CherooArt at MB Massage Studio

Those of you that have been at MB Massage Studio the past couple weeks will have seen the bright, beautiful new paintings up in our lobby.  They are the work of Peter Simmonds, CherooArt.  Pete ‘Cheroo’ Simmonds grew up in Bournemouth, England. He since relocated to the USA to pursue his passion for working with children in a summer camp environment for the Cheshire YMCA & Camp Takodah. Establishing himself as an online artist ‘CherooArt’, Pete’s artwork is highly influenced by his personal and intimate vision of the world he has travelled and experienced. His pieces have strong connections with the natural environment and as an artist he has been inspired to find creative ways of bringing a taste of the vast outdoors, inside. Pete’s work can be viewed and purchased at www.cherooart.com. 

About the Artist

The Deserts Collection

The pieces displaying at MB Massage Studio are from his Deserts Collection, an intriguing enigma to many from elsewhere in the world, a deserts sheer size is awe inspiring. It’s native people have only just began to comprehend the full nature and beauty of their own vast and arid playground. This collection is inspired by the people and deserts of East Africa. Each painting bears a title in Swahili language that reflects a natives pure and intimate connection with the natural surroundings.

The Deserts CollectionAn intriguing enigma to many from elsewhere in the world, a deserts sheer size is awe inspiring. It’s native people have only just began to comprehend the full nature and beauty of their own vast and arid playground. This collection is inspired by the people and deserts of East Africa. Each painting bears a title in Swahili language that reflects a natives pure and intimate connection with the natural surroundings.  

The pieces in this collection include (Origin – Swahili), Kutafakari (Meditate), Wengine (Rest), Kufikiri (Think), Waache (Overlook)

Peter’s next projects include The Mountains Collection: planned for 2013 and The Beaches Collection: planned 2014

Folks can contact Peter directly if they wish to buy any of the pieces and visit his website here!

 

Happy Spring

Happy Spring!  If you’re dreaming of spring but feeling the pain from shoveling, you might need a massage!  Contact me to ease those aches from shoveling this spring snow.

With Good Reasons

What are your “good reasons?”  This was a question I asked Marcia Winters from With Good Reasons about her yummy, fresh, locally made, organic granola bars whose business name was born from the good intentions that are inside each healthy snack. With Good Reasons

“When I was brainstorming a name for my business I was thinking about all the good reasons to do it,” she explained. Marcia’s good reasons include being good to the environment through friendly packaging created with recycled paper and soy based ink,  creating a delicious snack or meal that’s organic with ingredients that are fair trade and much of it locally sourced.  After listing these reasons it occurred to her, why don’t I call this company With Good Reasons and there the story begins! Products

Marcia, previously a teacher and cook at the Meeting School in Rindge and an organic cook at W.S. Badger started With Good Reasons in 2007 from her home and today you can find her granola bars all over the Monadnock Region and beyond.  She has six varieties on the market including Orange Dream that has a touch of chocolate, Mystical Mango, Maple Black-Walnut, Mango Madness that has a kick of heat, Almond Coconut and she’s currently in the works creating a new addition to the granola bar family.  Marcia and her son Ian.

Granola bar fans love her granola bars but even more impressive is that those who haven’t traditionally liked granola bars also fall in love with these snacks.  Believe me, when you taste these granola bars you’ll never manage to buy another mass produced bar from the grocery store again!  It’s such a pleasure to bite into them and truly taste the individual ingredients and to experience a snack that’s so fresh!  Marcia actually encourages customers to keep them in the refrigerator to keep them even fresher.  Contact With Good Reasons

In talking about the future of With Good Reasons, Marcia looks forward to designing a future kitchen that is energy efficient and utilizes natural elements to create energy and keep her ingredients cool and she’s working to source even more local ingredients.  She already uses local apples, maple syrup and honey.  Her packing is printed locally and even the wooden display boxes are locally made!  Display Boxes made locally.

So where can you purchase these healthy snacks?  They are popping up all over the place!  For a full list of where to purchase visit her website. You can also purchase them directly from Marcia on her website or go say hello to her at the Keene Farmers Market where in addition to the granola bars she offers the most addictive nut mixes and granola.  Any time we come home with a jar of the nuts they never last beyond a day!  They are crazy yummy!  They are light, crunchy, mildly sweet and seriously addictive!  

So what are your good reasons?  As a business owner and massage practitioner this year I’m asking myself the same question.  What are my good reasons and goals for 2013.  One goal I have for MB is to source my business “ingredients” locally and support other local businesses.  This month Marcia and I are partnering to give my clients a sample of her yummy work.  Each of my clients who visit this month will leave with a free granola bar.  A massage and a snack, who could ask for anything more!