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Photo of the Week: Sarasota Succulent Society

The Sarasota Succulent Society has long been known in the area for its beautiful collections of cacti, aloes, and many more. You might almost think you were in Texas, looking at this photo! P.S.: Look for more on succulents, including tips for growing your own at home, in our October issue. Photo by Richard Clapp


Vintage Sarasota: Historic Spanish Point Aqueducts

Settlers were living in Florida long before the days of air conditioning and running water on Osprey’s Historic Spanish Point. When the wealthy Palmers bought the homestead in the 1910s, Ms. Bertha Palmer built shell aqueducts to carry water through her scenic gardens. Those structures are still trickling beautifully through the paths today. The homestead […]


Vintage Sarasota: Bay Breeze Motel

Thousands of exotic postcards advertising “air conditioning and TV in room” were sent from Florida to loved ones during the fifties and sixties. These little pieces of paradise must have brought some sunshine into the Northern winters then, and they bring a little nostalgia to us now. Just look at that nice, cool blue pool! […]


Sneak Peek: Trader Joe’s in Sarasota

This morning, we got a sneak peek of the new Trader Joe’s, set to open tomorrow–that’s Friday, September 7–to much fanfare. When we arrived, the employees were still busy stocking shelves with everything from fresh produce to specialty cheeses, but store manager Linda Moffa, who’s been with the company for 32 years, took a few […]


Vintage Sarasota: The Plaza Restaurant

The Plaza Restaurant opened on First Street in 1928 and quickly became a popular gathering place for Sarasota’s political, business and financial elite, as well as a group of writers who met at the restaurant every Friday for lunch for 30 years. Liar’s Poker became part of the Friday lunches at some point in the […]


Eye-Opener: Author Tony D’Souza on Sarasota, Writing and White-Collar Crime.

When we first met Tony D’Souza, 38, back in 2005, he was waiting tables at the old Metro Café on Osprey Avenue and about to publish his first novel, Whiteman, based on his experience with the Peace Corps in Africa’s Cote d’Ivoire.   Fast forward a few years and D’Souza has gone on to publish […]


Announcing the Winner of the “Best of Summer Fun” Pinterest Contest!

Congratulations to Alina Warner, who won our first-ever “Best of Sarasota Summer Fun” Pinterest contest! “Alina’s board showed a variety of iconic local images,” said Sarasota Magazine creative director Gigi Ortwein, “but at the same time had an interest mix of both current and retro-feeling photos.” Click here to view her winning board.    Alina […]


Photo of the Week: Sarasota Opera House

    One of downtown Sarasota’s many landmark buildings includes the beautiful Sarasota Opera House. We love the light and angle of this photo.    Photo by Tim Gilbreath  


Vintage Sarasota: Jungle Gardens

On New Year’s Eve of 1939, Jungle Gardens became Sarasota’s “most beautiful attraction,” according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.  Exotic plant species were brought in from all over the world, harmonizing with those indigenous to Florida and Sarasota. Since then, Jungle Gardens has hosted multiple events, including the Miss Florida pageants, and now holds bird and […]


Thumbs up for the Traverse City Film Festival

By Pam Daniel Like lots of other locals, I love to escape Sarasota summers for northern Michigan, where along with (usually) cooler temperatures you’ll find some of the most beautiful scenery on earth. Quiet roads wind through evergreen forests and along farms dotted with cherry orchards, and every now and then you’ll catch stunning glimpses […]