Archive for January, 2003

01/1/2003

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Dying to Learn

Hispanics are not the only immigrants sitting in cramped ESOL (English as a Second Language) classrooms reciting possessive pronouns. About 30 percent of Sarasota County’s ESOL students are from other nations. The student-made posters on the walls of the ESOL (English as a Second Language) classrooms at the Sarasota County Technical Institute show that diversity […]

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01/1/2003

Homefront

*New Tiles in Town He may be new in town, but 30 years after founding B&F Ceramics Design Showroom, owner and CEO Michael E. Fick is an old-timer in the tile industry. In late August, the Washington, D.C.-based business opened its newest showroom off Route 301 and Northgate Boulevard, where Fick promises upscale Italian and […]

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01/1/2003

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Rising Stars

Many of Sarasota’s smaller companies are not grossing enough to make our annual $10-million list of top companies, but they’re quietly making big names for themselves in the national press. In time, they may very well be on our list. Until they are, here are some up-and-coming companies that you should be paying attention to: […]

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01/1/2003

WEB EXCLUSIVE: Circus Sarasota-Style

More than 200 years ago, south of the Thames River, an intrepid British equestrian named Philip Astley came up with a rather clever way to finance his dream of building a riding school. He carved out a ring, threw up a roof, and charged audiences sixpence to watch him perform daring riding acts. He hired […]

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01/1/2003

WEB EXCLUSIVE: On the Side

Conchitas a la parmesana According to the folks at Javier’s Restaurant, conchita a la parmesana is one of Peru’s most popular appetizers. Fortunately for hungry Americans-and Sarasotans in particular-this is a simple recipe. You’ll notice that the ingredients below have no measurements. Don’t worry; the chefs at Javier’s insist that proportions are not important. Just […]

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01/1/2003

The Wright Stuff

I’ve never been a big Frank Lloyd Wright fan. In fact, I am somewhat mystified by all the acclaim that surrounds him. The great American architect? How so? His influence has been minimal. Buildings built in his style are as scarce as hen’s teeth. (Look at Mies van der Rohe and Addison Mizner if you […]

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01/1/2003

Into the Kitchen

Eating in a restaurant kitchen at night is something gangsters do in B-movies. Now, it’s a big, sophisticated deal. You can wait more than a year for a kitchen chair (or as it’s now called, a chef’s table) at Charlie Trotter’s eponymous place in Chicago. The wait isn’t that long at the Don CeSar Beach […]

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01/1/2003

Follow the Sun

When the El Presidente condominium went up on Siesta Key’s white sands back in 1974, the developer fashioned an oversized living space for his family on the top floor by combining two complete residences and multiple terraces for a lavish 4,100-square-foot beachfront residence. Dr. Steve Scully and wife Diane of Andover, Massachusetts, saw the place […]

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01/1/2003

Made in Sarasota

The first time Jon and Alene Pettus quarreled it was about crown molding (she was redoing his Boston-area condo). They weathered that spat, going on to marry and begin a now 12-year-old collaboration called Architectural Painting and Renovation. With Jon’s background in custom woodwork and Ringling grad Alene’s fine art education, the couple creates decorative […]

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01/1/2003

Ask the Experts

Q. I want to use an animal skin print for a room accent. How much accent is too much, and must all of the "skins" belong to the same animal or is it okay to mix zebra and leopard? Robb & Stucky interior designer Howard Firth pounces on this one: You’re right to stay with […]

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01/1/2003

Tradition, Tradition

Though running his family’s clothing store on St. Armands Circle requires him to follow changing fashion trends, Tom Maus has traditional ideas when it comes to marriage and family. Despite his active social life as a supporter of the Ringling Museum’s Fan Club and other worthy causes, as he was approaching his 40th birthday last […]

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01/1/2003

Occupational Therapy

Poor John Ringling. The circus magnate may have been one of the first Sarasotans to work at home-in his case the Italianate elegance of Cà d’Zan-but his office was positively spartan compared to the home offices of today’s executives. Work-at-home professionals are powering a booming market that’s driving the home office to new levels of […]

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01/1/2003

Real Estate Gossip

Successful Merger The welcome mat is finally in front of their Ritz-Carlton doorway as Pasqualina and Robert Peterson move into their new home. The philanthropic Petersons were among the original lottery winners when residences at the Ritz came on the market and they bought one…and then one more. Enter Anne Folsom Smith and a team […]

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01/1/2003

A Healthy Addition

Sarasota is not famous for fine commercial architecture. Even the late, lamented Sarasota School produced few iconic business structures. Schools, yes; residences, yes; a nifty City Hall, but relatively little in memorable commercial buildings. Unfortunately, recent development has produced almost nothing of which we can be proud. A lot of Mediterranean Revival stuff, some of […]

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01/1/2003

The Cosmetic Surgery Boom

There was a time when all you saw an eye doctor for was a glaucoma test and a prescription to treat your nearsightedness. If you had crow’s feet or a sagging jowl, you’d consult a plastic surgeon. Not anymore. Once the dominion of specialists, cosmetic surgery is now part of many physicians’ practices. Today you […]

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01/1/2003

Hot Tickets

Art, Music and More Ringling School of Art’s "Strength of Community" series unfolds a number of events this month. Celebrated African-American artist, illustrator and author Faith Ringgold (best known for her painted story quilts) is the focus of a retrospective show at the school’s Selby Gallery (opening Jan. 10 to run through Feb. 15); she’ll […]

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01/1/2003

CORRECTION: Top Performers

The shoes that appeared on page 81 are from Saks Fifth Avenue. We indicated otherwise in the printed edition of the magazine. Related Articles: Joel Ellzey Delicious Mischief SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: Look Your Best

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01/1/2003

In the Swing

MIND GAMES When I was senior instruction editor at GOLF Magazine, I would occasionally receive telephone calls from disgruntled golfers, complaining about not getting help at a golf school they had paid thousands of dollars to attend. More than one reader uttered this remark about instructors on our "Best Teachers in America" list: "If teachers […]

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01/1/2003

Top Companies

The year 2002 was edgy and uncertain, as terrorism, accounting scandals, a sinking stock market and fears of war haunted national and regional companies. "We all thought we saw recovery happening last year," says Kathy Baylis, vice president of the Sarasota County Committee for Economic Development. Now, she says, "The whole landscape has changed. I […]

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01/1/2003

On the Road Again

The first tipoff that a book tour isn’t total glamour is when a bookstore schedules two simultaneous events, and the local psychic over in the New Age section outdraws you 20-1. The second tipoff is the hecklers. I didn’t know they had hecklers at book signings, so I asked around among my author friends, who […]

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