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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02/1/2007

One Great Room

Fashion icon Adrienne Vittadini’s passion for architecture and interior design resonates through her homes in New York City, the Hamptons and Italy. But in Sarasota—where, working with local architect Clifford Scholtz, she and her husband, Gigi, have built and sold several homes—she adds a singular nuance: Each room’s decor enhances the beauty of the outdoors. […]

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02/1/2007

Sarasota’s Design Trends

The first documented wicker pieces were from ancient Egypt. Those ancient Egyptians knew a thing or two about design. Wicker—generally defined as any plant material woven into a useful object—is sturdy and durable, and its homey texture and natural palette make it a wonderful choice for almost any environment. Wicker’s cousin, rattan, made from one […]

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02/1/2007

A Year in Provence, Sarasota-style

We have the tourists, shopping, wine and even the small-town scandals Peter Mayle describes in A Year in Provence. Sarasota’s beaches are arguably superior, our azure waters Riviera-picturesque. We dread hurricanes; they fear a wind called the mistral. But perhaps the most compelling similarity is our common attitude about time: Both in Sarasota and Provence, […]

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02/1/2007

Closet Cases

The closet has become the new frontier of home design and changed the way we buy, store, think about, and even wear our clothes. That’s what I discovered when I asked some Sarasota clotheshorses to let their closets come out of the closet. What they showed me were incredibly revealing personal spaces that are used […]

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02/1/2007

Super Sharp

A lot of boats were built in Sarasota during the past 150 years. Some were for work; some for play. Some were mundane, and some were downright ugly. But for poise and speed, few compare with the Stiletto catamaran. The name is perfectly apt—an Italian Renaissance weapon used for carving up the opposition. The first […]

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02/1/2007

Letter from Arcadia

I know it’s hard to believe this, but the buzz is that our next-door neighbor, DeSoto County, is "the next big thing." DeSoto County? Little DeSoto County? Impoverished DeSoto County? One and the same. Real estate investors and trendspotters are predicting that this area is set for explosive growth, with new subdivision developments about to […]

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02/1/2007

True Romance

SARASOTA SPECTACULAR Mark Famiglio and Jennie Lascelle, 3/4/06 It was the Sarasota event of the year—just what Mark Famiglio had in mind. “We wanted to show our guests what this town was all about,” says the prominent entrepreneur, who celebrated his wedding to attorney Jennie Lascelle with a spectacular reception at that quintessential Sarasota landmark, […]

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02/1/2007

Sarasota’s 10 Best

Energize your palate with Pad Thai’s tangy cucumber salad—a crispy mix of texture and flavor that captures the intrigue of Thai cuisine. Shredded cucumbers, red onions, bell peppers, and roasted peanuts and cilantro rally in fresh lime juice for a sweet and savory interplay. Your taste buds will be charmed—Thai-style. Pad Thai Restaurant, 501 N. […]

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02/1/2007

The Social Detective

Short of being an air controller in a busy airport when the weather’s iffy, there’s nothing like the insecurity, nail-biting suspense and sheer terror of being one of only three remaining repertory companies in the entire nation. I’m talking about the Asolo, of course, where I’m a new board member watching from the wings. And […]

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02/1/2007

Fashion Statement

Suzanne Coelingh Spotted at the Mistletoe Ball. What are you wearing? An emerald silk twist-neck halter with Fortuny pleats, black peau de soie pumps, a Mary Frances white fur “Snow Princess” bag and Art Deco earrings and pin. What’s your fashion philosophy? Less is more. Who are your style icons? Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn and […]

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