Dr. Karen Helmick

Healthy Body Acupuncture with Dr. Karen Helmick

Editor’s Note: Dr. Karen Helmick is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and Board-Certified Acupuncturist. She owns Healthy Body Acupuncture located at 1511 Tamiami Trail just off Venice Island near the south bridge. Call 941-228-4688; learn more at AcupunctureVenice.com. Karen, please introduce your local practice.Healthy Body Acupuncture specializes in pain relief and the well-being of your entire…

The Island Bookshop

The Island Bookshop with Aimee Odette

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Aimee Odette, one of the owners of The Island Bookshop with Michael Rank. Their business is located at 206 Miami Ave. W. on Venice Island. Call 941-416-5511 and visit TheIslandBookshop.com. Aimee, please introduce The Island Bookshop?It’s a sweet and mighty bookshop on the island of Venice at the corner of Miami…

Daniela Koci

Daniela Koci Helps Clients with Medicare

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Daniela Koci, a licensed insurance agent and owner of Koci Insurance Services. She helps her clients choose the right Medicare plan for their individual needs. Call 941-462-3653 for a free consultation. Visit KociInsurance.com. Daniela, please summarize how you help your clients?As an independent agent, I represent several major insurance carriers…

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.…