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Jun 23rd
BizBuzz March 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
March 2017

Sales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible

Dbigstock-St-Patrick-s-Day-117251543eceptively demure March is filled with a partying spirit that is surpassed perhaps only by December’s heavyweight holidays.

For example, the Sandbar Lounge (6752 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-865-1752) opens its doors for St. Patrick’s Day festivities at a respectable 3:00 p.m. Arrive early, because owner Valentine Dawiec will be serving her homemade corned beef and cabbage -- made with Guinness -- only until it runs out. You’ll require that filler if you plan on loading up on $2 green beers and $2 shots of Jameson whiskey the rest of the evening. And be sure to wear your greenest of greens, as the greeniest among you will receive prizes. Also remember to drink responsibly, so the leprechauns won’t have to escort you home.

Two days later, on March 19, we find the Feast of St. Joseph. In Sicily, prayers to San Giuseppe in the Middle Ages were credited with saving the island from famine. Italian Catholics mark this miracle by throwing lavish and often meatless celebrations right in the middle of Lent, a solemn time of denying oneself pleasure. Drop by Laurenzo’s Italian Market (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381) in the week before this holiday, where staff will be displaying a traditional array of foods, including St. Joseph’s Day cake (zeppole or sfinge).

Also looking ahead to next month, in what promises to be a spiritually inspiring evening, Uruguayan conductor José Serebrier will be leading the Greater Miami Youth Symphony with director/violinist Huifang Chen on Sunday, April 30, at 3:00 p.m. as part of the Saint Martha’s Yamaha Concert Series (Broad Performing Arts Center at Barry University, 11300 NE 2nd Ave., 800-595-4849). The program includes a rare opportunity to experience three world premières, “including Saint Martha Concert’s special commission by the maestro, and his arrangement of Bizet’s Carmen Symphony.” In addition, contemporary composers Marc Satterwhite and Clark McAllister will conduct premières of their own compositions. Tickets are $10-$20 and include a reception with the artists. Get them early.

March also contains 31 days of birthdays to be enjoyed. POD 22 (8101 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 102, 305-456-4791) is an interesting concept in that department. Time-strapped moms can enjoy a super-fast Wi-Fi, a stylish lounge with healthy treats, and an ultra-luxe nail salon, while knowing their kids are having fun in the adjacent play area. Party services, such as face painting, custom themes, custom cupcakes and cake, party favors, entertainment, and more, are available. And if you book a party before March 15, you’ll receive 10 percent off. Call for details. Restrictions may apply.

Is spring break more your speed? Before you head to the beach, take your bottom to My Red Light Slim (6909 Biscayne Blvd., 305-927-6493), a weight-loss service brand-new to Miami and to Biscayne Times. This treatment uses FDA-cleared light therapy to remove fat from your body. Imagine two inches gone in just one hour without surgery or pain -- guaranteed, or your money back. The Ultra Slim light ostensibly tricks your cells into dumping fat painlessly, but call the salon for details on this innovative method. When you do, ask about the “beach body special,” which is on sale for $195.

2 Be Healthy Holistic Health Services (4588 NE 2nd Ave., 305-538-8998) provides several rejuvenating services, including reflexology, acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, Eastern and Western herbs, massage, Bodytalk, and more that will reduce the amount of damage lying in the sun all day can create. All at affordable prices.

On a more serious note: Nobody wants to get a colonoscopy, yet everyone over 50 should. North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 800-984-3434) is offering a free lecture on colon cancer than can help you relax about getting yourself checked. Hosted by Dr. Andrew Nullman, the interactive discussion will focus on how to reduce your risks. Call today to reserve a spot at the March 30 lecture, which begins at noon. Refreshments will be served.

Did you know that excessive weight is a contributing factor in about 20 percent of all cancer diagnoses? The correlation is not yet fully understood, but all you need to know is that extra baggage is a risk you don’t have to take. If you’ve had trouble shedding pounds, sign up for the gastric sleeve weight-loss surgery lecture at Jackson South Medical Center (9333 SW 152nd St., 305-585-TRIM). Note that this lecture takes place on Thursday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the south campus, and it’s free.

Have you been skipping your dental visits? Are you afraid of the pain to your wallet? Dr. Valeria Soltanik of Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334) has a special discount plan for dental treatments with no pre-existing conditions. Also you won’t have to wait for an arbitrary enrollment date as with some programs. Call for details.

Moving on to “moving.” A hearty welcome goes out to new advertiser Joseph Mooradian, a broker associate at Gold Rose Realty Inc. (20900 NE 30th Ave., Suite 855, 305-615-5000), whose talent in marketing properties is not wasted on the Upper Eastside, where he resides. Joseph is a certified investor agent specialist and certified distressed property expert, with expertise in valuation and visual marketing, including property staging and design consultation. Talk to him about nontraditional mortgages and investment opportunities, as he’s also a managing partner at Mojo Real Estate Solutions.

Congratulations go out to Metro 1 Properties (120 NE 27th St., 305-909-6775), which just signed Apure, a German architectural lighting brand, as the anchor tenant at the recently renovated 5555 Biscayne Blvd. class-A office building. Talks are currently under way to fill the other spaces in the three-story building, which was recently renovated by MiMo District stalwarts Avra Jain and Joe del Vecchio, and features floor-to-ceiling glass windows, six balconies, new interiors, and ample parking.

Fresh laurels are also due to Bryan Halda of the Halda Group at Gray & Associates Properties (1000 5th St., Suite 200, Miami Beach, 305-788-8470). Bryan was selected one of the top real estate agents serving Miami Beach by Xfinity TV’s Top Real Estate program. No doubt his large selection of pocket listings (properties not officially on the market) contributes to his success rate, as well as the exemplary service he provides his clients.

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Insurance woes? Call Property Damage Solutions (910 NE 73rd St., 305-907-6185) for a free review of your policy, and learn if it’s the right fit your particular needs. This legal firm also knows how to fight adjusters to get your claims settled quickly and lucratively, or there’s no charge for the service.

If you simply have no financial worries in the world, Marie-Charlotte Piro at Viaprestige Real Estate Miami (5701 Biscayne Blvd., Suite CS-1, 786-262-2602) has a real trophy property available for your consideration at 4511 Lake Rd. on Sabal Lake in the exclusive Bay Point neighborhood. For only -- gulp -- $14,700,000, this renovated home boasts nine bedrooms and ten baths, two half-baths, and more than 10,000 square feet of pure luxury that also includes a spa room, Jacuzzi, formal dining and sitting rooms, library, office, on and on and on. Outdoors you’ll find the attractive grounds and 175 feet of waterfront with direct boat access to Biscayne Bay. Dreams are made of this.

Speaking of dream gardens, the 16th Annual Miami Beach Tour of Gardens takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 11. Enjoy six diverse and beautiful gardens located at private homes, all within a short distance of one another in Miami Beach. Among the features are water views, native plantings, mature trees, and Italian fountains. The tour part ends at 3:00 p.m., but the festivities continue at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden (2000 Convention Center Dr.) with a flower show and refreshments. Tickets are $35, but if you purchase the V.I.P. package for $75, you’ll also receive an invitation to a penthouse garden cocktail party March 7 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Visit:

Or do gardens give you the hives? Look for the great allergy advice our new advertiser Florida Center for Allergy & Asthma Care is offering in this issue. With the warm winter, many spring bloomers have already launched their first attacks against our sinuses. Avoidance is key, but not always possible, so make an appointment at any of the 17 convenient locations the center has throughout the tri-county area. A board-certified allergist will review your symptoms and prescribe medications or therapy to alleviate your suffering.

Celebrate Earth Day on April 22 by attending the Pelican Party, which raises funds for the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station (1279 79th Street Causeway, 305-751-9840). The 37th annual gala will be held at the Miami Shores Country Club (10000 Biscayne Blvd.), so you know the food and the drink will be superb. If we -- and a feathered patient -- are lucky, there may even be a bird release as part of the festivities. Other highlights include an open bar, food stations, and an extensive silent auction. BizBuzz is a Pelican Party regular and can vouch for the quality of offerings -- from artwork to restaurant meals to vacations -- at the auction. Visit for details.

(592 NE 60th St., 305-757-1966) is holding an open house Saturday, March 18, from 10:00 a.m. to noon for prospective students and their parents. The school has been operating since 1924, but the 2017-2018 school year is the first for its new high school, which will feature an innovative curriculum that focuses on technology and the arts. Enrollment is capped to keep to the teacher-student ratio low, so don’t dawdle with your applications, and reserve a spot now. E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to RSVP or learn more.

The annual Spartan Golf Classic supporting the Spartans-4-Spartans program at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE, ext. 342) takes place on Friday, March 31, at the Country Club of Miami (6801 NW 186 St., Hialeah). The money goes to help students with financial hardships, so it’s fun for a good cause. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., and the tournament includes a lunch at Outback Steakhouse.

Congratulations go out to all the students at the Art Institute’s Miami International University of Art & Design (MIU) who participated in the Farrey’s VI Lighting Contest sponsored by Farrey’s Lighting and Bath (1850 NE 146th St., 305-947-5451). But there is only one first-place winner. Taylor Rios was inspired by the art deco period when she created her original design, “Ocedtra.” Her talents have earned her a $1500 scholarship to continue her studies. Runners-up Cayleth Vivas and Valentina Zerpa also won scholarships.

The Knight Foundation is giving away $7.8 million this year to foster the arts in Miami and three other U.S. cities. If you want a shot at some of that funding, you’ll need to enter the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge by sending in a 150-word statement describing your idea. Submission period is March 29 through April 28. Visit for info, examples, or to apply.

Perhaps you’ll want to celebrate entering the challenge with a hearty meal at Soyka Restaurant (5556 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-3117), where you can enjoy new and interesting dinner specials on a regular basis. Don’t forget to visit Mark Soyka’s classy Café Roval (5808 NE 4th Ct., 786-953-7850), which is up the street in one of the most unusual locations in the city -- a 1920’s-era water pumping station built of coral rock. The beautiful interior is matched by outdoor seating around a lushly landscaped pond. As South Florida as that sounds, the café was inspired by celebrity hangout Café Roval of 1960s-era Tel Aviv, a treasured spot from Soyka’s past.

On Saturdays and Sundays, the Corsair Kitchen & Bar at Turnberry Isle Resort (19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura, 786-279-6800) offers Brunch Beyond Limits, a buffet-style and cook-to-order meal that presents something new each weekend, for $45 per person. Add the 52-item Bloody Mary bar to your order for only $8, and you’ll really enjoy the lawn games provided.

To get there, though, you’ll need a properly running vehicle. Honda of Aventura (2150 NE 163rd St., 855-971-2975) can serve as your go-to for regular maintenance -- and it’s fast. The express service offer guarantees you’ll be in and out in 45 minutes or it’s free. All makes and models. If you have a Honda or Acura, check out the coupon in this issue’s ad. A mere $35 will buy you an oil change, tire rotation, inspection, and car wash.

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