Archive for December, 2011

12/1/2011

Who’s in Store: Roland Moser

Roland Moser knows the way to a Sarasota woman’s heart is exquisite jewelry she won’t see on anyone else in our social city. And for more than 30 years, that’s been the key to McCarver & Moser’s success. “We’ve developed a certain taste and savoir faire,” explains Moser, who grew up near Bern, Switzerland, learned […]

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12/1/2011

Shop

Anna Maria Island’s newly restored Pine Avenue offers Martha’s Vineyard charm on the outside and Palm Beach chic inside 10 refreshingly original stores and art galleries. This new “it” destination for sophisticated Gulf coast shoppers is the brainchild of restaurateur Ed Chiles, son of former governor Lawton Chiles, and his developer/partner, Michael Coleman. Their vision […]

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12/1/2011

Insider: People

David Grain’s private equity firm, Grain Management, employs 27 people here and he’s raised more than $100 million to support its operations. But he’s managed to keep a low Sarasota profile—which will be harder now that he’s been appointed to President Obama’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council. Grain is the wireless communications expert on the council. […]

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12/1/2011

Highlights

Dec. 1 The Ringling Museum grounds are alive with music, shopping, luminaries and more for the annual Holiday Splendor event, to benefit Toys for Tots. 6-9 p.m. 359-5700 ext. 5705. Dec. 2, 3, 4 The first of departing conductor Leif Bjaland’s farewell concerts with the Sarasota Orchestra takes place at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall […]

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12/1/2011

The Guide: Accommodations

IT’S THE LAST THING YOU SEE BEFORE YOU DRIFT OFF TO SLEEP and the first thing that greets you in the morning: your hotel room. And whether you’re looking for a starlit sky and the soothing sound of waves or a shining cityscape and 24-hour dining, Sarasota’s lodging services have it all. Fresh off the […]

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12/1/2011

The Guide: Beaches

SARASOTA’S BEACHES ARE LEGENDARY—varied, dramatic, entertaining and infinitely beautiful. And now wide, safe Siesta Beach, with its winter-white sand, has been named the best in the country, according to “Dr. Beach,” beach expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman. Our beaches have also inspired the many artists and writers drawn here over the years. Consider yourself not […]

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12/1/2011

The Guide: Arts & Entertainment

SARASOTANS OFTEN BOAST ABOUT OUR PERFORMING ARTS SCENE—and with good reason. Our professional theater, ballet, orchestra and opera companies frequently win raves from New York critics, while some of our many community theaters have won international recognition. We’re also home to some outstanding  local dance, choral and film programs. For professional theater, take your pick: […]

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12/1/2011

The Guide: Galleries & Museums

COMBINE SARASOTA’S STUNNING NATURAL BEAUTY AND OUR LONGSTANDING ARTISTIC POPULATION, and you get our visual arts scene, a vibrant array of works—and people who know how to appreciate them. The world-famous John and Mable Ringling Museum of Arts is the hub of it all. Down the road at Ringling College of Art and Design, galleries […]

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12/1/2011

The Guide: Attractions

THE SEA, THE SCENERY, SCIENCE AND THE CIRCUS ALL shine in Sarasota’s world-famous attractions, which highlight natural wonders and local history while ushering in the artists and  innovators of tomorrow. The area’s history spans prehistoric Native Americans and pioneer settlers, whose stories are highlighted at the South Florida Museum and can be experienced firsthand at […]

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12/1/2011

Only in Sarasota

Is there a Sarasota visitor or resident who hasn’t thrilled to petting a gator at Jungle Gardens? Alligator attractions used to dot the state, but this is one of the few places where you can still get up close and personal with Florida’s archetypal reptile. Just remember: They’re cute when they’re young; later, not so […]

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