Archive for March, 2004

03/1/2004

Queen Cuisine

Why do we do it? Why do we race around trying to accomplish this and that? What will we have to show after all? Will we ask ourselves if we regret not having spent more time working? I don’t think so. Life is not a beginning or an end. Life is a process, and to […]

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03/1/2004

Family Values

How does an outmoded, overworked family room become a gracious, functional space for living? Designer M. Lee Younger of The Pineapple House Collection and his assistant Anthony Warfield effected a dramatic facelift for clients Tara Lamb and William Shaddy of The Landings with a basic stop, look and listen approach. "We put an immediate halt […]

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03/1/2004

Deserving of a Laurel

Laurel Oak, located off Bee Ridge Road just two miles east of I-75, is a true private country club. You know that the second you arrive at the entranceway guard gate that leads to a sprawling, stylish clubhouse with panoramic views of some of the club’s 36 holes comprising the East and West courses. The […]

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03/1/2004

Made in Sarasota

Some adults can remember exactly when they glimpsed their future-the song that inspired a music career or the book that lured them to write. For 16-year-old Reginna Zhidov, it was aVogue photograph of a model draped in a dress of burlap and silk. "That’s when I realized that with fabric, anything is possible," Zhidov says. […]

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03/1/2004

Nice Neighborhood

Sarasota’s residents may be significantly better educated, more affluent and more likely to own homes than other Floridians, but it doesn’t take a genius to realize why buying a house in Sarasota is the best thing you can do for yourself. With powdery beaches, lush parks and gorgeous tropical foliage, our little city is rich […]

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03/1/2004

Homefront

*The party’s in the kitchen Ever notice how people at a party love to congregate around the food, sometimes while it’s still being cooked? "Today’s kitchen trend is toward social cooking where guests can become involved in the process," says Werner Venter, owner of Lube Italian Kitchens, now located in the DeSears building at 4650 […]

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03/1/2004

Go North!

If two energetic business leaders have their way, waves of redevelopment will flow in a northerly direction from Rosemary District. Merry Berger and Ian Black have created Action Central, a pilot program that seeks to revitalize the blocks between 10th and 15th Streets. "Our goal is to make it safe, scenic and green," says Berger, […]

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03/1/2004

Smile Therapy

A survey conducted by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) found that 92 percent of those who responded cited an attractive smile as an important social asset, yet only half were happy with their own dental appearance. In another survey, 74 percent of the respondents believed that an unattractive smile could actually harm their […]

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03/1/2004

Building Business

Looking around at the new construction that’s proliferated everywhere recently, one is struck by a curious dichotomy: The commercial and institutional architecture is, by and large, excellent; the residential architecture is not. Developers and architects of business structures seem ready to take risks in the interest of creating memorable buildings; residential development, with few exceptions, […]

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03/1/2004

Adventure Island

We circled the Orange Bowl at a thousand feet in the Grumman Mallard seaplane before lining up for our belly landing in Biscayne Bay. As we splashed down and skimmed across the surf, a daredevil woman on a jet ski zipped over and raced beside the stabilizing pontoon under one of the wings. Yes, we […]

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