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Jun 25th
BizBuzz June 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
June 2017

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

Sbigstock-South-Beach-Miami-Florida-89083004ummer’s here, and the time is right for dancing in the street.

You can be sure those song lyrics weren’t written about any molten Miami street in the blazing sun. Nevertheless, summer does mean fun for us locals. Whether we like to play in parks or in bodies of water, casinos, nightclubs, or anywhere else in this magic city, there’s a little something for everybody, especially the kids. Just remember to keep cool.

Morningside Park (750 NE 55th Terrace) is a lovely and cool spot to spend a summer’s day. However, new advertiser Morningside Watersports (786-897-8769) aims to make the recreational area a greater place to enjoy paddleboarding and kayaking. You can now rent or buy equipment and accessories, or even take some classes. Paddlers of all skill levels are welcome, and staff will offer safe adventures to nearby islands and mangroves. Come by the pool building between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., seven days a week.

With the evening hopefully cooled off by late-afternoon showers, venture over to Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000) and select from more than 20 restaurants and nightspots in which to spend a lovely summer’s night. Consider hitting the casino for some added excitement. On Fridays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. let the kids drag you on over to the Champions Plaza, where they’ll meet costumed characters like Dori or Elmo, listen to DJs, and enjoy fun games with other lucky kids. If they can’t wait for Friday, bring them to Rok:Brgr Burger Bar + Gastropub on Tuesdays, when a kid’s meal is free with the purchase of an adult entrée.

If you are looking for a longer escape, contact Victoria Guzman at Cruise Planners (305-331-8699, As a representative of American Express Travel, Victoria has exclusive rates and other special offers for sea and land packages.

By the way, June 1 marks the start of hurricane season in the North Atlantic. For many that means checking the shutters, buying more canned foods, and reviewing insurance policies. For others with medical conditions, it also means alerting the nearest shelter to their particular needs, fashioning an emergency plan, and stocking up on medications. In this month’s BT, the Florida Center for Allergy & Asthma Care offers a checklist that will help both first-timers and hurricane veterans avoid miscalculating. Call 1-877-4-ALLERGY to make an appointment at any of 17 convenient locations in the tri-county area, and make sure you’re fully prepared with meds.

Are you properly insured for that hurricane or fire, or any other woe that may come calling? Property Damage Solutions (910 NE 73rd St., 305-907-6185) offers free policy reviews to ensure that you aren’t cut short when you need it. The law firm will also help you get the most money back when you have to file a claim.

BizBuzz knows that finding money to fix or upgrade an old seawall is an unwelcome problem, but South Florida Seawalls (954-708-6801) has a unique solution. They are the only company in Florida authorized to offer private financing through the Ygrene Energy Fund and the government-administered PACE program. Property owners can borrow the money without background checks, employment verification, or credit scores -- up to 100 percent financing -- because what helps one resident during hurricane season helps us all.

Want to avoid fixing things altogether? The BT welcomes McKafka Property Management (20900 NE 30th Ave., Suite 603, Aventura, 305-978-3522) to our pages -- and the full-service real estate group would like to welcome you to one of Edgewater’s new residences, The Crimson. The development division at McKafka delivered these brand-new luxury units, which include European kitchens, marble tile bathrooms, and spacious terraces in a LEED-certified building. The amenities, such as a cyber café and resort-style pool, are great, and the waterfront views of Biscayne Bay are even greater. Call broker-associate Katherine Alicea today about renting or buying a unit.

Moving on up to the Eastside? Ojeda Lazar Real Estate (740 NE 79th St., 305-790-6168) recently opened a sparkling new storefront location just east of Biscayne Boulevard, a few steps from Shorecrest, Belle Meade, North Bay Village, and close to North Beach and Miami Shores. But don’t let that limit your search area. These Realtors are knowledgeable about the whole Biscayne Corridor, Miami Beach, Coconut Grove, and Coral Gables. CEO and managing broker Mario Ojeda invites BizBuzz readers to drop by any time for an espresso and to just say hi.

As always, the Jack Coden Group (700 NE 90th St., 305-742-5225) has a large portfolio of single-family homes for buyers who favor the traditional residential experience. Traditional for Miami, that is. If you see one you like in Jack’s current lineup, move quickly because his listings tend to disappear fast.

Looking for commercial properties? Check out the current ad from Metro 1 Properties (120 NE 27th St., 305-571-9991). Retail spaces are still available at 5555 Biscayne Blvd., the new showcase location in the MiMo District. Also consider an interesting investment offer near the arts district on Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

Maybe you’re a humble artist looking for a romantic garret in which to live and work? This is Miami, not Paris! However, ArtHood 56 (5600 NW 7th Ave., This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) was recently converted for use as a gallery and studio center. Although the 8000-sqare-foot complex seems located off the beaten art path, gentrification of the Wynwood district has forced many artists to look for an economical alternative. On the plus side, this neighborhood already has enough cachet to have earned its own “artwalk” every third Sunday of the month. The studios run from $600 to $1200/month, including utilities and other expenses. Call Gil Terem at Douglas Elliman Real Estate (646-236-3702) for availability.

Here’s an interesting proposal for budding artists. New advertiser Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32nd St., 305-576-2828) is offering an Intensive Portfolio Development Program for students age 10-18. Over four weeks starting in July, kids will receive instruction on creating a portfolio and acing interviews. The idea is to get them accepted into highly competitive magnet and charter schools, or even universities. Talent is only half the battle. Presentation is what recruiters really notice.

The Cushman School (592 NE 60th St., 305-757-1966) is offering a summer camp for children ages 3-14 (pre-K through 8th grade) beginning June 19 and running through August 4. This camp features visual and performing arts, along with STEAM activities, cooking, outdoor fun, water play, old-fashioned camp games, and special events, such as “Superhero Day.” Visit for details.

Congratulations go out to the 2017 graduating class at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE, ext. 342). The students worked hard, and Biscayne Times wishes them much luck in their future endeavors. Hooray!

Maybe the schooling you need is in the culinary arts. Ferraro’s Kitchen and Wine Bar (1099 NE 79th St., 786-534-2136) offers a four-hour course that will leave you with the skills to pull off an Italian lunch or dinner that your friends and family will admire. The next two class dates are June 3 and 17, both on Saturday, but you’ll need to reserve a spot. And what will you pair with that delicious food? On Monday, June 5, Igor Ferraro and his wife Cristiana invite you to attend a wine-tasting event that will also feature Italian cold cuts and cheese, food preserved in oil, and a balsamic vinegar tasting to boot.

Too busy to cook it yourself? The “lunch crunch” program hosted by the Shops at Midtown Miami (N. Miami Avenue between 31st and 36th streets) has proven to be so popular that the center has opted to extend it indefinitely. Park in one of the two city-owned garages between noon and 3:00 p.m., eat lunch within a two-hour time frame, and parking is free. See the list of more than two dozen participating restaurants at

Dreaming of a full-service French café and bar near MOCA instead? Wake up and smell the freshly baked bread at Café Crème (750 NE 125th St., North Miami, 786-409-3961). Co-owners Claude Postel and Corentin Finot launched a fabulous café, restaurant, and bakery, and then they tossed in a full-service bar for good measure. The pair made a name for themselves operating the Buena Vista Bistro, Buena Vista Deli, and Buena Vista Chocolate and Wine destinations. Having made Buena Vista the in place to be, they decided to try their magic in North Miami.

Closer to downtown is Jack’s Home Cooking (2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-640-5507). At this fairly new Edgewater/Wynwood eatery, owner John Parlavechio serves up the Italian favorites he learned to make in his mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens. Comfort food served in a cozy space. Apparently not satisfied with just the top hits from the Old Country, John has expanded his extensive menu to include several brunch specials. Enjoy such appetizers as crab cakes or summer pasta salad. Treat yourself to spaghetti Bolognese or buttermilk pancakes. How about eggs Benedict or a meatball sandwich? Whichever appetite you bring to Jack’s, you’ll leave satisfied.

Remember Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18, and Laurenzo’s Italian Market (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381) is the perfect place to pick up a rack of lamb for $14.99/lb., fresh cheese ravioli for $2.99/dz., and eggplant Parmigiana for $8.99. If paparino hasn’t got a full belly after all this, remember the Sicilian cannolis, made to order, are on sale for only $2.29.

Has all this food talk thickened your middle a little? Although My Red Light Slim (6909 Biscayne Blvd., 305-927-6493) has been operating inside the Red Salon for a couple of months, the slimming studio has been so busy, they forgot to have a grand opening party -- almost. Stop in on Thursday, June 15, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. One lucky guest will receive a free Full Body Weight Loss session (lose two inches in less than an hour). Another visitor will win a Waistbuster session. Also offered are free henna, blowouts, polish changes, and foot detox. Call for more info.

While you’re pampering yourself, pamper Fido, too! Just down the street, Rabo Cao Pet Pawler (5810 Biscayne Blvd., 305-785-7773) welcomes new groomer Yuli to the clan, which means it’s a great time to take advantage of the service’s frequent groomer program. Buy three grooming visits, and your fourth is free. But you must bring the BT ad with you and Fido. Rabo Cao also offers day care, boarding, medicated baths, and teeth cleaning.

Rainy season is coming, and with the rains come mosquitoes. Last year we had a Zika scare, which will likely return this summer. Miami-Dade County wants you to be aware. Regularly drain anything that collects water, and cover it so it stays dry in the first place. Use repellents and stay clothed outdoors. And if you notice a mosquito problem anywhere in the county, dial 311 to report the nuisance.

If you think you may have Zika or another mosquito-vector disease, please get evaluated by your doctor immediately. Don’t have a doctor and you’re in Skylake or Miami Shores? Here’s great news from Mount Sinai Medical Center. The Miami Beach-based hospital recently opened its seventh satellite location, Mount Sinai Primary and Specialty Care (1684 Miami Gardens Dr., North Miami Beach), in Skylake. In July, Mount Sinai will open its eighth location, this one in Miami Shores (10920 Biscayne Blvd.). Call 305-674-CARE to schedule an appointment at any location. Or visit for a list of services.

North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 855-767-8772) is offering a really interesting lecture this month -- on the future! Well, not exactly. It is on robotic surgery, which is already here and in use to lessen pain and recovery time. On Wednesday, June 28, at 6:00 p.m., Dr. Alia Abdulla will explain how these robots help doctors perform delicate surgeries with less injury to the patient. It’s free, and refreshments will be served. Reserve a space today.

Is it too early to plan for Independence Day? Not when you have to make reservations. Turnberry Isle Miami (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 305-932-6200) is hosting “4th on the Green,” which will be a family affair, mostly. While the kids are enjoying fireworks, barbecue, food trucks, and lemonade, the adults can make good use of the unlimited beer and wine. Tickets are $99 for adults and $50 for kids 5-12. BizBuzz suggests buying the family pack for only $199, which covers two adults and two kids. What a deal! Also in July and through August, Âme Spa and Wellness Collective at Turnberry (305-933-6930) is offering deals on its popular services, including the 100-minute ritual for only $199.

Nor is it too early to plan for 2040. Miami-Dade County is seeking input from citizens concerning really long-range goals. Visit to fill out a survey or find a town hall meeting to attend.


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