Let the Beet Drop with Feel Good Vegan Vibes

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A mother/daughter dream team is making waves in Sarasota to spread the good word of the vegan world. Daughter Kim Bohstedt and mother Diane Mantel hope to bring the vibrant local community together, get some animals adopted and support small businesses—all through their new vegan pop-up market dubbed Upbeet + Rooted. The bubbly duo say they will have 20-30 vendors and makers set up, including plant-based foods, natural skincare/hair products, as well as locally-made items such as candles, jewelry and ceramics. Snack provisionists include the O & A coffee cart, a vegan bread baker, a vegan cheesemonger, a vegan cotton candy maker and even a vegan hot dog stand. Among the fleet of health, beauty and wellness vendors, expect to find an apothecary, an herbalist, a tarot card reader, a hair salon, a CBD provider, and a woman providing ear seeds—used to stimulate pressure points in your ear as a type of acupressure or acupuncture focused on the ears. 

Upbeet + Rooted is also in the works of opening its own apothecary and grocer, “with all vegan/plant-based products we believe in, many from vendors/artisans we have met personally through our pop-ups!” shares Bohstedt. “We plan on hosting meetups, workshops and classes,” she says. “We want to show people how they can incorporate plant-based items into their lifestyle. We want to educate and provide products that have clean ingredients. Stay tuned!”

The first pop-up market event will be Saturday, March 7, from 10:00 am — 3:00 pm, at The Bazaar on Apricot & Lime, 821 Apricot Ave., Sarasota. Dogs welcome. 

Photo courtesy of Upbeet + Rooted

Link to register for the free event.

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