Mike Schyck is Y Wellness Director & Wrestling Champ

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Mike Schyck, the Fitness Director for the Englewood YMCA located at 701 Medical Blvd. He’s a world champion level wrestler and the current wrestling coach for Lemon Bay High School. Please call 941-475-1234. Learn more at SWFLYMCA.org. Mike, what are your responsibilities for the YMCA? I manage the wellness staff…


Marie Laforge Finds Extraordinary in the Ordinary

     Many locals know Marie Laforge in connection with Mango Bistro, the popular restaurant she owns with her partner Ricardo. Marie is also passionate about photography. Some of her favorite subjects include seashells, water, birds, trees, leaves, seascapes, landscapes, and casual scenes from her trips around the world.      “I love photographing simple things and…


Elizabeth Massey Encourages Resilience

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Elizabeth Massey, the CEO and Founder of HealWell & Thrive. She’s also a regular vendor at the Englewood and Venice Farmers Markets with her partner Chef Craig Chasky. Visit HealWellThrive.com. Elizabeth, what’s your mission how do you help your clients? To reinforce one’s resilience to successfully adapt and navigate losses…

Gulf Soles

Gulf Soles Provides Orthotic Sandals that Feel Good

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Mike McFarland, the owner of Gulf Soles with his wife Susan. Gulf Soles sells comfortable Florida-friendly footwear designed to improve the health of your feet. Gulf Soles is located at 2254 S. Tamiami Trail in Venice. Visit GulfSoles.com; call 218-820-4095. Mike, what’s the story behind the creation of your new…

CoastalMED DPC

Dr. Jaclyn Nadler Introduces Direct Primary Care

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Jaclyn Nadler, MD, about her new Internal Medicine practice CoastalMED DPC located at 1861 Placida Road (Suite 202) in Englewood, Florida. Dr. Nadler is a board-certified internal medicine physician who grew up in Charlotte County. Call 941-275-1234; Visit Coastalmeddpc.com. How does your DPC practice work and what are the benefits…

Kokokahn Pure Essential Oils

Traci Dalrymple with Kokokahn Pure Essential Oils

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Traci Dalrymple, the owner of Kokokahn Pure Essential Oils. Her store is at 3545 Bobcat Village Center Road in North Port (941-200-5243). The hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. She’s also at the Englewood Farmers Market Thursdays and the Venice Farmers Market Saturdays. Visit KokokahnEssentialOils.com…

Artist Shirley Campbell

Shirley Campbell Paints the Outdoors

Shirley Campbell is a local artist with a passion for painting outdoor settings. From birds and bright colored flowers to a fisherman working, Shirley relishes the process of finding an interesting subject and transforming her observations into a new painting. “Painting has taught me to really see what I’m looking at beyond quick perceptions,” she…

Dr. Romesh

Dr. Romesh with Tarpon Shores Dental

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Dr. Romesh Weerasooriya, one of the owners of Tarpon Shores Dental with offices in Englewood, Venice and Sarasota. The Englewood office is located at 1861 Placida Road (Suite 105). Please call 941-474-9548. Learn more at TarponShoresDental.com. Dr. Mesh, when did you come to Englewood? My family moved to Englewood in…

Dog love

Foster Fospice for Older Pets

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Rev. Sarah Whitten-Grigsby, the founder and president of the nonprofit One More Day Foundation, Inc. to learn more about Foster Hospice (Fospice). Please call 941-548-1240; OneMoreDayFoundation.com. Sarah, what’s the mission of your nonprofit and what is Fospice? Our mission is to give a loving, respectful last chapter to homeless dogs…

Michelle Finley

Michelle Finley of Paradise Exclusive Real Estate

Editor’s Note: We spoke with Michelle Finley of the Island Team, which is associated with Paradise Exclusive Real Estate. The company has three offices located in Englewood, Boca Grande and South Gulf Cove. Visit TheIslandTeam.com; call 941-208-5353. Michelle, what’s your history as a realtor in our community? We moved to Englewood in 2006 from Colorado.…