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Love Your Local Business for Valentine’s Day


Valentine’s Day is this weekend!

While we use the day to show the ones we love that they are a special part of our lives, there are others that are deserving of a little bit of love.

They are there for you at a minute’s notice. They are within a stone’s throw away from your homes and offices for your convenience. They are made up of people who use the same roads, send their children to the same schools, complain about the same taxes.

They are your local businesses. Show them some love this weekend.


Bloomingdale’s…and Debbie Viola !

Bloomingdale’s Furniture Gallery in Roosevelt Field has teamed up with 5X Best of LI Award-winning artist Debbie Viola for an evening of art, music, wine and charity. Debbie has been asked by Bloomingdale’s to create 30 large abstract paintings for their Furniture Gallery in Roosevelt Field.

Please join us on Thursday, April 3, from 6:00 PM– 9:00 PM for an opening celebration with live music, wine and cheese.

Debbie is donating 40% of any sales of her art to two charities,The Interfaith Nutrition Network, and the Long Island Arts Council.



Thank you for making us aware of this event

‘It’s My Bag’ in the news…

For Tonia Torrellas, the solution to cutting down on the plastic waste from dry cleaners seemed obvious:

Create a reusable dry cleaning bag customers could use to drop off and pick up their clothes, eliminating those pesky plastic coverings traditionally sent home by cleaners.

The key to revenue growth is finding “that niche customer that’s willing to pay more,” says Roth, who worked with Torrellas as a complimentary mentor when she was selected last fall as a winner of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Green Builds Business Program.

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Best of Long Island 2013

Best of Long Island Nomination Process

The nomination process to enter a person or business in the annual Best Of Long Island competition is simple.

The first step to be included in the running is to submit a nomination at and clicking on the Best of LI link, which will take you to our official survey.

Nominations will be accepted between July 1 and Aug. 31 at 11:59 p.m.

The nomination is open to everyone with Internet access. You can nominate your favorite company or your own company.

You may nominate as many businesses as you would like as many times as you would like- there is no limit! You may place a single business, organization, individual or participant in multiple categories as long as they apply. (The program management reserves the right to make any final decisions on eligibility.)

By the end of the nomination process, the nominees are honed down to the winners of the previous years poll who are automatically nominated again so that they could defend their titles against the top finalists in each category. The top 15-18 nominees advance to the voters round and the voting begins Oct. 1.

The Miracle of Networking…

A true story….

Yvonne and Howard,

It was great seeing the both of you Tuesday night (July 10th), and I have a story that goes along with it, though not humorous then it is now in its own way.

I was complaining about my left hand, thinking it was an issue with my back. So I scheduled a massage with Harmonie Saltzman of Massage Envy Spa in Plainview. I went to have the massage done the following day. I have never been to an establishment where they turned away good business, but that is exactly what happened, with good reason.

They advised me to go see my doctor. Well instead, I called him – and got scolded! It turns out – I had experienced a stroke (we figure the timeline as happening early Tuesday morning). I am okay now – got home late Friday, but it was an eye-opener to say the least.

If I had not gone to your event and met Harmonie, gone for my massage (that I never got), the effects could have potentially been worse, both short and long term.

What I am trying to get at is I truly believe the Lord works in many strange ways, we in most cases never know why, but for me, that evening was a lifesaver – THANK YOU!

On an additional note, I met Colin that same evening and he has now connected me with someone who may potentially be interested in funding my project in Costa Rica. Again, you never know.

Please keep having the networking events – they are a life saver/changer.

Love to you both;

Keith Macartney

Caribbean Highlands, S.A.

Gated destination overlooking

the Caribbean in Costa Rica





I have to share this story with you.

At the last networking event for LI Entrepreneurs I met Keith Macartney. After the meeting we chatted a little while.  He told me how he pulled a muscle in his back and he needed a good massage therapist to help him relieve the pain. I told him I would call him when I got into the office and we would schedule an appointment for him right away.

The next day he came in for his appointment and the pain was even worse. The massage therapist took one look at him and recommended he see a doctor immediately and didn’t perform the massage.

I just spoke to Keith today he told me the doctor said he had a stroke. Keith is doing better now. Keith was so appreciative that we didn’t perform the massage and that my Massage Therapist demanded he see a doctor. If I didn’t meet Keith at your meeting who knows what could have happened. Keith told me he would not have seen a doctor and that he would have probably dealt with the pain for as long as he could. As soon as his doctor says it’s okay Keith will be back to get his massage.

I still have chills just thinking about this. Everything happens for a reason and I’m very glad that I was able to help Keith Macartney seek help for his pain.

Thank you, Yvonne for making this networking experience possible.

Harmonie Saltzman

Massage Envy Spa Plainview

Director of Marketing

355 So Oyster Bay Road

Plainview, NY 11803


Signs of a stroke:

Keith complained about tingling and pain in his hand !!!

FEATURED BUSINESS November/December 2012

Harmonie Saltzman
Director of Marketing Massage Envy Plainview

At Massage Envy, we’re committed to a stress-free experience, every time. This includes friendly staff, professional massage therapists and a calm, inviting environment

Massage Tips for Beginners

Years of research and clinical studies prove that massage therapy helps with more than relaxation. The medicinal benefits of therapeutic massage can have a positive, lasting impact on your health and lifestyle. But if you haven’t had much experience or are just beginning massage therapy, you might be wondering the purpose of a massage and what to expect.

Purpose of Massage Therapy

The benefit of a therapeutic massage comes from the purpose of the massage. It can rid your body of life’s every day stresses, reduce muscle pain, help alleviate the discomfort of certain ailments or just help restore balance to your body and mind, leaving you feeling rejuvenated and helping you maintain a life of wellness and good health.

The Best Treatment For You

At Massage Envy, the choice is yours. You can select the type of massage that best fits your needs for one affordable rate. If you are a beginner and aren’t certain what type of massage you would enjoy most, our professional massage therapists can meet with you prior to your first massage to help determine the best massage option for you.

Some of your massage options include:
§ Swedish Massage
§ Deep Tissue Massage
§ Sports Massage
§ Reflexology
§ Cranial Sacral Therapy
§ Prenatal Massage

Ongoing Relief

While even a single massage session can enhance have positive health benefits, massage therapy is cumulative. So the more you go, the healthier you feel. For this reason, we created an affordable and convenient membership plan, allowing access to the ongoing benefits of massage.

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