Archive for November, 2001

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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