Shell Game

Curt Hemmel Runs Florida’s Largest Clam Hatchery

Hemmel is the "Pied Piper of clams."

04/03/2019 By Isaac Eger

Just Say Yes

We Tried It: FST's Improv Workshop

“Anatomy of the Story” is a class taught by two members of the Austin-based improv comedy troupe Available Cupholders.

02/28/2019 By Isaac Eger

Coffee Klatch

Varietal, a New Coffee Shop, Opens in the Rosemary District

The atmosphere is minimal and elegant and the coffee comes from L.A.'s Counter Culture roaster, which has an East Coast hub in Raleigh.

02/27/2019 By Isaac Eger

The Vegan Way

Nine Great Vegan Lunches

Local restaurants where eating vegan is a treat.

02/04/2019 By Isaac Eger

Unity Awards 2019

Meet the Winners of Our 2019 Unity Awards

We’re a closer, brighter place thanks to the winners of our 2019 Unity Awards.

01/24/2019 By Susan Burns, Cooper Levey-Baker, Isaac Eger, Kay Kipling, Megan McDonald, and Ilene Denton Photography by Everett Dennison

In Memory Of

The Sweet Sadness of Manatee County's Companions Pet Cemetery

To Companions executive director Shawn Yebba and his clients, pets are like children—although maybe better.

01/24/2019 By Isaac Eger

Unity Awards 2019

Because of Hector Tejeda, Students Dare to Dream of—and Enroll in—College

Tejeda has helped 400 students enroll in college.

01/24/2019 By Isaac Eger

Unity Awards 2019

Shannon Fortner Started a Festival That Unites Thousands for Sexual and Gender Equality

Fortner believes the Harvey Milk Festival has changed hearts, minds and lives, including her own.

01/24/2019 By Isaac Eger

Last Lap

What’s the Future of the Sarasota Kennel Club When the Greyhounds Are Gone?

Sixty-nine percent of Florida citizens voted to ban dog racing in November, giving the Sarasota Kennel Club and the other dog tracks in the state until Jan. 1, 2021, before they need to shut down.

12/26/2018 By Isaac Eger

The Giving Sea

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author Jack E. Davis on the Gulf of Mexico, History and Hope

Before Davis, no one had told the story of the Gulf.

11/29/2018 By Isaac Eger

Closing Credits

Sarasota's Iconic Video Renaissance Closes Its Doors

“I accept it,” says owner Bill Woolridge. “It’s been a great run. You know when Netflix started, I thought we were going to be outta here and gone by 2003-2004.”

10/25/2018 By Isaac Eger

Do Walls Work?

Understanding the Immigration Crisis

New College human geography professor Ilaria Giglioli on how we got where we are today and what our future might look like.

10/25/2018 By Isaac Eger

Oh, Shoot!

Packed with Flavor and Nutrition, Tiny Microgreen Shoots Are Urban Farmer-Friendly

The innate desire of these seeds to exist is enough that even the brownest of thumbs shouldn’t have trouble.

10/02/2018 By Isaac Eger

Out of Darkness

This is What It's Like to Work With a Guide Dog

The dogs at Palmetto's Southeastern Guide Dogs are the product of two years and thousands of dollars worth of intensive training and selective breeding.

10/01/2018 By Isaac Eger

Fin

Can We Save Video Renaissance’s Film Collection?

Two fans of the legendary video store are raising money to purchase its immense collection and donate it to the Sarasota County library system.

09/13/2018 By Isaac Eger

Eat Drink Jump

These Three Party Boats Offer the Ultimate Sarasota Summer Experience

Three more reasons to love the water.

07/26/2018 By Isaac Eger and Cooper Levey-Baker

Angola's Ashes

A Newly Excavated Settlement Highlights Florida’s History as a Haven for Escaped Slaves

Called one of the most significant historical sites in Florida and perhaps the U.S. by Florida historian Canter Brown Jr., Angola is a story of struggle, tragedy and, ultimately, survival in the quest for freedom.

06/27/2018 By Isaac Eger

Best Brews

In Defense of Cheap Beer

I’m a fan, and not just because of the price.

05/30/2018 By Isaac Eger

Adventures in Reading

Uncovering the Rare Treasures at A. Parker's Book Bazaar

Owner Gary Hurst's downtown Sarasota book shop is home to more than 70,000 books—plus a collection of rare artifacts and collectibles.

05/29/2018 By Isaac Eger

Cold Play

We Tried It: Whole-Body Cryotherapy

Resident lab rat Isaac Eger tries a new trend.

04/26/2018 By Isaac Eger