Olde Englewood village.
COUNTRY FARE The year-old Farmer's Market, attracting 4,000-plus shoppers every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., is more akin to an upbeat country fair than standard market. Check out 48 vendors and 52 booths featuring hand-crafted delicacies, organic veggies, wild-caught Florida seafood and artisanal baked goods, and keep your eyes peeled for yoga and Irish dance flash mob events. Englewood Farmer's Market, 300 Block, W. Dearborn St., (914) 548-7843.
GLOBAL VIEW Jett Thompson curates an intriguing international melange of new and vintage furniture, accessories and a stunning collection of artful accent pillows, some covered in Uzbekistani ikat textiles and others appliqued (like the one lower left) in patterns of Jett's own design ($153-$265). Jett Thompson Antiques, 447 W. Dearborn St., (941) 460-2777.
BEACH CHIC Wearable works of art, Marie Laforge's tropical drawings are printed on silk pareos and scarves ($32-59) the multi-talented artist and chef at Mango Bistro sells at the restaurant, where locals are buzzing about the lobster roll on grilled pineapple bread ($10.99). Mango Bistro, 301 W. Dearborn St., (941) 681-3500.
CHANGE YOUR STRIPES with soft, lightweight cotton pink-and-white striped shirts from England that update preppy style with pretty floral facings on collar and cuffs ($67). Shown with cotton knit sweater ($59). Basix on Dearborn, 449 W. Dearborn St., (941) 474-7111.
HAPPY HUNTING at the Blue Pineapple yields unique discoveries like this antler base side table in matte white finish ($750) styled with antique French bottles, turquoise accessories (from $58) and an eclectic treasure trove of vintage pieces and pedigreed antiques hand-picked by Barbara and Peter Matson during buying trips abroad. Blue Pineapple, 445 W. Dearborn St., (941) 474-1504.
ELIZABETH BRYANT'S gallery features her own jewelry creations and those of other artisans, like Melissa Erlenbach's copper cuffs adorned with gemstones and beach glass or blue lapis (each $98.95). Bryant Boutique, 200 W. Dearborn St., (941) 475-0785.
NEW TASTES DOWNTOWN
Vivo Loco Wine & Gourmet toasts Spain's contributions to viticulture with a wine bar and retail shop (with more than 300 bottles. Pick a bottle and for a $10 service fee, drink it with delectable tapas from a menu that changes weekly. 420 W. Dearborn St., (941) 473-8466. Bay City Grill is a new restaurant serving American cuisine such as steaks and seafood and open for three squares a day. 115 W. Dearborn St., Englewood. New French aperitifs (Kir and Kir Royal) and white mango sangria are not all that's shakin' at Mango Bistro, Dearborn Street's go-to weekend night spot. You'll find co-owner Ricardo Ruggiero dancing with guests on Friday and Saturday evenings to the beat of bossa nova, flamenco, rumba and more. 301 W. Dearborn St., (941) 681-3500.
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|Date:||Dec 15, 2012|
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