Archive for May, 2012

05/1/2012

SAKS FIFTH AVENUE: Look Your Best

Click the image above to see how Saks Fifth Avenue can help you look your best in the Limelight–you’ll find the latest fashion trends, makeup tips to help you look party-ready, an exclusive interview with fashion designer Monique Lhuillier and much more! Related Articles: Fashion: Night Magic Who’s in Store: Mission Avenue’s Bernabe Somoza Shopping […]

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05/1/2012

Sarasota Magazine Best of 2012

BEST OF THE NEW

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05/1/2012

Homefront

Smaller details, like this table from Black Bird Home Gallery, can be the start to a great room design. Start Small When putting together a space in a home, it’s common to think large-scale first. But spring is the perfect time to focus on beauty in small packages and fine details, say the experts at […]

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05/1/2012

Healthfront

From Sarasota to Peru Center for Sight’s Dr. David Shoemaker (center). Center For Sight founder and CEO Dr. David Shoemaker, was among a select group of 18 ophthalmologists from the U.S. and abroad who recently traveled to Lima, Peru  to perform laser cataract surgery on Peruvians with very dense cataracts. The surgeries were performed at […]

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05/1/2012

Real Estate Junkie

In most of Sarasota’s high-end real estate, you’ll feel a little like Citizen Kane, rattling around in a mansion that’s much too big for you and your opera-singing mistress. This home on Siesta Key is a happy exception. It’s big, all right (almost 10,000 square feet), but the feeling is intimate rather than overwhelming. Imagine […]

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05/1/2012

Poll

Age range of respondents under 20 to 80s Median age 40s Average number of hours spent online per day 2.48 Do you use email? YES [23] No [2] Respondents’ favorite apps: IMDb Voxer Beyond 411 TripAdvisor Pandora Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Rays Fox News Sprint Navigator Audible YouVersion Facebook Instagram Draw […]

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05/1/2012

My World: Julie McClure

How many people come to your sales? In season, a big sale might have between 50 and 100 at 9 a.m. and 500 in the course of a day. But it’s a big difference in July trying to get people out. How much does an average sale make? In the last six weeks, I’ve had […]

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05/1/2012

Pearl Jam

1 Segue effortlessly from day to evening in cultured pearls mixed with quartz for light and dimension in a necklace ($135) crafted by local designer Lana Shelden for The Met Fashion House, Day Spa & Salon, 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents, Sarasota, (941) 388-1772. 2 Big, bold baroque pearl and black diamond confections by Gellner […]

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05/1/2012

Who’s In Store

Jewelry is a decorative art, says Michael Chokr, and the interior settings at the breathtaking new Diamond Vault are as intoxicating as the jeweler’s exclusive diamond and gemstone creations. The new showroom, workshop and warehouse have been custom-designed to create a unique retail experience, says Michael, who joined the family business six years ago after […]

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05/1/2012

Insider: Shopping

Channeling Sarasota’s arts colony heritage, a handful of boutiques in historic Burns Square have been opened recently by artists, designers, crafters and more. Creativity entices at every nook and cranny, and products of the imagination are valued as much as status brands. This quaint little shopping and dining district starts to bustle at lunchtime and […]

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05/1/2012

Arts Capital

A New Nutcracker Salutes the Circus As the current arts season winds down, I’m already getting excited about the next one. I can’t wait until December, when the Sarasota Ballet’s intriguing, circus-themed production of The Nutcracker premieres. Set in the 1930s, the ballet will open in a grand New York hotel, where the young heroine, […]

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05/1/2012

Hot Dish

While the Italian name of this appetizer—funghi misti selvatici—might be a mouthful, this delicate dish of sautéed wild mushrooms, including the tender enoki variety, is as simple as it is delicious. Chef Dino Carta exercises the Italian philosophy of masterful restraint, allowing the rich and flavorful mushrooms to play the starring role. The mushrooms are […]

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05/1/2012

Top Tickets

Fanny Brice: America’s Funny Girl Funny Girl may have made Streisand a star, but it wasn’t the last word on the laughing-on-the-outside, crying-on-the-inside story of comedienne Fanny Brice. The Asolo Rep’s production of this musical show focuses on her professional and private life with showman Billy Rose. Onstage May 20 through June 17; 351-8000 or […]

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05/1/2012

Insider

Everybody talks about the weather, but when Sarasota-based James Roemer—aka "Dr. Weather"—talks, people listen. Roemer (who graduated from the same Vermont college as Weather Channel star Jim Cantore) did stints on TV and as a ski resort forecaster before finding his niche: predicting the economic effects of storms, droughts and other meteorological phenomena. Roemer, now […]

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05/1/2012

On The Homefront

What we loved most at the Parade of Homes and designer showcases this spring. Are you a house voyeur? If you haven’t heard the term, you probably don’t swoon over HGTV makeovers and multimillion-dollar real estate listings in the Sunday newspaper. But if you count the days until the next Parade of Homes or designer […]

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05/1/2012

The Luxury Home

Tour de France Working with John Cannon Homes, Traci and R. Michael Smullen personalized an existing plan to fashion a one-of-a-kind house with a decided French accent. We asked Traci about the design inspirations. What distinguishes your home from its Mediterranean-style neighbors? The wide variety of materials used inside and out. The French mix wood, […]

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05/1/2012

What I’m Drinking

I hadn’t really tumbled to an interesting trend until a sharp-eyed young colleague mentioned that Meiomi Pinot Noir, a blend of its namesake grape from several coastal California vineyards, seems to be popping up on all sorts of Sarasota restaurant wine lists. A couple of days after her insightful remark I enjoyed dinner with friends […]

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05/1/2012

Good Deal

The place: Carr’s Corner Cafe, 3025 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 355-4051. The fare: Homey and delicious weekday breakfasts and lunches served in a warm and friendly family environment. The bottom line: No frills here, just really good food, much of it sourced from local farms, cooked up with care and served with friendly grace […]

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05/1/2012

Sarasota’s Best: Hot Dogs

Spring training inspired this month’s ode to one of sports fans’ favorite foods: the hot dog. Many of our 4,600-plus Facebook fans weighed in with their faves, ranging from Joey D’s Vienna beef hot dog to the Old Salty Dog’s infamous fried hot dog topped with cheese, bacon and more. So—with chef Judi Gallagher, associate […]

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05/1/2012

Food & Wine

It’s wonderful to watch old friends defy the odds and only grow more desirable with each passing year. Such is the case of Mediterraneo, which since 1996 has seduced Sarasotans with superb Northern Italian cuisine purveyed with style and wit. Colette and I have eaten here often over the past 10 years, grazing on everything […]

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