Archive for January, 2002

01/1/2002

The Club Scene

BLUES & BEER Five O’ Clock Club 1930 Hillview St. The scene: Cool, calm and way too smoky. Plastic patio chairs pass for Florida casual outside on the patio. Longtime locals and Sarasota first-timers line up together at the bar or share the tiny dance floor. Young and old defy generational boundaries and enjoy the […]

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01/1/2002

House of Adrienne

Fashion designer Adrienne Vittadini’s latest career move has become part of the Sarasota landscape. Vittadini is now designing big, beautiful homes and luxury furnishings, and her new Palladian villa in Lido Shores has become the prototype for the kind of light-filled, cheerful residences she intends for others to occupy. AV Casa, as Vittadini and her […]

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01/1/2002

The Secrets of Their Success

Every January, we recognize the region’s most successful businesses with our annual listing of the top companies in Sarasota and Manatee. Measuring their success is easy: We rank them according to how much they earn. But measuring the success of a businessperson is a little trickier. Earnings tell only a part of the story; and […]

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01/1/2002

Author, Author

People often ask me about Florida’s exploding literary scene and if I have any idea what caused it. Just look around- everywhere there are book fairs, reading festivals, author signings, lecture series featuring celebrities like Cokie Roberts. Barnes and Noble is a home away from home for many of us. (Boy, are those armchairs comfortable; […]

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01/1/2002

Discover DCOTA

Homeowners turn to design professionals to transform blueprints into practical and beautiful interiors. But where do the designers go for expert help and new ideas? In Florida, they go to DCOTA in Dania Beach, just south of the Fort Lauderdale airport. The acronym stands for Design Center of the Americas. DCOTA consists of a fully […]

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01/1/2002

Getting Over the ’80s

Andy and Al Frank love Longboat Key and have called Beachplace home for 20 years. But two decades of 1980s decor was starting to feel like a life sentence. The gold appliances, brown shag carpeting and almond formica felt all wrong for the 21st century. Their condominium cried for a fresh face, and the Franks […]

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01/1/2002

Of Faith and Fear

It’s pizza time at the Sarasota-Bradenton Islamic Society. Jean-clad pre-teen girls, veils covering some heads, line up for a well-earned couple of slices-learning Qur’anic verses in Arabic and debating religious concepts is hungry work. In a large green field behind the building, a group of boys roughhouse, tackling each other in the sunshine. A woman […]

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01/1/2002

Rooms at the top

Situated downtown overlooking Sarasota Bay, the new Ritz-Carlton offers 269 deluxe guest rooms, including 29 suites and one Presidential Suite, all with water views of either the bay or the marina. Each room has a fully stocked, refrigerated bar, personal safe, marble bathroom, and, of course, cable television and individual air-conditioning and heating controls, along […]

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01/1/2002

Top Companies

Sarasota businesses will remember 2001-or at least the first eight months of it-as the last big year of a long economic boom. As the stock market climbed above 10,000, Sarasota leaders basked in the glow of national accolades that included being named "Best Small City" in America by Money Magazine. But by summer, signs of […]

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01/1/2002

Bright Lights

Where can I wear sunglasses at night? Rosebud’s would be the place. Baby, it’s bright in there. Recessed ceiling cans plus the track lighting aimed at artwork conspire with wall sconces and pillar oil lamps on each table to make every line in your dinner companion’s face appear, how shall we say-glaringly clear? The upside […]

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01/1/2002

True West

Sarasota architect Jack West is a bit of a bear-a gracious, handsome bear-but a bear, nonetheless. He growls his way through conversations on architecture, politics and human nature, impatient that there aren’t enough intelligent people out there to understand his ideas. Yet, when you see his designs (check out his book "TLOAA"-"The Lives of an […]

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01/1/2002

Everybody Shops

Not everyone admits it, not everybody calls it by its rightful name, but everybody shops. Whether you’re on vacation investigating new territory or at home in your own familiar mall, the promise of new treasures and discoveries exerts a pull like a sociological magnet. So much of modern society’s recreation is centered around places to […]

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01/1/2002

He’s Awesome, Baby!

Sarasota’s Dick Vitale is everywhere during basketball season-ESPN television, ABC radio, and every magazine and newspaper imaginable. Vitale also puts up big numbers right here at home. Vitale, 62, first earned fame coaching high school and college basketball in the ’60s and ’70s. He coached the University of Detroit to a .722 winning percentage until […]

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01/1/2002

The Expandable Vacation

SARASOTA has it all-islands with sugar-white sandy beaches, a famous art museum, live theater, ballet and a symphony, outdoor cafes, golf galore and tropical flowers in more colors than an artist’s imagination. For many visitors, the problem is deciding just which of those many attractions to experience during the limited time of their stay. To […]

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01/1/2002

Welcome to Sarasota

Dreary gray skies and biting winds. Cars that won’t start, heating bills that won’t stop, and that nagging ache in your back from shoveling snow off your driveway. These are some of the reasons you need to get away from what we Sarasotans refer to simply as "up North." Sunshine. Balmy breezes, swaying palm trees, […]

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01/1/2002

Ground Zero

I had to go to New York recently on a short business trip- my first to the city since Sept. 11-and in the back of my mind the inevitable question lurked. Should I go to Ground Zero? I felt no compelling urge to do so. I’d seen it enough on TV-the cranes, the wreckage, the […]

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01/1/2002

A World of Water

In Sarasota, the natural world is a world of water-lakes, rivers, beaches and swamps-many worlds actually, many ecosystems, all depending on water for their existence. To the west, across Sarasota Bay, lie the barrier islands, where giant sea turtles return to the summer beaches of their births to lay their eggs in the sugary sand. […]

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01/1/2002

Shopping

quality time: His and her desk/travel clocks are interpretations of famous FabergĂ© originals handcrafted for the royal family of Russia. And they didn’t work as hard as you do. The luxury timepieces are 24K gold plate over silver and feature all the meticulous detailing that makes the FabergĂ© name synonymous with European quality and glamour. […]

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01/1/2002

Chill Out

This is one of the reasons you came to Southwest Florida, to relax at the water’s edge and savor a silken libation that’s as refreshing as a breeze off the palm trees. Even after you’ve gone home, you can still recapture that tropical Sarasota flavor with one of these specialties of the town. Key Lime […]

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01/1/2002

Homefront

What’s New in the Home "America’s pastime is shifting to entertainment that brings the family together inside the home, where the only things missing are the crowds, the pricey refreshments and the sticky floors," says Thomas Bible, marketing manager for Florida Home Theater (FHT). Bible says that whether your passion is sports, movies or music, […]

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