Archive for July, 2009

07/1/2009

Who’s in Store?

Brigid Hewes is a decorative tile junkie—and the yin to cohort Marshall Alexander’s yang at The Tile Market, Sarasota’s go-to source for designer brands, luxury and style. A Sarasota native who studied interior design at Florida State University, Hewes gets off on correlating apparel trends to home décor and tile, which trail the fashion world […]

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07/1/2009

Boutique

New golf fashions for fall 2009 will hit stores across the country in July, and we’ve already scouted Sarasota’s club scene for previews. We found styles from modern punk to retro preppie in comfy high-tech materials smart enough to wear on and off the fairway. Celebrity Classic Go Hollywood with a new take on the […]

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07/1/2009

Noisemaker

  Karate Kids   Jessie Vi believes in treating everyone equally. So the 46-year-old instructor at Red Tiger Martial Arts didn’t hesitate to welcome Loftin Searcy as a karate student—though Searcy, an eight-year-old with multiple disabilities, had already been turned down by other martial arts schools. “He couldn’t walk in a straight line when he […]

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07/1/2009

From the Editor

In mid-January, Sarasota was rocked by the revelation that Scoop hedge fund manager Art Nadel had disappeared, along with most of the $350 million in his funds. If that weren’t dramatic enough, Nadel had left his wife, Peg, a note hinting that he planned to commit suicide. For the next 10 days, a media storm […]

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07/1/2009

10 Best

  Just Add Water 1 Windsurfing is visceral, immediate and exhilarating. “There’s nothing like it,” says Laurel Robertson Kaiser of Island Style Watersports. “The sailboard becomes an extension of your body.” A certified windsurfing instructor since 1987, Kaiser guarantees that after her two-hour class, you’ll be up and flying—and in love. You don’t need to […]

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07/1/2009

SCAM

Sarasota’s social season is usually in full glitter by the beginning of the year, but in January 2009, the parties were smaller and the mood subdued. After the three-year deflation of the housing market, the September collapse of the stock market and the banking crisis had made even the most complacent dowagers as nervous as […]

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07/1/2009

Masterpiece Theater

I don’t know about you, but in a time of dark news about the economy and world issues, this past theater season offered me a refuge from reality more welcome than ever. Not everything on local stages was sweetness and light, although much of the programming did tend to be upbeat in nature and provided […]

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07/1/2009

Luxury on Sale

The staycation is dead, declare travel agencies—you don’t have to give up your holiday plans, even in a down economy. In fact, savvy travelers are discovering that some luxury travel has never been such a bargain.     This summer, virtually everyone, everywhere, in the travel industry is offering deals to combat today’s tightened purse […]

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07/1/2009

Decorating Can Be Murder: Chapter 9

In last month’s chapter, Mr. Spryke and Cliff Roles disguised themselves as gay German tourists to escape discovery by the police, who were searching for them in connection with two Sarasota murders. Mr. Spryke and Cliff were trying to find the real killer; and after spotting amateur actress Hailey Harper Howe with art dealer Marco […]

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