Archive for August, 2011

08/1/2011

Only in Sarasota

Sarasota is home to a wide range of collections, from the art and circus memorabilia at the Ringling Museum to the treasures private collectors have amassed. One of the most renowned collections is at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, where thousands of rare tropical plants draw international visitors. As they enter the gardens, visitors can spot […]

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08/1/2011

Sarasota’s Top 100 Stores

Four years ago, we introduced the “Platinum 100,” a comprehensive listing of Sarasota’s top luxury retailers. Every year, we appraise each store, visiting each one—sometimes several times—to ensure that it continues to meet our criteria for a truly outstanding shopping experience, and we also scout out new boutiques as they open. And every year, in […]

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08/1/2011

Mr. Chatterbox

The Look Brad Goddard in “go to hell” pants. If anyone says they’re too loud, you just tell them to go to hell. Nora Johnson: Cool, blond, big sunglasses, coral jewelry Dottie Garner in cute flowered jacket with matching cuffs on clam diggers Bob Garner in classic Polo button-down blue shirt—no pocket. Erin and Charlotte […]

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08/1/2011

Signature Sarasota Dish: A Taste of Platinum

When we asked Reylon Agustin, new chef de cuisine at The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota, to create a special “Platinum” dish, he aimed for something as “bright and luxurious” as Sarasota itself. A native Pacific Islander who grew up in the Philippines and Hawaii, Agustin says that thanks to our “weather and setting,” he feels right at […]

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08/1/2011

Bruce Crissy’s Object Lessons

Bruce Crissy has conducted a quiet hometown “antiques roadshow” ever since Crissy Galleries opened in downtown Sarasota in 1978. “We do five to 10 free verbal appraisals every day. It’s a good practice because Sarasota has been so good to us—and it’s a great way to share stories with collectors,” he says. Crissy offers those […]

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08/1/2011

Up-Scaled

1 Hit a high note with major scales: Melanie Dizon’s towering statement bow sandals with slinky croc straps are not for the fainthearted. L. Boutique, 556 Pineapple Ave, Sarasota (941) 906-1350. 2 Do the Crocodile Rock in casual bit loafers ($225) of croc-grained leather, updated with high-tech rubber sole extended over the heel. Captain’s Landing, […]

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08/1/2011

Objects of Desire

“It’s close to midnight, and under the moonlight you see a sight that almost stops your heart.” That sight—entrancingly seductive midnight diamonds. Not quite what Michael Jackson’s Thriller had in mind, but heart-stopping nonetheless. Sarasota jewelers were at least six months ahead of the trend to black diamonds, and townies were wearing the hot new […]

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08/1/2011

Too Rich and Too Big?

For more than a century, Florida has been famous for its mansions. Attracted by tropical weather and year-round recreation, the world’s wealthy have flocked here to build elaborate homes dedicated to pleasure, entertaining, and celebrating the lack of a state income tax. And for the past 20 years or so, all that building has been […]

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08/1/2011

The Ultimate Experience Guide

The new luxury is all about peak experiences that enrich and expand your life. We combed our city for a dozen delights that transcend mere conspicuous consumption and distill the essence of what makes this place so gloriously unique, from natural beauty to artistic expression. Some are wildly expensive; a few almost anyone can afford. […]

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08/1/2011

Maharajah Modern

The Western world has gone Bollywood. America’s ubiquitously beige homes are suddenly dripping in jewel tones. Ladies in black are no longer the fashion elite of Paris and Milan; they’ve been replaced by scarlet women dressed head to toe in spice-market colors—fuchsia, orange and red derived from the same Indian saffron, cinnamon, paprika and cayenne […]

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