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University of Florida Looking To Innovative Rosemary District

University of Florida Looking To Innovative Rosemary District

University of Florida Looking To Innovative Rosemary District! There is no doubt that Sarasota Real Estate is booming! With a variety of condos being built in the Rosemary district, including The Courtyard At Citrus, it seems that the Rosemary District is the hip new place to be. Earlier this year the University of Florida announced that the would be bringing a new Innovation Station to Sarasota, and perhaps the Rosemary District.

Innovation Station Director, Allen Carlson, spoke to John Hielscher of the Herald-Tribune saying, “Rosemary Square is our primary focus, but other locations are also still in play.” Currently, the Innovation Station is operating out of temporary space at One Sarasota Tower provided by the Barancik Foundation, a major funder of the program. The Innovation Station is looking to occupy 1,200 square feet of office space by early 2017.

The UF Innovation Station hopes to provide Sarasota with access to student technical talent and ideas that will help give the students experience and will help local businesses grow. Local workforce development initiatives are also envisioned for the future with the ultimate goal of positioning this region as a global leader in delivering technology. “Our efforts to diversify the economy with tech innovation just received a major boost with this announcement,” said EDC President Mark Huey. “The UF Innovation Station will fuel the sparks of tech business innovation already rippling through our local economy.”

So why did the University of Florida choose Sarasota County? According to the press release,  they chose Sarasota “because they believe the university can help accelerate growth in its emerging innovation economy. They envision a wide range of initiatives that will impact startup, high-growth and established innovation companies, as well as assist in attracting innovation economy companies to Sarasota County. Critical to accomplishing this impact are strategic education partnerships with a range of local institutions and the potential for public, private and philanthropic collaborations.”

Beginning in August 2017, the UF Innovation Station will hold classes and operate a “Gator Den” at the Venice campus of State College of Florida, providing a more direct pathway for students to continue their education at UF’s Herbert Wertheim College of Engineering. The college is one of the largest engineering schools in the nation with more than 9,300 students and $72 million in research awards for virtually every discipline.

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Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Drinks

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Drinks

One of the most amazing perks of living in The Rosemary district is the ability to walk, cycle, or quickly drive to downtown Sarasota and enjoy the amazing shows, restaurants, and shopping that the city has become known for. We’ve put together “The Courtyard At Citrus Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide” so that you can easily take advantage of all the fun things this area has to offer,  in 20 minutes or less. Learn more about this week’s featured activity– Drinks! Read on for tips for great walkable drink locations.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Drinks

Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar

Pomona Bistro and Wine Bar, located in Citrus Square and only a few steps from The Courtyard at Citrus, is a local golden spoon-winning restaurant that also features an extensive wine list including: sparkling wines, champagne, old world white wines, new world white wines, dry rose, old world red wines, and new world red wines. The restaurant also frequently features wine maker dinners that feature a particular wine with a delicious food pairing. The restaurant also has a cocktail menu that features a variety of liquor including: Bourbon, Rye, Tequila, Mezcal, Scotch, Vodka, Gin, Whiskey, Rum, Amari, Vermouth, and more!

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Drinks

Mandeville Beer Garden

A quick walk down fourth and a right on Lemon will lead you to Mandeville Beer Garden, where a variety of 32 tasty taps wait for you. You can enjoy a host of delicious snacks along with your beer with tasty menu items such as: Hand Cut French Fries, Waffle Cut Sweet Potato Chips, Panko Crusted Onion Rings, and Fried Pickle Chips. Mandeville Beer Garden offers a variety of types of beers, such as Pilsners and Pale Lagers; Amber and Dark Lagers; Ciders and Meads; Wheat Beers; Blonde and Pale Ales; IPAs (local area featured beers are Cigar City Jai Alai from Tampa and Green Bench Sunshine City IPA from St. Petersburg); Amber, Red, and Brown Ales; Porters and Stouts; Strong Ales; and Specialty Beers (this month is a pumpkin beer!). See the full list here.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Drinks

The Tea House

A quick 10 minute walk down Orange and a left on Fruitville will lead you to Sarasota’s locally owned and operated Tea House, which features over 130 premium organic & fair trade loose leaf teas. The tea house offers free wifi, open mic nights on Thursdays, and has Kombucha on tap! Their extensive tea menu features Rooibos; Herbal Blends & Fruits Tisanes; Black, Green, White, and Oolong teas; Flowering/Display Tea; Puerh; Mate; and Ayurvedic/Apothecary Tea.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Drinks

Kahwa Coffee

A quick 6 minute walk down Orange and a left on 2nd will lead you to Kahwa Coffee, a local Tampa Bay brewing company that opened their first cafe in 2006 in St. Pete. The coffee, which is roasted in Tampa Bay, focuses on single origin coffees, selecting only 100% Arabica beans. Their signature blends include: Sirocco – Drip Coffee Blend; Mistral – Espresso Blend; Boreas – Light Blend; Zonda – Decaf Blend; and Special Roasts (such as, Organic Colombian, Fair Trade Rwandan, and Organic Bali Blue moon) which rotate weekly. Learn more here.

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Sarasota Named in the 20 Places People Are Moving

Sarasota Named in the 20 Places People Are Moving

We shared that Sarasota has been consistently named one of the happiest places to live, including being named in the running for “Happiest Seaside Town” by Coastal Living for their 2017 edition. Finalists were chosen based on cities that had been covered by the magazine or were nominated on Twitter, but were not previous winners. Coastal Living editors then consulted the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index, percentage of clear and sunny days, beach healthiness, commute times, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of local citizens, crime rates, geographic diversity, and an assessment of the “coastal vibe” by editors. You can vote every 15 minutes and the winner will be announced at 7am EST on Wednesday,  January 11, 2017!

It seems the recognition just keeps coming as Sarasota placed third in MSN’s “The 20 Best Places People Are Moving To in the United States.”  The metro population is listed at 722,784 with the Median Home Price listed at $226,750.  From 2010 to 2014, Net Migration Rate rose a shocking 7.67%.

If you’re considering moving to Florida consider the host of other accolades Sarasota has won including: 31st in the Top 100 Best Places to Live, 2nd in Top 10 Best Places to Retire, Top Food City, and The Best Beach in America, among many more. If you’re looking to visit, retire, or live, Sarasota has great restaurants, arts, and beaches to offer you! Stay tuned to The Courtyard At Citrus Square Facebook page for more posts!

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Lunch

One of the most amazing perks of living in The Rosemary district is the ability to walk, cycle, or quickly drive to downtown Sarasota and enjoy the amazing shows, restaurants, and shopping that the city has become known for. We’ve put together “The Courtyard At Citrus Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide” so that you can easily take advantage of all the fun things this area has to offer,  in 20 minutes or less. Learn more about this week’s featured activity– Lunch! Read on for tips for great walkable lunch locations.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Lunch

The Rosemary

Located within Citrus Square and only steps from the Courtyard at Citrus, The Rosemary has a great variety of lunch meals that are sure to become your next favorite lunch time treat. Menu highlights include: Bermuda Fish Chowder, Brisket Tacos with homemade bleu cheese coleslaw,  and the Cuban Sandwich. Daily specials include: soup of the day, fish sandwich of the day, panini of the day, and fish of the day tacos!

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Lunch

Kam’s Bubble Tea & Sushi

A quick walk up Orange and a left on Fruitville will lead you to Kam’s Bubble Tea & Sushi. This small Asian restaurant specializes in Sushi and Bubble Tea, offering a variety of flavor combinations for both.  The bubbles in bubble tea are actually tapioca pudding balls, but you can easily ask for no bubbles if you are looking for a delicious fruit smoothie. Sandwiches and Udon Noodle Soups are also available. Check out the full menu here.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Lunch

Blue Apron Cafe

A quick walk up 4th to Central (about 7 mins) will lead you to Blue Apron Cafe. The easily walkable restaurant has soups, salads, and sandwiches. Plus they offer free delivery in downtown Sarasota. Some menu highlights include: Zucchini Fritters with Avocado Dressing, Grilled Chicken Strawberry Salad, Ham and Gouda Melt, Egg Salad Croissant, The Caprese Sandwich, and Gyro. See the full menu here.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Lunch

Maximillian’s

A short walk down Orange and a right on 10th will lead you to Maximillian’s cafe.  Only open from 10:30 am- 3 pm, the cafe is known for its variety of soups, salads, and sandwiches.  Some lunch menu highlights include: Bleu Cheese and Walnut Salad, Pressed Cuban Sandwich, Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap, BLT, Egg Salad sandwich and more! See the full menu here.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Lunch

Beauty of Sprouts

A five minute walk across Orange to Fruitville will lead you to Beauty of Sprouts, a local vegan raw food restaurant. If you aren’t familiar with this style of food, raw vegan means uncooked food with no animal products (no meat, dairy, cheese, eggs, or honey). Some menu highlights include: Butternut Squash Ravioli with Coconut Cream,  Zucchini Noodle Lasagna, and Pad Thai. See the full menu here.

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Food Changes Everything: Sarasota Eat Local Week

Food Changes Everything: Sarasota Eat Local Week

Food Changes Everything: Sarasota Eat Local Week! This Saturday, October 22nd, starts Sarasota’s Eat Local Week, an annual, week-long celebration of  “the best of local food and farming in Sarasota and Manatee counties.” This will be the sixth annual year that dozens of partners throughout Sarasota have come together to offer a variety of events including: farm and garden tours, farm-to-fork-dinners, “reskilling” workshops, community discussions, educational programs, and hands-on activities.

This year’s theme is “Food Changes Everything” with the goal of exploring the interconnections between food and diverse topics ranging from health, the natural environment, art, culture, social justice, the economy, and other key issues.  Some great events will be going on through October 30th and we’ve listed some of our favorites to check out below. You can see the full schedule of events here.

Saturday October 22nd

static1-squarespaceBig Mama’s Collard Green Fest
Time: 1 pm- 6 pm
Location: Newtown Farmers’ Market
1872 Doctor Martin Luther King Way
Sarasota, FL, 34234 United States
Description: Enjoy Southern Style, Cajun, Creole and Caribbean Collard Greens with the Newtown Farmers’ Market on Sat, Oct 22, 2016 from 1-6pm. This celebration of collard greens will feature the best cooks Newtown and the Greater Sarasota area have to offer. The trash talking began back in the summer in barbershops and churches around the area. You be the judge! Come on out and celebrate the culture and cuisine of the collard green!

Sunday October 23rd

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Time: 7:00pm- 9:00pm
Location: Ringling College of Art + Design
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL, 34234 United States
Description: Award-winning information architect, filmmaker, photographer, and writer, Douglas Gayeton, will deliver Eat Local Week 2016‘s keynote address at this thought-provoking event. Douglas is the co-founder ofThe Lexicon of Sustainability, which seeks to advance the conversation about America’s rapidly-evolving food culture by illuminating the vocabulary of sustainable agriculture.  He is also the director of the PBS animated short-film series “Know Your Food” and author of Local: The New Face of Food & Farming in America.

Tickets are $15 per person. Register in advance to reserve your seat. You can also pre-order a copy of Douglas’ book, Local, at $10 off the cover price. And, for an additional $30 you can meet the author and director at a V.I.P. Cocktail Party and Book Signing!

Tuesday October 25th

fruitwinecheersMaking Wine from your Tropical Fruit
Time: 6:30- 8:30 pm
Location: Sarasota Garden Club
1131 Boulevard of the Arts
Sarasota, FL 34236 United States
Description: Join the Tropical Fruit Society of Sarasota in learning how you can make your own wine from your tropical fruit, led by Dr. Tony Hemmer and Nick Ostrye. All levels are welcome and your first meeting is free!

Thursday October 27th

static1-squarespace-1 Kombucha Workshop
Time: 6:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Whole Foods Market Sarasota Lifestyle Center
1451 1st Street Sarasota, FL, 34236 United States
Description: During this informative class you will learn about fermented foods, what Kombucha actually is, and how Kombucha is made through a brewing taught by Aneta Lundquist, Owner of 221BC Kombucha.
Ticket Price: FREE
RSVP: Contact Whole Foods Market Sarasota Customer Service at 941-316-4700, seating is limited!

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Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Theatre

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Theatre

One of the most amazing perks of living in The Rosemary district is the ability to walk, cycle, or quickly drive to downtown Sarasota and enjoy the amazing shows, restaurants, and shopping that the city has become known for. We’ve put together “The Courtyard At Citrus Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide” so that you can easily take advantage of all the fun things this area has to offer,  in 20 minutes or less. Learn more about this week’s featured activity– Theatre! Read on for tips for great walkable theatre locations.

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Westcoast Black Community Theatre Troupe

Located right down the street from The Courtyard at Citrus (8 mins), The WBTT was founded in 1999 by actor, singer, director, and playwright Nate Jacobs and is the only professional black theatre company on Florida’s west coast. The theatre has experienced great success with an average attendance rate of 94%. Check out their current season here!

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide-- Theatre

Urbanite Theatre

Right across from Whole Foods, the Urbanite Theatre is about a 6 min walk from the Courtyard at Citrus Square. The Urbanite theatre strives to bring fresh works from burgeoning playwrights, undiscovered pieces from great writers, and actor-driven productions to provide compelling, intimate live theatre experiences. Check out their current season here.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide-- Theatre

The Players Theatre

A brief 15 minute (.7 mile) walk from the Courtyard at Citrus will land you at The Players Theatre. The Players Theatre is one of Sarasota’s oldest Community Theatres and is dedicated to delivering a variety of quality performances including broadway classics and intimate plays. These intimate, black-box setting plays are part of the “Backstage at the Players” series. Learn more about their shows and schedule here.

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The Van Wezel

A one mile walk from the Courtyard at Citrus via Boulevard of the Arts and you’ll end up at Sarasota’s premier theatre venue– The Van Wezel. The Van Wezel presents spectacular Broadway musicals, top national and international performers, popular comedians, world-class symphony orchestras and a compelling mix of classical, modern and ethnic dance.  See their full schedule of events here.

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New Indie Market May Be Coming to The Rosemary District

New Indie Market May Be Coming to The Rosemary District

New Indie Market May Be Coming to The Rosemary District! The Rosemary district is booming! Not only is the Courtyard at Citrus Square currently being built, but according to this report from ABC7, The Rosemary district is looking to grow its services offered by adding a florist, additional delicious restaurants, convenience stores and other services that the general public needs. Although Michael Bush, President of the Rosemary District Association, mistakenly forgot that we have a dry cleaners right here in Citrus SquareDC Valet!

This comes with reports that local entrepreneur and owner of Canned Ham Vintage is looking to host an indie market in the Rosemary District beginning in November. The market plans to host 28 vendors in an open-air market that will operate 9 am- 6 pm every third Saturday of the month and feature food trucks, artists, handcrafts, vintage enthusiasts, fresh vegetables, and live music. Free vendor stalls will be open to local nonprofit organizations as part of each market.

Rogers hopes to hold the first market on Nov 19 and drew inspiration from the St. Pete Indie Market. ” It’s going to be a small market,. It’s not going to be gigantic, but we want to have a little bit of everything. There needs to be some more fun things to do around the city.”  Rogers said to Alex Mahadevan of the Observer.

A market like this would definitely draw in great foot traffic and be a great addition to the district. We look forward to the city approving the permit! Check out the video on the Rosemary District by ABC7 below:

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Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Fitness

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Fitness

One of the most amazing perks of living in The Rosemary district is the ability to walk, cycle, or quickly drive to downtown Sarasota and enjoy the amazing shows, restaurants, and shopping that the city has become known for. We’ve put together “The Courtyard At Citrus Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide” so that you can easily take advantage of all the fun things this area has to offer,  in 20 minutes or less. Learn more about this week’s featured activity– Fitness! Read on for tips on great walkable fitness locations.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Fitness

Pilates Principles

Only a few short steps from the Courtyard at Citrus Square, Pilates Principles is housed in Citrus Square and offers personalized pilates training from Teresa Kruger. After being certified as a Pilates instructor in 2001, Theresa apprenticed with Romana Kryzanowska, a master teacher who was personally trained by Joseph Pilates. Learn more about pricing and availability by emailing: teresa@pilatesprinciples.net.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Fitness

Rosemary Court Yoga

Take a left down the Boulevard of the Arts and a right onto Central Avenue (about 9 mins) and you’ll land at Rosemary Court Yoga, a consistently high ranking yoga studio known for offering a variety of styles including Vinyasa, Iyengar, Yin, Ashanta, Hatha, Kundalini and pre-natal. Classes are offered at three levels as well as mixed level classes. Visit the website for more information.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide- Fitness

OrangeTheory Fitness

Walk straight down Orange Avenue and take a left on Main Street (about 6 mins) and you’ll end up at OrangeTheory Fitness. Orange Theory is a more aggressive work out that uses the science of Heart-Rate Based Treadmill Interval Training, the efficiency of Indoor Rowing for increased power and the proven concept of Weight Training Blocks to really fight stubborn fat. The 60 minute classes have become known for their effectiveness and intensity. Learn more about the class and other Sarasota locations here.

Sarasota Fitness Studio

A left down the Boulevard of the Arts (about 7 mins) and you’ll find Sarasota Fitness Studio. Personal Trainer Michael Lenza was first runner up for best trainer in Sarasota in 2013. Lenza worked as a professional chef for 20 years, but transitioned into a personal trainer after receiving his license in 2006. Learn more about how Michael can help with your goals by emailing him: michael@sarasotafitnessstudio.com.

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Sarasota: One of the Happiest Places in America

Happiest Places in America

Sarasota is one of the happiest places in America. Last year, Sarasota had the distinction of being named the city with greatest well-being in America by Gallup and was named as the number 3 city with the greatest well-being this year.  Gallup conducted 15 minute phone interviews with 450 randomly selected residents who were tasted with answering 55 survey questions in the five areas of well-being: physical, social, financial, community and purpose. Dan Witters, research director for the Gallup-Healthways Index report, spoke to the Herald-Tribune and said this high ranking was likely due to the high number of retirees the region boasts because those people tend to eat healthier, feel more financially secure, and are more involved in social and community activities.

This year, Sarasota is in the running for the “Happiest Seaside Town” 2017 by Coastal Living.  Already named in the top 10,  the award is voter determined so we urge you to vote for our city if you believe we have the happiest seaside town! The editors at Coastal Living described Sarasota saying, “With big-city culture, great drinking and dining, and extraordinary white-sand beaches, this Gulf city of 51, 917 is also home to a stunning collection of midcentury modern architecture.

Finalists were chosen based on cities that had been covered by the magazine or were nominated on Twitter, but were not previous winners. Coastal Living editors then consulted the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index, percentage of clear and sunny days, beach healthiness, commute times, walkability, standard of living and financial well-being of local citizens, crime rates, geographic diversity, and an assessment of the “coastal vibe” by editors. You can vote every 15 minutes and the winner will be announced at 7am EST on Wednesday,  January 11, 2017!

Regardless of the outcome, we know Sarasota is a happy and healthy place to live! Accolades include: 31st in the Top 100 Best Places to Live, 2nd in Top 10 Best Places to Retire, Top Food City, and The Best Beach in America, among many more. If you’re looking to visit, retire, or live, Sarasota has great restaurants, arts, and beaches to offer you!

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Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide– Breakfast

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide-- Breakfast

One of the most amazing perks of living in The Rosemary district is the ability to walk, cycle, or quickly drive to downtown Sarasota and enjoy the amazing shows, restaurants, and shopping that the city has become known for. We’ve put together “The Courtyard At Citrus Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide” so that you can easily take advantage of all the fun things this area has to offer,  in 20 minutes or less. Learn more about this week’s featured activity– Breakfast! Read on for tips on great walkable breakfast spots.

Great Downtown Sarasota Breakfast Spots:

 

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide-- Breakfast
The Rosemary

Only steps away from The Courtyard at Citrus, this local neighborhood favorite offers delicious quiches, omelettes, and other breakfast favorites. If you visit Monday-Friday from 8:30 am- 10:30 am, the restaurant offers a special $8 breakfast that includes complimentary tea or coffee. Complimentary mimosas are offered at Sunday Brunch. Check out therosemarysarasota.com for more info.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide-- Breakfast
Station 400

A 4 minute walk around the corner will lead you to Station 400, a popular restaurant with delicious omelettes, fruity pancake combinations, as well as Belgian Waffles and French toast. The restaurant has beautiful outdoor seating that faces Servandos, allowing for quiet seclusion. Also popular for lunch, you can checkout their menu here. Image sourced from srqmagazine.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide-- Breakfast
The Breakfast House

A half mile/8 minute walk will take you this cute little breakfast cafe that features a build your own breakfast sandwich, Key West Benedict served with shrimp and Maine lobster,  make-it-your-way omelet, and even gluten-free french toast. The outdoor patio seating is creative and welcoming and the perfect place to enjoy a fall or spring morning. Check out the rest of the menu here.

Downtown Sarasota Walking Guide-- Breakfast
Toasted Mango Cafe

A 13 minute/.6 mile walk to Tamiami down fourth street and a right will lead you to the the Toasted Mango Cafe. Like the other restaurants listed, the Toasted Mango cafe offers a variety of options including fan favorite– Homemade Corned Beef, Hash & Eggs. Other menu items include Breakfast Banana Split, Blueberry Pancakes, and Create Your Own Omelette. Check out the full menu here. Image sourced from Sarasotaday.com.

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