Archive for March, 2004

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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03/1/2004

Of Flavors and Family

We used to have a rule on family vacations that we had to eat at as many locally owned, one-of-a-kind restaurants as possible. For years my kids would gripe and grumble as we’d pass by one set of golden arches after another, each glowing with the promise of familiar food in high-tech American containers, only […]

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03/1/2004

The Pioneer Hotelier

For most Sarasota residents and visitors, "Higel" means no more than the name of a street that runs along Siesta Key-Higel Avenue. But during the era just before the Florida land boom of the ’20s accelerated our growth, Harry L. Higel, the man for whom the street was named, was a progressive dynamo, pushing the […]

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03/1/2004

High Stakes Dining

Celebrity chef Paul Mattison is spreading himself as thin as demi-glace these days, what with a popular downtown bistro in Sarasota, another thriving one in St. Petersburg, a successful catering business, cooking demonstrations, television appearances, a restaurant training institute and culinary tours of Italy. Now the indefatigable, 39-year-old Mattison, who also donates huge amounts of […]

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03/1/2004

Mr. Chatterbox

Boy, wasn’t that film festival something? True, there may have been a few glitches here and there. But this year the town got involved as never before, following every little drama, attending every movie, crashing every party. Molly Haskell, executive director of the first Sarasota Film Festival (the French one), used to say that a […]

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