Archive for March, 2009

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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