Archive for August, 2007

08/1/2007

Mystery Geek Interview

Yeah, hey. This is Marty. Marty? Marty, uh, Fugate. The writer from Sarasota Magazine. Oh, yeah. Pam told me about… It’s like a day-in-the-life. So if … Yeah, she was saying you want to "shadow me." Not today. Today is a bad day. This is just a preliminary. This is a very bad week. ‘K, […]

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08/1/2007

The Tests of the Future Today

Back in the ’90s, insurance companies frightened you with the prospect of Uncle Sam selecting your medical tests. Now, in the new millennium, insurance companies select your medical tests—and cherry-pick the diagnostic procedures they’ll pay for. Inevitably, technology runs ahead of bureaucracy. While HMOs and PPOs shuffle paperwork, medical research scientists wage a never-ending technological […]

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08/1/2007

Back Rooms and Secret Sources

In a city as small as Sarasota, word gets around. Or does it? In truth, some of the most delightful shopping experiences in town are hidden behind closed doors or off the beaten trail. To unearth these off-the-radar sources, we probed shop owners, eavesdropped at fundraisers and networked everywhere. What we discovered is a treasure […]

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08/1/2007

Sarasota Classic

Preserving Sarasota’s architectural heritage has never been more successfully accomplished than with Guy Peterson’s renovations to the iconic Revere Quality House. A classic of the Sarasota School, it was built in 1948 to showcase the use of Revere copper products in postwar housing. But its greater accomplishment was to define a moment in the history […]

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08/1/2007

Techno Tale

Good morning, Drew. It’s a beautiful sunny day. Drew’s in his Tesla Roadster, driving Alice down to Englewood, her blond hair streaming in the wind. Next thing you know—boombadaboom—flat tire. Like a bad dream. Which it is. Boombadaboom. Drew sits up in bed. Awake now. Boombadaboomboom. Not a tire. Japanese taiko drums. Blasting from the […]

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08/1/2007

Fantasy 5

If money is no object, objects assume increased value by virtue of their “wow” factor. Objects make an impression. Be honest, now. Few who choose expensive items do so to admire them in privacy. They must be seen to be appreciated as a reflection of the owner’s taste and, yes, status. They go way beyond […]

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08/1/2007

The Age of Elegance

It is only fitting that a house named Villa della Fontana would be Tuscan in design and bedecked with fountains. But when the Oaks Bayside home was custom-built for Sarasota grande dame Virginia Field Newton in 1987, the fountains weren’t there. In fact, they didn’t arrive until 2004, when New York fine art and antiques […]

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08/1/2007

Color Rules

From old-guard to avant-garde, fine jewelry has always been defined by color. We want our diamonds white, our rubies fiery, our emeralds grass-green, and our sapphires vivid. For millenniums, that was the simple truth for maharajahs, moguls and everyone in-between. All other stones were labeled semi-precious. The chic money was not on colored diamonds, except […]

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08/1/2007

The Luxury Report

Luxury can be a lifestyle, an experience, an item. Defining luxury? That is the elusive, ever-evolving and challenging mission of the editors at Robb Report magazine, part of the CurtCo Media company that also owns Sarasota. “Our readers are intelligent and curious people,” explains Larry Bean, editor in chief of the illustrious niche publication whose […]

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08/1/2007

Taste Maker

What surprised me was the plastic salad spinner in a lower cupboard of the sleek cook’s kitchen Giuliano Hazan designed for his Sarasota home. I’d expected the  six-burner Wolf Gourmet gas range under its custom glass hood, the little secrets like the shallow toe-kick drawer for storing serving platters, the easy-on-the-feet (and dropped crockery) cork […]

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08/1/2007

Travel Calendar

September: Milan, Italy The destination: Milan has become one of the world’s leading fashion centers, and during Fashion Week (Sept. 22-30) you’ll see the all-important spring collections as you sit side-by-side with celebrities, famous fashion editors and the world’s top designers. Grand Hotel et de Milan—after a day of taking in the shows in your […]

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