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BizBuzz May 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
May 2019


Ybigstock--181519135ou may have noticed that Mom has been behaving in an exemplary fashion these past few weeks. It’s no coincidence. Mother’s Day is coming up, and she doesn’t want to land on the naughty list. All kidding aside, Moms are great, especially when setting aside their own feelings to encourage their kids to do right. So treat her right...right now.

An early treat for Mom is attending one of pianist Kevin Kenner’s concerts on Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. or Sunday, May 5, at 3:00 p.m., when Kenner explores the humor in the music of Haydn, Schumann, Chopin, and Paderewski. Presented by Martha/Mary Concerts (305-458-0111,, the Saturday show features special salon seating, including champagne and dessert, for $50. Sunday is the more traditional recital for only $15 or $25. These performances take place at the extremely beautiful La Merced Chapel (3220 NW 7th Ave.) Secure on-site parking is free.

Shortly after Mother’s Day, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (61 NE 41st St., 305-901-5272) opens a fantastic exhibition featuring native Miamian Purvis Young (1943-2010). The artist used found objects to enhance his expressionistic drawings and paintings, which often featured angels, horses, and urban landscapes. Self-taught and of humble origins, Young exemplifies the outsider artist beloved in mainstream art circles. Admission is free with RSVP.

Dining out on Mother’s Day is a tradition. Consider taking her to CORSAIR kitchen + bar at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 786-279-6800). There you’ll find “comfort food for lighter appetites.” May we suggest the brunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.? That includes endless mimosas, a buffet, cook-to-order foods, and lawn games. For other resort information, such as hotel and spa services, call 305-932-6200.

Brunch at Mark Soyka’s Café Roval (5808 NE 4th Ct., 786-953-7850) is also popular on the mom circuit. The verdant garden and coral rock architecture provide a romantic atmosphere that should still be typical of Miami but is fading fast. Enjoy culinary treats, such as chocolate babka french toast, hot pastrami sandwiches, shakshuka, eggs Benedict, and much more. Brunch is served from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Another romantic place to take your favorite lady is Palermo Restaurant and Wine Bar (4582 NE 2nd Ave. 786-502-4460), especially if she loves a good steak. For moms requiring lighter fare, the Argentine restaurant also offers chicken, fish, and pasta. Mention the BT for a free glass of wine and 15 percent off your bill. 

Families with a large number of kids can’t always dine out on Mother’s Day -- unless that means picnicking or grilling. Outside or inside, you’re going to need a dessert. Nothing Bundt Cakes (15400 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 112, 305-974-4536) offers their fare in ten flavors and several sizes, with opportunity for inspired decorations. These kosher cakes are made with real eggs, butter, and cream cheese, just like Mom would make if you were forcing her to bake her own cake -- which you won’t.

As lovely as being outdoors is, pollen can trigger allergies. You don’t want Mom wiping your nose on Mother’s Day, so how about scheduling an appointment with a board-certified physician at the Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care (877-4-ALLERGY)? With 18 convenient locations, you can easily determine what is the source of your allergy and receive specialized services that will help you overcome this misery.

Perhaps all Mom wants and needs is a restorative staycation? Zenmotel MiMo (7126 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-7233) is a new live-work-play concept in the MiMo Historic District. The meditative motif of the guestrooms is the source of their slogan, “Your om away from home.” Despite being housed in a renovated Art Deco building, the hotel has computer access, high-speed Wi-Fi, and large-screen TVs for all your work and social needs. Mention the BT for a friends and family discount of ten percent.

Now, this gift can’t be a surprise since it definitely requires Mom’s input, but you can make use of Mother’s Day to let her know that you want to buy her -- a new home. Call new advertiser Graber Group Realty (6701 Biscayne Blvd., 305-606-2200) for personalized assistance in finding the perfect residence for her or for yourself. Longtime Biscayne Times readers will recognize broker Shane Graber from his service as our former Upper Eastside correspondent, so you can be sure this team knows the Biscayne Corridor and all it has to offer.

Moms always put family first, so some deals, which aren’t specific for Mom, can still make her very happy.

Looking for an affordable dental plan? José J. Alvarez & Associates (3483 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305-224-6714) just launched the facility’s own Wise Choice Dental & Facial Aesthetics membership plan. The fee will cover 100 percent of diagnostic and preventive procedures for the year, with no co-pays for two dental cleanings, exams, and X-rays. Then you get 40 percent off on basic restorative treatments, surgeries, and periodontics. And large discounts on Invisalign and other cosmetic procedures. The fees are quite reasonable, starting at $160 for individuals, $280 per couple, or $360 for a family of four. Bigger family? Just add $90 for each extra member. Plus, BT readers get ten percent off the fees.

New advertiser Kids Go Kuts (2130 NE 123rd St., North Miami, 786-618-5992) makes the hair salon experience fun for kids, which means one less headache for Mom. We’ve all seen (or been) that kid who cries through haircuts. The staff here is trained to reduce the stress some children experience. Even in the waiting area, there are activities for children to refocus their attention: an interactive game system, sensory integration boards, magnetic play area, coloring station, and in-floor hopscotch. At the cutting stations, there are DVDs or PS4s -- and even ride-on chairs for Super Hairoes who need further distraction. The salon offers various styles, braids, wash-and-blows, and kolor, and kuts. Even better: For Mother’s Day, combine any two or more of these services and earn 15 percent off during May. All guests earn a special prize, besides the great cut.

Don’t forget that Hannah Lasky of Hannah and Her Scissors (305-772-8426) is available for haircuts, colorings, and other treatments. She recently moved her salon south on the Boulevard, so take note of the new address when booking your appointment: upstairs at 6900 Biscayne Blvd.

Older girls and young women may prefer an appointment with Bianka Martin at Biknx Beautique (4338-A NW 7th Ave., 305-780-9905). She can advise them on the latest street-style looks for prom season and graduation parties. Not only does she work with hair and makeup, she has her own clothing collection as well.

Speaking of proms, Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE) invites all Spartans to the second annual Alumni Fiesta on Saturday, May 4, at 8:00 p.m. for an evening of great food, drinks, and dancing on campus. Reminisce with your fellow grads (1964 to the present) for only $10.

Filling the family with fresh, nutritious food is one of the top goals of every mother, and it’s easy to accomplish during a weekly trip to the Legion Park Farmers Market (6601 Biscayne Blvd.). With 40 vendors, you can find everything from fresh-made smoothies and bee products to hot lunches, and more. The popular “Pallets in the Park” music and poetry series wraps up for the summer on May 25. The market is open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Want to give Mom a break from all the hectic activities? The weekend after Mother’s Day, Bayside Marketplace hosts its first Miami Marlins Funday Pop-Up. That’s May 18, and among many family-friendly activities: Marlins T-Ball & Speed Pitch, a visit from Billy the Marlin, train rides, face painting, caricatures, and fun games. The free fun starts at 11:00 a.m., but it doesn’t mean that you leave Mom at home. After you pose with her for pictures at a special photo spot set up for Mom (available throughout May), give her spending money to go shopping throughout the marketplace, then enjoy dinner and drinks at your choice among more than 30 different restaurants and bars.

Many folks think summer camp is just a treat for the kiddies, but it’s also a great break for mothers now that school is letting out.

New advertiser MM Equestrian Farm (1725 NE 135th St., North Miami, 954-881-5017) offers the Farm Friends Summer Camp as a substitute activity for restless kids ages 5-10 who relish making animal friends like Grandpa Opie, Little Shelley, and Hazel. Each session has a different theme, but the kids will interact with animals and focus on nature and agriculture in general. The camp, inside Enchanted Forest Elaine Gordon Park, runs from June 10 to August 9 and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. Sign up before May 20 and the rate is discounted to $245/week. Afterward, it hops back up to $275/week. Siblings get $50 off the weekly rate.

Aventura Learning Center (2320 NE 171st St., North Miami Beach, 305-940-0475) returns to the BT and tells BizBuzz that the school will be hosting a summer camp from June 1 through July 31. As well as providing activities such as bounce houses, magic shows, movie time, petting zoos, arts and crafts, pottery, music and dance, the camp will also offer nutritious breakfasts, lunches, and snacks as part of the package.

Parents looking for a very affordable option should call returning advertiser Miami Shores Community Church School (9823 NE 4th Ave., Miami Shores, 305-757-5866). The summer camp at this progressive Christian church offers activities such as dress-up days, splash days, cooking, art, dance, and more for kids who are PK4 through 5th grade. The camp runs from June 11 through August 21. Call for registration rates as low as $100 per month and just $75 for siblings. Low weekly rates also available.

Perhaps the kids are too old for summer camp and want intellectual stimulation instead. Allison Academy (1881 NE 164th St., North Miami Beach, 305-940-3922) is enrolling students for its summer school program, which runs from June 17 through July 25. Kids can earn high school credit or just strengthen their performance ahead of the next school year. Classes are small to allow teachers to adapt their instruction to each student’s particular needs. Call for more information.

Now back over to health concerns. If Mom is a bit older, honor her by learning the symptoms of stroke, so you can save her life. The F.A.S.T. mnemonic is a good start.
Face: droopiness or numbness on one side.
Arm: weakness in one arm.
Speech: slurred or strange speech.
Time: call 911 without delay.
Rushing to the ER could not only save her life, but also a lifetime of disability. For more advice and to learn the risk factors for stroke, join interventional neurologist Sonal Mehta on Monday, May 6, at noon at the North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 833-216-2071) for an interactive lecture as part of the center’s Healthy Living Lecture Series.

Mom’s not complaining about the weight you’ve gained since you two were married, of course. But she also wouldn’t mind having you around for many, many more years. If you added a considerable amount of inches, the next free weight-loss lecture at Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., North Miami Beach, 305-585-TRIM) is at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 9.

Congratulations go out to Mount Sinai Medical Center (305-674-CARE), which recently opened its 11th location, at 2504 Biscayne Blvd., convenient to Edgewater and Wynwood. Drop by at any time for free blood pressure and glucose checks, or to set up same- or next-day appointments with a skilled physician.

After your glucose check, walk next door to recharge at Rice Mediterranean Kitchen (2500 Biscayne Blvd., 305-705-6090), which features fast-casual versions of Mediterranean and Persian specialties. You may already be familiar with healthy favorites like spicy baba ganoush or turmeric turkey. But have you tried salmon and sweet potato cake, kubideh, or a joojeh salad? Now’s the time! Clip the BT ad for $5 off an order of $20 or more, which is good until the end of the month.

Around Mother’s Day, the rainy season begins in South Florida. Miami-Dade County reminds BT readers that mosquito prevention begins at home. Drain and cover any locations where water may accumulate. Use repellent on skin and clothing. And if you notice a large increase in skeeters, dial 311 to have county workers treat your area. Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance; they can transmit debilitating diseases. Let’s keep them away.

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