Episode 18

Published on:

15th May 2018

018 Diners, Drinks, and Del Webb

Highlights from this episode

  • Martini's as research? - (0:02)
  • Where can you find your mermaid? - (5:37)
  • Mermaids on Discovery Channel? - (7:47)
  • Two words - Strawberry butter! - (15:29)
  • Magic shows at Del Webb? - (22:31)
  • Ed takes a nap in a model home while Shelley works. - (27:40)

Update: Mermaid Vodka - (2:47)

Podcasting can present many opportunities and we have had many since starting Selling Sarasota Podcast. A recent opportunity presented by this show is a new job for Ed in sales with Mermaid Vodka. Soon after their interview with Carol Strickland, the founder and CEO of Mermaid Vodka, Ed was offered a job with the company to expand their sales efforts in the Sarasota area and beyond - and things are going great with new accounts being added weekly in area bars, restaurants, and liquor stores.


Mermaid Vodka is a premium brand vodka based in Sarasota and distilled in Riviera Beach Florida. This July it will be featured on the show Fish Mavericks on Discovery Channel. Mermaid Vodka is gluten free, made from premium corn, and distilled & filtered 6 times for exceptionally smooth delicious taste. Drink local. Be local. Get Hooked.

The Local Flavor - The Metro Diner - (14:12)

Despite having several locations around the country, Metro Diner was founded in Jacksonville Florida in 1992 and has a focus on being a spot for locals to eat and they support their local communities so it has its roots in being a local Florida company.


The Metro Diner

6056 North Lockwood Ridge Road

Sarasota, FL 34243

(941) 404-8815



From the Metro Diner website:

Metro Diner may not be the type of place where you’d expect contemporary culinary techniques, a commitment to creating dishes from scratch, an award-winning presentation, unique recipes and imaginative twists on old classics, but it is. It’s that type of place because we cook with heart. We cook for the love of food.

Since the building’s humble beginnings in 1938 and its revival as Metro Diner in 1992, Jacksonville’s favorite place for breakfast has been serving satisfied guests for nearly 25 years. In 2000, master chef Mark Davoli and family took over and elevated the menu to include innovative new dishes created from local ingredients. Along with culinary creativity, the Davoli family brought more than 80 years of combined restaurant experience to Metro Diner.


Known for warm, welcoming service, familiar faces and award-winning food, Metro Diner is a go-to eatery for locals, visitors and those just passing through town. Stop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner in select locations, we’d love to have you.

Del Webb Community - (20:03)

Del Webb 55+ community in Lakewood Ranch offers everything an active adult in Sarasota area is looking for, plus in this week's episode you can hear about Julie on the Lido Deck and why Ed has already picked out his favorite model home in the community. (It's because he fell asleep on the lanai.)


Del Webb Lakewood Ranch

6805 Del Webb Blvd, Lakewood Ranch, Florida 34202

(866) 307-8494



From the Del Webb website:

Building a new home in a Del Webb community in Sarasota means getting a new construction home with designs inspired by homeowners like you. The quality finishes that go into every new home we build complements the relaxed beach lifestyle that the area is known for. Here, we offer extensive amenities to help you feel like you’re truly a part of a close-knit community. Come experience all that Del Webb communities in Sarasota have to offer.


No one understands the importance of community like Del Webb. That’s why we can say we offer much more than a beautiful home; we offer a place to belong. Our communities are an extension of the Del Webb homeowners who live there—a collection of passions and activities you love to enjoy with others. When you choose to build in a Del Webb 55+ age-restricted community, you get the benefit of more than six decades of homebuilding experience. With homes designed for how you live with the features that matter most to you, backed by a warranty you can rely on so you’ll feel secure now and in the future. We’ve streamlined the process to make it easy for you to build the home you’ve always wanted in the vibrant community you’ve been looking for. Our dedication to quality means that we strive to exceed homeowner expectations every step of the way.




Have questions about real estate?

For more information on buying a home you can contact Shelley directly.

Email: shelleypanas@c21be.com

Call or text:  (941) 960-5115


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About the Podcast

Selling Sarasota
Welcome to Selling Sarasota Podcast! In every episode Shelley lays the smackdown on misinformation and delivers key insights into local real estate. Shelley Panas is a REALTOR® with Century 21 Beggins Enterprises in Sarasota, Florida.

About your hosts

Shelley Panas

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Living in Paradise! After running a successful company in Colorado Springs I decided that although mountains are beautiful, it was time for beaches. I relocated to Florida and joined the highly successful team at CENTURY 21 Beggins Enterprises -- the #1 C21 in Florida! I love it here! There is always something new to experience. At the end of the day, it is so nice to hop on my bike and head to the beach. The feel of sand squishing between my toes, listening to the waves crash on the shore while watching the sun paint the sky beautiful shades of gold, red and purple as it set is the perfect way to end my day. So I ask, why just come visit when you can stay?

I believe there is something profound in owning a home. This is your personal place to dream big dreams, relax in comfort, and be with the ones you love. I became a REALTOR® to help people have a better life.

We started our podcast in 2018 after Ed spent most of 2017 developing ideas for launching a podcast, only he didn't like any of the show topics he was testing. To test his audio gear he started "interviewing" me about my work in real estate. Needless to say, these test recording sessions became very silly very quickly and that's we realized we had our show. Ed brings his technical expertise in web development and digital marketing to complement my skills and experience in real estate to the show.

Edward Panas

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I have been a huge fan of podcasts since before they were even called "podcasts"! I remember listening to talk radio shows as far back when I was a kid through my college years. My frustration was always with getting a good signal or catching my favorite shows when they aired. When "Internet radio" shows started in the early 90's I used to listen to streaming shows from college & public radio stations, but connection speeds were limited. When podcasting started in 2004 I knew this was going to be a significant change in audio entertainment. As my weekly listening time increased over the years my interest in starting my own show grew as well.

I started kicking around the idea of starting a podcast shortly after moving to Florida in 2014, so in 2017 I joined Florida Podcaster Association in Tampa and learned how I could start my own show. As Shelley mentions in her bio, my ideas all sucked. (She says it much nicer than this.) I either lost interest very quickly or the ideas were just plain bad. She agreed to work with me testing out my new gear and audio production skills talking about her work in real estate. We were having so much fun doing these practice recordings we realized that this was our show. After a few months of learning about audio production and working out our content plan, we launched Selling Sarasota Podcast at PodFest Multimedia Expo on February 9th, 2018!