Taking Root

Arbor Day Reminds Us of Majestic Beauty and Vital Role of Trees

Writer Stephanie Churn Lubow pays homage to her three favorite trees in Sarasota.

04/26/2024 By Stephanie Churn Lubow

In the Middle of It All

In a Rapidly Changing Rosemary District, Resurrection House Remains Committed to Helping People Without a Place to Live

In Sarasota County, where homelessness is on the rise, the nonprofit day center provides unhoused individuals with food, clothing, showers and restrooms.

03/21/2024 By Stephanie Churn Lubow

Q & A

Friends of Myakka River Executive Director Miri Hardy on the Future of Myakka River State Park

"We want to find new, meaningful ways of engaging people."

03/11/2024 By Stephanie Churn Lubow

Rock Out

Where to Hear Live Local Music in Sarasota and Bradenton

After buzzy energy of the early 2000s and 2010s, the pandemic and changing economics took a toll on the local music scene. But there is still one out there—and it's been struggling to recover and find itself again. 

01/24/2024 By Stephanie Churn Lubow

Get Well Soon

Three Wellness Retreats for When You Need to Refocus and Recharge

Luckily, you don’t need to hop on a plane to find peace and solitude. Here are three retreats in the Sarasota area where you can dive in deep.

12/27/2023 By Stephanie Churn Lubow

Joust Do It

Solomon's Castle in Tiny Ona, Florida, Is One Man's Creative Vision Made Real

The artist Howard Solomon began building the castle in the 1970s from found objects and reclaimed materials and lived there until his death in 2016.

12/06/2023 By Stephanie Churn Lubow

Q & A

CoreSRQ Is Now Part of the YMCA of Southwest Florida. Here's What That Means for Its Members.

We spoke with Michelle Mitchell, who is transitioning from her role as CEO of CoreSRQ to district executive director of the Y's new Sarasota City Branch and Palmer Ranch Branch.

12/05/2023 By Stephanie Churn Lubow

Long Haul

What It's Like to Swim the English Channel

Sarasota software engineer Allen Hillman recently joined an elite group of swimmers.

11/27/2023 By Stephanie Churn Lubow

Taking flight

Bungee Fitness Offers a Fun, Safe Way to Burn Calories

“When I first started, my biggest issue was trusting the bungee, because I thought I was surely going to faceplant onto the floor," says one enthusiast. "But now, I don’t even think about it.”

11/03/2023 By Stephanie Churn Lubow

Under Pressure

Can Historic Towles Court Survive the Real Estate Boom?

As property values soar and demand for downtown real estate hits an all-time high, it’s hard not to wonder if a historic community like Towles Court can endure.

09/07/2023 By Stephanie Churn Lubow Photography by Hannah Phillips