it, but living in it. —B.Mattie

Fall Fashion written and sourced by Brittany Mattie and Madison Mursch. Modeled by Madison Mursch. Hair and Makeup by Vanessa Silvana of Lochnessa Makeup Creations, 630 S. Orange Ave. Suite 302-A, Sarasota, 941.914.8400,, @lochnessa_makeup_creations. Below: Namaste in the Van Suede Olive Hat, $35; Blend Fashion House,​​1913 S Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 941552-9379,, @blend_fashion_ house; Beyond Yoga Green Tiger Stripe Legging, $100; Joah Brown Second Skin Tank, $76; T.Georgiano’s Boutique, 1409-B 1st St., Sarasota, 941-870-3727,, @tgeorgianos; Lululemon Reversible Lavender/Teal Mat 5mm, $88; The Yoga Shack, 514 Central Ave., Sarasota, 941-681-8029,, @yogashacklife. Set: Suncoast Vans renovated, high roof extended white Ford Transit,,, @suncoastvans.

Sarasota Glamping Camping is cool and all, but take it next level with a glampout at a campground in these luxury tent set-ups. Sarasota Glamping takes the hassle out of setting up and breaking down with their 13-foot canvas bell tents which they stage with stylish furniture and decor— including a queen bed and linens, boho design elements including area rugs, fresh flowers, end tables with lighting and a cozy seating area. After Gianna came back to Sarasota after building out and living on the road with her husband and children in their converted sprinter van, and then a school bus converted to a tiny home on wheels, the family decided to help others live nomadically through individual and family coaching from home-life to life-on-the-road., @ourvanquest. In addition, Gianna recently added another hip outdoor sector to her repertoire—this one less mobile and more stationary. Now taking fall bookings, her new venture, Sarasota Glamping, designs and creates a memorable outdoor experience for adventurists like herself, but ones who crave the cush amenities that come along with the luxury comforts of home or a hotel. Just reserve the campsite, or green space and she’ll do the rest. Setting up a giant canvas bell tent, Gianna will fill the yurt-like space with furnishings, linens and decor reminiscent of Joshua Tree or Sedona—even bringing a fire pit with wood, a gourmet s’more kit, flashlight and deck of cards for a real-deal night under the stars. Official launch expected this October., @sarasotaglamping.

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Suncoast Vans

With a list of beautiful county, state and private campgrounds in the Tampa Bay area, experience glamping in an iconic Airstream trailer. GuestWings is an airstream delivery service providing chromed-out, 24-feet long, 8-feet wide and 10-feet high units. Each airstream is fully-equipped inside with a premium queen size bed ready for sleeping, a complete bathroom, towels, linens, TV, digital thermostat, power outlets, USB chargers, microwave and a coffee maker, which means you and company can have a tight night’s sleep in a modern airstream for a thrifty hotel alternative. GuestWings will deliver to camping sites within 75 miles of St. Pete including Ft. DeSoto, Hillsborough River State Park, Myakka State Park or Little Manatee River State Park. They do the towing, the backing in and the complete set-up., @guestwingsfl.

Nomad couple Rob and Stephanie Jaramillo quit their unfulfilling 9-5 jobs to help others fully embrace ‘van life.’ Making the decision to custom-build a sustainable mobile home for their own road trip adventure—taking a total of three and a half months—they learned the ins and outs of how to build and design this unique space on wheels. “These months were filled with ups and downs, as we took on new challenges every day, pouring our hearts and souls into the craft,” Stephanie says. “When complete, we hit the road and traveled across the country. This expedition gave us so many special moments and lessons. Along the way, we met various like-minded, creative builders who shared the same desire for sustainable living and ignited our passion for van building.” Having had so much fun creating their first home together, the couple decided to help others begin their own adventures with custom built vans, designed for their personality, lifestyle and trip(s) planned. Rob and Stephanie source the vans for you and typically work with Ford Transits and Ram ProMasters. On average, a Suncoast Van takes about six to eight weeks to complete, with all of the work done out of their local shop. Features from high-end custom cabinetry, extensive solar and electrical systems, professional plumbing and everything in between, are all custom crafted for each different van. “Our clients love our modern style farmhouse builds and it is a style we get most requested,” says Stephanie. “They use these vans to adventure on the weekends and travel to national parks all over the country.” Fully booked for 2021, but now accepting inquiries for 2022., @suncoastvans.

Sarasota Alfresco

Fancy Camps

Playing with bohemian-clad decor, fringe umbrellas, woven area rugs, cozy throw pillows, cane serving platters, rattan lantern holders, jute ottomans, fresh florals and wooden farmhouse tables covered in colorful place settings, Sarasota Alfresco engages the environmental milieus of our area via boutique pop-up picnics. Using what’s already for the taking along the spoiled seaboard of the Suncoast, find Sarasota Alfresco setups posted on secluded bayfront settings, idyllic outdoor parks, campsites and the many beaches of Sarasota-Manatee. Founder, Event Planner and Creative Director Jessica Chapman combines outdoor feng shui and luxury comfort. Taking advantage of the Gulf’s natural backgrounds, she then elevates the venue with dreamy decor and all the dining accoutrements for an unforgettable outing. “We take care of the details so you can relax on velvet pillows and take in the sunset with your loved ones,” says Jessica. Built into each package includes the design and delivery of the setting: layered rugs, seat pillows, candles/lanterns, low wooden table(s) fully decorated with dinnerware, flatware, glassware for water and wine, linen napkins, table cloth and/or table runners, a wooden letter board with your custom message, still or sparkling water, dry flowers for a pop of color and a fragrant splash of fresh baby’s breath and eucalyptus for the table centerpiece. A là carte add-ons put your event on a whole other playing field with upgrades such as fresh fruit platters and grazing boards by Cheese & Charcuterie out of Lakewood Ranch, gourmet cakes from Morton’s Gourmet Market, a rattan bar cart for BYOB bubbly, custom craft cocktail service and personal bartender, a personal photographer, a private yoga session, a vintage lace tee-pee and more., @sarasotaalfresco. Above Set Credit: Sarasota Alfresco autumnal-themed set-up,

Partnering with Florida State Parks, Fancy Camps provides luxury-style campsites and camping packages up and down Florida’s Gulf Coast and throughout the Sunshine State. Topsail Hill State Park hosts permanent Fancy Camps sites that can be booked, but if campers have other Florida state park destinations in mind, bo problem. Each package includes a 16-foot bell tent, queen bed with linens, area rugs, end table and tamps, heating/cooling unit, exterior lighting, extra outlets to charge small electronics, wood-folding chairs to sit outside, a picnic table and fire ring. Add-ons like firewood, a camp stove, charcuterie boards, entryway garland and a wild flower bouquet can be arranged., @fancycamps.


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Fashion in Full Swing What’s been holding it down as this year’s top fashion trends to try now. —B.Mattie and M.Mursch

STATEMENT BOOTS Time to put your best foot forward—we’re bringing the boots back, baby. The first sign of autumnal feels in Florida means booties are calling, even despite the lingering humidity. Whether it’s western wear inspired cowboy boots, edgy utilitarian combat boots that hit the lower calf, funky crocodile skin or snakeskin textured textiles, or ankle silhouettes paired with a heel or wedge, boots are ready to have their moment back. And these ones were indeed made for walkin’–– or strutting, rather. Below left to right: Fire Fierce Footing Coconuts by Matisse Footwear Fawn Over You Ankle Boot, $70; Blend Fashion House,​​1913 S Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 941-552-9379,, @blend_fashion_house; Sanctuary Suede Combat Boot in Taupe Grey, $54; Dolce Vita Huey Ivory Crocodile Print Leather Boot, $140; Motel Therapy, 532 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-260-2277,, @moteltherapy; AGL Violanda Bootie in Oslo Grey, $470; Lotus Boutique, 1464 Main St., Sarasota, 941-906-7080,, @lotusboutique. Bundle of firewood sourced from Steven’s Firewood, 9833 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota, 941-961-0814. Right: America & Beyond Fiji Embellished Navy Suede Crossbody Bag, $139; Blend Fashion House,​​1913 S Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 941-552-9379,, @blend_fashion_house.

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Below: S’more Nights Like These The Range Knit Pant with Slits in Jet Black, $220; The Range Knit One Shoulder Tank in Jet Black, $158; INfluence Style, 474 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-3432315,, @influencestyle.

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ATHLEISURE WEAR A fitting contraction of the words “athletic” and “leisure,” athleisure wear has played a major role in sportswear’s resurgence on the fashion scene. Combining functionality and sleek minimalist design, it’s become largely acceptable for people to sport the look in non-athletic settings. This trend, supporting “transition” moments with leggings, biker shorts and other yoga pants, paired with flattering crop top-style sports bras, can be worn anytime, anywhere, and continues to go viral—even reaching premium and luxury brands who want a piece of this niche segment. These simplistic, flexible ensembles serve both fashion and function so you’ll be ready to hit the John Ringling Bridge for a morning jog with your workout pal and still look sporty-cute grabbing a bite afterwards at The Overton. Above left: Cozy Book Nook Frame Side Slit Sweatshirt in Tangerine, $168; Frame Rolled Up Sweatpant in Tangerine, $158; INfluence Style, 474 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-343-2315,, @influencestyle; The Arbornaut newly-published hardcover by Dr. Margaret Lowman of The TREE Foundation and Mission Green, $23.5. Below left: One with Nature Splits 59 Dream Techflex Bra in Fire, $74; Splits 59 Dream Techflex High Waisted Legging, $114; Lotus Boutique, 1464 Main St., Sarasota, 941-906-7080, lotus-boutiques., @lotusboutique; Lululemon Reversible Lavender/Teal Mat 5mm, $88; The Yoga Shack, 514 Central Ave., Sarasota, 941-681-8029,, @yogashacklife.

CORE CUTOUTS Alluring but tasteful, slender slashes and slits are opening up in the most flattering of ways. Cutouts of all geometric shapes are showing a peek of the upper abdomen/lower ribs to expose the oft-hidden area of the core—offering a flash of subtle skin that adds just the right element of mystique to an outfit. This subtly revealing look is wearable and achievable for any body type—incorporating that artfully placed window to the skin in an ongoing body-positivity movement—all the while providing a little extra ventilation on a day of warm Sarasota sun. Right: Rural Combat Brown Fedora Hat with Studded Leather Band, $45; After Hours Jumpsuit, $68; Blend Fashion House,​​1913 S Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 941-552-9379,, @blend_fashion_house; Sanctuary Suede Combat Boot in Taupe Grey, $54; Motel Therapy, 532 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-260-2277, moteltherapy. com, @moteltherapy.

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MATCHING SETS When did matchy matching become such a thing? Now a stylish staple for a wide range of activities—from Netflix and chillin’ with the boo to a business lunch with clients and drinks downtown with the girls—matching sets have you covered (literally and figuratively) for, quite literally, any occasion. Cozy loungewear sets have all the comfort for sinking into the couch all day but chic enough to appear “put together” enough to leave the house and run errands. The bold pop of color paralleled from top to bottom, paired with the soft quality knit material of these loungewear fits mean you can essentially live your sweats day in and day out. When it comes due time to class it up a bit, you don’t have to miss a matching beat by choosing a “power suit” type look with a matching linen blazer and trouser duo. This complementary business casual look lives at the intersection of conservatism and boldness—making color and fabric coordination head-to-toe the key to achieving a musthave monochromatic moment. Above: Picnic in Style Tulalah Chevron Chain Necklace, $58; Teal Culotte Pant, $148; Teal Linen Blazer, $168; Sage One-shoulder Tank, $78; Shore Clothing, 465 John Ringling Blvd. #100, Sarasota, 941-388-3535,, @shorebrand; America & Beyond Teal Round Bag, $92; Marmalade Salon & Boutique, 3617,1927 S Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 941-362-0276,, @marmaladesalonandboutique. Sarasota Alfresco autumnal-themed set-up,,, @sarasotaalfresco. Floral arrangement by Shpresa Mehmeti.

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Wake up Wonderful The morning bliss of a hot cup of coffee and fresh pastry feels luxurious stateside. The hustle-and-bustle attitude of our worker-bee population typically opts for drive-thru macchiatos rather than the slow-paced sips of Parisians at morning bistros. A few places in Sarasota, however, are bringing the European feel of mindful mornings with homemade pastries paired with cups of joe. Head to Mama G’s Coffee for an authentic German pastry, such as strudel paired with a modern cold brew, or head to OfKors Bakery for a slice of fruity blueberry coffee cake. Wash that down with the freshly brewed Italian coffee whipped up as a macchiato. For something savory, Perq Coffee Bar is dishing out scrumptious baked egg pastries to savor with a flat white—latte’s cousin without the foam. Project Coffee and Simon’s Coffee House have the vegan versions at the ready, like Project’s homemade flaky biscuit and blackberry jam with an oat milk cappuccino, or Simon’s spice cake with local Java Dawg brewed coffee. Whatever pairing you pick, reclaim a few minutes of your morning rush to revel in these homemade treats. —A.Chates

Perq Coffee Bar Top far left. Waking up on the right side of the bed with Baked Egg Pastries and Avocado Toast from Perq. Perq Coffee Bar, 1821 Hillview St,, @perqcoffeebar

Project Coffee Top right. Homemade blackberry biscuit with a cappucino. Project Coffee, 538 S Pineapple Ave,, @projectcoffeeco

Mama G’s Coffee Bakery

Bottom far left. Linzer Tart and Crumb Cake from Mama G’s Coffee Bakery. Mama G’s Coffee Bakery, 8431 N Tamiami Tr,, @mamagscoffee

OfKors Bakery

Bottom right. Fresh baked blueberry coffee cake from the family bakers of OfKors Bakery. ofKors Bakery, 1359 Main St,, @ofkorsbakery


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From Foster to Man’s Best Friend The Humane Society of Sarasota County has been

caring for and placing animals in their forever homes since 1952. Originally, they could only house six cats and 48 dogs but, since expanding and declaring themselves a no-kill shelter, they have as many as 250 animals onsite any given day. Caring community members often find and bring in underaged puppies or kittens who aren’t able to be adopted until they’ve been spayed or neutered and are 12 weeks old (that’s where the foster program comes in). “We want these animals in home environments where they can receive the care they need to become someone’s new best friend,” says Executive Director Anna Gonce. After 20 years in animal welfare, Gonce, like many of us, cannot say no to kittens (who are the most at risk in traditional animal service shelters). Since starting in October, she herself has fostered a dozen litters, all of which have found wonderful homes. “Pets serve an important role in our lives. They’re a form of unconditional love, a best friend, a therapy animal, a playmate,” she says. “When a person and an animal choose each other, that’s when the magic happens.” And The Humane Society wants to be a part of making it happen. The organization has built a new facility that will allow the team to care for 900 more animals each year (there is a grand opening later this month). “This new facility is a beautiful place for our animals, but it’s not just that,” she says. “It represents our renewed commitment to the animals of Sarasota.”

The grand opening will take place at 10:30 am on September 24 at 2331 15th St., Sarasota, 941-955-4131. Those interested in fostering should visit the organization’s website, or @ humanesocietysrq for more information about the program. Southeastern Guide Dogs provides working dogs (guide dogs, service dogs, therapy dogs and companion dogs) to those who need them most. “These animals give people their freedom and independence back,” says Muffy Lavens , the organization’s media relations manager. This metamorphic process begins the moment a client decides that a working dog will allow them to live their life to its fullest. Once their application is approved, they meet with staff to discuss their ideal dog. The personality and abilities of the dog and owner are considered to foster that perfect match. Clients are then invited to Palmetto for training, both on and off campus, so their dogs can learn cues by their side in real-life settings before heading home. “When you see a dog and client meet for the very first time on match day, it’s magical. The dog knows they are here for that person and a bond forms instantly,” she says. “It reinforces why working animals are so important. The more we place skilled dogs with deserving people nationwide, the more society becomes aware of their purpose. It’s a learning process for everyone.” Southeastern Guide Dogs also provides campus experiences like Beyond the Dark that allow people a glimpse into what it’s like to be visually impaired or a veteren with PTSD. 4210 77th St. E, Palmetto, 941-729-5665,, seguidedogs.

Humane Society of Manatee County With a second chance adoption program and veterinary clinic that served 13,500 animals last year, their Executive Director, Rick Yocum, has been saving animals - and people - since 2012. The average length of stay for an adult animal coming in from another shelter, as a surrender, or a stray is less than 40 days. “It’s all about being able to provide the best care for our animals, we’re the Humane Society and we have to act like it,” says Rick. The Humane Society is in the business of matchmaking and its programs do just that. They match animals with adopters and help them learn about the pets they’re raising as a part of their families. It’s a very personal process. They encourage potential adopters to bring animals home for a 4 day, 3 night sleepover. If it’s not a good fit, they can bring that animal back guilt-free and wait for a better match and if it is, an adoption is underway. “People often walk through our door expecting to leave with a pet and that’s not always the best way. You have to use patience in finding the right animal.” Patience also applies when people take an animal home, they have to give it time to get used to its new environment. They offer a senior for seniors program as well as an animal behaviorist to keep animals in homes and out of shelters. When they transfer animals, they do so locally. “There’s a connection between people’s health and having an animal companion,” says Rick. “It lowers blood pressure and gives people who suffer from mental illness a reason to get up in the morning, go for a walk, and to talk to other people.” Animals are truly our saving grace. 2515 14th St. W., Bradenton, 941-747-8808,, @humanemanatee.

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Far left: Southeastern Guide Dog pup sitter Amra Dillard Rickwa and black lab Gigi taking in the sights at Celery Fields. Left: Christopher Mattie and Loretta Mattie catching a sunset walk outfront their home with their newly-adopted German Shepherd pup Kona, found at HSSC.

Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue Started in 2008 as a foster-based organization, Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue has gone from finding homes for 60 to 2,000 animals annually; many of whom have been discarded or neglected. “The animals who come through our shelter are lucky because the people in our community can give them great homes,” says Dari Oglesby, who started volunteering 11 years ago with her daughter. She is now Executive Director and her daughter is in veterinary school - a testament to how Nate’s Honor and places like it can profoundly change the lives of animals and humans alike. Every underage animal, pregnant pet, or shy shelterer goes into a foster home while waiting to be adopted by their forever family. “We have fosters who have saved hundreds of lives by opening their homes,” says Dari. For people who travel, work, or can’t afford a pet but love animals, fostering is the perfect process. Before these animals even come in for adoption, Honor strives to find them the right homes. “Everything is about the animals, if someone wants to adopt an animal that isn’t a good fit we work with them, we redirect them and help them find their perfect pet,” she says. Everyone at Honor is there for one reason: to save the animals. And rescuing them is 7 days a week, 365 days a year. “There are hard days but when you see an animal who’s been waiting go out that door, it’s all worth it.” It’s no secret that those who love animals have big hearts and the number of people in our community that help shelters like Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue is inspiring. Love for animals is truly a universal language. 8437 Cooper Creek Blvd., Bradenton, 941-747-4900,, @nateshonoranimalrescue. —G.Castilow 8437 Cooper Creek Blvd., Bradenton, 941-747-4900,, @nateshonoranimalrescue.


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Veganism Every trend forecaster and market analyst seems to agree that mainstream veganism is here to stay. Food purveyors everywhere are looking for ways to cut back on meat and dairy consumption with creative, healthy alternatives—B.Mattie

Spicy Chili “Beef”, $14,Ka Papa

New Orleans Po’ Boy, $13, Leaf and Lentil

Macro Bowl, $17, Lila

Polenta Fries, $7.50, Leaf and Lentil

Tropical Acai Bowl,$11, Green Zebra

Tex Mex Vegan Burger, $14, Simon’s Coffee House

Leaf & Lentil, a down-to-earth cafe whipping up tasty vegan snacks, mains with twists on classic handheld or plated dishes, desserts, healthful booch and tea beverages out of the cooler in a cheerful venue with a patio., @leafandlentil. Lila, a stylish, health-conscious eatery featuring organic American dishes, all with elevated vegan and gluten-free options., @lila_srq. Lucile, similar to its sister restaurant, Lila—focusing on healthy, clean, organic and locally-sourced ingredients, along with plant-based meats and dairy alternatives to make wood-fired pizzas and pastas., @lucile_srq. Ka Papa, Sarasota’s newest 100 percent plant-based and vegan full-service restaurant filled with creative, globally-inspired and locally-sourced dishes., @kapapacuisine. Deck’s Plate, a higher-end vegan food catering service that works mostly out of a ghost kitchen, but regularly does local pop-up events such as “Kitchen Takeovers” at 99 Bottles, focusing on international cuisine with a themed menu each time., @decksplate. Ionie Organic Vegan Raw Food Cafe, features restorative treatments for your body and mind by serving up fresh-pressed juices, smoothies, entrees and handheld desserts., @ionierawfoodlife. Happy Soul Goodies, new food purveyor creating vegan comfort food and beverages that fuel energy and taste just as delicious as its spinoffs., @happysoulgoodies. Sarasota Vegan Deli, brand new plant-based “deli” selling favorite comfort food items such as burgers, McBluffins, wraps, Cubans and wings, with exclusively alternative “meats.” sarasotavegandeli. com, @sarasotavegandelisrq. WeVegan Eats, a 100 percent vegan bakery supplying goods like cookies, brownies and breads, made with quality ingredients from scratch. weveganeats. com, @weveganeats. Veg, a health-focused neighborhood bistro offering vegetarian fare, with many vegan and gluten-free options available., @vegsrq. Nutritious You Cafe, a retail shop and deli presenting health-centric snacks, whole food and plant-based grab-and-go meals, along with fresh juices., @nutritiousyoucafe. Cafe Evergreen, organic sandwiches, salads, smoothies and wine served with a mellow vibe and clean ingredients with a large selection of vegan and vegetarian options. 801 S Tamiami Trl., Nokomis, 941-412-4334, Simon’s Coffee House & Eatery, offering a variety of raw eats, whole foods, fresh-pressed juices and ocean-grown wheatgrass, as well as an array of vegan and vegetarian breakfast, lunch and dinner options, including daily specials, soups and baked goods from scratch., @simonscoffeehouse. Green Zebra Cafe, an organic cafe serving up cold-pressed juices, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, raw entrees and vegan desserts., @greenzebracafe. 46 | srq magazine_ SEPT21 live local

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Falltime Flavors With the luxury of summer sun year-round, Floridians of the fall can relish in ooey-gooey goodness of these funky ice cream flavors. Satisfaction served up in a cup, Orange Octopus’ Kentucky Honey Bourbon flavor mixes a bourbon cream base with rich clover honey and a crunch of pecan praline. A Kentucky classic, honey bourbon captures the pack-a-punch flavor of whiskey without the after-sting. Think the sweetest slice of Thanksgiving dinner, captured in a single scoop cradled by a warm waffle cone. It’s no secret that pumpkin is a cult favorite flavor of autumn, but Lickity Splits scoops up a Siesta Key twist on an already seasonal classic, mixing chunks of moist, fluffy cheesecake bites into the pumpkin-spiced base. This creamy rendition of pumpkin pie paired with a tart cheesecake swirl will transport you to the chill of holiday madness while under the warmth of the Florida sun. —M.Mursch Orange Octopus Ice Cream Co.,1220 Old Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, 941-346-0202,, @ orangeoctopusicecream. Lickity Splits Ice Cream Shops, 1502 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, 941-377-5487,, @lickitysplitsshops.

This page: A scoop of Orange Octopus’ handmade and slow-churned Kentucky Honey Bourbon ice cream, made with real bourbon, clover honey and pecan praline, best served in a waffle cone.

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Gold Galore So they say, diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But let’s not forget about the timeless classic: gold jewelry. Though silver tends to reign supreme as the ubiquitous, wearall-be-all metal for everyday wear, gold has always been a complementary accessory to adorn the extremities. That family heirloom necklace or costume bangle collecting dust in your jewelry box is not just for wedding bands anymore. Lately, designers are leaning more into the golden metal to broaden the allure with some simplicity that attracts women of all ages and styles. Basic, dainty gold chains and charmed pieces are being sported more as a wearable yet refined element of understated glamour to elevate a look or outfit—whether the wearer is headed to the office, market or downtown bar. With affordable, fashionable gold making its way onto boutique shelves, the perceived pretentious prestige and gaudiness from yesteryear is becoming a thing of the past. Consider tabling your silver staples to dress your wrist with warm, bold hoops or neck with the classic, honey-colored chain. —M.Mursch and B. Mattie Above: Cloverpost Range charm bracelet, $130; Tribute Lariat necklace, $125; INfluence Style, 474 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941343-2315,, @influencestyle; Thick swirl hoop earrings, $30; Paradigm Design chain earrings, $68; Motel Therapy, 532 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-260-2277,, @moteltherapy; Face profile earrings, $12; Pineapple Lain Boutique, 407 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-330-8771,, @pineapplelainboutique; Adriana Pappas Cowrie Shell bracelet, $83; Chan Luu flat chain necklace, $150; Chan Luu rounded chain necklace, $155; Lotus Boutique, 1464 Main St., Sarasota, 941-9067080,, @ lotusboutique; Thick link chain bracelet, $14; Chunky oval linked bracelet, $22, Marmalade Salon & Boutique, 1927 S Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 941-362-0276, marmaladelove.bigcartel. com, @marmaladesalonandboutique. Below: Cloverpost Wander Slate double piercing/ single earring chain; $99, INfluence Style, 474 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-3432315,, @influencestyle; Mid-size gold hoop earrings, $10; Pineapple Lain Boutique, 407 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-330-8771,, @pineapplelainboutique; Thick gold band layered rings; $10/each, Marmalade Salon & Boutique, 1927 S Osprey Ave., Sarasota, 941362-0276,, @ marmaladesalonandboutique. Adriana Pappas Allie Choker, $63; Lotus Boutique, 1464 Main St., Sarasota, 941-906-7080, lotus-boutiques., @lotusboutique. 48 | srq magazine_ SEPT21 live local

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Uber Home Theaters It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are? If you have a home theater, the answer is probably a confident “yes.” While home theaters are nothing new up north, where finished basements or spacious family rooms are practically wasted space without a mega screen, the cinema selling point has finally arrived in Florida. Before the pandemic, installing a home theater meant giving up the only extra room or space in what is often a resident’s second (or third) home. But, as people ordered delivery dinners and grew more intimate with the comfy cushions of their couches, the possibility of home theaters no longer seemed like a sacrifice of space. “Suddenly, it became a talking point,” says Chris McLaughlin of Wicked Smart Homes, the full-service custom electronics and design company, which currently has four at-home theater projects underway. Regardless of your available space, Wicked Smart Homes will brainstorm, design and 3-D-render your perfectly personalized home theater, whether it be a vibration-mitigating, renovated downtown condo guest bedroom (with sound control, as not to disturb your neighbors or make them too jealous)—or a complete movie-going experience in larger Lakewood Ranch homes, complete with concessions in the hallway like popcorn makers. When every detail is customizable, that means choices galore, from deciding between an 85-inch TV screen to a 16-by-19-foot projector screen, from jumbotron-like video walls to weatherproof outdoor screens that rise up from a secure compartment, and from the number of stadium seating rows that match your style to customizable chairs. The space can be yours to play with, like a recent all-immersive Avengers project, with murals and recliners that transport you into a Quinjet cockpit so the show starts before the screen is even on. “The best home theater experience is always delivered by the room where the movie is watched,” says McLaughlin. “Sometimes, a few great movie posters, a tabletop popcorn machine or a really cool custom-made carpet in just the right position can make all the difference.” Who needs the mega theaters anymore when mega screens and the ultimate movie-going experience is just a hallway away? —O.Liang Wicked Smart Homes, 527 S Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, 941-928-0343, This page: Home theater designed by Wicked Smart Homes.

Got Milk? Recently, we’ve been faced with a question that, five years ago, no one would have expected. It’s response would have been vacant stares with maybe a slight hint of panic. Today, waiting in line for your morning cup of coffee, smiling at the barista who has probably seen you at your best and your worst, you ask for your usual. And then there it is: what kind of milk? Practically a personality quiz, how you cream your morning ritual or what side of the dairy aisle you steer toward has complicated what used to be a beloved and simple question: got milk? Now your options are growing, and we found out that people have some pretty strong feelings about which “milk” should rule them all. After a social media blast, hundreds of our faithful readers voted for which milk was their go-to, and the results were…moo-ving. Coming in first is the least milky of all though the most popular by far—oat milk! Made of rolled oats blended with water, oat milk has taken over the coffee world leaving the traditional dairy milk lagging behind in second place. Then just barely behind the moo-cow variety was the protein nut we all know and love (though maybe not enough): almond milk. Then our traditionalists--the tough-as-nails, no-sweet-talk, the-bitter-the-better black coffee drinkers--couldn’t be tempted. And, finally lagging behind, coconut milk comes in fifth with a solid finish, though soy milk trails so far behind that the crowd at the finish line has started to disperse. A great race run by all! Now go get yourself a cup of joe to celebrate. —O.Liang


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Krav Maga Manatee

Fight Like a Lady When women, or anyone for that matter, are suddenly attacked, they face a gamut of disadvantages. There’s surprise, extreme shock, and the fact that the assailant is almost always bigger, stronger and usually has the crime well-planned. A good self-defense instructor, steeped in situational awareness, will teach women who tend to find themselves traveling solo (either at home or abroad) how to avoid an attack in the first place by not becoming a victim. Techniques are taught with realworld bits of wisdom, with no time wasted on creating false hopes or delusions. These combat or martial arts self-defense classes train women to channel their inner Lara Croft in Tomb Raider and Lorraine in Atomic Blonde. After a few classes with these professionally trained instructors, women leave with broadened shoulders and a newfound sense of badassery. Time to kick butt and take names for anyone who tries to come at you and your Yves Saint Laurent bag.—B.Mattie

This page: Self-Defense and All Women Empowered Jodi O’Meara (owner’s wife) in a real-world assault with live attached simulator Jonathon Brockoff (owner’s son)/

More Martial Arts Classes ShuHari Martial Arts offers two traditional martial arts programs—Shuri-ryū, an eclectic martial arts system mixing karate and judo techniques; and Shuri-te Jujitsu, a combination of Okinawan karate (self-defense), kickboxing and Gracie-based Jiu-jitsu—as well as martial arts cross training, reality-based self-defense, self-defense courses and fitness. Grand Slam Plaza, 1100 North Tuttle Ave., Sarasota, 941-504-3668, Wolfpack Jiu-Jitsu a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu training academy offering a system of close combat that can be used in a defensive or offensive manner to subdue one or more weaponless or armed and armored opponents. Whether interested in the competitive sport for fun, fitness or self-defense, learn the fundamentals and martial art of Jiu-Jitsu. 3627 Webber St., Unit B, Sarasota, 941-350-9606, Triumph Martial Arts is a member of the American Taekwondo Association (ATA), which is the largest organized Taekwondo association, and helps students learn the centuries-old, powerful Korean martial art known for its

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dynamic kicking and hand techniques. 4725 Lena Rd. #107, Bradenton, 941-727-2883, triumphata. com. 12 Street Dojo ia Japanese martial arts space teaching Budokan Aikido—known for its circular and harmonious nature. Aikido’s foundation of movement stems from older arts centered around optimizing one’s own body power and defusing the effectiveness of the attacker by using the basic mechanics of the body. 2105 12th St., Sarasota, 941-284-7920, Systema Russian Martial Art a combat-style Russian martial art dating back to the 10th century—used to train the elite Special Operation Units of Spetsnaz, and currently used for Russian Special Forces training. 3080 North Washington Blvd., Ste 5, Sarasota, 941-809-6600, Martial Fusion Zenbu Dojo a Martial Fusion® Cross Training System that blends Aikido and kickboxing into a complete self-defense discipline combined with flexibility, strength, endurance and breathing exercises, based on universal principles for martial arts physical conditioning and inner development. 2902 Hyde Park St., Sarasota,

The words Krav Maga mean “contact” or “hand-to-hand combat” and is the official self-defense system of Israeli Defense Forces and Israeli security forces—derived from a combination of techniques sourced from boxing, wrestling, Judo, Aikido and Karate. KM Manatee brings these practical techniques to the floor, along with instinctive movements and realistic scenarios. Aside from the regular rigor of Krav Maga training classes is the All Women Empowered (AWE!) Self-Defense 5-Class Course—offering detailed instruction/ coaching designed by owner and instructor, John Brockhoff, who has over 20 years experience teaching Krav Maga. “When I started, the average student was one who wanted to learn the skills of Krav Maga as an interest and the majority of students were men,” he shares. “Over time, I had more and more women students who wanted to learn Krav Maga for self-defense purposes, women who were concerned for their safety despite having athletic skills and in some cases, a martial arts background.” Brockhoff worked with field experts, including a variety of community and professional agencies who dealt with domestic violence and women victim groups, as well as his wife Jodi Choate O’Meara, an educator, who knows how to design courses. With the help and input of some key people, they developed AWE! for women to develop efficient skills, a defensive, fearless mindset and the physical ability necessary to “Get in shape. Go home safe.” Alertness, directness and conviction are elements of motion Brockhoff focuses on in his classes in order for his female students to be able to take on a target and claim self-preservation if they happen to find themselves in an “Oh, sh*t” situation. With over 1,000 graduates since its initiation, the All Women Empowered Self-Defense Course continues to run annually over the course of five months and always sells out with a max of 16 students at a time. The final class includes a final test of acting out three different real-world scenarios (walking the streets alone, standing with back turned, sleeping in bed at night, etc). Students have opportunities to apply their skills in live attack simulations fighting off and overcoming one of the seven male facilitators who suit up as real-world “bad guys.” “We video record all of the assault simulations and in the follow-up session, we review each one and break it down in slow motion to analyze the responses,” says Bockhoff. “Women are able to learn their strengths and where they can improve. The videos can be graphic and hard to watch but are used as a powerful learning tool and a confirmation of great strength and success of the women.” Women graduate with a better personal awareness of danger and physical tactics to protect themselves. Whether trying to navigate their way back to their hotel down an unknown corridor in a foreign country, being the last to leave the office, taking the trash out at night, or unloading a cart full of groceries in an empty parking lot—graduates are able to deal with potential threats, recognize the minds of criminals before physical assault, and develop the inner and outer confidence to defend/free themselves. And even with over 1,000 women trained and certified in AWE!, the course continues to evolve. “Every time we implement the course we make improvements to better meet the needs of the women and the concerns of the times,” says Brockhoff. “Statistics show us how women are frequently the target of violent attacks. Women on college campuses suffer a high rate of attacks—this is not a new trend. But what is changing is that women are being encouraged to speak up and stand up. In the past, a female victim may feel embarrassed or ashamed, she may have been encouraged to keep quiet or even made to feel like it was her fault. With the education and support in our communities, and in society, women are becoming empowered and supported in standing up for themselves so that they, and others, are no longer victims.” 4725 Lena Rd. #107, Bradenton, 941-545-8222,, @KravMagaManatee


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I’ll Bean Back Beans are back, baby! And not in your mama’s casserole… Gone are the tasty days of green beans baked in cream of mushroom soup. Now beans of every breed appear on menus for a protein-packed punch of personality and flair. Starting at Gulf Gate’s Seabar, the Bulgogi Hanger Steak remains loyal to the pacific palate with a sea green sea bean chimichurri glaze, painting the pink slices of beef into colorful bites. Then, moving on to MADE on the main strip, Burnt Ends Tacos marry BBQ pork belly, an elote slaw, queso fresco and bacon with an unsung hero—beer refried beans. What more could you need in a single bite? Origin Pizza Cafe mixes two cultural cuisines in one South of the Wall Taco Pizza. The toppings are comfortingly predictable: chicken, Mexican cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and onions with a tag-teaming enchilada sauce and sour cream drizzle. But, as everyone knows, the secret is in the sauce: a homemade black bean base that is topical and delectable, all in one. Then, with similar inspiration, Circo presents a twist at the breakfast table with their Brunch Huevos Rancheros. In proper Circo taco fashion, scrambled eggs, queso cotija, avocado, corn salsa and the essential refried black beans wrap up in fried tortillas because beans go with everything, anytime, any day. And for those of you who (correctly) believe beans should stop being a side dish, a garnish or a flavoring, Oasis Cafe Mediterranean Restaurant places beans center stage, like with their Foule: a traditional mediterranean blend of fava beans, garlic, lemon, tomato, onion and olive oil. Another basket of pita, please.. —O.Liang

Huevos Rancheros Top far left. Circo, 1435 Second St., Sarasota, 941-253-0978, www.circosrq. com, @circo_srq

South of the Wall Taco Pizza Top right. Origin Pizza Cafe, 1837 Hillview St., Sarasota, 941-316-9222,

Bulgogi Hanger Steak Bottom left. Seabar, 6540 Superior Ave., Sarasota, 941923-6605,, @ seabarsrq

Burnt Ends Tacos

Bottom right. MADE Restaurant, 1990 Main St. #112, Sarasota, 941-953-2900,, @ made_srq


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Korean Rising Have you yet to watch Somebody Feed Phil on Netflix, where Phil Rosenthal samples real Korean food and shares cultural stories and customary cooking based on ancient agricultural and nomadic traditions (evolved through centuries of social, political and environmental change)? In Seoul, South Korea, he eagerly tries tteok-bokki, feasts on crab, and gobbles fried chicken with K-pop star Eric Nam. Most of us don’t have the means to fly 32-plus hours to South Korea just for a bite, but luckily, these local standouts are the next best, and closest, thing when craving a hot pot of steam-cooked short-grain rice and a kick of kimchi with some cold sake. Grab your gochujang and have a seat at one of these Korean family restaurants where geography doesn’t mean a thing. —B.Mattie

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Shot of the Good Stuff It’s the craze that’s been brought back to life after more than a year of desperately keeping flu-like symptoms at bay and putting seasonal colds to bed. The functional beverage you may have seen on the shelves in mini bottles is called a “wellness shot.” But what are these little wonder drinks that promise everything from energy, focus and mood enhancements to immunity? Essentially, they’re liquid-filled elixirs of two to three ounces—condensed and concentrated into cold-pressed juices packed to the max with nutrients, minerals, vitamins and antioxidantrich ingredients. These potent babies often come with a zing—designed to boost your immunity, give you a jolt of root- or spice-based energy, and naturally rev up your metabolism. The OG of wellness shots may be made entirely of wheatgrass, but we have come a long way since those first appeared in the 1990s. These local juice bars aren’t hard-pressed for a flu shot; they’re fully stacked with nature’s remedies.—B.Mattie Immune Booster Elixir Green Zebra Cafe - cold pressed ginger, turmeric, echinacea, zinc, vitamin C, black pepper and honey, $6. 1377 Main St., Sarasota, 941- 312-6707,, @ greenzebracafe. The Kick Green Zebra Cafe - freshly pressed wheatgrass, ginger, lemon and cayenne pepper, $4. 476 John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 941-388-2848,, @ greenzebracafe. Anti-Inflammatory Shot CROP Juice - ginger, turmeric, red apple, lemon and black pepper, $6.5. 2480 Stickney Point Rd., Sarasota, 941-923-8640,, @cropjuice. Elderberry Shot CROP Juice - elderberry, cloves, cinnamon, astragalus and ginger, $6.5. 8211 Tourist Center Dr., University Park, 941-358-8182,, @cropjuice. Wellness Shot SoFresh - ginger, lemon and cayenne, $4. 1455 2nd St., Sarasota, 941-8035800,, @welovesofresh. Hot Shot Clean Juice - organic orange, cayenne and tumeric, $5. 5215 University Pkwy. #104, Bradenton, 941-822-8160,, @cleanjuiceutc. Immune Booster Clean Juice - cold pressed organic carrot, ginger and lemon, $5., @cleanjuiceutc. Immune Shot Fresh Kitchen - ginger, turmeric, orange, grapefruit, lemon and cayenne, $3. 8491 Cooper Creek Blvd. #101, Bradenton, 941-2083900,, @eatfreshkitchen.

Korê, a new Asian restaurant concept created by the owners of JPAN Sushi & Grill is coming soon—set to open its first location this year in the newly-developed Waterside Place in Lakewood Ranch. This first-to-market eatery will feature Korean barbeque prepared tableside, as well as a sushi bar and an upscale cocktail lounge. “Korê will deliver unique dishes that diners would likely find in larger metropolitan cities like New York and San Francisco,” said Daniel Dokko, founder of JPAN and Korê. Coming soon to Waterside Place town center, Lakewood Ranch. Sam Oh Jung, a longtime staple in Bradenton for no-frills Korean cuisine. Sam Oh Jung must be doing something right, with people frequenting the locale for the “Dinner Box” specials on the menu. Many of the dishes remain unchanged from the days when the original Sam opened. 6032 14th St. W, Bradenton, 941-755-3568. Charlie’s BulGoGi, a transient family food

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touchstone for Korean BBQ lovers. At BulGoGi, meats are marinated for at least 12 hours and sometimes as many as 20, soaking in the housemade combination of Korean red pepper paste, sugar, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, rice wine, onions and apples. There is such a thing as too spicy, but husband and wife co-owners, Charlie and Soomi Chi, are good at tempering the heat for American palates. 4567 Bee Ridge Rd., Sarasota, 941-554-4806, SSAM BAR, one of the pioneers that came onto

the scene in Sarasota to grow the city’s lacking Korean scene, cultivating a menu heavy on the peninsula classic platters. Formerly the owner of Bradenton’s Sam Oh Jung, Yup Namgoong opened SSAM in 2017 to bring a fusion of Japanese-style sushi and Korean entrees. 1303 N Washington Blvd., Sarasota, 941-312-6264. Shilla Korean Restaurant, family-owned-andoperated by the Yi family. The Yis have been cooking authentic Korean cuisine for more than 40 years and have brought their beloved

dishes—such as Bulgogi, Galbi, Bibimbab, Bibim Naengmyeon and Japchae—to Sarasota. Originally from the province of Gyeonggi near Seoul, the family has been in the culinary world for many decades, with Grandma having worked the markets (offering up a variety of popular street foods) and then passing on the tradition to her son, who is now running Shilla. 501 N Beneva Rd. #240, Sarasota, 941-366-9700. K-Nam Korean BBQ and Sushi, after operating

a local Korean BBQ food truck in Sarasota for the past three years, Hung Kook (Justin) Nam and his wife, Soung-Ja Nam, expanded their menu and opened this new concept restaurant in November 2020. Serving sushi, Korean BBQ and fusion dishes makes this the perfect spot for everyone to enjoy. With more than 15 years of experience cooking in Korea and the United States, Nam passionately presents his vision of combining Korean and other Asian flavors. 3440 Clark Rd., Sarasota, 941-312-6469,

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Philip Schipani HONOREE Family Law

BIO Philip J. Schipani has been Board Certified in Matrimonial and Family Law by the Florida Bar since 2014, a distinction held be less than 10 percent of attorneys in Florida. Mr. Schipani practices all aspects of Family Law. Schipani focuses his practice exclusively in Matrimonial and Family Law, including high net worth divorces, complex custody cases, domestic violence, paternity, international child abduction and cases involving special needs children. Phillip Schipani has been awarded the Spotlight Award by The Florida Bar in recognition of his positive impact and outstanding service to the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar for 2019-2020. Additionally, he has been selected for the 2021 Florida Super Lawyer List for the 6th year in a row. Mr. Schipani was admitted as a fellow to the International Academy of Family Lawyers in 2020. Philip is an active member of the Florida Bar Family Law Section, in which he has chaired the Domestic Violence Committee, the Rules & Forms Committee and the Ad Hoc Special Needs Children Committee. He is also a member of the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar executive council and the legislative committee. In addition, Philp was a program chair and a workshop leader for the 2019 Family Law Section Trial Advocacy Workshop wherein he was teamed with a family law magistrate to teach litigation and courtroom skills. Schipani has also twice lectured at seminars on domestic violence presented by the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Philp has two children. One of which is his son, who is non-verbal autistic. Philip’s passion for his own child has led him to give several local seminars to the Sarasota Bar Association on dealing with special needs children in divorce cases as well as chairing and speaking at the first full day seminar presented by the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar on special needs children issues in family law cases.

PRACTICE AREAS Family Law Child Support Custody & Visitation Divorce Stepparent Adoption High-End Divorces Equitable Distribution Domestic Violence Collaborative and International Child Abduction

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Manatee County Bar Association Sarasota County Bar Association Business Networking International Middle District of Florida Court Florida Bar Family Rules and Forms Committee Florida Bar Family Domestic Violence Committee Fellow of International Academy of Matrimoniall Lawyers Chair of Special Merit Award from Family Law Section of FL Bar for 2020; Legislative Award for 2020.




Board Certified Specialist in Matrimonial & Family Law


DEGREES University of Miami School of Law J.D., Cum Laude, 2002 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, BA, Political Science, 1998


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Colleen Norman HONOREE Family Law



2009 Martindale Hubble Super Lawyer



Colleen was born in Cincinnati, Ohio and has lived in Sarasota, Florida since early childhood where she attended elementary, junior high and high school. After graduating from Riverview High School in Sarasota, Colleen worked as a paralegal prior to and during undergraduate school. Colleen graduated cum laude from Manatee Community College and later graduated from University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, and a minor in Philosophy. Colleen attended law school and obtained her Juris Doctor from Florida Coastal School Law in Jacksonville, Florida. While in law school, Colleen was a member of the Moot Court Honor Board where she accomplished great success in appellate procedures. Colleen received advanced legal writing and research recognition in law school. Colleen worked as a law clerk all through law school in the area of insurance defense litigation. After admission to the Florida Bar, Colleen remained in Jacksonville for several years where she practiced law in the areas of criminal defense and insurance defense litigation, until she returned home to Sarasota where she has focused her practice exclusively on all aspects of matrimonial and family law. Colleen represents a vast number of clients in complex family litigation matters to include high conflict custody disputes; paternity; domestic violence injunctions; stalking injunctions; same sex family law and custody matters; custody crossing state lines and involving jurisdictional disputes; UCCJEA/jurisdictional litigation; collaborative divorce; guardian ad litem; relocations, high net worth divorces; the unique area of custody by extended family members; and post judgment modifications, enforcement and contempt actions.

Colleen is Certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Law Mediator. She is also a member of the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Family Law Section of the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers, the Family Law Section of the Florida Bar and the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals. Colleen has been an active participant in law week, educating youth about our country's legal system. While residing in Jacksonville, Colleen was inducted into the distinguished E. Robert Williams Inns of Court. She is also a former member of Manatee County Inns of Court. Colleen has been the current chair of the Family Law Section of the Sarasota County Bar Association since August 2018. Colleen is a member of the Florida Bar and she is also admitted to practice law in Federal Court in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Colleen is a 2017 graduate of the National Family Law Trial Institute in Houston, Texas and is also a 2016 graduate of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Institute for Associates, Advanced Training in Chicago, Illinois. Colleen is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Law Mediator is can effectively assist with these types of matters. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys lists Colleen as one of the 10 Best Female Attorneys in Florida in 2017. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys also lists her as one of the 10 Best Attorneys in Florida in 2018, 2019 and 2020. In both 2019 and 2020, Attorney and Practice Magazine lists Colleen as one of the Top 10 Family Law Attorneys in the state. She was selected for inclusion in the list of Super Lawyers in 2020 and 2021. She also has been awarded the AV Preeminent Martindale-Hubbell 2020. Colleen has received her certificate for being a Qualified Parenting Coordinator by Conflict Solutions Group, LLC (2020). Being a qualified parenting coordinator means you are certified in the areas of parenting coordination concepts and ethics, the parenting coordination process and techniques, family dynamics in separation and divorce, child and adolescent development, family systems theory and application, and Florida Family Law Rules and Procedures. Colleen supports and encourages clients to consider a collaborative or cooperative approach. But when those options are not viable she is well accomplished in and ready to engage in complex litigation.



Juris Doctor-Florida Coastal School of Law; Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Florida.

Collaborative Law, Complex Marital/ Family Law, Child Custody, UCCJEA/ Jurisdictional Litigation, Guardian Ad Litem, Domestic Violence, Stalking Injunctions, Relocation in Custody

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G. Robert McLain, Jr. HONOREE Civil Law Litigation

BIO Attorney Rob McLain is an experienced legal professional whose main focus is on litigation. Before attending college, Mr. McLain worked in IT for an AMLAW 100 law firm. From there, he did the same for a computer forensics firm, and he published an article on how the Fourth Amendment relates to computer search and seizure. In 1998, Mr. McLain earned his BA in philosophy and English at the University of Florida. His path eventually took him to law, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude from the George Mason University School of Law. He continued to contribute to the school as an editor for their George Mason Law Review. Mr. McLain’s legal career started at a Washington, D.C. office of a New Yorkbased law firm. A member of their fraud litigation team, Mr. McLain argued fraud cases in both civil and criminal court. His clients ranged from corporations to individuals, and he used his knowledge to advise them on computer security compliance. In 2010, Mr. McLain returned to his hometown of Sarasota, Florida and joined another firm, continuing his litigation and advisory work for companies and individuals. Broadening his practice, Mr. McLain has since represented clients in personal injury, malpractice, sexual harassment, probate matters, business and contract disputes, and tort lawsuits. Also continuing his crimi-

nal defense work, Mr. McLain has defended his clients from all manner of allegations. These include DUI and driving with a suspended license, fleeing the scene of an accident, unlicensed contracting, battery, fraud and embezzlement, conspiracy, money laundering, and wire fraud. Mr. McLain has since joined our team at Schipani & Norman, P.A. We are honored to have the skills of this experienced attorney.

DISTINCTIONS Articles Editor, George Mason Law Review, 2007-2008. Author, United States v. Hill: A New Rule, But No Clarity for the Rules Governing Computer Searches and Seizures, 14 Geo. Mason L. Rev. 1071, 2007.


Florida Bar Virginia State Bar D.C. Bar Sarasota County Bar Association Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (state and Sarasota chapter) John M. Scheb American Inn of Court (Barrister)





Florida, District of Columbia, Virginia, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

George Mason University School of Law, J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2008 University of Florida, B.A., (Philosophy, minor in English), 1998.


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Chapman, John The John Chapman Law Firm PA 1515 Ringling Blvd Ste 870 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-404-4616; Lic.#846820

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Hutton, Steven D Hutton & Dominko PLLC 2639 Fruitville Rd Ste 302 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-364-9292; Lic.#342221

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Chase, Steven J Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2708; Lic.#210277

Johnson, Charles F Blalock Walters PA 802 11th St W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-0100; Lic.#898937

Serrano, Meghan O Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2783; Lic.#53124 Stall, Tyler B Hutton & Dominko PLLC 2639 Fruitville Rd Ste 302 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-364-9292; Lic.#116074 Swaim, Yuliya V Hutton & Dominko PLLC 2639 Fruitville Rd Ste 302 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-364-9292; Lic.#100406 Van Hise, Christian T Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2711; Lic.#58459

CONSTRUCTION Legacy 30 Years in Practice Abate, Anthony J Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2707; Lic.#289558

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889 N Washington Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236

(941) 952-1682



Damian Mallard HONOREE Personal Injury

FLORIDA BAR DATE OF ADMISSION April 30, 1991. All Florida State Courts and the Federal Middle and Southern Districts of Florida as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal.




Damian Mallard is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney with 30 years of experience with an emphasis in Catastrophic Personal Injury Law. He is active in many legal and philanthropic groups. Annually since 2016, he has been nominated as a “Super Lawyer” by his peers and was given an anonymous rating of “AV Preeminent” by his peers and in surveys of judges with knowledge of his skills. He has tried cases in fourteen different cities in Florida and has obtained several million dollar or multimillion-dollar verdicts or settlements. Mr. Mallard has represented men, women, and children in claims for sexual abuse against schools, churches, day care centers and private organizations most notably, the Boy Scouts of America. He also handles catastrophic auto negligence cases, trucking accidents, premises liability cases, medical malpractice cases, Negligent Security cases, Nursing Home and ALF abuse matters. Mr. Mallard graduated from the Stetson University College of Law in 1990 where he served on the Editorial Board of the Stetson Law Review. He has authored books on Auto Negligence Law, Nursing Home/ALF Abuse, and Child Abuse/Injury cases. He has been married to Sara Mallard for 27 years and has two daughters.

Mallard law firm is extensively involved in the Community. This includes supporting MADD, Special Olympics, the Salvation Army Toy Drive each Christmas and many other worthwhile endeavors.



J.D. Stetson University College of Law, 1990.

30 years. Certified Civil Trial Attorney. AV Rated. Eagle Member of the Florida Justice Association

MISSION Mallard Law Firm provides legal services to individuals who have been harmed in Nursing Homes, Catastrophic Auto accidents, Child/sex abuse matters, Construction injuries, Medical Malpractice and Premises Liability situations. We treat each client with compassion and respect providing oneone personal assistance with each case.

TESTIMONIALS “There are no words to express our overwhelming thanks. May God pour out blessings on every one of you.” “The compassion and professionalism from everyone at your firm helped me get through this most devastating event.”


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Honorees/ Index

Dramis III, George Band Gates & Dramis 2070 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-8010; Lic.#935549

Sanchez, Albert A Sanchez Law, PLLC 2055 Wood St Ste 220 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-0001; Lic.#267953

Cole II, R John Cole & Cole Law PA 46 N Washington Blvd Ste 24 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-4055; Lic.#191364

Fant Jr, Michael A Gurley & Associates 601 S Osprey Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-556-1489; Lic.#100713

Scro, Salvatore G Tannenbaum Scro Lemole & Kleinberg 1990 Main St Ste 725 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-316-0111; Lic.#784941

Finebloom, Darren Finebloom Haenel & Higgins PA 1414 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-444-4444; Lic.#336660


Fowler Jr, James A Fowler Law Group 2075 Main St Ste 38 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-404-8909; Lic.#55830

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Gurley, David E Gurley & Associates 601 S Osprey Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-556-1480; Lic.#402214 Hanson, Erik M Shutts & Bowen LLP 1858 Ringling Blvd Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-552-3774; Lic.#98529 Henson, Brett M Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2752; Lic.#84259 Herbert, Joseph M Norton Hammersley Lopez & Skokos PA 1819 Main St Ste 610 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-954-4691; Lic.#84260 Murphy, Michael P Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. 401 N Cattlemen Rd Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-366-4680; Lic.#40207 Owen, Ryan W Adams and Reese LLP 1515 Ringling Blvd Ste 700 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-316-7640; Lic.#29355 Preston, David S Dickinson & Gibbons, P.A. 401 N Cattlemen Rd Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-366-4680; Lic.#23973

Staine, Christopher A Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2718; Lic.#572861 Tannenbaum, Alan E Tannenbaum Scro Lemole & Kleinberg 1990 Main St Ste 725 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-316-0111; Lic.#259144 Vitale, J Ben Vitale Law PA 5214 Paylor Ln Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240 941-552-7887; Lic.#88304 Walker, Douglas E Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-552-5545; Lic.#713031 Watrous, Robert P Robert P. Watrous, Chartered 1800 2nd St Ste 780 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-953-9771; Lic.#458015

CONSUMER DEBT Avrutis, Thomas L Hodges Avrutis & Foeller 201 Fletcher Ave Sarasota, FL 34237 941-955-7300; Lic.#369365

Hanan, Benjamin R Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2788; Lic.#89559 Lapointe, Matthew J Blalock Walters PA 802 11th St W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-0100; Lic.#16138

CRIMINAL DEFENSE Baily, Allan Law Offices of Baily & Baily PA 46 N Washington Blvd Ste 18 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-9997; Lic.#138241 Byrd, Derek The Byrd Law Firm 2151 Main St Ste 201 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-954-3400; Lic.#81167 Darville, Wyndel G The Law Office of Wyndel G Darville PLLC 2075 Main St Sarasota, FL 34237 941-564-5319; Lic.#110736 Delgado, Jim Shapiro | Delgado 308 Cocoanut Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-954-4000; Lic.#155446 Dunn, Adam The Dunn Law Firm 1269 1st St Ste 8 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-866-4352; Lic.#107323

Fury, Jennifer L The Law Office of Colleen M Glenn PA 1017 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-746-8800; Lic.#371830 Glenn, Colleen M The Law Office of Colleen M. Glenn, P.A. 1017 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-746-8800; Lic.#635588 Griffith, Kevin McIntosh Law 766 Hudson Ave, Ste B Sarasota, FL 34236 941-306-3230; Lic.#102647 Grollman, Jacob Grollman Law 544 12th St W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-896-6775; Lic.#118711 Hibbert, Andrew T Glenn & Hibbert PA 100 Wallace Ave Ste 360 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-357-1775; Lic.#91470 McIntosh, Brett McIntosh Law 766 Hudson Ave Ste B Sarasota, FL 34236 941-306-3230; Lic.#993972 Miller, Scott The Miller Law Firm PA 308 B Cocoanut Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-275-2489; Lic.#975796

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Mogensen, Andrea Flynn Law Office of Andrea Flynn Mogensen, PA 677 N. Washington Blvd, Ste 128 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-1066; Lic.#549681 Reisinger, Eric Law Office of Eric Reisinger PA 2075 Main St Ste 20 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-541-5335; Lic.#10767 Rizzo, AnneMarie Finebloom Haenel & Higgins PA 1414 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-444-4444; Lic.#35007 Shaffer, William Bouziane Shaffer LLC 2170 Main St Ste 103 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-404-4940; Lic.#65952 Speyer, Erin Erin Speyer Law Group 2075 Main St Ste 28 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-893-7598; Lic.#36588 Valcarcel, Erika Erika Valcarcel Criminal Defense Lawyer PA 2170 Main St Ste 204 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-363-7900; Lic.#670405

Honorees/ Index EDUCATION Windsor, Jane Elizabeth Windsor Law, LLC 2014 4th St Sarasota, FL 34237 941-487-7527; Lic.#86988

ELDER LAW Bennett, Jeanne O'Brien & Bennett PA 1800 2nd St Ste 819 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-316-9200; Lic.#32881 Bowman, Teresa K Teresa K Bowman PA 1800 2nd St Ste 757 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-735-5200; Lic.#21453 Boyer, Andrew R Boyer & Boyer, P.A. 46 N Washington Blvd Ste 21 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-2304; Lic.#35409 Boyer, Edwin M Boyer & Boyer, P.A. 46 N Washington Blvd Ste 21 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-2304; Lic.#252719 Buckman, Allie R Buckman & Buckman 2023 Constitution Blvd Sarasota, FL 34231 941-923-7700; Lic.#118584

Wagner, Dustin S Lightning Law PLLC 1201 6th Ave W Ste 100 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-993-4226; Lic.#98164

Butler, Sierra Butler Elder Law, P.A. 8784 East SR 70, Ste 102 Bradenton, FL 34202 941-254-6611; Lic.#103145

Zimmerman, Mark R Zimmerman & Zimmerman Law Firm 2055 Wood St Ste 118 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-364-8503; Lic.#911666

Byrne, Sean M Bach, Jacobs, & Byrne, P.A. 240 S Pineapple Ave Ste 700 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-906-1231; Lic.#51988 Ferrari Jr, John L Ferrari Butler & Moneymaker PLLC 2477 Stickney Point Rd Ste 107B Sarasota, FL 34231 941-960-1676; Lic.#111132

Johnson II, James E Greene Hamrick Schermer & Johnson PA 601 12th St W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-747-1871; Lic.#61621

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Wiesner, Ira S Law Office of Wiesner Smith 328 N Rhodes Ave Sarasota, FL 34237 941-242-7270; Lic.#222887

Likens, Christopher A Christopher A. Likens P.A. 1800 2nd St Ste 971 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-7838; Lic.#981303

Rising Star 5 Years in Practice Worley, Jami C Worley Elder Law PLLC 4916 26th St W Ste 152 Bradenton, FL 34207\941448-1302; Lic.#1003559

Lyons, Neil T Luhrsen Goldberg LLC 6954 Professional Pkwy E Sarasota, FL 34240 941-212-2600; Lic.#91826 Moneymaker, Liz Liz Moneymaker Law, P.A. 714 Manatee Ave East Ste C Bradenton, FL 34208 941-677-7237; Lic.#885851 O'Brien, Gerald F O'Brien & Bennett, P.A. 1800 2nd St Ste 819 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-316-9200; Lic.#768820 Proctor, Rebecca J Proctor Elder Law PA 3639 Cortez Rd W Ste 108 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-251-6969; Lic.#629774 Smith, Daniel H Law Office of Wiesner Smith 328 N Rhodes Ave Sarasota, FL 34237 941-242-7270; Lic.#1006829 Sobel, Donna Irvin Donna Irvin Sobel PA 4900 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34209 941-747-0001; Lic.#370096 Toups, Bishop L Law Offices of Daily Montfort & Toups 2014 4th St Sarasota, FL 34237 941-882-0731; Lic.#120525

EMINENT DOMAIN Blucher, Paul A Blucher Law Group, PLLC 7300 Delainey Ct Sarasota, FL 34240 941-361-1145; Lic.#860409

FAMILY LAW Baptiste Sandaire, Stephanie Black Rock Legal Group PLLC 1215 Manatee Ave W Ste 101 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-404-5775; Lic.#52761 Bates-Buchanan, Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Group PA 333 Tamiami Trl S Ste 298V enice, FL 34285 941-799-3015; Lic.#179183 Bell, Lisa Ann Lisa Bell PA 435 12th St W Ste 216 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-404-4625; Lic.#97100 Blue, Deborah J Dickinson & Gibbons PA 401 N Cattlemen Rd Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-366-4680; Lic.#522030 Bragg, Adam Bragg Law Firm PLLC 2055 Wood St Ste 209 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-893-1555; Lic.#71542

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1858 Ringling Blvd., Ste 110 Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 228-8571



Sharon O'Day


HONOREE Arbitration And Mediation


After years of representing clients in complex divorce litigation, Sharon O’Day became convinced there had to be a better way to assist families going through difficult transitions. After completing training in Collaborative Divorce, she closed her litigation practice to focus exclusively on assisting families through divorce and paternity cases without resorting to the courts. Sharon is a mediator to her core and is committed to helping families find creative solutions to the complex issues that arise throughout the stages of divorce. She knows first-hand the high emotional and financial cost of a litigated divorce and, is dedicated to helping families avoid this trauma by working with both sides to find winwin solutions to even the most difficult disputes. Every family is unique and Sharon’s expertise in collaborative law assists clients in finding equally unique solutions to their disputes. When not engaged in mediation Sharon enjoys community service. She has served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Sarasota Bar Association, is the current Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and has served on the 12th Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee.


She is also a member of the Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals accreditation committee and was recently certified as an Instructor for both Family and County Mediations.


FL Supreme Court Certified in Family Mediation: 2006 FL Supreme Court Certified in Civil Mediation: 2011 FL Supreme Court Certified Family Mediation Instructor: 2021 Accredited Collaborative Attorney: 2020 Martindale Hubble AV Rated


JD: George Washington University, School of Law, 1987. BA: Economics & Government & Politics, 1983.


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Honorees/ Index

Brown, Faith Z Brown & Brown 1001 3rd Ave W Ste 375 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-953-2825; Lic.#11280

Grondahl, Paul F Paul F. Grondahl, PA 2017 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-251-6900; Lic.#97918

Burns, Jennifer Boeller Law PA 3260 Fruitville Rd Ste B Sarasota, FL 34237 941-876-5200; Lic.#112404

Guy, Jeffrey M Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2714; Lic.#92428

Byrd, Heather The Byrd Law Firm 2151 Main St Ste 201 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-954-3400; Lic.#76074 Collins, Peter The Collins Law Group 1800 2nd St Ste 785 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-9800; Lic.#90875 Delpech, Melinda A Band Law Group 1 S School Ave Ste 500 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-917-0505; Lic.#973238 Drumm, William The Office Of William Drumm 434 S Washington Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-1700; Lic.#288240 Evans, Natalya Your Family Matters PA 3277 Fruitville Rd Ste F2 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-275-2785; Lic.#67277 Flaherty, Angela D Flaherty Law Firm 2180 Main St Sarasota, FL 34237 941-706-2860; Lic.#125695 Gillett, Carmen R Carmen R Gillett PLLC 1845 Morrill St Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-9826; Lic.#375446

Hoffman, Robert J Robert J Hoffman Attorney At Law 1990 Main St Sarasota, FL 34236 941-323-9547; Lic.#19852

Meshberger, Lindsey A Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, PA 2033 Main St Ste 600 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-8100; Lic.#36451 Murphy, Stephanie L The Murphy Law Group 665 S Orange Ave Ste 1 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-328-8142; Lic.#553751 Norman, Colleen Schipani & Norman PA 1605 Main St Ste 1110 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-499-8154; Lic.#63306

Keane, Dana Keane & Keane 46 N Washington Blvd Ste 5 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-7255; Lic.#30425

Policastro, Dan The Law Office of Dan Policastro 355 W Venice Ave Venice, FL 34285 941-882-4367; Lic.#100788

King, Amanda M Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, PA 1900 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-7171; Lic.#78996

Poole, Kenneth M Jr Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, PA 1900 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-7171; Lic.#21223

Kleinberg, Lisa J Law Office of Lisa J Kleinberg 1990 Main St Ste 725 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-306-4126; Lic.#940010

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Resnick, Michael L Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, PA 1900 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-7171; Lic.#157765

Kowtko, W Matthew Kowtko Law Group, PA 1800 2nd St Ste 882 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-227-4945; Lic.#111142 Loftus, Leslie Loftus Law 1858 Ringling Blvd Ste 110 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-444-7278; Lic.#996440 Martell, Matthew Z Law Offices of Matthew Z Martell PA 9040 Town Center Pkwy Ste 111 Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-556-7020; Lic.#149853

Roberts, Joshua Birnbaum Lippman & Gregoire PLLC 1301 E Broward Blvd Ste 230 Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 954-617-2307; Lic.#84613 Schipani, Philip J Schipani & Norman, PA 1605 Main St Ste 1110 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-499-8154; Lic.#557528

Sobel, Edward B Edward B Sobel PA 4900 Manatee Ave W Ste 206 Bradenton, FL 34209 941-746-1203; Lic.#369888 Solnoki, Drew The Byrd Law Firm 2151 Main St Ste 201 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-954-3400; Lic.#661341 Tobaygo, Angela D Tobaygo Law 1266 1st St Ste 9 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-404-8908; Lic.#706981 Villaverde, Monica Law Offices of Monica Villaverde, PLLC 1990 Main St Ste 725 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-284-4985; Lic.#71014

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Wallace, Jaime L Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, PA 2033 Main St Ste 600 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-8100; Lic.#370665 Young, Robert L Band, Gates & Dramis 2070 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-8010; Lic.#107122

GOVERNMENT AND ADMINISTRATIVE Bailey, Crystal Sarasota County Sheriff's Office 6010 Cattleridge Dr Sarasota, FL 34232 941-861-5800; Lic.#69010

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Barnebey, Mark P Blalock Walters PA 802 11th St W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-0100; Lic.#370827

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1605 Main St, Ste. 1003 Sarasota, Florida 34236

(941) 926-6352



Michael Infanti HONOREE Real Estate Law


DEGREES JD: Stetson University College of Law; MBA Stetson University.


PRACTICE AREAS Banking Business Finance and Investments Real Estate/Land Development



Michael Infanti is the Founder and Managing Partner of Infanti Law Firm, PLLC. He is a third generation Sarasotan and has specialized in the areas of general real estate, banking and business law for more than twenty (20) years. Prior to founding his own firm, Michael practiced at a national law firm, as well as a local firm for many years. He has significant experience with the negotiation, drafting and preparation of virtually all forms of commercial contracts and agreements, and routinely represents Fortune 500 companies, banks, regional and national development firms, commercial businesses, family held offices and individuals in the acquisition, financing, sale, lease and development of real estate projects throughout the state of Florida. Originally from Massachusetts, Michael has been a Sarasota resident for over 40 years. After graduating from Sarasota High School, he attended the University of Florida and graduated with dual degrees in Finance and Economics. After graduating from the University of Florida, Mr. Infanti attended Stetson University College of Law, where he simultaneously obtained both a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration Degree. Michael and his wife Jennifer have been married for almost 15 years and have two children. When he’s not practicing law, Michael enjoys spending time with his family, and working to advance the interests of his community.

Michael has been active over the years in a variety of civic and professional organizations. Recently, Michael was unanimously elected to serve on the City and County’s Affordable Housing Committees. In that capacity, Michael was able to utilize his extensive real estate knowledge and expertise to work with various community leaders to present a final review, analysis and recommendation to the Boards of the City and County Commissioners. Michael has also served on various boards including Big Brothers & Big Sisters, Sarasota Boys & Girls Club, Sarasota County Bar Association, and the Florida Bar’s Condominium and


Planned Development Committee.

TESTIMONIALS “Mr. Infanti is a seasoned attorney who’s input and advice can add value to virtually any transaction. His business knowledge and practical application of the law make him an important advisor to have on your side.” —Lawrence Fineberg, Executive Director, Benderson Development “I have personally known Mr. Infanti for several years and have had the pleasure of working with him on various transactions. Mr. Infanti is a proficient lawyer and a relentless advocate for his clients. His knowledge and experience make him equipped to handle the simple to the most complex. He remains a trusted advisor to our company.” —Michael Chadwick, Managing Director, Casto SE “During my 29 year real estate career in the state of Florida, I have worked with many highly skilled attorneys in the state. I highly recommend Michael Infanti due to his attention to detail and creative business solutions. His positive attitude and willingness to explore all options makes him a valuable member of my team.” —Wayne Ruben, CEO, Ruben Development Companies

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Honorees/ Index

Fernandez, Kelly M Persson Cohen & Mooney PA 6853 Energy Ct Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240 941-306-4730; Lic.#676081

Rosenberg, Alexis Rosenberg Law, P.A. 1895 Floyd St Ste B Sarasota, FL 34239 941-373-6777; Lic.#335400

Rolfes, A James Dickinson & Gibbons PA 401 N Cattlemen Rd Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-366-4680; Lic.#373524

Fournier, Robert M City Of Sarasota 1 S School Ave Ste 700 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-906-1199; Lic.#262730

Rosenberg, Bruce Rosenberg Law PA 1895 Floyd St Ste B Sarasota, FL 34239 941-373-6777; Lic.#994782


Kardash, Regina A Persson, Cohen & Mooney, PA 6853 Energy Ct Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240 941-306-4730; Lic.#66381 Kayan, Bora S Office of the Sarasota County Attorney 1660 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236 941-861-5000; Lic.#105759 Mooney, Maggie D Persson, Cohen & Mooney, P.A. 6853 Energy Ct Lakewood Ranch, FL 34240 941-306-4730; Lic.#555924


Stroud, Robert S Blalock Walters P.A. 2 N Tamiami Trl Ste 408 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-748-0100; Lic.#783781

IMMIGRATION LAW Jaensch, P Christopher Jaensch Immigration Law Firm 2198 Main St Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-9841; Lic.#72044 Jaensch Karins, Victoria Jaensch Immigration Law Firm 2198 Main St Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-9841; Lic.#47333

Brownlee, Steven D Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-552-2567; Lic.#103246

Ramos, Jason P Law Offices of Jason P Ramos PLLC 306 N Rhodes Ave Ste 109 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-306-2384; Lic.#70388

Kalish, Carol Ann Sarasota Memorial Health Care System 1700 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-917-9000; Lic.#992755


Moore, John L Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-329-6620; Lic.#908118

Carson-Freymann, Catherine M Goodman McGuffey LLP 6751 Professional Pkwy W Ste 103 Sarasota, FL 34240 941-806-2984; Lic.#418986 Peairs, Jeffrey D Dickinson & Gibbons PA 401 N Cattlemen Rd Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-366-4680; Lic.#875260

Cherry, Douglas A Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2738; Lic.#333130 Portnow, Adam B Law Office of Adam B. Portnow, P.L. 2071 Main St Sarasota, FL 34237 941-373-1797; Lic.#56807 Stamoulis, Elizabeth M Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-552-5546; Lic.#120765

LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT Chapman, Anne W Blalock Walters PA 2 N Tamiami Trl Ste 400 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-748-0100; Lic.#828491 Collier, Jason A Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2791; Lic.#733318 Compton, Jennifer B Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2754; Lic.#128041

Duggan, Patrick J Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2735; Lic.#899461 Farb, Gail E Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-552-2557; Lic.#619191 Farrelly, Jessica M Freeman Mathis & Gary LLP 2502 N Rocky Point Dr Ste 860 Tampa, FL 33607 781-249-5567; Lic.#103055 Fowler-Hermes, Jennifer Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-552-2558; Lic.#127442 Getty, John C Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-329-6622; Lic.#1013911 Malatesta, Frank Michael Malatesta Law Office 871 Venetia Bay Blvd Ste 235 Venice, FL 34285 941-256-3812; Lic.#97080 Sensenig, Christine Sensenig Law Firm PA 1515 Ringling Blvd Ste 230 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-953-2828; Lic.#74276 Walker, Kimberly Page Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-329-6628; Lic.#30661

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3277 Fruitville Rd, Ste F2 Sarasota, FL 34237

(941) 275-2785



Natalya S. Evans HONOREE Family Law

BIO Natalya is a graduate of Stetson University where she earned her Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Master’s in Business Administration as well as Juris Doctor (law) degrees. Natalya has been a member of the Florida and Sarasota Bar associations since 2009 and had the incredible honor to be sworn into the US Supreme Court Bar in Washington DC by the Supreme Court Justices in 2018. Natalya is the founding and managing attorney at Your Family Matters, P.A. which she opened 10 years ago with the goal of bringing a positive change to our community. As a mother of 4 young kids, Natalya has a passion for protecting children and families. She has quickly found that two places that families often crumble is during times of loss, such as loss of a family unit or loss of a loved one and the stress that it creates. Natalya and her team focus on helping families protect their children, wealth and relationships through peaceful resolution of family matters and through comprehensive estate planning that keep families out of Court and out of conflict so that they can focus on what matters most, their family!

MISSION At Your Family Matters, P.A., our mission is to empower, preserve and protect your family through unforeseen circumstances of life. We do this by facilitating peaceful resolution





Florida Bar. US Supreme Court Bar since 2018. Certified by Florida Supreme Court as Circuit Court Family Law Mediator since 2018. Qualified by the Florida Supreme Court as an Arbitrator since 2018

DEGREES JD: Stetson University College of Law 2008. Bachelor of Business Administration, Stetson University 2003


of divorce and custody matters and comprehensive estate planning that protect you, your children, your relationships and your assets so that you can focus on living your life to the fullest with those you love.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Natalya is a past president and 8 year board member of the Family Court Professionals Collaborative, member of Next Generation Divorce, active member of FACP and IACP as well as Florida Bar, Sarasota County Bar and US Supreme Court Bar. Natalya volunteers her time by serving on various community boards, appears as a guest lecturer at the Keiser paralegal program, and is a pro bono attorney for the Child Protection Team in Sarasota. Natalya has presented multiple educational seminars to various Bar Associations, regional practice groups and at 2020 and 2021 Florida Academy of Collaborative Professionals annual Conferences. Natalya is certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Law Mediator.

TESTIMONIALS “From the first meeting, Natalya proved that she is organized, thorough, and strives to deliver a plan that works for the needs of her clients. While there is no "one-size-fits-all" plan that works for everybody, Natalya took time to get to know our family so she could guide us through the process of developing an estate plan. We were forced to consider many different scenarios, and while we pray that nothing happens to us for many years, I sleep peacefully knowing that my children and our assets are protected. Thank you Natalya!” — Christian Becker “Natalya was able to handle my divorce with sensitivity and thoughtfulness. She put it into the perspective of putting my childrens' best interests first, and letting me know what outcomes were realistic. She thinks of the wellbeing of the entire family, not just her client. She also has the experience to help you navigate the process with as little trauma to your family as possible.It was a pleasure to work with her, and I look forward to working with her on my estate planning, in the near future.” —Rebecca Pendergast.

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LAND USE, ENVIRONMENT Bailey III, Charles D Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-552-5551; Lic.#17884

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Bailey Jr, Charles D Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-329-6609; Lic.#135878

Honorees/ Index Merrill III, William W Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. 2033 Main St Ste 600 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-8100; Lic.#341207 Patten, Brenda L Berlin Patten Ebling PLLC 3700 S Tamiami Trl Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-954-9991; Lic.#383236 Powers, Marisa J Blalock Walters PA 802 11th St W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-0100; Lic.#795771

Brockway, G Matthew Icard Merrill Cullis Timm Furen & Ginsburg PA 2033 Main St Ste 600 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-953-8125; Lic.#52626

Rees, Stephen D Jr Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. 2033 Main St Ste 600 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-907-0006; Lic.#17460

Colburn, Casey The Colburn Firm 7321 Merchant Ct Ste A, Sarasota, FL 34240 941-928-6801; Lic.#647551

Rudacille, Scott E Blalock Walters PA 802 11th St W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-0100; Lic.#866121

Dillard-Spahn, Stacy The Law Office of Robert K Lincoln PA 2055 Wood St Ste 206 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-681-8700; Lic.#22496 Lincoln, Robert K Law Office of Robert K. Lincoln, P.A. 2055 Wood St Ste 206 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-681-8700; Lic.#6122 Mapes, Sara W Hamilton Price & Marshall PA 2400 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-0550; Lic.#112618


Chalfant, Marjorie The Nurse Attorney PA 8039 Cooper Creek Blvd Ste 105 Bradenton, FL 34201 941-210-4220; Lic.#738611

Cahall, Don The Cahall Law Firm PLLC 1215 Manatee Ave W Ste 106 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-281-2019; Lic.#110578

DuBose, E Keith Eastmoore, Crauwels & DuBose, P.A. 1626 Ringling Blvd Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-8888; Lic.#300950

Call, Ashley Hale Law PA 2803 Fruitville Rd Ste 240 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-735-4529; Lic.#1002930

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Eastmoore, Theodore C Eastmoore, Crauwels & DuBose, P.A. 1626 Ringling Blvd Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-8888; Lic.#300950 Horne, James M James Horne Law 9040 Town Center Pkwy Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-210-6000; Lic.#98994 McArdle, Patrick S Patrick S. McArdle, Esq. 1023 Manatee Ave W Ste 509 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-214-7122; Lic.#99548


Marchbank Jr, Ralph L Dickinson & Gibbons PA 401 N Cattlemen Rd Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-366-4680; Lic.#305

Barak, Anthony Barak Law Group 1322 3rd Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-782-8242; Lic.#523380


Battaglia, Alyson Legler Murphy & Battaglia, LLP 2411 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-5599; Lic.#56548

Bucha, Sandra L Q Auto & Injury Attorneys 524 9th St W Bradenton, FL 34205 800-332-1992; Lic.#11780

Bruce, Eric D Bruce, Eric DHeintz Law Firm 905 6th Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-2916; Lic.#959571

Coballasi Durand, Andres Kenyon Law Group PLLC 1215 Manatee Ave W Ste 105 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-894-1234; Lic.#71637 Denny IV, Charles W Dickinson & Gibbons PA 401 N Cattlemen Rd Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34232 941-366-4680; Lic.#488615 Fernandez, Stephen Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh 3550 S Tamiami Trl Fl 3rd Sarasota, FL 34239 941-954-1234; Lic.#723673 Goldberg, Christina A Luhrsen Goldberg, LLC 6954 Professional Pkwy E Sarasota, FL 34240 941-212-2600; Lic.#41081 Goldman, David L Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh 3550 S Tamiami Trl Fl 3rd Sarasota, FL 34239 941-954-1234; Lic.#724300 Hagopian, Gregory S Gallagher & Hagopian 4420 5th St W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-727-6944; Lic.#980481

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HONOREE Personal Injury



BIO Greg Linehan grew up in Sarasota before leaving to ATTORNEYS attend college at the University of Florida. After receiving his Bachelors Degree, he attended law school in Miami. In 1997, he relocated back to Sarasota to be near family and friends while building his practice in Personal Injury and Worker’s Compensation law. Mr. Linehan became a partner at Wittmer | Linehan in 2007. He primarily focuses on Personal Injury law, including auto and motorcycle accidents as well as Worker’s Compensation cases and Social Security Disability claims. Greg enjoys the ability to use his expertise to help members of the Sarasota community, whether through his practice of law or by serving on the board of various local community based organizations. Currently, he is President of the board of directors of Suncoast Charities for Children. FLORIDA BAR DATE OF ADMISSION Florida, 1996

Gregory Linehan

U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1997


25 years



DEGREES St Thomas University School of Law, Miami, Florida, 1996 J.D., Juris Doctor University of Florida, 1990, B.A., Bachelor of Arts

CONTACT INFORMATION glinehan@ 2014 4th Street Sarasota FL 34237 (941) 365-2296

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Hale, Patrick M Hale Law, P.A. 2803 Fruitville Road, Ste 240 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-735-4529; Lic.#113304 Heintz, Steven E Heintz Law Firm 905 6th Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-2916; Lic.#3076457

Rising Star 5 Years in Practice Iyampillai, Patrick Hale Law, P.A. 2803 Fruitville Road, Ste 240 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-735-4529; Lic.#1001457 Kenyon, Amy Kenyon Law Group PLLC 1215 Manatee Ave W Ste 105 Bradenton, FL 34205 941-225-2616; Lic.#73526 Legler, Kennedy Legler Murphy & Battaglia LLP 2411 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-5599; Lic.#570184

Honorees/ Index Murphy, Daniel Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh 3550 S Tamiami Trl Fl 3rd Sarasota, FL 34239 941-954-1234; Lic.#119576 Perez, Alan L Mallard Law Firm 889 N Washington Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236 941-952-1682; Lic.#60409 Reeves, Grace Legler Murphy & Battaglia LLP 2411 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-5599; Lic.#119586 Robertson, Bill The Robertson Law Firm 1990 9th St Ste 100 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-919-3959; Lic.#436607 Shapiro, David Shapiro | Delgado 308 Cocoanut Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-954-4000; Lic.#508764

Linehan, Gregory P Wittmer & Linehan PLLC 2014 4th St Sarasota, FL 34237 941-263-8314; Lic.#87970

Telfair, Charles W Lutz, Bobo & Telfair, P.A. 2 N Tamiami Trl Fl 5 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-951-1800; Lic.#883964

Luhrsen, Julie S Luhrsen Goldberg, LLC 6954 Professional Pkwy E Sarasota, FL 34240 941-212-2600; Lic.#163848

Walsh, Bernard F Goldman Babboni Fernandez & Walsh 3550 S Tamiami Trail, 3rd Floor Sarasota, FL 34239 941-954-1234; Lic.#263826

Mallard, Damian Mallard Law Firm 889 N Washington Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236 941-952-1682; Lic.#882348

Westheimer, F Scott Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A. 1900 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-7171; Lic.#100242

PRODUCT LIABILITY Rising Star 5 Years in Practice Cowgill, Michael J Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. 1605 Main St Ste 710 Sarasota, FL 34236 888-952-5242; Lic.#88005 Maglio, Altom M Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. 1605 Main St Ste 710 Sarasota, FL 34236 888-952-5242; Lic.#88005 Sayeg, Ilyas Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. 1605 Main St Ste 710 Sarasota, FL 34236 888-952-5242; Lic.#99140 Stephan, Michele S Maglio Christopher & Toale, P.A. 1605 Main St Ste 710 Sarasota, FL 34236 888-952-5242; Lic.#96628

REAL ESTATE Battaglia, Joseph B Battaglia Law PLLC 9040 Town Center Pkwy Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 941-677-0088; Lic.#58199 Berlin, Evan N Berlin Patten Ebling PLLC 3700 S Tamiami Trl Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-954-9991; Lic.#980919 Brej, Caroleen B Bentley Law 783 S Orange Ave Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-549-8963; Lic.#93188

Cason, Nancy E Syprett, Meshad, Resnick, Lieb, Dumbaugh, Jones, Krotec & Westheimer, P.A. 1900 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-7171; Lic.#574244 Chapman, Kenneth D Jr Bowman, George, Scheb, Kimbrough, Koach & Chapman, P.A. 2750 Ringling Blvd Ste 3 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-5510; Lic.#863394

Rising Star 5 Years in Practice Christie, Nicole F Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-552-2564; Lic.#1003223 Christy, Erin Hope Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2732; Lic.#60510 Coldiron, Natalie G Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. 2033 Main St Ste 600 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-365-6216; Lic.#99420 Conaboy, Andrew J Berlin Patten Ebling PLLC 3700 S Tamiami Trl Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-954-9991; Lic.#114391 Currin, Peter T Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-536-2030; Lic.#190446

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HONOREE Elder Law BIO Sean M. Byrne, Esq. is the managing partner of Bach, Jacobs & Byrne, P.A. He is a trusts, estates, probate, and guardianship attorney and litigator helping senior citizens and their families, inside and outside the courtroom. Sean lectures on topics relating to trust, probate and guardianship litigation as well as land conservation. Sean plays the piano and was the lead singer and keyboardist in a rock band, briefly.



MISSION To provide personalized and compassionate elder law services to seniors and their families. FLORIDA BAR DATE OF ADMISSION


, P.A.




DEGREES The American University Washington College of Law, J.D., Cum Laude; Texas Lutheran University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude with Honors.


Florida Trend Magazine Legal Elite, 2019-2021; SuperLawyer Rising Star, 2018; Former Chair, Sarasota County Bar Association Estate Planning & Probate Section

CONTACT INFORMATION 240 S. Pineapple Ave., Suite 700, Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 906-1231

HONOREE Wills BIO Jeffrey S. Goethe is a partner with Barnes Walker, Goethe, Perron & Shea, PLLC in Bradenton. He is board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in wills, trusts and estates law and a Fellow of ACTEC. Mr. Goethe is a member of the Executive Council of the Florida Bar’s RPPTL Section and serves as Chair of the Section’s Homestead Committee. He is a two-time past chair of the Florida Bar Probate Rules Committee. MISSION At Barnes Walker, our mission is to protect our clients against the challenges of life, while assisting them with taking advantage of its many opportunities by providing a distinctive style and fresh approaches to legal issues and comprehensive clients services.

Jeffrey S. Goethe



1990. Board-Certified in Wills, Trusts & Estates by the Florida Bar since 2010

30 years, all in Florida

DEGREES B.A., Maryville College, Maryville, Tennessee, 1986 J.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, 1990

CONTACT INFORMATION 3119 Manatee Ave. Wes Bradenton, FL 34205 (941) 741-8224

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DeMarsh, Benjamin T Dunlap & Moran, P.A. 22 S. Links Ave Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-0115; Lic.#119878

Infanti, Michael P Infanti Law Firm LLC PO Box 5292 Sarasota, FL 34277 941-926-6352; Lic.#483590

Edwards, Sheryl Edwards Law Firm PL 500 S Washington Blvd Ste 400 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-363-0110; Lic.#57495

Kohl, Lauren P Gibson Kohl & Wolff PL 1800 2nd St Ste 901 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-1166; Lic.#155829

Featherstone, Ryan A Dunlap & Moran, P.A. 22 S. Links Ave Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-0115; Lic.#17824

Koontz, Jo Ann Koontz & Associates, PL 1613 Fruitville Rd Sarasota, FL 34236 941-225-2615; Lic.#29111

Gibson, James D Gibson Kohl & Wolff PL 1800 2nd St Ste 717 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-362-8880; Lic.#709069

Lawrence, Richard SRQ Property Law, PLLC 1800 2nd St Ste 888 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-479-8500; Lic.#30463

Golm, Crystal D Golm Law Firm Bradenton, FL 941-704-4049; Lic.#14794

Luzier, Thomas B Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-893-4005; Lic.#899194

Gonzalez Moore, Lisa LGM Law PLLC 9040 Town Center Pkwy Bradenton, FL 34202 941-321-4405; Lic.#484377

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Hartenstine, J Michael Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-329-6610; Lic.#237957 Hermey, Michelle Lajoie Fergeson Skipper PA 1515 Ringling Blvd Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1900; Lic.#35911 Horstkamp, Julie A Horstkamp Law Firm PLLC 901 Venetia Bay Blvd Ste 260 Venice, FL 34285 941-584-2060; Lic.#149446

Rising Star 5 Years in Practice Moretti, Mallory A Berlin Patten Ebling PLLC 3700 S Tamiami Trl Ste 200 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-954-9991; Lic.#1008343 Najmy, Louis J Najmy Thompson, P.L. 3400 S. Tamiami Trail Ste 201 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-907-3999; Lic.#158402 Nohren, Alyssa M Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. 2033 Main St Ste 600 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-8100; Lic.#352410

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Pflugner, J Geoffrey Icard, Merrill, Cullis, Timm, Furen & Ginsburg, P.A. 2033 Main St Ste 600 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-907-0006; Lic.#152304 Pike, Peter J Pike Law 4901 26th St W Bradenton, FL 34207 941-312-2580; Lic.#38833 Pitchford, Jan W Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2710; Lic.#507784 Plummer, Matthew R Blalock Walters PA 2 N Tamiami Trl Ste 400 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-748-0100; Lic.#5140 Riddell, Cynthia Riddell Law Group 3400 S Tamiami Trl Ste 202 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-444-2267; Lic.#51456

Tullidge, Amanda C Blalock Walters PA 802 11th St W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-0100; Lic.#106698 Villaveces, Juan C Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2765; Lic.#188042

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Walters III, Clifford L Blalock Walters PA 802 11th St W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-0100; Lic.#221971 Wickman, John E Ulrich, Scarlett, Wickman & Dean, P.A. 713 S Orange Ave Ste 201 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-955-5100; Lic.#46884


Ryskamp, Patrick W Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-536-2035; Lic.#178179

Clayton, Drew Icard Merrill Cullis Timm Furen & Ginsburg PA 2033 Main St Ste 600 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-8100; Lic.#739464

Saba, Richard D Law Office Of Richard D. Saba, P.A. 2033 Main St Ste 400 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-952-0990; Lic.#175810

Graham, Worth Icard Merrill Cullis Timm Furen & Ginsburg PA 2033 Main St Ste 600 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-8100; Lic.#92417

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Shaw, Timothy S Blalock Walters P.A. 2 N Tamiami Trl Ste 400 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-748-0100; Lic.#331661


Unkel, Christina E Maglio Christopher & Toale PA 1605 Main St Ste 710 Sarasota, FL 34236 888-952-5242; Lic.#99203

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HONOREE Wills and Trusts

BIO M. Brandon Robinson’s legal career began combating ATTORNEYS consumer fraud while serving as the Elder Consumer Protection Fellow for Stetson University College of Law. After transitioning to private practice, Brandon became active in the local legal community by serving by serving as an Officer of the Manatee County Young Lawyers Division and a Member of the Florida Bar Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. Brandon is Department of Veterans Affairs Accredited Attorney and a Marine Corps Veteran. MISSION At Barnes Walker, our mission is to protect our clients against the challenges of life, while assisting them with taking advantage of its many opportunities by providing a distinctive style and fresh approaches to legal issues and comprehensive clients services.





6 years

DEGREES Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management – Hannibal-LaGrange University – 2011 Juris Doctor – Stetson University College of Law – 2015

CONTACT INFORMATION 3119 Manatee Ave. West Bradenton, FL 34205 (941) 741-8224 x1011

HONOREE Family Law BIO Dawn Marie Bates-Buchanan, was raised in Venice Florida, where her Father was a Police Officer and where she graduated from local Venice High School. Dawn Marie graduated from Stetson University College in December of 1998. Dawn Marie worked for legal aid in Daytona Beach and Bradenton doing family and elder law as Managing Attorney, before opening the Bates-Buchanan & Savitsky Law Group. Dawn Marie handles Estate Planning, Trust Administration, Probate and Bankruptcy law. Dawn Marie is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law and Circuit Civil and Foreclosure Mediator, with special training in Mortgage Modification Mediation in Bankruptcy. Dawn Marie is also trained as a Collaborative Family Law Attorney. MISSION We are the Lady Lawyers of Florida a small law firm that is Big Enough to fight for You, but Small Enough to Care.



September 1999


CERTIFICATIONS A.S. Legal Assisting, NALA Certified. Certified Mediator in Family Law and Circuit Civil Law

CONTACT INFORMATION 333 Tamiami Trail S Ste 298 Venice FL 34285


(941) 799-3015

Stetson University College of Law, 1998

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Legacy 30 Years in Practice Fergeson Jr, James O Fergeson Skipper PA 1515 Ringling Blvd Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1900; Lic.#171298

Levinson, Pamela G Maglio Christopher & Toale PA 1605 Main St Ste 710 Sarasota, FL 34236 888-952-5242; Lic.#538345

King, Mary E Law Office of Mary E King PL 3389 Magic Oak Ln Sarasota, FL 34232 941-906-7585; Lic.#987001


Mayper, Matthew B Fergeson Skipper PA 1515 Ringling Blvd Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1900; Lic.#956820 McLaughlin, Thomas J Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-536-2042; Lic.#772291 Turner, James L Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-329-6612; Lic.#285560 Wagner II, E John Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-536-2037; Lic.#167551


Haenel, David Finebloom Haenel & Higgins PA 1414 S Tamiami Trl Sarasota, FL 34239 941-444-4444; Lic.#494712

Archbold, J Allison Archbold Law Firm, P.A. 2389 Ringling Blvd Ste A Sarasota, FL 34237 941-960-8825; Lic.#115088

Rising Star 5 Years in Practice Arroyo, Erik Band Gates & Dramis 2070 Ringling Blvd Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-8010; Lic.#123485 Bartirome, Anthony D Blalock Walters PA 2 N Tamiami Trl Ste 400 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-748-0100; Lic.#606316

Rising Star 5 Years in Practice Berlin, Diana L Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-329-6616; Lic.#1000844 Burchett, Charla M Shutts & Bowen LLP 1858 Ringling Blvd Ste 300 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-552-3780; Lic.#813230 Casanueva, Melissa Butler Elder Law, P.A. 8784 East SR 70, Ste 102 Bradenton, FL 34202 941-254-6611; Lic.#105788

Rising Star 5 Years in Practice Castro, Colton F Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-329-6608; Lic.#125370 Diaz, Elizabeth P Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-329-6631; Lic.#92847 Elmore, Douglas J Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-329-6637; Lic.#20858 Fowler, Christopher J Norton Hammersley Lopez & Skokos PA 1819 Main St Ste 610 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-954-4691; Lic.#104085 Frano, Rose-Anne B Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-536-2033; Lic.#592218 Gallagher, Lisa K Fergeson Skipper PA 1515 Ringling Blvd Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1900; Lic.#155764 Gans, Richard R Fergeson Skipper PA 1515 Ringling Blvd Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1900; Lic.#40878 Gerling, Dana Laganella Affordable Attorney Gerling Law Group Chartered 6148 State Road 70 Bradenton, FL 34203 941-756-6600; Lic.#503991

Gerling, Rodney D Affordable Attorney Gerling Law Group Chartered 6148 State Road 70 Bradenton, FL 34203 941-756-6600; Lic.#554340 Glaser, Whitney C Whitney Glaser Law 3027 Manatee Ave W Ste B Bradenton, FL 34205 941-241-8266; Lic.#59072 Goethe, Jeffrey S Barnes, Walker, Goethe, Perron, & Shea, PLLC 3119 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-741-8224; Lic.#861420

Legacy 30 Years in Practice Gordon, Cheryl L Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2706; Lic.#284483 Gregoria, Ric Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-536-2031; Lic.#908551 Hamrick, Michael M Greene Hamrick Schermer & Johnson PA 601 12th St W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-747-1871; Lic.#290556 Heedy, Alisa M Fergeson Skipper, P.A. 1515 Ringling Blvd Fl 10 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-957-1900; Lic.#119749 Heedy, David B Shumaker Loop & Kendrick LLP 240 S Pineapple Ave Fl 10th Sarasota, FL 34236 941-364-2794; Lic.#119196

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HONOREE Family Law


BIO Jennifer Burns is a Florida native who is an experienced family law attorney practicing in the greater Sarasota area. Attorney Burns has handled a myriad of family law and child welfare cases. Her practice philosophy incorporates a cooperative approach to handling cases, however, she is experienced in complex litigation as well. Attorney Burns handles matters related to paternity actions, dissolutions of marriage, relocation, collaborative actions, timesharing, modifications, enforcement, as well as dependency and contested adoptions. MISSION Our mission is to create a healthy & safe environment for our clients. Let us help you move forward with your life with confidence.

Jennifer Burns BOELLER LAW



September 2014

7 years

DEGREES Juris Doctor degree. Stetson University College of Law in 2014 Bachelors degree. University of South Florida in 2009, International Studies and a minor in French language

CONTACT INFORMATION 3260 Fruitville Rd, Ste. B Sarasota, FL 34237 (941) 876-5200


Dedicated and innovative counsel making a positive difference for our clients and community.

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Honorees/ Index Huss, Cady L Spivey & Huss PA 645 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-840-1991; Lic.#88661 Kaplan, Todd D Icard Merrill Cullis Timm Furen & Ginsburg PA 2033 Main St Ste 600 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-907-0006; Lic.#613371

Rising Star 5 Years in Practice Matechik, Matthew The Matechik Law Firm PA 205 N Orange Ave Ste 306 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-926-6755; Lic.#126342 Mroczkowski, Tina M Bowman George Scheb Kimbrough Koach & Chapman PA 2750 Ringling Blvd Ste 3 Sarasota, FL 34237 941-366-5510; Lic.#96629 Najmy, Joseph L Najmy Thompson PL 3400 S Tamiami Trl Ste 201 Sarasota, FL 34239 941-907-3999; Lic.#847283

Robinson, M Brandon Barnes Walker Goethe Perron & Shea PLLC 3119 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-741-8224; Lic.#119364 Silberstein, David M Silberstein Law Firm PLLC 1515 Ringling Blvd Ste 860 Sarasota, FL 34236 941-953-4400; Lic.#436879

Rising Star 5 Years in Practice Stewart, Alexander A Dye, Harrison, Kirkland, Petruff, Pratt & St. Paul, PLLC 1206 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-746-1167; Lic.#122110 Troiano, Jeffrey T Williams Parker Attorneys at Law 200 S Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34236 941-329-6638; Lic.#31557 Waskom, Elsbeth Muirhead Gaylor Steves & Waskom 901 Ridgewood Ave Venice, FL 34285 941-484-3000; Lic.#932140

WORKER'S COMPENSATION Berlin, Stephen Berlin Law Firm LLC 200 N Washington Blvd Sarasota, FL 34236 941-777-7000; Lic.#44910 Cromley, Terri F Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. 714 Manatee Ave E Ste C Bradenton, FL 34208 941-202-4600; Lic.#118230 Eure, Rosemary B Lancaster & Eure 711 N. Washington Blvd. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-365-7575; Lic.#797782 Murphy, Edward Legler Murphy & Battaglia LLP 2411 Manatee Ave W Bradenton, FL 34205 941-748-5599; Lic.#67792

Program Methodology SUMMARY To create the list, the magazine contracted DataJoe Research to facilitate an online peer-voting process and Internet research process. DataJoe Research is a software and research company specializing in data collection and verification, and conducts various nominations across the United States on behalf of publishers. To create the list, DataJoe Research facilitated an online peer-voting process. DataJoe checked and confirmed that each published winner had, at time of review, a current, active license status with the appropriate state regulatory board. If we were not able to find evidence of a lawyer's current, active registration with the state regulatory board, that lawyer was excluded from the list. In addition, we checked available public sources to identify lawyers disciplined for an infraction by the state regulatory board. These entities were excluded from the list. Finally, DataJoe presented the tallied result to the magazine for its final review and adjustments. FINAL NOTE We recognize that there are many good lawyers who are not shown in this representative list. This is only a sampling of the huge array of talented professionals within the region. Inclusion in the list is based on the opinions of responding lawyers in the region. We take time and energy to ensure fair voting, although we understand that the results of this survey nomination and Internet research campaign are not an objective metric. We certainly do not discount the fact that many, many good and effective lawyers may not appear on the list. DISCLAIMERS DataJoe uses best practices and exercises great care in assembling content for this list. DataJoe does not warrant that the data contained within the list are complete or accurate. DataJoe does not assume, and hereby disclaims, any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident, or any other cause. All rights reserved. No commercial use of the information in this list may be made without written permission from DataJoe. QUESTIONS For research/methodology questions, contact the research team at

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BIO Michael is a dedicated Commercial Litigator. First ATTORNEYS starting out in New Orleans where he handled admiralty issues, such as application of the Jones Act and insurance claims involving the development and construction of offshore oil rigs. Upon moving to Florida, he practiced with Matthews Eastmoore before opening his own firm in 2008 and growing France Litigation Group. When he is not in the office, Michael can be found with family. Michael and his family enjoy cooking, boating and fishing. MISSION We take on business cases, large and small, simple and complex. No matter the scope of your legal issue, we will work tirelessly to achieve a positive resolution.


FLORIDA BAR DATE OF ADMISSION October 2001 He is a member of the Sarasota County Bar association, American Bar Association, and the Louisiana State Bar Association.



Loyola University New Orleans School of Law.

Sarasota Office 1515 Ringling Blvd, Ste 230 Sarasota, FL 34236


Venice Office 355 West Venice Avenue Venice, FL 34285

Commercial Litigation. Contract, Insurance Disputes, and Real Estate Law.

(941) 953-3600

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HONOREE Construction


BIO David E. Gurley is the principal shareholder of Gurley & Associates. He has been Florida Board Certified as an expert in Construction Law since 2005. Mr. Gurley’s practice for the ATTORNEYS last thirty-seven years has concentrated on matters relating to the construction and design of private and public development projects including, contract negotiation and drafting; project oversight and Board of Claims proceedings; construction and design defect analysis and documentation; scheduling and delay claims; lender issues; project takeovers and completions for sureties; surety indemnity actions; construction licensing and disciplinary matters; and, the mediation, arbitration and litigation of construction and design disputes. MISSION Gurley & Associates is a commercial litigation, construction and surety boutique law firm with a national and international reach. Gurley & Associates provides the responsiveness and personal service of a boutique law firm, with the experience and attention to detail that are hallmarks of larger firms.

David Gurley


DEGREES J.D., Florida State University, 1983. B.S., Florida State University, 1981.


PRACTICES Construction Law, Surety Law Business and Commercial Litigation, Insurance Defense, Insurance Coverage, Condominium Law, Trial Practice

CONTACT INFORMATION 601 S Osprey Ave Sarasota, FL 34236. (941) 556-1480

HONOREE Labor and Employment BIO Christine Sensenig is the managing partner of The Sensenig Law Firm, P.A. She provides human resources and employment law advice as well as litigation defense to employers of all sizes in all aspects of the employment relationship. To build strong long-term relationships with clients, the Firm explores the “why” behind a client’s concerns. In employment law, clients have needs in “real time” and the Firm believes in being an accessible resource to our clients. Christine Sensenig is grateful to have been recognized in her community by colleagues that she respects and admires as a member of SRQ Magazine’s Elite Top Attorneys. “I do my best because I am counting on you counting on me.” — Maya Angelou

Christine Sensenig



1995 JD University of Florida Levin College of Law. 1992 Master of Liberal Arts University of South Florida. 1988 BA English Education & BA Humanities University of South Florida.

Florida Trend Legal Elite, 2009-2021. SuperLawyer, 2015-2021. University of Florida Alumni Leader of the Year, 2009. AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell

CONTACT INFORMATION csensenig@ 1515 Ringling Blvd., Ste. 230 Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 953-2828

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BIO In 25 years of practicing transactional real estate, Casey has represented a diverse clientele, from Dow 30 conglomerates to fixed-income seniors. Casey’s local clients and professional ATTORNEYS colleagues often engage him to help navigate and assess byzantine, illogical, and politically-charged local, state and federal bureaucratic processes for sustainability, zoning, land development, waterfronts and docks, wetlands, and other permitting challenges. Casey also assists clients nationwide with environmental due diligence for shopping center and portfolio transactions. “Being recognized again this year by my local colleagues is the highest honor.” MISSION The Colburn Firm helps solve real estate matters complicated by federal, state and local government regulation and enforcement, waterfront, land use and development issues, green building, environmental permitting, due diligence and docks.


PRACTICE AREAS Zoning, Land Use & Conservation Environmental Permitting and Enforcement. Cleanup, Remediation and Redevelopment. Federal, State and Local Approvals. Real Estate Due Diligence and Development. Shopping Center Law. Green Building. Code Enforcement. Federal, State and Local Legislation. Waterfront Permitting and Development. Docks and Riparian Rights

CONTACT INFORMATION 7321 Merchant Ct, Suite A Sarasota, FL 34240 (941) 928-6801 (850) 692-9656

HONOREE Tax Law BIO Mary has been a practicing attorney since 1993 after graduating from Stetson University College of Law. Her career in law has primarily focused in IRS tax defense, as well as estate planning and probate. In addition to her law firm, she has also opened her own title company, King Title, LLC. Mary is a member of the Florida Bar, as well as the Sarasota County Bar Association. She is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell; the highest rating an attorney can attain. As a native Floridian, she grew up in St. Petersburg, and has lived in Sarasota since 1999. As an attorney, she wants to give her clients the feeling that they can relax and put their trust in her to handle their case, whether it is an IRS tax matter, probate or a real estate closing. Her goal is to relieve her clients stress and pressure of worrying about their legal matters on a day to day basis





28 years

DEGREES University of Florida, Bachelor of Business Administration, 1988 Wake Forest University, Masters of Business Administration, 1990 Stetson University, College of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1993

CONTACT INFORMATION 3389 Magic Oak Lane Sarasota, FL 34232 (941) 906-7585

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HONOREE Family Law


BIO In 2000, Attorney Matthew Martell founded his law firm which earned a reputation in the community for honesty, hard work, and success due to his commitment to his client’s ATTORNEYS legal problems. Born in a small college town in Ohio, he was raised by a respected attorney who later became a judge. He has been around law offices since he was a child. Having grown up around lawyers, Martell has a unique understanding of the legal field. TESTIMONIAL "Martell's knowledge of divorce law is top notch. He offered sound advice and fought for me in a professional manner. His commitment was steadfast. Martell’s communications skills, and tenacity are excellent. I would highly recommend him to anyone needing the best legal representation." — Mike Miller

Matthew Z. Martell



October 1998

28 years

DEGREES J.D. at University of Akron School of Law in 1998. B.A.- Political Science at University of Michigan in 1994


LICENSES Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Law Mediator Certification # 24908F

9040 Town Center Pkwy. Suites 111 - B & C Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202 1990 Main St., Ste. 750 Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 941-556-7020

Law Offices of Matthew Z. Martell, P.A.

Our firm handles all injury claims, including Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability, Nursing Home Negligence, and Medical Malpractice


2411 Manatee Avenue W Bradenton, FL 34205 | 941-748-5599 SARASOTA LOCATION

677 N. Washington Blvd. Sixth Street Plaza Sarasota, FL 34236 | 941-366-3782

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BIO Charles W. Telfair IV is a Personal Injury Attorney. Mr. Telfair began his career at Holland and Knight back in 1989. ATTORNEYS Holland and Knight chose to relocate to Tampa and Lutz, Bobo and Telfair opened its doors in April of 1992. Through his career Mr. Telfair has had the privilege of working with some of the biggest corporations in the world – Tropicana, Volvo Penta, Stanely Bostich, to name a few... Mr. Telfair believes accessibility and honesty are what his client’s appreciate the most. Personal Injury law is personal. Mr. Telfair puts forth his energy, knowledge and time to ensure the best possible outcome for his clients. MISSION Lutz, Bobo & Telfair is an AV rated law firm, by Martindale Hubbell. This means that our peers have given us the highest rating for both ethics and legal ability. Here at Lutz, Bobo & Telfair we are privileged to work with you, and we are honored to share our experience with you. At Lutz, Bobo and Telfair we treat our client’s the way we prefer to be treated.




EDUCATION Bachelor of Science from the University of Tampa on a full ROTC scholarship, in 1987. Attended Officer Basic School at Fort McClellan (1988). Juris Doctorate received from Stetson University College of Law in 1990, as well as the Stanley Milledge Award. Retired from the US Army Reserves as a Captain 2000.

2 North Tamiami Trl. 5th Floor Sarasota, Florida, 34236 (941) 951-1800

HONOREE Real Estate BIO Peter J. Pike is Florida board certified in real estate law. Before founding the Pike Law Firm, Mr. Pike worked for Attorneys’ Title Fund Services, as their Legal and Branch Education Manager, then as Commercial Senior Underwriting Counsel. In NY and Florida Mr. Pike has been involved in teaching real estate brokers and agents at the pre-licensure and continuing education levels. In his “spare time” Peter enjoys spending time with his wife, Katherine and their two cats, Dale and Loki. MISSION Pike Law Firm provides exceptional legal services for real estate and business transactions. We provide quality, competitive and innovative services and education. We recognize that each transaction is the most important transaction to our client, and we aim to deliver a seamless and smooth transactional experience. FLORIDA BAR DATE OF ADMISSION June 2007

Peter J. Pike

DEGREES J.D. St. John’s University School of Law, 1984 B.A. Chemistry – New York University, 1980

AFFILIATIONS Florida Bar Board Certified in Real Estate Law Licensed Florida Real Estate Instructor

CONTACT INFORMATION 4901 26th St. W., Ste. B Bradenton, FL 34207 (941) 312-2580


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HONOREE Personal Injury

BIO A 5th generation Sarasota attorney with more than 36 years of experience, Bill Robertson has a lengthy and robust background focusing exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Florida. He has recovered over One Hundred Million Dollars for his clients throughout his career. Bill is a community-based lawyer, being recognized for his efforts in fighting against the opioid crisis and his dedication to helping our national heroes and veterans. MISSION Bill Robertson provides aggressive and Skilled representation to people who have been injured or lost a loved one due to the negligence of another.




DEGREES Stetson University College of Law, St. Petersburg, Florida, Juris Doctorate, 1984. Florida State University, B.S., Bachelor of Science, 1981, Government.

Protecting Businesses and Healthcare Professionals Including Licensing Boards for Over 25 Years

RECOGNITION AV-Rated Attorney. America's Top High Stakes Litigators for Southern Florida. National Lawyers of Distinction the American Lawyer magazine and the New York Times.

CONTACT INFORMATION 1990 9th St., Ste. 100 Sarasota, FL 34236 (941) 364-2455

Rosenberg Law PA is a boutique healthcare and business litigation law firm with offices in Sarasota and Plantation Florida. Rosenberg Law PA brings to the court room over 30 years of experience in complex litigation in both state and federal courts. Rosenberg Law PA focuses its practice on civil racketeering defense, insurance fraud defense, Qui Tem defense, Medicare Audits and administrative hearings for physicians by the licensing boards, hospital boards and Medicare as well as general business litigation. Some notable local cases which Rosenberg Law PA has appeared are State Farm v. Ask-Gary et al. and Geico v. 411 Pain et al. Alexis Rosenberg frequently contributes to ABC7 news as a “Legal Expert” offering context to local and national issues. Law Powered by Experience. 1895 Floyd Street, Suite B Sarasota, Florida 34239 | 941-373-6777

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HONOREE Construction BIO Mr. Sanchez obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, with High Honors, and received his Juris Doctor from UF where he became a member and editor of the UF Law Review. He has practiced law in Sarasota for over 30 years. From 1997 through 2012, Mr. Sanchez also was a managing partner of a real estate development and homebuilding business. He held a certified building contractor license from 2012-2020.



Mr. Sanchez represents businesses, owners, contractors and associations in all dispute resolution matters, including litigation and arbitration. Mr. Sanchez is a member of the Florida Supreme Court Business and Contracts Jury Instructions Committee. MISSION The goal of Sanchez Law is to provide its clients with an understanding of the law applicable to their contract or dispute, thereby enabling them to make strategic business decisions and accomplish the best possible result.

Albert A. Sanchez SANCHEZ LAW


DEGREES University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law, 1978

PRACTICE AREAS Business, Business and Taxation, Construction, Contracts, Corporate

CONTACT INFORMATION 2055 Wood St., Ste. 220 Sarasota, Florida 34237 (941) 366-0001

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BIO Jaime Delgado was always driven to serve. The calling led him to enlist in the United States Airforce at a young age ATTORNEYS before it later inspired his law career. After starting as a public defender, Jimmy has spent the last 23 years seeking justice for injured victims in Sarasota and Manatee counties. A bilingual attorney, he’s remained active in his native Latino community and bringing their voice to local nonprofit Organizations. TESTIMONIAL “ Mr. Delgado is extremely persistent, professional, and transparent. I know it can be hard to trust lawyers as some don’t always have their client’s best interests at hand. But I can definitely say that that is NOT the case with Jim. My case was very complicated and took awhile to solve, there was a point where I thought that they would give up. Instead, they encouraged me every step of the way and maintained open lines of communication with me. Highly recommend Mr. Delgado” — Maria Rios MISSION Our mission at Shapiro | Delgado is to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible through diligent, attentive, and aggressive advocacy.


DEGREES B.B.A. From InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico. Received a joint JD/MBA Stetson University.

FLORIDA BAR DATE OF ADMISSION 5279 Office Park Blvd Bradenton, FL., 34203

October 1998 (941) 749-1446

HONOREE PERSONAL INJURY BIO David Shapiro has focused his life on helping others improve their own. As a Board-Certified Civil Trial lawyer, he’s represented injured clients in Sarasota and Manatee Counties for over 30 years. And as an active member in the community, David serves on the board of several charitable and non-profit organizations that lift families, children, and veterans. “It’s nice to be recognized,” Shapiro said, “but the true measure of success is in how we help the vulnerable and less fortunate.” MISSION Our mission at Shapiro | Delgado is to ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible through diligent, attentive, and aggressive advocacy.


M. David Shapiro

University of Florida, Bachelor of Science in Journalism, 1981 Florida State University College of Law, Juris Doctorate, with honors, 1985

FLORIDA BAR DATE OF ADMISSION 1985. Board-Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and a Florida Bar Board Certified Mediator.

CONTACT INFORMATION 308 Cocoanut Avenue Sarasota, Florida 34236 (941) 954-4000 (800) 954-4014


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HONOREE Attorneys For Non Profits



BIO Betsy Pennewill serves as corporate counsel at the ATTORNEYS Community Foundation of Sarasota County, working with donors and professional advisors to craft planned giving agreements. She is also skilled in real estate transactions and estate planning matters. Pennewill is a member of the Public Policy Committee of the Southeastern Council of Foundations and the past board president of Charitable Gift Planners of Southwest Florida. She is also a member of the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council. MISSION Community Impact Powered by Philanthropy: The Community Foundation of Sarasota County unites people and organizations to create opportunities across generations to improve lives. Each one of us has the potential to impact a person, cause, community. Be The One.



PRACTICE AREAS Charitable Planned Giving, Compliance with Regulations Concerning Foundations

DEGREES Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stetson University College of Law, 1998. Graduated from Miami University with a degree in Finance, 1990.

CONTACT INFORMATION 2635 Fruitville Rd. Sarasota, FL 34237 (941) 556-7152

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BIO Daniel H. Smith is an attorney at Advocates in Aging focusing on Elder Law, Medicaid Planning, Veterans Benefits, ATTORNEYS Wills, Trusts, and Estate Planning, Special Needs Planning, Probate and Trust Administration, Guardianship, and LongTerm Care Issues. Daniel is licensed to practice law in Florida and Virginia. Daniel is also a VA Accredited Attorney, representing veterans and their families in appeals of VA Benefits decisions. Daniel serves on the Board of Sarasota County Aging Network (SCAN). COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Board Member & Past Vice President, Sarasota County Aging Network (SCAN). Member, Sarasota-Manatee Walk to End Alzheimer’s Committee. Mentor, Faces of Accomplishment, Booker High School. MISSION Our mission is to help protect the assets, preserve the independence, and maintain the dignity and security of our clients as they confront the issues of aging or illness.

Daniel Hooper Smith

DEGREES J.D. cum laude, George Mason University School of Law, 2015. B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2005.


FLORIDA BAR DATE OF ADMISSION 2018. Elder Law Section, Guardianship Committee. Real Property, Probate & Trust Section

CONTACT INFORMATION 328 N Rhodes Ave Sarasota, Florida 34237 (941) 365-9900

HONOREE ELDER LAW BIO Ira Stewart Wiesner is founder of Advocates in Aging, Sarasota’s first dedicated Elder Law firm. For almost 40 years he has guided clients on issues of aging and disability, preserving assets and accessing care. He was a founding member and Chair of the Florida Bar Elder Law Section. Ira’s contributions to the emerging field earned him election as President of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and selection as a Fellow of the Academy. COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Recipient of the First Theresa Award of the Theresa Foundation, 1995. Witness before Congressional Older Americans Caucus, Chair Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy, III. Guest on Today Show, Bryant Gumbel, October 1996. MISSION Our mission is to help protect the assets, preserve the independence, and maintain the dignity and security of our clients as they confront the issues of aging or illness. DEGREES

Ira Stewart Wiesner

SUNY at Buffalo, B.A. in political science and philosophy, cum laude, 1973. JD 1976. University of Florida, LL.M. Master of Laws in Taxation, 1978.





Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

328 N Rhodes Ave Sarasota, Florida 34237

Board Certified Specialist in Elder Law.

(941) 365-9900

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Fall 2021

Below: CEO Andy Guz of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Chicken Fusilli Pasta at GROVE Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom.



Expanding Patient Care

Booming Growth

Lakewood Ranch Medical Center remains dedicated to the delivery of advanced patient care in all times. As such, it is an honor to have this opportunity to raise awareness regarding progress on some of our most important initiatives of the last year. ER at Fruitville is now open. For the first time ever, residents located just east of I-75 on Fruitville Road have easy access to close-to-home emergency care. The full-service, freestanding emergency department offers 24-7 care for all ages. Additionally, completion of our $3 million Women’s Center project, expected this spring, expands access to high-quality maternity care. Designed for spa-like comfort, newly renovated labor, delivery and postpartum rooms help to keep mother and baby together in one space for their entire stay.

Lakewood Ranch beams with positivity and hope, especially when so many parts of the country are struggling to find their way—the Ranch is a beacon that draws newcomers looking to find their very best life. We know our FreightText BookItalic readers are voracious for news about the new offerings of their community. In this Fall 2021 edition, we celebrate both the joie de vivre of the good life and the importance of health and self-care in living that life to its fullest. We take some time to excite our readers regarding the newest destinations and developments popping up and continue to expand the offerings that define the Ranch. And our eye-opening interview with The Roots Health Centers bring hope to many people who have decided to “just live with” the symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. The magnetism of the Ranch has also worked its magic on many of the most innovative restaurateurs and entrepreneurs in the regions, causing new business locations to pop up one after the other. We spoke with many of these innovators for this edition to learn about the “what” and the “why” of the new and imminently new Ranch offerings. We hope this edition of Living Lakewood puts some kick in your step and sends you out to enjoy all the richness of one of the best communities in the country.

I am always here for members of our community if you have questions. Visit to send me an email. A N DY G U Z LAKEWOOD RANCH MEDICAL CENTER | Chief Executive Officer

WES ROBERTS SRQ MEDIA | Executive Publisher

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This page: A gourmet brunch spread from Libby’s at Lakewood Ranch to feast on, photo courtesy Libby’s of Lakewood Ranch. Waterside Place, photography courtesy of Lakewood Ranch Commercial.

FEATURES Down by the Waterside, 6 As the long-anticipated Waterside Place begins to come online, the new commercial center promises not to be your grandfather’s Lakewood Ranch experience. Navigation, 10 A listing guide to dining, shopping, private schools, things to do and business resources. Ranch Dining Expansions, 16 Like the hearty aroma luring patrons into a bakery, the growing culinary scene in Lakewood Ranch draws some of Sarasota’s top restaurateurs out east. In Conversation, 23 Join Dr. Logan Swain and Dr. Laura Swain of The Roots Health Centers, PLLC on peripheral neuropathy. A.M. Nosh, 26 Devouring breakfast one plate at a time­—from towering panckes laden with fresh whipped cream to Atria’s pillow-soft Japanese milk bread. Paws on the Ranch, 30 Lakewood Ranch is no stranger to services, products and support for our four-legged friends.

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WATERFRONT YOGA. As the long-anticipated Waterside Place begins to come online, the new commercial center promises not to be your grandfather’s Lakewood Ranch.

Commercial tenants have already announced they will open their doors in the Waterside as soon as possible. From law firms to new restaurant concepts, there’s promise for a vibrant, culturally rich area. New tenants in the storefronts and restaurant spaces see a younger demographic of consumers frequenting this new corner of Lakewood Ranch, an inland community that in its earliest iterations attracted snowbirds and retirees. As more mixed use development and office space came online in Lakewood Ranch, it has drawn a broader age range and more families out east. Waterside Place marks a significant step forward in creating a thriving destination for all ages of consumers. “There’s something here for everybody,” said Joe Guli, CEO of the Tableseide Restaurant Group. “It works perfectly for us.” Tableseide, the company behind other celebrated local establishments like Libby’s and Oak & Stone has plans before the end of October to open the doors for Good Liquid Brewing Company, a waterfront restaurant and drinking establishment. With a covered patio open lakeside, near the kayaking launch and volleyball courts, the new establish-

ment intends to woo beer lovers and foodies alike. The brewery will seat nearly 300, roughly half of that available through outdoor seating. The restaurant company partnered with the existing Good Liquid Brewery in Bradenton, which plans to produce craft beers, spirits and all kinds of imbibes, while the Tableseide team provides a more elevated menu than typically found at a bar. Proprietary beef, high-end steaks and range-fed chicken will come from the kitchen while bartenders serve a series of special cocktails in addition to what’s on tap. Guli expects an audience that’s young and hungry, but financially comfortable. An overlapping demographic is drawing Ibrahim Saad, president and CEO of Mancave for Men, to open a location in the new area. With a location already open at University Town Center, Mancave has an audience of customers who appreciate master barbers shaping their hair. “We are not just a barbershop,“ Saad said. “We have tailored our shops to be more for male wellness and style. We offer advice on thinning hair, color, vitamins, Injections and vitamin therapy to strengthen the hair and give our clients a young and styled look.”

So why Waterside? A native of the community, Saad said there’s an audience looking for high-end service in Lakewood Ranch that no longer wants to drive to Sarasota, Bradenton or even Tampa to find it. This pedestrian-focused shopping should attract that very clientele. “Although Waterside is new, it provides a new concept to the area,” he said. “Unfortunately Lakewood Ranch Main has lost its appeal throughout the years, and Waterside will be the new spot; it has the Lakewood Ranch ‘mojo.’ Out with the old, in with the new.” It’s not just attracting storefront businesses. SmithLaw managing partner Chris Smith plans to move his from a corporate park on Lakewood Ranch Boulevard to the posh new center. He expects that will attract more clients to his office doors. Lakewood Ranch Medical Group will also bring a professional class of worker and service into the area. Smith said his firm, which specializes in real estate and estate planning, can still pull in his loyal customers but also give a reason for a growing number of other professionals to come there for meetings and transactions.

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“Waterside has upscale mixed use, restaurants and shops,” he said. “It offers those nice options for employees and clients, who order take-out and grab a bite to eat. You can have coffee and do business at the same time.” Kilwins, a chocolate shop with more than 150 locations in the eastern U.S., will open a new location in a suite on Grand Shores Drive. Crop Juice, a vegan eatery with locations already open at Stickney Point and University Park, will open its third loction at Waterside for lovers of smoothies and spinach juice. Duck Donuts will frost pastries at its sixth Florida location. George Widunas, Duck Donuts Sarasota owner, sees promise in the location and a great place to sell the signature gourmet donuts. “By bringing Duck Donuts to Waterside Place, we’re hoping to deliver smiles and sprinkle happiness to those in the Sarasota

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community with our warm, delicious and made-to-order donut experience,” he said. “Waterside Place is set to be an exceptional family-friendly, regional destination, which allows Duck Donuts the opportunity to contribute to the continued growth of Lakewood Ranch.” O&A Coffee Supply, a small shop with an original location In Downtown Sarasota, will start pouring brew in Waterside soon. And the owners of JPAN Sushi & Grill, which already have one restaurant at University Town Center, will launch a whole new concept with Kore, offering up Korean barbecue in a community still cultivating dining options. As far as simple lifestyle choices, 3 Form Fitness has started taking membership applications for when it opens before year’s end, and already offers one-on-one consultations. There’s cultural amenities already in place, most notably the relocated Players Centre for Performing Arts.

When the center started taking tenants, well before the pandemic threw the world into disarray, a concerted effort went into curating a tenant mix different from offerings in the Ranch thus far. At the same time, the promise of the center seems clear to many of the business owners who know the Sarasota market well already and know the appetite that already exists in the marketplace. Mark Schlossberg, founder of Paint Nail Bar, started his national salon franchise in Sarasota and boasts locations in 14 states. In consulting with his most loyal fans, many for years begged for a Paint to open in Lakewood Ranch. “It’s pretty obvious it’s a wonderful place to us,” he said. Lakewood Ranch serves as home to many who value self care and want to develop a personal relationship with a service

provider. That’s practically the Paint business model for success. As for Waterside itself, the population density with mixed-use apartments and condo units means the location can draw from a large number of potential clients in a relatively small geographic area. At the same time, a proximity to I-75 means customers can get to Waterside quickly from a large area that can extend as far as Tampa Bay. “It’s analytics are stronger— stronger than in Sarasota in many ways,” he said. “There’s fewer snowbirds than in some areas. But we also did research and Schroeder-Manatee Ranch are just wonderful landlords.” “I should add that we live here. This is not all about cold hard numbers. We’re so deeply invested in our clientele. Our staff knows their birthdays and if their granddad just had surgery. ” LL

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DINING Another Broken Egg Café

A neighborhood favorite, Another Broken Egg offers breakfast and lunch. Get the Very French Toast topped with bananas, berries, walnuts, cinnamon and whipped cream for a sweet morning, and throw in a mango mimosa to make it even sweeter. Broken Egg offers two-forone specials on domestic beers and house wines on Friday a ernoons. Breakfast and lunch. 6115 Exchange Way, Lakewood Ranch, 941-388-6898, @anotherbrokenegg,

ATRIA Bread+Coffee

taco salads and enchiladas from the family recipe. 8126 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-9449, @ casamayalwr,

10719 Rodeo Dr., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-0400, @edstavernlwr,

Cra Growlers Tasting Room

The Granary

Check out the first cra beer and growler pub in Sarasota/Manatee. It is both a spot to purchase and fill 64- and 32-ounce growlers from 45 taps to take home with you, and a casual place to hang out and down a pint as well as delicious sandwiches, beer bites and shareable items. Its cra taps are filled with a wide array of brews, ranging from Belgian-style ales to ciders, IPAs and a big selection of Florida beers. 8141 Lakewood Main St., N103, Lakewood Ranch, 941-822-8131. @cra growlers2golwr, cra

ATRIA Bread + Coffee opened just last year with a focus on artisan sourdough breads made with whole grains. Using minimal ingredients, all bread loaves are milled in-house every morning for breakfast and lunch service and for full service catering which includes gourmet breadboard options, artisanal toasts and housemade spreads. The cafe itself encompasses a modern yet welcoming interior with specialty coffee and tea beverages, as well as baked pastry goods including muffins, cookies, scones and more.4120

DimSum King

Lakewood Ranch Blvd.,Bradenton, 941-751-1016,,

D’Lites dapples in keto-friendly and gluten-free ice cream for healthy lifestyles or food allergies. They serve three kinds of cream: D’Lites, a creamy so serve that is low in carbs, sugar and calories; LUV Nice Cream, a coconut milk-based ice cream; and LUV Artisan Ice Cream, a homemade ice cream made with organic ingredients. They also offer daily specials that you’ll have to taste to believe. 8209 Natures Way

Big Olaf Creamy

Take a stroll down Main Street and stop in this local favorite for a sweet treat. Formerly an Amish enterprise, the new owners’ commitment to quality can be found in every scoop of handmade Amare o Almond, Maple Walnut, Royal Banana Crunch, Bu er Pecan, Plantation Praline and more. Sugar-free options, sorbet and frozen yogurt are available as well. 8151 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-0151, @bigolafofficial,

Casa Maya Mexican Restaurant

Find authentic south-of-the-border flavors with a genuine Mayan emphasis at this casual dining locale. A Guadalajara favorite, signature molcajetes serve up steak, chicken, shrimp, scallops or fish in a heated volcanic stone, mixed with grilled onions, peppers and homemade salsa and fresh tortillas. Other specials include Mayan Fajitas,

nights and live music on weekends.

Conveniently located in the UTC area, DimSum King offers a delicious assortment of small, medium and large traditional Chinese dishes and, most famously, “dim sum all day,” as their mo o declares. With its comfortable atmosphere and expansive menu, this is the perfect spot for a family dinner, date night or anything in-between. 8194 Tourist Center Dr., Bradenton, 941-306-5848, ,

D’Lites Shoppe

#107, Lakewood Ranch, 941-362-2006,

Ed’s Tavern

The friendly, neighborhood sports bar—complete with a full menu and outdoor seating area, is right next door to the movie theater. Enjoy finger foods and classic bar bites with friends while watching the game, or take a date to the cinema and follow it up with everything from burgers and flatbreads to wings, chili and entrees like the Smoked Pulled Pork Pla er, Jumbo Shrimp and House Smoked Ribs. Don’t forget to explore the rotating taps, free-to-play trivia

Established in 2015, this local breakfast and lunch spot boasts a reputation to not disappoint. Serving traditional dishes with both modern and delicious twists, handcra ed caffeine, mimosas and a selection of pastries, there is something to enjoy any time of day. Whether you indulge in a decadent breakfast of pancakes or benedicts; or fish and chips, fresh salad, soup or a sandwich for lunch; there’s something here for everyone. Ideal for families and dog-friendly. 2547 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, 941-746-2000,,

Grove Restaurant

This latest offshoot from the restaurateurs behind the famed Pier 22 offers a wide variety of cuisine—all with a focus on locally-sourced and fresh ingredients. Seafood lovers will find their fill amongst Shrimp N’ Grits, Stuffed Lobster and Scallop Benedict, while those craving red meat can’t go wrong with the Roast Duckling, New Zealand Rack of Lamb or the Wild Game of the Day. Save room for dessert or an a er-dinner coffee or cocktail. 10670 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, 941-893-4321, @grove_lwr,

Hana Sushi Lounge

Roll up expecting an artful mix of raw and refined traditional Asian cuisine—and don’t leave disappointed. Say “Aloha” (shrimp, tempura, cream cheese, mango and coconut) to “Godzilla” (spicy tuna, asparagus, eel and avocado) and “King Kong” (shrimp tempura, kani, cream cheese, scallions, spicy tuna, eel and avocado) and leave feeling “Soul Good” (shrimp, cream cheese, avocado, asparagus, salmon and garlic). For those thinking outside the roll, check out the poke bowl selection and bento box specials. 8126 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-1290, @hanasushilounge,

Inkawasi Peruvian

Homestyle cooking in the Peruvian style brings ceviches, empanadas, yucca and more elements to the menu, as well as chifa--a culinary tradition fusing Cantonese Chinese

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with Peruvian food. The Tallarin Saltado, for example, unites wok-prepared Peruvian flame noodles with green onions, snow peas, peppers and napa cabbage, complete with chicken, beef or seafood. Our Amazonian fried rice is a dish you have to try, and the Lomo Saltado is a perfect mixture of two worlds. 10667 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, 941-360-1110, @inkawasiperuvianfood,

Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie

Like their Hillview location, Libby’s Neighborhood Brasserie in Lakewood Ranch plates lunch and dinner daily, and celebrates with weekend brunches. The locale stylishly serves seasonal New American cuisine with sides of excellent service. If their crispy brussel sprouts, joe’s meatballs, and kale caesar aren’t enough to sell you, some of their best bo les are available half off all day on Wine Wednesdays. 8445 Lorraine Rd., 941357-1570,

Lucky Pelican Bistro

Not only is this upscale seafood spot known for its iconic hot and cold selections--including a raw bar and fish market, and innovative specials-but its ambience is enough to make this fan favorite your local go-to for lunch, dinner or takeout. 6239 Lake Osprey Dr., Sarasota, 941-907-0589,

Main Street Tra oria

Find classic, Italian fine dining with an eye for artful presentation at this central hotspot. There is a bar serving Margherita Flatbread and Fried Ravioli, and casual favorites like the Meatball Sub and MST Burger. Or go full Italiano and order up the Pollo Milanese, Salmon Piccata, MST Gnocchi or Frui i Di Mare. 8131 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-1518, @mainstree ra oria, mstra

McGrath’s Irish Ale House

This neighborhood ale house offers the true taste of Ireland right here in Lakewood Ranch, where community is family. Patrons can enjoy a blend of traditional European family-inspired dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner in a contemporary atmosphere. Kick back with your loved ones for happy hour specials Monday through Friday, and let McGrath’s bring a li le piece of

Ireland to you. 8110 Lakewood Main St., Bradenton, 941-210-4398,

Nancy’s Bar-B-Q Lorraine Corners The hype is right. Only

Nancy prepares pork shoulder with her secret-recipe 14-ingredient dry rub, cooks it in a barbecue oven for more than 15 hours, and serves it up in a casual and friendly se ing (it’s not called Nancy’s for nothing). The only BBQ open every day, Nancy’s celebrates Free Friday Happy Hour Buffets, Family Meal Deals, and live music every Friday and Saturday night (and alternate Sundays). 10707 Rodeo Dr., Lakewood Ranch, 941-9221515, @officialpinchers, pinchersusa. com/lakewood-ranch-menu.

Pacific Counter

A fresh fusion of chef-inspired cuisine and cultures, serving up a mainland mix of coastal classics in the form of sushi bowls and burritos in a colorful, upbeat modern cafeteria space. Select your choice of sushi rice, brown rice, noodles or mixed greens for your base, add proteins such as salmon, Krab, tuna, BBQ or baked chicken, shrimp or vegan and vegetarian options and choose to “roll it” or “bowl it”. Pacific Counter is the passion project of three long time friends who wanted to bridge the gap between the West Coast and East Coast with counter creations— they opened their first brick and mortar location in St. Petersburg, FL — the Lakewood Ranch location is their second location.11581 E State Rd 70 #109, Bradenton, 941-739-8039.

Paris Bistrot

This family-owned-and-operated bistro serves traditional French cuisine, directly from “Grandma’s recipes books.” Signature menu staples remain the authentic French Onion Soup, Nicoise Salad, Foie Gras, and a vast variety of quiches and dessert crepes, with many chocolate, fruit and ice cream accoutrements. 8131 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-388-0564, @parisbistrotlwr,

Pinchers Crab Shack

Vibrant, handpainted signs and tropical parrots abound at this downto-earth seafood shack. Decide between a boatload of mussels or addictive crab-and-cheese dip with a kick to start off your meal. Load up on shrimp scampi with secret family spices or jumbo lump crab cakes,

before topping your meal off with homemade Key lime pie or a dreamy chocolate cake ice cream shake. 10707 Rodeo Dr., Lakewood Ranch, 941-922-1515, @officialpinchers,


The fast-growing Florida franchise is on a mission to bring fresh, whole foods, rooted in real ingredients. With a trendy, fast-casual approach, the modern hangout is a go-to for a healthful lunch of salads, wraps, bowls and cold-pressed juices. SoFresh is also a great option for diet-specific preferences, including vegan, vegetarian, keto, paleo and gluten-free. 11569 FL-70 #106, Bradenton, 941-769-9550, @welovesofresh, lakewood-ranch.

Speaks Clam Bar

With a secondary location on St. Armands, and having just announced a third in central St. Petersburg, it’s no wonder this local seafood spot is award-winning. While enjoying its vibrant bar scene and assortment of sea and land dishes, you’ll feel connected to Sarasota Bay without having to make the commute. 8764 East State Rd. 70, Lakewood Ranch, 941-232-7646,,

Station 400

This is the second location of this beloved brunch spot inspired by the quaint railroad depot building of the downtown “flagship” location. With a modern feel and the same chef-inspired cuisine, find the Station 400 locomotive circling above diners, along with an extensive menu of mainstay sandwiches, salads, pancakes, cereals and grains, omelets, baked goods and specialty mimosas. 8215 Lakewood Main St., Suite P103, Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-0648, @station400lwr, lwr-main-street.

Tandoor Fine Indian Cuisine

This authentic restaurant serves Sarasotans a traditional Indian dining experience in a laid-back atmosphere. Tandoor’s curry is based on an old family recipe, and they use only the finest ingredients to prepare dishes that are as healthy as they are delicious. Having catered to the community since 2001, they continue to offer dine-in lunch specials Tuesday through Sunday, 50 percent

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off all bo les on Tandoor Tuesday, and to-go lunch boxes. 8453 Cooper Creek Blvd., Bradenton, 941-926-3077,

Thai Spice & Sushi

Explore the authentic tastes of Thailand for lunch and dinner at this local favorite. Prepare your taste buds to experience an infusion of Thai flavors in the house-made curries and sauces, and an ever-changing variety of daily soups. Top off your meal with a slice of coconut cake (a family recipe). 8209 Natures Way #111, Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-4747, thaispiceoflakewoodranch@gmail. com,

Truman’s Tap and Grill

Established in 2021, Truman’s serves classic American eats in an inviting, warm atmosphere with a neighborhood feel. You can enjoy sports games over drinks at the bar or a casual meal in the restaurant dining room. This sizable tavern is open daily for lunch and dinner, and hosts Trivia on Tuesdays, half off all premium bo les of wine on Wednesdays, Bingo on Thursdays, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights. 11161 East State Rd. 70 #100, Lakewood Ranch, 941-755-1800,

Zenobia Mediterranean and Kebab Grill Toting an impressive

assortment of vegetarian appetizers, lunch specials and authentic dinner pla ers for the entire family, this Middle Eastern gem is guaranteed to satisfy your Mediterranean cravings with classics like falafel, baba ghanouj, house-made hummus and shawarma.

1857 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Bradenton, 941-900-2722,

SHOPPING/SPA Ana Molinari Salon & Spa

Stylists are awaiting your arrival at Ana Molinari’s Lakewood Ranch salon/spa boutique. The glamorous location is home to professional hairstylists, colorists, nail specialists, estheticians, makeup artists, eyelash artists and massage therapists. Ana’s also specializes in bridal hair and makeup and now is offering laser teeth whitening. The boutique carries very unique clothing and

jewelry. This glamorous salon/spa boutique boasts the ultimate spa experience for locals. You won’t regret treating yourself to an a ernoon at Ana Molinari. 8120 Lakewood Main St.

choice bouquet or celebrate with a seasonal collection, you can’t go wrong with the freshest flowers in Lakewood Ranch. 8111 Lakewood

#102, Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-3900,,

Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-5001000, fantasyflowerslwr@gmail. com,, 941-500-1000

Arts A Blaze

Fashion Trade Bo-Tique

Stop in anytime the artistic mood strikes and try your hand at painting po ery or check out the Kid’s Open Studio. Coming soon, they will have SmART Boxes for at-home projects. This all-inclusive art studio has the space and resources for po ery painting, group events, summer camp, birthday parties, and even off-site social and corporate events. 8111 Main St. #107, Lakewood Ranch, 941-306-5840, @artsablazelwr,

JD Barbary Shoppe

Whether you’re in the market for a traditional barbering experience or looking to invest in fine toiletries and fragrances, this family-owned neighborhood barber shop is the perfect spot for him. Their easyto-book haircut, beard and shave services are performed by skilled barbers experienced in the tonsorial arts. 8111 Lakewood Main St. #104, Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-6068,

Bows and Arrows Boutique

From everyday fashion rooted in southern style to college “game day” a ire and accessories, this women’s boutique has an avid following of young trendse ers and local fashionistas of Florida state colleges and universities. 5275 University Pkwy.,

A trendy resale boutique specializing in both new and gently-used, “preloved” clothing, shoes, handbags and accessories. This new one-stop consignment shop is great for favorited brand-name labels, discounted up to 70 percent off their original mall retail prices. 8734 East State Rd. 70, Bradenton, 941-216-3660, @fashiontradebotique,

Fine Wine & Tastings on Main

Different from large chain liquor stores, this boutique wine shop offers a selection of “hard to get” international and domestic wines by the glass, as well as a huge inventory of 350-plus wines from more than 15 countries, with a focus on small and limited-production wineries. 8111 Lakewood Main St., Unit J105, Lakewood Ranch, 941-355-4718, @ finewineonmain, finewineand

INfluence Style

This is the second location for the renowned St. Armands Circle modern clothing boutique. Find the same upscale, fashion-forward trends and basic wardrobe essentials with high-quality threads and coveted brand names. .8141 Lakewood Main

Suite #133, Bradenton, 941-210-7158.

St. Unit N-102, Lakewood Ranch, 941-351-9218, @influencestylelwr,

EPIC Home Décor

Integrity Sound

This stylish home goods store offers an affordable variety of everything you need to turn your house into a home. From a range of living room accessories and furniture to decorative throw pillows and wall art, EPIC Home Decor makes it easy for locals to personalize their spaces. 10671 Boardwalk Loop, Lakewood Ranch, 941-210-4713, epichomedecorfl@,

Fantasy Flowers of Lakewood Ranch Stop into this Main Street

staple or simply order online to make someone’s day with a renowned flower arrangement. Whether you’re looking to impress with a designer’s

As the area’s premier audio and video media specialists, Integrity Sound offers high-quality products and programs, as well as various sound, networking, home automation, surveillance and installation services. 8111 Lakewood Main St. #103, Lakewood Ranch, 941-360-2412,,

Knot Awl Beads

This full-service bead shop is your source for everything bead-related. There are Swarovski® crystals, semi-precious gemstones, pearls, natural elements, Czech glass, sterling silver, Bali silver, Precious

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GET YOUR LEARNING ON Metal Clay (PMC), and sterling silver sheet and wire in most gauges. The store also carries findings, beading wire, leather, silversmithing tools and unique beaded jewelry. 8111 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-8335, @knotawlbeads,

Naples Soap Co.

Stop into this fun, coastal-inspired, upscale boutique to find premium quality skin and hair care products made with natural and organic ingredients. Naples Soap offers a wide variety of tropical-scented and fragrance-free body bu ers, bath bombs, cleansers, serums and so much more. Everything you need for ongoing self-care or that coveted gi for a friend. 8130 Lakewood Main St., Suite #101, Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-0870, @naplessoap,

Vanessa Fine Jewelry

Specializing in custom-designed and one-of-a-kind pieces, this fine jewelry showroom features world-renowned designs from manufacturers like Kabana, S. Kashi & Sons, Frederic Sage, Breuning, Elma Gil, Denny Wong, MarahLago and Yanni B. The onsite repair shop can also handle all of your jewelry and watch repair needs. 8131 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-373-6311, @ vanessafinejewelry,

Village Bikes

This is the second location of the family-owned Sarasota bicycle and repair shop. Find a full assortment of bicycles and cycling accessories, including bike helmets, saddles/ seat posts, pedals and shoes, cycle clothing, lights, computers, and bicycle cleaning and repair equipment. The locale carries quality brands such as Specialized, Kask, SRAM, Hincape, Shimano, Cateye, Garmin, and other top manufacturers of bike equipment. 8111 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-3880550, @villagebikesfl, villagebikes. com.

Wish Boutique

A boutique shop offering women’s fashion, accessories, home decor and unique gi s with delightful service. From quirky finds to stylish brands, this shopping gem can help you find the perfect wardrobe piece or gi for any occasion. 257 North Ca lemen Rd., 941-907-9125,


An independent, nonprofit, international, college-preparatory Montessori school, NewGate serves students on campuses in Sarasota (infants to sixth grade) and Lakewood Ranch (seventh to 12th grades) and virtually (first to 12th grades) through the Global Campus elearning program. NewGate offers the International Baccalaureate (I.B.) diploma program. We strive to inspire academic excellence, giving students an opportunity to find their voice by engaging in research and discourse on topics that affect the wellbeing of humanity. Our Montessori- and I.B.-trained faculty ignite the curiosity of young minds, helping them acquire trans-disciplinary knowledge and develop critical thinking skills. Our goal for our graduates: Become someone who can think for themselves, think of others, and think out-of-the-box...someone who will make a difference in the world. 5481 Communications Pkwy., Lakewood Ranch, 941-922-4949, @ newgate_school,

Out-of-Door Academy

The Out-of-Door Academy (ODA) is an independent, college preparatory school educating students from pre-kindergarten to grade 12 at two campuses in Sarasota. Students in preschool to grade 12 achieve high academic goals and build character through a balanced program of academics, athletics and the arts. Using a student-centered educational philosophy, ODA prepares students for college and for life. Each year, 100 percent of ODA graduates are accepted to four-year colleges and universities across the country. 5950 Deer Dr., Sarasota, 941-554-3400, @ oda_thunder,

explore interests and share their talents in STEM, animal sciences and the arts. The Pinnacle faculty specializes in research-based instructional approaches, including Orton-Gillingham and multi-sensory mathematics. Small class sizes and a customized education support students with the inspiration and opportunity to learn and achieve at their highest potential. 6215 Lorraine Rd., Bradenton, 941-755-1400,

Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School

Situated on a fully gated, 35-acre campus, St. Stephens ranks among the top independent college preparatory schools in the nation, providing education for students in grades pre-K3 through 12. Students are nurtured in small classes, with faculty who help them navigate a balanced curriculum of academic rigor and character development. A wide variety of customized curricular and extracurricular experiences are offered, as well as a strong college counseling program. A state-of-the-art athletic complex hosts sporting events including football, soccer, track and field, lacrosse, baseball, so ball and tennis. 315 41st St. W, Bradenton, 941-746-2121,


Ge ing kids to code consistently throughout the year is the only way they’ll really learn to code. TheCoderSchool’s flagship program, Code Coaching®, combines a super-small teaching ratio of typically 2:1 or 1:1 with individualized curriculum so kids of all ages and skill levels are able to move at their own pace, doing things that interest them most. Sessions run one or two hours a week (your choice), at the same time every week on a schedule either in-person or remotely 6293 Lake Osprey Dr, Sarasota, 941-355-2633.


The Pinnacle Academy

Established in 2001, The Pinnacle Academy is dedicated to understanding and educating students who have language-based learning differences. In small classes, instruction is differentiated to meet every student’s needs and personal learning styles. With an emphasis on strength-based education, students have opportunities to

Classic Car Show

Cruise over to Main Street on the first Wednesday of each month, beginning again in October, for the Classic Car Show. A celebration of “The Cars of the Past Show,” the event invites you to bring your car, truck or anything on wheels. All are welcome to participate for just $10 per vehicle,

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GET YOUR ACTIVITIES ON and there are no restrictions on year, make or model. Food, music, prizes and the thunderous roar of engines are all part of the fun. 8131 Lakewood Main St. Lakewood Ranch, 941-3711061,

Community Bike Ride

On the third Saturday of each month (October to March) at 8 a.m., join your Lakewood Ranch Ambassador Greg Spring for a 10-mile, one-hour casual bike ride through Lakewood Ranch. Meet at the fountains on Main Street. This is a great way to see the Ranch. Don’t forget to bring your helmet. 8131 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-6000, @lakewoodranchfla,

Community Nature Walk

On the second Saturday of each month (October to March) at 8 a.m., join your Lakewood Ranch Ambassador Greg Spring, for a two-mile, one-hour nature walk on some of the trails in Lakewood Ranch. We will meet at the Pavilion at the Greenbrook Adventure Park. You will be amazed at all of the nature you will see. 13010 Adventure Place, Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-6000, @lakewoodranchfla,

Culinary Innovation Lab at USF

The Culinary Innovation Lab, as a home for the School of Hospitality & Tourism Management in the College of Business at the University of South Florida, acts as a state-of-the-art teaching facility where our community can engage with the program and a end special events. 8130 Lakewood Main St. #104, Lakewood Ranch, 941-388-8977, or gcolpi,

experience this curated gathering of the best flavors in the region, including fresh produce, meat, artisanal bread, handcra ed jewelry and art, and prepared foods from 50-plus vendors. The event is every Sunday, year-round, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will be moving to Waterside Place later in 2021.. 8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch, on Instagram @ themarketlwr and on Facebook @FarmersMarketLWR,

Lakewood Ranch Cinemas

Offering both first-run and indie movies as an integral part of the Sarasota Film Society, Lakewood Ranch Cinemas is an unmatched theater experience. Stop by to enjoy a selection of refreshments from the concession or cafe and a film of your choice in the comfort of a modern auditorium..

Dr., Lakewood Ranch, 941-306-5891, @ thefishholeminigolf.

Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch Sundays start fresh at the

Farmers’ Market at Lakewood Ranch, located in the parking lot of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. Come

Ranch Business Alliance has served the Lakewood Ranch business community as the go-to membership organization for companies to network and gain professional and personal growth. The Alliance’s tagline, “The Power of Connection,” comes across in everything the team does--from connecting you and your business to potential clients, to connecting you with the tools and resources you need to grow your business. .8430

Enterprise Cir., #140, Lakewood Ranch., 941-757-1664,


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Let’s Create Art

This local art center provides specialized art classes and workshops for the whole family to enjoy. With pick-and-paint sessions seven days a week, it has never been easier to channel your inner artist.. 8111 Lakewood Main St. #102, Lakewood Ranch, 941-361-1491,,

My Pampered Pet Spa

If you’ve been searching for an experienced groomer for your favorite furry friend, look no further. My Pampered Pet Spa offers a variety of services in a home-like environment and is a cage-free establishment for the comfort of your pet.. 8131 Lakewood Main St. #105, Bradenton, 941-210-4444,

The Fish Hole Miniature Golf

The Fish Hole is a miniature golf course with two beautiful locations in Bradenton Beach and Lakewood Ranch. Both courses are unique, with a ractions such as misters to keep you cool, a 30,000-gallon pond filled with koi of all sizes and colors, and native Florida plants. Take advantage of party packages, coupons and seasonal promotions. 10725 Rodeo

Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance Since 2005, the Lakewood


As a collaborative work environment, Cowork LWR gives members the opportunity to grow their businesses through use of conference and training rooms, podcasting studios, a coffee bar, postal mail management and a virtual receptionist. 8130 Lakewood Main St #103, Lakewood Ranch, 941-322-7199,,

Athletic Edge Sports Athletic Edge Sports--an 8,500-squarefoot private training center for elite amateur and professional athletes--is equipped with a speed and agility area, treadmills, strength equipment, yoga and pilates rooms, a team meeting and video room, as well as an athletes’ lounge and sports medicine room. .8134 Lakewood Main St., Bradenton, 941-907-3414, info@,

Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club Featuring two award-winning

clubhouses, fine dining, three golf courses, a state-of-the-art golf academy, 20 tennis courts, 12 pickleball courts, and a fitness and aquatics center, Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club is redefining the country club experience. Regardless of their reason for joining, members gain new experiences, a sense of community and traditions. .7650 Legacy Blvd.,

Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-4700, wayne.,

Premier Sports Campus The 140

acres with 23 mixed-use fields that make up this sports campus come equipped with onsite concession stands, lighted fields, stadium seating, and training rooms that are perfect for sports programs and camps (as well as tournaments and training).

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LIKE THE HEARTY AROMA LURING PATRONS INTO A BAKERY, the growing culinary scene in Lakewood

Ranch draws some of Sarasota’s top restaurateurs out east. Diner favorites in the region will set the table soon, if they haven’t done so already, in new locations. All of the restaurateurs have for years relied upon customers from Lakewood Ranch to fill their reservation lists, and now the diners have a chance to order their favorite dishes at restaurants a few minutes from their home rather than traveling downtown or further. Management from JPAN, Owen’s Fish Camp, Selva Grill and Tsunami Sushi & Hibachi Grill see an eagerness for their wares and a hunger for their menu options that must be fed. “Our customers have been begging for it,” says Samuel Ray, co-proprietor of Tsunami Sushi and Hibachi Grill. “You have to go with what the people want.” Tsunami, a Downtown Sarasota stable, will open a second location at The Green at Lakewood Ranch on State Road 70. Ray says the company has wanted to expand for some time. In addition to bringing sushi offerings east of Interstate-75, the new establishment will serve as a nightlife entertainment venue. Ray says the first floor of the restaurant will have a dine-in, casual dining restaurant and a menu like that in Sarasota, but there will then be a 16-foot aquarium separating the main dining room from a full liquor bar on the other side. Then on the second floor, another bar will pour drinks in a space with room for a live band. “It’s almost three restaurants in one,” Ray says.It’s not the only establishment that aims to raise the game in Lakewood Ranch and enticing guests with a full venue as much as a beloved menu. Owen’s Fish Camp, a Sarasota hotspot named for Sarasota founding father Owen Burns, will open as part of a CASTO project on University Parkway. Co-proprietor Paul Caragiulo said the restaurant for years has looked for a place to expand, but it took the right mix of finding the perfect development partner in a prime location to take the step of hanging a second shingle.

Above left to right: Selva of University Town Center, JPAN of University Town Center, courtesy of the restaurants.

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“Working with CASTO and with (company president) Brent Hutchens, we had someone who is familiar with our concept and wants to integrate into their development plan,” he says. The freestanding restaurant will be similar to the original Owen’s in Sarasota with many of the seafood and cocktail recipes making the trip to the Ranch. The Caragiulo family plans to take advantage of a lakeside location and offer waterfront dining. Some grand trees will be planted in the space. “We have a little rule—we wouldn’t want to create any places we wouldn’t want to hang out in ourselves,” Caragiulo said. The owners of JPAN, which has locations in Siesta Key and University Park, plan to open a new concept in Kore. At Waterside Place, the restaurant introduces Korean barbeque into the landscape. Chris Makpedua, now general manager of JPAN’s University Park location, says the new restaurant will employ techniques unseen in this market and delight diners. “We will have a grill in the middle to cook in front of you, but our ventilation is from the bottom,” he says. “Normally barbeque is very smoky, but this one is different. It’s built to suck it out through the bottom. That way you can wear something nice and not come out smelling like smoke.” Korê, too, will incorporate live music into its experience. In addition to drawing customers from a Lakewood Ranch crowd already familiar with JPAN’s reputation, Makpedua predicts the restaurant will attract many people from Sarasota and Manatee counties to make the trek to the Ranch and enjoy the new dining options. Giuseppe “Peppe” del Sole, from the Napule restaurant in

Sarasota has lived in the University Park area for the last four years. He saw an opportunity with the opening of Waterside Place to bring Italian cuisine to the Ranch. Now the chef will open Osteria 500, the latest restaurant announced in the new center. “The bread, pasta, gnocchi, ravioli, dessert, everything is going to be made in the restaurant,” he said. “And we will have a beautiful cocktail bar with wines, a beautiful patio.” The location seemed attractive because of the waterfront. Del Sole just came home from a trip to Italy where he shopped for furniture representative of his homeland to add to the atmosphere of the new restaurant. And Selva Grill has already started serving the Lakewood Ranch crowd at its location at University Town Center. “I had been looking for a second location for a very long time,” said co-proprietor Jeremy Osment. He initially expected to open a second Selva somewhere near Tampa. But when he saw the Benderson Development-made space available just outside the Ranch, it seemed too perfect to take a pass. He abandoned negotiations on a lease in Hillsborough. “Lakewood Ranch has slowly been becoming its own market separate from Sarasota,” says Osment. “It’s been doing great.” Part of the appeal of the Ranch, he said, is that independently owned restaurants have just now started to find a place in the community, but there’s an audience of affluent foodies anxious for the options. “It is important that we are part of a scene, and not on an island,” Osment said. Opening up in a commercially vibrant area guarantees traffic through the doors. LL

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LET’S HEAR MORE ABOUT THE ADVANCES YOU HAVE BROUGHT TO OUR REGION AND YOUR PATIENTS IN TREATING PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY. HOW DID YOU GET INTO THE NATURAL HEALTH FIELD? DR. LAURA SWAIM: It starts with our careers as athletes. We met in undergrad, and we both decided that natural health was the field that we wanted to pursue our careers in. We ended up going to natural health school together. Logan was a year ahead of me, and so he pursued his master’s in sports health science as well. He’s an overachiever. We started our practice to help people overcome back pain, knee pain, headaches/ migraines, joint pain, and neck pain, even adjustments, by evaluating the nerves throughout your entire body. At first, we expected to see a lot of athletes and

pregnant mamas, but we found that there was a tremendous need among neuropathy patients. Dr. Logan also then became board certified in neuropathy. DR. LOGAN SWAIM: I love taking care of our patients. Adding an advanced certification in pediatrics allows us to see the entire family. I joke all the time that I think our moms are some of the best athletes that we have in the office; being pregnant is far more strenuous than anyone could ever imagine. I love taking care of them. Along the way, we found that neuropathy patients really could not get answers for their conditions from the traditional model. The antiquated model of drugs and surgery was simply masking the symptoms, not addressing the underlying issue. Quality of life begins to go down, especially in the older


generation--the baby boomers. Peripheral neuropathy has over 100 different causes, and solutions can be found in everything from nutrition to home care. With our patients, we spend time, we sit down and actually figure out what’s going on--not just how it’s affecting their life today, but how it’s affecting their life in the future. A lot of the time, people just need that conversation. They don’t feel like they’re being heard. Then we can give them a plan of action and the comfort that they have somebody to walk with in their journey. When you come in, we’re taking care of you as if you’re one of our relatives; we want the best for you. What do we need to address? You don’t want to be on this medication? You want to regain mobility? We develop steps that we can work on with your medical doctor or prescribing physician.

Sometimes, people come in and they’ve been to their medical doctor and they’ve described the numbness in their hands or pain in their feet and they feel like it got dismissed. Well, that is peripheral neuropathy, and there are underlying causes. WHAT IS PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY AND WHY IS IT SO HARD FOR TRADITIONAL MEDICINE TO MANAGE IT? DR. LOGAN SWAIM: Peripheral neuropathy is a condition of nerve damage, typically to the hands and feet. We actually look at it as a sign of decreased blood flow, or nerve flow, or other causes. People often think these symptoms are simply diabetes, and that’s possible, but so often we find it’s something else--something we can treat. It can be an infection, inherited diseases, toxins, cancer chemo-



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ABOUT THE PARTICIPANTS DR. LOGAN W. SWAIM is a board-certified neuropathy specialist who, together with his wife, Dr. Laura S. Swaim, own a family ran practice that is commi ed to delivering results for people to reverse their neuropathy naturally. Dr. Logan brings a tremendous amount of compassion and dedication to every patient he treats and provides care for all ages. He is proud of his knowledge and focus on natural health, wellness and prevention. Dr. Logan completed his training at Gardner-Webb University (B.S. in Biology), Life University (Doctor of Chiropractic and Master’s degree in Sport Health Science) and American College of Physical Medicine (Board Certification in Neuropathy). He is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, ICPA and is Advanced Certified Proficient in Torque Release Technique (TRT). Dr. Logan W. Swaim is currently in the process of becoming an Author and will soon be releasing his book on how to reverse neuropathy naturally. DR. LAURA S. SWAIM is a Doctor of Chiropractic and is Certified in Webster’s Technique, through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, ICPA, which she is also a member of. From a young age, care and compassion, and a love of serving was ingrained in her. She enjoys working with children, adults, and families. Dr. Laura earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at Gardner-Webb University. She received her Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Life University, and graduated Cum Laude. She has extensive clinical post-graduate training in pediatrics and pregnant women. Her knowledge and experience working with pregnant women and children allow her to provide the highest quality care. Dr. Laura is also Certified Advanced Proficient in Torque Release Technique and Auriculotherapy.

therapy and more. There are so many patients, all with these similar symptoms: numbness and burning in the feet and the hands, a tingling sensation, the feeling of wearing socks or walking on rocks, and, probably the biggest one and the one that impacts them the most, is loss of coordination and balance. We see individuals in their fifties, sixties, seventies and, unfortunately, fall risks are prevalent. And neuropathy is a contributing factor. They don’t have the balance, and that can lead to falls, and falls can lead to broken hips or broken knees that could be the end of somebody’s quality of life. The nerve damage that actually takes place needs to be reversed. And part of the treatment model is to be able to actually reverse that naturally to regrow and retrain those new nerves. Think of a wilting plant—you need to give it water, nutrients and sunlight. And all of that comes into what we do in the office, how do we provide those things that your body needs: the water, and the nutrients to regrow and regenerate. We sometimes get some people in the office where it may have gone too far. And unfortunately, there’s not really much we can do once the nerves are basically dead. We want to get to people in time to reverse the conditions. TELL ME MORE ABOUT REGROWING NERVES. I UNDERSTOOD THAT MOST NERVES ARE UNABLE TO REGROW? DR. LOGAN SWAIM: That’s a misunderstanding. Actually, your brain is one of the only areas where your nerves cannot regrow. That is why brain damage is so detrimental. The term angiogenesis is the actual term for that regrowing. This is a common practice; for example, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America

actually use one of the devices that we use in the office because they know that chemotherapy is phenomenal for attacking cancer, but it also destroys some positive things in the process. They use the device we have to help regrow and reeducate those nerves. It is actually possible to do that—to reverse peripheral neuropathy and some of the small fine nerves and big nerves in the hands and feet. It doesn’t happen overnight (sometimes the nerves are too far gone) but it can. We’ve seen it happen. DR. LAURA SWAIM: I’m not surprised that you didn’t know that that process could occur. Much of the population thinks the same way and that’s why they assume, “I’m going to have to live with this,” but we’re here to tell you you don’t. And, in fact, you need to come in as soon as you’re starting to feel that numbness and tingling sensation so that we can start reversing it as soon as possible. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS THAT ARE THE EARLY WARNING SIGNS? DR. LAURA SWAIM: Numbness, tingling, burning and the sensation of wearing socks. A lot of our practice members can’t sleep at night because they just feel like their feet are on fire. One that I’ve seen recently is loss of coordination. These individuals want to be independent as long as possible and they can’t feel the bottoms of their feet. DR. LOGAN SWAIM: And it’s so much more than that. When we look at swelling issues, constipation, diarrhea, bladder dysfunction—all of these are warning signs. The body is so complex, it gives us so many different warning signs, but you wouldn’t think how sleep problems or bladder dysfunction would associate with peripheral neuropathy. They all could

be warnings about your body. Depression is probably one of the more difficult ones; it’s one part of your health—your mental, physical, social and spiritual wellbeing. What about the environment that we live in today? Is the depression coming from something external or is it because you hurt 24/7? That can be a depressing thought. I had a gentleman come in yesterday, and what encompasses his whole world right now is that he’s been in pain for too long. It’s affecting his marriage. And you could tell that tension (his wife was with him in the room) in the air was palpable—just that they were at their wit’s end. And they’ve been together for 50 years, but it’s one of those things that, at this point, they don’t really care to be in the same room in the same building together because of what he’s dealing with. And it affects every aspect of his life. WE HEAR MORE AND MORE ABOUT THE ADDITIONAL IMPACTS OF CHRONIC PAIN. THE COST TO THE SUFFERER IS MORE THAN JUST ABOUT THE PAIN ITSELF. DR. LOGAN SWAIM: Chronic pain accounts for more than 20 percent of all doctor’s visits today, and that is significant. It’s heartbreaking to see it--the traditional medical approach can do well in managing some of those symptoms, but too often they are not fixing the underlying causes. Gabapentin is a very commonly prescribed medication currently. The upper limits are 300 to 600 milligrams per day, and that is a lot, but I have (in the last two weeks) seen 900 and even 2,700 milligrams prescribed per day. That medicine was originally designed for seizures as a seizure medication. It dampens the nerves, but when prescribed off

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label for things like neuropathy, you have to keep taking more and more to deaden the nerves to just deal with the pain. That’s not the best course of action in adjusting that because we know it also destroys internal organs. What is the trade-off ? DR. LAURA SWAIM: We have had dads who, after treatment, were able to walk their daughters down the aisle and they never thought it was possible. It’s the sweetest thing. For whatever reason, when people are diagnosed with neuropathy, they think it’s the end of the road for them. To know that there is something natural for them where we can reverse it—they just have no idea. There is another option. There is hope. DR. LOGAN SWAIM: We judge our success rate at 95 percent. The treatments have proven their worth time and time again. It takes a real partnership between us and the patient. This is an active participation in their health that they need to be a part of. They need to be committed 100 percent. And a bit of that process is making sure that they understand what that commitment looks like on our end and on their end. That way, our relationship moves forward the best that it possibly can. WHAT WOULD PEOPLE EXPECT TO EXPERIENCE IN TERMS OF THE PROCESS FOR TREATMENT? DR. LOGAN SWAIM: Unfortunately, there is no one answer. We have to look for root causes in the body structurally, neurologically and metabolically. What can we do in the office to benefit the patient? What do they need to do as far as home care? Is there a metabolic or nutritional component? We have a low-level light therapy to encourage nerve reeducation. We know how important nitric oxide production

is for the angiogenesis or that regrowing of nerves and blood vessels because, as nerves die off, the reason is they don’t have proper nerve flow or proper blood flow. That’s all extremely important. And blood flow is ultimately the name of the game; we want to address those issues. Because of nerves and blood vessels dying off, we lose that circulation. If there is a structural issue, well, again, 60 percent of people with the signs and symptoms have low back pain, so I’m going to look at the spine and say, “Okay, are there some components there?” Because, if all we do is address one of those, well, the other contributing factor is just going to lead back in. But then, obviously, each piece is going to be unique to that individual coming in and as they progress through care. DR. LAURA SWAIM: We try to educate people, and so a lot of people find us from seminars that we host. We need to meet the potential clients. This has to be a good fit for them and to be a good fit for us. We actually put out many different avenues as far as being able to meet the community where they’re at. When we look at community events, things that we do in the office, our community givebacks . . . .all that stuff ties in because we want to be able to meet the community. Partnering with Big Brothers Big Sisters or Mothers Helping Mothers is a huge part of what we do. There are so many people that we can help out there; we just need to find each other. I want to be an anchor for the community to rely on, to be a source of knowledge and understanding. If we do that in multiple different ways, then we can really take them and meet them, whether it’s a $49 deal, whether it’s a free seminar to come in and learn about what’s going on, whether it’s just coming into the office and just

meeting us, getting a tour of the office . . . we want to be that resource in the community. I actually think that there’s a lack of knowledge and understanding of people’s health and what they’re dealing with. IT SOUNDS LIKE YOU HAVE FOUND QUITE A HOME IN LAKEWOOD RANCH. DR. LAURA SWAIM: I’m excited to talk about Lakewood Ranch. I’m very passionate about where we live. We traveled the country, started narrowing down cities and states, and Florida was on the short list. It’s beautiful here. Why not? But we didn’t know exactly where and got off the interstate at University Parkway, Exit 213. And when you go east, it isn’t that far where you see a cow pasture. And we’re like, how cool is this? We’re already in the country. But also, our grocery store was right there. Everything was just right there— that feeling you got of a small town (vibrant people were walking, running, biking, and there were events happening). It was just a thriving community. A lot of people think you go to Florida to retire. We saw these young families. We just knew that this was the place. For us, our five values are ICCCF: you have Integrity, Communication, Community, Commitment and Faith. It speaks to our ability to meet the community where they need us. We’ve done food drives. The military care package was awesome. I don’t know how many care packages we shipped overseas; it had to be close to 200. That was amazing. We’ve done clothing drives. We all want what’s best for our community, and hope our peers see these opportunities too. You really need to know the people that work, live and play here, be involved in your community and see what this community

is about. As we have evolved in this community, everyone is like a family. Lakewood Ranch is just like a big family, wherever you go. If it’s a local Publix, you always run into someone, ‘cause it’s that small-town feel. People think Florida and think retirement, but Lakewood Ranch is different. I just see young families thriving in health and happiness here. DR. LOGAN SWAIM: I love that aspect of the focus on health and happiness. I wake up every day just excited to help people. There’s,a lot of need in the community and people are looking for answers, and Dr. Google is not always the best place to do that. And so, we want to be that anchor—to truly be a place that wants and needs health. We’re already one of the fastest-growing communities in the country. People are moving here and, to be that resource, to be that anchor for their health just means the world to me. It’s why I wake up every day excited for that potential—to know that we can raise a healthier generation naturally, that we can fix problems that we’ve been dealing with for a long time. LL

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A.M. Nosh RUMORED TO BE THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY, breakfast kick-starts our stomachs into action first thing in the morning and gets us ready to go. Getting up early can be a hardsell for late sleepers or those in love with their snooze button, but what better excuse is there to get out from under the covers than towering pancakes or waffles laden with fresh whipped cream and berries? It’s almost better than a dream. For those of us who needed a little extra oomph to say “rise and shine,” Lakewood Ranch has a hit-list of spots to start your day, ranging from authentic Parisian crepes and breakfast burgers to hand-kneaded, house-cultured artisan breads.

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Libby’s Lakewood Ranch is a seasonal New American cuisine served in a stylish space with a copper bar & outdoor dining. Serving up brunch on the weekends, stop by for some creative twists on classic favorites such as their S’Mores or Bananas Foster French Toast. Their Brunch Burger features everything from apple-wood smoked bacon to gruyere cheese and cayenne spiced vermont maple syrup. The perfect weekend treat. Libby’s is open for weekend brunch Saturday and Sunday 11am-3pm. 8445 Lorraine Rd, Sarasota, 941-357-1570, libbysneighbor Another Broken Egg Cafe has a menu loaded with fresh ingredients and creative recipes across a wide variety of breakfast classics, memorable brunch dishes and lunchtime favorites. The location was designed to feel like a casual getaway, serving up a generous side of family, friends and friendly service. Another Broken Egg Cafe is open daily from 7 am to 2 pm. 6115 Exchange Way, Lakewood Ranch, 941-388-6898, Keke’s Breakfast Cafe is dedicated to providing an outstanding breakfast— a meal where everything is handmade, using the best ingredients available, with fresh fruits and vegetables that are delivered daily, and the highest-quality bread and dairy products. An outstanding breakfast experience is not measured by food alone. Staff and a friendly atmosphere make a guest’s overall experience even that much better. Satisfaction is the goal--to give guests an exceptional experience from the moment they walk in the doors until the moment they leave. Keke’s Breakfast Cafe is open daily from 7 am to 2:30 pm. 11633 State Road 70 E, Bradenton, 941-739-6555,

GROVE Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom is a fine-casual restaurant, GROVE specializes in a wide-ranging selection of house-made meals served in several distinct dining areas giving guests a choice of cuisine and scene. The restaurant draws its name from the acres of great evergreen that have long provided an idyllic existence for those living and visiting the Lakewood Ranch area. The pine found in their logo embodies elements of our values including heart, balance and spirit. GROVE is open Monday to Thursday 11:30am - 10pm, Friday 11:30am - 10:30pm, Saturday 8am - 10:30pm and Sunday 8am - 10pm. 10670 Boardwalk Loop Lakewood Ranch, 941-893-4321, Station 400 is a local family-owned-andoperated breakfast and lunch restaurant-offering chef-driven menu options with the best local ingredients, and always above-andbeyond service from a dedicated team. The Lakewood Ranch location is inspired by the quaint railroad depot building of the downtown flagship location, with a modern feel and the same chef-inspired cuisine. Station 400 is open daily 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 8215 Lakewood Main Street Suite P103, Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-0648,

The Granary takes its name from an old mill that would traditionally store grain. Guests are able to order breakfast and lunch all day with the menu offering traditional favorites with a modern twist. Continuing “The Granary ‘’ theme, the menu offers a wide variety of breads from thick country white to marble rye, multigrain baguettes to gluten free buns. A feature they feel gives customers the choice to have a sandwich made the way they want on the bread they crave that day. The Granary is open Tuesday to Saturday 7:30am - 2:45pm and Sunday 8am - 2:45pm. 2547 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, 941-746-2000, ATRIA Cafe is a local cafe of artisan sourdough bread made with whole grains milled in-house with seasonal ingredients in addition to specialty coffee, beverages, breakfast and lunch. The bread is transformed by the people who bake it with passion and integrity. Transformed over time by a balanced community of living culture it’s a simple recipe for enduring quality. Atria is open Tues - Sunday 8am - 3pm. 4120 Lakewood Ranch Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, 941-7511016, LL

Paris Bistrot is offering crêpes at breakfast, this cozy bistro serves classic Their ‘Breakfast Corner’ menu is dishing out Parisian classics like buckwheat crepes and croissants with strawberry jam. Savory choices are also offered, but all come with requisite French crepe. With over 30 fillings to chose from there’s something for everyone at Paris Bistrot in the mornings. 8131 Lakewood Main St, Ste 103, Lakewood Ranch, 941-388-0564,

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Paws on the Ranch IT’S HARD TO PUT INTO WORDS WHAT OUR PETS MEAN TO US. It doesn’t matter what breed or age, where we find them or how we find them—they become part of you and your home. You love them hard, and they love you back even harder. Well, cats might be another matter, but as long as we feed them, right? Through thick and thin, pets forever remain a powerful symbol of family and loyalty and emotional support. So, why not treat them with the best? Lakewood Ranch is no stranger to local animal-loving/supporting services—including pet boarding and spas, animal clinics/hospitals, specialized pet supply shops and boutiques, adoption centers and more. If you’re in the market for a new furry family member, or looking for stellar care for your current one, head over to LWR for all your wet-nosed companions’ needs.

PET RESORTS | BOARDING Bayside Pet Resort pet care teams are comprised of compassionate, highly trained and friendly local folks truly vested in the well-being of your pet. Knowing you and your pet have unique personality traits and preferences, they invest the necessary time to learn about you both and to provide the best possible experience. In addition to amenities like customized itineraries and maid service, Bayside’s guests receive a multi-point health inspection daily from supervisory staff. At check-out, they’ll give you a full report of your pet’s stay including details about their personality and behavior, feeding and


potty habits, and who or what they enjoyed most. As an award-winning pet resort, opportunities for recreation and socialization are abound, and pets leave so pampered, you wish you could have stayed too. 15117 Garnet Trl., Lakewood Ranch,941-755-3047,, @ baysidepetresort. Woofdorf Astoria, a beautiful pet resort and spa that specializes in dog daycare and dog boarding. Woofdorf Astoria is centrally located to serve Lakewood Ranch and the surrounding communities. Offering 24/7, 365 days a year care, their expert staff are always alert and watching your beloved furry friend. Equipped with expansive boarding suites so your dog gets total vacation

vibes, and with group play in session daily, your dog will be jumping for joy during his/her entire stay. 10615 Technology Terrace #104, Bradenton, 941-225-2664,, @ wooflakewoodranch. Glad Wags, locally owned and operated, Glad Wags’ offers in-home pet care 365 days a year. Services include: dog walking, pet sitting, pet-related errands and home watch services. Employees are an experienced and dedicated team of professionals with a genuine love for all animals. By hiring a team of sitters who are background checked, insured and bonded, you’ll have peace of mind while your pet is in Glad Wag’s care. They provide services for an array of species, breeds

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LIVING LAKEWOOD of all sizes and ages, as well as special needs pets that may require insulin injections, subcutaneous fluids and oral medication administration. Sitters are also well-equipped to care for multiple pet households. At the end of each visit, they will send a visit report with photos of your pet through a dedicated pet sitting mobile app. Through this app, you can also easily schedule visits, make payments, message sitters, update your pet’s profiles and more., @gladwagsfl. Pet Paradise, a full service pet resort providing boarding, daycare, veterinary and grooming services. Its state-of-the-art pet resort offers the ultimate experience for your dog or cat. After the Pet Paradise team assesses your pet’s personality, let them help you choose the room that best suits your needs for dog boarding or condos for cat boarding. The resort includes an expansive synthetic grass play area, auto-fill water bowls with fresh water system, a shaded play yard and misting stations. 10411 Portal Crossing, Bradenton, 941209-1021,, @petparadiseresort.

PET HOSPITALS | CLINICS Animal Hospital at Lakewood Ranch, a full-service small animal hospital that has been providing care to pets in Manatee County for the past 11 years. The team of veterinarians and well trained staff is dedicated to excellence in medicine, preventative care, surgery and dentistry for dogs and cats. Known for always providing patients with compassionate and high-quality veterinary care and their clients with exceptional customer service. Includes an online pharmacy for clients to easily shop for pets medication needs. 9115 58th Dr E, Lakewood Ranch, 941-7510101, University Animal Clinic, a state-of-the-art animal clinic serving the needs of every type of pet—from dogs to rats, cats to amphibians and reptiles. Dedicated to providing the highest level of veterinary medicine available, along with friendly, compassionate service that you can trust, services include check-ups, annual exams, and preventative medicine (wellness plans). They also offer a full range of vaccinations that include rabies, distemper, kennel cough, and the newest rattlesnake vaccine. The animal hospital offers emergency procedures, urgent care, and a wide array of services for cats, dogs and exotic pets. 8239 Cooper Creek Blvd, Bradenton, 941355-7707,

Veterinary Medical Center at LWR, a fully equipped veterinary hospital located directly next door to the Bayside Pet Resort. With a goal to provide exceptional customer service and veterinary care to clients and their pets, they offer the latest diagnostics and treatments to treat everything from minor problems to life threatening diseases. They continue to be progressive in their approach to medicine for clients while also being committed to working with rescue organizations and helping those animals who desperately need veterinary care. 15205 Garnet Trl., Bradenton, 941-739-1800,

PET SUPPLIES | SERVICES DOGPerfect, locally owned and operated with the goal of helping you and your dog sustain a healthy, life-long relationship by providing healthy and nutritional products and dog food, as well as caring services and resources. Services include professional grooming, self-serve dog wash, dog training, a DOGPerfect Arena designed for your pup to exercise, socialize, meet and play with other pups. 11605 FL-70 E, Lakewood Ranch, 941803-4496,, @officialdogperfect. Holistic for Pets, find only healthy and holistic food, treats, supplements and supplies for your pet here as well as a large selection of leashes, collars, crates, beds, toys, grooming products and much more. Holistic for Pets carries hundreds of choices in dog and cat foods—including frozen raw, fresh made, canned and dry kibble. If they don’t have it, they will order it for you if available. The shop also offers nutritional counseling and consultations to help you choose the best food for your dog—based on age, breed, lifestyle, allergies or other health concerns. 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd. #132, Bradenton, 941-753-7297, holisticforpets. com, @holisticforpets. Three Dog Bakery & Grooming. Samples of tasty treats fresh from the oven are always on hand, and an ever-changing selection of unique toys, rawhides and chews, grooming gear, and the latest four-legged fashion accessories gives you and your pup plenty to peruse. Don’t leave without diving into the exclusive decadent delights Three Dog is most famous for—including seasonal treats, gourmet pastries, beloved Pupcakes® and personalized cakes perfect for birthdays, gotcha days, training graduations, or any time you feel like celebrating your good dog. 5770 Ranch Lake Blvd. #132, Bradenton, 941-7537297,, @holisticforpets.

Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming, a local shop dedicated to keeping your pets happy and healthy by providing premium quality food, nutritious fresh-baked treats, health and wellness supplies, celebration cakes and exceptional grooming services for dogs of all breeds and sizes. Woof Gang also offers free home delivery with orders of $50 or more within a 5-mile radius. 8314 Market St, Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-9111,, @wgblwr.

ADOPTION SERVICES Donte’s Den. All dogs deserve lifelong, loving homes. Donte’s Den ensures that all of the pups in the Joyful Dogs Adoption Program receive lots of love and attention, are properly immunized, are spayed or neutered, and in overall good health. Plus, prospective pet parents undergo a thorough adoption review to ensure a lifetime of love and care for all members of the family. 6801 283rd Street East., Myakka City, 941-219-3730, dontesden. org, @dontesdenfoundation. Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue, local nonprofit providing a loving haven for rescued dogs and cats on their way to finding their forever homes. Since 2008, Nate’s has dedicated their lives to saving animals’ lives by helping neglected, abandoned, and mistreated dogs and cats in need of loving homes, as well as working to create a supportive, family-friendly environment that inspires a bond between their animals and those who love them. Nate’s saves thousands of homeless and at-risk animals each year at their eight-acre, no-kill shelter and adoption facility on Lorraine Road. Shelter. 4951 Lorraine Rd., Bradenton; Rescue Service Center: 8437 Cooper Creek Blvd, Bradenton, 941-747-4900,, @nateshonoranimalrescue. Humane Society at Lakewood Ranch, through 100% private donation, the humane society nonprofit offers a safe environment and shelter for companion animals including medical care, vaccinations and microchipping by loving and caring individuals until theyvcan adopt them into a new suitable home. There are plenty of ways to volunteer, give and/or adopt the ever-changing dogs and cats in need of a loving partner. 26920 Gopher Hill Rd., Myakka City, 941-361-1071, hslwr. org, @humanesocietyatlakewoodranch. LL

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