Archive for November, 2001

11/1/2001

Travels with Tim

I am sitting with my laptop computer in a Fort Myers motel on the Tamiami Trail, heading into the home stretch of the first leg of my "Orange Crush" book tour. We started in Jacksonville two weeks ago, circling the coast of Florida clockwise. Tomorrow, Sarasota, then homecoming in Tampa. I feel like that Italian […]

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11/1/2001

Season Preview

Every summer the press releases about the fall-winter-spring arts season start flying into our office, and every summer I start planning the rest of my entire year. I’m not alone in doing that, I’m sure; arts and entertainment lovers all over town feverishly scribble away at their calendars, trying to make that symphony orchestra concert […]

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11/1/2001

Thinking Plastic

New York plastic surgeon Dr. Darrick Antell asks every new patient to stand in front of a mirror and point out what bothers them most about their appearance. One day, after pointing to numerous areas, an exasperated woman cried out, "I haven’t got enough hands!" "This was actually a very level-headed, intelligent woman," he says, […]

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11/1/2001

Our Excellent Adventure

"This is your nanny speaking!" As my voice came over the loudspeaker while our busses bowled along through the postcard-perfect farmland and villages of central Europe last June, I was sure I could see many of the nearly 100 members of our Key Chorale tour shudder. How had this become my identity on this trip? […]

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11/1/2001

Extreme Measures

Editor’s note: due to a production error, another author was incorrectly credited with this story in the November issue of SARASOTA. We regret the error. Iris Starr landed in Sarasota five years ago to open Saks Fifth Avenue, and immediately became one of the most recognizable faces in town. With her impeccable grooming, New York […]

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11/1/2001

Made in Sarasota

About a year ago interior designer Christine Desiree realized she was having a hard time finding the perfect pieces of furniture for some clients. Within six months, her sleek, eye-catching furniture in woods, concrete and granite was at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Today, her pieces grace showrooms in Dallas, Chicago and Fort Lauderdale, and […]

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11/1/2001

The President in Sarasota: September 11, 2001

Bob Plunket recounts his time with President George W. Bush in the hours leading up to the events of September 11, 2001.

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11/1/2001

Luxury Redo

Alix and Mark Morin discovered their Florida vacation home, complete with sparkling pool and pretty views of converging canals, on a quiet cul-de-sac on Siesta Key. As perfect as the tropical setting was, however, the interior lacked imagination. The floor plan was cut up into smallish boxes with entryway, living room and dining area in […]

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11/1/2001

Natural Wonder

Not many people count an emperor scorpion, tarantula, and python among their pets. And it’s a fair bet that few Sarasotans number among their colleagues a male corn snake called Mr. Moo or a pair of turtles called Gabe and Gert. Then again, Tiffany Neal, curator of flora and fauna at G.WIZ, is not exactly […]

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11/1/2001

Homefront

The Rise of Rosemary Ed Biggs of Home Resource is taking his forward-thinking, modernistic home decor business back to the past by moving its design and distribution offices to a 9,000-square-foot building in Sarasota’s hottest new revival neighborhood, the Rosemary District. The area is bordered on the south side by Fruitville Road, to the north […]

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11/1/2001

Street Talk

CELEBRITY SIGHTING Pee-wee a natural man? That what it looked like recently when Sarasota’s own Pee Wee Herman showed up in a north side neighborhood, looking over some exotic species of bromeliads. Those are the spiky green cluster plants with red centers surrounding tiny blue flowers that all look alike to me. But then I […]

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11/1/2001

After Sept. 11

On Sept. 11, Robert Plunket, who writes our humorous gossip column, "Mr. Chatterbox," was at Sarasota’s Booker Elementary School with President Bush and his entourage. Through a quirky combination of circumstances, he had been offered press credentials from the White House to join the Presidential tour through Florida. After we all stopped laughing at the […]

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11/1/2001

Raising the Bar

If you want to see where luxury waterfront and country club communities in Sarasota are headed, take a drive down to Naples, which is gaining a reputation for offering the most lavish lifestyles in Florida-and perhaps the nation. Ultra-wealthy buyers there are snapping up homes-often their second, third or fourth home, and a place where […]

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11/1/2001

Real Estate Gossip

Doug Martel has nine Sarasota bayfront properties under construction at the same time. Each home measures somewhere between 5,000 and 8,000 square feet and will be finished with the finest materials available: Think marble floors, granite countertops, beveled glass, imported fixtures and more. Homeowners will pay between $3 million and $6 million to live in […]

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11/1/2001

Shopping

Pocket Full of Posies. From designer Christian Livingston, this vintage-style cloth bag is hand-crafted using antique lace and crystal beads into a delicate bouquet of pink flowers that glisten in the moonlight. $96. See this one and the rest of the unusual collection at The Lemon Tree, 1465 Main St., Sarasota. 953-2242. Stripe Tease. That’s […]

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11/1/2001

An Anthology of Art

For art collectors Dr. Mark and Irene Kaufman, part of the excitement of collecting lies in the stories attached to every piece of art they acquire. Sometimes the story is the painter’s, told on the canvas itself; sometimes it’s the story of how they themselves found and purchased the work, or of the fellow art […]

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11/1/2001

Aren’t we Italian!

Sarasota seems to have an insatiable hunger for rustic Mediterranean food. Little Italian eateries are proliferating downtown; the best are small and tightly focused on replicating that loose, friendly neighborhood ambience that has made trattorias all the rage. Uva Rara has all those essential ingredients, including a young, ambitious Italian at the stove-33-year-old Oscar Revelli-DiBeaumont. […]

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11/1/2001

Hot Tickets

Art Glorious glass, colorful clay and ceramic objects, designer clothing, jewelry, metal works, leather goods, wooden furniture and more are for viewing (and for sale) at the American Craft Council Show, held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2 at Robarts Arena. More […]

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11/1/2001

Ask The Experts

Q. I’m decorating my first home. Is there a "must-have" accessory I can enjoy for many years? Randy La Bolle of August Third answers: A handsome mirror is one of your best long-term investments because it is not place-specific. You can move it from room to room in this home and confidently take it to […]

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11/1/2001

Masterpiece Theater

No trip to New York is complete without a visit to one of the city’s vibrant and exciting museums, if only to prove that you are not some yokel from Florida who is only interested in Broadway shows and shopping-which is, of course, exactly what you are interested in. So for appearance’s sake, you must […]

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