Archive for January, 2009

01/1/2009

The High Life

Martha and Curtiss Schantz are living their dream high atop Sarasota in a 3,400-square-foot Rivo penthouse replete with breathtaking city, suburban treetop and water views. “The dream was to have an uncluttered, soothing space that was neutral in décor to emphasize the rich texture of the views,” says Martha, whose art history degree led to […]

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01/1/2009

Social Detective

Nothing interests me more than the Mysteries of the Mind, so I was delighted to attend this year’s Sunshine from Darkness Gala at the Ritz in January to find out what’s up with research on mental illness and brain disease. I also wanted to be there when Gary Foster, producer of The Soloist, received the […]

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01/1/2009

Sense of Place

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01/1/2009

Over Our Heads?

The evidence is there. You can’t see it while sunbathing on Siesta Key’s sugary sands, or searching Venice Beach for shark’s teeth, or strolling around St. Armands Circle. But it’s there. The sea level is rising. Slowly but surely, day after day, it’s creeping a little higher, and it’s changing the way everything in Florida […]

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01/1/2009

Mr. Chatterbox

I wonder how many of you realize that I write an entirely different column for Sarasota Magazine in addition to this one. I’m referring to my Social Diary, which appears bi-weekly on our Web site, sarasotamagazine.com. In it I recount all the wonderful social events I attend, complete with pictures I often take myself. It’s […]

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01/1/2009

Icon of Style

Most Sarasotans know by now something about the illustrious Bertha Palmer (also known as Mrs. Potter Palmer), and they’ll learn more during the yearlong celebration of the centennial of her arrival here on Sarasota shores: about her role as a pioneer in everything from women’s rights to cattle ranching to launching the birth of Sarasota […]

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01/1/2009

From the Editor

Every month, our staff of 27 editors, designers and production, sales and business people pours all our talent and energy into creating another issue of Sarasota Magazine; then we send it out by trucks, airplanes and cyberspace to readers in every state of the nation and 187 countries all over the world. Independent research tells […]

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01/1/2009

Food & Wine

Andrea’s is one of those perfect little gems I almost hate to write about. On the one hand, I owe it to you, the reader, to disclose that a sublime evening at table in elegant and convivial surroundings awaits you behind the frosted glass door in a strip center opposite Westfield Southgate. On the other […]

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01/1/2009

Best Neighborhoods

Luxury Homefront MARKET WATCH One of Sarasota’s oldest luxury builders, Perrone Construction, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year in a big way: It’s just introduced its luxurious Spice Bay model home off Midnight Pass Road on Siesta Key. Designed by architect Cliff Scholz, who has collaborated with builder Richard Perrone since the company’s inception, the […]

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01/1/2009

The Magnificent Seven

Who said a good man is hard to find? We found seven dashing single gents right here in Sarasota with the style, charisma, character—and oh, let’s not forget, the looks—that make them not just good, but great. We put together a panel of gals—and guys—about town and asked them to recommend the hottest men on […]

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01/1/2009

Sarasota’s 10 Best

Not by Bread Alone What if you get a sudden, serious craving for a hot pastrami sandwich from Katz’s Delicatessen on New York City’s Lower East Side but you’re 1,200 miles away? Get thee to TooJay’s, stat. Their scrumptiously seasoned pastrami sandwich may not be strictly kosher, but it’s piled sky high on a sturdy […]

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01/1/2009

Designing Mind

Arthur Faria, co-owner of Tiger Lily Flowers, came to Sarasota 10 years ago from New York, where he created flower arrangements for the Plaza and Carlyle hotels. He holds a doctorate in fine arts from the University of Massachusetts. How are Sarasotans incorporating flowers into their everyday life right now? Two and three years ago […]

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01/1/2009

Collar Me Beautiful

1 Aroma Therapy For a collar that passes the whiff test, try Dublin Dog’s good-looking designs ($22.99 to $25.99) of nonporous polymers that resist odor-causing bacteria. Bone Appetite, 7630 N. Lockwood Ridge Road, (941) 359-1010. 2 Bow Brummel? Leaders of the fashion pack adore the chi-chi colors, patterns and deliciously frou-frou bows adorning a hand-picked selection […]

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01/1/2009

Calendar Events

Art Art Center Sarasota. Red Hot! Love, Romance & Humor continues here through March 6. Up next: Wish You Were Here: Visual Souvenirs of Florida, providing reflections and representations of Florida current, past and future, which opens March 18 to run through April 24. 365-2032. Longboat Key Center for the Arts. The annual Members’ Exhibition […]

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01/1/2009

Arts Capital

Festival Funding Sparks Debate I was unfortunately out of town for the inaugural Ringling International Arts Festival  in October. But judging from press coverage and accounts of friends who were excited by the diverse programs, the event was an enormous success. More than 90 percent of the 12,000 available tickets were sold for this collaboration […]

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01/1/2009

Healthfront

Sarasota Memorial Among Best in America Sarasota Memorial ranks among the top 5 percent of hospitals in America based on its unusually low mortality and complication rates, according to a recent Medicare study. The annual survey by Health Grades, an independent hospital rating company, singled out 269 hospitals across the country with unusually low mortality […]

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01/1/2009

Good Medicine

Smile! It’s the Future Admit it. Some of you fear dentists. OK, let’s be really honest—most of us harbor some fear of dentists. The scary image in our minds is a combination of ancient quacks with iron pliers and that unpleasant scene from Marathon Man. The truth is, until the past few decades, dentistry has […]

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01/1/2009

Boutique: Shopping Finds

Shopping for your dog in Sarasota is as good as it gets anywhere in the world. From designer fashion to luxury beds, collars and toys, we scouted the best of creature comforts. The big news is a move to organic and raw foods—now allocated more shelf space in local boutiques than ever before. America’s Top […]

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01/1/2009

Homefront

Express Personal Style Through Rugs Browse the extensive rug fashion showroom at Rugs As Art for the perfect rug for your home. The collection includes hand-selected rugs made by top manufacturers from around the world. You’ll find traditional and contemporary rug designs and everything in-between. Rugs are available in every color, every style, shape and […]

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01/1/2009

Good Deal

The Place: Pei Wei Asian Diner; 8511 Cooper Creek Blvd., Sarasota; (941) 359-8570. The Fare: This fast food offshoot of the P.F. Chang’s China Bistro chain offers various rice and noodle bowls and just short of a dozen other familiar dishes hailing from Thailand, China and Korea in a breezy, casual atmosphere. The Drill: The […]

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