Michelle Held

Michelle Held is a Self-Taught Artist

Michelle Held is an award-winning fine artist living in Sarasota. Often commissioned for custom paintings and murals, her vibrant paintings express her passion for wildlife, the natural world, interesting places, and colorful things.     “I love exploring the outdoors from serene marshes to rickety oyster towns with their rainbow colored buoys and boats,” she said. “I’m guided…

Bambooty Bodygear

Bambooty Bodygear with Natural Fiber

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Joe Monach and Andrea Meythaler, the owners of Bambooty Bodygear. You can shop at their mobile store at the Venice or Sarasota Farmers Market Saturday morning and the Englewood Farmers Market on Thursday. Shop online at BambootyBodygear.com. Joe, what makes bamboo fiber appealing?The initial appeal is the softness. Many of our sales begin with…

Austin's North Port

Mike Austin Introduces Austin’s North Port

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Mike Austin, the new owner of Austin’s North Port, also known locally as Olde World Restaurant. The popular full-service family style restaurant is located at 14415 Tamiami Trail in North Port. Please call 941-426-1155. Visit their Facebook page. Mike also owns Coastal Automotive in Englewood managed by his wife, Kelly.…

Dr. Mary Macedonio

Empathea with Dr. Mary Macedonio

Editor’s Note: We spoke with psychologist and life coach Dr. Mary Macedonio of Empathea located on Venice Island. Learn more at Empathea.com. Call 941-867-0867. Mary, please introduce Empathea.Empathea is an integrated medical spa focused on beauty, relaxation and total wellness. All of our services help clients reset and transform in response to various life challenges…

Artist Debra Rhoads

Debra Rhoads is an Award-Winning Artist

Award-winning artist Debra Rhoads of Port Charlotte did early paintings on rain barrels and furniture before showcasing her love for birds, fish and flowers on canvas. The transition has delighted many art enthusiasts who appreciate Debra’s sensitive style and use of bright acrylic colors. A late bloomer, she took up art full-time after moving to…

Music Moves the Soul

Music Moves the Soul with Jennifer Loftus

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Jennifer Loftus, the owner of Music Moves the Soul in North Port. Visit MusicMovestheSoul.com and call 1-808-283-3774.   Jennifer, please introduce Music Moves the Soul?Music Moves the Soul expresses how both sound and stillness can open your heart and make you feel more alive, peaceful and present. Being able to really…