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[Friday] 10-24-2008
TODAY'S PHOTO: Cindy Mason, "Its Amazing How It Works," Canvas Café Gallery, 1912 Adams Ln., 941-957-0609

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SRQ SHOP

[SHOP]  ROCK: Edgy Threads Deck The Met

The weekend is almost here—it’s time to let loose and visit The Met. At the shop, you’ll find a new gathering of classic wardrobe staples with a flare of British rock ‘n’ roll. Among the new mix is coveted English brands like Ben Sherman as well as American staples like 7 for All Mankind, all embellished with your wild side in mind. Look for a brazen argyle sweater or dark denim with hefty studs branding the back pockets—and distressed houndstooth belts and textured scarves add the finishing touch to the wild child mix.

The Met, 35 South Blvd. of Presidents, Sarasota, 941-388-3991

SRQ EAT

[EAT]  WAKEY WAKEY: Glazed Croissants at Buddha Belly

A simple idea is sometimes best. Buddha Belly Doughnuts’ Glazed Croissant recently made our day alongside a cup of black coffee and, of course, the daily buzz. The glaze that cocoons the croissant comes light, a single soft coat that crystallizes in the crannies of the pastry in pleasing shades of silver and lace. It’s closer to the light sugar dusting of a Frosted Flake than the heavy shellac of your typical glazed, sweet enough to make you happy to be awake but mild enough to keep your glucose levels earth-bound. It matches perfectly the fluffy spiral layers of a well-made croissant, and even keeps the notoriously flaky pastry from shedding all over your laptop (if you must work through breakfast). We finished up with a smile on our face, an om in our heart and even a few crumbs worth chasing around the plate.

Buddha Belly Doughnuts, 1990 Main St., Sarasota, 941-952-0700

BUSINESS BRIEFS

[NEWS]  EXECUTIVE MOVES: Falcone Marketing for Designing Women Boutique

Advertising and marketing consultant Tony Falcone is on board with Designing Women Boutique in Sarasota. Falcone has worked with the business before on its advisory board, and designed the inaugural location of Fruitville Road.

An art and non-profit specialist, Falcone has also done work for Florida Studio Theatre, The Museum of Asian Art, The Sarasota County Arts Council, The Asolo Repertory Theatre and The Wellness Community Flight of Hope.
Designing Women Boutique


[NEWS]  STATISTICS: Sarasota Realtors Release September Sales

The Sarasota Association of Realtors released figures for September, which showed sales just short of last month but significantly up from last year. There were 438 overall sales in September, compared with 440 in August, 454 in July and 338 in September 2007.

The September figures shows sales of 360 single-family homes, compared with 356 in August and 234 in September 2007. But condominium sales continue to decline, with 78 condo sales in September compared with 84 in August. Median sales price decreased in September to $201,250 compared to $226,250 the prior month.
Sarasota Association of Realtors


[NEWS]  EXECUTIVE MOVES: Wagner Realty Expands Branch

A Wagner Realty office at the IMG Academies Golf and Country Club at El Conquistador has expanded with the addition of branch manager Betty Gambrell. Several agents from other Wagner offices have moved to the branch as well, and the office now boasts multi-lingual service.
Wagner Realty


REVIEWS

[MUSIC]  SINGER/SONG: Ray LaMontagne—GOSSIP IN THE GRAIN

Ray LaMontagne is so mellow he practically melts into the wallpaper. Lines of melody drift in and out of the first half of this record, cohering as songs primarily in the liner notes. When you’re in the mood to wander aimlessly from room to room in the dimming light of the evening, it’s pure poetry as background noise. But if you’re in the mood for pop hooks, or a beat, fast forward to “Meg White,” a great entry in the canon of songs about celebrity crushes. Primal drums pay tribute to the White Stripe, even while LaMontagne whispers “no one plays quite like you.”

A few rockin’ tracks spring up after that, but the pleasant earthy dude aesthetic remains like the scent of patchouli and leather, with maybe a dash of Axe body wash. Take it camping.

Lay back at Borders, 3800 S. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-366-7970

"We are bringing in money from outside of the country and outside of Florida. Then we are redistributing that money, first in Sarasota to employees to spend here and second to suppliers on the west coast of Florida. We’re putting a significant amount of money right back into the local economy." -—John Kerwin, L-3 Aviation Recorders vice president of operations.

SRQ TALK

[TALK]  Local Manufacturing No Gorilla

Manufacturing companies are suddenly one of the coolest kids on the block when it comes to economic development in Sarasota and Manatee counties. When L-3 Aviation Recorders and Medical Education Technologies, Inc., both announced they were staying in region and planning to expand, business leaders cheered.

“We are working with all of our local companies and doing whatever we can do to retain them,” said Joan McGill, EDC vice president for business development.

“With L-3 and METI, they are both growing companies. They do a lot of international trade, and they are little bit more stable. They pay well and do research and development. To lose a company like that would be a major loss for us.”

Retention of manufacturing jobs is becoming increasingly important to the region, officials said, as the housing and construction industry remains in its current state. Sarasota County in 2006 was home to 8,799 manufacturing jobs. In 2007, the number dropped to 7,501. But experts say making sure manufacturers stay here will guarantee new dollars get injected into the local economy.

“Manufacturing has never been the 800-pound gorilla in the Florida state economy,” said Peter Straw, executive director of the Sarasota-Manatee Area Manufacturers Association. “But across the state, there are 400,000 people in good careers who are producing tangible products and shipping them out of the area.

“We are wealth generators as opposed to wealth circulators.”

THINGS TO DO

[TODAY]  LABYRINTH: Corn Maze at Dakin Dairy Farms, 5—10pm

Get your fright on and disappear in a nine-acre corn maze, just in time for Halloween. Dakin Dairy Farms in Myakka is offering the brave and directionally skilled the chance to take on their mighty labyrinth. Beware though, as Halloween is right around the corner, they might have some tricks up their sleeves. Remember what happened in Children of the Corn? Approach with caution. The event is free and fun-filled so bring the kids and afterward watch pigs race, ride the Cow Train or even shoot corn from a cannon. Come at night and even get the chance to partake in a good old fashion cook out, roasting hot dogs at the campfire. There is a lot to do on the farm. 30771 Betts Rd., Myakka City, 941-322-2802.

[TODAY]  EXHIBITION: Almost Too Precious To Sell, 6—8pm

Art Center Sarasota presents a unique gallery experience by exploring what happens when a artist becomes so connected to a piece that they refuse to give it up. The galleries will be hosting topics such as Not For Sale: Collection of the Artist and Almost Too Precious Too Sell, showing people a different view of the usually consumer driven market. Attendees will be enlightened about creating art for art’s sake and fulfilling a creative need. Through October 25. Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-365-2032.

[TODAY]  ART: 10x10 Series: What Inspires You?, October 24, 5:30—8:30pm

This year’s 10x10 series will build upon the previous theme of “what inspires you?”, by adding the additional topic of giving back to the community. See ten people—designers, artists, writers and others—present ten slides about how they’re inspired to give back. Participants include David Young, Andrew Tanner, Mary Ann Bowie, Sandra Gorman, Michael Halflants, Jack Baker, Chris Greenberg and Belton Wall. Tickets are $5 for AIA members, $10 for nonmembers. Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-365-2032.

[SOON]  DANCE: The Song and Dance Ensemble of West Africa, October 26, 7pm

Founded in 1985, this group of traditional musicians and dancers is accomplished and respected, comprised of percussionists, musicians and dancers from Mali in West Africa. They give a performance inspired by traditional music with their own identity and personality to create an authentic musical experience. Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, 777 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-953-3368.

[SOON]  SPORTS: Junior Achievement Golf Invitational, October 27, 10am—8pm

Perfect your golf swing at the Seventh Annual Junior Achievement Invitational. Par sponsorship includes one tournament foursome, buffet lunch, caddie concierge, cocktail reception, dinner and live auction. For more information visit www.jasarasota.org or contact Barbara Page at 941-361-1410. Ritz-Carlton Members Golf Club, 15150 70th Terrace E., Bradenton, 941-309-2900.

[SOON]  PARTY: The Magnificent Seven Oceanic Evening Black Tie Gala, October 25, 6:30pm

Mote Marine Laboratory invites you to their Oceanic? Evening Black Tie Gala as they bring back the wild west with, The Magnificent Seven. The gala will feature catering by Michael's On East, the music of Double Vision and gaming for fun at the Lucky Seven Saloon. Cocktails will be served at 6:30pm and dinner will be served at 8pm. Mote Marine Courtyard, 600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, 941-388-4441.

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