Q&A With: Co-owner Michael Freid of East Side Pies

Who? Michael Freid

What? East Side Pies

When? Started in March 2006.

Where? 1401 B Rosewood Ave. Austin, TX 78702

Why? Because he and his partner decided that it would be a good idea to open the only pizza place that delivered on the east side at the time. Michael himself is a baker so it only seemed natural. “We deliver pizza, that’s what we do” is their thing and Michael stands firmly behind that.

This was my first stop on the east side but it certainly will not be the last time I go back to this place. He loaded me up with pizza slices and I was stuffed by the time we were done with the interview. They grow their own spices right outside and he buys his ingredients all from local farms. They also recycle as much as they can. He is definitely doing something right. Michael is such a nice guy and I only hope I come across friendly, warm-hearted and just all around really good people for the rest of my stops on my journey.

One more thing…don’t forget to find them at all the places below!

Website: www.eastsidepies.com

Like: www.facebook.com/EastSidePies

Follow: www.twitter.com/EastSide_Pies

Q&A With: Owner Willy Pearce of Way South Philly

Who? Willy Pearce
What? Way South Philly: Food Trailer
When? April 2011
Where? 1104 East 6th St. Austin, TX 78702
Why? Because Willy was in the restaurant business for 13 years prior to this and wanted to do his own thing. Also he’s from Philadelphia and thought “Austin needed a truly authentic cheese steak” and he knew he could deliver.

Their bread is shipped straight from Philadelphia and you can tell! A traditional south philly cheesesteak has cheez whiz on it so that’s a super popular one but Willy also has all the other cheeses too. The South Philly “food trailer” is all rocky themed and the sandwiches are all named after rocky characters. How fun!

Don’t forget to find them below!

Website: www.waysouthphilly.com

Like: www.facebook.com/WaySouthPhilly

Follow: www.twitter.com/waysouthwilly

Q&A With: Rhianna Sanford of Namaste Therapies


Who? Rhianna Sanford
What? Namaste Therapies
When? 2009
Where? 1210 Rosewood Avenue, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Rhianna had her first massage when she was 15 years old and loved it! She was working at several papers throughout her lifetime and realized the fast paced lifestyle didn’t promote health in her life and for her child. After 3 children, she decided to change directions and become a yoga therapist.

Rhianna offers therapeutic massage, structural bodywork, shiatsu and yoga at Namaste Therapies. She likes to give people personalized attention and make yoga fit each person. Not all moves are for everyone and the practice of yoga can be accustomed to any one individual. Rhianna wants to help people find ease, movement and balance within yoga with her oneness through wellness style of approach. Make sure to check out Namaste Therapies and like her on Facebook!

Q&A With: Owner Sarah Sherwood of Integrate to Live

Who? Sarah Sherwood
What? Integrate to Live
When? 2007
Where? 1210 Rosewood Avenue, Austin, TX 78702
Why? Through personal experience of having to piece her life together after chronic illness and pain (read more about it here) Sarah has been able to help others live with similar situations. Having experienced illness at such a young age she started the healing path early on and has acquired loads of knowledge over time. Sarah helps others enjoy life and not be dependent on their circumstances.

Integrate to Live is one of the many businesses located inside Soma Vida. Sarah is a Certified Life Coach, Wellness Coach, Body-Mind Life Coach, licensed massage therapist, and is training toward the designation of Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, a body-centered psychotherapy. That’s a lot of things that one person can be certified in! To get more of a visual of Soma Vida check out my last post with Owner Laura Shook. Check out Integrate to Live on the web, like their FB page  and follow Sarah on Twitter to find out more!