Maggie Menderski

Journalist. Storyteller. Conversationalist.

Customer service

Customer service takes on a whole new meaning at Compass. The clients actually give back to others. Since the first Compass store opened in Venice during March, the founders have … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Last-minute rush

Karis Meier had to finish her holiday shopping before the most important Christmas gift arrived on Saturday. Her husband was finally coming home from Afghanistan. So on Wednesday afternoon, her … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Oh Canada

Paul Breton knew he’d have to tighten his belt to winter in Sarasota this year. But to Breton, watching his wallet is better than bundling up for a Canadian winter. … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Cab wars

Jonathan Jowers has an obsolete hack license hanging near the rearview mirror of his Sunset Taxi cab. He couldn’t update it if he tried. But the small piece of plastic … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Upping downtown

Sandy Wilson remembers when the sidewalks rolled up before sundown. Three decades ago, almost every store in downtown Venice would close just after 5 p.m. and a sleepy silence would … Continue reading

December 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

Black Friday forecast

Wesley Williams already is waist deep in TVs. The home entertainment department of Best Buy on South Tamiami Trail in Sarasota has turned into a maze of television boxes as … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Dressed to a T

Tommy Steckel dresses his customers to a T. But with high-end labels hanging off his polished, wooden hangers and the crocodile shoes in his footwear selection, no one would guess … Continue reading

November 25, 2015 · Leave a comment
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