Archive for February, 2012

02/29/2012

You Can Count on Me

“Who will take care of you when you are unable to take care of yourself?” That’s the most important question you can ask when planning your future, according to gerontology experts. And whether it’s a spouse, a sibling, a child or even a close friend, those who commit to caring for a loved one face […]

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02/29/2012

Who’s In Store

Former Robb & Stucky designers Joyce and Jeff Hart are behind the chic new furniture settings at Bee Ridge Lighting & Design, thanks to the vision of the 28,000-square-foot emporium’s owner, Maureen Drackett. “Maureen wanted a total home lifestyle concept for her customers. She has great lighting designers, but saw an opportunity to expand to […]

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02/29/2012

What’s Shakin’

1Treasures of the sea—cast-metal turtles, starfish, conch shells and more—spice up coastal tables for less than $20. The White Egret, 10006 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island, (941) 778-3782. 2 Emperor’s table collection by Lladro includes adorable Chinese children salt and pepper shakers ($225). Ashley Avery’s Collectables, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 366-3444. 3 Moroccan-style […]

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02/29/2012

Water Wonders

Whether you’re reading this up North and planning your next Florida visit, or you’re in Sarasota awaiting the onslaught of spring breakers of all ages, this time of year is perfect for exploring Florida’s waterways. Depending on your tastes, you can find peace and quiet at a relaxed pace or pump up your pulse with […]

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02/1/2012

Homefront

  Rugs As Art Honored at International Rug Market John Murse, co-owner of Sarasota area rug emporium Rugs as Art, accepted a Retailer of the Year Award presented by AmericasMart and the Oriental Rug Importers Association (ORIA) on Friday, January 13, as [art of the annual America’s Magnificent Carpets Awards (AMCA) during the International Rug […]

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02/1/2012

The Patterson Foundation

THE JOURNEY UNFOLDS “Tomorrow’s philanthropists will require learning more about what others are doing and reaching out to partners around the corner and around the world. Carrying out one’s mission in isolation will no longer get the job done: Creating new realities requires learning new behaviors.” — Bradford K. Smith, President, Foundation Center   Unfolding […]

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02/1/2012

In Town: Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin at Van Wezel

Broadway stars Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin have proven a powerful team ever since they performed in Evita more than 30 years ago. Now they’re together (with music director Paul Ford) in a show packed with Broadway songs written by everyone from Richard Rodgers to Stephen Sondheim. “An Evening with Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin” takes […]

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02/1/2012

Poll

What’s most important when choosing a restaurant? [17] Food [4] Atmosphere [3] Service [1] Full Bar [0] Cost   4 Average number of home-cooked dinners respondents had each week 2 Average number of times each week they had dinner in a restaurant   What is your favorite Sarasota restaurant? Café Americano (3) Bijou Café (2) Ophelia’s on the Bay […]

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02/1/2012

My World

How did you get into this job? I started washing dishes when I was 16, then I ended up on the floor. I liked interacting with the customers and meeting new people. And it’s easy money in Florida, so I worked my way up and ended up here at O’Leary’s tiki bar last July. What’s […]

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02/1/2012

Real Estate Junkie

A House With History  If only the walls could talk in this 1949 Cherokee Park home. Built for a circus attorney named Eagle—he represented many of the Munchkins who appeared in The Wizard of Oz—the house has a gracious, old-fashioned feel with all sorts of hard-to-find period details. Rumor says it was designed by one of […]

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02/1/2012

Emerald City

1 Waterfall earrings by Piranesi Fine Jewelry with 35.65 ct. cabochon briolette emeralds and 71.23 ct. diamonds ($295,000) are one of a kind. Saks Fifth Avenue, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota (941) 364-5300. 2 Art Deco styling distinguishes sinuous drop earrings of 18K white gold with .67 ct. diamonds and green and black jade ($3,650). Shrode […]

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02/1/2012

Who’s In Store: Chris Covelli

“This is a chef’s playpen—I even come to cook here on my day off,” declares Christopher Covelli, executive chef and general manager of the breathtaking new Viking Culinary Center in Lakewood Ranch. Indeed, the 4,000-square-foot center’s gourmet retail showroom, Presentation Theater, and hands-on kitchen are all feasts for the eyes. Sign up for a class […]

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02/1/2012

Insider Shopping: Food, Glorious Food

From farmers’ market-fresh veggies to kitchen equipment emporiums to markets swimming with fresh fish, Sarasota is becoming a foodie’s paradise. We found all sorts of innovative new companies and delicious products, such as Good to be Gluten Free, which sells baked goods and pizzas at the Sarasota Farmer’s Market, and Mote Marine’s caviar, soon to be […]

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02/1/2012

Arts Capital

Unless I missed the coverage, the death of 94-year-old Alex Steinweiss in Sarasota a few months ago didn’t get much attention in the local press. While Steinweiss wasn’t a household name, he made a major impact on the lives of generations of music lovers.   In 1938, while working as an advertising artist for Columbia […]

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02/1/2012

Hot Dish

Pork belly is the meat of the moment, and one of the tastiest renditions around is Libby’s, which pairs the melt-in-your-mouth pork with kimchi fried rice. (Note: The best fried rice in town comes from a restaurant where the executive chef is Italian!) The dish executes a thrilling balancing act between delicate shitake mushrooms, sweet […]

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02/1/2012

Top Tickets

Circus Sarasota Hot dogs, cotton candy and thrills provided by comic daredevil Bello Nock, aerialists Dolly Jacobs and Yuri Rijkov, the Shandong Chinese Troupe and other stars fill the Big Top near Ed Smith Stadium in this year’s edition, running Feb. 10-26. 355-9805 or circussarasota.org. Carmen The Sarasota Opera begins its winter season with Bizet’s […]

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02/1/2012

Noisemaker: Brian Knecht

  In the Sarasota County Technical Institute’s gleaming new facility on Beneva Road, Brian Knecht presides over culinary classes for both high school students and adults, in either a two-year program earning college credits or a three-year apprenticeship program sponsored by the American Culinary Federation. “It gives them a real-world experience in a kitchen environment,” […]

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02/1/2012

On The Homefront

One of the joys of a Florida summer kitchen is winter. True, everything tastes better when it’s cooked outside. But the simplest outdoor meal can seem deliciously decadent when your friends are freezing up North. That’s one reason why the appetite for summer kitchens is growing in Sarasota, from tiny galley kitchens nestled under canvas […]

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02/1/2012

Neighborhood Watch

Good news for sellers of downtown Sarasota condominiums, says Linda A. Page of Michael Saunders & Company: With just 171 units on the market at year-end, there’s under a year’s worth of inventory; “the lowest for a long time,” she says. “People love the vibrancy of downtown. They’re buying, and they’re staying put,” says Page, […]

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02/1/2012

Top of The Market

A four-bedroom, five-bath home at 344 W. Royal Flamingo Drive—one of Bird Key’s most coveted streets because of its open bay and sunset views—was the highest-priced Sarasota County home sold in November at $2,675,000. Built in 1998, it went on the market in January 2011 at $3,495,000. The listing agent was Lynn Koy of Coldwell […]

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