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March 2013

Insider: Shopping: Emerald City

Emerald, the color of prosperity, has been named the color of 2013 by color authority Pantone, and we found it everywhere we looked in Sarasota, from the new Sephora store inside J.C. Penney to furniture and gift shops to fashion and jewelry boutiques. It’s an equal opportunity color available in high and low prices—promoting balance, […]

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March 2013

The Looks of Spring

Fashion I.Q. columnist and blogger Heather Dunhill reports on spring 2013 fashion trends.

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March 2013

Fashion I.Q.: March 2013

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February 2013

Silver Stars: The Best Silver Serveware From Local Shops

By Carol Tisch 1 Fresh catch from the January gift fairs: just-introduced Mariposa serving bowls in recycled aluminum like Sea Border ($144) or Oceanus Starfish with aqua porcelain glaze ($159). White Egret, 10006 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria Island, (941) 778-3782. 2 Super bowls by superstar designers for Alessi include the stri-kingly simple stainless steel Ovale […]

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February 2013

Shopping: Food Heaven

By Carol Tisch Sarasota is flush with new havens for foodies. Townies and tourists alike are sampling delights at a Main Street fromagerie, an olive oil emporium and a gem of a gourmet shop and charcuterie on stately Palm Avenue. The long-awaited Trader Joe’s has arrived, and fare at longtime treasure Morton’s is more tantalizing […]

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February 2013

Who’s in Store: Douglas Gourley

Douglas Gourley feeds his inner gourmand.By Carol Tisch A former exec with Pitney Bowes and Imation, Douglas Gourley developed the taste of a gourmand while working overseas. “I was exclusively international from the age of 25 to 50, and with that came the opportunity to dine with boards of directors in Latin America, the Pacific, […]

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February 2013

Fashion IQ: February 2013

Genius looks and loot from our style blogger, Heather Dunhill. Here’s an unexpected way to tell the world who you heart. Pair your personalized tee with a sleek pair of skinny jeans, suit jacket and fab drop earrings for date night. Not design savvy? Call in for an assist. This version is set on the […]

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January 2013

Who’s In Store: Cindy Higham of Evelyn & Arthur

Lifelong fashionista Cindy Higham has landed her dream job at the new Evelyn & Arthur boutique on Main Street. The veteran of two top department stores in Dayton, Ohio, and manager/buyer for 12 years at Sally’s of Sarasota, Higham says the new store fills a void in Southwest Florida for fashion-oriented customers who are 40 […]

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January 2013

Insider Shopping: January 2013

St. Armands Circle If you’ve never been to St. Armands Circle, you might think it’s just another beach town shopping destination. But it’s so much better than that. From the understated to the fashion-forward, the Circle is brimming with coveted designer names. We surveyed each quadrant to uncover breezy clothes perfect for endless Sarasota summers […]

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January 2013

Watch List

1 Dial up affordable luxury at Southgate Mall’s new Pandora jewelry and watch store, where the elegant Pure watch comes with smart leather straps in black, white and cream or as shown with a steel mesh band with gold plating ($295). Pandora at Southgate, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, (941) 955-8747. 2 Fast track to luxury: […]

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November 2012

Shopping: Our retailers’ holiday wish list

Want to find Sarasota’s dreamiest gifts? Look no further than this wish list prepared by the toughest customers in town: owners and managers of great Sarasota stores. To stock those stores, retail buyers sift through thousands of possibilities, ending up with a curated collection of products they love. So when we asked them what single […]

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November 2012

Pin It

1 Remodeling estate pins into pendants is so chic in Sarasota, and this circa 1850 brooch with .25 cts. of rose-cut diamonds ($1,650) is a great example, shown with triple-strand necklace of 69K black diamonds ($6,678). Coffrin Diamond Jewelers, 1829 S. Osprey Ave., Sarasota, (941) 366-6871. 2 Pin or pendant? She gets two gifts in […]

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November 2012

Who’s In Store: Sheri Hennard

Sheri Hennard says J. McLaughlin’s is a perfect Sarasota fit. Sheri Hennard is surrounded by a colorful mélange of bold, bright patterns at J. McLaughlin, Sarasota’s newest source for preppy-chic clothes. As store manager, she exudes the brand’s fun, classic, comfortable style. “My background is marketing with Estee Lauder and Triple A [in Chicago] and […]

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October 2012

Who’s In Store: Alison Bishop

Living Walls’ Alison Bishop proves modern is always in style. A landmark near the intersection of Gulfstream Avenue and Main Street since 1985, Sarasota’s beloved Living Walls is here to stay even though a new condo may soon surround it. “Our building has been sold, but we have a lease. We have time to find […]

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October 2012

A Splash of Wine

1 The Royal Collection by Designer’s Guild includes Clarence (on sofa), inspired by the lacy ferns in the Savill Garden at Windsor, and damask (drapery fabric) from one of Queen Victoria’s tablecloths. Order at The Wallpaper Store, 7368 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 924-3640. 2 Saks is ahead of the trend with lace fashions from […]

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Michael Thonet's 150-year-old bentwood technology with catuaba wood from the Amazon rainforest and a cushion of supple leather ($7,185)
October 2012

Shopping: The Super Naturals

We’ve been trend-spotting at two of the most important home furnishings trade shows in the world: The International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York and High Point Market in North Carolina. Everywhere we saw a new reverence for nature: for tree limbs, leaves, insects, and furniture shaped like flower petals. Rustic chic is the new […]

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August 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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July 2012

Bird Watching

1 Feather your nest with designer Christopher Guy’s black and white warbler silhouettes with French White frames (set of 6, $1,409). Bee Ridge Lighting & Design, 3909 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota (941) 922-2626. 2 Fashion takes flight in couturier Carolina Herrera’s “sparrow dress” with bright red birds printed on cotton with a touch of silk […]

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July 2012

Summer Fun

Sarasota has become a year-round city, with more full-time residents—and summer tourists—than ever before. These days, earthshaking thunderstorms and air-conditioned movies aren’t the only entertainment, as arts groups have extended their seasons and camps and special events cater to every imaginable interest. And now that the snowbirds have flown back North, you can discover new […]

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July 2012

Who’s in Store: Amy Paulishak

Amy Paulishak has segued from banking to philanthropy to—bridal gowns! As vice president of business development for Brides Against Breast Cancer, a division of Center for Building Hope (formerly the Cancer Support Community), Paulishak runs the organization’s newly acquired Nationwide Tour of Gowns bridal shows and its retail store and warehouse in Lakewood Ranch.  With more […]

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