Shopping: Our retailers' holiday wish list

By Carol Tisch November 1, 2012

Want to find Sarasota's dreamiest gifts? Look no further than this wish list prepared by the toughest customers in town: owners and managers of great Sarasota stores. To stock those stores, retail buyers sift through thousands of possibilities, ending up with a curated collection of products they love. So when we asked them what single item in their store they'd most want to receive as a gift this season, these ultra-picky pros had to pause. Keep reading for their final answers.

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Sheila Rigoni, store manager, Eileen Fisher

"I'd love our bateau-neck sweater. It's made from really fine un-dyed cashmere, so it has a sensuous, organic feel. The neckline and boxy shape are comfy, and it's the perfect top for a favorite pair of jeans." ($498.) Eileen Fisher, 1501 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 365-2435.


Pam Anast, co-owner, The Sarasota Collection Home Store "My home is done; I have no room for anything more. But I've had my eye on a new glass sculpture called Ribbon. I love the violet color and the ripple effect. I could fit that in—on my dining room table or coffee table." ($685.) The Sarasota Collection Home Store, 622 Central Ave., Sarasota, (941) 955-8313.


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Bedding by Lulu DK Matouk

Brooke Dye, store manager, Main Street Traders "Bedding by Lulu DK Matouk in the Tuileries pattern—it's fabulous. It's crisp and fresh—like heaven. It's a beautiful floral and I love the scalloped edging. I'd get the queen duvet cover ($374) and Euro shams." ($108 each.) Main Street Traders, 1468 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 373-0475.


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Paul Mayer handbag

Tatyana Sharoubim, owner, T. Georgiano's "The first handbag ever by shoe designer Paul Mayer. I named it the I-clutch; it's the first really pretty bag I've foound that's designed to hold an iPad and also fits in all my other things." ($350.) T. Georgiano's, 1409B First St., Sarasota, (941) 870-3727.


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Mink slippers by Patricia Green

Brenda and Geoffrey Michel, owners, The Met: She: "Mink slippers by Patricia Green. I'd love them in dark brown mink with a dark brown shearling lining. They're luxurious, cozy and glamorous at the same time, and designed with a slight lift in the heel for comfort ($170). He: "I wish I had more time to enjoy our spa. I'd do the Men's Retreat ($450) with massage, facial, manicure, pedicure, haircut and conditioning treatment." The Met Fashion House, Day Spa & Salon, 35 S. Boulevard of Presidents, Sarasota (941) 388-1772.


Ron Saba, co-owner, Ashley Avery's Collectable "Vietri's new Safari pedestal bowl. It would be the ultimate centerpiece on a dining room table or hall console. The animal print in neutral colors goes with everything." ($232.) Ashley Avery's Collectables, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 366-3444.


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Customizable Corkscrew

Eileen Hays-Wallace, owner, Write-On Sarasota "I love our customizable corkscrews. The inlays are hand done by Dan Gwynn of Montana Artisan Collection, with a choice of 38 icons from wild game to wine glasses. I'd choose the Labrador—I love them." ($95.) Write-On Sarasota, 1423 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 953-2800.


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The Fathom ring

Olivia Bono, owner, Juno and Jove "The Fathom ring: It's a unique two-piece ring in silver and rose gold with iolite and black diamond pavé. It's hip, young and chic—a real statement piece." ($2,200.) Juno & Jove, 1425 First St., Whole Foods Market Centre, Sarasota, (941) 957-0000.


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A celestial blue sapphire ring with a 17.82 ct. stone.

Tina Little, owner, Queens Wreath Jewels

"A celestial blue sapphire ring with a 17.82 ct. stone. Sapphire is my favorite gemstone, but they come in all shades of blue. I like a traditional medium-blue, and this one is just dreamy." ($40,000.) Queens' Wreath, 17 Fillmore Drive, St Armands Circle, (941) 388-9800.


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Woven Wire Vase from Cyan Design

Gerrie Heibel, owner, Envie Home Décor "I love our tall woven wire vase from Cyan Design. It's a statement piece. The shape is so beautiful it's like a piece of sculpture—you don't even need to put flowers in it." ($229.) Envie Home Decor, 1411 First St., Sarasota, (941) 366-7027.


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The ReVive Artbox 10

Sally Schule, general manager, Saks Fifth Avenue "The ReVive Artbox 10—it's by far my favorite skincare regimen. It's the perfect combination of products for youthful, glowing skin in a box that's so beautiful, it's like getting two gifts in one." ($550.) Saks Fifth Avenue, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, (941) 364-5300.


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Arte Italica's Giglio flatware pattern

Greg Geidel, co-owner, Coquillage "I'd choose Arte Italica's Giglio flatware pattern because I deserve it! I love the fleur-de-lis design and pewter finish: It's antiqued, but it's today's style in pewter and handmade in Italy." (Five-piece place setting, $225.) Coquillage, 1515 Main St., Sarasota, (941) 487-7160.

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