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Elizabeth Rice says she needs to be close to family, which explains why her eponymous (and world-class) art and antiques gallery opened on Sarasota's Main Street 10 years ago. Now a quietly burgeoning retail empire (including FantaSea, Terra Nova and Vivid on St. Armands Circle and a FantaSea outpost in Lady Lake) ensures that Rice and husband/co-owner Paul Chren are here to stay.

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The pair developed their business plan while living in San Francisco, deciding "to present products that focus on art and nature," Rice explains. "We represent more than 50 artists from all over the world who create unique pieces with natural elements--seashells, coral, wood, cotton, linen, bone and stone."

From pedigreed Biedermeier antiques to artisan-crafted clothing, jewelry and gifts, Rice and Chren's concept of lifestyle art is a Sarasota natural. Elizabeth Rice Fine Art & Antiques, 1467 Main St., Sarasota (941) 954-8575.

SHELL-STOCKED From pillows to picture frames and this mother-of-pearl jewel box ($450) topped with chambered nautilus shell, FantaSea celebrates the sea's beauty. FantaSea, 345 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota (941) 388-3031.

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WEARABLE ART Israeli artist Dori Csengeri's necklace ($1,250) features silk cords, beads and semiprecious stones. Not your grandmother's choker, and that's the fun. Vivid, 349 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota (941) 388-4400.

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STAR FRUIT Florida-based Randi Joe Grantham's cast bronze fruit sculptures bear names like Passion Pear and Cherry Berry ($3,500). Liza Minnelli and Kenny G are fans. Terra Nova, 351 St. Armands Circle, Sarasota (941) 388-0410.
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Title Annotation:shopping
Author:Tisch, Carol
Publication:Sarasota Magazine
Date:Feb 1, 2008
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