The trendy food, fashion and entertainment in this nostalgic Mediterranean setting are appealing to more than Lakewood Ranch residents, however. Though conceived as a convenience for the local community,
With world-class films, a
For the Best Jeans Butt contest sponsored by People Magazine, Beyonce wore $180 Siwy skinny jeans. The year-old brand’s fans also include Rachel Bilson, Nicole Richie and Kalena Aegerter of Bella Rae, who says the secret is gusseted pockets and a heart-shaped fanny seam. Bella Rae Boutique, 8141 Lakewood Main Street, N-102, (941) 907-9193.
Bravehearts will try the haggis (a Scottish specialty made from sheep intestines); for everyone else, MacAllisters offers classic American fare. Scottish-born Karen and Malcolm Ronney display 63 malt whiskeys on bar; splurge on the top-of-the-line 25-year-old single malt ($60 a shot) from Macallan. MacAllisters,
FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE
SHOE-HORNED into Endless Summer, a gem of a swimwear shop, is a dazzling array of footwear brands, many the darlings of
Thank your hostess in style with a gift of tea, in the brand Oprah says is as good as it gets. Tea Forte’s single infusers sell for $1.25 at Wish; several gift sets are cleverly packaged, starting with six for $10.50. Wish,
Golfer Chic isn’t an oxymoron at Main Street Golf, where cutting-edge new lines like Birdie are breaking every fashion rule of the game. A sexy mini skirt ($120) and pop art floral tank top ($80) coordinate with $30 boxers (for those with modesty issues).
UNCORK AND UNWIND
Butcher, baker and what equates to an entire
DON’T FORGET TO…
Treat a friend to a custom candy gift basket at Create Your Own “A Confectionery Boutique,” where gourmet chocolate and truffles are just two of 200 sweet temptations.
Check out the new designer bed fashions at Anabelle’s Home & Kitchen; they’re only offered at the Lakewood Ranch store.
Call ahead for an after-shopping massage at Ana Molinari’s new hair, makeup and spa treatment salon.
Stop by Vanessa Fine Jewelry to see the private label watches before you buy anywhere else. The designs, pricing and three-year “buckle to buckle” warranty can’t be beat.
Who’s In Store
Jens Albiez left an international marketing career behind in
“Everything in the store is what I like; it’s not a great retail strategy,” Albiez says. In reality, the assortment is relaxed and sophisticated, without the hackneyed look of more widely available modern pickings. “I won’t waste anyone’s time with anything that isn’t original,” he says of his abstract to surreal art from innovators around the world ($800 to $25,000).
The Table is Albiez’s go-to spot for “an interesting combination of South American and international food,” and the Düsseldorf native says the talent at
Bauhaus Studies Works by famed German ceramicist and Bauhaus student Helen Bollhagen (she started “throwing” in the ’30s) are still produced in limited editions though Sternberg Interiors ($75 to $300).
Fountain of Youth Renowned designer Peter Maly created COR’s Zyklus chair in 1984; its interplay of geometric shapes, circles and steel tubing is still a favorite of top designers worldwide. “Geometric shapes don’t age,” the 70-year-old Maly says.
Can’t Live Without “My piano!” Albiez learned as an adult: “I struggle with Bach, Chopin and Mozart,” he confides. Does practice makes perfect? He tinkles a Steinway concert grand at home (“It’s on loan from a client”) and a rare beauty (on sale) at the store. His favorite pro: Derek Han of La Musica.
Now that Toys R Us has closed, where will