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Artistry and Community Meet in New Sarasota Market

May 5, 2018
Artist Painting Beachy Women

Imagine Etsy, a community center and a cafe all rolled into one. Oh, and a concert venue, too. If you can’t quite picture it — of if you want to experience its friendly, creative vibe in person — you must go to the Bazaar on Apricot & Lime!

The brainchild of Judy Alexander, the old warehouse turned indoor market debuted on May 3. It will be open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Artists, resellers of the odd and the extraordinary and consignment stores all share space in this eclectic marketplace.

I met Lara, a recent transplant from Los Angeles, who said she rented a booth at the Bazaar partly to make friends and “find her tribe.” She sells items from her collection of Asian artifacts and jewelry she created using semiprecious stones and emblems, such as elephants and phoenixes. You can find her in booth #21.

Necklaces by LaraLu

LaraLu’s booth sells unique necklaces and Asian artifacts.

If you’re looking for contemporary clothing and vintage accessories, stop by Julie’s Goodbyes Consignment. She used to have her own storefront on Siesta Drive, but she jumped at the chance to reduce overhead and mingle with other entrepreneurs at the Bazaar. Her booth is #3.

Holistic Treasures is a perfect reflection of one of the Bazaar’s goals: to connect people. The two artists who have work under this name came together after they met at a craft fair a few months ago. I spoke with Melissa, whose designs center around stones she sources locally. She uses them in vignettes that look like terrariums, and she gives them each a title. A few of them are called The Sweetest Kiss, On a Fairy’s Wing and Fluidity’s Garden.

Holistic Treasures Terrariums

Melissa of Holistic Treasures makes crystal terrariums that have power and beauty.

Her business partner, Yvi, is a potter and also sells oils and diffusers she handmade. The women’s booth is #11.

In the Red Seed Studio booth (#13), Ivonne has many stories to tell, and she expresses them through her photographic collages that are layered with meaning. She showed me one of her works that told of her challenges of being a single mother in Colombia, her homeland. Many of her collages have a similar theme of women persevering over adversity.

You can also find the kitschy (a trio of ceramic frogs in booths #18 and #19), the colorful (Karen’s beachy women in booth #1) and the floral (the Gypsy Gardener’s placemats, for instance, in booth #16). In all, 20 booths display their wares.

Artist Painting Beachy Women

Karen Chandler paints a colorful portrait of three women in her booth at the Bazaar on Apricot & Lime.

You won’t have to leave here hungry or thirsty either. There is a cafe in the back offering cookies and other baked goods, and a coffee truck sits out front.

Besides the shopping opportunities, the Bazaar on Apricot & Lime has live music every day, a community room for gatherings and classes, and even a small kids’ area. Judy also supports a different local charity each month.

The address is 821 Apricot Avenue. Parking is behind the side of the building that faces Apricot.


Suit Up for Summer

April 3, 2018
kay and elle swimwear

At lunch this week, a friend confided that she needed a new bathing suit, but she hated the trying-on process. I think even the most toned among us dreads having to go through this yearly ritual.

Lucky for us, expert fitting assistance is available this Saturday, April 7, at INfluence Style! Lindsay Lancaster, the co-designer of swimwear brand kay & elle, will be on hand to help us find your ideal suit in the right size. She will also bring 10 styles from the spring collection to get you ready for months of lounging by the pool, swimming in the gulf and tooling around town. The new pieces include swimsuits and bodysuits.

Kay & Elle swimsuit

The Andy One-Piece swimsuit in bubblegum pink is brand new for spring.

kay & elle was founded in 2015 by friends Kady Decker and Bradenton native Lancaster with the goal of creating swimwear for the woman who is “unforgettable, can’t hide from her own light, sometimes broken but never defeated, called by the tide, pulse-driven, [and sets the] world on fire.”

If you think that sounds like you, or if you want to become that woman, make plans to go to INfluence on St. Armands Circle between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday. There will be complimentary mimosas, too, in case you need to relax before slipping into a swimsuit. And, since you’ll be so close to the beach, why not make a day of it? The weather should be perfect for laying on the sand or dipping into the water in your new suit!

Be Nauti and Nice at Marcotte’s Design

March 20, 2018
Marcotte's Design Sarasota

If you’re redecorating your house, just want to freshen it up for spring or need gifts for the graduate or mom in your life, make a visit to furniture and home goods store Marcotte’s Design.

It recently relocated to Lockwood Ridge Road and University Parkway from downtown Sarasota and carries locally themed artwork, nautical-inspired decor and gifts, from sassy wine glasses to notepads with profound quotes.

Anchor artwork

You can find nautical-themed pieces, including anchors and whale soap dishes, at the store.

The store also sells furniture, much of which is custom-made in their workshop. Some of their specialties are console tables and barn door entertainment centers. You can choose the size, color and stain. They primarily use Annie Sloan chalk paints, and you can take classes to paint your own furniture. The class schedule for the new store hasn’t been finalized yet, so check the site for updates or email  to request the schedule once it’s completed.

Marcotte's Design Furniture

Marcotte’s Design carries furniture that the staff creates from scratch or repaints in their workshop.

Both times I have visited Marcotte’s Design, I have been met with friendly service and I’ve left with at least one item I just had to have! The store is open seven days a week, so stop by this week to treat yourself or a friend to a special something. 

Make a Valentine’s Date with Paint

February 9, 2018

Champagne, chocolates, jewelry… what more does a girl need to celebrate Valentine’s Day? I think I’d add a little pampering to my list.

If that sounds like the perfect date to you, too, head to PAINT Nail Bar (1417 1st St., Sarasota) next Wednesday. Between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., the salon will spoil its Galentines with a lovely day filled with all the pretty things your heart could desire.

Besides the requisite tasty refreshments, Bourbon and Boweties founder Carley Ochs will be on hand for a trunk show of her latest designs. Buy yourself a new bracelet or text your honey with a pic of the one you have your eye on. Then, get ready for date night (or a girls’ night out) with a complimentary makeup session from bluemercury. Don’t forget to schedule a mani, pedi — or both! — to look and feel your best.

I can hardly imagine a better way to get over the midweek slump, can you? I hope to see you there!



Go To Simply Spoiled Boutique Tuesday

December 13, 2010
Simply Spoiled Boutique, Sarasota

Simply Spoiled Boutique in downtown Sarasota throws a "Sparty" Dec. 14.

Simply Spoiled Boutique (1471 Main St., Sarasota) is throwing a “Sparty” tomorrow in honor of Go To Girl, a new marketing/public relations/event planning business by Molly Klauber. You’ll get a 10 percent discount on all purchases throughout the day, but if you have a favorite brand in mind, you’ll want to time your visit. Each hour gives a 5 percent bonus off of a different product line.


10-11 a.m.: Bare Escentuals Makeup

11 a.m.-noon: Nepal Bracelets

Noon-1 p.m.: Becca Makeup

1-2 p.m.: H. Wood Lotion Candles

2-3 p.m.: Supersmile Products

3-4 p.m.: Tokyo Milk Products

4-5 p.m.: Vera Bradley

5-6 p.m.: The Art of Shaving Products

6-7 p.m.: Lalicious Products

Or, time your visit for the wine and light bites. They’ll be served between 3-7 p.m. A word of advice (or several words, really): Dress up in your best pink and gold outfit and accessories. You could win a Simply Spoiled gift card!

Cheers (and Shoes) to You

December 6, 2010

Downtown Sarasota accessories boutique T.Georgiano’s Shoe Salon (1409B First St.) turns three years old this Friday, Dec. 10. Don’t expect cake and clowns at this birthday party, but champagne and light bites. Oh, and a fabulous trunk show premiering Sarasota native Diana E. Kelly’s latest line of footwear. Not familiar with her style? It’s youthful, like the designer herself, comfortable and, most importantly, so cute!

The trunk show runs from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. You have to wait for the champagne, though. That doesn’t start flowing until 5 p.m. What better way to say goodbye to a workweek?

As if all this weren’t enough, you could also win a signature clutch by Diana E. Kelly and you qualify for exclusive savings. Friday only, get 10 percent off your first purchase and 15 percent off two pairs of shoes from the new collections. I don’t know about you, but my collection could use a little newness!

New Downtown Shop Is Something Elsa

November 29, 2010

Downtown Sarasota’s newest women’s clothing shop can be summed up by five words: “European elegance meets Brazil hotness.” ElsA (1359 Main St., Sarasota) just opened last week, and c0-owner Ania Laniewksi says the boutique’s concept centers on women today being pressed for time. She and her business partner Elsie Parrilla want ElsA to act as a one-stop shop that can dress customers for an entire trip, including traveling clothes, resort wear and bathing suits, workout attire, evening wear and accessories.

Laniewski and Parrilla strive to stock up-and-coming designers and one-of-a-kind artisan pieces. Most of ElsA’s merchandise is exclusive to Sarasota. Some items you won’t find anywhere else nearby: bright winter coats and dresses by BB Dakota, sexy one-shoulder tops by I.C.U. and subdued yet hot wrap dresses by Elan. I love the multicolored spectator pumps by Bruno Magetti and multipatterned bags by Corazon de Melon. The store’s price range is $100-$500.

Expect a grand opening in a few weeks, just in time for Christmas or a jet-setting vacation.

New boutique ElsA, downtown Sarasota

New boutique ElsA in downtown Sarasota carries BB Dakota dresses like this adorable A-line.

Corazon de Melon handbag at ElsA boutique in Sarasota

You'll find Corazon de Melon multipatterned handbags at ElsA.