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SwfL Happy Spot #11 Profile:
Daas Gallery
1542 Broadway St.
Fort Myers, FL
(239) 939.1194
For more info: Website

Lucky, Our Downtown Art Enthusiast

The wonderful thing about ‘word,’ is that it gets around! And for a mew as tiny as Lucky’s, that’s pretty impressive…

Recently, Lucky was invited by FOX-4 News to meow about something very close to her heart, LOCAL ART!

Even better was the suggestion from Reporter Matt Grant that it be about our happy, wonderful, created-by-artists-from-our-own-town variety. Of course, Lucky pounced on this opportunity without a second thought!

Here’s how her big screen correspondent gig went down…

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It began with some chill time with the gallery crew before the shoot.

And before you knew it, it was time for…

ACTION!!!!

And just like that, Lucky transformed an official Art Critic.

“This piece by David Acevedo is simply titled: ‘Life.’ This is a work commenting on transition and on the ever changing stages we go through… of how we keep growing up, tier after tier, adding chapter after chapter to this book we call ‘Life!’ And did I mention that it is GLORIOUSLY orange? Could there BE a happier color? I think not.”

“Here we have Micro-Mosaics. (Although, I’d contest that ‘micro’ is all relative!) These wearable works are offering a nice dose of culture to fingers all over SWFL. Beautiful and one-of-a-kind, these rings are handmade by Artist Eve Lynch. Also, they are sparkly. And sparkly is wonderful. Perhaps when we are done you can hold this up to the light?? And we can play CHASE THE REFLECTION?!?!!  What? Oh yes, we are still filming…”

“On to the next piece! Here we have another work by Artist David Acevedo. Part of a larger series, this one is titled ‘Over my Head’ and is…  Hmmm… does this gig provide lunch?  Suddenly I’m hung-a-ry…”

And after a short lunch break, filming resumed…

“Ah yes, this is one from Artist Troy Thomas! I’m particularly fond of this circle series… round and round they go, these geometric landscapes bring to mind my younger tail chasing days… several hundred years of kitty pastime captured in an abstract piece. Bravo Troy!”

Aaaandddd CUT!  That’s a wrap Lucky!

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Where’s Lucky Cat?

At daas Gallery in Downtown Ft. Myers!

To learn more about this Happy Spot #11, please visit:

http://bit.ly/ae4Zij

Congrats to winners Angie Snyder & Zachari VanDyne, who found me and won $10 gift certificates towards unique jewelry, prints, and artistic creations from Happy Spot #11!

Follow Lucky, be lucky!

Thank you FOX-4 and Matt Grant for the great bit of coverage!

See the actual news story here:  http://bit.ly/cBzMe6

www.luckycatswfl.com

SwfL Happy Spot #10 Profile:
Potomac Bead Company
2252 1st Street
Ft. Myers, FL
(239) 337.9900

Beads, Lorenzo, and an Army of Frogs…

 

Happy Spot #9 was all about human fabulous-ness, but what about that of the feline sort?

Shortly after our last blog posting, a facebook friend of Lucky Cat’s shared a glorious discovery:

Lorenzo, the best dressed cat in all of Florida!

 

(Click here for more about Lorenzo!)

Now, Lucky’s not that into fashion and flash, but when she learned that Lorenzo’s (and his photographer friend Joann Biondi’s) big goal is to help spread smiles, she let out a purrrr of admiration.

Immediately, she started brainstorming ways to say thanks to this fellow happy cat, (while I sat back in relief, happy to know I’m not the only one who’s life is dictated by a spirited feline!) Taking the advice we recieved from Agora on First to heart, Lucky decided what Lorenzo needed was a fabulous accessory, a ‘lucky’ charm of sorts. We headed straight to our next downtown Happy Spot to get some ideas as to what this charm might be!

Hmmm…. sunshine yellow swarovski crystal beads… maaaybe not manly enough Lucky!

Haha nice, but still not quite right…  X-)

Oh dear. There is so much to look at! If we’re going to find this special charm today, I think we’re going to need some helppp!!

 

And it was at that moment that, seemingly out of nowhere, this lil’ guy approached and offered up 3 words:

“Army.  of.  Frogs.”

Whaaat??

He said if anyone could help us find the right lucky charm, it’d be them. They know this Happy Spot like the back of their hand. flipper. webbed foot? Anyway, he pointed us to the back of the shop and lo and behold, there they were…

 

 

An army of frogs!!  X-)

Lucky told them all about Lorenzo and what she had in mind, and they hung on every word. After talking amongst themselves for a moment, they took off! And in no time, we had exactly what we needed…

Oriental fish! ~ The purrrfect lucky charm, from one happy cat to another!

 

Where’s Lucky Cat?

At Potomac Bead Company in Ft. Myers, FL!

To learn more about this Happy Spot #10, click here: http://bit.ly/9dUuQL

Congratulations to Sarah Ewell & Amber Spencer, who found lucky and won $25 gift certificates towards some lucky charms of their own!

Thank you all very much for playing.

Follow Lucky, be lucky!

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X-)

www.luckycatswfl.com

SwfL Happy Spot #7 Profile:
HOWL Gallery & Tattoo
1514 Broadway #101
Ft. Myers, FL
(239) 332.0161
For more info: Website

A Lucky Cat and her lucky Tats.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Lucky’s a pretty tatted up lil’ cat!

Her belly markings have been proudly worn by lucky cats for centuries. Each symbol is a Japanese Kanji blessing, and together they make for a very lucky cat indeed.

But even the best tattoos need touching up (especially after say, 100 or so years of wear), and this leads us to Happy Spot #7.

Lucky and I had been told about an artist named Andy, who works often with japanese stylings. We headed out to look him up in his down town gallery/tattoo shop and, being a very discerning cat, Lucky decided to ask some of the shop’s inhabitants their opinions about his work…

If these guys hadn’t been so busy wreaking havoc, they might’ve been helpful. Sorry to interrupt!

 

And this character… well… moving on….

Finally! A guy (bug? alien?) who understood what we were after. He gave Lucky all the reassurance  about Andy she needed. (Apparently under that robe of his is a full japanese-warrior body piece. Who would’ve known?)

“Let’s dooo this!”

~

Where’s Lucky Cat?

At HOWL Gallery/Tattoo in Downtown Ft. Myers!

Visit this link to learn more:  http://bit.ly/cpA1RD

Congrats to the two lucky peoples who won a $40 gift certificate for fresh ink of their own from Happy Spot #7!

Follow Lucky, be lucky!

www.luckycatswfl.com

 

 

 

Hi friends!

Sit back and smile ~ We’ve got some news for ya  :)

For those of you who have been wondering where all the happiness has gone to… we’re excited to show ya that it hasn’t gone anywhere! It’s all around us, just waiting to be discovered…

You see, happiness is much more than a ‘feeling.’ It is also the people and places that create that feeling. I call these our sources of happiness… or our “Happy Spots.” As you follow me in my game “Where’s Lucky Cat,” we’ll discover our SWFL Happy Spots together. And to help us keep track of all these spots, I’ve created something very special. Ready to hear what it is?

It’s a… (drumroll please)… MAP OF HAPPINESS!!!!

Bwahaha, have you ever heard of such a thing? Purrrr… This is a first, how exciting!!!

Just think…

Have friends and family coming to town and you’re not sure where to take them? Bust out the Map of Happiness!!

Tryin’ to impress a fluffy new mate? Better consult the Map of Happiness!!!

Really like lookin’ at maps? Look at the Map of Happiness!!**

(**Ummm… actually this idea is soo new that there is not yet an actual map… but I’ve got Kalon workin’ on it, so check in again soon!)

As you can tell, I am very excited about this newest development and just had to share it. I encourage you to share it too by suggesting “Where’s Lucky Cat to your SWFL friends, especially the grumpy ones.  :)

Most importantly though, I THANK YOU for your friendship, support, and enthusiasm. Stick with me guys, and I’ll show ya the happy. After all, I’m a Lucky Cat… luck and happiness is what I do!

Mreow

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Follow Lucky. Be lucky!

SwfL Happy Spot #4 Profile:
Crystal has moved from the Salt Cave and into a beautiful space all her own!
3811 Airport Rd. N. Suite 104
Naples, FL
(239) 293.9649
For more info: Website

“Feel your Best & Be your Best”

Lucky relaxes with healing salts and healing hands.

After her adventure with Godzilla pup, I figured our lil’ Ambassador of Happiness could use some relaxin’ paw-pamperin’ love.

My thoughts went immediately to the Salt Cave in Naples, as I’ve heard many times over that it’s a source of healing wonders!

(Oops! Did I just give away the location? Ah no, no. You see, the Salt Cave houses a very special talent… and that’s who we went to visit.)

“Ooh I can feel it already, this is going to be good.”

A Himalayan Salt Scrub was first on the relaxation list, until we realized the salt was almost as big as Lucky! So instead, she opted to simply bask in it’s healing glow. (Smart choice Lucky)

“Massage time? I’m ready!”

After her Himalayan Salt “glow treatement,” Lucky was welcomed into a pair of happy healing hands.

“Cha cha cha, I LOVE happy healing hands.”

According to the masseur, Lucky’s holding a lot of tension in that right shoulder. After the kinks were worked out, I mentioned that perhaps she doesn’t need to beckon in happiness 24/7, but she insisted otherwise and replied: “We need all the happiness I can get!”

That we do, Lucky Cat.  =)

“I’ll beckon happiness 24/7! I’m a Lucky Cat, and that’s what I do!”

Ah well.

If that’s the case, keep it up Lucky!  I’m starting to think weekly visits to this cozy place is something I could happily get used to!

Where’s Lucky Cat?

Getting a healing massage from Crystal Mastrofrancesco at the Salt Cave in Naples!

Congratulations to Angie of Estero, who found Lucky and won a 1-hour massage and a custom made jar of Himalayan Crystal Salt Scrub.

“Everyone can benefit from a little bit of a healing touch.” ~ Crystal

 

Who is Crystal Mastrofrancesco?

A gifted massage therapist,

A treasured source of healing,

And a promoter of happy, healthy bodies!

A focused touch can affect more than our skin’s surface; it can awaken our spirit and our body’s own healing energies. Massage therapy sessions, also known as Aahh-this-feels-amazing-why-don’t-I-do-this-more-often sessions, offer up a precious mix of health benefits. These include pain relief, stress reduction, improved circulation, head-to-toe relaxation, and all over rejuvenation just to name a few…

Crystal Mastrofrancesco, located in the Naples Salt Cave, has been practicing the art of healing touch since she was a young girl, happily offering massages to family and friends. What began as an innocent desire to offer relief and smiles to those she loved has now blossomed into an earnest passion to provide healing and happiness for all who need it.

This passion, paired with professional training from the Heritage Institute and a vibrantly positive attitude, has generated a magical combination of heart-fueled intent and practiced skill. Her hands are adept at conversing with the body, gently soothing, calming, and persuading tense muscles to relax and let go.  “I listen to not only what someone tells me about their body, but also to what their body tells me about their body.” Following these intangible signals is what allows Crystal to turn each massage into a custom therapeutic session and tune into the areas of the body that need a healing touch the most.

Her recent re-location to the Salt Cave couldn’t be a better fit. Now, in addition to offering Swedish, Medical, Deep Tissue, and Sports massages, Pre-natal massages, neck, TMJD, and headache relief, Crystal is also able to share the healing powers of Himalayan Pink Crystal Salt. This salt, in its many different forms, offers stronger detoxification and rejuvenation effects and is the main ingredient in Crystal’s custom-made salt scrubs.

Lucky Cat and I certainly benefitted from spending an hour in Crystal’s happy hands, and I’d recommend for you to pay her a visit too. After all, “everyone can benefit from a little bit of a healing touch!”   ~ Kalon Lucia 2010

 

To schedule an appointment with Crystal please visit:

www.crystalnaplesmassage.com

To learn more about Lucky Cat and her Mission of Happiness visit:

www.luckycatswfl.com

Follow Lucky, be lucky!

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SwfL Happy Spot #3 Profile:
The Yuppy Puppy
405 Del Prado Blvd. N
Cape Coral, FL
(239) 673.8277

“Lucky The Dog Whisperer”

This next Happy Spot on our list made me bit nervous for one main reason: There were Puppies!!!

To us, of course, puppies are nothin’ to worry about, but to Lucky Cat, they might as well be “Godzilla in Fur.”  =)

Deciding to trust her ‘luckiness’ and the promise of 9 lives, I let Lucky roam free. The curious looks began right away…

…but they didn’t faze Lucky! She jumped right in to make some new furry friends!

The puppies seemed quite respectful, and so I relaxed and began to take a few portraits.

Then, suddenly in a flash of irresistible puppy curiosity, Lucky’s new friend gobbled her up!!!

I (quite cooly) proceeded to freak out:

“Lucky! Eaten alive!! Our whole adventure over before it’s barely even begun!!!”

Could this really be the end?

I immediately set the camera down to help my lil’ happiness partner…

…only to find her already helping herself!

There she was tellin’ this furry Godzilla that eating new friends is “really, not the best way to go about things.”

I knew lucky cats hold many tricks up their lil’ sleeves, but who woulda guessed they’re  proficient dog whisperers too?

X-)

Exactly what was said remains a mystery to me…

All I can tell you is one minute she’s being eaten alive, and the next she’s cha-cha-cha-ing away with a smile on her face.

And as for the pup? Well, I guess learning good manners is a tiresome thing.

By the time we left he was fast asleep!

Just goes to show you that Cesar Milan is right – when it comes to being a dog whisperer, size doesnt matter!

CONFIDENCE and CALM ASSERTIVE ENERGY does.

Thanks for the lesson Lucky Cat!

Where’s Lucky Cat?

At The Yuppy Puppy Dog Groomers & Boutique in Cape Coral, FL!

Congrats to the two winners of $50.00 gift certificates to Frame Gallery and Gifts in Cape Coral.

“That’s right pup, that’s the sweet smell of luck! Cha cha cha.”

Play. Slobber. Scratch. Sniff. Wrestle. Bark. Must. Chase. Ball!!!!!!!

Such is the life of a yuppy puppy!

From the moment you approach their front door, there’s no doubt about who is top dog at The Yuppy Puppy. “Please ring bell to enter,” reads their sign. Why? Because all pups here are roaming free! This is possibly the coolest thing about this shop – no cages. Roaming free is of such importance in fact, that half of their entire building is set-aside solely for this puppy-liscious playtime.

Skip (the owner), and Kerry (the go-to groomer) go above and beyond to spoil their furry four-legged clients. A few items on their groomer’s must have list?  All natural dog shampoos, quality dog food, rawhide bones, and enough squeaky toys to go around! Even their water is special – bottled, not tap.

If you’re afraid your pup might get a little too comfortable here and resistant to leave behind some of these luxurious amenities, The Yuppy Puppy’s got you covered there too. In their boutique section they offer a wide array of foods, chew toys, leashes, water bowls, and more. There’s even a few bedazzled dresses for the canine that prefers to walk around with a bit more pizzazz!

My favorite thing about The Yuppy Puppy, however, is Skip and Kerry’s enthusiasm for what they do here. “We make dogs look good,” Kerry says. “You can just see an attitude change in the dogs once they’re done. They’re happy! They prance!” Throw in a paw prints leash and a bedazzled dress, and what more could a puppy possibly ask for?  :-)            ~Kalon Lucia 2010

To view Lucky’s full SWFL adventure, visit her website:

www.luckycatswfl.com

Follow Lucky, be lucky!

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