Friday, April 5, 2013
Typically this column talks about the goings on at Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Palmetto Campus. But this week, we wanted to turn the focus south to our Sarasota location.
September 2010 saw the expansion of Southeastern Guide Dogs into a new area: Sarasota. Southeastern took over the building formerly inhabited by Scoop Management, where, unfortunately a number of locals were the victims of Art Nadal’s nefarious business practices. And really, what better way to change the karma in a building than making it the home base of a non-profit? Southeastern Guide Dogs Sarasota Training Center and Dog Boutique now serves as a place where the general public can come and learn about guide dogs and the amazing work they do. A new program is launching April 10th that will allow participants to “Shadow a Guide Dog Trainer.” This fun, informative weekly workshop will explain the methods used to train guide dogs and …
Friday, November 30, 2012
The holidays are upon us! Have you done your shopping yet? If not, here are some gift ideas that may not have crossed your mind.
With Black Friday and Cyber Monday now faint memories, we bet there are still people on your list that you haven’t checked off. Whether it is that uncle who has everything or your boss, shopping can be difficult. So why not avoid the lines and mayhem and do something for the greater good instead? Southeastern Guide Dogs’ Palmetto campus has a fabulous Gift Shop! Visitors can shop in a homey atmosphere for a wide variety of pet-centered gifts, but the best thing…all proceeds go toward funding Southeastern’s mission. For those of you to our south, the unique pet boutique in our Main Street location in downtown Sarasota is chock-full of goodies for the four-legged family members and those who love them. You are sure to find a great gift …
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The upscale $350 million in University Park is slated to be open Oct. 16, 2014.
In two years time, Manatee and Sarasota counties will have a shared destination for high-end shopping. Officials ceremoniously broke ground with confetti guns a blazing Monday afternoon on the 888,000-square-foot Mall at University Town Center located north of Nathan Benderson Park. "The Mall at University Town Center solidifies the University area as the premier shopping destination in Southwest Florida," said Randy Benderson, president of Benderson Development Company. "The shopping center, in conjunction with the Nathan Benderson Rowing Facility, will be a world-class destination and a tremendous community benefit for generations to come." The $315 million mall is a partnership between developers Taubman Centers and University Park-…
Sunday, August 5, 2012
The updated smart phone app might save you time and money on your next trip to Westfield Sarasota Square Mall.
Your next trip to Westfield Southgate and Westfield Sarasota Square Mall just got a little easier. The shopping mall group has launched upgrades to its free mobile app aimed at helping shoppers save time and money, it announced Thursday. New features in the Westfield App v2.0 include: Check out the demo video for more details.
Monday, June 18, 2012
We're accepting votes for Readers' Choice 2012 until Aug. 17. Which local shopping center, district or mall do you think is the best?
Summer is here, and everybody's looking for something new to do. What better time to revisit the best local hot spots in Sarasota? Until Aug. 17, we're collecting votes for Readers' Choice 2012 in 25 categories, from the best shopping center in town to the best zoo. Voting will begin July 23. Which local shopping center would you recommend? Nominate your favorite in the comments below.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
If approved, the Ringling Shopping Center would be demolished in favor of a 98,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter.
Walmart wants to build a "small Supercenter" store by demolishing the rundown Ringling Shopping Center. Walmart submitted a pre-application to the Sarasota Planning Department May 30 calling for a 97,779-square-foot store with 370 regular parking spaces, 13 handicap spaces and 10 cart corrals at the shopping center off of Ringling Boulevard. “We’ve been fortunate to have a great relationship with the City of Sarasota and the shoppers,” Walmart spokesman Bill Wertz told Patch. The store would be the second Walmart in city limits, as a Walmart Neighborhood Market is slated to open on the North Trail in October. The Ringling store would be a “small Supercenter” format, Wertz said, offering general merchandise, pharmacy, deli, produce, …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Commissioner Shannon Snyder wants to make sure the Westfield Southgate Mall doesn’t become barren or cheapened after a planned Saks Fifth Avenue departure.
Commissioner Shannon Snyder wants to make sure the Westfield Southgate Mall doesn’t become barren or cheapened after a planned Saks Fifth Avenue departure. Snyder proposed to the commission Monday that the commission ought to discuss the mall at some point to help it transition. “I don’t have an answer. I would just like to bring it to the commission’s attention so that we can focus on it before it deteriorates into a tournament of glow-in-the-dark goofy golf like they have down in Sarasota Square Mall for a while,” Snyder said, referencing Westfield’s other property where it has Lunar Mini Golf where Steve and Berry’s once was and also has a miniature synthetic ice rink in another wing of the mall. “I don’t know what the answer is, but I …
Friday, February 11, 2011
Michele Myers opens a great new art gallery
A bright, colorful new gallery, The Artful Giraffe, has opened on St. Armand’s Circle. With a focus on local art and artists, owner Michele Myers is brightening the Circle with uplifting art created by a wide array of artists. Myers intent is to represent artists whose desire is to enhance others’ lives and whose artwork lifts one’s spirits. It looks like she’s succeeding nicely. Customers are already commenting about how happy and uplifted they feel while in the gallery. Asked why she named the gallery The Artful Giraffe, Myers smiles and said that she had two incredible grandmothers whom she loved greatly. One of them had an extensive giraffe collection. When her grandmother passed, she inherited the collection. Myers notes that …