Archive for April, 2004

04/1/2004

Sarasota Classics

Sarasota is known as a hub of arts and culture in Florida, but restaurants also play center stage in our reputation. For that, we can thank generations of tourists and snowbirds, whose appetite for dining out long provided enough business during the season to keep restaurants alive during the slow summer months. Until recently, the […]

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04/1/2004

Spicing up the Kitchen

The wall-to-wall windows in the living room overlook an incredible 180-degree view of the bay. The back windows admit spectacular Gulf views. In between, however, this two-level ’70s-era condominium needed help. The dull, inefficient, outdated kitchen definitely didn’t make the grade for gourmet cooking or entertaining. The new owner of this second home on Siesta […]

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04/1/2004

Real Estate Gossip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Country Club Shores, Ahoy Golf vernacular meets boat-speak in south Longboat Key’s waterfront Country Club Shores, where Halyard, Bowsprit and Outrigger lanes cross Bogey, Putting Green and Chipping lanes. Developed in the mid-1960s, Country Club Shores sports 400 properties, most of them waterfront, on seawalled canals that offer easy boating access to Sarasota […]

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04/1/2004

Made in Sarasota

Walking into Gary Shapiro’s office on Northgate Boulevard, you can’t resist looking up-and gasping. That’s exactly the reaction Shapiro, owner of Florida Custom Ceilings & Walls Inc., hopes for when clients first glimpse the gorgeous examples of tin tiles that adorn the ceilings of his office. From this 10,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and showroom, Shapiro’s staff […]

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04/1/2004

Vintage Sarasota

Sarasota’s Joseph Steinmetz illuminated decades of American life, both through his pioneering style of documentary wedding photography and his carefully posed images of everyday life. His subjects ranged from the wealthy to the weird, but even when he was shooting ordinary people, he set himself apart from the mainstream by his technical brilliance-every single negative […]

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04/1/2004

Short and Sweet

If you faithfully read my course reviews, you know that I don’t just feature the most luxurious clubs in or near our city, and God knows Sarasota has some of the best for miles around. In fact, just last month, I wrote about Laurel Oak, a truly first-class country club, and in upcoming issues I […]

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04/1/2004

La Vie En Roses

No flower has more symbolic meaning than the rose. Throughout time, roses have been treasured by kings and queens, revered by poets, esteemed by gardeners, and have epitomized love in all its forms. Nothing quite equals the rambling, untrammeled sensuality of a garden engulfed by the form and fragrance of roses rising onto trellises, sprawling […]

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04/1/2004

Sun Burned

When Andrea Lancaster moved to Sarasota four years ago from Providence, R.I., a rash of red swatches erupted on her legs. Two years later, the rash had spread so far that she was embarrassed to be seen in shorts, she made an appointment with a dermatologist. Dr. Anne McBride of Intercoastal Medical Group examined the […]

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04/1/2004

Keeping it Low-Key

Life has gotten too hectic. You’re flirting with burnout. You need a weekend retreat. But the insanity of regular Florida destinations like South Beach or Key West will only make it worse. Where to go, you say? Captain Florida has just the spot. It’s a place you’ve probably been to many a time, and probably […]

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04/1/2004

Trailer Park Tales

For this anniversary issue, we decided we would reprint one of our all-time favorite stories from the past 25 years. There were so many contenders, but when it came time to make the choice, this piece, from the December 1990 issue, topped all our lists. The story grew out of letters that the late novelist […]

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