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Jun 19th
BizBuzz April 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
April 2017

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

Ibigstock-Earth-With-Rising-Sun-4729054n South Florida, “April showers” don’t really start until May, but that doesn’t mean you should wait to celebrate. April 22 is Earth Day! However your spend the day protecting the environment, reserve your evening for the Pelican Party, which raises funds for the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station (1279 79th Street Cswy., 305-751-9840). Pat yourself on the back by enjoying a DJ, silent auction, cocktail reception with open bar, and live animal ambassadors. The 37th annual gala will be held at the Miami Shores Country Club (10000 Biscayne Blvd.). For more info, visit or call 305-762-7633.

Still hungry on Sunday? Venetian chef Igor Ferraro and his wife Cristiana run Ferraro’s Kitchen Restaurant and Wine Bar (1099 NE 79th St., 786-534-2136), which is an exceptional place to enjoy Italian masterpieces such as lasagna Bolognese with pear gnocchi or braised veal cheeks with baked branzino. The quality here comes from using fresh, organic ingredients, sourced locally. But did you know that Chef Igor also offers interactive cooking classes? Call to schedule a hands-on lesson in preparing some of his timeless Italian recipes.

Further north, Biscayne Times heartily welcomes Café Crème (750 NE 125th St., North Miami, 786-409-3961) to our pages. Although co-owners Claude Postel and Corentin Finot bill this French café simply as a “bakery,” fresh-baked artisanal breads and pastries are only the start. Enjoy such treats as foie gras, duck confit, escargot, octopus carpaccio, quiche, and crème brûlée in the full service restaurant. There’s also a wine cellar and happy hour is offered daily -- as is breakfast. Open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., right next to MOCA.

David Laurenzo let BizBuzz know that the family and staff at Laurenzo’s Italian Market (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381) wishes BT readers a happy Easter and Passover. To help make that come true, Laurenzo’s is offering a selection of traditional foods for sale, including Italian pastries. See the ad on the back page for a long list of specials.

Speaking of eating. It’s never too early to get in shape for endless summer in Miami, but the timing is perfect now to get 10% off one package (private or group sessions) at Breathe Pilates (715 NE 79th St., 786-801-9860). When you book online at, enter “BTPROMO” to receive your discount. Staff also let BizBuzz know that they’ve added a new Reformer/Springboard class on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

If exercise takes up too much time in your busy schedule, My Red Light Slim (6909 Biscayne Blvd., 305-927-6493) might just be the trick to get you into that slinky Saturday night dress. This treatment uses FDA-cleared light therapy to remove fat from your body -- in just one hour without surgery or pain. For April, the salon is promoting its Super Saturday specials. On April 8 get the Waistbuster special, which includes 4 areas, for only $79 (regularly $400). On April 15, the Full Beach Body is offered for only $149 (regularly $500). And, on April 29, the Thigh Buster is available for only $125 (regularly $400).

For some folks, extra pounds are a serious medical problem, sometimes requiring a doctor’s involvement before they can begin any exercise regimen. Maybe surgical intervention is a necessity. If you think this may be the case for you, sign up for a 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, April 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the south campus, but it’s free, and you won’t regret it.

The lecture series at North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 800-767-8772) has two dates scheduled for April, which is occupational therapy month. Director of Rehab Services Carol Lawrence is hosting a lecture at noon on April 6, and another at 6:00 p.m. on April 27. Both will look at how occupational therapy can help the elderly stay independent longer. Free refreshments will be served.

Crowded teeth, open bites, deep overbites, underbites, and poor spacing of teeth are problems that can hamper you physically and socially, so call today for a consult with Dr. Valeria Soltanik of Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334). During April, the doctor is offering Biscayne Times readers 10%-off orthodontic procedures, either with traditional braces or Invisalign.

Medi-Station Urgent Care Center wants BizBuzz to remind BT readers that you can quickly get your required work, school, or immigration physicals at either convenient location: Miami Shores (9600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-603-7650) or Coral Gables (4800 SW 8th St., 786-401-7975). And, if you catch that nasty cold that’s been bugging even the heartiest among us, drop by for a little relief. Quick and easy.

Winter’s unusually late punch during March shouldn’t stall your summer planning. With the kids home, the easy season can still get super hectic, so remember to keep POD 22 (8101 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 102, 305-456-4791) in your arsenal. This artfully designed indoor playground offers super-fast Wi-Fi, a stylish lounge with healthy treats, and an ultra-lux micro-nail salon where you can relax and get errands done, while the kids enjoy themselves. Call for more information on throwing private parties.

To keep the kids from turning into summer couch potatoes, The Cushman School (592 NE 60th St., 305-757-1966) is offering a summer camp, for children ages 3 to 14 (pre-k through 8th grade). This camp features STEAM activities, cooking, fitness fun, design thinking, water play, bounce-house Wednesdays, old fashion camp games, and a showcase event each week. Visit for details. By the way, the venerable, 93-year-old institution is launching a new high school this coming year that will feature an innovative curriculum focused on technology and the arts.

Perhaps a Catholic education is what you want for your child. Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE, ext. 342) is accepting applications. Call to find out about placement tests and transferring records. First, though, comes the 3rd annual Spartan Boot Camp (STEM Edition) on Saturday, May 6, from 8:40 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., for any student in the 5th through 8th grades. For a $10 donation, which includes lunch, the children will attend sessions in science, technology, engineering, and math! What a great way to feel out where a child’s interests truly lie. Space is limited, so sign-up quickly.

Another candidate for your children’s “three Rs” is the Metropolitan International School of Miami (3465 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6070) The school’s mission “is to provide a premier education where students are motivated to become critical and compassionate thinkers.” Founder and executive director Maria Padovan Kindell stresses foreign languages on this path to becoming responsible world citizens, but the fine arts are also a focus. Former tennis champion Arantxa Sánchez Vicario heads the exceptional sports program. Now enrolling students in PK2 through eighth grades.

, a broker associate at Gold Rose Realty Inc. (20900 NE 30th Ave., Suite 855, 305-615-5000) to find the perfect match for you or help you sell your old one. Not only is he a residential specialist but he’s also published three books on real estate. Call or contact him at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for a free copies of his "Secrets of Wealthy Home Sellers" or "For Sale By Owner Guide".

Mario Ojeda, president and managing broker at new advertiser Ojeda Lazar Real Estate (740 NE 79th St., 305-790-6168) founded this boutique company in 2015 with the “goal to offer our neighbors and our clients the best service in the industry. Our commitment to our clients is equaled only by our commitment to excellence,” he tells the BT. Located in the Upper Eastside, his agents have a firm grasp of the Biscayne Corridor and neighboring areas.

Real estate power couple, Enrique Garcia and Ines Hegedus-Garcia, recently let BizBuzz know that their Miamism team isn’t all business when it comes to the community. On March 28, they sponsored a “giveback” event for Instagram’s World Wide Instameet, hosted by @igersmiami and @cheo1392. The event’s goal was to promote kindness within our community, and volunteers met at Lummus Park in Downtown Miami to hand out food and supplies to the area’s needy and homeless. Learn more at

Already have a home? Is your seawall too low for code? Is your dock showing signs of fatigue? Is your wallet in even poorer shape? New advertiser South Florida Seawalls, LLC (954-708-6801) makes use of an innovative loan program that can help you secure repairs today. Four years ago, several cities in Miami-Dade County launched the Clean Energy Green Corridor District to help stressed property owners obtain loans for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and hurricane protection improvements -- because what helps them, in turn, helps the community. Private financing is available through Ygrene Energy Fund and the government administered Property Assessed Clean Energy Program -- without property owners having to worry about background checks, employment verification, or credit scores. Call today for more information.

Or, is mold the issue? Ya know it’s getting pretty close to the relentlessly humid season and your fungal issues are only going to get worse from here on out. Call Moty Katz at Miami Mold Specialist (305-763-8070) to discuss his six-point inspection service to save your home from this pestilence.

Maybe you need to update your home just a tiny bit to make it more energy efficient. Farrey's Lighting and Bath (1850 NE 146th St., 305-947-5451 and 3000 SW 28th Ln., 305-445-2244) has the largest display of fans in South Florida. Not only do fans cut down on your electric bills, they are a beautiful decorative touch that reminds your guests that you live in a tropical paradise.

Spend even more time looking at project ideas at Specialty Lighting & Bulbs (13611 Biscayne Blvd., 305-423-0017). The discount prices at this showroom means your energy savings begin before you even get home. Don’t want to leave home? There are plenty of ideas online at Check them out.

Now fill those rooms with furniture! The BT welcomes Jalan Jalan Collection (3921 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-9998) to our pages and at a great time for our readers. The showroom is having an anniversary sale this month. Expect 25%-off the entire stock including spring arrivals: furniture, decor, and gifts. Ask about white glove delivery, installation services, and even interior design help.

Need some legal advice pertaining to your home? Donald Kahn and his son, David, at Green and Khan Law Firm (317 71st St., Miami Beach, 305-865-4311) have more than 52 years of combined legal experience in real estate issues, including closings and title searches. They are the go-to legal experts for many in the South Florida real estate industry.

Have you a great idea to promote the arts in Miami? Or are you already involved in a project that needs a bit of financial help? Then please enter the 2017 Knight Arts Challenge! A simple 150-word statement describing your proposal could give you access to some of the $7.8 million the Knight Foundation has set aside to foster the arts in Miami and three other U.S. cities. Not sure how to apply? Staff members will be available at Vice City Bean (1657 N. Miami Ave.) on Wednesday, April 12 and at Miami Flea (900 NE 17th St.) on Sunday, April 23, to help potential applicants. Visit for more info.

On a smaller scale, Casa Landmark Urban Environments Design Group (305-644-2989, is looking to sponsor an urban design project (pro-bono) within the Upper Eastside. If your neighborhood or community organization has a project that can serve the public good please submit your request to Jorge M. Planas, Principal of Casa Landmark ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), by May 29. To be considered, the project must demonstrate and address a need within the community, prove to be a viable option, and promote design principles for good urbanism and architecture that improve quality of life in the public realm.

Grammy winning conductor José Serebrier will lead the Greater Miami Youth Symphony (over 60 performers) accompanied by director/violinist Huifang Chen on Sunday, April 30, at 3:00 p.m. at the Broad Performing Arts Center at Barry University (11300 NE 2nd Ave., 800-595-4849). It’s the final concert of the 2016-2017 season for the  Saint Martha’s Yamaha Concert Series, so don’t miss it. Serebrier's original "Laments and Allelujas" plus the "Carmen Symphony" are part of this special program. Tickets are $10-$20 and include a reception with the artists.

The Sandbar Lounge (6752 Collins Ave., Miami Beach, 305-865-1752) has two interesting evenings lined up for our 21-and-over readers. The annual Easter egg hunt will be held on -- you guessed it -- April 16, Easter Sunday. Prizes will include big bar tabs! The following Saturday, April 22, the bar becomes a satellite location for the Rhythm Foundation’s TransAtlantic Music Festival. Enjoy the music at the North Beach Bandshell, and then walk over to the Sandbar for the closing party. (Or earlier, if you are really thirsty.)

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