Monday, May 13, 2013
Wawa? Morton's Grocer? A used book store? Check out Patch readers' suggestions and add your own here.
Sarasota Patch recently asked readers what they'd like to see built at the site of a former Rita's Water Ice and Blimpie sub shop on South Tamiami Trail. Lots of folks chimed in with their suggestions in our comments section and on our Facebook page. Several said they just wanted to see some green space ("A park," said one Facebook fan; "Trees," added another). A few just wanted to see Rita's open up again. And other readers had some interesting picks for the types of businesses they'd like to see come to Sarasota; below is a sampling of what they had to say. What about you? What businesses do you wish would open here? Add your suggestions in the comments section and join the conversation. Kathleen Keenan Mizner, via Facebook: "Wawa" Reta …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
A Tamiami Trail property once home to a Rita's Water Ice is now empty. What kind of business would you like to see in its place, Sarasota?
Once upon a time, this property at 4420 S. Tamiami Trail in Sarasota was home to a Rita's Water Ice and a Blimpie sub shop. But it's stood empty for several years, a shell of exposed concrete that sticks out on an otherwise busy stretch of commercial properties. We want to hear from you: What kind of business would you like to see in its place? What does this area need? What would be successful here? Post a comment below and join the conversation. Sign up for the Sarasota Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your inbox so you won't miss a thing!
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Rugs by Reza, a family owned business specializing in the selling, cleaning and repairing of Persian rugs for 40 years, recently relocated to 652 S. Washington Boulevard.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Several Sarasota area establishments are nominees in an online contest to find "Best Florida Beach Bar," so which one would get your vote?
Could Florida's best beach bar be right here in Sarasota? Several area establishments are in the running for this year's "Best Florida Beach Bar" crown, as chosen by readers of floridabeachbar.com. Voting in the online contest runs through April 30. Below is a look at all of the Sarasota area bars on the list. Which one would get your vote, and why? Last year, Jimmy B's Beach Bar in St. Pete Beach finished No. 1 overall. Sign up for the Sarasota Patch email newsletter to get our top headlines delivered straight to your inbox so you won't miss a thing!
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
A 39-year-old man has been charged with a break-in at Renée Fashions last month, Sarasota Police report.
A man has been charged in connection with a break-in at a St. Armands Circle business last month, Sarasota Police said Wednesday. Officials say Bryan M. Coberg, 39, is responsible for the Feb. 26 burglary at Renée Fashions, 311 John Ringling Blvd. Officers who responded to the call shortly after 4 a.m. that morning saw a man, later identified as Coberg, walking eastbound on Ringling and later located and arrested him, police said. The officers concluded that Coberg burglarized the business by smashing out the exterior window and then tripped the alarm, according to police spokesperson Linda J. DeNiro. Coberg is charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools and possession of marijuana. Any business or citizen with information …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Miguel Elasmar, who co-founded and designed an app for the iPhone, is making his way to the South by Southwest festival on the Startup Bus.
Miguel Elasmar, a Sarasota-based part-time graphic artist for Voalte, will be taking a trip to South by Southwest, and he'll be doing so on the StartupBus. The bus, which departs from Tampa on Sunday, will be packed full of Tampa Bay entrepreneurs who have accepted the challenge of coming up with a innovative startup business plan by the time they get to the conference in Austin, TX. South by Southwest (SXSW) begins March 8. Elasmar is no stranger to original ideas. Along with Patrick Denney, he co-founded Meetr, an app for the iPhone that allows businesses to keep track of exactly how much money is being spent during each meeting they have. Elasmar got the idea for the Meetr app from doing graphic design for an item that performed a …
Friday, February 22, 2013
ScoopDaddy's ice cream, originally located on St. Armands Circle, has expanded to Main Street Sarasota.
On your walk down Main Street, now you can get fresh ice cream and milkshakes now that ScoopDaddy's has expanded. ScoopDaddy's recently opened at 1359 Main St. in downtown Sarasota, and is known for its '50s style ice cream shop with plenty of memorabilia scattered around the store. You'll find old fashioned milkshakes, ice cream floats, banana splits and more. The store opened in December 2012. This marks the third location for ScoopDaddy's—the original at 19C N. Blvd. Of The Presidents in St. Armands and 8203 Tourist Center Drive in University Park. The hours for the Main Street location are: For more about Scoopdaddys at www.Scoopdaddys.com or call 941-953-6900.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Boynton Beach-based Evelyn & Arthur expanded with its ninth store when it opened in Sarasota.
A popular Florida women's clothing store hopes to offer shoppers designs they can't find elsewhere on Main Street. Evelyn & Arthur held its grand opening Friday at 1480 Main St., with its owners Adrianne and Fred Weissman. Evelyn & Arthur started on Palm Beach in 1984 when Evelyn and Arthur Lewis retired and Evelyn wanted to open up a clothing shop when her New York wardrobe didn't mesh in the Sunshine State and she couldn't find the right cut for her. That started a private label Evelyn & Arthur clothing line that still fills the stores today, including the one on Main Street. Evelyn's daughter Adrianne took over the business in 2006 with her husband Fred. She didn't just take over for a family business—Adrianne followed in her mother's …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The Downtown Improvement District wants to see a unified effort promoting downtown and urges the two groups to resolve their internal differences.
As quick as a new downtown merchants association wanted to split and chart its own course, the Downtown Improvement District encouraged it to work together with the Downtown Sarasota Alliance. Members of a new group Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association appeared before the district's board of directors Tuesday morning asking for some credit and that the district's marketing money would be restricted to the Downtown Improvement District area where merchants pay a special tax. "We should be more like Las Vegas: What I pays in the DID, stays in the DID," said Ron Kennedy, co-owner of Kennedy Studios on Main Street and part of the new merchants association that wants to keep the city clean and beautiful while promoting merchants in the …
Friday, November 23, 2012
Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association to host several holiday events in partnership with the Downtown Improvement District.
Tonight is the official kick-off to the holiday season for downtown Sarasota. A new business organization, Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association, will light the holiday tree at Marie Selby Five Points Park between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Friday. The merchants association is a new group that formed out of the parking meter controversy earlier this year and "works to facilitate and advance economic goals, build and create a rewarding shopping and dining experience," according to the group's Facebook page. The association spent the afternoon on Nov. 17 decorating the tree in preparation for tonight's event. Downtown merchants along with the Downtown Improvement District and Sarasota Holiday Celebrations will host several holiday events during …