Bijou Cafe for Fine Dining in the Theater & Arts District of Sarasota

By | October 24, 2014


The Bijou Café is a charming Continental-American restaurant located in the heart of Sarasota’s downtown Theatre & Arts District. Over the years the cuisine, award-winning wine list and exemplary unobtrusive service have set the standard for dining on the Sun Coast and established the Bijou as one of Sarasota’s most sought after fine dining destinations. Since 1986, Chef Jean-Pierre Knaggs and his wife Shay have owned and operated The Bijou Café. … Read More! »

Sarasota Real Estate Statistics for September 2014

By | October 22, 2014

The Sarasota Association of Realtors just released the sales statistics for last month which show that the Sarasota County real estate market remained on pace for near record sales numbers in September 2014, ending the month with 934 closed transactions – 14 percent higher than last September when 817 properties changed hands. Sales for the first three-quarters of the year now stand at 8,784, about 200 sales over … Read More! »

Jazz on the Water Cruise

By | October 21, 2014

The Jazz Club of Sarasota presents another one of its popular “Jazz on the Water” cruises aboard LeBarge, which departs from Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. The date is Sunday, November 2nd from 2-4:00pm. Guests will enjoy the swinging Dixieland sounds of The Greg Nielsen Quartet with Nielsen on trombone, Howie Smith on tuba, Bobby Tees on cornet and Dean Fernald on keyboard. Tickets are $30 for Jazz … Read More! »

Save Our Seabirds

By | October 17, 2014


We were looking for something to do on a rainy Wednesday in Sarasota so we decided to take a drive out to Longboat Key off Ken Thompson Parkway. This Seabird Sanctuary is across from Mote Marine Aquarium. It’s a wonderful non-profit organization in the community for birds that are sick, rescued or injured. Birds of all different species are brought into the facility to rehabilitate from injuries and … Read More! »

Rosa Fiorelli Winery

By | October 14, 2014

Rosa Fiorelli Winery

Last weekend the weather was perfect for a convertible ride so we headed east from Lakewood Ranch to check out the Rosa Fiorelli Winery in east Manatee County. We tasted some really nice wines and enjoyed chatting with Heather and Rosa in their tasting room. They have been in business for 16 years. The Winery has its own building for fermenting and bottling, and a separate building for … Read More! »

Sarasota Real Estate Statistics for August 2014

By | October 2, 2014

The Sarasota Association of Realtors recently released the sales statistics for the month of August 2014 which show sales remaining strong during the month. Homes and condos continued to sell at a brisk pace in Sarasota County in August, once again nearly reaching the 1,000 level with 975 closed transactions. The eight-month total from the start of the year now stands at 7,850, about 100 sales ahead of … Read More! »

Sarasota Top Dog Show

By | October 2, 2014

Join Donte’s Den Foundation in supporting the 2014 Top Dog Show on October 18th from 5:30 – 8:30pm at the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium. The area’s premier dog lovers event features a Westminster-like dog show where owners can enter their four-legged friends in playful categories including: Best Dressed, Best Hair, Best Catch and Fetch, Best Kiss, Funniest Dog Trick. Patrons will enjoy fine dining with their canine companions or chilling … Read More! »

University Town Center Mall Opening Soon

By | October 1, 2014

University Town Center Mall

October 16, 2014 is the big day! If you are wondering what stores are going to be at the new Mall at University Town Center like I have, here is a link to view the complete list! I can hardly contain the excitement that all these new stores will bring! How do you feel? Brenda’s background in strategic planning, marketing, prospecting, and sales give her an advantage … Read More! »

October in Sarasota

By | September 30, 2014

The weather is great and our fall season is in full swing. There are a myriad of festivals and fun events going on in the Sarasota area during the month of October. Here are just a few to check out: Date Event or Activity Location Click Link forMore Information Oct. 3rd Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Events Oct. 3-4th Sahib Shrine Circus Sarasota Circus Arts Oct. … Read More! »

Big Cat Habitat

By | September 9, 2014


LIONS, TIGERS, BEARS and all for a good cause! Recently we visited the Big Cat Habitat and Gulfcoast Sanctuary located in Sarasota, located at 7101 Palmer Road, Sarasota. ( The sanctuary is home to many large cats, including Brutus, the 1100 pound (and still growing) Liger. A real site to see. There are goats, llama, emu, many birds, monkeys, bears, donkey, buffalo and even a giraffe! As … Read More! »