Fashion & Style

Personal Treasures


It may be something you don’t realize is so important to you. It could be only one thing or it could be many special things. One of my treasures is a simple buck knife given to me by my Uncle Richie, an ex-Marine. He gave it to me (a kid raised on the streets of Dorchester, Massachusetts) upon hearing I […]

It Called to Me


I’m back enjoying my self prescribed R&R in a location I consider the most beautiful and enjoyable place on earth, Mallorca, Spain. While Marco Island is my real home, anyone who has seen the beauty and grandeur of this Balearic Island will be smitten with its friendly people and one hundred twenty-five or so beaches, kissed by the ink blue […]

Going, Going, Gone?


Did you ever have a favorite place, like a restaurant, bar or coffee shop for example, when your every visit was always a comfortable and enjoyable experience and suddenly without warning it’s gone forever? The loss is a painful experience; I felt that pain when the German-built glocke bar at the Bavarian Inn ended up in a dumpster and was […]

Make It Real…Or Just Forget About It!


Is it real or is it not? The advent of expensive, precious metals (isn’t that why they call them precious?) has brought new technology that can mimic or be an alternative to buying actual fine jewelry. Today it’s hard to tell the difference between fine, looking fine and not-so-fine. Okay, you ask, “What exactly is the definition of fine jewelry? […]

A Funny Thing Happened at the Shop Today


Over the years, many of my loyal readers and customers have found many of my true life stories a little hard to believe. My suggestion to the doubting Thomases out there would be come in, take a chair and within an hour or so you will see the comings and goings and experience the drama that occurs in an average […]

The Dog Days of Summer


I have often wondered what exactly the “dog days” of summer meant, and anyone owning a retail business on Marco I’m sure has a pretty good idea. I discovered that the Romans called the hottest and most humid summer days, “dog days.” I can attest to this fact after spending a couple of weeks in Italy during the month of […]

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