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REAL cares – All Faiths Food Bank

All Faiths Food Bank

All Faiths Food Bank

“Addressing hunger through assistance to those in need throughout our community”

All Faiths Food Bank is the hub of hunger relief in Sarasota and DeSoto counties and serves more than 66,000 neighbors in need through our member network. Since 1989, we are the only food bank serving Sarasota and DeSoto counties and have been a member of Feeding America since 1990. Our number one priority has always been to serve the most needy and vulnerable, including children, seniors, veterans, and those in crisis.

In 2016, the Food Bank changed its mission representing a shift in how we address hunger and an understanding that hunger is a health issue. Since then, AFFB’s new mission has been: Together with our partners, we provide healthy solutions to end hunger in our community. Read More

REAL Profiles – Christine Nicole Photography

Christine Nicole Photography

Christine Nicole

Exist In Portraits, Leave Your Legacy Behind!

By: Becca Towery

Photography By: Christine Nicole

Meet Christine Nicole! A wife, mother, fur baby mom, a best friend, and of course a Photographer. She loves to cook, travel, work out and going to the movies. Yes, buttered popcorn please!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and no one knows more about that than Christine Nicole, owner of Christine Nicole Photography. Her mantra, “Exist in portraits, leave your legacy behind.” When it comes to portrait photography, Christine is the best. Her ability to capture an individual’s or families’ life through the lens is magical. Read More

REAL La Dolce Vita – Tandoor With Kim & Sandra

Tandoor

REAL La Dolce Vita

Tandoor

A Sacred Communion Nourishing Body And Soul

By Sandra Halliday

Photography by Sally Ullman

If you have that sudden craving for authentic and healthy Northern Indian cuisine in a relaxed and friendly setting where the dining experience is both an exotic journey and a feast fit for a king, then you’ve come to the right place at Tandoor. Named after a type of clay oven used in Northern India, the word immediately conjures up images of delectable slow-roasted meats and flat breads. Head chef and owner Poonam Maini believes that it is her destiny to serve mankind as a chef and as a restaurateur. Inspired by her father, who was a passionate cook, she learned all her culinary techniques from her parents. Straight from the cookbook of Poonam and her family, all the dishes at Tandoor are based on time-honored traditional family recipes. Aromatic herbs and spices are specially selected for both their flavors and for their Ayurvedic healing properties. Read More

Norm Luppino – Perspectives – Historical REAL Estate

Norm Luppino

Architect Ralph Twitchell –

The Making Of A Sarasota Legend

By Norm Luppino

Ralph Twitchell’s name is best associated as being the “Father of the Sarasota School of Architecture”. He is also noted for having practiced with two of the nation’s most renown 20th century architects. The first was with prominent New York’s society architect Dwight Baum, whose credits in Sarasota include John and Mabel Ringling’s Ca’ d’Zan and the Sarasota Courthouse. In the late 1940’s, Twitchell teamed with Paul Rudolph, who went on to become internationally famous as one of world’s most acclaimed modernist architects during the 1960’s and 70’s.

Throughout his career, which spanned six decades, Twitchell designed some of the area’s most prominent buildings and structures, including the Lido Beach Casino, the layout for St Armands Circle, and many custom residences primarily on Siesta Key. As Dwight Baum’s apprentice, he was the on-site architect for Ca’ d’Zan during its construction. Read More

Laurel James – Perspectives – REAL Health

Laurel James

Two Steps to Clearing Space

By Laurel James

Do you feel like you have some breathing room every day to stop and take a moment to collect your thoughts? Do you have spaces in your home that are clear of clutter to unwind and just be?

Making time to stop and just be, is the first step. It gives you time to clear your mind, hear the essence of your inner self and focus on what you do want. Stop and take breathing time for you self each day. Breathing is the foundation of our dwelling place. Take several deep breaths and let your busy details of you lives go. Relax into your environment. Have no agenda for this moment of time. Sit, listen and feel the quiet. Even if thoughts are running through your mind, that’s okay. Just breathe. It will help to clean and clear you mind.

Think of clearing your mind as going to the “Peaceful Mind Gym” at a specific time for a certain number of times each week. Read More

Becca Z Towery – Perspectives – REAL Style

Becca Towery

SNEAKER Mania!

Sneakers are acceptable footwear pretty much anywhere, from a polished day at the office to a slinky, sexy night at the bar.

By Becca Z. Towery

Ladies “we’re never, ever going to say goodbye to Sneakers as they are everywhere, everyday shoes.” So treat yourself to a couple of fabulous pairs this summer and walk the Sarasota streets in REAL Style! Take note – this year we are benching our beloved white sneaks in favor of fashionable-approved tennies. After fashion week, it’s clear that the top 2018 sneaker trends are anything but basic. Between “ugly” dad sneakers, refreshing pastels, and the reboot of the retro gum sole, we wouldn’t want to be caught dead in plain white low tops.

Here are 6 Sneaker Trends every fashion girl will be wearing in 2018. These six styles have built up some major hype from sneakerheads and Instagram stars alike in only two short months. Read More

Sheila Venancia – Perspectives – REAL Beauty

Sheila Headshot

Hair Accessories

By Sheila Venancia

Hair accessories come in lots of different shapes and sizes. Many are great for securing your hairstyles, some are a good way of getting your bangs off your face, and others just work as hair adornments. Try what suits your look the best.

Jaw Clips
Jaw clips come in a range of sizes, so you’re likely to find one suitable for your hair’s length. Closer spaced teeth mean they’re more suitable for finer hair types. Mini jaw clips are a great way of separating pieces of hair. These work best for casual occasions, like when you’re running a few errands.

Snap Clip
Snap clips are good for securing pieces of hair that are any type and texture. Snap clips are really for casual looks, because they’re basically about securing layers or pieces of hair that would otherwise fall out of a ponytail or half up/updo. Read More

Patricia Tan – Perspectives – International REAL Estate

Patricia Tan

Welcome! To Our Summer Real Estate Buyers

By Patricia Tan

Just as our tourism market is becoming less seasonal, so too is our real estate market. The gap is narrowing between the number of transactions closed as a result of our winter seasonal visitors, and transactions closed during the steamy summer months.

No sooner have we waved goodbye to our winter residents and visitors, then we start to greet summer tourists who come to sample our sunny shores. We hope they will stay a while and enjoy the Florida lifestyle. Many of our summer visitors will be from other countries, particularly European nations where the tradition of a long summer holiday persists. Walk around St Armand’s Circle and listen to the many different languages being spoken – French, Italian, Spanish, German, Norwegian, Swedish and Portuguese to name a few. Many of our international visitors will enjoy their time here so much, that they may look to purchase a home they can use for future vacations or retirement. Read More

Lori Collins Rodriguez and Helaine Giddens – Perspectives – REAL Estate

Helaine Giddens and Lori Collins Rodriguez

Are You Thinking Of Selling Your Home?

By Lori Collins Rodriguez and Helaine Giddens

Seller Beware!
Reasons FSBO are a BAD Idea!

Homeowners obviously know their homes better than anyone, but that doesn’t mean they’re the best salespersons for their properties.

Some sellers are tempted to try a For Sale by Owner (FSBO) transaction because their local community is in the midst of a sellers’ market and they think they can sell easily without help. Others try the FSBO route because they want to maximize their profits and avoid paying a commission to a Realtor.

However, statistics show that selling your home with the assistance of a professional real estate agent will garner you a higher profit, enough to cover the commission as well as put more money in your pocket. According to the National Association of Realtor’s 2017 Profile of Home Buyers & Sellers, the average FSBO sales price was $190,000, while the average price for a home represented by an agent was $250,000, a difference of $60,000! Read More

William Henry PhD – Perspectives – Architect’s REAL Viewpoint

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The Emerging Trends In Retail And Commercial Real Estate

By William Henry, PhD

The keynote addresses delivered by retail and commercial real estate experts at the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) annual RECON conference in Las Vegas last month can be boiled down into three major themes:

1) The oversupply of single purpose retail space is causing the repurposing of large underperforming retail properties to other uses

The United States has the highest amount of single purpose retail space in the world. Per recent census numbers, for every man, woman, and child, the US has more than twice the retail space per capita than any other developed country. Read More

Lumbie Mlambo – Perspectives – REAL Health

Lumbie Mlambo

3 Reasons A Balanced Life Is A Better Life

At Work And At Home, Success Depends On Finding Equilibrium, Stroke Survivor Lumbie Mlambo Shares

Life sometimes can seem off kilter as responsibilities mount and people plow all their physical and mental resources into what seems to be the most pressing crisis of the moment.

But Lumbie Mlambo says that’s a good time to take a step back. Everyone has the potential to shine in life’s darkest moments, but the key to achieving goals and an overall better existence is to maintain a balance so that one aspect of your life isn’t consumed by another.

While some people might say balance in life is an impossible goal, she disagrees and says when each of us find our equilibrium, we become more productive and a greater asset to our communities. Read More

Cover – John & Denise Saputo

John & Denise Saputo Gold Coast Eagle Distributing

John & Denise Saputo

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing

The King & Queen Of Beer For Charity

Cover Photography By James Corwin Johnson

The numbers just get bigger every year: 450 golf tournaments, 1,400 external events, 250 corporate events, 50 yacht excursions.
ALL FOR CHARITY

There’s no other business in the Sarasota/Manatee area, and beyond, impacting so many people’s lives, in so many ways.

Meet the owner of Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, John Saputo. He’s a third-generation beer wholesaler. John was 8 years old when he first began is the beer business, working for his grandfather’s and father’s distributorship in Michigan, sweeping his way up through the ranks.

Venturing out on his own, in 1977 he purchased his first distributorship in Raleigh, NC. A series of distributorships later found him and his family in Sarasota when he purchased Gold Coast Eagle Distributing in 1996. And as they say, the rest is history. Read More

Cover – Casey Key Gulf To Bay Pocket Listing

Casey Key Pocket Listing Contact Kim Burns 214-499-0444

Casey Key Gulf To Bay Pocket Listing

Your Hidden Oasis

By Brad Ayres

Offered By Kim Burns, REALTOR, SaraBay Real Estate

This phenomenal estate offers a 75-foot unobstructed deeded beach easement for both viewing, and toes in the sand experiences. Watch the dolphins play as the sun sets over the horizon; you may just see the fabled green flash.

To the rear of the home you will find a day dock suitable for your recreational and angler needs. This well protected cove leading directly into Dryman Bay offers the perfect docking area while prepping for the adventures to come. Read More

REAL cares – 2018 Beertopia

Beertopia

2018 Beertopia

Benefiting Eye Center’s Vision Foundation

& Hernando DeSoto Historical Society

Hosted by Gold Coast Eagle Distributing

Photography by James Corwin Johnson

Click HERE to download the event collage.

Slide show below. Read More

REAL Cares – 2018 Thunder By The Bay

Thunder By The Bay

2018 Thunder By The Bay

Benefiting Suncoast Charities For Children

Photography by Tim Britt, Michael Whitney & Mindy Towns

The direct and indirect overall economic impact of the 2016 Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle Festival was calculated at almost $8.9 Million (a 10% increase from 2015) and generated 8,400 room nights in area lodgings.

Click HERE to download the event collage.

Slideshow below. Read More

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August 23, 2018 VOLUMES At The Ringling

August 23, 2018 VOLUMES At The Ringling

Brian Blade Performs. As a part of the special installation, VOLUMES, by the artist Ezra Masch e[...]
August 17, 2018 Friday Fest CANCELLED

August 17, 2018 Friday Fest CANCELLED

Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall Friday Fest Is Cancelled Due To Red Tide! Free outdoor summertim[...]
August 22, 2018 Business Builder – Helping Hands

August 22, 2018 Business Builder – Helping Hands

Join Us As We Support All Faiths Food Bank. Business Builder is a community networking and suppo[...]
September 5, 2018 Women's Council Of Realtors Fashion Show

September 5, 2018 Women's Council Of Realtors Fashion Show

Get Your Tickets Before They Are Gone! Click HERE for more information. SPONSORSHIPS AND PR[...]
August 17, 2018 Friday Fest CANCELLED

August 17, 2018 Friday Fest CANCELLED

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August 13, 2018 International Left Handers Day

August 13, 2018 International Left Handers Day

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August 13, 2018 School Starts

August 13, 2018 School Starts

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August 16, 2018 Classic Movies at the Sarasota Opera House

August 16, 2018 Classic Movies at the Sarasota Opera House

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August 13, 2018 School Starts

August 13, 2018 School Starts

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August 16, 2018 VOLUMES At The Ringling

August 16, 2018 VOLUMES At The Ringling

Taylor Gordon AKA The Pocket Queen Performs. As a part of the special installation, VOLUMES, by [...]
William McComb & Kelly Roberts Recognized As Super Lawyers

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New College Named To ‘Best Colleges’

Princeton Review Names New College Of Florida To ‘Best Colleges’. New College of Florida was a[...]
Four Large Housing Tracts Set For East Sarasota County

Four Large Housing Tracts Set For East Sarasota County

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August 5, 2018 National Sister's Day

August 5, 2018 National Sister's Day

First Sunday in August is your chance to show your appreciation for that unique bond only sisters ca[...]
August 5, 2018 National Oyster Day

August 5, 2018 National Oyster Day

If The World Is My Oyster...I'm Getting My Shucking Knife! It's reputed that Casanova, the infa[...]
Red Tide, Oceanic Kills Have You Down?

Red Tide, Oceanic Kills Have You Down?

This Mess Is Much Bigger Than Florida! For years, the U.S. sugar program has existed as one of t[...]
All Faiths Food Bank Receives $151,700 In Grants

All Faiths Food Bank Receives $151,700 In Grants

Campaign Against Summer Hunger Ends Well. The Campaign Against Summer Hunger raises funds for su[...]
August, 3, 2018 International Beer Day

August, 3, 2018 International Beer Day

This Bud's For You! International Beer Day (IBD) is a celebration on the first Friday of every A[...]
Caldwell Trust Company Promotes Elaine Griffin

Caldwell Trust Company Promotes Elaine Griffin

Elaine Griffin Now Operations Manager. Caldwell Trust Company has promoted Elaine Griffin to ope[...]
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Pascone’s Ristorante Opens

AAA 4 Diamond Culinary Experience, Pascone’s Ristorante, Now In Sarasota. Judi Stanley brings he[...]
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