LAKEWOOD RANCH AND BEYOND | LIVE LOCAL, LOVE LOCAL
PUBLISHED BY SRQ MEDIA | 2021 FALL EDITION
FALLTIME EXPERIENCES WEEKEND BRUNCH AT LIBBY’S AT LAKEWOOD RANCH
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Below: CEO Andy Guz of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center and Chicken Fusilli Pasta at GROVE Restaurant, Patio and Ballroom.
Expanding Patient Care
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 lwrmc.com/CEOletter 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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What’s happening at the newest center in Lakewood Ranch.
WRITTEN BY JACOB OGLES | PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF LAKEWOOD RANCH COMMERCIAL.
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UPSCALE BARBERS, OUTDOOR BREWS.
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
Previous spread and this page: Aerial photos of the Waterside Place under development, courtesy of Lakewood Ranch Commercial.
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, anotherbrokenegg.com.
taco salads and enchiladas from the family recipe. 8126 Lakewood Main St., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-9449, @ casamayalwr, casamayalwr.com.
10719 Rodeo Dr., Lakewood Ranch, 941-907-0400, @edstavernlwr, edslakewoodranch.com.
Cra Growlers Tasting Room
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 growlerstogo.com.
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
Lakewood Ranch Blvd.,Bradenton, 941-751-1016, atria.cafe, @atria.cafe
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, bigolaflwr.com.
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, , dimsumsarasota.com.
#107, Lakewood Ranch, 941-362-2006, dlitesshoppe.com.
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, email@example.com, thegranarylwr.com.
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, grovelwr.com.
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, hanasushiloungelwr.com.
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, inkawasirestaurant.com.
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, libbysneighborhoodbrasserie.com/menu-lakewood-ranch.
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, luckypelicanbistro.com.
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 oria.com.
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, mcgrathsirish.com.
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.
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.
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, parisbistrotlwr.com.
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, pinchersusa.com/lakewood-ranchmenu.
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, lovesofresh.com/location/ 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, speaksclambar.com/locations/lakewood-ranch.
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, station400.com/ 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, tandoorsarasota.net.
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, thaispiceoflakewoodranch.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, trumanstap.com. woodranch.com.
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, zenobia-restaurants.com.
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, Frederique.email@example.com, anamolinari.com.
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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, artsablazestudio.com.
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, barbaryshoppe.com.
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, fashion-tradebo-tique.myshopify.com.
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 tastings.com.
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, influencestyle.com.
EPIC Home Décor
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@ gmail.com, epichomedecor.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, integritysound.com.
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, knotawlbeads.com.
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, naplessoap.com.
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, vanessafinejewelry.com.
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.
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, wishonmainstreet.com.
PRIVATE SCHOOLS KIDS ACTIVITIES NewGate School
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, newgate.edu.
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, oda.edu.
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, thepinnacleacademy.com.
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, saintstephens.org.
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.
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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, collectorcarstv.com.
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, lakewoodranch.com.
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, lakewoodranch.com.
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, email@example.com or gcolpi firstname.lastname@example.org, usfsm.edu.
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, themarketlwr.com.
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. thefishhole.com.
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, lwrba.org.
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10715 Rodeo Dr. #8, Sarasota, 941-9553456, filmsociety.org.
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, email@example.com, letscreateart.com.
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, melyoung.com.
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
BUSINESS RESOURCES Cowork LWR
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, coworkfl.com.
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@ athleticedgesports.com, athleticedgesports.com.
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. email@example.com, lakewoodranchgolf.com.
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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RANCH DINING EXPANSIONS
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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Conversation DR. LAURA SWAIM, D.C. AND DR. LOGAN W. SWAIM, MS, DC, BCN. THE ROOTS HEALTH CENTERS, PLLC 8209 NATURES WAY, UNIT 115 | LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL 34202 941.877.1507 | THEROOTSNEUROPATHY.COM
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
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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 hoodbrasserie.com. 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, anotherbrokenegg.com. 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, kekes.com.
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, grovelwr.com. 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, station400.com.
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, thegranarylwr.com. 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, atria.cafe. 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, parisbistrotlwr.com.
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WRITTEN BY BRITTANY MATTIE IMAGES COURTESY OF NATES HONOR RESCUE, WOOFGANG AND BAYSIDE PET RESORT.
SERVICES FOR OUR FURRY BEST FRIENDS
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.com, @ 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, woofdorflakewoodranch.com, @ 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. gladwags.com, @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, petparadise.com, @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, lwrah.com. 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, theuniversityanimalclinic.com.
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, lakewoodranchvet.com.
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, dogperfect.com, @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.com, @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, woofgangbakerylwr.com, @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.org, @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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