Friday, May 1, 2020

Blogger Spotlight on Small Business - Part I

Team McManus has always supported small business. During these unprecedented times, small businesses need our support more than ever. I realize that there are many many people out there who may be experiencing unemployment and are buying the bare necessities. But for those who do have the means, please consider supporting these sensational small businesses with big hearts!

Are you tired of cooking and coming up with great meal ideas to nourish yourself and/or your family?

Carlos Cucina Italiana located at 131 Brighton Avenue in Allston (617) 254-9759 has their full menu and wine available for take out. We've ordered from them three times and every time the food was hot and fresh as though we were sitting at one of their cozy tables. Their Sunday tradition is lasagna. Tom called ahead and they made a special tray just for him! My personal favorite is their chicken, penne pasta and broccoli. Ruth Anne loves their veggie pasta dish.

Golden Temple is our favorite Chinese Restaurant in the greater Boston area. It's been our go to place for quiet dining with delicious healthy made to order dishes. We've ordered from them several times over these past 7 weeks and every time the food is fresh, hot and as wonderful as if we were enjoying the dishes in one of their booths. They are open beginning at noon on Mother's Day and recommend ordering ahead if you'd like to give mom a special treat on her special day!

Pure Cold Press
was our apres Occupational Therapy appointment go to place for lunch or brunch with Ruth Anne. They are a kosher vegetarian restaurant with an incredible array of fresh foods, juices, smoothies and my personal favorite their Sweet Potato Soup! Even though they are a small business they are paying it forward by providing food for front line workers.

And speaking of feeding yourself and those you love well...We met FlavaNaturals at the Hyannis Marathon Weekend. This my dear readers is no ordinary chocolate. It is rich in flavanols that benefit brain, skin, heart and circulation. Their tag line is "Chocolate was your weakness. Now it's your strength." Founder of FlavaNaturals Alan Frost sent out a video and email to their customers:
We are pleased to announce FlavaCare — free FlavaNaturals care packages for those negatively impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Our hearts go out to everyone who is hurting right now. So we’re going to start gifting 10 FlavaCare packages every week through the end of April.

Here’s how the program works. If you have a friend, family member or colleague who is ill, or on the front line of medical care, or recently lost their job, please email us at with their name and mailing address. No purchase is necessary.

We will randomly select 10 people every Sunday for a FlavaCare Package that includes a FlavaBar library gift set and pouch of FlavaMix cocoa powder packets. And we’ll be sure to notify you if your special person was selected!

As you know, cocoa flavanols have many benefits, including mood support, improved immunity and stress reduction. And we can all use a little more of that these days!

So please send us your nominations today.

He included a Library Gift Pack when we placed our recent order and extended FlavaCare nominations for a drawing this Sunday.

Part I of shining the spotlight on small business concludes with Eureka Puzzles. David Leschinsky has been the owner of Eureka Puzzles for decades. He is the son of immigrant parents and has been a staple small business in Coolidge Corner despite the changes through the years.

After Ruth Anne began Occupational Therapy at Spaulding Rehab to support her healing and recovery from brain inflammation, Eureka has been our go to store. One of our purchases was not a good fit for Ruth Anne's needs and they gave us a store credit although we had opened the package.

We have been going on line for "retail therapy" at Eureka since we miss our stops there after Ruth Anne's appointments with new suggestions for how to up level her skills. Micropuzzles have challenged eye/hand coordination and are helpful in honing fine motor skills. We purchased a mandala that is great for coordination, fine motor skills and concentration. Recently we purchased the game Clue and plan to play together this weekend.

Before you hit the order button on Amazon or do take out from a chain, please remember this:

To be continued....

From my heart to yours
In health and wellness
With love and peace

Be sure to visit my website to learn more about my inspirational journey from a wheelchair to the finish line of the Boston Marathon and beyond!

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