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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