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For the last several weeks, we’ve been teasing the content of this year’s A to Z Issue one letter at a time online. Hard copies of the magazine are now arriving in mailboxes around the Bay, but if you haven’t seen one yet, here’s a link to the digital edition. And if you’d like to scan the alphabet, scroll down.

Given the circumstances, this year’s A to Z needed to be more than our usual encyclopedia of luxuries great and small. We decided to celebrate people and businesses who have been successfully riding the turbulent waves of change and offering service and hope to the community at large. Some you may recognize from past issues, some are new to dRTB — but all have stepped up to improve the quality of our lives. 

Hospitals and Realtors, restaurants and theaters, schools and salons — they’ve faced unprecedented challenges, yet found innumerable ways to adapt. Then there are the businesses we turned to when others were closed to us. In our new stay-at-home-but-get-outside-safely mode, we needed bicycles and boats, gardens and pools to maintain some semblance of sanity. And we could not survive the current crises without our lifelines: Banks, newspapers, volunteers, even the U.S Postal Service made it onto this year’s A to Z list. 

But this issue isn’t all A to Z. We’re also introducing our new in-state travel series Paradise Without a Passport, starting with Cindy Cockburn’s report from the Resort at Longboat Key Club. Our intrepid auto columnist Howard Walker takes us on a Florida road trip, too — in a Rolls-Royce Cullinan Black Badge. No one will begrudge you an extra tipple these days, so the time is right for Michele Cardinal’s review of a new book about entertaining with bourbon and Tracey Serebin’s interview with a sommelier. Whether you’re staying in or venturing out, Michelle Cappelli Gordon’s alluring selection of fashions by Black designers offers plenty of dress-up options. Generosity of spirit is a valued commodity at any time, but especially needed right now: Eric Snider introduces us to a family of benefactors named Bailey, and our People Helping People stories once more celebrate the selfless, like Thaddeus Bullard and the Love Walk. 

May you stay safe and healthy throughout this unpredictable summer, finding good things to celebrate from A to Z!

A is for Auto: Making a difference beyond the world of wheels

B is for Beauty: Caring for heads and hands with a whole lotta heart

C is for Celebrations: A virtual winefest, drive-by graduations and more.

D is for Dining: Takeout, helping out and taking it to the streets

E is for Education: Learning at a distance

F is for Fashion: Boutiques with a personal touch

G is for Giving: Helping fight hunger and fund education

H is for Health Care: Courage and constancy during a pandemic

I is for Interior Design: Sprucing up our shelters, indoors and out

J is for Jets: Flying right and giving back

K is for Kitchens: Home cooking never looked so good

L is for Landscaping: Nature’s beauty at the Pier and at home

M is for Money: Vital funding and good advice during times of crisis

N is for Newspapers: Carrying on through tough times and more necessary than ever

O is for Online Arts: COVID can’t stop creativity

P is for Pools: Dive in and say “Ahhhh!”

Q is for Quarantinis: A toast to the purveyors of life-saving libations

R is for Real Estate: Success and safety in a seller’s market

S is for Sports: Rays, Bucs, Bolts, Rowdies — they’re baaack!

T is for Travel: Safer staycations and great rates for Floridians

U is for United States Postal Service: In praise of the people who bring us our mail

V is for Volunteers: What they did for love

W is for Watercraft: It’s boom time for boats

X is for eXercise: Staying fit online, on bikes and on the golf course

Y is for Yum: A not-skinny editor recalls his favorite dishes of the year

Z is for Zoom: The way we live now

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