St. Armand’s Circle


Here’s What to do in Sarasota in January and February

12 Jan 2018 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings, St. Armand's Circle

Places To Go, People to See, Things to Do

January and February are full of excitement. With season in full swing, the calendar is packed with interesting events to attend. Here’s a look at what I think are the best bets in Sarasota for the weeks ahead:

A great foodie opportunity coming up is the Taste of St. Armands. The event showcases restaurants on the Circle that serve seafood, Italian, Cuban, Floribian and more. This year, over 19 restaurants are included in the festival plus wineries and microbreweries. So head to the circle on January 20 for a day of food and fun!

There’s so much to do at Forks & Corks, a Sarasota food and wine festival that brings together winemakers and restaurants. A group of more than 50 restaurants owned locally – the Sarasota-Manatee Originals – headline this multi-day event from January 26 to 28. Go to a seminar to improve your wine education or one of the many events at restaurants that include wine paired with chef creations.

Sarasota’s circus heritage runs deep. Support an organization that puts on spectacular circus performances and helps preserve the circus arts by attending The Circus Arts Conservatory’s Winter Wonderland. This gala on January 27 will have you enjoying the evening under the big top!

February is also a time to delve back into Sarasota’s award-winning theater scene. First on the list – lose yourself in an opera at the Sarasota Opera. Its performance of Manon Lescaut by Giacomo Puccini runs from February 10 to March 23 and involves jewels, parties and stunning vocals.

I’ve been waiting for the Andy Warhol exhibit to open at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, and it’s almost here! Warhol: Flowers in the Factory starts February 11 and runs through June 30. It explores Warhol’s work with flowers and uses his creations as inspiration for living art with bromeliads, ferns, orchids and other flowers. The exhibit also includes four silkscreens and two prints of Warhol’s featuring flowers.

A unique luncheon twist comes in the form of SPARCCle on the Runway: Fashion Police, a benefit for the nonprofit Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center. On February 15, watch a fashion show at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota featuring clothing from the SPARCC Treasure Chest while listening to witty banter in the form of the always-opinionated television show “Fashion Police.”

January and February are going to be busy months. I can’t wait to see you at some of these special Sarasota events!

Fall Fun on St. Armands Circle

04 Oct 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings, St. Armand's Circle

There’s So Much to do This Fall on the Circle!

Fall is a busy time in Sarasota, with something going on every night throughout the city. Some of the most exciting events coming up are right on St. Armands Circle. Read on to learn about my favorites. See you on the circle!

Sun Coast Jaguar Club Concours d’ EleganceLions and tigers and jaguars, oh my! This automobile show puts the spotlight on the elegant Jaguar automobile. A host of Jaguars will be on display at the event, from early vehicles to new models. Come to St. Armands on Oct. 14 to see Jaguar after Jaguar, right in front of your eyes.

St. Armands Boat ShowLove the boating life? Check out all the newest, most exciting boats at this thrilling boat show. On Oct. 21 and 22, boat dealer Cannons Marina will bring its boats to the center of the circle. You’ll be able to see new Grady-White Boats, Yamaha motors and so much more.

Fright Night on St. ArmandsBoo! From 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31, the circle turns spooky. From ghostly decorated store fronts to statues dressed in Halloween garb, everything turns upside-down for this holiday celebration. The highlight of the night? The Sarasota High School drama department’s performance of Michael Jackson’s smash hit “Thriller” at 8 p.m. for all to see. It’s an annual tradition you just can’t miss!

Ferraris on the CircleIf Ferraris are more your speed, head to the circle on Nov. 4 to see over 75 Ferraris compete for the best of show award. Join droves of people who come to take a closer look at these classic Italian sports cars.

It’s all happening on St. Armands Circle!

The Best of St. Armands & My New Bird Key Listing

03 Mar 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Longboat Key, Luxury Home, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate, St. Armand's Circle, Waterfront Homes

Every Day is a Vacation on St. Armands

St. Armands Circle is one of those places in Sarasota that instantly makes you feel like you’re on vacation. It’s so easy to enjoy an afternoon on the circle – dining, shopping and even taking in one of the many festivals and shows hosted there throughout the year.

With my new listing on Bird Key (a waterfront neighborhood just down the street from St. Armands), I’ve been thinking a lot about my go-to spots on the circle, so I thought I would share them with you. Consider taking a little staycation in your own hometown and exploring these destinations the next time you have a free afternoon!

My dad’s favorite spot when he would come to visit was the Columbia Restaurant on the circle. This Spanish restaurant was founded in 1905 in Tampa’s Ybor City and is the oldest restaurant in Florida. In fact, their location on St. Armands is Sarasota’s oldest restaurant, so you know they must be doing it right. Don’t leave without trying their Black Bean Soup, 1905 Salad, Sangria and Flan.

Once you’ve been to Columbia, you just have to try Shore, too. This open-air, second-floor restaurant is packed for brunch, lunch and dinner. The fun mid-century retro vibe and creative menu will have you coming back again and again. And downstairs, don’t miss the chance to shop in their beachy casual Shore boutique.

If you have a sweet tooth, there’s no better spot on the circle for you to visit than Kilwins. Fudge, toffee, caramel, peanut brittle – it’s all available here, and you can even watch them make their chocolatey treats right in front of you. As one of the most popular destinations on St. Armands, you’ll often find a line of people running straight out the door. My mouth is watering just thinking about their fudge!

Looking for the perfect ensemble for a luncheon, gala or that all-important meeting? Find it at The Met. This luxury independent men and women’s fashion house is widely considered the nicest boutique in Sarasota and it’s right here on the circle. There’s even a day spa upstairs for when you get weary from shopping (and all the eating you’ve done at Columbia, Shore and Kilwins!).

St. Armands is also a mecca for interesting festivals and shows. There are several car shows throughout the year, like the classic Corvette show in May, the Ferrari show in November and Porsches in the Park show in December. But events on the circle aren’t just for car lovers. There’s also the Annual Craft Festival in June and the Annual St. Armands Art Festival in November. If exploring the waters of Sarasota is more your speed, there’s a boat show on the circle in October. But one of my favorite events is Taste of St. Armands. Every October you can sample award-winning recipes from the diverse restaurants on the circle, all while enjoying the idyllic weather.

And while you’re living that vacation lifestyle on the circle, why not pop by to take a look at my latest listing – one of the most exquisite homes in Sarasota. This Bayfront home at 467 Meadow Lark Drive is offered at $6,525,000. It was built in 2000 by Mike Collingwood and designed by sought-after luxury residential architect Clifford M. Scholz.

Once you experience all that St. Armands has to offer, you may be asking yourself, why not live close by? And why not live in this stunning Scholz masterpiece?

Sarasota…a water lovers paradise

04 Feb 2015 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Bird Key, Downtown, Lido Key, Longboat Key, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate, Siesta Key, St. Armand's Circle, Waterfront Homes, West of the Trail

When most people think about the waterfront in the Sarasota area, they think of our gorgeous white sandy beaches on our Barrier Islands.  This recent Michael Saunders Blog shares waterfront lifestyles on the beach, on the Bayfront, on canals, rivers, bayous and creeks.  I am thrilled that it names one of my listings at 2300 Wason Road with 300’ on the scenic Phillippi Creek as a great example of waterfront living.

10 Homes on 10 Different Waterways

For more information on waterfront living in the Sarasota area, please feel free to contact Marcia Salkin at 941-376-6121.


Celebrating Freedom in Sarasota

04 Jul 2009 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Luxury Home, St. Armand's Circle

Throughout my 6-mile walk today from Marina Jack over the Ringling Bridge and around St. Armand’s Circle, I kept thinking how lucky I am to live and work in Sarasota. At a young age (24), I made a rather gutsy choice to move here by myself and start my “adult” life. Almost everyone here has relocated from somewhere else, each making their own choice to live their life in Sarasota.
So, on this 4th of July, I celebrate the FREEDOM OF CHOICE. That we have the ability, the right, to choose wherever we want to live and to work. As long term Realtors, Paulene and I are not happy right now with the Real Estate market. We find no delight in telling Sellers that their property value has gone down from the year before or, working with buyers panting to jump into the market and not a lender around willing to fund their dream. It’s tough talk, but we are choosing to have the conversations with our Clients and we will help guide them through this challenging time.

Because, we have the FREEDOM TO BELIEVE. Paulene and I believe that Sarasota is the Best place to live. This Independence Day morning , I saw so many people laughing, fishing, boating, cycling and groovin’ to their I-pods…there were coolers and grills, families and lovers and like every other day, so many gathering around our Bayfront’s “Unconditional Surrender” statue with camera in hand believing that today is good and tomorrow will be even better.