Archive for July, 2008

07/1/2008

Homefront

OUTSIDE IS IN Any host knows that dinner guests gravitate to the kitchen. But with Southwest Florida’s Gulf breeze, beautiful skies and stunning flora, why not draw your guests out to the fresh air with an outdoor kitchen? At The Lake Club in Lakewood Ranch, outdoor kitchens have become an art form: Sub-Zero refrigerators, full-size […]

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07/1/2008

Homes for Artists

Artists have been drawn to Sarasota for decades, but these days, where do they live? In the 1950s, an aspiring painter or writer could rent a funky little beach house for next to nothing, but places (or prices) like that don’t exist anymore. Young artists are hard-pressed to find anything both cool and affordable in […]

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07/1/2008

Designing Mind

Marion Weerasuriya of Olde World Design Group grew up in Sarasota, earned an art degree from the University of Florida, and worked on refurbishing historic estates in Miami and Palm Beach before returning home to spend four years developing Villa del Paradiso, an 8,000-square-foot Venetian-inspired home on Siesta Key. Filled with master craftsman details such […]

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07/1/2008

Real Estate Gossip

SOLD! A second Siesta Key property made headlines recently when the estate site at 8132 Sanderling Road sold for $3.4 million after an original list price of $3,995,000. The grounds measure more than 1.7 acres and stretch from Heron Lagoon to the Gulf of Mexico, with 150 feet of beautiful walking beachfront and mature specimen […]

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07/1/2008

One Great Room

ArialTo move or not to move—that is the question perplexing many Sarasotans’ minds these days, and Nancy and Carmen Trotta were no exception. The pair loved the sweeping views of the Intracoastal from their 2,100-square-foot, three-bedroom home in the Promenade, but they had run out of storage space. The Longboat Key couple, who also own […]

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07/1/2008

A Beautiful Sunset

Just about anyone who ever met Matt Overstreet considered him a friend, and even the mention of his name evokes a smile and stories about his gracious Southern bearing, self-deprecating humor and irrepressible delight in life. Just weeks before his untimely death of cancer in May, the Sarasota interior designer summoned his strength to talk […]

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07/1/2008

Natural Selection

With intricately patterned petals and fragrant blooms that last up to three weeks after cutting, the Peruvian lily (Alstromeria) is the ideal flower for spring and summer bouquets. Planted in partial shade and well-drained soil, the lily of the Incas should produce colorful displays in early summer—just be sure to mulch to protect its brittle […]

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07/1/2008

Food & Wine

This summer is shaping up as a budget-conscious season for just about everybody I know, regardless of tax bracket. Still, the soul and the belly demand to be fed, so what’s a diner accustomed to the best to do? Here’s our advice, wrapped up in a thrifty package we’re calling our Summer of 2008 Good […]

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07/1/2008

More Than Skin Deep

Let’s make this very clear. Skin cancer isn’t just for seniors. Think because you’re young, the sun can’t hurt you? Think again. Melanoma, the deadliest form of this disease, is the third-most-common form of cancer in women aged 20 to 39. Kristi Michael knows that all too well. This Tampa Bay resident was a beautiful […]

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07/1/2008

Summer Events

Art Selby Gallery. Continuing on view here through July 25 is Threads, a fiber arts show. Up next: a show of digital work, Aug. 8 through Sept. 13, followed by Part I of the annual Ringling College faculty show, opening Sept. 19 and running through Oct. 11. 359-7563. Art Center Sarasota. Continuing through July 26: […]

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07/1/2008

Fashion Statement

What are you wearing? I’m not a wearer of white, but Sean at Sacino’s showed me a couple of options and we came up with the outfit. The blue shirt was an opening-night gift for one of my shows, and it was my way of making the outfit my own. Where do you shop? My […]

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07/1/2008

Mr. Chatterbox

Boy, that Recount movie on HBO sure brought back some memories. The 2000 election was one of the most traumatic experiences Sarasota has ever gone through. It polarized the town in a way that has continued to this day. And for us old-timers, I doubt any of us will ever forget that feeling, like a […]

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07/1/2008

Rain Check

Just Add Water A garden of whimsical blue and yellow flowers grows on White Wild Thing, a new pattern from Lilly Pulitzer that looks as great on Palm Beach capris as it does on this spiffy folding umbrella ($48).  Lilly Pulitzer, 443A John Ringling Blvd., Sarasota (941) 388-3091.          Purple Rain Prince and his band, Revolution, […]

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07/1/2008

Shopping

The transformation at Westfield Sarasota Squareis breathtaking—and there’s more to come. Stage I complete, the once dowdy mall has morphed into a haven for hip young shoppers, with trend-setting brands for teens, glamorous finds for fashionistas, a spiffy new food court and a state-of-the-art 12-theater movie house. Prowl every corridor like an after-school mall rat […]

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07/1/2008

Hot Seat

Florida’s top political scientist and election analyst, Dr. Susan McManus, has appeared on every major news network and will cover both political conventions this summer for WFLA-TV News Channel 8. Meanwhile, she’s teaching Florida politics to tomorrow’s leaders at USF in Tampa, where she is a distinguished professor. Why is Florida always in the eye […]

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07/1/2008

Street Smarts

Customer service is absolutely critical. And it’s the level of customer service that determines success. It separates organizations from their competitors. There are different types of service: You can go to a fancy restaurant in New York and get officious service—there’s no warmth with it. At another restaurant you can get pleasant, friendly service that’s […]

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07/1/2008

Devil’s Playground

When Jenny Beres, 25 moved to Sarasota from Cleveland three years ago she had worked as a journalist but had never tried to write a play. In the last year, inspired by Sarasota’s culture, she’s written three—the first of which, If the Devil Could Fall in Love, won the Players Theatre “The Play’s the Thing” […]

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07/1/2008

From The Editor

In May, Dan Denton announced he’s leaving this company to start a brand-new publishing venture. Today, Sarasota, which he started 29 years ago, is one of the country’s most successful city magazines, with hundreds of regional and national awards to its credit, and Dan is known throughout the industry as an innovative leader. I know […]

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07/1/2008

Year Of The Blockbuster

   This year’s wrap-up of the Sarasota area theatrical season immediately brings up the elephant in the room. Which is, how can most local productions, however strong or satisfying, compete with a Broadway-caliber musical like the Asolo Rep’s world premiere of A Tale of Two Cities? Not surprisingly, that world-class production did dominate my awards […]

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07/1/2008

What Will The Next Five Years Look Like?

Sarasota and Manatee have enjoyed great economic prosperity in the last few decades, fueled by a steady stream of well-off newcomers and the construction and services they required. That growth may have been a double-edged sword, sometimes threatening our beauty and quality of life, but it also created new jobs, tax revenues and civic amenities. […]

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