Lollicakes, Good Libations and H0pe for the Homeless. We’ll let you know What’s Up in Sarasota.

YOU CAN STILL HAVE YOUR LOLLI CAKES AND EAT THEM TOO Sarasota’s Lolli Cake Queen, Amy Nichols, has packed up her palace of sweets and moved to a new storefront called Flour Parlor, at 128 North Orange Avenue. It is a classic sweet shop carrying everything from breakfast pastries to custom cakes and, as always, lolli cakes. Nichols also serves fresh coffee from an Orlando roaster. Contact Flour Parlor at (941) 993-8649.

We asked Todd Morton to share a glimpse of what’s to come after the planned September renovation of Morton’s Market on Siesta Key: “Designers are working on the plans now. We will be redoing the ceilings, floors, and a new exterior façade with signage.” According to Todd, the focus of the new store will be prepared meals, although they will still carry plenty of groceries.

On June 5th, a new gastro-pub called LBar has its Grand Reopening. Guests entered in a speakeasy-like fashion through a not-so-secret passageway located just past the bar at Libby’s. LBar offers a long list of bourbon cocktails, like the Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy, made with black tea-infused Tin Cup Bourbon, house made sparkling blackberry lemonade, lavender water, and crushed ice. Sounds perfect paired with lite bites like Cuban Sandwich Fingers and Smoked Mahi Dip. Contact LBar at (941) 487- 7300.

For many, seeing the former site of Saks Fifth Avenue bulldozed down to rubble was a bit shocking. Yet, it comes as no surprise that retailers have jumped at the opportunity to move into this new blank slate that’s sure to attract upscale shoppers. Here’s who’s moving in:

◗ ABERCROMBIE AND FITCH opened June 20th with a new store design as part of their brand evolution.

◗ ALEXANDER’S is set to open very soon with high-end European apparel.

◗ COBB CINÉBISTRO will open early next year as Sarasota’s first in-theatre full service dining complex. We can look forward to luxury over-sized leather chairs, chef-created cuisine, and a full bar with specialty martinis.

“I have a record of positive achievement under difficult and controversial conditions… I look forward to using my talents and energies to achieve measurable results with the homeless” says, Doug Logan, the city’s new Director of Special Initiatives on Chronic Homelessness. Logan’s impressive resume includes six successful start-ups and the U.S. Army lieutenant is a Vietnam War veteran. To read the City’s full 8-point action plan by City Manager Tom Baldwin, visit

White Picket Produce’s founder, Sharyn Vross, is passionate about produce and made it her mission to make Florida Certified Organic produce more accessible to Sarasota. The system is simple: select the produce you want delivered, leave your cooler outside on delivery day, and come home to find it filled with fresh eggs, juice, vegetables, and fruit. There are two size options to accommodate the needs of families large and small.

For Sarasotans on the Paleo Diet, life just got easier thanks to gourmet food delivery service Paleo Connection. Meals are made from fresh, local, organic ingredients like wild-caught fish, grass-fed beef, and organic chicken. The menu for the week is posted on Facebook where you can also see pictures and read reviews. Weekly menus are posted on Facebook, and meals are offered Monday through Friday at $20 each. To place your order, call Nikki at (941) 350-8200.