Archive for June, 2008

06/1/2008

Homefront

VIVA TAFFETA When the stars relaxed backstage during this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, they kicked back in décor from Southwest Florida’s own Robb & Stucky Interiors. “The Retreat,” where country music celebrities gathered during the Las Vegas show, boasted two Tibbie sofas, a coco twig cocktail table, two chocolate leather occasional chairs, a […]

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06/1/2008

Real Estate Gossip

Once In a Lifetime A unique buying opportunity involving five contiguous waterfront lots on Casey Key is announced by Maggie Hutter and Jo Rutstein of Prudential Palms Realty. The $20 million parcel includes three Gulf-front lots and two bayfront properties. The Gulf lots total 340 feet of waterfront, and the two bayfront lots each have […]

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06/1/2008

Designing Mind

A graduate of Riverview High School and the Ringling College of Art and Design with two years of industrial design studies at the renowned Art Center College in Pasadena, Calif., Architura’s Ed Eible is a residential designer who’s completed more than 200 residential and commercial projects, primarily high-end homes on Siesta Key. He’s chronicling the […]

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06/1/2008

One Great Room

Kelly and Cory Schott’s new breakfast room is a sumptuous feast for the senses, designed by Cheri Pachter-Neary to reflect a cornucopia of 100 exotic fruit trees and three kitchen herb gardens right outside the back door. The Schotts’ newly remodeled Whitfield Estates home, chosen for the winter 2008 Boys & Girls Club Designer Showhouse, […]

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06/1/2008

Best of the Parade

Parades are fun, entertaining, even uplifting. That’s probably why the Home Builders Associations of Manatee and Sarasota counties’ annual Parade of Homes this spring was so well-attended. Despite mounting real estate woes sweeping the nation, buyers and browsers were undeterred. The lure of new communities, spectacular architecture, trendsetting interior design and ferreting out once-in-a-lifetime bargains […]

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06/1/2008

June Natural Selection

Named for the sun-blocking sombreros that can be woven from its fronds, the hat palm of the Dominican Republic (Sabal dominguensis) lacks the yellow petioles of its taller, more common Puerto Rican cousin (Sabal causiarum). This Caribbean native will slowly grow up to 25 feet high, but because the hat palm won’t tolerate temperatures below […]

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06/1/2008

Jackpot!

Tasty treasure at Pino’s, plus the new Lido Beach Grille and hot Ceviche. Pino’s in downtown Sarasota is more than a good restaurant. It’s a treasure. It’s named for its chef and owner, Giuseppe (Pino) Luongo, who hails from Ischia, an island in the Bay of Naples not far from Capri. From the delights he […]

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06/1/2008

Fashion Statement

What are you wearing? A navy blue, strapless Armani dress, silver Jimmy Choo sandals and my own jewelry, which isn’t designer—it was a gift. How would you best describe your style? I would say my style is colorful. I like figure-hugging clothes, and I try to be stylish while still remaining classic. I also like […]

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06/1/2008

Mr. Chatterbox

Yes, those rumors about me and Matt Orr are true. We’re both appearing on ABC-7 TV! And to make matters even more interesting, he’s doing gossip and I’m doing real estate. This is strange because he’s a realtor and I’m a gossip. It just goes to show. In these times of economic downturn you have […]

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06/1/2008

Street Smarts

My mother divorced my father when I was four. She had to work two jobs; my father paid her $25 a week. When my dad died in 1989, I was the executrix to his estate. I found a letter from my mom saying that $25 wasn’t enough. I also found receipts for a Rolex and […]

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06/1/2008

Hot Seat

Sarasota School Board chair Kathy Kleinlein has been one of Next Generation education’s staunchest supporters. She’s also the only member of the board with an M.B.A. as well as a doctorate in education. She formerly taught high school English and trained employees within a Fortune 500 company. Today, she’s director of faith formation for the […]

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06/1/2008

Just For Kicks

At 23, Bradenton native Braden Chandler already boasts a 10-year career centered on his passion—soccer. After working as an equipment manager with two Major League Soccer franchises and the under-17 men’s national team, he returned home in 2007 to get married and start his own company: Big Kick Indoor Soccer off Whitfield Avenue. In business […]

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06/1/2008

From The Editor

Not everybody is cutting back these days. Consider the nation’s top 25 hedge fund managers, who brought home $16 billion in bonuses this year and, according to the Wall Street Journal’s “Wealth Report” blog, gleefully intend to spend even more this year than last. That won’t be easy—in 2007, top fund managers shelled out about […]

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06/1/2008

Shoppes at University Center

What was once an outlet mall has morphed into the spiffy new Shoppes at UniversityCenter, abuzz with unique stores, pampering salons and the coolest women’s gym around. But this mall at University Parkway and Cooper Creek Boulevard has also become a foodies’ paradise, with fine dining, a world-class demonstration kitchen, Zagat-rated burgers and an 8,000-label […]

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06/1/2008

Top Doctors 2008

Even in our little slice of paradise, we have to watch our health—and we need good doctors to watch it with us. Fortunately, as in so many other things, we’ve got choices. Many world-class physicians have come here to enjoy the same sunshine, arts and lifestyle we do. They’re also drawn by our demographics, which […]

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06/1/2008

Living Large for Less

Sarasota has been riding a wave of upscale consumption in the past few years. Some of it has been fueled by the super-wealthy, those corporate CEOs and tech entrepreneurs who jet in to stay at their downtown penthouse or Casey Key estate—one of several homes they own around the country—and shed money on local restaurants, […]

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06/1/2008

Confection Perfection

Does the queen eat mango scones? She would if she visited The Wired Whisk Bakehouse, a bakery that “creates swanky pastries from scratch.” Owner/chef Christine Nordstrom, a graduate of Johnson & Wales University, specializes in customized cut-out cookies and cupcakes. The queen would be royally delighted by Nordstrom’s adventures with scones, from the tropical mango […]

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