The Biscayne Times

May 21st
BizBuzz May 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
May 2018

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

Mbigstock--181519135other’s Day is just around the corner, and so are the Biscayne Corridor establishments offering to help you celebrate the wonderfulness of Moms.

But first, new advertiser La Fontana Shops (10990 Biscayne Blvd., 786-210-8837) kicks off May with a combined Grand Opening and Cinco de Mayo celebration. All the tenants are participating, including Frida Luna Mexican Food, Chez Georges Miami, Dunkin’ Donuts, Biscayne Nail and Beauty Bar, KabCo Kitchens, BB&T, Mount Sinai, and Complete Nutrition. Kids will have access to plenty of slime, balloons, and face painting. See the ad in this issue for more details. The ribbon cutting is at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 5.

Money is no object when it comes to Mom, ideally. You want to give her the best, of course, but your wallet may have something to say about it, too. So why not take advantage of this great Mother’s Day deal from Dr. Valeria Soltanik at Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334). The doctor is offering 50% off a Philips Zoom professional whitening treatment if you merely mention the BT. The $200 special is only available to the first 30 readers who make an appointment, so make that call soon. Then take your savings and buy even more gifts for Mom or the other special women in your life.

Consider using that windfall to treat Mom at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344), where she can shop to her heart’s content; enjoy her choice of drinks, food, and music; and maybe end the day with a sweet sunset cruise.

In the MiMo District, Mother’s Day at Soyka Restaurant (5556 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-3117) begins at noon with live music and a flower for each mom. Meals for Mother are 10% off, which is great, but also reserve a spot on May 25 and 26 to hear singer Nicola Són interpret French and Brazilian classics from Brel, Nougaro, Gainsbourg, Buarque, Veloso, Gil, Lobo, and more. 

Or maybe she’ll prefer the contemporary bistro fare at Côté Gourmet (9999 NE 2nd Ave., 305-754-9012). The Mother’s Day menu includes champagne, appetizers, soup, entrée, dessert, coffee or tea, and biscuit. Seating for this $50/person meal is limited, so call for reservations. And remember, when you mention the BT, you get treated to a complimentary glass of wine, all month long.

For Gallic comestibles deliciously crafted by chef Charles Soussin, plan on visiting another new advertiser, the highly praised, notably low-priced C Si Bon French Restaurant (350 NE 24th St., 786-615-4820), on the ground floor of the City 24 Condo building. Imagine such inventive dishes as roasted chicken breast with mashed pumpkin and chestnut, or sautéed lobster tail in vanilla cream with pilaf rice, asparagus, and mushrooms. It’s served in a comfortable yet stylish space designed by Christopher Petitjean. Feel free to make good use of the restaurant’s happy hour, Tuesdays through Fridays from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. when a glass of wine or beer served with a chef’s selection of snacks is only $12.

The Mondrian South Beach (1100 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-1940) is dedicating its May 13 brunch to mothers with a special buffet that includes unlimited mimosas and a champagne bar for $65 per person. Happy hour, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, is a bit more economical. All items are only $9 and include signature cocktails and small plates, such as lobster taquitos and chicken lollipops. The beautiful sunsets are free.

Mom was always there for you, and now it’s time to be there for her. But you have a couple of kids in school and a job you can’t leave. How does the “sandwich generation” handle it? They learn to ask for help. Always Classic Care (1380 NE Miami Gardens Dr., Suite 235, 305-403-2622) offers medication management, transportation services, shopping, meal preparation, continence care, Alzheimer’s planning, and hurricane preparation, among other routine and special services. Call today for free assessment.

Mount Sinai Medical Center is celebrating Mother’s Day by offering free or reduced-rate mammograms. The insured can get a standard 2D digital mammogram at any time of the year. However, the hospital is also offering self-pay patients reduced rates. The 2D screening mammogram is only $50, while the 3D version is $110. Diagnostic mammograms, which are more thorough, are offered at $100 for a 2D version and $160 for the 3D diagnostic mammogram. Breast ultrasounds cost only $100. Schedule an appointment at the Miami Beach (4300 Alton Rd.) or the Aventura (2845 NE 199th St.) location by calling 305-535-3434.

May is dedicated to mothers, but mothers are dedicated to their children. Which is why May is always an emotional month at Allison Academy (1881 NE 164th St., 305-940-3922) -- it reminds mothers of the passage of time. This year the high school graduation ceremony falls on Thursday, May 24, while the middle school promotion program arrives a week later, on May 31. Congratulations to all. It’s also the perfect time to enroll your kids in the summer semester, which begins June 18. Call and ask about the school’s new entrepreneurial program for your budding Rockefeller or Carnegie.

The excitement is equally palpable at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE, x212). The school’s dance academy is holding its year-end showcase May 2-4 at 7:00 each evening. Tickets are $15 at the door. The art academy, meanwhile, is holding its Gallery Night exhibition on Wednesday, May 23. Congratulations to all graduates.

Summer break is the perfect time to schedule your children’s yearly physicals, whether it’s for school applications, camp admission, or your own peace of mind. Call Dr. Margaret Okonkwo at Kidstown Pediatrics (211 NE 89th St., 305-576-5437) to make an appointment at her new office.

As thrilling as it is for children to be out of school for a “few short weeks,” the daunting task of finding something for them to do can, instead, make summer seem endless for their frazzled parents. New advertiser Fun Dimensions (2129 NW 1st Ct., 786-360-1766) offers an array of solutions for families. More than just a game arcade, Fun Dimensions also offers laser tag, 7D theater, Spin Zone bumper cars, an indoor playground, and a bungee dome, as well as various enrichment programs and party packages. Summer camp begins on June 8. Kids get to enjoy the game rooms and engage in art projects, yoga, and dance classes, the Bath Bomb Party, and various STEM activities. See the BT ad for discounts.

The “Just For Me Morning” program at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (1101 Biscayne Blvd. 305-434-9600) provides a sensory-friendly atmosphere for special-needs individuals and their families. Guests have their choice of exhibits and planetarium shows without the concern of high-impact crowds. Lighting and amplified sounds are modified to ensure a comfortable and welcoming hands-on environment for guests of all abilities. The next “Morning” takes place May 20 at 8:00 a.m. Best of all, it is free; but an RSVP is required.

Also on May 20, Saint Martha’s Yamaha Concert Series (305-458-0111) features the annual “StarBurst” concert showcasing two of South Florida’s brightest young stars. Violinist Matthew Hakkarainen will perform sonatas by Mozart and Franck, while flutist Sara Denlinger will play Poulenc and Griffes. But take notice! This performance is at the gorgeous Chapel of La Merced (3220 NW 7th Ave.). General admission is $15; Blue Circle is $25. Music starts at 4:00 p.m., and parking is free.

Set aside time to see the Diamond Stingily exhibit, which opens May 17 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (61 NE 41st St., 305-901-5272). Stingily, an emerging artist based in NYC, created a new installation using the forms of the ready-made and the monument to explore personal and shared memories of suburban life, black girlhood, and racial violence. Admission is free, but reserving a ticket is recommended.

May is also Asthma Awareness Month. While this lung and airway disease is often associated with children, cases of sudden onset have surprised many adults...and nearly killed some. Symptoms include coughing (especially at night), wheezing, tight chest, frequent bronchitis, and long-lasting colds. Even if not bothersome at first, symptoms may worsen over time. The Florida Center for Allergy & Asthma Care has been helping sufferers gain relief since 1974. Call 1-877-4-ALLERGY to make an appointment at the closest office so you can be properly diagnosed and treated.

Congratulations go out to North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 844-319-6838), which recently met Florida state standards for its new designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. For patients, that means you can now expect the latest technology and highest-quality care available -- without needing to be transported far from home. Every minute saved means 1.9 million neurons spared -- in other words, a much better outcome.

(12579 Biscayne Blvd., 786-383-3088, let BizBuzz know that the studio has launched an online retail boutique (, @innerbalanceboutique) where you can find an exclusive collection of high-quality women’s active wear that flatters the body and feels fresh and modern.

If you’ve been faithful to your workout and diet regimens, then now is exactly the right time to treat yourself to a new swimsuit that will show off that hard work.
Designer and new advertiser Maty Machado hails from Colombia, where she studied at the illustrious Arturo Tejada Cado School of Design and Fashion Marketing. After working in South America, she came to the U.S. to follow her dream of creating beautiful swimwear for women and men under her own brand. She launched Maty Machado Swimwear ( here in Miami in 2011. But enough about her past. Check out the ad in this issue, and visit the website to see how chic and flirty the 2018 collection is.

Wear that new swimwear while adding Wike-up! Aquabikes to your workout schedule (1776 Sans Souci Blvd., North Miami, 786-288-0722). Aquabiking is a relatively new concept. It’s basically a stationary bike -- but in the water, where the resistance provides a more efficient workout. Visit the showroom or to see available models and prices.

While you’re out basking in the Florida sunshine, don’t forget to drink plenty of cool fluids and pamper your skin with sunscreen. But if you overdo it, count on Medi-Station Urgent Care Center (9600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-603-7650) to help you recover faster from severe sunburns, dehydration, heat exhaustion, or common summertime accidents.

If your tootsies are the source of your problems, call Adler Podiatry Associates (1380 Miami Gardens Dr., Suite 235, 305-935-3999) to schedule an appointment. Dr. Charlton Adler can treat your tendonitis, fractures, malformations, fasciitis, torn ligaments, fungus, and more. Remember, your feet get a lot of use over the summer, and you should treat them well.

A glitch at the IRS website in April gave last-minute filers a one-day extension this year, but you can’t count on these Hail Marys happening often (or ever again). So plan ahead with the help of the Treece Financial Group (9999 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 203, 305-751-8855). David Treece is offering an educational workshop on IRA planning for baby boomers, including advice on how to coordinate your IRA planning with your overall financial plans. It’s at the Brockway Memorial Library (10021 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores) at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 10. Free! Please RSVP at

Retirement may be years away, but hurricane season begins next month! Call new advertiser Ocean Impact Windows and Doors (675 NW 116th St., 305-640-5288) if you need a licensed expert to replace your windows and doors before the next big blow. You can count on Ocean Impact, with its 45 years of hands-on experience, to not only protect your investment but also add value and lower your insurance bill. Think of Hurricane Irma as only a practice run.

Attorney Steve Polisar (407 Lincoln Rd., Suite 2A, Miami Beach; 305-672-7772, x206) returns to our pages to remind entrepreneurs that he can assist them in opening their businesses and acquiring liquor licenses much faster than they can on their own. As a veteran of the South Beach renaissance, he knows all the ins and outs of operating in Miami-Dade. Experience like that more than pays for itself.

Please enjoy all May has to offer safely, and remember to let our advertisers know you saw them in Biscayne Times.


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