Change is happening at The VOICE!
I hope you take a minute to look at our masthead on page 3 to see the new additions to the team responsible for bringing you The VOICE of the Downtown Merchants.
We are honored to have Jim Elliott, a locally celebrated food and wine connoisseur, as our lead feature writer. Jim will be writing restaurant profiles and using his expertise to pair wines with foods he enjoys at our city’s finest eateries.
Kellie Campayno, owner of Bohemian Bliss Boutique, located at 1544 Main Street, has signed on as our fashion writer, bringing up-to-date information on the hottest what-to-wear trends each season.
We also welcome professional photographer Leah Vartanian, who will be capturing images that reflect the essence of downtown Sarasota and sharing them in the pages of The VOICE.
Last—but certainly not least—I would like to acknowledge Betty Berg, who, from our very first issue, has worked diligently to proofread all of our ads and editorial pages. It’s time Betty received the recognition she deserves!
In just nine months of publishing, The VOICE has doubled in size! While we are thrilled with the publication’s growth, we have decided, with this issue, to publish 10 issues a year. Both June/July and August/September will be combined issues, and we will resume monthly issues in October.
Our monthly meetings for the Sarasota Downtown Merchants Association also are undergoing change. Beginning in June, board members of the SDMA will meet on the second Thursday of each month at different downtown restaurants. All SDMA members are, of course, invited to attend the meetings and will receive a monthly reminder via e-mail. You also can check the calendar on our website, www.sarasotadowntownmerchants.com, to find out where the meeting is being held each month.
Now, tell me—who says that downtown Sarasota slows down after season? The months of June and July are jam-packed with events and activities that promise fun for all!
Kicking off the month of June, on First Friday, June 5, Neil Jennings and Jim Reese, owners of Salon 41, will celebrate the grand opening of Palm Avenue Express, the brand new sundries store/bodega, which is adjacent to the salon at 43 S. Palm Avenue. Stop by between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m., and enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a champagne fountain and music by DJ Joey. Find out more about Palm Avenue Express in the article on page 12.
On Tuesday, June 9, McCurdy’s Comedy Theater is celebrating its first year downtown anniversary with a big bash that includes drinks, food, a comedy show, live music and a dance party. The celebration will be held outdoors at 1923 Ringling Boulevard. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased at the club or online at www.mccurdyscomedy.com.
On Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, SDMA is proud to present the Third Annual Fathers & Fenders Car Show. This year, we are expecting as many as 120 vintage cars at this family event that will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Selby Five Points Park. Bring dad—and the entire family—and enjoy food, music and a full bar.
On Saturday, June 27, you won’t want to miss the Fifth Annual Shrimp and Lobster Festival hosted by the Sarasota Farmers Market. Held in the First Church parking lot on State Street, there will be an array of mouthwatering shrimp and lobster dishes for purchase, along with live music by “Big Night Out,” all held under a 200-foot tent! Read more about one of downtown Sarasota’s biggest early-summer attractions in the article that begins on page 6.
Finally, on Friday, July 3, the Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival brings the Downtown Festival Parade of Boats & Block Party to the streets of Sarasota! From 4:00 p.m. until midnight, the block party will be held on Lemon Avenue between First Street and State Street. At 6:00 p.m., the parade of boats will cruise down Main Street. The powerboats will then be on display until 11:00 p.m. from Orange Avenue to Palm Avenue on Main Street.
I hope that you will kick off the season by attending one or all of these fun-filled events! And be sure to check our calendar of events online for more upcoming events and activities.
Have a great summer!