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16 STYLE MAGAZINE SEPTEMBER 2009 new in town BY SU BYRON Deja brew all over again Deja Brew is part java joint, part art gallery, part Rilla Fleming lunchspot—andtotally exciting. It’safunkynewad- dition to Towles Court, Sarasota’sdowntownartists’ community. Owner Davi Kuhn and manager Rilla Flemingopenedthe doors inMay,andit’s already be- come a social hub for creative types. “We wanted a homegrown café with art and free Wi-fi,” says Flem- ing. “Towles Court was the natural place for it.” The highly caffeinatedspacefeaturesnewexhibitions ev- ery month, as well as handcrafted jewelry designed by Kuhn, a Ringling College graduate. Deja Brew serves upmorethan coffees and teas; themenufea- tures pastries, bagels, sandwiches and wraps, and Rilla’s cherry chicken salad — already a lunchtime legend. 1968 Adams Lane, Sarasota; 952-1968. Such a deal! What combines the price breaks of a big-box discount store with the kind of good old-fashioned service that made America great? The “what” turns out to be Such A Deal, a new retail venture at Bradenton’s popular Red Barn Flea Market. The entrepre- neurs behind it are Scott and Nancy Cook. So, what’s the deal? “We sell high-quality merchandise at closeout prices,” says Scott. “Sourcing is the key to our success. We find great deals, keep our overhead low and pass on the savings to our customers.” With 30-plus years of retail management and sales experience, “Scott knows how to find real deals and pass them on to people,” says Nancy. “We can sell the same things that Macy’s, Sears, Target and even Wal-Mart are selling, at cheaper prices.” Scott ad- mits that the depressedeconomyplayed a big role in their business planning. “The tim- ing for a concept like this couldn’t have been more perfect,” he says. Booth 178 at Red Barn Flea Market; 1707 First St., Bradenton; 747-3794. Peruvian heat wave Weekends at Selva Grill just got hotter thanks to the addition of its new Pisco Bar& Lounge.Therecipe? Start withadoseof pisco (pronouncedPEES-ko),alegendary Peru- vian liqueur, adda sizzling late-nightmenuof piqueos (“small bites”), andthen stir in DJ Rus Deep’s sultry blend of tribal and progressive house music. The result is a lounge with a distinctly Peruvian flavor. “The Pisco Bar&Lounge isan extension ofmypassion for Peruvian foodand drink,” says DarwinSanta Maria, Selva’s executive chef andown- er. Pisco, known as Peru’s national drink, is a brandy-like liqueur distilled from white grapes. “Pisco is versatile,” says Santa Maria. “It’s great chilled as a martini, or with Coke, or a Pisco Sour; you can mix it with anything, really.” Late-night selections (avail- able from10 p.m. to 1 a.m.onFridays andSaturdays) include ceviche, duck confit,wok- fried sirloin, and plantain chips with chimichurri. Insomnia never tasted so good. Selva Grill; 1345 Main St., Sarasota; 362-4427. Style maker What inspired you to start a teen center in Sarasota? Sarasota has one of the worst adolescent addiction and substance-abuse problems in the state. It’s definitely an epidemic here. We want to help raise awareness, but more importantly, to be a part of the practical solution. What is Laura’s position at Nightlife? Laura is the administrator. She does everything from bookkeeping to scheduling. She’s the glue. Why are you driven to help young people? My biggest strength has always been to reach kids whom others aren’t able to reach. I love teaching a student in crisis about hope, restoration, redemption and reconciliation. The biggest thrill is when a parent says to me: “Thank you for helping us get our child back.” What do you like about Sarasota so far? I love the weather and Siesta Key. But more than that, I love how the people here are willing to mobilize to be part of a solution when they are made aware of a problem. What do you feel could be improved? The biggest complaint I have about Sarasota is what I hear from the students we work with. “There’s nothing to do here!” With Nightlife, we want to become both a place where young people in crisis can come for help, but also a place for students to hang, have fun and feel safe. Favorite Sarasota spot? It would have to be the end of Avenida Messina. There’s a little park there with a beautiful view of the Gulf. I go there almost every Saturday morning before the sun is up. It’s one of the few quiet times in my life! So don’t tell anybody about it. Joe Davis The Rev. Joe Davis is executive direc- tor of the newly founded youth organization and center, Nightlife in Sarasota. Night- life’s pivotal mis- sion, says Davis, “is to provide resourc- es, programs and a safe place for young people under 25.” He and his wife, Laura, moved to Sarasota recent- ly from New York, where Davis had been a full-time youth pastor. He’s also a high football and basketball coach at Riverview High School, and an accomplished musician.

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Deja brew all over again Deja Brew is part java joint, part art gallery, part lunch spot—and totally exciting. It’s a funkynew addition to Towles Court, Sarasota’s downtown artists’ community. Owner Davi Kuhn and manager Rilla Fleming opened the doors in May, and it’s already become a social hub for creative types. “We wanted a homegrown café with art and free Wi-fi,” says Fleming.<br /> <br /> “Towles Court was the natural place for it.” The highly caffeinated space features newexhibitions every month, as well as handcrafted jewelry designed by Kuhn, a Ringling College graduate. Deja Brew serves up more than coffees and teas; the menu features pastries, bagels, sandwiches and wraps, and Rilla’s cherry chicken salad — already a lunchtime legend. 1968 Adams Lane, Sarasota; 952-1968.<br /> <br /> Such a deal!<br /> <br /> What combines the price breaks of a big-box discount store with the kind of good old-fashioned service that made America great? The “what” turns out to be Such A Deal, a new retail venture at Bradenton’s popular Red Barn Flea Market. The entrepreneurs behind it are Scott and Nancy Cook. So, what’s the deal? “We sell high-quality merchandise at closeout prices,” says Scott. “Sourcing is the key to our success. We find great deals, keep our overhead low and pass on the savings to our customers.” With 30-plus years of retail management and sales experience, “Scott knows how to find real deals and pass them on to people,” says Nancy. “We can sell the same things that Macy’s, Sears, Target and even Wal-Mart are selling, at cheaper prices.” Scott admits that the depressed economy played a big role in their business planning. “The timing for a concept like this couldn’t have been more perfect,” he says. Booth 178 at Red Barn Flea Market; 1707 First St., Bradenton; 747-3794.<br /> <br /> Peruvian heat wave Weekends at Selva Grill just got hotter thanks to the addition of its new Pisco Bar & Lounge. The recipe? Start with a dose of pisco (pronounced PEES-ko), a legendary Peruvian liqueur, add a sizzling late-night menu of piqueos (“small bites”), and then stir in DJ Rus Deep’s sultry blend of tribal and progressive house music. The result is a lounge with a distinctly Peruvian flavor. “The Pisco Bar&Lounge is an extension ofmypassion for Peruvian food and drink,” says Darwin Santa Maria, Selva’s executive chef and owner.<br /> <br /> Pisco, known as Peru’s national drink, is a brandy-like liqueur distilled from white grapes. “Pisco is versatile,” says Santa Maria. “It’s great chilled as a martini, or with Coke, or a Pisco Sour; you can mix it with anything, really.” Late-night selections (available from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays) include ceviche, duck confit, wokfried sirloin, and plantain chips with chimichurri. Insomnia never tasted so good. Selva Grill; 1345 Main St., Sarasota; 362-4427.<br /> Joe Davis The Rev. Joe Davis is executive director of the newly founded youth organization and center, Nightlife in Sarasota. Nightlife’s pivotal mission, says Davis, “is to provide resources, programs and a safe place for young people under<br /> <br /> 25. ” He and his wife, Laura, moved to Sarasota recently from New York, where Davis had been a full-time youth pastor. He’s also a high football and basketball coach at Riverview High School, and an accomplished musician.What inspired you to start a teen center in Sarasota?<br /> <br /> Sarasota has one of the worst adolescent addiction and substance-abuse problems in the state. It’s definitely an epidemic here. We want to help raise awareness, but more importantly, to be a part of the practical solution.<br /> <br /> What is Laura’s position at Nightlife?<br /> <br /> Laura is the administrator. She does everything from bookkeeping to scheduling. She’s the glue.<br /> <br /> Why are you driven to help young people?<br /> <br /> My biggest strength has always been to reach kids whom others aren’t able to reach. I love teaching a student in crisis about hope, restoration, redemption and reconciliation. The biggest thrill is when a parent says to me: “Thank you for helping us get our child back.” What do you like about Sarasota so far?<br /> <br /> I love the weather and Siesta Key. But more than that, I love how the people here are willing to mobilize to be part of a solution when they are made aware of a problem.<br /> <br /> What do you feel could be improved?<br /> <br /> The biggest complaint I have about Sarasota is what I hear from the students we work with. “There’s nothing to do here!” With Nightlife, we want to become both a place where young people in crisis can come for help, but also a place for students to hang, have fun and feel safe.<br /> <br /> Favorite Sarasota spot?<br /> <br /> It would have to be the end of Avenida Messina. There’s a little park there with a beautiful view of the Gulf. I go there almost every Saturday morning before the sun is up. It’s one of the few quiet times in my life! So don’t tell anybody about it.

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