Archive for February, 2007

02/1/2007

Aloha—And Ciao

“Aloha. Welcome to Roy’s.” The hostesses, servers, bartenders—you name it—everyone utters Roy’s Restaurant’s signature greeting about a zillion times a night. Extending hospitality is one big part of the carefully crafted Roy’s experience. Hawaiian fusion cuisine is the other. And since Roy’s may well be the only Hawaiian-fusion eatery outside of the 50th state, the […]

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02/1/2007

Field of Dreams

They were humble roots, indeed. Actually, weeds have now overtaken the vacant lot where it all started, at the southwest quadrant of Business 41 and Florida Avenue, near the Whitfield Estates neighborhood in Bradenton. Outlines of a practice range remain, though, and one can easily imagine swing guru David Leadbetter giving a clinic in his […]

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02/1/2007

The Dean Wears Prada

You’re probably vaguely aware of something called “Semester at Sea.” I was. All I knew was that an ocean liner sails around the world for a semester with a bunch of college students, and for this they receive class credit. Well, why not? The problem of what to do with rich college students will always […]

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02/1/2007

February Events

On Exhibit WONDER OF THE FALLS When I worked at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, we curators agreed that if we could only save one painting in a fire, it would be Frederic Edwin Church’s painting of Niagara Falls. Of course, Niagara is so big three people would be needed to carry it out the […]

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02/1/2007

You Must Remember This

If you’re a baby boomer, chances are that you’re losing more than your hearing, hair and skin elasticity. You’re also losing brain cells. Scientists (who really use—and need—their brain cells) already knew this. “The human brain reaches its maximum volume by the age of 20 and then slowly starts shrinking,” says neuropsychologist Cheryl Luis, Ph.D, […]

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02/1/2007

Homefront

BRIGHTON PEACH Prospective buyers and house-watchers alike enjoyed a break from the ordinary on Jan. 25, as Peregrine Homes opened the doors to its new English manor estate home in Lakewood Ranch’s newest and most sought-after neighborhood, The Lake Club. The 8,371-square-foot Brighton model eschews Florida’s typical Med-Rev architecture for a style more likely to […]

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02/1/2007

Real Estate Gossip

Neighborhood Watch HISTORIC BAY ISLAND Often referred to as the “Gateway to Siesta Key,” the exclusive waterfront neighborhood of Bay Island offers an eclectic mix of multimillion-dollar estates and cozy cottages on some of the best boating water around. Residents catch fresh stone crabs from their docks while overlooking a panoramic view of the growing […]

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02/1/2007

Made in Sarasota

In the hands of Elle Terry Leonard, a lump of gray clay can transform into an expressive work of art. Leonard, who creates site-specific ceramic wall murals, mirrors, fountains, swimming pool tiles, and fireplace and front door surrounds for homeowners and corporate clients across Florida, is one of 100 ceramicists from around the world included […]

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02/1/2007

Before & After

Jane McGinty’s friends were speechless when they saw her newly purchased home in the Siesta Key beachfront neighborhood of Sanderling. Most just stood and stared. The 1953 ranch-style house had low ceilings, tiny bedrooms and a dysfunctional floor plan that did not take advantage of the home’s beautiful natural setting on Heron Lagoon. The kitchen […]

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02/1/2007

Designing Mind

ECLECTIC COMPANY This month: Symphony Showcase chair Lance Licciardi. Design experience: I studied fine art in Utica, N.Y., and got my design degree from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. I came to Sarasota in 1997, and Tim Thomas and I opened [Palm Avenue design store] Madison Park two years ago. The 2007 Showcase: For our […]

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