Supporting Sarasota!
Mending Hands Massage Therapy is pretty excited to be partnering up some local small businesses! I started this tradition in Brooklyn, and it was such a fun and loved gesture that I am continuing here is Sarasota! Small businesses supporting small businesses is awesome. Every Mending Hands client goes home with a what I call a “Take Home and Take Care” gift! This little box of goodies has some gifts from me; a self massage tool, epsom salts, a few bags of tea, etc.   What they also get is a few samples, coupons and other contributions from other local businesses!  I’m excited to announce a few of the super cool companies that are already adding to these gifts. First up Sunny Day Soap!  All of their soaps are handmade from scratch with natural oils such as olive, coconut, organic palm and castor bean. Then they add organic shea, cocoa butters and jojoba oil just to make it that much more wonderful! Each gift will include one of the following soaps:Eucalyptus MintEssential oil blend of Eucalyptus and Spearmint with mint leafNatural SunshineLemongrass with a touch of lavender essential oils and calendula petalsJust reading that smells amazing! Other fabulous contributors include:Sunny Style Interiors: Who will being waiving an initial consultation fee for all Mending Hands clients!"Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style". Billy Baldwin Contact HERE:Artisan Cheese Company: Artisan Cheese Company offers hand-cut to order artisanal and farmstead cheeses from across the region, the country and Europe. We stock other lovelies such as interesting oils, salts, honeys, jams and chutneys, to share with guests, or for just you, or to have on hand in your larder. We’ll advise you as needed, or leave you alone to browse.
Don’t know cheese, don’t be afraid! We’ll guide you to the perfect stinker, or the gooiest bloomy bit of magic.
More collaborators are in the works! If you have a business in Sarasota (or close by) that might be a great fit for this partnership, feel free to contactmelissa@mendinghands.com

Supporting Sarasota!

Mending Hands Massage Therapy is pretty excited to be partnering up some local small businesses! I started this tradition in Brooklyn, and it was such a fun and loved gesture that I am continuing here is Sarasota! 

Small businesses supporting small businesses is awesome. 

Every Mending Hands client goes home with a what I call a “Take Home and Take Care” gift! This little box of goodies has some gifts from me; a self massage tool, epsom salts, a few bags of tea, etc.   What they also get is a few samples, coupons and other contributions from other local businesses!  I’m excited to announce a few of the super cool companies that are already adding to these gifts. 

First up Sunny Day Soap!  All of their soaps are handmade from scratch with natural oils such as olive, coconut, organic palm and castor bean. Then they add organic shea, cocoa butters and jojoba oil just to make it that much more wonderful! Each gift will include one of the following soaps:

Eucalyptus Mint
Essential oil blend of Eucalyptus and Spearmint with mint leaf

Natural Sunshine
Lemongrass with a touch of lavender essential oils and calendula petals

Just reading that smells amazing! 

Other fabulous contributors include:

Sunny Style Interiors: Who will being waiving an initial consultation fee for all Mending Hands clients!

"Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style". Billy Baldwin 
Contact HERE:

Artisan Cheese Company
Artisan Cheese Company offers hand-cut to order artisanal and farmstead cheeses from across the region, the country and Europe. We stock other lovelies such as interesting oils, salts, honeys, jams and chutneys, to share with guests, or for just you, or to have on hand in your larder. We’ll advise you as needed, or leave you alone to browse.

Don’t know cheese, don’t be afraid! We’ll guide you to the perfect stinker, or the gooiest bloomy bit of magic.
More collaborators are in the works! If you have a business in Sarasota (or close by) that might be a great fit for this partnership, feel free to contactmelissa@mendinghands.com
Who knew January could be so lovely.
Photo by Joe Russ

Who knew January could be so lovely.

Photo by Joe Russ

Halo Moon in Sarasota!
Photo take by Joe Russ (my partner in crime)

Halo Moon in Sarasota!

Photo take by Joe Russ (my partner in crime)

Oh man, this is putting my apple and oatmeal lunch to shame.
solorzanobrospizza:

Sicilian available by the slice today. Are you a corner slice person or a middle slice person? #sarasota #pizza #srq #sicilian (at Solorzano Bros. Pizza)

Oh man, this is putting my apple and oatmeal lunch to shame.

solorzanobrospizza:

Sicilian available by the slice today. Are you a corner slice person or a middle slice person? #sarasota #pizza #srq #sicilian (at Solorzano Bros. Pizza)

Vintage Florida Postcard: “Sun Bathing under Balmy January Skies, Lido Beach, Sarasota, Fla.” — Photo by Burnell. Circa the 1940s 

Vintage Florida Postcard: “Sun Bathing under Balmy January Skies, Lido Beach, Sarasota, Fla.” — Photo by Burnell. Circa the 1940s 

8 Things Sarasota Does Better Than New York City
1. Beaches
Sure you might be swimming with spawning fish, dolphins and stingrays - but it’s beautiful. The sand is as soft as sugar and there is always enough space to feel like you have a slice of vacation. Plus,  I have never worried about growing another limb from chemical dumping or accidentally seeing an extra from The Sopranos taking care of their business under a bridge. 
2.  Amish Food
Truth be told, NY is seriously one of the foodie capitals of the world. So far, Sarasota is not reaching the bar NY has set for us. YET the one category that SRQ has won straight up is Amish cuisine. Between Yoders, Der Dutchman and Big Olaf’s - Amish folk are doing their darn thing. 
3. Parking
First off, the parking spaces in Sarasota are large enough to fit a car and their boat Everyone still respects those little white lines of “this is my space, this is yours”. We have a little car, and a New York mentality. We know you can fit more cars in there, but we also know some of the beauty of Sarasota is - you don’t have to! There are enough spaces for everyone! Also, if you are willing to WALK a block or so, your options seem endless!
4. Grocery Store Employees
Oh, Publix. Why are your employees so happy? Not fake happy, really happy. Your people are cheerful, helpful, even eager to help push your cart to your car - when let’s face it, if someone ever filled up their cart to a point that they struggled to even get it to the checkout lane - surely they should be making different choices. PLUS the Publix that I go to has an escalator FOR YOUR CART! This place is like a trip to a grocery spa, the aisle are clean AND huge. Well stocked with out being cluttered. There are constant buy one get one free deals (of stuff people use - not things like SPAM or Spray Cheese) and the employees are just so stoked to be alive. It still weirds me out.
5.  Stargazing
The top 20 tallest buildings in Sarasota range from 10 floors to 25 floors. My first job in NYC took me up to the 48th floor and that was in midtown, so nobody even found that impressive. What this basically boils down to is - Sarasota has a whole lotta sky!  Yes, the beautiful sunsets are truly spectacular, but the fact that we can see so many stars on any clear night is awesome.
6. Vermin
In NYC you get a lot of rats, roaches and pigeons. In Sarasota you get lizards (who eat the palmetto bug aka. Florida roach) some fruit rats (which, even though we have some fruit tree I have yet to see one) AND the Black Racer snake eats them anyway. Why do I say Sarasota does vermin better? They have a checks and balance system. Lizards eat roaches. Snakes eat rats. There are a ton of crazy looking birds around here, so I know one of the has to snack on the snake. Everyone has a job. In NYC I have seen roaches big enough to take down a pigeon or a rat. 
7. The Cinema
I had the unfortunate chance to be NYC for The Dark Knight opening weekend. That weekend I vowed to never go to a movie during it’s opening weekend again. There were THOUSANDS of people waiting outside the Union Square cinema in roped off lines for the multiple showing times on multiple screens. People were in costumes. People were drunk. When they were let into the cinema, people ran and pushed each other to get good seats. People were just SO New York about it all. In Sarasota, when you want to go to the movies - you get to see the movie. We have never had to elbow anyone to get a good seat. They have $6 tickets on Tuesdays and there is a brilliant independent cinema in Burns Court. Want more? About 45 mins outside of town you can go to an authentic drive in! 
8. Cocktails
I know, I know. Even I was surprised by this one. But here’s the truth - there are a ton a great, creative, delicious cocktails happening here in Sarasota. Made with the same alcohol as NYC and for at least half the cost. Plus, there is not shame in fruity tropical drinks here and old timey cocktails are served with pride, not irony.
Where and what are your Sarasota MUST dos?

8 Things Sarasota Does Better Than New York City

1. Beaches

Sure you might be swimming with spawning fish, dolphins and stingrays - but it’s beautiful. The sand is as soft as sugar and there is always enough space to feel like you have a slice of vacation. Plus,  I have never worried about growing another limb from chemical dumping or accidentally seeing an extra from The Sopranos taking care of their business under a bridge. 

2.  Amish Food

Truth be told, NY is seriously one of the foodie capitals of the world. So far, Sarasota is not reaching the bar NY has set for us. YET the one category that SRQ has won straight up is Amish cuisine. Between Yoders, Der Dutchman and Big Olaf’s - Amish folk are doing their darn thing. 

3. Parking

First off, the parking spaces in Sarasota are large enough to fit a car and their boat Everyone still respects those little white lines of “this is my space, this is yours”. We have a little car, and a New York mentality. We know you can fit more cars in there, but we also know some of the beauty of Sarasota is - you don’t have to! There are enough spaces for everyone! Also, if you are willing to WALK a block or so, your options seem endless!

4. Grocery Store Employees

Oh, Publix. Why are your employees so happy? Not fake happy, really happy. Your people are cheerful, helpful, even eager to help push your cart to your car - when let’s face it, if someone ever filled up their cart to a point that they struggled to even get it to the checkout lane - surely they should be making different choices. PLUS the Publix that I go to has an escalator FOR YOUR CART! This place is like a trip to a grocery spa, the aisle are clean AND huge. Well stocked with out being cluttered. There are constant buy one get one free deals (of stuff people use - not things like SPAM or Spray Cheese) and the employees are just so stoked to be alive. It still weirds me out.

5.  Stargazing

The top 20 tallest buildings in Sarasota range from 10 floors to 25 floors. My first job in NYC took me up to the 48th floor and that was in midtown, so nobody even found that impressive. What this basically boils down to is - Sarasota has a whole lotta sky!  Yes, the beautiful sunsets are truly spectacular, but the fact that we can see so many stars on any clear night is awesome.

6. Vermin

In NYC you get a lot of rats, roaches and pigeons. In Sarasota you get lizards (who eat the palmetto bug aka. Florida roach) some fruit rats (which, even though we have some fruit tree I have yet to see one) AND the Black Racer snake eats them anyway. Why do I say Sarasota does vermin better? They have a checks and balance system. Lizards eat roaches. Snakes eat rats. There are a ton of crazy looking birds around here, so I know one of the has to snack on the snake. Everyone has a job. In NYC I have seen roaches big enough to take down a pigeon or a rat. 

7. The Cinema

I had the unfortunate chance to be NYC for The Dark Knight opening weekend. That weekend I vowed to never go to a movie during it’s opening weekend again. There were THOUSANDS of people waiting outside the Union Square cinema in roped off lines for the multiple showing times on multiple screens. People were in costumes. People were drunk. When they were let into the cinema, people ran and pushed each other to get good seats. People were just SO New York about it all. In Sarasota, when you want to go to the movies - you get to see the movie. We have never had to elbow anyone to get a good seat. They have $6 tickets on Tuesdays and there is a brilliant independent cinema in Burns Court. Want more? About 45 mins outside of town you can go to an authentic drive in

8. Cocktails

I know, I know. Even I was surprised by this one. But here’s the truth - there are a ton a great, creative, delicious cocktails happening here in Sarasota. Made with the same alcohol as NYC and for at least half the cost. Plus, there is not shame in fruity tropical drinks here and old timey cocktails are served with pride, not irony.

Where and what are your Sarasota MUST dos?

Hello friend.

Hello friend.

(Source: cwphotoblog)

Dear Sarasota, 
THIS is a good bagel. Sadly, you have not yet reached this deliciousness.  Maybe with all the snow birds and retirees from NYC -  we might convince someone to open up an authentic bagel shop. In the meantime, we will just fill up on them when we are visiting the big apple.

Dear Sarasota, 

THIS is a good bagel. Sadly, you have not yet reached this deliciousness.  Maybe with all the snow birds and retirees from NYC -  we might convince someone to open up an authentic bagel shop. In the meantime, we will just fill up on them when we are visiting the big apple.

Merry Christmas from the beach! 

Merry Christmas from the beach! 

Lunar Golf = Indoor, black light, miniature golf in the mall.
Well played, Sarasota. Well played. 

Lunar Golf = Indoor, black light, miniature golf in the mall.

Well played, Sarasota. Well played.