Making money from scratch: How the Vinyl Music Festival is bringing Sarasota together to rethink its economic game

Published in Creative Loafing Sarasota, July 14, 2010   Downtown Sarasota is not currently known as the heart of electronic music in Southwest Florida — far from it. But that title could soon be earned if the promoters behind Vinyl Music Festival stay on their current trajectory. Since last year’s inaugural celebration, VMF has more than doubled it’s number […]

Arty pARTée: Organizations all over the Suncoast are joining forces to launch Festival sARTée in an effort to brand Sarasota-Manatee as a premier arts destination

Published in Creative Loafing Sarasota, October 6, 2010   The Ringling International Arts Festival was originally slated to be an every-other-year event. But after the success of last year’s kick-off, the movers and shakers of Sarasota’s governmental, arts and tourism organizations felt they had to find a way to capitalize on the event again this year […]

Publisher’s clearing house: Even with a drop in book sales, local authors still strive to get their work in the hands of readers

Published June 23, 2010 The Suncoast has a lot of the usual components that writers look for when searching for a place to hunker down and break their writer’s block: pleasant weather, ocean views and a solid community of other writers to edit, critique and discuss their works. But getting your ramblings and rantings in […]

Cheap trick: A business model tailor-made for economic recession has allowed the Sarasota Guitar Company to thrive in a hurry

Published June 2, 2010 The case of Sarasota Guitar Company is a textbook example of how to launch a business in a tough economy. First, find a way to provide products for a fraction of your competitor’s prices. Next, give your customers everything they could possible ask for, before they even ask for it. And finally, […]

ShamWow: How Shamrock owner Derek Anderson is helping turn around east Ringling Boulevard

Published March 10, 2010 St. Patrick’s Day Block Party Starts at 9 a.m. Wed., March 17, The Shamrock, 2257 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 952-1730, free. Head east on Ringling Boulevard and look to your left: You may spot a lonely hole-in-the-wall Irish pub with a green Volkswagon bus parked in the front. Iconic Sarasota watering […]

Making its case: How Mattison’s City Grille convinced the Sarasota City Commission to change its tune on downtown outdoor live music

Published February 17, 2010 Since the Downtown Partnership asked Paul Mattison to open his outdoor dining venue on the corner of Lemon Avenue and Main Street seven years ago, Mattison’s City Grille let live bands play until 11 p.m. during the week and midnight on weekends. The restaurant had received a half-dozen or so sporadic […]