Archive for May, 2007

05/1/2007

Bring on the Barbecue

“Play hard, eat well and don’t forget to share.” As we gazed around the highly electronic room—lots of televisions and other kinds of diversions—at the new Lee Roy Selmon’s in Bradenton, the slogan seemed perfect. The restaurant is a division of the burgeoning Outback Steakhouse restaurant group; and in contrast to my reaction to most […]

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05/1/2007

The Cheapskate’s Travel Guide

Traveling around the world to beautiful, exotic, exciting, historic or even scary places can be a lot of fun. My wife and I have found that doing it in first-class luxury can make it even more fun; however, paying first-class prices for everything can take much of that fun away. Getting the most bang for […]

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05/1/2007

Forever Fit

Ah, the baby boomers. They’re celebrated in all those glossy financial services, banking, and cosmetic dentistry advertisements as healthy, wealthy and fit well into their golden years. They’re seen arm in arm on a cruise ship’s deck gazing into each other’s mature but attractive faces and toasting the setting sun with a flute of Dom […]

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05/1/2007

May Events

On Exhibit VISUAL SEDUCTION There is a temptress in the galleries of the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. She is Salome, as painted by the American artist Robert Henri. From within her gold frame in the corner of a room, she emerges from the darkness of her canvas and looks in our direction. […]

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05/1/2007

Homefront

ONE SINGULAR SENSATION Prepped for a prime spot at the corner of Ringling Boulevard and South Palm Avenue, One Palm, a luxury mixed-use condominium project, recently announced plans to begin construction in October. The 10-story building, designed by Sarasota-based Hoyt Architects and sold through Michael Saunders & Company, will offer 99 units, allowing residents to […]

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05/1/2007

Real Estate Gossip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH MAKING A SPLASH IN ANNA MARIA At the tippy-top of Anna Maria Island, overlooking the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, the city of Anna Maria mingles beachfront luxury with the charm of an Old Florida beach town. The big lures are miles of sugar-white sand, two old fishing piers and boating access to the Gulf […]

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05/1/2007

Made in Sarasota

Woodworker Shawn O’Malley is like a kid in a candy store. He gets to indulge his love for fine-aged architectural materials every day by working at Architectural Salvage, a warehouse on downtown’s Central Avenue that overflows with old windows, doors, bricks, iron gates, plinth blocks and other paraphernalia rescued from the wrecking ball. Then O’Malley […]

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05/1/2007

Before & After

Cherokee Park homeowner Cindy Kruse and artist Sandy Norton share a colorful and multi-layered friendship, much like the complex faux finishes Norton recently completed in Kruse’s beautiful bayfront home.  The two women grew up together in Philadelphia and attended the same high school. As teens they dated brothers, often double-dating to the movies and school […]

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05/1/2007

One Great Room

When Lusia Shafran and Ken Landry created the outdoor living spaces for Landmark Development Group’s Grand Cayman showcase home at the new Lake Club at Lakewood Ranch, they began as they always do: by imagining how the property would be used. Shafran, principal of Landmark Design Studio (the building firm’s interior design arm), and Landry, […]

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05/1/2007

Sarasota’s Design Trends

Winter’s chill is a hazy memory and sultry summer nights are looming. Snowbirds are flying off, and the school year and social season are drawing to a close. May in Sarasota is a time to breathe deeply, relax and unwind. It’s also the perfect time to reclaim that patio, covered porch, poolside cabana or shady […]

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