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November/December 2009

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE

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Make the Holidays Spectacular

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TRAVEL by Susan B. Barnes Bottle of Wine Fruit of the Vine

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HOME

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OVER THE TOP by Gale Steves

WINE GIFT GUIDE Wine Storage of a “Bigger” Sort

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AROUND THE BAY by Janan Talafer

by Gale Steves The Little Chill

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REAL ESTATE Gulf Front Mandalay Beach Club Penthouse by Reynolds Fuller The Charm of the Bay

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CLOSE-UP PARTY RESTAURANT REGISTRY EVENTS CALENDAR AUTO by Ben Greene

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DISH Authenic Jamaican and Caribbean Flavors Rumba Island Bar & Grill

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Holiday Issue Dear Reader, Fall is in the air and temperatures have begun to drop (at last). This means that Christmas is just around the corner. But, before you get too excited, there is the Thanksgiving holiday to bring friends, family, and probably football together. Plus some turkey! Our Holiday issue is jam-packed with great gift ideas. Be sure to check out our Holiday Spectacular list of overthe-top gifts, and our feature on how to store wine in unique and creative ways. Also, don’t miss a sneak peek into Hulk Hogan’s spectacular French countryside-style chateau. Hulk has been a great neighbor and friend of the community. We don’t want him to go away, but we understand that it may be time to allow someone else to enjoy one of Pinellas County’s most beautiful landmarks. All our features are special this month because this is a special time of the year. All of us at the duPont REGISTRY™ wish you and yours the very best Holiday Season and hope for the happiest of New Years. We think 2010 will be better than ever and we are prepared to greet you next year with new and better features in every issue. Last, but not least, is our back page feature. Bebe Ziegler is a well-known fashion designer—based right here—in Tampa. We absolutely love getting to know our neighbors and telling you about their accomplishments. It makes us feel good about our home town. If you know anybody that we should know, drop us a line and we will introduce ourselves and them to all our readers (tldupont@dupontregistry.com).

Thomas L. duPont Publisher P.S. If you have the opportunity to stop and thank one of our men and women in uniform for the job they are doing, please do so. We all have much to be grateful for and would not have that opportunity without their devotion to duty and their selfless sacrifices that keep us safe. Thanks and God Bless. 8

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dR AROUND THE BAY By Janan Talafer

Instant Artist For a few hours of creativity and fun, grab some friends and head over to Painting with a Twist, a unique art studio where you can uncover your “hidden” artist. The shop supplies everything—canvas, paint, and brushes, as well as talented local artist-teachers who patiently guide you step by step through the process of creating a masterpiece to take home. Owners Leslie and Marvin Gay, who moved to the area from New Orleans last year, promise that everyone will enjoy the experience, which is less about perfection and more about camaraderie. You’re welcome to bring a bottle of wine or your favorite beverage. The Gays are also offering their shop for school fundraisers and similar groups. 2527 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg; 727-327-4488 or www.paintingwithatwist.com

Sunset View First the Sandpearl opened, and now the Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa is making its debut, helping to transform Clearwater Beach into a high-end, luxury destination. Every suite at the new Hyatt has a sunset view with a balcony overlooking Clearwater’s beautiful white sandy beaches and the Gulf of Mexico. The new resort has all of the top amenities you would expect, including a full-service spa, 24-hour fitness center, full kitchens in all of the accommodations, and air conditioned poolside cabanas with TVs and wet bars. For business meetings, weddings, and other special occasions, the resort offers an impressive amount of indoor and outdoor function space, including a 4,000 square-foot ballroom. The signature SHOR restaurant specializes in seafood. 301 South Gulfview Boulevard, Clearwater; 727-373-1234 or www.clearwaterbeach.hyatt.com

Sleuthing in St. Petersburg With the close of the Belleview Biltmore, its former home for the past eight years, the Murder Mystery Dinner Theater has set up permanent residence in the downtown St. Petersburg Hilton. Guests enjoy a three-course meal while the show and the clues to “who done it” gradually unfold. The actors skillfully involve the audience in the production, stopping by each table to offer hints and answer questions. The shows are always comedies, says director and producer Charla Garrison. All Aboard for Murder, a dinner cruise theme, plays through the end of December. Shows are held on Saturday night. 727-446-8569. www.detectivedinner.com. Coconuts Comedy Club has also taken its show to the Hilton. Shows are held on Friday and Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. 333 First Street North, St. Petersburg; 727-360-5653 or www.coconutscomedyclubs.com    12 www.duPontREGISTRY.com/TampaBay


May the Holiday Season bring you something to Smile about

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A Touch of the Scottish Fiona Craig’s delightful brogue is the first indication you’ve found the real thing, a “Celtic connection” for authentic Scottish and Irish goods like the beautifully crafted Radley handbags, each with a little Scottie dog emblem, or the luxury body and skin care products by Arran Aromatics. Craig moved to Florida from Scotland just a year ago and is an exclusive supplier of many one-of-a-kind items at her new shop, Touch of Tartan. She says ex-pats, like herself, and others with a craving for Scottish and Irish products, will find just about everything here—marmalades, jams, biscuits, porridge oats, Guinness products; and even Irn-Bru, the infamous Scottish “fizzy” soft drink that Craig swears will cure a hang over. 15000 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; 813-962-8244 or www.atouchoftartan.com

Living Room on Main Downtown Dunedin’s newest place to dine and listen to great music is Living Room on Main. This family run restaurant features dark wood paneling, bookcases, decorative clocks and highly polished tables for a cozy, intimate air, just like a “well-appointed living room.” The menu is eclectic with dishes like Sautéed Seafood Cippino—shrimp, mussels, fish medallions, and calamari sautéed in a spicy sherry tomato broth; and Chicken Tajine—chicken, olives, zucchini, chick peas and dried cherries sautéed in a cumin fennel broth over couscous. On the patio, listen to jazz, reggae, or flamenco music, while you sip some unique bar concoctions. Try the Spa Treatment with vodka, fresh cucumber juice, and Midori or the Key West with rum and a graham cracker crust. 680 Main Street, Dunedin; 727-736-5202 or www.thelivingroomonmain.com

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Sparkles Plenty Sparkles Plenty is the perfect name for this fun, new jewelry boutique that caters in beautiful specialty pieces that glitter and dazzle. If you are passionate about one-of-a-kind necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings that you won’t see anyone else wearing in Tampa Bay, this is the shop. There are Swarovski jewels in every possible color; pieces by artists such as Alexis Bittar, Catherine Weitzman, Hotcakes, and David Aubrey; even unique purses and sunglasses. Custom pieces can be created for special occasions. Or, you can “borrow” designer pieces by renting them for the evening——quite an interesting idea. Stop by the shop Tuesday through Saturday or purchase online. 3215 South MacDill Avenue, Tampa; 813-831-7002 or www.sparklesplenty.net dR


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Make the Holidays

Spectacular Whether you’re making your list, already checking it twice, or still deciding who’s naughty or nice, this is the list not to miss. We have accumulated the most elaborate, over-the-top presents for those who know only the best will do.

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Solid 22-karat yellow gold iPhone 3G made by hand with 53 diamonds set in the Apple logo. $37,704. www.stuarthughes.com

His and Hers

The luxury brand Hermes’ fashion designer partnered with the Bugatti car company to create this 16-cylinder W configuration engine fed by four turbochargers and featuring 64 valves, generating 1001 horsepower convertible with extravagant detailing. $2,300,000; Braman Miami, Miami, Florida. www.bugatti.com

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Solid 18-karat rose gold iPhone 3GS made by hand with 53 pink diamonds set in the Apple logo. $34,273. www.stuarthughes.com


Sophie’s Magical Windmill Playhouse features a reading loft, outdoor deck with hand rails, operable windows, storage space, concealed ventilation, bay window with reading bench, LED decorative lighting, and upholstered cushions and windows. $38,000. www.poshtots.com

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Red Beard’s Revenge Pirate Ship Playhouse features upper and lower decks, crow’s nest, 17 windows and peepholes, cannonball-riddled mast, and captain’s quarters with enough room for three or four seated adults, leatherettecushioned sleeping bunks, working door, waterproof roof, and storage space. $52,000. www.poshtots.com

Custom-made electric cars in the shape of a cupcake designed by Lisa Pongrace. Made of a 24-volt electric motor, a heavy-duty battery, sheet metal, wire, fabric, and wood this cupcake cruises at a max of seven miles per hour. The cupcake car is decorated in your favorite topping and flavor. $25,000; Neiman Marcus, Tampa. www.neimanmarcus.com


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From Bulgari's high Jewelry Collection is this 18-karat yellow-gold necklace with emeralds, amethysts, sapphires, and diamonds. Aproximately $500,000. www.bulgari.com

Caran d'Ache handmade only ten rhodium-coated 18-karat gold 1010 Limited Edition Pens set with a Top Wesselton WS diamond and 500-rhodium-coated silver-plated versions. It displays its sophisticated, engraved gear wheels and mechanics. $120,000; Caran d'Ache of Switzerland. www.carandache.com

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The heirloom quality, Medieval-styled chess pieces, sculpted by Piero Benzoni, are made of 24-karat gold-plated and silver-plated solid bronze. They display a historical setting of confrontation between the southern European Christians and a Muslim presence on the Moors. $113,575. www.pianki.com

The handcrafted Jay Strongwater "Wellington" jungle clock is hand enameled and hand set with Swarovski crystals. The clock features two wild elephants and a resting lion. Available exclusively at Neiman Marcus, each piece is signed by Jay Strongwater. $8,800; Neiman Marcus, Tampa. www.neimanmarcus.com


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Vacheron Constantin Kalla Duchesse men's watch from the Metiers D'Art collection. Made of 18-karat white gold with 182 baguette-cut diamonds weighing 11.63 carats. $1,100,000; Exquisite Timepieces, Naples, FL. www.vacheron-constantin.com

The Seattle 1000, a 118-foot luxury submarine with living and dining areas, staterooms, crew’s quarters, and galley. It has a 3,000 nautical mile cruising range and can stay submerged for up to 20 days. $19,700,000; U.S. Submarines, Vero Beach, Florida. www.ussubs.com

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Two MBL 101 X-treme speakers designed as the mirror image of the other with omnidirectional arrays and a quartet of 12-inch bass drivers. $250,000. www.mbl-usa.com


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This Underwood Biometric Lock Briefcase takes security to a whole new level. The briefcase can be used to transport jewelry, watches, and precious gemstones as well as sensitive documents and important papers. Access to the briefcase is granted only through the biometric fingerprint recognition system. $12,000. www.pianki.com

The Tiffany Fancy Colored Diamond Rings are of exquisite clarity and symmetry. A cushion-cut pink diamond with diamond trapezoids, a Tiffany Legacy Collection cushion-cut yellow diamond in a diamond-encrusted setting, and a pear-shape blue diamond with diamond baguettes. $2,000,000; $410,000; $390,000; Tiffany & Co., Tampa. www.tiffany.com

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A custom-made, wooden gaming table featuring eight various games. The table includes 1,200 poker chips, a full set of roulette chips, a full set of double-six dominoes, playing cards, standard dice, and all of the accessories needed for checkers, chess, poker, and bridge. $22,180 to $$30,205. www.zontikgames.com


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Tiffany's pearshaped Fire Opal Pendant is set in platinum. and was designed to highlight the beauty of the center stone a 10.92 karat opal with a 97 diamond scallop border which totals .81 karat. Tiffany's fire opals showcase rich orange hues that are free from inclusions. Price Upon Request; Tiffany & Co., Tampa. www.tiffany.com

These top-of -the-line Honma HT-01 golf clubs are an ultra-prestigious five-star grade set with Pt1000 platinum and 24-karat gold embellishment. For men the Honma ARMRQ HT55 graphite shaft is available, while women are offered the HT45 graphite shaft. $23,000. www.honmagolf.com

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Signature crystal barware by Waterford contained in this solid rosewood trunk with linen covering, handcrafted leather trim and space for stemware, four drawers, five shelves, fifteen wine bottle slots, and ten individual bottle compartments. $16,000; Neiman Marcus, Tampa. www.neimanmarcus.com

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This Simply Divine bracelet set in platinum consists of 355 round and marquise diamonds weaving through 441 sapphires. $195,000; Tiffany & Co., Tampa. www.tiffany.com dR

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Bottle of Wine By Susan B. Barnes

Fruit of the Vine

“Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions and more tolerance.” –Benjamin Franklin

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apa Valley, nestled between two mountain ranges in central California, is known throughout the world for its fine wines that rival those of France. Just over an hour from the bustling megatropolises of San Francisco, Oakland, and Sacramento, the ease and pace of Napa Valley is a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the surrounding big cities, and that’s just what makes Napa Valley so appealing to many. A terrific introduction to the incredibly fertile and yielding valley—boasting more than 400 wineries, 120 of which are open to the public—is the Napa Valley Wine Train. Make reservations for lunch or dinner, and climb aboard a vintage 19151917-era Pullman dining or lounge rail car, or the 1947 Vista Dome rail car— each lavishly restored and tastefully appointed—for a three-hour, 36-mile round-trip tour of the valley, from the town of Napa to the village of St. Helena and back.

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Most of us do not have the space for a fully-loaded walk-in wine cellar (and who has a cellar, anyway?). A wine refrig-erator will be the ideal answer for your holiday entertaining.

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You have a growing assortment of wine that you are not drinking immediately, so you need to think about how to store it - whether you are a wine collector or not. If you plan on seriously investing in wines requiring long-term aging, then you really should consider a fully outfitted wine cellar. A variety of companies offer modular selfcontained wine rooms. If you do not have room for a complete wine cellar, there are many types of wine refrigerators that work as well. They differ from the everyday refrigerator in that they work at higher temperatures (about 50-55 degrees), and they do not remove the humidity from the air. Through a fan system enough air circulates to discourage mold

or mildew. In addition, the compressor is padded to reduce motor vibrations and insulated to keep the temperature constant. There are larger wine coolers with an absorption cooling system, so it is silent and vibration free. Look also at undercounter wine cabinets which have a variable speed compressor with patent-pending convection cooling technology that guarantees that the temperature of the wine inside the compartments does not fluctuate more than 2 degrees. If you are storing both white and red wine, then consider a dual zone wine refrigerator. You can find a three-zone full-height wine cellar, which also properly chills sparkling wines as well. The latest generation

has wine storage units with two separate refrigeration compartments with independent temperature zones and varying capacity. Many of these refrigerators are available in stainless steel but also can be configured with wood or other decorative finishes for placement anywhere in the house. Part of the joy of assembling and storing wine is showing off your collection. Glass-front wine refrigerators should have specially treated glass panes which protect against UV penetration. If it is quality that you want, prepare to invest in a wine refrigerator that is super quiet and made to look like actual furniture. This is the next best thing to having a personal cellar in the basement of your castle.   

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Wine flavors vary depending on the temperature served. Serving wine at its ideal temperature will enhance its characteristics. Preferably, a wine should be chilled a few degrees colder than its ideal drinking temperature. As the wine warms up, it will create vapors from its aromas that will enhance the wine tasting experience. Be careful, however, not too serve a wine too cold as the cold minimizes aromas and it may take extra time to reach the ideal temperature. The exception is aromatic wines; they can be served well chilled without losing aroma. Most regular refrigerators, unlike wine refrigerators, are set at 40º and it may take from 10 to 20 minutes for a wine standing at room temperature to reach the ideal serving temperature. The following section includes a Glossary of Terms which includes some temperature expression such as “room temperature” to give you a better idea of temperature descriptions:

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Walk-in Wine Vaults An excellent alternative to building a wine room is the Vinotemp Walk-in Wine Vault. Walk-in Wine Vaults include a patent-pending Wine-Mate cooling system, cellar trellis racking, and paneled walls. Vinotemp is sure to meet your needs with many customizable options to choose from: brushed aluminum sided walls, computer controlled inventory systems, all-Redwood racking, decanting rack, doors, lights, locks, x-bins, windows and more. Standard vaults available from 760 to 2500 bottles, or a fully customized vault can be designed just for you. Available at www.Vinotemp.com or call (800) 777-VINO (8466).

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here was a time when barstools had a negative connotation, but not anymore—since the kitchen has become hospitality central. You are probably looking for good seating that bridges the gap between the relaxing area and the work area of your kitchen. Sherri Johns of Annabelle’s Fine Furniture suggests that “barstools are usually the connection between your family room and kitchen, the gathering place of your home." That’s good news because barstools are now available in a myriad of styles and finishes from wood to wrought iron reports Michael Stoddard of Furniture Revolution in Tampa. Because there are so many choices, you need to select wisely and well. First define the style of existing space—contemporary, traditional, eclectic, rustic, or something inbetween. “The barstool should complement your décor,” says Scott Burgess of Drexel Heritage Gallery in Pinellas Park, “but not be outstanding or outrageous.” Check the comfort level by bottom-testing your selections. Think about how you are going to use this stool recommends Burgess. For everyday use? For sometime guests? For drinks only? The answers to these questions will not only help you determine your choice of type of seating but whether your upholstery is in stain-resistant fabric, leather or not at all? Another choice to consider before you make that final selection: Should it have a back or be backless, with arms or without, and also does it have to swivel? Let’s not forget the height and width of the barstool. Generally these stools are available in two heights: 30 inches for bar height for a counter of 40–42 inches and 24–25 inches for a counter height of 36 inches. Remember to allow 10–12 inches for enough room between the stool and the counter or table. This is important whether you are sitting or just perching. Mikael Eskildsen of Scan Designs notes that some have hydraulic lifts that adjust from counter to bar height and back for ease of access.   And now let the party begin! 


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Step This Way The Bel Aire Bar Stool from Currey and Company makes a strong statement in metal whether sitting for drinks or a meal. Available in two heights. Height: 47 inches; Width: 16 inches; Depth: 21 inches. ($950 as shown) Available at Drexel Heritage Home Interiors, Tampa and Pinellas Park. www.drexelheritage.com

Put Your Feet Up The Baker Neo Classic Bar Stool from Milling Road Collection will enhance any party or meal. Height: 47-3/4 inches; Width: 23-3/4 inches; Depth: 24-3/4 inches. ($1205 as shown COM) Available at PJ Newman, Tampa. www.pjnewman.com    46 www.duPontREGISTRY.com/TampaBay


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Step Up Sit in utter comfort on this counter height stool from the McAlpine Home Collection for Lee Furniture Industries shown in Patton Flax fabric. Height: 36 inches; Width: 22 inches; Depth: 22 inches. ($1220 as shown) Available at Casa Nova, Tampa. www.shopcasanova.com

High Chair You may never want to leave this South Beach Swivel Counter Stool from Tommy Bahama’s Island Collection, Lexington Home Brands. Height: 36 inches; Width: 22.75 inches; Depth: 20.5 inches. ($550 as shown) Available at Annabelle’s Fine Home Furnishings, Odessa. www.annabellesfurniture.com

Rise and Shine Relax on this Toto sleek stool with a hydraulic lift to adjust from counter to bar height. Try it in black, brown or white leather by Scan Design. Height: 31 inches; Width 17 inches; Depth: 17 inches. ($899 as shown) Available at Scan Design of Tampa, Tampa. www.scandesign.com 48 www.duPontREGISTRY.com/TampaBay


Social Climber Pull this up to either a bar or counter height table, as the Sonata Bar Stool is available in a deep brown leather in both heights from Crate and Barrel. Height: 45 inches; Width: 18.75 inches; Depth: 20.5 inches. ($419 as shown) Available at Crate & Barrel, Tampa. www.crateandbarrel.com

Sit Parade The Robbie Stool, designed by John Black exclusivly for Robb and Stucky, in caramel leather with brass nailhead trim, exudes comfort. Available in two heights. ($899 as shown) Height: 41 inches; Width: 20 inches; Depth: 21 inches. Available at Robb & Stucky, Tampa. www.robbstucky.com dR

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eight fabulous restaurants, island shopping, and a laid-back environment that is reminiscent of the Caribbean. John and Georgine bought the sixteenth-floor, southwest-corner Summit Penthouse and refined its panoramic interiors. Adding Travertine flooring, exquisite double-crown moldings, architectural pillars, timeless Bon Vivant builtins, rare granites, tumbled marble, Turkish in-laid mosaic, and a soothing color palette, the Vitolas’ achieved Georgine's childhood dream.

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STUNNING ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN, LUXURIOUS AMENITIES and MAJESTIC INTRACOASTAL WATERVIEWS. Brilliant 4,230-square-foot, 4-bedroom, 4-bath home built in 2005 includes upper/ lower level offices, impressive great room, rich elegant den, formal dining and spectacular serpentine staircase. Lavish chef ’s kitchen is flawlessly finished w/cherry cabinetry, thick granite and commercial grade appliances. Multi-level outdoor complex features verandah, pool/spa and dock with lift. Well Priced at $1,750,000

ASTONISHING WATERFRONT ESTATE MINUTES TO THE GULF BY BOAT!! Spectacular 5 bedroom, 5 bath, 6,000-square-foot residence includes fully equipped media and exercise rooms, elegant office, luxurious living and family rooms, oversized elevator, indoor sauna and 2 fireplaces. Fine Cherry wood, granite and marble throughout. Extravagant fixtures, outstanding sound system, large chef ’s kitchen and brilliant wall/ceiling finishes. Uncommon opulence. Offered at $2,850,000

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Dania Perry #1 Selling Waterfront Realtor in Tampa Bay

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Century 21 Jim White and Associates 10645 Gulf Blvd. • Treasure Island, FL 33706 YACHT CLUB ESTATES Grand home with 137 feet of beautiful open water. Offered at $1,200,000.

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SUNSET BEACH Updated 2300+ square foot 3/3 home directly on the Beach. Offered at $1,350,000. Listed by Dania!

BRILLIANTLY CONCEIVED AND ULTRA-LUXURIOUS IN FINISH, THIS MAJESTIC 4440 SQUARE FEET 4 BEDROOM, 4.5 BATH ESTATE IS ONE OF THE TRULY SPECTACULAR OPEN WATER HOMES IN TAMPA BAY. Stately columns/balusters, soaring 25 foot ceilings, rich woodworking, distinguished lighting, graceful faux finishes, elegant archways and fine travertine marble are complemented by an ingenious floor plan that maximizes 10+ miles of breathtaking seascape vistas. Master includes huge sitting area, a dazzling master bath and full-size fitness room. Astonishing gourmet kitchen with SubZero, Thermador and Bosch appliances, thick granite, custom cabinetry, and splendid contoured ceilings is an absolute dream. Remarkable list of “extras.” Shop and compare. Offered at an extremely competitive $1,799,000.

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• $21 million sold so far this year! • #1 in Belleair for over 5 years • Short Sale Specialist • Global Marketing Guarantee

New Tuscan Construction

European Ambiance

Custom architectural details in this newly constructed Tuscan style waterfront home couple with outdoor amenities including dock, pool and spa. $2,599,000 www.124AletaDrive.com

Luxury begins where necessity ends in this Belleair Estates custom-built home with European aura and ambiance and all-American amenities. $1,895,000 www.708PoncedeLeon.com

• Top 1% of Coldwell Banker Internationally • “Florida 100”—Top 100 Realtors

(727) 432-9019 New Key West Waterfront

Superior Craftsmanship

View open bay waters and peaceful mangrove preserves from this new Belleair Beach home just built in 2008 on one of the beach’s best lots. $1,050,000 www.513HarborDrive.com

This stately traditional home, completed by Gold Standard in 2007, offers superior craftsmanship and beautiful attention to detail throughout. $949,000 www.402AltheaRoad.com

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“Business Built On Relationships” Molly Mateer Lucas and Peggy Mateer

French Country Estate Belleair- This magnificent estate sits high on a bluff with stunning views of the Intracoastal and pass to the Gulf of Mexico. The craftsmanship, materials, and attention to detail provide a one-of-a kind manor. Many details came from dismantled European country homes. The 17,000 square feet of gracious living space includes a guest apartment, and a boat house. The over one-and-a-half acre property is beautifully manicured with century oaks and a gentle rolling lawn to the water. Multiple garages, 2 boat lifts, and a floating dock provide plenty of room for cars and personal water crafts. The exclusive tree-lined street is less than 30 minutes from international and executive airports and the blue water and white sands of famous beaches. The utmost in privacy and security, yet a sense of community is found here. Offered at $13,900,000.

Old World Charm

Highlands of Innisbrook

Belleair- A true vintage Mediterranean estate on double lot with mature landscaping. The main house includes 3 bedrooms and 4 baths. Many original features still abound. There is also a 1 bedroom, 1 bath guest house with living and dining space and a large cozy fireplace. The flow is suitable for today’s living and just waits for someone to dream the possibilities of past charm and modern luxuries. Offered at $850,000.

Palm Harbor - Custom Campagna home perched high on prime lot looking down a rolling, green fairway. Luxury everywhere with rich architecture, marble and maple hardwood floors, moldings, and tasteful faux enhancements. Ultimate gourmet kitchen. There is even a “family pub” which beckons for gatherings with family and friends. Enjoy resort-style living, beaches, quaint nearby towns and pristine parks. Offered at $1,750,000.

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Luxury Real Estate

Ultimate Florida Waterfront Home!

The Prestige of Brightwaters!

St. Petersburg, Florida

St. Petersburg, Florida

On the tip of Brightwaters Boulevard, this 2-story home features 5 bedrooms, 5.5 baths, executive study, formal living and dining rooms, spacious island kitchen with breakfast nook and adjoining family room, 3-car garage, and large bonus room. Outdoor spaces include abundant lanai and balcony space, outdoor kitchen, adjoining custom pool and spa, plus 208 feet of waterfront with oak shaded yard.

Located on deep, protected “yacht sized” water with almost 1/2 acre of land and just a stone’s throw from open water. Perfectly sited this lot provides privacy and exclusivity. An amazing old Oak shelters, shades, and adds charm to the waterfront view of Tampa Bay. The property has a newer, well protected seawall and a 2003 built dock designed for large boats with electric lifts, water, and electric.

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CAROLE MERRITT COLDWELL BANKER PREVIEWS 727.363.2576 | 727.580.4447 cwmerritt@aol.com | www.carolemerritt.com

Spanish Trails

Magnificent Gulf front Property

Dunedin, Florida

Indian Shores, Florida

Unique 4-bedroom, 3-bath home situated on over an acre under a canopy of beautiful old oak trees. Breathtaking lot and interesting architecture. The striking masterpiece of the home is the state-of-the-art greenhouse, which with a few modifications, could be turned into an amazing outdoor patio/entertaining space. Beautiful neighborhood of oneof-a-kind homes on large lots.

Welcome to Tuscany, built for those who view the world differently. Situated on 225 feet of beachfront property this unique complex is comprised of only 12 residences. In addition to the 5,400 square feet of living space, this residence has a 1,600-square-foot wraparound terrace, a 21/2-car private secured garage, and is magnificently appointed throughout for luxurious yet comfortable living.

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PEGGY MATEER AND MOLLY LUCAS COLDWELL BANKER 727-442-7000 | peggy.mateer@floridamoves.com www.floridamoves.com

DIANE SWAINSTON MANDALAY REALTY GROUP 727-688-8875 www.mandalayrealtygroup.com

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Sheraton Sand Key Resort General Manager Russ Kimball was inducted into the Florida Tourism Hall of Fame at the annual Governor’s Conference on Tourism in August. Kimball, a longtime tourism advocate and one of the longest-serving members of the Pinellas Tourist Development Council, opened the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in the 1970s. Fellow members of the hall of fame, which was established in 2001, include Walt Disney and Richard Gonzmart, president of the Columbia Restaurant Group in Tampa. Also, the Sheraton Sand Key Resort was one of less than 30 hotels and resorts in Florida to receive the Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings, an international publication focused on helping to create and execute various types of meetings. This is the third consecutive year the Sheraton Sand Key Resort has won this award, which was designed to recognize hotels, visitors bureaus, and conference and convention centers for their commitment to excellent hospitality and customer satisfaction.

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Awards for the Sheraton Sand Key Resort Manager and for the Resort

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Drums Corps International Hall of Fame Frank Williams, lead jazz instructor and coordinator of Jazz Studies at the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute at Ruth Eckerd Hall, has been inducted into the Drums Corps International Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held in Indianapolis, Indiana, in August. The Hall of Fame was established in 1985 with new members being selected each year by the Drums Corps International Board of Directors and existing Hall of Fame members. Currently only 92 members have been inducted. Williams has taught and performed at the Marcia P. Hoffman Performing Arts Institute since 2004. As a freelance arranger, consulter, and performer, he also works with the Teal Sound Drum Corps in Jacksonville, Florida, and the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps in Boston, Massachusetts. dR

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1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Ernest Graham and Derek Ward 2. Buccaneer Carnell (Cadillac) Williams, Buccaneer Clifton Smith, Chadd Baker, Kristi Thomas, Buccaneer Jermaine Phillips, and Buccaneer and 1Voice Board Member Earnest Graham

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The Ultimate Scavenger Hunt a competitive challenge included equal parts adventure, excitement, creativity and fun. The twenty-one teams were dressed in “theme” and worked challenges, puzzles, and missions. When finished, teams were whisked back to Ferrari of Tampa Bay where the dealership had been transformed into a VIP white table cloth event. The big winner of the night was the Anarchists of MicroRam Electronics.

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PANAMERA MAKES ITS DEBUT More than 500 guests welcomed Porsche’s newest luxury sedan— the Panamera—at Reeves Import Motorcars on Wednesday, October 14, 2009. Special guests included: Detlev von Platen, president and CEO of Porsche Cars North America; Vivian Reeves, owner of Reeves Import Motorcars; Michael Bartsch, COO Porsche Cars North America; and J. David Kurtz, vice president of Area South Porsche Cars North America. The Panamera is Porsche’s first fourdoor sedan ever and its first new model in seven years.

Vivian Reeves, owner of Reeves Import Motorcars, Detlev von Platen, president and CEO Of Porsche Cars North America, and Fred Adamczyk, Reeves Porsche Area Representative, welcome guests to the premier of the Porsche Panamera

“This is a historic car launch for Porsche,” said Reeves Import Motorcars. “With this sedan, Porsche is essentially creating a new vehicle concept that is a true sports car with four doors and four seats.” The new Panamera looks like a sports car with the low, aggressive silhouette of a coupe, while still providing four full-size seats and very generous passenger and luggage space. From a performance standpoint, this new Porsche sets new class standards. The 500-hp Panamera Turbo accelerates to 60 mph in just four seconds with a top speed of 188 mph. “The most important task in designing, developing, and building the Panamera was to combine Porsche’s sports car DNA and its historic racing heritage with all the spaciousness and driving comfort of a supremely luxurious full-size sedan,” said Reeves Import Motorcars. “It is the alternative car for the premium customer.” dR


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Featuring fifteen designers showcasing their 2010 collections, the event opened with a VIP Cocktail Soiree followed by two days of high-energy runway shows. Couture dresses, lingerie, swimwear and even children’s clothing were featured in this year’s event, with hair and make-up provided by Andrew Ashton of LaPosh Salon and New Identities. Special guests during the event included Victorya Hong from Project Runway and model Jacqueline Miranne.

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1. Victorya Hong from Project Runway and model Jacqueline Miranne 2. Model Hannah Updegraff models a selection from the Sandra C. Hagen Collection 3. Designer Rhonda Shear 4. Event Publicist Nancy Vaughn and designer Nina Verklas

COINTREAU CHILLOUNGE NIGHT—AN INTERNATIONAL AFFAIR Tampa's first Cointreau Chillounge Night attracted more than 3,000 people to a four-block area of downtown on the tenth of October. The streets were filled with chic furniture that allowed guests to comfortably enjoy performances by Opera Tampa, A.J. & The Automatics, and fashions by Sylvio Kovacic.

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1. David Motsinger and Ashley Delph of Raleigh, North Carolina 2. Standing: Jeannette Hofer and Rinhard Lill; Sitting: Uve Ziegon, Stacey Kushner, Michelle Werning, Thomas Werning (all from Berlin, Germany) 3. Victor Dragon and Alex Fox (of Channel District near downtown Tampa)

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1. Sandy Roger, gallery owner Mindy Solomon, featured artist SunKoo Yuh, and Ambassador Mel Sembler 2. Collector Wendy Durand, Jerry Rimer, and Todd Germann 3. Reception attendees overflows onto the street

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The Mindy Solomon Gallery opened to a packed house in the new Ovation in downtown St. Petersburg. The gallery represents a cadre of collectable contemporary artists and is an exciting addition to Tampa Bay's art scene. The international flavor carried throughout the gallery, announces an incredible new venue for contemporary art from regional, national, and international artists. Work presented is a mixture of emerging and established talent.

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Over $1 million was raised at the Inaugural Annual FARA Energy Ball at Tampa’s A La Carte Pavilion. Hosted by the Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA), in partnership with the University of South Florida’s Ataxia Research Center (USF ARC), the monies raised will benefit research for Friedreich’s Ataxia (FA), a rare, debilitating neuromuscular disease.

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1. Chair Emeritus Michael Stewart, Event Chair Julie Weintraub and Co-Emcee Ian Beckles 2. The cast of Dancing with the Stars Tampa Bay 3. Julie Weintraub and Grand Champions Damaris Carmel and Tom duPont 4. Gayle Guyardo and Mark Pichowski

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Where to eat around the bay   AQUAKNOX GLOBAL WATER CUISINE 7627 Courtney Campbell Causeway in the Westin Tampa Bay Airport, Tampa. 813-675-8700 or www.aquaknox.com AquaKnox has made a huge splash with its Global Water menu, and ultra-chic decor. Occupying over 10,000 square feet, AquaKnox provides a modern, open atmosphere and the water-encased, walk-in wine tower is visually captivating, and functionally spectacular, housing over 400 selections. The centrally located, state-of-the-art kitchen and raw bar, visible from virtually every table, offers an open elegance, while a private chef's table is designated for guests wishing for a more intimate experience. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations recommended.

 BACKFIN BLUE CAFÉ 2913 Beach Boulevard South, Gulfport. 727-343-2583 or www.backfinbluecafe.com People come for the baked-not-fried crab cakes, which are Maryland style, filled with jumbo lump blue crab and very little else. Owner and chef Harold Russell, who ran the kitchen at the Hurricane on Pass-A-Grille and Shula’s in Tampa before opening this spot in 1997, serves up hearty comfort foods and fish dishes in a charming bungalow, where cans of Old Bay Seasoning figure into the décor. Dinner only: Mondays and Wednesdays through Sundays. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more. Kids’ menu available.

 CENTRAL AVENUE OYSTER BAR AquaKnox Global Water Cuisine

249 Central Avenue, St. Petersburg. 727-897-9728 or www.centralavenueoysterbar.com Oysters are the stars here, with freshly shucked Louisiana Selects served raw, fried, or baked on the half shell. Sit at the long, white marble bar and enjoy the lively banter in this neighborhood place. Or for a more formal dining experience luxuriate at a table. Wherever you choose to sit, though, the food, which also includes fish, steaks, pasta, and chicken, is as good as the big-city ambience. Lunch and dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 CEVICHE TAPAS BAR AND RESTAURANT 10 Beach Drive, St. Petersburg, 727-209-2302; 1502 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, 813-250-0203. www.ceviche.com Today it’s a mini chain with four locations. But when Ceviche first opened in Tampa in 1995, it had only a handful of tables. Thankfully, it still lacks chain ambience. Nothing feels canned, and nothing tastes bland either. A dizzying list of traditional tapas, pinchos, ceviches, paellas, and cazuelas are accompanied by more inventive little dishes, such as ceviche a la Rusa Charley’s Steak House & Market Fresh Fish www.duPontREGISTRY.com/TampaBay 75


(an oyster ceviche topped with caviar and chilled vodka). Some warm dishes are drenched in sherry and cream and taste so divine that you wonder why they haven’t sparked a trend. You can wash everything down with sangria or Spanish wine, sherry, cider, or beer, take in Flamenco at the Flamenco Bar, and end the meal by splitting a towering torta de tres leches. The Tampa location offers poolside dining, and the St. Pete one occupies three separate restaurant spaces, really, at the Ponce de Leon hotel, and it’s a see-and-be-seen place. In Tampa: dining room and Flamenco Bar open seven days a week; Sundays open for brunch. In St. Pete: breakfast, lunch, and dinner served seven days a week at Pincho; dining room and Flamenco Bar open seven days a week.

 CHARLEY’S STEAK HOUSE & MARKET FRESH FISH 4444 West Cypress Street, Tampa. 813-353-9706 or www.talkofthetownrestaurants.com Charley’s serves only the best USDA Prime and Choice cuts which come from three-year-old grain fed steers. The steaks are cooked on a 1,100-degree open pit fueled by oak and Florida citrus woods. Charley’s also offers an array of amenities—among them a private dining room and wine lockers. The overall ambience is unpretentious. It’s like home—except that you don’t have to flip the steaks yourself. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 CRAZY CONCH CAFÉ 1110 Pinellas Bayway South, Suite 206, Tierra Verde. 727-865-0633 or www.crazyconch.com. If people blowing past “downtown” Tierra Verde on their way to Fort DeSoto knew about Crazy Conch, they just might time their beach excursions with dinner here. Owners Michael Peel

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and Sally Herb are Tierra Verde locals with a local following. Chef Peel’s Gulf Coast menu is comfort food for the beach with Southern dishes mixed in. Dinner: Tuesdays through Saturdays.

 FLEMING’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE AND WINE BAR 4322 West Boy Scout Boulevard, Tampa. 813-874-9463 or www.flemingssteakhouse.com Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar is an ongoing celebration of exceptional food and wine. Indulge yourself with the finest aged Prime beef and discover new tastes with our unique wine list, featuring 100 wines by the glass. Fleming’s gracious service and dedication to excellence turn evenings out into memorable times. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

 GALLAGHER’S STEAK HOUSE 614 Channelside Drive #215, Tampa. 813-229-8000 or www.gallagherstampa.com Founded in 1927 in New York City, where it first served (and named) the New York Strip. The steaks, Prime, are dry aged on premises for three to four weeks, then are cooked over a charcoal fire. They live up to their reputation: well marbled, nicely crusted, boldly flavored yet tender. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted.

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 IRB SUSHI 416 - 1st Street, Indian Rocks Beach. 727-593-2808 (next to Crabby Bill’s) Owned by Matt Loder Sr., owner of Crabby Bills and managed by Matt Loder, Jr., IRB Sushi is carrying on a 30 year tradition of serving the finest and freshest seafood you will find on the beaches, in a relaxing, laid back beach atmosphere. Matt Jr. and Sr. welcome all of you to an evening of fun and fine food. Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday. Reservations accepted.

 MALIO’S PRIME STEAKHOUSE 400 North Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-223-7746 or www.maliosprime.com A luxurious offshoot of the fabled Malio’s Steakhouse, a Tampa institution. Malio’s Prime takes that 35-year neighborhood tradition and improves upon it, with an emphasis on friendly service and an innovative cuisine. Located on the bottom floor of a downtown high-rise that looks out over the Hillsborough River and the picturesque University of Tampa campus. Lunch: Monday through Friday. Dinner: Monday through Saturday. Reservations accepted.

 MARLIN DARLIN KEY WEST GRILL 2819 West Bay Drive, Belleair Bluffs. 727-584-1700 or www.marlindarlin.net This fancy-but-casual seafood joint also serves steaks and like to keep the landlubbers happy. Fish foodies will be in their element, though. The décor is sport-fisherman chic with island ambience, as is the menu: with so many fish in the sea to choose from, you can thankfully be indecisive and dine tapas style. Dinner only: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted. Children’s menu available.

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 GRILLE ONE SIXTEEN 15405 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa. 813-265-0116 or www.grilleonesixteen.com It’s glamorous in a part of town that is so not glamorous that lounging in the elegant bar or dining in a stylish booth feels defiant. Yes, new American cuisine served in modern swank can change the world for a little while. Beyond the fancy, understated décor, though, the food is steak house and then some. Organic steaks and perfectly cooked fish tempt those in for more than just nibbling. Otherwise you can make a meal sharing appetizers, salads, and desserts. Side dishes are steak house standards, upscaled a bit and served family style. 78 www.duPontREGISTRY.com/TampaBay

442 West Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 100, Tampa. 813-254-5373 or www.miseonline.com A classy place in a classy part of town, Mise En Place oozes sophistication. Its chic décor complements its clientele of movers and shakers and beautiful people. The swanky lounge attracts the after-work crowd with elaborate cocktails, a top-notch wine list, and an extensive menu of small plates. This fine-dining restaurant is not just looks, though: its new American menu undergoes a weekly transformation based on what’s in season and the whims of chef Marty Blitz. For more than fifteen years, Mise En Place has been ground-zero for serious foodies that want to wow their palettes. Blitz takes inspiration from the world’s cuisines, using local ingredients whenever possible, so it’s hard to not want to try more than one dish. Lunch and dinner: Tuesdays through Fridays. Dinner only: Saturdays. Reservations accepted.


 MYSTIC FISH 3253 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. 727-771-1800 or www.3bestchefs.com/mystic You’re lucky if you live in north Pinellas and can come often. No matter how far you have to drive to get to Mystic Fish, though, it’s worth the trip. Co-owner and chef Doug Bebell knows his fish and you’ll find seafood standards, like Maine lobsters, yellowfin tuna, and salmon cooked traditionally and with invention on the menu. Sashimi, of For example, blackYellow Fin Tuna, Mystic Fish ened Chilean sea bass is seasoned with ginger, soy, and seaweed, and the rare tuna gets Thai garlic-chili sauce and Japanese spices. Despite its name, Mystic Fish has a reputation among meat lovers, too. The steaks are hormone free, thankfully, and the New Zealand rack of lamb in a Guinness demi-glace has a following. The special menu dishes are truly special. Dinner only: Seven days a week.

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Featuring Certified Angus Beef steaks, the freshest seafood, and delectable desserts in a relaxed elegant waterfront environment. Watercolour Steakhouse and Grille is one of the area’s favorite places for a group party, business meal or a quiet romantic dinner for two. Our expert service staff will make your dining experience a treat...one to remember!

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615 Channelside Drive, Tampa. 813-228-9202 Here you will find the art of Teppanyaki and the ultimate traditional Japanese food, specially prepared to pamper your palate, by professional chefs bent on spoiling you and making this a delightful feast you will long remember. One visit and you will be back for the best and freshest sushi you have ever tasted. Lunch specials and a full bar for your pleasure. Lunch and Dinner: Seven days a week.

 PRIMI URBAN CAFÉ 27 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg. 727-895-4909 or www.primiurbancafe.com It’s Italian with a Cape Town twist, thanks to its South African owners Arno and Irene Waltsleben. Some Italian standards are spiced up with hints of curry, red chili peppers, coriander, and cilantro, for example. Chef Arno consistently delivers high-quality food for a great price. It’s one of the best-kept secrets in downtown St. Pete. Lunch: Mondays through Fridays. Dinner: Tuesdays through Saturdays.

 RAWBAR SUSHI 777 North Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-422-5220 www.rawbarsushi.com Rawbar Sushi is undeniably a one stop destination as it features a modern twist on a traditional menu by Sushi Chef Naohiro Higuchi (Nobu at the Atlantis, Paradise Island) and a late night lounge scene in one unified venue. Guests are encouraged to stay and enjoy themselves long after their meal as the scene effortlessly evolves from an upscale restaurant into a chic lounge. Dinner and Late night: Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. Reservations accepted.

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es that aren’t just an afterthought. Noodle bowls at lunch are satisfying and good for you. Lunch and dinner: Mondays through Saturdays. Brunch: Sundays only. Reservations accepted.

 RICKY P’s A NEW ORLEANS PO BOY SHOP 6521 Fourth Street North, St. Petersburg. 727-525-2023 or www.rickyps.com Rick Parsons, a native of New Orleans is thrilled to be living his dream—making people happy in the face with his delicious home cooking. In addition to his mouth watering Sloppy Roast Beef, Muffaletta, and Shrimp Po Boys he also cooks up an authentic Seafood Gumbo, Jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice, Etouffee, and Louisiana-style Crab Cakes. Another speciality of the house is the most delicious Bread Pudding you have ever tasted. Lunch: Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dinner: Wednesdays until 7:00 p.m.

Restaurant BT’s shaken beef

 RED MESA 4912 Fourth Street North or 128 Third Street South, St. Petersburg. 727-527-8728 or www.redmesarestaurant.com Technically Red Mesa is a Mexican restaurant, but it’s also one of the best seafood restaurants in the area, with grouper and gulf shrimp to remind you this is Florida. If there’s a wait, order a glass of sangria and savor the aromas from the kitchen as you deliberate between authentic Mexican, southwesterninspired dishes, or ones with Caribbean, Cuban, or Asian influence. Guacamole and fundidos may tempt you to fill up on tortilla chips, but plan to save room for an entrée. And platanos Foster if you can. Lunch: Mondays through Saturdays. Dinner: Mondays through Sundays. Breakfast and brunch: Sundays. Reservations accepted for parties of five or more.

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 717 SOUTH RESTAURANT 717 S. Howard Avenue, Tampa. 813-250-1661 or www.717south.com Serving authentic homemade Italian dishes from the Kitchens of Italy to the exotic seafood from the Pacific Rim. Choose from their expansive appetizer list, to over 25 entrée selections including their aged Prime Beef steak varieties, farm fresh all natural chicken, and better known local favorites, such as their famous Miso & Sake fresh grouper. They have a 450-bottle wine list and serve award-winning martinis and specialty drinks. Homemade desserts, such as the Kona Molten Lava Cake. Michael Stewart, local owner, and twice voted “Chef of the Year” Robert Masson welcome patrons to enjoy the art deco paintings, cozy booths, open kitchen, long clubby bar, and private dining rooms. Lunch and Dinner: Monday through Friday . Dinner only Saturday and Sunday. Reservations accepted.


 SIX TABLES TAMPA 4267 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa. 813-207-0527 or www.sixtablestampa.com Six tables, six courses, and only one seating per evening keep the fine-dining experience top notch. The prix-fixe dinner ($90) starts with an appetizer and a glass of Champagne and is followed by soup, salad, an intermezzo sorbet, an entrée (six to choose from), and ends with a cheese course and dessert. Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and owner Richard Bottini uses classic French techniques with a new American twist to create the innovative, ever-changing menu, where what’s fresh and in season stars. Diners can count on roast duckling, fish, beef, something chocolate for dessert, and an impressive wine list nightly. Dinner only: Tuesdays through Saturdays. One seating at 7:30 p.m. Reservations required.

 SLOPPY JOE’S Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island. 727-367-1600 or www.sloppyjoesonthebeach.com When you want to soak in a stunning sunset while sipping a beachy cocktail nothing hits the spot like Sloppy Joe’s. Sure, it’s not the original one, but that’s just a detail, especially when the beachfront deck seats 150 and it’s the place to be, with music, vacationers, and seasoned locals making it festive. It also offers a casual beachy menu with the favs from the Key West institution, among them the conch fritters, sloppy joes, Key-lime pie, and wings. Lunch and dinner: Seven days a week. Tuna appetizer, Taps Wine & Beer Merchants

 TAPS WINE & BEER MERCHANTS 777 North Ashley Drive, Tampa. 813-463-1968 or www.tapswineandbeer.com Located at the base of the Skypoint condominium building on North Ashley is Taps Wine and Beer Merchants. There are over 60 bottles of wine available by the glass dispensed from high-tech dispensing machines. And for the beer drinker the selection includes over 300 domestic and imported beers. The kitchen turns out a creative assortment of light meals. Lunch: Monday through Friday. Dinner: Seven days week. Reservations accepted.

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 WATERCOLOUR STEAKHOUSE AND GRILL

4267 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa. 813-207-0527 or www.sixtablestampa.com Six tables, six courses, and only one seating per evening keep the fine-dining experience top notch. The prix-fixe dinner ($90) starts with an appetizer and a glass of Champagne and is followed by soup, salad, an intermezzo sorbet, an entrée (six to choose from), and ends with a cheese course and dessert. Culinary Institute of America-trained chef and owner Richard Bottini uses classic French techniques with a new American twist to create the innovative, ever-changing menu, where what’s fresh and in season stars. Diners can count on roast duckling, fish, beef, something chocolate for dessert, and an impressive wine list nightly. Dinner only: Tuesdays through Saturdays. One seating at 7:30 p.m. Reservations required.

1201 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL. 727-593-1661 or www.watercolourgrille.com Acclaimed to have the best steaks on the beach, Watercolour Steakhouse and Grill features certified black Angus beef steaks as well as the freshest seafood, and the most delectable desserts. Served in a relaxed elegant waterfront environment, Watercolours is one of the area’s finest places for a group party, business meal, or a quiet romantic dinner. Expert service staff will make your dining experience one to remember. Dinner: Daily 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 SLOPPY JOE’S Bilmar Beach Resort, 10650 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island. 727-367-1600 or www.sloppyjoesonthebeach.com When you want to soak in a stunning sunset while sipping a beachy cocktail nothing hits the spot like Sloppy Joe’s. Sure, it’s not the original one, but that’s just a detail, especially when the beachfront deck seats 150 and it’s the place to be, with music, vacationers, and seasoned locals making it festive. It also offers a casual beachy menu with the favs from the Key West institution, among them the conch fritters, sloppy joes, Key-lime pie, and wings. Lunch and dinner: Seven days a week.

 WINE CELLAR RESTAURANT & FINE CATERING 17307 Gulf Blvd., North Redington Beach. 727-393-3491 or www.thewinecellar.com Ted and Kai invite all of you to an evening of award-winning fine dining, with continental fare and European flair. Serving Tampa Bay for over 30 years with theme-designed rooms that reflect French, Swiss, Italian, and Spanish decor. The Wine Cellar has been awarded the Florida Trend "Golden Spoon Award" and the "Silver Plate Award" from the International Culinary Society on numerous occasions. Live music and dancing from 7 p.m. in the Old World Lounge. Dinner: Seven days a week. Reservations accepted. dR

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dR EVENTS September 11 through December 23 A Cabinet of Natural Curiosities Dunedin Fine Arts Center October 4 through February 7 Prayers in Paint: The Icons of Sister Eliseea Papacióc Focus Gallery Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art November 7 through December 23 Bedazzled Dunedin Fine Arts Center November 19 through December 6 Bad Dates Shimberg Playhouse Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center November 20 through December 27 This Wonderful Life American Stage Theatre Company

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November 20, 22 Lucia di Lammermoor by Gaetano Donizetti Opera, Tampa Orchestra, and Chorus Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center November 21 through December 31 Form & Function Mindy Solomon Gallery November 24 through January 3 Wonderland: Alice’s New Musical Adventure Ferguson Hall Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center November 27 Classical Mystery Tour The Florida Orchestra 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center November 30 Roger Daltrey 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall December 1 Miley Cyrus 2009 North American Tour 7:00 p.m. St. Pete Times Forum Kenny Rogers Christmas and Hits Mahaffey Theater December 1–23 Victorian Christmas Stroll 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Henry B. Plant Museum 84 www.duPontREGISTRY.com/TampaBay

Bedazzled

November 4 through December 23

This year is the twenty-third National Invitational Fine Art and Craft exhibition of Bedazzled in Dunedin. National artists feature their fine arts and crafts in this annual exhibit, which is open to the public. The Junior League of Clearwater will also be hosting the Art Harvest, Dunedin’s outdoor festival, on November 7 and 8 at Dunedin’s Highlander Park while the Bedazzled exhibit continues. It will be a festive weekend to enjoy the artists’ and their work. Dunedin Fine Arts Center Necklace designed by Susan Maxon December 3–6 Rat Race The Studio@620 December 4 Beethoven's Emperor Concerto Stephan Sanderling, conductor The Florida Orchestra 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center December 4–6 A Christmas Carol St. Petersburg Little Theatre

December 4–5, 10–13, 17–23, 26–30 Wild Winterland 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Lowry Park Zoo

December 6 Patel Conservatory Youth Fall Concert 2:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

December 5 Jack in the Park 5:00 p.m. Old Hyde Park Village

Beethoven's Emperor The Florida Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

Breakfast with Dalí 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Salvador Dalí Museum

December 7 Lilyphone 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center


December 10 Jim Brickman 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall December 11 A Holiday Pops The Florida Orchestra Jeff Tyzik, conductor 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center December 12 Holiday Chamber Ensemble Pinellas Youth Symphony 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall December 13 A Holiday Pops The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay The Florida Orchestra Jeff Tyzik, conductor 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

Mannheim Steamroller 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

Moscow Classical Ballet's The Nutcracker Ruth Eckerd Hall

December 16 Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas 8:00 p.m. Mahaffey Theater

December 21 Natalie Cole 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

December 18 Presents with the Primates 1:00 p.m. Lowry Park Zoo December 18–20 It’s A Wonderful Life Tampa Theatre A Christmas Carol St. Petersburg Little Theatre December 19–20 The Sounds of Christmas 2:00 p.m. Asolo Repertory Theatre

Cherish the Ladies: A Celtic Christmas

December 22 A Rockapella Holiday 8:00 p.m. Tampa Theatre December 22–23 Orlando Ballet's The Nutcracker 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center December 23 Christmas Carol Nebraska Theater Caravan 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

December 26 The Moscow Ballet: Great Russian Nutcracker 2:00 p.m. The Lakeland Center December 31 Salute to Vienna 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall January 5–6 Glen Campbell The Lakeland Center January 5-9 My Mother's Italian... Steve Solomon Ruth Eckerd Hall January 5–17 An Evening with Lucille Ball: Thank You for Asking Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

December 16

The Grammy nominated group, Cherish the Ladies will be performing A Celtic Christmas along with the Florida Orchestra at the Progress Energy Center for the Arts—Mahaffey Theater. The all-female Irish folk music and dance group has eleven recorded albums since the band was formed in 1985. The leader of the band, Joanie Madden sings as well as plays the flute and tin whistle. During the concert, the group will also use the fiddles, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and accordion while playing yuletide tunes and doing Irish step dancing. Mahaffey Theater www.duPontREGISTRY.com/TampaBay 85


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Venue key January 6 Tony Bennett 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

January 10 Bob Newhart 2:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

January 6–10 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus St. Pete Times Forum

January 12–17 South Pacific Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

January 7–24 What the Butler Saw Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center January 8 Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6 Stephan Sanderling, conductor The Florida Orchestra 8:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center January 9 The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute to the Beatles 8:00 p.m. The Lakeland Center January 9 through April 4 The Baroque World of Fernando Botero Museum of Fine Arts

January 13–14 Lily Tomlin The Lakeland Center January 15–17 Mozart's Cosi fan Tutte St. Petersburg Opera Company Palladium Theater January 16 The Music of Led Zeppelin The Florida Orchestra 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall Richie Havens 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall Hal Holbrook in Mark Twain Tonight Mahaffey Theater

January 22–23 Cirque De La Symphonie The Florida Orchestra 8:00 p.m. Mahaffey Theater January 22–24 Anything Goes St. Petersburg Little Theatre January 22–February 7 Blithe Spirit American Stage Theatre Company

The Beth Ann Morean Arts Center St. Petersburg, www.theartscenter.org Capitol Theatre Palm Harbor Carrollwood Players Theatre Tampa, www.carrollwoodplayers.com The Coliseum St. Petersburg, www.stpete.org/coliseum Dunedin Fine Art Center Dunedin, www.dfac.org Gorilla Theatre Tampa, www.gorilla-theatre.com Harborview Center Clearwater, www.harborview-center.com

January 28 Vince Gill 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art Tarpon Springs www.spcollege.edu/central/museum

January 29 Paul Anka 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

Mindy Solomon Gallery St. Petersburg, www.mindysolomon.com

January 30 Carmen Teatro Lirico D'Europa 8:00 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall

North Straub Park St. Petersburg, www.stpete.org/parks

The Lakeland Center Lakeland, www.thelakelandcenter.com

Lowry Park Zoo Tampa, www.lowryparkzoo.com Mahaffey Theater St. Petersburg, www.mahaffeytheater.com

Museum of Fine Arts St. Petersburg, www.fine-arts.org MOSI Tampa, www.mosi.org

Nova 535 St. Petersburg, www.nova535.com Old Hyde Park Village Tampa, www.hydeparkvillage.net Palladium Theatre St. Petersburg, www.mypalladium.org Ringling Museum of Art Sarasota, www.ringling.org Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, www.rutheckerdhall.com

Saks Fifth Avenue, West Shore Plaza Tampa, www.saksfifthavenue.com St. Petersburg Little Theatre St. Petersburg, www.splt.org

February 14 Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 The Florida Orchestra 7:30 p.m. Ruth Eckerd Hall February 18–20 Lord of the Dance Ruth Eckerd Hall February 19 Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul and Mary 8:00 p.m. Palladium Theatre February 20 Tegan and Sara 8:00 p.m. Tampa Theatre

Henry B. Plant Museum Tampa, www.plantmuseum.com

Sacred Heart Catholic Church Tampa, www.sacredheartfla.org

February 13–14 Wild at Heart 5:30 p.m. Lowry Park Zoo

This one-woman play is written and directed by Lucille Ball’s daughter, Lucie Arnaz, and written and performed by actress and impressionist Suzanne LaRusch. Together the two women have brought out the real Lucy. It contains recollections of Lucy’s run on I Love Lucy, her 30-year television career and unheard of complications in her marriage with Desi Arnaz, the Cuban bandleader turned impresario. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

American Stage St. Petersburg, www.americanstage.org

January 26 Renée Fleming in Concert 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center

February 13 Rain Beatle's Tribute Phenomenon Mahaffey Theater

An Evening with Lucille Ball: Thank You For Asking January 5–17

Asolo Repertory Theatre Sarasota, www.asolo.org

St. Petersburg Museum of History St. Petersburg, www.spmoh.org St. Pete Times Forum Tampa, www.stpetetimesforum.com Salvador Dalí Museum St. Petersburg, www.salvadordalimuseum.org The Studio@620 St. Petersburg, www.studio620.org Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center Tampa, www.tbpac.org The Tampa Improv Tampa, www.tampaimprov.com Tampa Museum of Art Tampa, www.tampamuseum.com Tampa Theatre Tampa, www.tampatheatre.org USF Contemporary Art Museum Tampa, www.ira.usf.edu USF Theater 2 Tampa, www.arts.usf.edu USF Sundome Tampa, www.arts.usf.edu

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Vinoy Park St. Petersburg, www.stpete.org/parks Woodson African American Museum St. Petersburg, www.woodsonmuseum.org


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dR AUTO

Presenting the

Aston Martin DBS Volante By Benjamin Greene ompleting the DBS line-up, the new Volante will allow customers to enjoy the combination of the DBS’s benchmark sports car characteristics with the thrills of openair motoring. Featuring a motorized retractable fabric roof, the DBS’s beautiful profile is preserved whether the top is up or down. When the roof is closed at the touch of a button, it provides a warm comfortable ambience and when open, it neatly disappears behind the new tonneau cover. Broadening the DBS range, the DBS Volante will appeal to drivers who wish to combine the excitement of driving a finely-tuned sports car with the invigorating feeling of being open to the elements. This juxtaposition of ultimate performance and openness stirs the senses on any drive whether a exhilarating jaunt on favored roads or a long trip stretching many miles. Conceived as a Volante before coupe production even began, Aston Martin engineers opted for a fabric top to closely follow the silhouette of the current DBS coupe and, due to its lightweight properties, minimize overall weight gain. The top is fully retracted in only 14 sec-

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onds and at speeds up to 30 mph. Power is provided by Aston Martin’s hand-built all-alloy 6.0-liter V-12 engine producing 510 hp and 420 lb.-ft. of torque with a top speed of 191 mph (manual) and a 0-62 mph time of 4.3 seconds. The nature of the V-12, and in particular the torque available at all engine speeds, serves to provide effortless driving in all situations. The DBS Volante draws on the marquee’s extensive experience in designing iconic 2+2s featuring two occasional rear seats, ideal for younger persons or extra luggage. In standard specification, the DBS has a rear-mounted six-speed manual gearbox, while an automatic sixspeed Touchtronic option is also available. As with the coupe, the Volante is offered with carbon-ceramic brakes as

standard providing exceptional stopping power. Benefitting from materials derived from the motorsport and aerospace industries, the bonnet, front wings, and boot lid are made from carbon fiber and all help to reduce weight. The DBS Volante also comes with Bang & Olufsen’s renowned BeoSound DBS entertainment system, featuring 13 speakers as standard equipment. The BeoSound DBS has been expertly tuned by Bang & Olufsen’s sound masters and Aston Martin’s acoustic engineers specifically for the Volante resulting in a system that senses when the roof has been retracted and adjusts the volume to compensate for extra wind noise, providing an unrivalled automotive audio experience. dR

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dR DISH

Authentic Jamaican

Rumba Island Bar & Grill and Caribbean Flavors

When you arrive at Rumba Island Bar & Grill, you’re most likely to first sense the smell of burning tiki torches and just after that, reggae music playing at the outdoor bar. The stage is almost set, but not complete; and then it hits you, a wide array of culinary island aromas coming from the kitchen that are about to take your taste buds on a journey like no other.

Rumba Island is part of Frank Chivas’ Baystar Restaurant Group, which also operates the Salt Rock Grill, Island Way Grill, and The Marlin Darlin Key West Grill here in the Tampa Bay area. Rumba Island is managed by Nick and Maria Papas who partnered with Chivas in 2002. A trip to Rumba is just a short drive to the flavors of the islands. The menu is

replete with Jamaican and Caribbean comfort foods like: Runaway Bay Crab Cakes with mango salsa and island remoulade sauce, Coconut Prawns, Barbados Style Ribs with mango barbecue sauce, and Caribbean Conch Ceviche. These are just a few of the seemingly unending recipes that Chef Donald Chambers, with his Jamaican heritage, has cooked up and waiting for you on your visit to Rumba Island which is located at 1800 Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard in Clearwater, Florida; 727-446-7027 or www.rumbaisland.com

Caribbean Conch Ceviche 2 pounds Conch Meat (high grade), cleaned and drained 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped 1 green bell pepper, finely chopped 1 ounce Cilantro, chopped 1/2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 small yellow onion, finely chopped 1 teaspoon garlic, chopped 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon thyme, freshly chopped Slice Conch meat into thin pieces. Place on cutting board and pound out until Conch is tender. Chop into small even cubes. Combine all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Mix until all ingredients are evenly distributed. Place in refrigerator and let sit for at least 30 minutes. Serves 6 to 8 Chef's Tip Use only high grade clean Conch. Ceviche is best eaten the same day. 90 www.duPontREGISTRY.com/TampaBay

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Florida Aquarium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Florida Orchestra . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Fashion and Jewelry Bernies & Son . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Boggs Jewelers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cappello & Co.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Gold and Diamond Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . International Diamond Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J. Richards of Florida . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Young Jeweler Extraordinaire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Seedlings Retail . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Silver Queen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Pink Palm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

20 63 5 9 26–27 33 1 15 17 10

Financial Services Regions Morgan Keegan Private Banking . . . . . . . . . .

28

Golf Destinations Black Diamond Ranch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Museums and the Arts

37

88 83

Private Schools Berkeley Prep . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tampa Preparatory School . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

40 45

Professional Services A Plus Restoration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

47

Real Estate Century 21 Jim White & Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Coldwell Banker Florida, Peggy Mateer . . . . . . . . . . . . Coldwell Banker Florida, Carole Merritt . . . . . . . . . . . Coldwell Banker Florida, Martha Thorn . . . . . . . . . . . . Grand Court . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . JMC Communites, Ovation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mandalay Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sand Key Realty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

64–65 67, 68 52–53, 68 66 56 C4 50, 68 57–59

Home Builders and Home Improvement A Sound Decision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deep Glow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ferguson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Grand Central Stained Glass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Olde World Cabinetry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paver Source . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Phillips Pools & Landscape LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Precision Elevator Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Triplepoint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

63 88 C3 51 C2 56 2 63 3

Resorts

28 20 11 7

Speciality Shoppes

Clearwater Beach Marriott Suites . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marriott Waterside . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Safety Harbor Resort & Spa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Sheraton Sand Key Resort . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

79 21 8 86

Restaurants Oishi Sushi Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Taps Wine and Beer Merchants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wine Cellar Restaurant Inc. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

77 45 79, 81

Interior Design and Home Furnishings Franco A. Pasquale Design Associates . . . . . . . . . . . . Lights & More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Marla Davidson Tile and Stone Co. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Patio Land USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Hammerheads Hardware LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . House of Cigars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Silk Gardens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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