Be sure to mark your calendar for the big Avondale Neighborhood Tag Sale this weekend. Avondale residents will have well and truly loved treasures on display in the Gateway Bank parking lot, Saturday, March 29 from 9:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.

Couple at a Yard Sale
This is one sale you won’t want to miss!
  • Avondale Neighborhood Yard Sale
  • Saturday, March 29,
  • 9:00 a.m. — 2:00 p.m.
  • Gateway Bank parking lot
  • Corner of Route 41 (Tamiami Trail) and Bahia Vista Street
Avondale Neighborhood Plaque

Piccolo Market is Moving!

February 10th, 2014

Our dear friends, Antonio and Josephine Dirende, have just moved their wonderful Italian grocery and deli, Piccolo Market, from Gulf Gate to a much larger storefront around the corner at 6518 Gateway Avenue. Good news for anyone whose idea of a Valentine’s Day meal includes a little truffle oil and parmigiano is that Ant & Josephine plan to be open for business in the new space by mid-week, well before February 14th.

Deli Case at Piccolo Market
The new space will feature an expanded deli case with cold cuts and cheeses of every stripe.
Photo Copyright © 2014, Skip Lombardi

In addition to Piccolo Market’s unsurpassed selection of myriad Italian groceries, we’re told that our favorite characters like “The Godfather,” “The Frank Sinatra,” and “The Tony Soprano” will again take up residence on the Piccolo Market made-to-order sandwich menu.

Trust us, you’ll find no better Italian grinders south of Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Deli Case at Piccolo Market
Expanded floor area will allow shoppers better access to delicacies like panettone and jumbo cans of San Marzano tomatoes.
Photo Copyright © 2014, Skip Lombardi

Ant and Josephine are putting the finishing touches on their new digs as we write this. Let’s lift a glass of vino and wish them Salute! as we look forward to seeing them later this week.

Piccolo Italian Market & Deli
6518 Gateway Ave.,
Sarasota, FL 34231
(941) 923-2202

Piccolo Italian Market

Where did the time go? Hard to believe, but a year has passed since the 36th Annual Pineapple Antiques Show & Sale… But happily, here we are at the 37th!!!

Now held in the brighter, airier venue of the Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, tickets to the event benefit the First United Methodist Church, Sarasota, and the Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise. Forty dealers from all over Florida and some snowbird vendors from the north have filled the space with silver, porcelains, paintings, primitives, jewelry, linens, vintage fashion accessories, toys, and memorabilia. In short, the show offers a wide range of antiques and collectibles from the 18th through the 20th centuries.

Here are some glimpses of Friday morning at the show:


Pineapple Antiques Show & Sale
Happy buyers and sellers were plentiful


Pineapple Antiques Show & Sale
Bakelite Mahjong Tile bracelets


Pineapple Antiques Show & Sale
One of several ceramic dealers’ booths


Pineapple Antiques Show & Sale
In the Kitchen
Oil on Canvas by Victor Gabriel Gilbert (1847-1933)


Pineapple Antiques Show & Sale
Formal dinner service on display


Pineapple Antiques Show & Sale
Fancy Footwear


Pineapple Antiques Show & Sale
All Dolled Up


Pineapple Antiques Show & Sale
No-cal Bonbons: A Tray of Vintage Buttons


The Pineapple Antiques Show & Sale

To benefit the First United Methodist Church of Sarasota and the Rotary Club of Sarasota Sunrise.

Show Dates:
Friday, March 8, 10:00 a.m. — 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 9, 10:00 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.

Admission: $6.00 per person
Free parking on site

Sarasota Municipal Auditorium
801 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, Florida

For additional photos or permission to use any posted here,
Kindly contact Skip Lombardi, skiplombardi AT gmail DOT com

Bamboo by Marilyn Offer Sumi-e

Sumi-e, oriental brush painting, is a contemplative discipline. Traditional landscapes and compositions of bamboo and birds as well as works highlighting Florida flora and fauna are among the new offerings in the current exhibit at Selby Gardens. The paintings, all by accomplished artists in the Sarasota chapter of the Sumi-e Society of America, are for sale.

Where: Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, at the cafe inside “Selby House”—near the giant banyan trees.

When: Through Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Selby House and the café are open daily: 10 AM to 4 PM

Garden hours: Open every day from 10 AM to 5 PM

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
811 South Palm Avenue
Sarasota, Florida 34236