Archive for March, 2009

03/1/2009

Good Deal

Sometimes a good deal is less about how little you spend and more about how much you get for your money. Luckily, Paisano’s Italian Bakery in Sarasota, owned and operated by David and Laurie Moretti since 1998, qualifies on both counts. For starters, anyone I know who has tasted them raves about Paisano’s almond crescent […]

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03/1/2009

Food & Wine

In mid-December, a superb little restaurant and wine bar debuted quietly on Main Street in downtown Sarasota. Those foodies whose radar was working (count international cooking teacher Giuliano Hazan among them) enjoyed a rare treat: a table at a moment’s notice at one of the best new restaurants to open here in recent memory. It’s […]

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03/1/2009

Sense of Place

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03/1/2009

Good Medicine

At 76, Rod Hartwick knows all there is to know about horses. For nearly 36 years, he was the best-known equine veterinarian in New Orleans—and he continued that career success in Chesapeake, Va. Hartwick is also a pioneer in the use of the CO2 laser in animal surgery. But his innovative work took a dark […]

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03/1/2009

One Great Room

When Steve and Lynn Blackledge purchased their 2,900-square-foot Gulf-view condo in the Positano on Longboat Key, they were living in a home designed around the ancient principles of feng shui. “We wanted to bring this new home into that same harmony and balance, but we also wanted the interiors to harmonize with the beach—to bring […]

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03/1/2009

Designing Mind

Sarasota native Brittany Zachos, 21, won’t receive her interior design degree from Ringling College of Art and Design until May, but she’s already completed a major residential commission—a 3,000-square-foot home for a Norwegian family settling in Heritage Harbour. And working with her mom, she has also launched a line of women’s sleepwear that hit retailers […]

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03/1/2009

Luxury Homefront

Top of the Market A piece of Casey Key history—one of its original residences built in 1939—sold for $3.4 million after an original list price of $5.1 million, making it the highest-priced sale in Sarasota County in December. The charming Old Florida home at 1002 N. Casey Key Road has four bedrooms, four baths, pecky […]

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03/1/2009

Mr. Chatterbox

Where is Marjorie now that we need her? Oh, Heather Dunhill is doing a fine job, and I admire the volume and variety of coverage she’s giving us in her Herald-Tribune society column. But I miss the hand-holding Marjorie would have offered us as we go through this crisis. Some of the biggest names in […]

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03/1/2009

Hot Wheels

Get Smart Driven by Tom Hanks in The Da Vinci Code and Steve Martin in The Pink Panther, the Smart ForTwo ($11,990 to $19,275) gets 46.3 mpg in the city (70.6 on the highway) with a top speed of 90 mph.  There’s a waiting list, so get in line. Wilde Smart Center Sarasota, 4821 Clark […]

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03/1/2009

Shop Talk

What’s old is new at Sarasota’s original green business, where owner Jesse White is not just on top of design trends—he’s setting them. In the seven years since Sarasota Architectural Salvage opened its doors, White has witnessed profound changes in buying patterns at the 10,000-square-foot haven of history. “People are seeking architectural salvage as statement […]

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03/1/2009

Who’s in Store?

Olivia Bono has her finger on the pulse of fashion—ethical fashion, that is. “You don’t have to dress in potato sacks to be eco-friendly,” says Bono, who has uncovered an amazing array of socially and environmentally aware vendors who specialize in luxury and style. “I do not find ignorance to be blissful,” Bono explains of […]

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03/1/2009

Green Boutique

Our city’s eco lifestyle is way beyond Birkenstocks. In fact, everywhere we shopped for clothes, home décor, beauty products and accessories, we found sustainable, conscientious choices that are more than good for the environment—they’re fashionable, luxurious and cool. The Paper Trail leaves no carbon footprint at The Note Patch, a Sarasota green online business that […]

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03/1/2009

Noisemaker

  LEARNED RESPONSE When a recent Sarasota Ballet production earned raves from The New York Times, Logan Learned, 22, drew special praise. The Times critic singled out Learned’s “marvelous pliancy” and “real sweetness” in the ballet’s tribute to choreographer Frederick Ashton. Originally from Berkeley, Calif., he was an active child, Learned says, which led him […]

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03/1/2009

From The Editor

A few days before thanksgiving, we were preparing for a big family celebration and the arrival of George’s 83-year-old mother from St. Lucia. We were so busy we almost forgot we had an appointment to get the results of a prostate biopsy George’s doctor had ordered after two PSA tests had come back higher than normal. […]

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03/1/2009

Man Power

Don’t you believe there aren’t enough great guys to go around—we’ve found seven Sarasota bachelors who make our hearts sing. We put together a committee comprised of single women, social butterflies and inveterate matchmakers, swore them to secrecy and asked them to bring us nominations—and pictures.   We studied those photos—boy, did we study them!—to […]

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03/1/2009

Guiding Lights

 It’s 9 a.m. on an unseasonably cold October morning in the heart of downtown Tampa. Though the sun is out, reflecting off car windows and multi-story buildings, the air is crisp and breezy. Early-morning traffic whips by, and pedestrians clutching Starbucks cups and leather briefcases look carefully from left to right—several times—before crossing the city’s […]

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03/1/2009

A Green Dream

On the surface, this could be a historic home. Its Flo rida vernacular metal roof is classic, conserving energy as it refracts sunlight. Cisterns behind the house collect rainwater to irrigate the yard. Vegetables grow on raised beds out back, and grapevines shade a hand-hewn arbor. From the cypress-trimmed front porch to the picket fence, […]

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03/1/2009

Decorating Can Be Murder: Chapter 5

In this fifth installment of Robert Plunket’s new mystery series, Mr. Timothy Spryke attends a society gala with his new patroness, Doris Dickens—but not before another murder rocks Sarasota.   In last month’s chapter, Mr. Spryke’s carpenter, Rick, confessed he had lost his disabled son’s insurance settlement by flipping homes, and Mr. Spryke searched in […]

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