Archive for August, 2012

08/1/2012

Top 100 Luxury Retailers 2012

This year’s Platinum 100 list is brimming with new havens of retail luxury and longtime favorites, each helping to assure Sarasota’s reputation as headquarters for sublime Gulf Coast shopping. No city in the region can claim the creativity of Sarasota’s boutiques or the comprehensiveness of shops offering high-end globally sourced treasures. From hard-edged Italian couture […]

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08/1/2012

Who’s In Store: Gordon Hunter

Gordon Hunter’s love affair with sports cars began when he bought himself a racy ’69 Corvette at the ripe old age of 18. “And that was my third car,” quips the general sales manager of Suncoast Motor Sports, the region’s destination dealership for a trio of coveted German brands. Hunter presides over luxurious side-by-side showrooms […]

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08/1/2012

Travel: Switzerland

Edelweiss, Edelweiss It isn’t every day that you have the chance to hitch a ride on a “first flight”—the history-making inaugural flight of an airline to a new and exciting destination. My chance came with a recent departure from Tampa to Zurich, Switzerland, on Edelweiss Air. The launch of this new nonstop flight was months […]

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08/1/2012

The Sand Men

If you find yourself in northern Italy later this summer or early fall, be sure to visit the charming 15th-century Palazzo Bembo on Venice’s Grande Canal, a few steps from the Rialto Bridge, where—surprise!—you can dip your feet into a thousand pounds of silky white Siesta Key sand flowing from a basin in the floor. […]

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08/1/2012

Real Estate Junkie: August 2012

The Ultimate Vacation Home No town understands the second home better than Sarasota. It’s in our blood. From Bertha Palmer’s The Oaks to the quaint beach bungalows of long-ago Siesta Key to the pioneering golf communities of the Meadows and Palm-Aire— we’ve spent well over a century designing, building and servicing some of the best […]

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08/1/2012

Only in Sarasota: Powel Crosley Estate

The perfect parting shot for this “Platinum” issue about the passions and pleasure of living well in Sarasota captures newlyweds Rob and Vicky Jones leaving Sarasota’s Powel Crosley Estate. The couple lives in London but decided to marry in Sarasota, which they knew and love for its “hospitality, people, cuisine, and most of all the […]

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08/1/2012

Oh, Happy Day

Five couples create the Sarasota weddings of their dreams.

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08/1/2012

Mr. Chatterbox: August 2012

I never understood the word “connoisseurship” until the Internet took over. I thought it was some obsolete concept left over from college art courses that referred to years of study in dusty ateliers and museums, during which you compare the chiaroscuro in this painting against the chiaroscuro in that painting, and after 75 years or […]

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08/1/2012

Insider: Treasure Hunt

Insider Shopping for Antiques   Though Sarasota has no designated antiques district, fine shops and auction houses pepper the downtown area and extend from Anna Maria Island to Englewood. Dealers in our community have access to exceptional estates and an extraordinary base of retirees who’ve amassed collections of fine furniture, art and jewelry. Indeed, the […]

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08/1/2012

From the Editor: August 2012

Back in the boom days, the Robb Report, that wish book of extravagant indulgences for the rich and the aspirational, had a person on staff called “Chief Luxury Officer.” I saw her speak in Naples once; she was a fierce blond New Yorker, pencil-thin, draped in high-end jewelry and perched on power stilettos. Her appraising […]

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