Meet Jupiter Local Melissa Rinaldi

The Jupiter Local Loves Local Artists

I’m excited to have the opportunity to share a little about one of Jupiter’s busiest artists! You can find her local art all over Jupiter Florida and beyond. Her designs are super colorful and coastal themed. She makes amazing maps of Jupiter and the surrounding towns too! Alright, alright, enough with the chit chat … Meet Jupiter Local Melissa Rinaldi of Co Coastal and make sure you enter the Giveaway at the bottom of the post!

Go Coastal Local Artist Florida Prints

Tell us a little about yourself

Melissa Rinaldi, originally from Kentucky, grew up in the arts and crafts capital of that state, Berea. I was home schooled until high school and I believe that schooling helped foster my creativity. I have been an artist most of my life in some form. I moved to Florida for College in 2000, and have lived in Florida ever since then (except for a brief year in PA). I have been in Jupiter 3 years and have been an artist professionally for about 2 years. I have three children (6,4 and 1) and one dog.

Go Coastal Kids

When did you start the Go Coastal brand and what are the products you offer?

Go Coastal Brand was started last year January 2016. I offer custom artwork, fine art prints and other home decor and clothing items, with designs made from my hand painted work on it.

Where do you get your inspiration for new designs?

Inspiration in Jupiter and Palm Beach County isn’t hard to find. I find much inspiration from nature, as the majority of my work is Coastal related. I also have active followers on social media in which I interact with and get ideas from.

Go Coastal Painted Surfboards

What do you find most challenging about running your own business?

Finding time to do all the paper work, while still leaving time to create, is very challenging.

What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?

My flexible schedule is very rewarding with small children. Making the world brighter with my artwork is the best thing about what I do.

Go Coastal Melissa

How do you juggle work & family?

Luckily, with artwork, I can do it at any hour and on and off throughout the day. I have time to commit to family events, care for my one year old and juggle pick up schedules for the preschooler and 1st grader.

Where can we find Go Coastal online?

The widest variety of my products are on Etsy @gocoastalstudio. I also have a website www.gocoastalstudio.com. You can find me on Facebook @gocoastalstudio and Instagram @mrinaldi

Is there anything else you would like us to know?

All Fall/Holiday Season events will be posted to the Go Coastal Facebook Page.

Join Go Coastal Saturday Nov. 4th 2017 at Deck the Palms 

It’s Giveaway Time On The Jupiter Local!

Enter to win a $25 Go Coastal gift certificate! Use it to purchase one of Melissa’s Coastal Pumpkins or put it towards anything else in her etsy shop! It’s super easy to enter. Just leave a comment with what your favorite Go Coastal product is on this post and be entered to win! Winner will be announced Friday, October 6th.

Thank you for sharing your story and your images, Melissa!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! ❤️ Nicole

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Awesome Local Instagram Accounts

Happy Friday, Friends! ☀️

I hope you all have had a lovely week. I wanted to highlight some other locals on the blog today. So, I’ve put together a list for you of some awesome local Instagram accounts.

Follow these awesome local Instagram accounts and enjoy some amazing photos in your feed, every day!

www.instagram.com/jupitersupmermaid – A local featuring manatees, turtles, SUP and more in her awesome feed!

www.instagram.com/surfzach – Florida photographer showing off the gorgeous creatures living just off the coast in Jupiter.

www.instagram.com/tewkibear – This furry local gives us an inside look at a dog’s life in Jupiter, Florida.

www.instagram.com/southflpaddle – Making me jealous daily of her time spent with local manatees, dolphins and our gorgeous South Florida sunsets!

www.instagram.com/thelocalninja – A variety of local images underwater & above ground, mixed with travel photos from around the globe.

www.instagram.com/jackbatesphotography – Beautiful South Florida imagery from the ocean, the air and on the shore.

www.instagram.com/tulasendlesssummer – Two adventurous locals sharing their summers on a boat.

www.instagram.com/localgypsies – A newer account with some lovely, local photos.

www.instagram.com/jupiteroutdoorcenter – Featuring photos of turtles, manatees and lots of happy locals.

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends!

Do you have a favorite local you follow on Instagram? Let me know in the comments. I’m always looking to connect with awesome locals!

You can follow me on Instagram too, www.instagram.com/nikolina100 – Let’s be insta buddies!

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If you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home in the Northern Palm Beach County area, I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

Bake Sale To Support Paramedics Who Died In Jupiter

Update, June 28, 2017: The Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue Explorers raised over $1700 in 2 hours!

They presented the monies to the families and were featured in the Palm Beach Post! Read the entire story HERE.

Today, June 19, 2017 the Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue Explorers

will be having a bake sale to support paramedics who died in Jupiter. Help them raise money and receive some tasty, homemade goods in return.

Lahiri Garcia, 51, and Paul Besaw, 36, medical technicians for American Medical Response, died in the crash, which took place at about 3 a.m. outside Colonial Plaza, in Jupiter. The first responder community came together in support of their families for the memorial service.

Now, the Palm Beach County Fire Rescue Explorers want to do more.

Stop by either Publix Super Market at Garden Square or Publix Super Market at Promenade Shopping Plaza this evening at 5:30PM and enjoy a good old fashioned bake sale!

Learn more about the Palm Beach Gardens Fire Rescue Explorers here.

 

The Chocolate Spectrum in Jupiter Florida

It’s almost Mother’s Day,

so I thought it would be the perfect time to introduce you all to a very hardworking, Jupiter Mom! Valerie Herskowitz is the owner of the Chocolate Spectrum in Jupiter Florida. She works very hard to help her son and others, with developmental disabilities, through chocolate. Read the interview below and get to know her and her mission.

Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Valerie Herskowitz and I am the owner and founder of The Chocolate Spectrum in Jupiter Florida, an artisan chocolate company and store. Our mission is to employ and  train adults with developmental disabilities. I’ve lived in South Florida my entire life (I will not tell you how many years that is!). I did have a brief two-year time where I lived in Massachusetts, but it was way too cold for a southern girl like myself. I have two children named Hunter and Blake. Hunter, it is a 27-year-old man who lives in Orlando, Florida. He is a behavior analyst and works in the autism field. Blake, is a chocolatier in our business. He is 26 and has severe autism. I also have two amazing step kids name Seth and Daniel. And a terrific little grandson named Samuel. And I’m also blessed with an amazing daughter-in-law name Poom. We don’t have nay pets. Blake, like many other individuals with autism, has allergies to all animals.

When did you start your business?

The Chocolate Spectrum started in 2013. Two forces in the universe came together. First one was the fact that my son Blake had absolutely nothing to do after high school. Although I looked for programs for him for two years before, I came up with nothing. Coincidentally, at the same time, I had gotten involved in pastry arts and chocolate making, as I had semi retired from my speech therapy practice. We started making pastries and chocolates for friends and family but soon the word got out and we developed an online business as well as a business selling at shows. Other young men and women with similar issues that my son had joined us in the kitchen and in the business. Eventually two of them were hired as employees. Then in the middle of 2016, we moved into our own brick and mortar shop in Jupiter Florida.

What are the major influences for your business? What made you choose chocolate?

As we are a social enterprise and the major influence of our business is our mission, which is to train individuals with autism. We do serve the rest of the community as we have training and classes for everyone as well as the opportunity for people to have parties at our shop. I picked chocolate, as I mentioned before, because it was just a coincidence and Blake seem to really enjoy working with it.

What do you find most challenging about running your own business?

This business presents many challenges, especially for an individual like myself who is older. Also I have many other responsibilities in my life such as teaching at the University, taking care of my father, and of course taking care of Blake. Therefore the biggest challenge I have is time, which I absolutely do not have enough of!

What is the most rewarding thing about running your company?

There are many rewarding factors about this business first of all, most importantly, my son, Blake, has a job six days a week. Without this business, he would be sitting at home watching TV. But it is also just as rewarding to be able to offer the same opportunities in the form of paid employment to the other individuals that work here as well as  recreational activities for many others who have autism and other related developmental disabilities.

Can you share a little bit with us about your involvement with Autism Community?

I have and continue to be extremely involved in the autism community. In 1999 My husband and I started a nonprofit called National Autism Registry. Through the years, we have offered many community activities for individuals with autism as well as for the family. My business itself is a community activity. I do not take a salary or any form of compensation and therefore it is also part of my community involvement.

What do you like to do on your days off?

I seriously do not have any days off yet, as this is a seven day a week business. If I do have a couple of hours on the weekend. I hope to share it with my family and to take care of my father who is quite elderly. I do hope as the years go on that I will get some time off, LOL.

What living person, other than family members, do you most admire?

I have two groups of individuals that I admire the first one is the D’Eri Family at Rising Tide Carwash down in Broward County. They are the individuals that started the ball rolling on employment options for adults with autism and they have been amazing mentors toward me. In addition, my dear friend Bonnie Schmidt, The founder of ScentsAbility Candles is also someone I admire greatly. She is doing a similar venture with candles also down in Broward.

 

Where can we find The Chocolate Spectrum online?

Our website at www.thechocolatespectrum.com. You can shop on our website at shop.TheChocolateSpectrum.com. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter and Instagram.
Facebook.com/TheChocolateSpectrum/
twitter.com/thechocspectrum
Instagram.com/thechocspectrum

Upcoming events:

Book a private party with us.
Make chocolate every Thursday 2-5.
Contact us about summer camp.

 

Thank you for sharing your story and your images, Valerie!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends! Please shop locally for Mother’s Day this year!

Don’t forget,

if you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home in the Northern Palm Beach County area, I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole

Meet Local Artist Sarah LaPierre

If you live anywhere in Palm Beach County,

you have most likely seen my next guest featured in a number of local publications or at local events! She’s a very busy young woman, making the world a more colorful place, one painting at a time! I’m really excited about the opportunity to interview this super talented local! So, without further adieu, Meet Local Artist Sarah LaPierre!

Tell us about yourself:

Sarah LaPierre, born in Palm Beach Gardens FL circa 1991. Full time resident of South Florida, made a huge move all the way over to West Palm Beach a few years ago. I live there with my partner Michael, our 2 adorable ex-alley cats Dredd and Ditto, and our sweet American pit bull terrier Dex. Dex might possibly think he’s a cat too!

When did you start painting and was it always with a knife?

I’ve been creating in someway or another from early childhood. Since my dad was an artist, and his studio was in our home, the materials were always around. Creativity was very much encouraged.
I didn’t begin painting regularly till I was 18. At that time it was more experimental, exploring brush work across all sorts of genre with different textures and mediums.

Major influences:

My connection to my dad and his work remains the strongest influence in my own. I consider my style the next generation of his. In that, it’s a combination of both history and future, with techniques learned from pop as well as new methods discovered along the journey.

Most challenging about running my own business:

Balancing a creative drive and a “life” outside of work. It’s a battle, but it has become very important to me to manage my time better and realize the difference between the essential and non-essential. It’s easy to fall into a hole of never ending to-dos when you work from home because it’s always present till you consciously make the effort to put it aside.

Most rewarding about managing my own business:

Seeing something I work hard at developing, grow and prosper is very rewarding. But also, the fact that I am able to manage my own time is wonderful. I love having the flexibility to make time for family and travel whenever I choose.

What do I like to do on my days off:

I enjoy spending down time with my family and pets, usually outside. A trip to Jupiter’s dog beach is always a good time!

What living person do you most admire:

I am blessed to have lots of truly admirable and wonderful people in my life, even just here locally. All of them for various reasons, so much that it’s hard to name just one, either within or outside of my life circle.

Where can we find Sarah LaPierre online:

You can find more information about me and my artwork online at www.sarahlapierre.com however the best way to see what’s new or upcoming is to follow my social accounts @thickpaint on Instagram and on Facebook @Sarah LaPierre-Artist

Any upcoming events you would like to share with us?

I’ll be showing at my last festival of the spring season this weekend at SunFest in West Palm Beach May 5th-7th! After that keep and eye out for upcoming events with my new gallery representation Ready2Hang Art in Downtown Abacoa (Jupiter).

 

Thank you for sharing your story and your images, Sarah!

As always, thanks for reading the blog, friends!

Don’t forget,

if you or someone you know is thinking of buying or selling a home in the Northern Palm Beach County area, I’d LOVE for you to Contact Me! Let me help you have an enjoyable real estate experience! ❤️ Nicole