Archive for February, 2007

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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02/1/2007

Mr. Chatterbox

Do you think that lately I’ve been writing too much about cute little animals and my life in the theater? Do I seem to be escaping into infantilism? Be honest. I’ve had my “ear to the ground” and that’s definitely the feeling I’ve been getting. But what am I supposed to write about? Kathy Dent […]

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02/1/2007

Finding Your Center

Think of it: When you remember your hometown, don’t you picture the city hall and the post office, the school you attended, even the the police station? Steven Crowell Jr., North Port’s city manager, made this point when we met recently, and he’s hard at work supervising the creation of just such a memorable municipal […]

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02/1/2007

Shopping

Exploring Westfield Southgate An anything but Middle-America mall. Is America a mall culture, or do shoppers define the culture of a mall? Under the glass dome of Westfield Southgate Mall, the ethos is one of chic refinement, with stores uncannily attuned to Sarasota’s worldly clientele. Even the most recognizable retail brands have fine-tuned their selections […]

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02/1/2007

From the Editor

It’s Valentine’s month, when a not-so-young editor’s fancies turn to thoughts of love, including the best marital advice I ever heard: It was from a 70-year-old, who told a radio interviewer that the secret of his long and happy marriage was “alcohol and gardening.” Brief yet utterly brilliant, and it got me thinking about the […]

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