Archive for March, 2005

03/1/2005

Blood Lines

Sarasota manufacturer Rick Wheeler has always been physically fit, even swimming competitively in his youth. He attributes his strength to good genes, but genetics were against him when it came to his vascular system. As they had in his mother and sister before him, the veins running through Wheeler’s thighs throbbed with pain, itched and […]

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03/1/2005

Literary Cats

Eleven years ago, a clerk at the Main Bookshop called owner Scott Proffitt asking how to throw out "some cat" that kept wandering in. Terrified he was referring to a regular customer, Proffitt flew downstairs to find a grizzled male stray lounging on the front counter. Dubbed Byron, that cat became the first of three […]

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03/1/2005

In the Swing

Stoneybrook Golf & Country Club, just off 8801 Stoneybrook Blvd., is a semi-private facility that’s played mostly by member-residents who live in homes or condominiums bordering many of the fairways of its 18-hole championship course. Before I teed it up, I knew I was in for a treat, because the course architect Arthur Hills is […]

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03/1/2005

Made in Sarasota

"My pillows are not to be sat upon or leaned upon," warns lulu Meyer (yes, she goes by lulu, not Lulu). Don’t be alarmed; despite her order, which is delivered with a chuckle, anyway, Meyer is warm and approachable. And the pillows she’s talking about are hand-painted silk beauties that would tempt an owner to […]

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03/1/2005

Crotons Come Back

The next time you come across a Florida landscape photo from the ’40s or ’50s, especially from the Miami area, keep your eye out for crotons. The plant, which is known for its dazzling display of yellow, red and orange against a background of glossy emerald green, has brightened South Florida landscapes for almost 120 […]

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03/1/2005

Homefront

CASTLES IN THE SAND Remember how much fun it was to play in the sand and build the fantasy castle of your dreams? Sandcastles of Sarasota, one of the region’s premier developers of ultra-luxury waterfront estates, is busy creating its newest dream castle-a 9,000-square-foot home on nearly one acre on Siesta Key’s Big Pass. Architect […]

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03/1/2005

Coming Home

Julie and Gary Hester made their fortune with a chain of British companies that specialize in property searches. So when they were searching for their perfect property away from England in the sunshine, they could have chosen anywhere in the world. And in fact, they scouted Italy, Spain, the Canary Islands, even Greece, where they […]

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03/1/2005

Not Just for Laughs

Sarasotan Dick Smothers brings his more than 45 years of show biz experience to the Sarasota Comedy Festival this month (aided by wife Denby, co-chair for the two main events of the fest.) Yes, the brother that Mom liked best, who’s made his home in Sarasota for the past few years, puts in not one, […]

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03/1/2005

Art Buzz

When the Houses of Indian Beach were first announced a year ago, it looked like a new generation of Sarasota architects might build in the development of 24 or so million-dollar homes on seven acres on the east side of Bay Shore Road near the Ringling Museum. Now it’s being called "Guy Place," since it […]

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03/1/2005

Up in Smoke

Back in the day when a manly man could take a whiff off a cheroot, blow out a puff of smoke and pronounce, "A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke," and not get slapped in his face, Sarasota had a cigar manufacturing business. Nothing to match Tampa’s burgeoning Ybor […]

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