Archive for February, 2004

02/1/2004

A Match made in Heaven

The couple had diverse backgrounds but they felt an immediate connection. Despite the hurdles and challenges they faced, they shared wonderful moments together and glowed with happiness at the beautiful results of their partnership. A bad romance novel? No, a good relationship between interior designer and client that resulted in a stylish and comfortable home. […]

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02/1/2004

Real Estate Gossip

Neighborhood Watch Rare pearls in Oyster Bay Oyster Bay is an exclusive enclave west of Tamiami Trail and loosely bounded by North and South Lakeshore Drives. The community offers gracious homes, boating water, winding tree-lined streets and an easy walk to the very private Field Club. Soaring property values have prompted some homeowners to sell, […]

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02/1/2004

Gardens in the Sky

Going into your garden can be extremely relaxing, even when it’s a tiny haven 100 feet up in the air. Just ask long-time gardening enthusiasts John and Sue Michel, who turned an ordinary 10-foot by 20-foot patio into a lush rooftop terrace at their new Library Mews townhouse in downtown Sarasota. Hundred-year-old Chicago bricks and […]

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02/1/2004

Balancing Act

"A lot of people think it’s a fictitious family," says Tino Wallenda, a third-generation member and head of the Flying Wallenda troupe. "They’re surprised to learn we ever really existed." But the Sarasota-based family of circus aerialists is as real as its well-known tragedy, when a seven-person pyramid came crashing down Jan. 30, 1962, in […]

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02/1/2004

In the Swing

If you fly into Sarasota Bradenton Airport during the winter months, you’ll notice a big advertisement in the lobby for Oak Ford. Oak Ford’s also advertised in local newspapers and other publications. The trouble is, many golfers skip over the ads with their eyes because the last thing they need is another car. Yes, golfers […]

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02/1/2004

Made in Sarasota

When Bob Blanchette began working with acrylic furniture, he soon was staying up all night, so immersed in projects that his wife had to phone and remind him to come home. Eleven years later, Blanchette’s passion has simmered down to an absorption that keeps him happily creating seven days a week in the workshop of […]

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02/1/2004

Beating the Clock

"There’s only so much time in a day," Dr. David Shoemaker of Sarasota’s Center for Sight says from a cell phone as he waits to board a flight to Los Angeles, where he’s attending a medical conference. Like many doctors, the ophthalmologist works between 80 to 100 hours a week, and he is wearily acknowledging […]

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02/1/2004

Where Are You, Paul Wellstone?

I miss liberals. After living in Minnesota for more than 20 years, I miss the pitter-patter of Birkenstocks, the vegan potlucks, the scent of patchouli, and the campaign fund raisers where people in earth-toned sweaters swill 3.2 beer and argue for the right of 14-year-olds to vote. It’s difficult not to get nostalgic about such […]

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02/1/2004

Bliss on the Beach

The nation’s No. 1 tennis resort has always focused on good food as much as it does on good tennis. That’s why on any given night, The Colony’s Gulf-front dining room will be filled almost equally with vacationers and locals. You’ll often know which is which. Locals don’t bring children; they consider The Colony a […]

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02/1/2004

Street Talk

Noisemaker MOTHER LOVE Manhattan’s Janeen Pernigotti makes the Sarasota architectural scene. Janeen Pernigotti’s raging red hair and outrageous fashions make her impossible to ignore. But the sassy 35-year-old and her firm, MOTHER, are also getting attention for her dazzling design of The Backlot, a futuristic arts, entertainment and education destination planned for the corner of […]

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