Archive for November, 2004

11/1/2004

Made in Sarasota

As a young mother living in the Michigan countryside, Pat Underwood would often visit her two neighbors, both older women, and while away afternoons having tea by their potbellied stove, watching the birds outside the window. "I thought, if I could inspire anybody the way they inspired me: the way they lived their life, worked […]

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11/1/2004

Street Talk

Legal Lit Claire Hamner Matturro’s heroine, Lilly Cleary, is the best thing to hit the Sarasota legal community since attorney Gary Larsen demonstrated the tie between comedy stage and courtroom. In fact, an old law partner of Larsen’s, Matturro gave up the practice to (in part) write her just-released legal thriller Skinny Dipping, set in […]

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11/1/2004

Sarasota’s 10 Best Beauty Products

When we ran into a formerly pear-shaped friend and raved about her new perfectly balanced body, she credited Carla Polins of Natural Wellness for changing her diet-and her life. A licensed acupuncturist and certified nutritionist, Polins starts by taking your medical history and assessing your health. Then she designs a personalized diet, often in combination […]

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11/1/2004

Literary Lions

Once upon a time in the 1950s, Sarasota established a national reputation as an art colony that included a number of celebrated writers. Most of them lived on Siesta Key, a wilderness of shell roads and deserted white sand beaches and year-round sun. Life on this idyllic tropical island was quite different from the urban […]

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11/1/2004

In the Garden

UNCOMMON BEAUTIES Rare plants intrigue the adventurous gardener. By Francoise O’Neill The epitome of adventurous gardening is growing and collecting rare plants-those uncommon beauties whose intriguing characteristics and interesting histories make them especially appealing. "For us it wasn’t so much a need to have something that others don’t, but rather to step outside the run-of-the-mill […]

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11/1/2004

Center Stage

Forty years ago, Marian Wallace wanted a job in lighting design, but the Asolo "didn’t want to hire a girl," she recalls. So Wallace, who had just married a young actor named Bradford Wallace, worked the box office, drove a van and assisted stage managers until in 1968, she got her big break by staging […]

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11/1/2004

A Cut Above

Bob Lenari started cutting hair in 1956, hoping barber school might help him avoid the army. "I had a choice, go to school or get drafted," he recalls. "I wound up doing both." After a stint in the reserves, Lenari opened a shop in Ringling Shopping Center, then moved to John Baldwin’s St. Armands clothing […]

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11/1/2004

Feeling Blue

Charles and Jackie Okoskey of Saratoga Springs loved swapping New York’s snow and ice for the turquoise waters and lush golf courses of Longboat Key. But something about their Grand Bay condominium left them feeling a bit blue. "The former decorator chose a nautical theme and a monochromatic color scheme," explains designer Shari Roberts of […]

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11/1/2004

Homefront

Housewares in bloom It’s all about trees this decorating season. "The palm tree continues to be an important influence for coastal living," says Gwen Bennett, vice president of advertising and eCommerce at Beall’s Department Stores, with designs interpreted on dinnerware, glassware and linens. "Mix and match for a truly unique table." Bamboo is also making […]

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11/1/2004

Artful Interiors

Art. It can be an intimidating subject, a stimulating hobby, a downright obsession. Where you fall in this broad continuum is reflected in your home-in the furniture and accessories you have chosen, and by the ambience and energy within. The truly artful interior is compelling, provocative and sublime, transformed from visual silence into a symphony […]

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