|BizBuzz October 2013|
|Written by Pamela Robin Brandt - BT Contributor|
Sales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible
October: It isn’t just for zombies anymore. Don’t get us wrong. We do hope you’ll be shambling slowly through Zombie Crawl at the Shops at Midtown Miami on October 19, in full gruesome regalia. (Details at www.southfloridazombiecrawl.com.)
And though high season is still months away, businesses in Biscayne Times territory seem to be in high gear already, not crawling, judging from the near-record number of BizBuzz submissions this month. Let’s get to ’em.
SAVE Dade, a leading organization protecting LGBT people against discrimination, plans to fight bigotry-based zombification at Armageddon 2013, the group’s 19th annual Halloween fundraising ball, on October 26 at the Miami Beach Convention Center. The $100 admission includes open bar, hors d’oeuvres, music by DJ Tracy Young, surprise performances, and a costume contest. VIP tickets ($150) include all the above plus a pre-ball cocktail reception honoring young community leaders. Info and tix: www.savedadehalloween.org.
Sadly, those of us who are a bit too fond of overindulging in Halloween treats can’t hide inside a costume all year. But we can get rid of the extra poundage, and be rewarded in other ways than food, by signing up for the Ultimate Weight Loss Challenge at Orange Theory Fitness (18839A Biscayne Blvd., 305-400-0544). Biggest losers in the six-week program win $1000 in cash plus prizes -- and a bod that looks great in anything (or nothing).
At Daily Offering Yoga (6901 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-6406), this season’s featured classes balance minds as well as bodies. On Mondays, October 7-28, Meditation 101’s four-class series establishes the building blocks for those interested in starting the practice. Mondays in November (11/4-11/25), Yoga 101 is recommended both for beginners and students wanting a refresher course on the fundamentals of safe yoga practice.
Not to neglect readers whose minds lean more toward an unbalanced “too much is not enough” philosophy: In Munich, where Oktoberfest originated more than two centuries ago, the celebration ended on October 3. Miami can do better. At The Butcher Shop Beer Garden & Grill (165 NW 23rd St., 305-846-9120) it runs throughout the month, featuring the eatery’s own homemade bratwursts and varying German beers, plus contests, raffles, and giveaways every Friday and Saturday night from October 4-26.
You can look forward to a late Oktoberfest celebration, too, at Chef Rolf’s Tuna’s Seafood Restaurant on October 26 & 27 (17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630). To add considerably to the festivities, owner Michael Chiodo has just completed installation of a new tap system in the recently renovated restaurant’s Yellowfin Sports Lounge. There are now ten additional brewskis offered, plus six more at the outdoor patio bar. If you’d like some solids to accompany the suds, the September 30 end of Miami Spice brought the beginning of Tuna’s own prix fixe multicourse discount dinner, priced at $39.95.
October is both National Italian Heritage Month and National Pasta Month, and the proud Italian-Americans at Laurenzo’s Italian Market (16445 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-944-5052), which includes a pastry shop, is celebrating by reviving an historical Italian-American sweet street-food treat: the Charlotte Russe. It’s simple -- essentially just a layer of sponge cake topped with scads of real whipped cream (in a signature cardboard cylinder whose bottom pushes up as you eat) -- but irresistible. Trust us, or ask your great grandma: You want one.
There’s a double discount for BT readers this month at Siam Rice (7941 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-0516), courtesy of the Thai/sushi restaurant’s owner Kanittha Wanjean. Continuing is the all-day-long deal on Thailand’s superb Singha beer -- which actually, unlike most Asian brews, is crafted after the style of German and Czech beers: two for $6. And a new offer this month takes $5 off checks of $30 or more, excluding lunch specials, for those bringing in this month’s ad.
Join us in welcoming Diner 22 (40 NE 3rd Ave., 305-374-0177), a new advertiser and a new addition to downtown’s burgeoning restaurant scene. The retro-mod spot serves up all the nostalgic diner classics, including an all-day breakfast featuring everything from omelets to waffles.
Celebrate the goodness of greenness on October 26, at the inaugural Miami Shores Green Day. Put together by the Miami Shores Chamber of Commerce, the street fair/marketplace will close off NE 2nd Avenue from 3:00-8:00 p.m., allowing revelers to enjoy music, organic food/drink, demonstrations, and booths from eco-friendly local businesses, including numerous BT advertisers.
Recycling gets a fun and artful new interpretation from new advertiser RAVA Designs (www.facebook.com/RaVa.Designs.LLC), whose proprietor, Raquel Vallejo creates one-of-a-kind “contemporary studio jewelry” from old costume jewelry. If you have a box of outdated or broken treasures you hang onto for sentimental reasons but never wear, bring it to the Green Day event for a complimentary consultation with Raquel on revamping and restyling your retired pieces into something unique.
While your at Green Day, stop by and say hi to Elizabeth Yelin, owner of new advertiser Roadrunner Packing & Shipping (9480 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-4949), an authorized FedEx, DHL, and USPS agent. Though Roadrunner is barely a month old, Elizabeth is no newbie to packing and shipping. Having managed an import/export business for many years, she can advise on the most efficient and cost-effective method to mail anything anywhere. The shop also sells all manner of packing accessories you might need.
Is there any more classic street fair food than sausages? No way, especially the globally influenced, Miami-made beauties from Proper Sausages (9722 NE 2nd Ave., 786-334-5735), where proprietors Freddy and Danielle Kaufmann continue adding artisanal and local sausage supplements to their stock. New this month: house-crafted mustards and pickles to pair with their sausages, and fresh organic produce from nearby Little River Market Garden.
Celebrating at Green Day the grand opening of new advertiser Bike Nerds (9538 NE 2nd Ave., 786-332-3463), partners Thomas Korray and Diego Pinzon have arranged for 20-year veteran Miami Shores police officer Cliff Vickers to do 15-minute bike safety and maintenance sessions, tentatively scheduled for 4:00, 5:00, 6:00, and 7:00 p.m. The shop itself is full-service, selling both new and pre-owned, top-quality bikes, plus helmets, locks, and other accessories. The nerds also specialize in tune-ups and bike restoration, and custom-building.
Green Day will also enable folks to familiarize themselves with the growing variety of health/lifestyle-improvement options offered locally, like new advertiser and new business Vida Nutrition (11098 Biscayne Blvd. #401, 786-479-4081). Even people who exercise can have a hard time losing weight, so owner Dina Garcia, a licensed dietician/nutritionist, invites Green Day visitors to stop by for a free consultation, including body fat analysis, that could start you on the road to big changes. Dina’s services range from working out a personal nutrition plan to giving your pantry a celebrity-style detox.
For those interested in alternative medicine, Kim Krause of Miami Shores Holistic Health (9999 NE 2nd Ave. #300, 305-999-5527), a licensed Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Oriental Medicine, will be speaking in Green Day’s health & wellness tent. She’ll also be happy to offer free personal consultations, through tongue and pulse evaluation, to anyone who stops by her table.
Speaking of medical matters, Leung Healthcare, a multi-office medical and dental practice, has a schedule of October special events that, though not Green Day-related, practically constitute a fair in themselves. Learn how to manage your diabetes and improve your quality of life from certified diabetes educator and speaker Diana Bell at three Leung locations: October 9, 1:30-2:30 p.m. at 888 NE 126th St. #101, 305-899-1406; October 16, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at 16200 NE 13th Ave., 305-760-2950; and, in Hollywood, October 16, 1:00-3:00 p.m. at 824 S. Federal Hwy., 305-760-2950. And from October 4-25, Leung will be having open enrollment for medical and dental coverage. Call 305-760-2950 for an appointment.
A correction: In last month’s BizBuzz item about Happily Ever Elder (786-348-0712), a personal-assistant business with a full range of services geared toward the elderly, we got the name of owner Stephanie Nathanson wrong. We’re especially sorry because it’s a very personal business. Stephanie herself provides all services, with respect and understanding that comes from experience caring for her own maternal grandmother. Our apologies.
Up in Fort Lauderdale, Scan Design (1400 SW 33rd. Pl., 954-764-1300) is having its once-a-year warehouse sale this month: up to 70% off sofas, dining and bedroom sets, accessories, much more. Note: The sale is at Scan’s Broward warehouse only, not its North Miami Beach showroom.
Even farther north in Pompano Beach, Mei Kitchens (2150 NW 33rd St., 954-970-4130), which revolutionized contemporary kitchen and bath cabinet technology and design, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a liquidation sale of up to 50% off. And exciting news for Miamians who prefer shopping locally: Mei just signed a lease for a showroom at 12949 Biscayne Blvd., which will showcase the company’s home furnishings line. No date yet for the opening except “soon.” If that’s not soon enough, preview Mei’s unique installations at www.meikitchens.com.
For a home stunning enough to house the most gorgeous of furniture, contact Kimberly O’Mahony (305-674-4000 x4143 office, 305-970-6000 cell), a returning advertiser who is a third-generation Realtor raised in South Florida. With EWM, she’s an Upper Eastside pioneer, specializing in high-end homes in the Biscayne Corridor’s waterfront communities -- Miami Shores, Belle Meade, Sans Souci, Morningside, Normandy Shores, Shorecrest, Bayside, and Biscayne Point.
It’s said that a picture’s worth a thousand words, and it’s true that for as long as MC2 Realty (305-495-6539, www.mc2realty.com) has been an advertiser, we’ve enjoyed fantasizing over the firm’s ads of residences in all price ranges, as well as its photo-packed Facebook page. The recent news from MC2’s Marie-Charlotte Piro: an additional new Facebook page exclusively about life, people, and homes in Morningside (www.facebook.com/morningsidelife.). An instant hit, Morningside Life has attracted more than 500 fans in under two months.
With autumn’s dropping temperatures comes condensation and cloudy windows resulting in dramatically (and sometimes depressingly) less light entering your home, so this is a particularly crucial time of year to wipe your panes regularly, advises José M. Belsol of Window Gang (305-756-0349). What we’d advise, since doing this from the outside can be mighty dangerous, is bringing in the Gang’s experts to do the cleaning for you -- safely.
Toilet papering a house may be an appropriate Halloween trick, but anyone who’s seen the episode of Bad Dog featuring a schnauzer who does it all year long knows: Not so funny. If you own such a pet, welcome new advertiser Barkhaus (305-484-9038), a dog-care business specializing in obedience training and behavior modification. Other services: day care, boarding, walking, grooming/pampering. We also have to point out that Barkhaus is a great name for a band.
You won’t be hearing that band at Miami-Dade College’s inaugural OLA Music Fest on October 11, opening MDC Live Arts’ 23rd season with a wide-ranging representation of the new wave of Latin music. The one-night festival, at downtown’s Grand Central concert/events venue, starts at 9:00 p.m. For tix ($25 general admission, $10 for MDC students) and info go to www.mdclivearts.org/home.html.
The Rhythm Foundation announces the second annual collaboration between the city of Nice, France, and its sister city Miami, for the Miami Nice Jazz Festival, October 23-November 10. The fest encompasses four feature events co-presented by downtown’s Gusman Center and the newly opened South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, plus satellite events including after-concert jam sessions and intimate “jazz encounters” at area clubs. For information and tickets ($25-$75): MiamiNiceJazzFestival.com
Planning ahead, check out this issue’s ad for the 10th season of the Yamaha Concert Series at Saint Martha’s (9301 Biscayne Blvd., 305-751-0005 or www.saintmartha.tix.com) described as “world-class concerts at movie-ticket prices, and the popcorn is free.” Though the first concert isn’t till November 16, the whole season’s schedule, through March 2, is set, with a wide variety of music from internationally renowned artists. Ticket prices really are movie-level ($10 general admission), and include a post-concert wine reception with “popcorn” ranging from empanadas to kosher cookies.
As for non-musical November highlights: Mark your calendar as full from November 17-24, the dates for Miami Book Fair International, the nation’s largest literary gathering. Turning 30 this year, the festival, held at Miami-Dade College’s Wolfson Campus, will feature multilingual presentations from 400+ well-known authors, plus children’s literacy activities, demos for food enthusiasts, the festive weekend Street Fair, much more. There are also pre-fair events this month. For complete info: www.miamibookfair.com.
Families seeking a high school for their children can investigate all the outstanding academic and extracurricular programs offered by Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave.) at Pace’s open house, November 16. Tours start at 9:00 or 10:30 a.m. For more info: 305-623-7223 ext. 342, www.PaceHS.com.
Attention, parents with younger children: W.J. Bryan Elementary Museums Magnet School (1201 NE 125th St.) is now offering private tours of the school, designated an official historic landmark, that enable you to investigate the beautiful Mediterranean Revival building (with 21st-century enhancements) as well as all the benefits your child can enjoy as a student. Application for the general magnet programs cycle begins October 1, so contact Rosemary Wolfson (305-891-0602) to schedule a visit.
Finally: To get around to all the above, check out this month’s ad for Car2Go (Miami.car2go.com). You’ve doubtless seen the company’s Smart Cars all over Miami. Well, once you enroll and receive a membership card that allows access to any of the cuties you find parked (or, alternatively, to reserve a car online), you could be driving one for 38 cents per minute -- parking, insurance, gas, and repairs included. It’s economical, eco-friendly, and effortless.
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