On April 29, 2022, Don Brandes, illustrator of ‘Old Manatee A to Z’ and ‘Tales from the Table’ will be visiting with the Saint Stephen’s 1-6 grade students.
If you order a book, it will be delivered to your child on that day and they will have the opportunity to have it signed by Mr. Brandes.
Orders must be placed by 5pm on Friday, April 22, 2022.
In 2020, Realize Bradenton published the first children’s book to explore the history of the Bradenton area, “Old Manatee A to Z”.
Click here for a preview of “Old Manatee A to Z”.
Realize Bradenton’s second book “Tales from the Table” features recipes and stories with a twist of education!
Click here for a preview of “Tales from the Table”.
The bright green sign advertising Connect Bradenton was an indication that something interesting must be going on in the downtown office building that traditionally houses law firms, CPAs, and insurance agencies. The concept behind Connect Bradenton was originally based on a growing trend in the business world: to offer customizable office spaces for working individuals and businesses. According to Wade Hamilton, Community Manager, “Connect Bradenton is a place for people working from home to focus on tasks and meet with clients, provide meeting places for a variety of businesses and offers options for co-working, virtual, and public/private offices.” Memberships start at $95 a month and include office access from 8:30 to 5, Wi-Fi, and the use of meeting spaces. More than a receptionist, Stephanie Foley, Office Coordinator, is on hand to greet members and clients, when she’s not at her Pilates class!
But the mission of Connect Bradenton has evolved far beyond offering physical office space to truly connecting Bradenton. As Wade explains, “Connect Bradenton is focused on creating opportunities to bring business owners together to share ideas, offer support, and explore innovation.” Like the personalized work spaces it offers, Wade and other local business and government partners have created a variety of casual networking experiences for businesses and owners at all levels in their development. “We want to create the conviviality of a small town where everyone knows you, but in a more expansive business environment. The goal is to offer opportunities for startups and new entrepreneurs to learn good business practices from seasoned professionals and experts. We want to connect people with others who have the knowledge and skills you need to succeed and make your dream a reality.” Networking sessions are held at different times and on different days to accommodate a diversity of work schedules and a variety of topics: grant writing, marketing, finance, to name just a few. By making this space and expertise available to a new entrepreneur issues can be resolved before they become serious problems.
While the pandemic has created challenges, Connect Bradenton used the time to listen to their members and others in the business community to assess ways Connect Bradenton could provide additional services. They have added modular classroom space, created additional meeting rooms, increased the number of private offices, and added to technology options. Thinking back on the isolation of the past year, it’s comforting to know there are options for professionals, not only in terms of people to talk to but welcoming places to be.
You can reach Wade or Stephanie through the website, ConnectBradenton.com or call them at 941.822.8741.
Thank you to guest blogger, Maureen Zaremba, for this Good News!
Realize Bradenton’s latest book Tales from the Table: Flavor, Families, and Friends is a storybook cookbook with a twist of education! The book features recipes from local community members, the special stories behind them, and engaging learning activities.
Click here for the answer keys for the Tales from the Table Learning Together activities.
Click here to purchase your copy of Tales from the Table.
Thank you to our Champions of Education for supporting Tales from the Table
In Memory of Patty Virgilio
Charles and Marjorie Martini
Enjoy these recipes from our weekly Chef at the Market demos at the Downtown Bradenton Public Market.
Realize Bradenton has published two books to connect people through stories.
Tales from the Table: Family, Friends, and Flavor is more than a cookbook, it is also an educational tool. Below are the answer keys for each recipe’s Learn Together activities.
|Al Horno Sweet & Savory|
At the Beach
Bad Ass Cafe
Caribbean Pie Co.
Drift Away Australian Oil of Eucalyptus
Frog Song Organics
Florida’s Freshest Fish
Great Heights Creamery
Grow Again Organics
Hahn’s Kettle Corn
Half Plate Catering
Hot or Not Jams and Jellies
In Love and Daisies
Jay’s Italian Olive Salad
King of All Guacamoles
M & D Edibles and Ornamental Plants
Maggie’s Farm Tie Dye
Marilyn’s Toffee and more
Miguel’s Bay Publishing
Mindful Blooms Farm
|Olive Branch and More|
Papaya Tree Imports
Pesky Bug Stay Away Spray
Petrichor Mushrooms, LLC
Pure Florida Apiary
Robin’s Downtown Cafe
Rock N Eggroll
Sea Grass Hats
She Paints on Glass
Sip N Wick
Spare Kitchen LLC
Sue’s Handbags | Sue Sweeney Art
The Dippin’ Chicken
Uncle Nick’s NY Bagels
Van’s Sharpening Service
What Are We Smokin
White Pelican Candle Co.
Your CBD Store
Ziemia Essentials Skincare
March 19 – Kettle of Fish – Blues Rock
March 26 – Memphis Rub Band – Blues, Classic Rock
April 2 – Ariella (Ari and the Alibis) – Jazz Blues
April 9 – Jah Movement – Reggae Funk
April 16 – Eric Von Band – Island Country
April 23 – Doug Deming and the Jewel Tones – Blues
April 30 – The Divebombers – Good ol’ American
To register to attend a future concert, please visit https://www.manateeperformingartscenter.com/
Approved vendors for the Downtown Bradenton Public Market may use the drop down menu to pay weekly or monthly fees.
|Monthly (4 weeks)||$136|
|Monthly (5 weeks)||$170|
Conducted: Fall 2019 – December 2020
Conducted by: Community Land Use + Economics Group (CLUE Group)
Coordinated by: Realize Bradenton, in partnership with the City of Bradenton and the Manatee Chamber of Commerce
Funded by: Knight Donor Advised Fund at the Manatee Community Foundation
Purpose: to conduct a retail market analysis for downtown Bradenton and to recommend strategies for strengthening the district’s retail/commercial composition, with particular attention on cultivating young entrepreneurial talent.