Under the Mango Tree: Local Artisans Branch Out
|Under the Mango Tree|
Owner Patricia Olesen is a pretty Peruvian with a soft, smiling expression and a serene demeanor. A ten-year Miami Beach resident, she opened up shop about four months ago with little in the way of fanfare. She put a sign up and a chalkboard by the sidewalk, advertising her fresh juices. One day the store wasn't there; the next, very quietly, it was.
|Patricia Olesen, owner of Under the Mango Tree.|
Olesen keeps the juice menu basic; there are no crazy "power ups" on it, just basic fruits and vegetables. "We have a few juices," she said. "We stick to the greens, for example celery. Like it says on the board, it's made with organic products when available. And we have beets, ginger, lime, kale, and also now that we're in mango season, we have the "Under the Mango Tree" smoothie, made with coconut milk and mangoes and strawberries."
The rest of the shop is filled with soaps, handbags, honey, crafts, and other sundries, 70 percent of which she says are made by local artisans.
|Plants and jewelry at Under the Mango Tree|
|Local honey, soaps, and other products at Under the Mango Tree.|
Naomi Seifter is a young yoga instructor turned entrepreneur with the feather hair extension business she's run for the last month out of Olesen's back room. She said she learned the process from tutorials she watched while she was traveling in India.
"I was just looking for a creative outlet, something that kind of inspired me and allowed me freedom with my dog and freedom with my schedule, and someone sent me a link about these extensions," she said. "They lived in California, and it was huge, and I started doing a lot of research and there was no one even in the South Florida area who was even offering it, salons or anything. So I talked to Pattie, and I knew she had this space for lease in the back, and I talked to her about this concept. I opened two weeks later, and it's been very well received so far. Maybe the first day it was friends, and then after that I didn't recognize anyone. I've done no advertising, just business cards and Facebook. Whenever anyone comes in [to get an extension], I give them a business card for a free extension, and then they can take the business card and give it to their friends."
|Naomi Seifter applies a feather extension in a client's hair|
Both shops are open Monday through Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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