Sarasota Happenings


Southgate Mall: What’s New and What’s On the Way

16 Sep 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings, Siesta Key
It’s been so exciting to watch the renovation and construction at Westfield Siesta Key . The mall (which, if you’ve been here a while like me, you may still call Southgate Mall) is undergoing quite a transformation into a lifestyle and entertainment center.
If you haven’t been lately, you’ll definitely have to find a rainy day and enjoy everything the mall has to offer. Here’s the scoop on what’s new and what’s soon to open at Southgate Mall:

Since it started screenings, there’s been a buzz around town about CinéBistro . Have you been? What did you see? What did you eat? What did you drink? I keep hearing conversations just like that. The food is delicious, and what a treat it is to kick back and relax in the plush theater seats and enjoy a fun flick.  

Southgate Mall’s prime location makes it a great spot for a gym. Now we’re lucky to have an LA Fitness at the mall with personal training and several fitness classes. You can work out and then meet friends for dinner, without having to drive anywhere!

Speaking of dinner, there are some enticing new options at the mall in that department. Metro Diner made its entry into Sarasota with its new location at Southgate Mall. The casual diner-style restaurant serves comfort-food favorites like chicken pot pie, meatloaf and grilled cheese.

Bravo Coastal Bar and Kitchen is the latest culinary addition to the mall scene. It just opened at the end of August and already it has built up a lot of interest. The new restaurant is part of the Bravo Brio Restaurant Group, which runs Brio Tuscan Grille. You may have been to one of the group’s restaurants at Sarasota’s other much-talked-about mall – University Town Center. At Southgate Mall, Bravo Coastal Bar and Kitchen is serving brunch, lunch, dinner, wine and cocktails. Give it a try and tell me how you like it!

There’s more in the works for the mall’s restaurant selection, too. Construction just started on Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar , which the company says will open soon. I’m looking forward to sampling from the restaurant’s extensive menu, which includes salads, soups, pastas and, of course, flatbread!

It won’t be long now –  Lucky’s Market  will open this fall at Southgate Mall. The sought-after grocery store focuses on organic products, local items, bulk food and more. It’s a real boon for the mall, and I say we’re lucky to have it.

Summer is Sarasota’s Most Fun Season!

29 Jun 2017 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Downtown, Sarasota Happenings, Siesta Key

You Can’t Beat Summer in Sarasota

There’s a certain laid-back atmosphere that starts in Sarasota as soon as summer hits. We’re right in the thick of it, and there’s no better season to experience all the fun this special place has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Read my top picks for summer fun, and then get out there! (Don’t forget the sunscreen!)

Dance, Hum, Relax to the Beat

You’re probably more familiar with Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall as an entertainment venue for big touring acts and Sarasota Orchestra performances. But during the summer, the grounds outside Van Wezel transform into an exciting outdoor concert site. The Friday Fest at Van Wezel free summer concert series brings a host of local bands to the lawn with thousands of people showing up to enjoy food and drink vendors and the music. Bring your lawn chair, sit back and listen!

Fireworks – In the Air and On the Water

The Fourth of July in Sarasota is unique. Sure, we have some of the best firework shows around to mark our nation’s Independence Day, but we also have thrilling powerboat races. The Sarasota Powerboat Grand Prix Festival is in its 33rd year this time around and you won’t want to miss it. People come from around the state to take part in race festivities that start on June 24 and continue through July 4. The actual race dates are July 1 and 2, so you’ll want to mark those days down on your calendar. See you out there!

Splish Splash

One of Sarasota’s treasures, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, is hosting Splashin’ Saturdays this summer. It’s a chance for kids to experience the new Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden with water slides, games and more. Bring your favorite kid to Selby for a morning of fun, Saturdays through July 15. You’ll enjoy the calming breeze of the banyan trees, too!

Run Like the Wind

What better way to take advantage of living near the No. 1 beach in the world than to participate in Summer Beach Runs at Siesta Key Public Beach? On Tuesday nights from now until August 8, adult runs and kids’ one-mile fun runs will be hosted right there on the crystal sand. On your mark, get set, go!

The Show Must Go On

If all this outdoor activity is making you perspire, it might be a good idea to take things inside for a performance at Asolo Repertory Theater or Florida Studio Theatre. Asolo is hosting the inaugural season of Dog Days Theatre this summer. The company will perform the British play “Relatively Speaking” from July 11 to 30 and the stage adaptation of “Double Indemnity” from August 8 to 27. FST is hosting The Jersey Tenors until July 16 and the Improv Festival from July 13 to 15, which is sure to be a great laugh. Just because it isn’t peak season in Sarasota doesn’t mean you can’t catch an excellent performance!

I hope you relish in the season of summer in Sarasota. There’s truly no other time like it, so make every day count!

The Vue and The Sarasota School of Architecture

13 May 2014 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate

Last week, two of my passions melded: architecture and real estate.

The Sarasota Architecture Foundation members were invited to “Meet the Architects” of the new Vue Sarasota Bay and Westin Hotel. Dan Wolfe, partner, and Igor Reyes, lead project architect, of Coral Gables Architect firm: Nichols Brosch Worst Wolfe & Associates gave us all the insight.

Vue (1)

While Dan Wolfe introduced us to his firm and their accomplishments, Igor Reyes gave us “his heart”. To be asked to build a statement hotel and residential tower in a city with their own school of architecture was, at first, rather daunting to Igor. He reviewed and studied our very own designs and was determined to pay tribute to the Sarasota School.

The contemporary design of the Vue with its floor- to- ceiling windows, free flowing rooms and expansive terraces that create a seamless integration of interior and exterior living and will fill the units with natural light while showcasing the panoramic views of Sarasota Bay. It’s a stunning building and promises to be an vibrant place to live.

I loved it when Igor talked about the site location on the northwest corner of US 41 and Gulfstream Blvd. “All roads in Sarasota eventually lead to this site”…it’s the entry to Downtown Sarasota, as well as to the iconic Ringling Bridge leading to St. Armand’s Circle and Lido, Bird and Longboat Keys.

The Vue will be a 18 story building with 140 residential units ranging from 1,645 to 3,415 sq. ft. Each unit will have 2 car parking and private elevator foyers. Priced from $800,000 to $3.4million.

Each residence will have access to the amenities of the 250 room Westin Hotel next door including fully staffed spa, cafe, restaurant and the rooftop lounge overlooking downtown Sarasota and the Bay.

To learn more about Vue, please click here to view the website, or contact me for a personal tour.

Marcia Salkin (941) 376-6121,,

Sarasota …. on the move!

06 May 2014 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Sarasota Happenings, Sarasota Luxury Real Estate

Of course, the biggest news to the area is the soon-to -open The Mall at University Town Center off University Parkway. Salt Lake City and Sarasota are the only two cities in America building a fully enclosed mall of upscale shops and restaurants.

Luxury Real Estate Sarasota- Marcia Salkin University Town Center

What else is going on? The Downtown cityscape will soon be changing. Presently, there have been permits issued for the following Downtown projects:

One Palm Avenue, NE corner of Palm Ave at Ringling Blvd.
138 Hotel Rooms and 139 apartments

The Jewel, Main and Gulfstream
Retail and 18 luxury condos

“Q”, 1750 Ringling Blvd.
39 condos


There’s many more projects in the near permitting stages including:

Vue, 1 N. Tamiami
144 Luxury Residential units connected to 250 room Westin hotel

Hotel Sarasota, adajacent to Palm Ave. garage
200 room hotel

Embassy Suites & Spa, 202 N. Tamiami
180 room hotel adjacent to

Kimpton Hotel, Washington at Main
150 room full -service hotel with 6000 sq. ft of meeting space

Sansara, 300 S. Pineapple
17 condominiums

One88, 188 Golden Gate Point
8 luxury residences

Aqua, 280 Golden Gate Point
9 luxury residences

Sarasota is on the move! Residential sales are up locally and nationally. And, with the brutal winter of2014 experienced by our mid-West and Northeast buyers…we are expecting all of these new residences to be bought and all the new hotel rooms to be filled.

For more information on any of these projects, please feel free to contact me!

A Special Message from Salkin & Soublis

16 Apr 2013 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Sarasota Happenings


For 27 years, we have been listing and selling Sarasota real estate as Salkin & Soublis. A formidable partnership, admired and copied, built on a strong foundation of respect and trust between the two of us. Our clients always knew that they could count on either one of us at any time. Throughout the years, we have sold so many homes together. We have laughed and cried, consulted and consoled our clients as well as each other. Paulene and I have shared our adult lives together and become the closest of friends.

We started off in the Merrill Lynch Realty Gulf Gate office where we listed a log cabin somewhat off Sawyer Road. Paulene can proudly end her real estate career after selling the highest priced property over on Siesta Key.

Yes, Paulene is retiring. She has decided to spend some well-deserved quality time with her family. Instead of selling the dream…Paulene will be living it.

Our business, based on integrity and trust, will continue. Our customers and clients will still be handled with the same expert care, and I will keep listing and selling Sarasota’s finest properties.






Sarasota-a mecca of culture, beaches and education

22 Sep 2012 Posted by Marcia Salkin in Arts and Culture, Sarasota Happenings

Sarasota waterfront propertyRich in performance and visual arts, we have always thought of  Sarasota as the Cultural Capital of Florida.  And, with our miles and miles of coastline lined with the finest white sand…our beaches are incomparable.  You may be surprised that Sarasota is now being spotlighted for its higher schools of education.  Read about USF’s New College and the Ringling School of Art in a recent article by Michael Saunders.