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Ready-Set-SUP

Who knew! Sarasotan’s are loving themselves some stand up paddleboarding and a whole lotta them turned out for the final race of the Sarasota SUP Race Series. The three-race series kicked off in June on the open waters at Siesta Key Beach, followed by the August race at the Nathan Benderson Park rowing facility. October’s race on Sarasota Bay completed the series. Images by inhabitSarasota The race series was started by Rob Alfieri, of SUP Sarasota, to showcase Sarasota’s diverse…

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Local Stores: Siesta Colors

I put together a little color palette from a Siesta Key beach picture I took last week.Then I visited three of my favorite stores in the Rosemary district – Sarasota Architectural Salvage, The Sarasota Collection and Home Resource, in search of design inspiration, based on these earthy colors.  First Stop: Sarasota Architectural Salvage, at 1093 Central, opened in 2003 by Jesse White. SAS is the go-to place for salvaged building materials, architectural artifacts, garden accessories and much, much more. (I’ve…

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Cabana Inn Redo

Every time I drive past the Cabana Inn at 2525 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, I don’t see a derelict motel, I see a great mid-century motor court just waiting for a second chance. Built in 1958, the Cabana Inn has the potenital to be a hip hotel, just like the Ace Hotel and Swim Club in Palm Springs, which was once a run-down Howard Johnson’s. (top/cabana image from inhabitSarasota. bottom/ace image from ace hotel) The Cabana motel is mostly unoccupiable,…

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House Crush

Interview: Tim Seibert, Architect

Maureen Zaremba, curator of educational programs at Ringling Museum of Art interviewed architect Edward ‘Tim’ Seibert this past Tuesday as part of the ‘Collecting Recollections’ series. Seibert is known for his contributions to Sarasota’s mid-century modern architectural movement, commonly know as the Sarasota School of Architecture I enjoyed this interview – Seibert has a dry sense of humor, doesn’t take himself too seriously and isn’t afraid to voice his opinion. Seibert attended Stanford University for three years as an art…

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Woman’s Exchange

There’s an old Z Gallerie laminate end table in my living room that desperately needs to be replaced. I bought it years ago without regard to style or color and I can’t stand it. It needs to go. But where to look? The Woman’s Exchange, of course! This 12,000 sq foot, non-profit consignment shop at 539 South Orange in Sarasota, has a large selection of furniture and sometimes, if you’re especially lucky, nice mid-century pieces Woman’s Exchange was started in…

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Sarasota Architectural Salvage

Looking for an unusual something or other. Restoring a run down beach cottage and need some spindles, wood flooring, windows or a mantle? In the mood for a concrete mermaid table base or a copper tarpon mounted on drift wood? Then head straight to Sarasota Architectural Salvage at 1093 Central, Sarasota. Opened in 2003 by Jesse White, the 10,000 square foot warehouse is full of unique items ready to be repurposed. The store is divided into two main areas. Inside…

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House Crush

Say Yes to the Spencer House

If you’ve traveled north on Orange recently you’ve driven by a hotbed of modern controversy. The newly constructed, Guy Peterson designed ‘perforated house’ at Orange and Prospect has people talking. In fact, Sarasota Herald Tribune published two articles on the house written by real estate editor Harold Bubil. The first article Guy Peterson Turns Heads In Sarasota ran on May 11, which resulted in a lively outpouring of comments, prompting HT to run Bubil’s Peterson Explains Perforated House on May…

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Sarasota: Cultural Capital of Florida. Not kidding!

Sarasota is on the gulf coast of Florida, about an hour south of Tampa. It is often said to be the Cultural Capital of Florida. That’s what the people say anyway, and I totally agree. Here’s why – Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Players Theatre and Florida Studio Theatre. In addition, Sarasota is home to the annual Sarasota Film Festival, Chalk Festival and the Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts. There’s much more, but you get…

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