Cooper Levey-Baker has written about food, politics, civic issues, the arts, and music in Southwest Florida for a decade. His work has won an honorable mention from the Julia Child Foundation and a Bronze Award for Best In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Magazine Association, and he was named a finalist for Best Public Service Reporting by the Florida Society of Professional Journalists. His fiction earned him a John Ringling Fund Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arts Council of Sarasota County and his rendition of "Drunk in Love" has left karaoke audiences throughout the region bewildered.

R.I.P.

Doc Sam's Deli, Formerly Sol Meyer, Closes

Welp, that didn't last long.

03/23/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Basket Case

Easter Candy, Ranked

Sarasota Magazine staffers pick their favorite Walgreens Easter candy.

03/22/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker, Hannah Wallace, and Megan McDonald

Holy Day

Where to Celebrate St. Patrick's Day

Where to find green beer, corned beef and cabbage and some Irish tunes this Thursday.

03/16/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

D'ough!

10 Bucks Or Less: Village Pizzas By Emma

Amish pizza, anyone?

03/16/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Making It Real

Ringling College Collaboratory Offers Students Professional Experience

In late 2014 the college formalized its commitment to providing every student on campus with professional experience.

03/15/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Curry On

Pride of Jamaica Serves Up Big Flavors in Newtown

Powerful flavors are the name of the game at Opal Bell's casual Newtown eatery.

03/09/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Good Morning

10 Bucks Or Less: Rendez-Vous

A newish French bakery on Clark Road that does pastries right.

03/03/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Day Tripper

Great Florida Road Trips

24 great adventures on one tank of gas.

03/01/2016 By Scott Vogel, Cooper Levey-Baker, Megan McDonald, Ilene Denton, and Pam Daniel

Polo Pro

A Day in the Life of Polo Player Francisco Llosa

One day with Francisco Llosa of the Sarasota Polo Club.

03/01/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker Photography by Robert Castro

Kitsch Itch

You'll Find Wallet-Friendly Fun in Weeki Wachee

Florida's identity as an oddball mecca goes way, way back.

03/01/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Talking Points

How to Sound Smart About Redistricting

Cooper Levey-Baker breaks down what's going on with redistricting and how it affects us.

03/01/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Gardening for Good

Sarasota Garden Project Connects Veterans to Local Food

Veterans band together to experience the 'therapy' of growing their own food.

02/29/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

C'Mon n' Ride It (The Train)

10 Bucks Or Less: Bob's Train

Bob's Train is a cocoon of twinkling cheer on a raw, ugly day.

02/25/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Biz Supports

Ponies for Pups Raises Money for Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue

One look at any of the adorable puppies at Nate’s Honor Animal Rescue and you'll understand why we support Ponies for Pups

02/18/2016 Research by Cooper Levey-Baker

Big Deals

This Week's Biggest Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Including a $15.9 million bank building and more.

02/18/2016 Research by Cooper Levey-Baker

Phở-n Times

10 Bucks Or Less: Phở SàiGòn

Another entry in Sarasota's emerging broth market.

02/18/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Good Deeds

How 941 Businesses and Nonprofits Are Making Our Community Better

Including: Fundraisers for veterans, generous donations and pay-what-you-can theatrical productions.

02/18/2016 Research by Cooper Levey-Baker

Sub Pop

10 Bucks Or Less: Detwiler's Farm Market

Excellent sandwiches slapped together at the bustling Detwiler's Farm Market.

02/12/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker

Eat Your Heart Out

Valentine's Day Candy, Ranked

Sarasota Magazine staffers pick their favorite Walgreens Valentine's Day candy.

02/12/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker and Megan McDonald

Public Service

Mayor Willie Shaw Hands Out Free Coffee at Sarasota's New Kahwa

Sarasota's new Kahwa Coffee Roasting is the St. Pete-based chain's first shop south of Tampa Bay.

02/10/2016 By Cooper Levey-Baker