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Proud to be an American

At Sarasota’s downtown Memorial Day Parade, scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday, May 28, this year’s theme is “All Gave Some. Some Gave All.” Tom Bria, president of Just/Because, is proud that he did his part: He served in the Army for 11 years, then 22 more years in the Connecticut National Guard.

“For me, Memorial Day reminds me that I’m thankful for all the privileges I have,” he says. “All the guys who came in uniform before me made it all possible.”

Bria enlisted in 1958, and over the next 11 years, he did two tours of Europe. It was the experience of a lifetime.

“Being in the military opens your eyes,” he says. “It’s like going off to college, you receive a great education for free, learning about different people and different cultures. You’re constantly learning. The variety of people I met and worked alongside with for so many years, you can’t beat it.

“I’ll never forget when I was 19, we had gone into this town in Germany that was rebuilt, except they left one whole block of rubble to remind people of what had happened in World War II. Four years later, I went back to that town and that block of rubble had been cleared, and buildings were put up. People had changed. They had forgotten. I never want to forget.”

Bria left the Army in 1969 and joined the National Guard, and also worked for the town of Greenwich, Conn., for many years.

In his early 60s, he decided he wanted to work for himself and started a home-repair business. After a while, though, Connecticut had become too expensive for his liking, so he set his sights on Florida, where his daughters, Barbara Bria Pugliese and Marie Bria Cohen, had opened Just/Because on historic St. Armands Circle in Sarasota.

“If you had told me five years ago that I would be moving to Florida, I’d say ‘you’re putting your money on the wrong horse,’ ” he says. “But the Sarasota area is probably one of the nicest areas in all of Florida. It has great entertainment, it’s just a very well-balanced city. You might not like everything about it, but that’s a part of life everywhere.”

He’s enjoying what he calls “semi-retirement,” and loves to help around at Just/Because.

“I like to call myself the delivery boy and handyman,” he says, with a laugh.

One thing’s for certain, if he finds out you’re a veteran, he’ll go the extra mile for you.

“Anytime I can do anything for anyone who has ever worn a uniform, I’ll do it.”

Sarasota’s Memorial Day Parade

Parade begins downtown at 10 a.m. Monday (May 28) and travels down Main Street starting at Osprey Avenue, followed by a 10:45 a.m. post-parade ceremony at J.D. Hamel Park on Gulf Stream Avenue.

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It’s Ladies Night on Thursday

You are woman, we hear you roar, in numbers too big to ignore.

Be strong, be invincible … show up Thursday (May 17) for Ladies Night on Historic St. Armands Circle.

From 5 to 9 p.m., participating stores and restaurants on the Circle are offering ladies 15 percent off their purchases. There will be refreshments and raffle prizes … everything from gift certificates to merchandise.

Participating businesses include:

Alicia’s Dream, Altiora Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, Ancient Olive Gourmet, Apricot Lane Boutique, The Black Dog, Café L’Europe, Casa Smeralda FASHION’Style + Art, Charleston Shoe Co., Clyde Butcher St. Armands Gallery, DanaTyler Inspired Travel Jewelry, Destination Florida, Dream Weaver, ERA Ageless, Flip Flop Shops, Florida Olive Oil Company, Foxy Lady West, Fresh Produce, The Giving Tree Gallery, Hatley Boutique Sarasota, Island Pursuit, Just/Because, Key Culinary Tours, Le Macaron, Lynches Pub & Grub, Michael’s On the Boulevard, Otto’s Jewelry & Service, Soma, Soap Stories, The Spice & Tea Exchange, Sunglass Express Optical, Surf Shack, Tervis, Todd Alan Gallery and Tropical Shores Gourmet Popcorn.

For more information, visit www.ladiesnightonstarmands.com.

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Oh, yes, it’s Ladies Night … on April 19

Cue up Kool and The Gang’s “Ladies’ Night,” because this Thursday (April 19) is Ladies’ Night on Historic St. Armands Circle.

And oh, what a night … from 5 to 9 p.m., participating stores and restaurants on the Circle are offering ladies 15% off their purchases. There will be refreshments and raffle prizes … everything from gift certificates to merchandise.

Oh, yes, it’s Ladies’ Night and the feeling’s right.

Participating businesses include:

Alicia’s Dream, Altiora Plastic Surgery & Med Spa, Ancient Olive Gourmet, Apricot Lane Boutique, The Black Dog, Café L’Europe, Casa Smeralda FASHION’Style + Art, Charleston Shoe Co., Clyde Butcher St. Armands Gallery, DanaTyler Inspired Travel Jewelry, Destination Florida, Dream Weaver, ERA Ageless, Flip Flop Shops, Florida Olive Oil Company, Foxy Lady West, Fresh Produce, The Giving Tree Gallery, Hatley Boutique Sarasota, Island Pursuit, Just/Because, Key Culinary Tours, Le Macaron, Lynches Pub & Grub, Michael’s On the Boulevard, Otto’s Jewelry & Service, Soma, Soap Stories, The Spice & Tea Exchange, Sunglass Express Optical, Surf Shack, Tervis, Todd Alan Gallery and Tropical Shores Gourmet Popcorn.

Girls, y’all got the one. A night that’s special everywhere.

For more information, visit www.ladiesnightonstarmands.com.

Meanwhile … with Mother’s Day coming up (May 13), here’s a chance to win $50 to spend at Just/Because, a Free Bra & Fitting from Soma or 50 percent off a pair of shoes from Charleston Shoe Company. Simply like our Facebook page, share your favorite family photo to the Event Page and use the hashtag #LadiesNightLovesMoms. The five photos with the most likes will win.

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Ladies Night featured on the Suncoast View

Did you miss today’s Suncoast View featuring our own Barbara Bria Pugliese discussing tomorrow’s St. Armands Circle Ladies Night? Tune in tomorrow at 9 a.m. for the replay or check back here for our full clip — We have the details on participating stores, raffles, drink specials and much more! #LadiesNight

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St. Armands Circle Ladies Night

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Did you make it out last Thursday night? Join us on St. Armands Circle the Third Thursday of every month from 5 – 9 pm. Enjoy a fun evening with friends celebrating a 15% off discount, raffle prizes and refreshments at participating stores including Just/Because!

Don’t miss ‪#‎LadiesNight‬ on the Circle! Save the Dates for our upcoming St. Armands Circle Ladies Nights, the third Thursday of every month:

∗ September 15th
∗ October 20th
∗ November 17th
∗ December 15th

Check out our growing list of participants, grab your girlfriends and join us on September 15th:

A Savory Palate
Apricot Lane Boutique
Case Smeralda Fashion + Art
Charleston Shoe Company
Dana Tyler Jewelry
Destination Florida
Dream Weaver/ Planet
Era
Everything But Water
Foxy Lady West
Fresh Produce
Island Pursuit
Just/Because
Les Ciseaux Hair Salon & Day Spa
Mangrove Reality Associates Inc Michael J Renick & Co.
Mercantile Home & Apparel
Soma
Spice & Tea Exchange
Sunglass Express Optical
Surf Shack Coastal Kitchen
The Peanut Shop

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8 Nights of Hanukkah Gift Guide – Part 2

Our essential, Just/Because “8 Nights of Hanukkah Gift Guide” continues with more perfect gifts for you, your family and loved ones! All of our Hanukkah gifts are unique works hand-crafted by American Artisans. Find these and more beautiful Hanukkah gifts and decor at our St. Armands store. Can’t make it in store? Just call to place your order and we will deliver your perfect gift where ever you need it to go.

 

Night Five: Enamel Pomegranate Dreidel

The symbol of pomegranate in Judaism dates back to Egyptian times representing fertility of life. This is a truly beautiful piece for any Hanukkah collection.

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Night Six: Shifra Wooden Menorah

This hand carved wooden menorah is named for Shifra who was one of the midwives who defied pharaohs decree and continued to delivery and keep alive Hebrew baby boys in Egypt.

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Night Seven: Twelve Tribe/Masada Enamel and Gold Plated Dreidel

This gorgeous, handmade dreidel displays the history of the Israelites.

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Night Eight: Enamel Teal & Silver Art Deco Menorah with Swarovski Crystal

This beautiful piece of art menorah is enhanced with Swarovski crystals to be enjoyed and shared throughout the year.

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8 Nights of Hanukkah Gift Guide – Part 1

Looking for the perfect Hanukkah gift for you, your family or loved ones? Just/Because is excited to present our 8 Nights of Hanukkah Gift Guide featuring beautiful hand-crafted menorahs, dreidels and more. Can’t make it in store? Just call to place your order and we will deliver your perfect gift where ever you need it to go.

Don’t forget to check back in a few days for the conclusion of our Hanukkah Gift Guide!

Night One: The Many Gifts Menorah 

The perfect menorah  to celebrate the many gifts in your family’s lives. You get to choose which night you would like to recognize which gift; home, family, wisdom, laughter.

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Night Two: Gold Plated, Blue Enamel Temple Dreidel

Designed by Israeli artist in New York City to keep the tradition of Judaism alive by recognizing the significance of the temple.

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Night Three: Purple Flower Enamel Menorah

Welcome the warmth of Hanukkah all year with this beautiful hand crafted menorah from a New York City artist.

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Night Four: Rainbow Icicle Menorah

From crimson to cobalt, a rainbow of fused glass dances across this menorah adding brilliant color to your holiday celebrations.

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Our First Anniversary Celebration

Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating our First Anniversary this past weekend! We had a wonderful time celebrating with old and new friends. We particularly loved having our featured artists Dr. William Kovel , Becca Dahmen and Brae Hanson in store for special meet and greets.

The biggest thank you goes to our customers and to our sales staff for doing an amazing job — We wouldn’t be celebrating if it wasn’t for you!

 

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