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  1. Alain Ducasse’s vaunted ability as a chef might by matched by his flair for selecting restaurant sites. He soon will add four establishments to his ever-expanding empire—two in New York, one in...
  2. Hidden within Napa’s Howell Mountain is a $2 million wine cave whose twisting and turning tunnels follow the shape of PlumpJack Winery’s shield insignia. The 14,500-square-foot facility is part of...
  3. Vikram Singh sips a martini in the dimly lit downstairs bar off the lobby of San Francisco’s Campton Place hotel. "In the Maldives, we had martinis out on the deck, with the sun setting down,...
  4. Fans of Tiger Woods are familiar with the grainy home movies and taped television appearances that testify to the then-youngster’s penchant for the game of golf. Less well known is his early interest...
  5. Back in June, a Medici was on the mind of Markus Döttling. “The most outstanding piece just arrived from Italy, a [safe] from the Medici dynasty originally produced in Milan in 1770,” said Markus,...
  6. “Collecting rare, colored diamonds is like building an art collection,” says Thierry Chaunu, president and chief operating officer of Leviev. “One incredible painting on the wall is not enough, just...
  7. San Francisco retailer Wilkes Bashford once vowed he never would open a store in any location where he could not be accessible in person to his clientele. So when he took over the former Saks Fifth...
  8. Window seats at the Seattle Art Museum’s new Taste restaurant afford views, directly across First Avenue, of the pink-lettered marquee of the Lusty Lady. “We’re open, not clothed,” the sign sometimes...
  9. The next best thing to exploring the wreck of Titanic might be visiting Peter Boyd-Smith’s antiques shop, Cobwebs, in Southampton, England. Titanic items remain especially popular with his clients...
  10. In mid-march, during the 20th Maine Boatbuilders Show, a late-winter storm pummeled the Maine coast. The blizzard dropped 7 inches of snow on Portland, the city hosting the event, and whipped its...

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