Archive for August, 2008

08/1/2008

The Thrill of the New

Galleries have been a part of the cultural map of Sarasota since the 1940s, when the beaches, sunshine and growing cultural cachet of what was then a small town had attracted enough artists here that they needed places to show and sell their work. Today Sarasota has a host of galleries, and the scene is […]

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08/1/2008

The Remarkable Mrs. Palmer

In Chicago, where she reigned over an extravagant lakefront mansion and the society world for more than two decades, Mrs. Bertha Palmer was known for her elaborate dinner parties, her exquisite sense of fashion and her impressive business acumen. At her winter home in Sarasota County, now known as Historic Spanish Point, her apparel and […]

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08/1/2008

Spas get specialized

We don’t have to tell you: Modern life can stress you out. And we all know what stress can do to our bodies. That’s why so many of us are flocking to spas to chill out. There are more than 32 million regular spa-goers in the United States alone. In 2006, the estimated 14,615 spas […]

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08/1/2008

The Quest for Platinum

The creation of this Platinum edition of Sarasota Magazine is a great once-a-year adventure. Our writers and photographers are given carte blanche to indulge in creative flights of fancy that culminate in this keepsake issue—the ultimate spectrum of luxury products and services discovered in our shops and galleries, connoisseurship from food and wine to travel […]

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08/1/2008

The Platinum 100

The world has long known about Sarasota’s blue-green waters and beautiful beaches, blue-green waters and beautiful beaches, but lately we’ve been gaining a reputation for something else: luxury shopping. Whether you’re a first-time visitor or longtime resident, you’ll discover an astonishing array of treasures and surprises in our city’s exclusive stores and boutiques. Many retailers […]

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08/1/2008

Flights of Fantasy

Everyone knows Sarasota is a mecca for the arts, but the extraordinary artistry of local jewelers remains largely anonymous. That’s because bespoke jewelry (created specifically for the customer) is carried home as soon as it completed; and clients often want their custom designs and personal identities kept under the radar.  Walk into any fine jewelry […]

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08/1/2008

Follow That Dream

Diana Cloud is no stranger to adventure. The Sarasota real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist is also a licensed pilot who has already experienced G-force within the confines of a British military jet called the English Electric Lightning, becoming one of only 10 civilian women in the world to have ever flown at Mach I speeds. […]

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08/1/2008

Shopping the World

Shopping has been an integral part of travel since the world’s earliest adventurers traversed the ancient silk route; and to this day, nothing recalls travel memories more than purchases acquired on tour. Clothing you can wear or objects that can be integrated into your home’s décor reflect the essence of a city, a region or […]

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08/1/2008

A Connoisseur’s Kitchen

Lots of ritzy new condominium kitchens are built for show, not for chefs. But Michael and Terri Klauber’s kitchen in their spacious, contemporary Rivo at Ringling penthouse really sizzles. Would you expect anything less from one of the area’s most successful restaurateurs and wine connoisseurs, his exuberant, talented wife and their blended family of six […]

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