Archive for February, 2008

02/1/2008

Winning Numbers

If you haven’t visited 5-One-6 Burns in downtown Sarasota since last fall, go now. You have a treat in store. Sept.14 marked the beginning of a new regime under proprietor Max Burke-Phillips and chef Seth Groseclose. Burke-Phillips formerly managed Derek’s Culinary Casual, and Groseclose came up under the tutelage of Sean Murphy at Beach Bistro. […]

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02/1/2008

Saving Face

The face of the 21st century is forever young. Plump lips, smooth foreheads, thin-lidded eyes and taut necks fill our magazines and television screens. Thanks to advancements in cosmetic aesthetics, a 60-year-old can now look 45 and a 35-year-old can shine like a 20-something. It’s a brave new world of fillers and lasers and mini-lifts, […]

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02/1/2008

February Events

On Exhibit Star Pointer More than 70 feet high, Star Pointer dominates the skyline along the downtown Sarasota bayfront, from a distance competing with buildings 100 feet or more in height. Sculptor John Henry’s inspired choice of a sensuous shade of lipstick-red acts as a foil to the blue of the sky and draws our […]

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02/1/2008

Homefront

CHIC CHANDELIERS Once only appropriate above huge, stuffy, Old World dining rooms, the new generation of crystal chandeliers—available at Franklin Lighting on Lockwood Ridge Road—has undergone an edgy, urban restyling. Today’s elevated lighting features look as good in a sleek condo as they do in a traditional home. The entire chandelier has been redesigned. Even […]

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02/1/2008

Real Estate Gossip

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH Horsing Around The Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch You don’t have to play polo to live at the Polo Club at Lakewood Ranch—one of only two such communities in all of Florida—but many of its 43 landowners do, and they hail from all corners of the globe. The community offers 10-plus-acre parcels; regulations […]

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02/1/2008

Glass Act

In the immaculate Bella Glass studio in the warehouse district north of downtown Sarasota, Vincent Dessberg and Onjay Mrotek labor over three big, four-foot-by-nine-foot kilns to create one-of-a-kind home furnishings made of fused glass. Their wares—doors, windows, coffee and dining room tables, side tables, cabinet insets, mirrors, tub surrounds and skylights—feature nature images in fresh […]

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02/1/2008

One Great Room

When Jim and Penny Burmeister leafed through decorating magazines in quest of a design scheme for their newly purchased units in a prime but aging Longboat Key condo, they were invariably drawn to interiors with a warm and modern aesthetic. But their 1,500-square-foot personal residence and a separate, slightly smaller, guest condo seemed too dated […]

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02/1/2008

Lessons from Mom

Not long ago, I accompanied my 94-year-old mother, Pat, and her 95-year-old friend to lunch at the Sarasota Yacht Club. When the waiter started to hand the women two large menus, my mother stopped him. “We don’t see,” said Mom, who is nearly blind because of macular degeneration in both eyes. “We don’t hear, either,” […]

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02/1/2008

The Remarriage Game

Prince Charles finally did it. Rudy Giuliani did it. Elizabeth Taylor did it seven times. Perhaps you, your neighbor or your parents have done it, too. I’m talking about getting remarried. Love can be lovelier the second (or third) time around. And no one knows it better than those of us here in beautiful Sarasota, […]

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02/1/2008

From SoHo to Sarasota

Ever wondered just how an arts curator puts together a show, or for that matter a season of shows? Me, too. All the more so because my husband, Kevin Dean, who’s taught at the Ringling College of Art and Design for more than 20 years, has for 13 of those years also been director of […]

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02/1/2008

A Tarnished Gem

The sunlight glitters off the waves as if every one of them were tipped with diamonds. The seagulls cry as they flap overhead. The clear sky soars high above like a crystal-blue dome. But down below, every ripple of the water carries a load of trouble. This is Sarasota Bay today, a 52-square-mile gem whose […]

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02/1/2008

The Social Detective

Does anybody know how much toe shoes for a ballet company cost, or why Sarasota absolutely needs to be a major dance town along with everything else we do? One answer came at the end of November at the opening night of the Sarasota Ballet. It was magical. Truly. Anybody who doubts that ballet here […]

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02/1/2008

Fashion Statement—Micki Gager

What are you wearing? A Dior-inspired corseted evening gown by Carol Lin, gold sequined sandals by Nina, a rope of Biwa pearls and amethyst earrings. How would you describe your style? A little quirky, a little Diane Keaton. As I’ve gotten older, I like more classic looks. A St. John knit always looks great. Since […]

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02/1/2008

Mr. Chatterbox

I’m getting more and more curious about that fence they’re planning to build along the border, because it seems that my Mexican next-door neighbors have just built a fence to keep me out. I can’t imagine what their problem is. Maybe Pee Wee kept running into their yard. Maybe it was me sunbathing in my […]

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02/1/2008

Back to School

While our local colleges are building a national reputation, few of their designs get a passing grade. Webster tells us that “campus” is derived from the Latin word for a flat place, a field. Sounds military, doesn’t it, evoking the regimented layout of a Roman legion’s camp rather than the traditional environs of colleges and […]

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02/1/2008

Shopping—Upper Main Street

Upper Main Street Sarasota is beginning to shine. The potpourri of mom-and-pop shops we know and love has been re-energized with an influx of under-the-radar boutiques, hip cafés and coveted national brands. The most happening spot: where Lemon and Main form Pineapple Square. That’s where Brooks Brothers and Sur La Table now link upper and […]

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