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Mandeville Beer Garden

By | February 14, 2019

Mandeville Beer Garden Logo

Mandeville Beer Garden LogoWe recently discovered Mandeville Beer Garden in Sarasota. It is a child and dog friendly restaurant, ensuring that the whole family enjoys the unique atmosphere. The garden dining area boasts outdoor games including ping pong and corn hole and a child friendly play area. Making it a great place for the whole family to drink, dine and have fun!

The bar features 30 taps and over 150 bottled beers. They have a great food menu too with many options: appetizers, salads, hot & cold sandwiches, German food, desserts and even a kids menu.

Mandeville Beer Garden

If you’re looking for a fun place for a casual night out, give Mandeville Beer Garden a try. You won’t be disappointed!

Hours are:
Tuesday 5PM-11PM Trivia
Wednesday-Thursday 11AM-11PM
Friday-Saturday 11AM-1AM
Sunday 11AM-9PM

They are located at 428 N. Lemon Avenue in Sarasota.

Phone: 941-954-8688

Check them out on the web at



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Greek Glendi Festival Coming Soon

By | January 31, 2019



It’s time for the 35th annual Greek Glendi Festival at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Sarasota. This festival is something we look forward to year after year. There is constant entertainment (music, dancing, etc.), great Greek food of all types, raffles and vendors with unique items for purchase.

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

The festival runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 11am to 9pm and on Sunday from 11am to 8pm. Admission on Thursday is free, other days admission is $4 and kids under 12 are free. No pets are permitted.

St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Map


The church is located at the intersection of Lockwood Ridge Road and Tallevast Road and there is plenty of parking available.

For more information visit their website at or you can call the Church at 941-355-2616.


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Sarasota Home Sales Slowed in December

By | January 22, 2019

Housing Market Street Sign

Housing Market Street SignThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports that after a strong year of sales in 2018, the housing market fell short in December. Compared to December 2017, this month showed a decrease in overall closed sales, pending sales, and median prices. However, inventory increased across the two-county area. Year-to-date, 2018 shows an increase in sales when compared to 2017 year-to-date numbers.

Combined, closed sales in the two-county area decreased by 14.4 percent. Single-family homes in Manatee County decreased by 1.6 percent, while Sarasota decreased by 17.5 percent in closed sales. Condo sales in Manatee County decreased by 17.2 percent, while Sarasota County decreased by 26.6 percent.

Combined inventory in the two counties increased again in December. Single-family home inventory in Manatee County increased by 4.6 percent from last year, while Sarasota increased by 16.9 percent. Condo inventory experienced a 10.8 percent increase in Sarasota, while Manatee decreased by 0.9 percent.

Manatee County single-family homes fall to a median price of $309,000, a 2.7 percent decrease from the highest recorded median price in 2017; $317,500. Sarasota single-family home prices increased by 3.6 percent to $285,000. Sarasota condo prices decreased by 12 percent to $220,000, while Manatee condos decreased by 2.6 percent to $190,000.

Pending sales, or the number of properties that went under contract during the month, decreased in December. Single-family pending sales decreased by 6.1 percent in Manatee County, while Sarasota decreased by 18.4 percent. Condo pending sales decreased 36.9 percent in Sarasota, while Manatee decreased by 0.6 percent.

New listings, or the number of properties put onto the market, typically decline in December as many buyers will wait to list their property in the new year. When combined, the two counties experienced a 9.3 percent decrease from last year. New listings for Manatee single-family homes decreased by 2.1 percent, while Sarasota single-family homes decreased by 9.3 percent. As for condos, Sarasota decreased by 17 percent, while Manatee County decreased by 15.5 percent.

The median time to contract is up across the two counties. Sarasota condos increased by 33.3 percent to 48 days on the market. As for Manatee condos, the median time to contract is up by 4.3 percent. Single-family homes spent about the same amount of time on the market as they did last December, with no change in Manatee County and a 2.5 percent increase in Sarasota County.

Sarasota condos represent a balanced market with a 5.5-month supply, while Manatee condos are at a 4.0-month supply, down by 11.1 percent from last year. Manatee County single-family homes are at a 4.1-month supply, a 2.4 percent decrease from last year, and Sarasota single-family homes are at a 4.8-month supply, an increase of 17.1 percent.

Monthly reports are provided by Florida REALTORS® with data compiled from My Florida Regional Multiple Listing Service. For comprehensive statistics dating back to 2005, visit

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February in Sarasota

By | January 17, 2019


February EventsWith our winter season in full swing, the calendar is full of many different events in Sarasota. Here are just a few for you to consider:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Feb. 1-3rd Wings of Freedom Tour Venice Collings Foundation
Feb. 1st Riverview Kilties “Sousa Concert” Sarasota Riverview High School Performing Arts
Feb. 1st Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Main Street Lakewood Ranch
Feb. 2nd SAS Member Photography Exhibit Sarasota Sarasota Audubon Society
Feb. 2-3rd 53rd Annual Orchid Show Venice Venice Area Orchid Society
Feb. 3rd Ski-A-Rees Waterski Show Lido Key
Feb. 3rd Sarasota Polo Match Lakewood Ranch Sarasota Polo Club
Feb. 3rd 5th Annual Sarasota Music

Half Marathon

Sarasota Sarasota Half Marathon
Feb.4th Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Feb. 7th Ringling Underground Sarasota Ringling Museum of Art
Feb. 7-10th 35th Annual Greek Glendi Festival Sarasota St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church
Feb. 7-18th Florida State Fair Tampa Florida State Fair
Feb. 8-10th 56th Annual Shell Show Sarasota Sarasota Shell Club
Feb. 9th Tampa Bay Rays Fan Fest St. Petersburg Tampa Bay Rays
Feb. 9th 5th Annual Bradenton Area

Riverwalk Regatta

Bradenton Bradenton Events
Feb. 9-10th 31st Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts Sarasota
Feb. 10th Backyard Concert Series Lakewood Ranch
Feb. 14th “Say I Do Again” Siesta Key & Venice Visit Sarasota
Feb. 14th Siesta Key Village Valentine Stroll Siesta Key Siesta Key Village Association
Feb. 15-28th Circus Sarasota Winter Performance Sarasota Circus Arts
Feb. 16-17th 36th Annual Cortez Commercial Fishing Festival Cortez
Feb. 21-24th 30th Annual Venice Italian Feast and Carnival Venice Italian American Club of Venice
Feb. 22-24th 10th Annual Sarasota Invitational

Rowing Regatta

Sarasota Sarasota Invitational
Feb. 23rd Health & Wellness Expo Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch Medical Center
Feb. 23rd Le Marche’ Bohemien Sarasota Sarasota Downtown Merchants
Feb. 23-24th 18th Fine Arts Festival of

Manatee County

Bradenton Bradenton Riverwalk
Feb. 25th Monday Night Jazz Cabaret Sarasota Florida Studio Theatre

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Chef Rolfs New Florida Kitchen

By | January 8, 2019

Chef Rolfs New Florida Kitchen
Chef Rolfs New Florida KitchenEarlier this year Chef Rolf took over the former Roy’s Restaurant space on Siesta Drive and opened his New Florida Kitchen. Many people in the area are familiar with Chef Rolf at the former Saltwater Café in Venice. At the New Florida Kitchen they are serving up fresh locally sourced prime seafood in a sophisticated coastal setting. Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen ™ is family owned and operated and they take pride in offering a fine dining experience in an elegant environment. We recently took our dine out group there for dinner and they did a great job serving the 32 of us in a private room setting. They offered three different menus to choose from and all the food was excellent! As an added bonus Wednesday was Ladies Night and each received a free martini…can’t beat that!
Having trained primarily in Switzerland, Chef Rolf adds a European twist to many of the menu items, using the finest ingredients. Numerous magazines and culinary experts have recognized Chef Rolf with awards for cuisine and wine expertise. A Member of the state agriculture promotional campaign, “Fresh from Florida,” and this is EXACTLY what you’ll find in Chef Rolf’s New Florida Kitchen ™
Chef Rolf’s New Florida’s Cooking Show is a local 30 minute cooking show airing on SNN TV in Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte counties, Florida. The show airs Monday-Friday at 11:00 am Celebrating its 9th season, the show spotlights local businesses, supports non-profit organizations and promotes local events.
Open 7 days a week; Monday through Saturday for dinner only and Sunday from 11am to 9pm. They are located at 2001 Siesta Drive, Suite 100 in Sarasota (location of the former Roy’s Restaurant next to Fleming’s). Call for reservations at 941-806-6820 or visit their website at

Chef Rolfs

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Housing Inventory is on the Rise in Sarasota and Manatee Counties

By | December 28, 2018

House Upward Graph

House Upward GraphThe Realtor Association of Sarasota and Manatee reports an increase in closed sales, median prices and inventory in the real estate market. On trend with a typical November report, the market slows in new pending sales and new listings during this time of year.

Year-over-year, closed sales in the combined two-county area increased by 4.5 percent in November. Condo sales increased by 12.9 percent in Manatee County and decreased by 4 percent in Sarasota. Manatee single-family home sales increased by 7.6 percent, while Sarasota single-family home sales increased by 4.2 percent.

November 2018 experienced a decrease in pending sales, or the number of properties that went under contract this month. In Manatee County, pending sales for single-family homes decreased by 8.4 percent, while condos decreased by 31.4 percent. Pending sales in Sarasota County decreased by 9.8 percent for single-family homes and by 18.8 percent for condos.

Inventory is up overall by 9.9 percent, compared to last year’s two-county totals. Sarasota single-family homes increased by 16.3 percent to 3,131 available properties, while Manatee increased by 4.1 percent to 2,229. Sarasota condo inventory increased by 9.5 percent to 1,811, while Manatee condo inventory is up by 5.6 percent to 931 available properties. In addition to year-over-year, inventory also increased month-over-month in November.

New listings increased year-over-year with a combined increase of 2.9 percent. For single-family homes, new listings increased by 6.2 percent in Sarasota and by 5 percent in Manatee. Condo new listings decreased by 2.7 percent in Sarasota and decreased by 1 percent in Manatee. Aside for Sarasota condos, median prices increased when compared to November of last year. Manatee single-family homes increased by 8.5 percent to $313,496, while Sarasota prices increased by 5.3 percent to $300,000. Condo prices in Manatee increased by 2.9 percent to $186,500 and decreased by 4.6 percent to $229,000 in Sarasota County.

The market continues to favor the seller with the month’s supply of inventory under 5.5 months. Single-family homes in Sarasota increased by 14.6 percent to a 4.7-month’s supply. Manatee single-family homes sit at a 4.1-month supply, a 4.7 percent decrease. As for condos, Manatee County decreased by 7 percent to a 4-month’s supply and Sarasota is at a 5.1 month’s supply, a 1.9 percent decrease from last year.

The median time to contract, or the number of days between the listing date and contract date, hovers between 40 to 50 days in November. In Sarasota County, single-family homes spent a median 38 days on market, down 14 days from last year. For Manatee County, single-family homes were on the market for 50 days, down by one day from last year. As for condos, Sarasota county increased by 12 days to 49 days on the market, while Manatee condos decreased by 13 days to 46 days on the market.

To read the full press release and view the statistical charts click here.

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St. Armand’s Winter Art Festival

By | December 26, 2018

St Armands Circle Art Festival

St Armands Circle Art FestivalOne of the things I love about Sarasota is the many arts and crafts festivals we have during the year. One of my favorites is the St. Armand’s Winter Art Festival. There will be over 175 artists and craftsman displaying their original artwork.  Pottery, oils, watercolors, ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture.  This show is ranked in the top 50, out of 10,000 shows held each year in this country! This year’s festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, January 20 & 21 from 10am until 5pm…don’t miss it!

We’ll be enjoying some great weather in January and St. Armand’s Circle is a great place to hang out, shop, eat and enjoy some people watching. For a store directory visit


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January in Sarasota

By | December 14, 2018

January Oranges

January Oranges


Kick off the new year by enjoying one or more of the many events and adventures in and around Sarasota! Check out just a few of the activities happening during the month of January:

Date Event or Activity Location Click Link for

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Jan. 4th Music on Main Lakewood Ranch Lakewood Ranch
Jan. 4-6th Bradenton Boat Show Palmetto Bradenton Boat Show
Jan. 5th 6th Annual Health Expo Sarasota Richard’s Foodporium
Jan. 5th Orchid Show & Sale Sarasota Sarasota Orchid Society
Jan. 12th Sidewalk Astronomy Bradenton Local Group of Deep Sky Observers
Jan. 12th Moon Over Myakka Concert Sarasota Friends of Myakka River
Jan. 12-13th 23rd Annual Anna Maria

Islandfest Arts & Craft Show

Anna Maria Sunset Blvd. Promotions
Jan. 12-13th 6th Annual Winter Fine Arts Festival Sarasota Paragon Art Events
Jan. 13th 32nd Annual Circus Ring of Fame Lido Key St. Armands Circle
Jan. 17-27th Manatee County Fair Palmetto Manatee County Fair
Jan. 18-20th Sarasota Bradenton Spring Home Show Sarasota Home Show Florida
Jan 18-20th 4th Annual Sarasota Music & Seafood Festival Sarasota
Jan. 18-20th Native American Festival Sarasota Native American Festival
Jan. 19th “Decades Rewind” Venice Venice Performing Arts Center
Jan. 19th Fun in the Sun Miniature Show Venice
Jan. 19-20th Venice-Nokomis Rotary

26th Annual Fine Art & Craft Festival

Venice Venice Nokomis Rotary
Jan. 19th Venice Farmer’s Market Venice City of Venice
Jan. 20th Jazz in the Park Venice Centennial Park Events
Jan. 21st Ringling by the Bay Sarasota Ringling Museum
Jan. 26th Gasparilla Piratefest Parade Tampa Gasparilla Piratefest
Jan. 26th Sarasota Highland Games & Celtic Festival Sarasota Sarasota Highland Games
Jan. 26-27th 15th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival Lido Key St. Armands Circle
Jan. 27th Temple Sinai’s 11th Annual Jewish Food Festival Sarasota Temple Sinai
Jan. 27th 49th Annual Devereaux-Kaiser

Collector Car Meet

Lakewood Ranch Sunshine Region of the Antique Automobile Club
Jan. 28th 1927 Historic Train Depot Tour Venice City of Venice

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Roessler’s Restaurant

By | December 7, 2018

Roessler's Restaurant Sign

Roessler's Restaurant SignRoessler’s restaurant in Sarasota has been family owned and operated since 1978. Originally, as the Flight Deck at the Venice Airport and then moving to their Sarasota location in 1985. Situated on nearly three acres of manicured gardens and a beautiful lake with a bridge and gazebo, Roessler’s is one of the most romantic restaurants on the west coast of Florida.

Roessler's Grounds


We had the pleasure of going there for a special occasion birthday dinner. It’s located off S. Tamiami Trail 2033 Vamo Way and you wouldn’t even know it’s back there from the road.


They are open at 5pm Tuesday through Sunday for dinner only. The menu features many of the standard dishes expertly prepared. They also do several tableside prepared desserts for a special treat! It was definitely a fine dining experience with impeccable service. If you haven’t been there I highly recommend it.

Check out their menu at

To make a reservation call 941-966-5688.

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Lights in Bloom at Selby Gardens

By | November 29, 2018

Selby Gardens Lights in Bloom

Selby Gardens Lights in Bloom

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens lights up the holiday season with Lights In Bloom. Over one million lights will illuminate the garden and walkways will be transformed into sensory light tunnels. Visitors will have the opportunity to stroll through magical gardens filled with beautifully lit flowers, radiant rainforest butterflies, dragonflies and more. The tropical holiday paradise includes nightly visits from Santa and his elves (before Christmas Eve), children’s arts and crafts activities and games, plus live entertainment from SoulRCoaster and The Hydramatic. Grilled foods will be available for purchase from the Michael’s on East grill including a cash bar. The Selby House Cafe will also be open with its full menu. In its 15th year, Lights In Bloom has become a tradition for residents and visitors to celebrate the holiday season in Sarasota.

$20 Members; $25 Guests; Children ages 5 – 12 $7; Kids under 5 Free
Groups of 25 or more $20pp

TROLLEY WILL BE AVAILABLE 5:30 – 10 p.m. from Sarasota Friendship Center (1888 Brother Geenen Way

For more information or to purchase tickets visit:


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