Mind and Body Products Support Well Being

Mind and Body Products can be found at the indoor farm market every Saturday inside City Center from 9 am to 12:30 pm.  We love to share the background stories from our great local farm market vendors.  Here’s how Mind and Body Products got started direct from founder, Mar Bentley.

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“How did you get into this business?” is a question we often get asked.

As this scenario typically takes place in a public setting, we usually answer with a general outline. However, for those interested in the details, here is our story.

When our children were much younger, our family faced one of our most unpleasant challenges. Our daughter was becoming increasingly fuzzy in her thinking, unable to concentrate, and had trouble sleeping at night. She wasn’t the same bright, giggly, and happy girl she had been her whole life.

At first, we dismissed it as a growing child who merely wanted to stay up later, and not getting enough rest. As her condition got worse, we became alarmed.

In the fall of that particular year, she began having mild seizures. We took her to a pediatric neurologist who informed us she would have lifelong learning disabilities, wouldn’t ever be able to go swimming, couldn’t be left alone, and so forth. We were also told that she would need to be put on drugs to control her seizures. The drugs, we were told, would have negative side effects, too. We were told that her condition was “incurable.” Conventional medicine had written her off and given us little, if any, hope.

With a proactive approach, and wanting another opinion, we took her to a natural therapist. In doing some independent research beforehand, we had anticipated dramatic changes to our lifestyle.

Besides radically changing our family’s diet, our natural therapist advised us to get our daughter off all chemicals possible.

This change forced us to ask ourselves a number of questions. “When she has a reaction to a bug bite, how will we treat it?” “If she gets a rash, what will we do?” “What will she bathe with?”

One of the first things we made was our now popular Healing Salve for those little nicks, cuts, scrapes, bug bites and so on. We also made our own pure glycerin soap, in order to minimize her exposure to unnatural chemical compounds. And, to help our daughter detoxify her body, we made bath salts with Epsom salt, lavender and peppermint essential oils.

When friends, family, neighbors and others in our community found out about our products, they asked us, “why don’t you go into business?” The rest, as they say, is history.

That’s how the concept of Mind & Body Products was born.

Meanwhile, you might be thinking, “well, what happened to your daughter?”

We’re glad you asked.

Due to a combination of factors, over time her condition has much improved. Contrary to the gloomy “incurable” future painted for us, her seizures stopped.

Once again she began enjoying all those things kids love to do. And she is much like she used to be — very happy.

As for our company today, our threefold business philosophy is simple. First, we don’t put any ingredients in our products that most people can’t pronounce.

Second, we use only the purest and best ingredients from the most natural sources we can find. Because of our products’ high quality, customers note that a little bit goes a long way.

Third, our products are in the price range of most anybody.

Mind & Body Products …
from the best ingredients …
made with love …
and sent from our family to you.

Mar Bentley
Mind & Body Products, LLC

One Stop Elf Shop Gains Momentum

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The fourth Saturday at The One Stop Elf Shop proved to be a success. Kids roamed the store as parents relaxed in the “parent lounge.” Elves took turns guiding kids around

the store and helped them pick out presents for their loved ones and even helped them decorate their gift bags. As holiday music played and the room filled with guests, cheer was filled throughout the shop. After buying her gifts, a girl explained “I can’t believe I just shopped with a real elf, mom!” as she walked out. This weekend’s attendance topped this year’s previous record, and we are looking forward to growing the momentum of the shop as the store is opened for the final time of the year this Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. See you there!

A Great Year at The Trout Museum of Art

Trout Museum of Art and Fox Cities Building for the Arts reflects on a great 2015.

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Impact and effectiveness are two of the things I look for as a donor to organizations that are important to me and share my values. From the vantage point of the President of the Fox Cities Building for the Arts and The Trout Museum of Art, I feel great about all we have achieved this year!

During 2015 the Building for the Arts programming has provided exceptional opportunities for children and adults to access arts and culture. And, there is a spirit of joy and possibility in the outreach and collaboration made possible by the Building for the Arts.


Highlights from this year include a record number of children engaged in programs and visits to the art museum. Through work with our collaborative partners, we produced programs like Storytime in the Museum, The Young Audiences Fine Arts Series, Artistic Adventures, and Family Studio. Additionally we offered art camps, outdoor experiences and more.

This year marked the first full year of SPARK!, a program providing interactive, hands on experiences in a comfortable museum setting to engage and stimulate those experiencing memory loss. It also serves to provide the caregiver with an enjoyable outing during which they learn techniques to engage their loved ones at home.


The uniqueness of The Trout Museum of Art allows us to showcase visual arts exhibitions like this year’s Norman Rockwell: A Portrait of America and the current exhibit, Masterworks through the Centuries featuring the work of Durer – Rembrandt – Chagall. These exhibits provide a foundation for many of the programs we share with our community.


We celebrated two major milestones. During the month of September, we officially announced the burning of the mortgage on the Fox Cities Building for the Arts! This year also marked the 55th anniversary of Art at the Park.

We continue to evaluate our role in the community so that we can do our very best to bring unique exhibits, programs and events for all to enjoy and that make the Fox Cities a great place to live!


I hope that you will join me and the many friends of the Building for the Arts and The Trout Museum of Art in making your year-end gift.

Our very best wishes to you and your family for a Happy New Year!

Pamela Williams-Lime

East Slope Farm at Downtown Appleton Farm Market


East Slope Farm is a local, certified organic, family farm. Brian and Anne moved to their east sloping plot of land in Manawa in 2011, ready to start their farming adventure.

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The farm provides high quality vegetables to folks in central and northeast Wisconsin through farmers’ markets and CSA. They have been regular vendors at the Neenah Farmers’ Market and previously at the Oshkosh Farmers’ Market.

This is their first season at the Appleton Winter Market with a few limited dates: Dec 19th, Jan 9th, Jan 23rd, and Feb 6th.

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Their eye for quality produce is obvious when you walk by their farmers’ market stand, and it’s even more apparent when you taste their veggies. East Slope Farm believes everyone should have access to fresh, healthy, organic vegetables. Check out their recipe cards for some of their favorite recipes. Share their excitement for seasonal eating and high quality veggies.

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After the holidays they will have more information about their 2016 CSA. East Slope’s CSA offers some unique opportunities like: wood fired pizza days on the farm, smaller size options for couples or smaller households, and weekly options to order extra vegetables that you prefer.

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During the growing season the farm also has an on farm store that is open on Sundays.

East Slope Farm LLC
N8905 W River Rd
Manawa, WI 54949

Downtown Appleton Has Gifts for Everyone on Your List

DSC_1224 chadAre starting to panic because there are only 9 Days til Christmas?  Don’t worry, Downtown Appleton Has Gifts for Everyone On Your List!

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Happy Holidays from all of us in Downtown Appleton!

Downtown Appleton to Host “Holiday Fun Fest” Event Saturday, Dec. 19

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Appleton Downtown, Incorporated (ADI), in partnership with Thrivent Financial, will host a free “Holiday Fun Fest” event this Saturday, Dec. 19, with special activities in Houdini Plaza and ice sculptures along College Avenue. The festivities begin with the opening of the Farm and Holiday Handcrafted Gift Market inside City Center Plaza at 9am.

The crown jewel of the day is the Thrivent Financial Avenue of Ice, featuring holiday-themed ice sculptures at 20 Downtown Appleton locations, along with the chance to view professional ice sculpting demonstrations from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. in Houdini Plaza.

Additional event highlights include:

  • The chance to see live reindeer, visits with Santa, horse-drawn wagon rides, outdoor holiday music, kids activities and refreshments, all offered from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. in Houdini Plaza
  • Farm and Holiday Handcrafted Gift Market inside City Center Plaza from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Cookie Decorating with Mrs. Claus at the Holiday Handcrafted Gift Market from 10:30 a.m. while supplies last.
  • One Stop Elf Shop Kids Market – a holiday store featuring reasonably priced gifts for kids to purchase for parents, siblings and friends with the help of an elf – offered from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., inside City Center Plaza, next to The Building for Kids Children’s Museum

Downtown merchants and restaurant and pub owners will also welcome event attendees and shoppers looking for last-minute, unique gift ideas in time for holiday gift-giving or a bite to eat throughout the day.

“We are excited to offer this festive day of activities along College Avenue again this year,” noted Anne Wiegman, ADI marketing director. “This event truly showcases the uniqueness of Downtown Appleton, which is made up of 95 percent locally owned businesses that are happy to welcome shoppers and visitors year round.”

For a listing of Downtown locations featuring holiday-themed ice sculptures, visit the ADI website at http://www.appletondowntown,org.

Presenting sponsors are: Thrivent Financial and Tundraland. Additional sponsors include: the City of Appleton, US Bank, Action Painting, WE Energies, Looy’s Dogs, Skyline Technologies and EPS.

Top Ten Items Purchased at the One Stop Elf Shop

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The One Stop Elf Shop has a large variety of products for sale this holiday season. Luckily we have the inside scoop on the bestseller as kids make their purchases for their loved ones this year.

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10. Bean Boozled

These awesome Jelly Beans are not your everyday flavors, and require a daring individual. While two Jelly Beans may look the same, they aren’t. One is a normal flavor while the other is wacky. Would you rather have a lime or grass clipping Jelly Bean?

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9. Gourd Critters

These colorful critters catch the eye with their unique design, colors and detail. These trinkets are the perfect for nearly any family member.

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8. Holiday Mug

Who wouldn’t love a mug with Santa’s rosy cheeks on it? These holiday mugs are the perfect gift for mom,dad and grandparents!

7. Rock Ball

It’s week four of the One Stop Elf Shop and the rock balls are all sold out! A cute little crystal ball perfect for any family member.

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6. Legos

What kid doesn’t love legos? The classic gift of legos rings in number six on our list. The affordable yet practical gift is perfect for any shopper.

5. Jelly Belly

Candy has been a popular sell at the One Stop Elf Shop! A perfect gift for any family member.

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4. Supernal Tortoise

This little guy has a free floating head, legs and tail that wiggle when you shake it! Not only is he adorable but it also looks like he is swimming!

3. Rubber Fish

Being that the fish were an affordable yet cute item, the rubber fish sold out in the first three weeks.

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2. Mustaches

A stick on mustache never fails when looking for a giggle or two. The perfect present for a sibling or cousin!

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1.  Rock Hearts

Cute and affordable, the rock heart is our most popular item sold at the One Stop Elf Shop! A nice little reminder to let mom and dad know that you love them!

Authentic Mexican Food at Antojitos Mexicanos

IMG_3478.JPGHave you experienced the authentic Mexican food at Antojitos Mexicanos yet?  They have been in business for 8 ½ years and have recently relocated to Downtown Appleton.  They love the atmosphere of their new location and are really building their customer base.  Antojitos chose their new location, because of all the events downtown.  The interior of the restaurant is also very unique and brings in lots of new customers.  They decided to change the vibe of their restaurant by straying away from the typical colorful walls in favor of a more urban look.  Outside the door, are two eye catching, statues of mariachi band players.  They are very original and make great photo props! 


Antojitos Mexianos’ most popular dishes are chimichangas and burritos.  They also have several signature margaritas including cucumber mint, anchorite, and BMW.  The newest edition to the cocktail list is a “margarita flight”.  This is for those who can’t decide on just one flavor, allowing you to try several at once. 


Gift Certificates are available for purchase.  This is a great gift with the holidays just around the corner.  Walk-ins are also welcomed.  The staff is very friendly and ready to assist you during your experience.  Antojitos Mexicanos would also love to help you and your coworkers celebrate your annual holiday party.  They have plenty of space to accommodate you.  Call or stop in today to inquire.  While you’re there, try one of the menu’s dishes and wash it down with a cold margarita!

Located at: 204 W College Ave

Phone: (920) 380-0244

Hours: Mon-Thur 10:30AM-9PM
Fri 10AM-10PM
            Sat 10:30AM-9PM
Sun Closed

Voice of the Wind Book Signing at Farm Market

12341085_10153229787626700_89402132143514349_n.jpgThis week at the indoor Downtown Appleton Farm Market! Give the Gift of Nature! Nature and garden writer Robert Zimmer will be appearing at the Downtown Appleton Indoor Farmers Market Saturday, December 12, with copies of his beautiful new book “Voices of the Wind: Four Season in Wild Wisconsin.” He will be signing and selling books as well as his new “Shadows and Light” hosta calendar. Stop by and pick up this wonderful book for the nature lover or gardener on your list.

The indoor Downtown Appleton Farm Market is held inside City Center from 9 am to 12:30 pm through the Winter season.