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

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

FPix_2_BizBuzz_8-19or many of us in the Biscayne Corridor, August is the busiest month. The carefree beach days of July give way to hurricane prepping and back-to-school sales. Oh heck, let’s just wrap up every chore and project we can think of right now. It’ll be fun...when it’s all done!

Call Dr. Sydney Sher Segall at Sher Dental (12000 Biscayne Blvd. #130, 305-891-2444) to set up an appointment to fix any issues impacting your pearly whites before the first day of school. Services include cleanings, veneers, bridges, braces, implants, cosmetic dentistry, gum surgery, and much more. Remember, a pretty smile involves more than just teeth. Dr. Sher Segall offers Juvederm and Botox to beautify your entire expression.

This month, Dr. Valeria Soltanik at Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334) is promoting a new orthodontic treatment at her Aventura office. No wires! No brackets! Call for a free consultation to see if this treatment is right for you, and remember to mention her ad in Biscayne Times.

If you spent the whole summer hiding your figure at the beach, sign up for the next free weight-loss lecture at Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., North Miami Beach, 305-585-TRIM). Doctors will explain the center’s program and surgery options at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 8. Imagine how trim you’ll be by next summer if you develop healthier habits now.

That includes switching candy for produce. The parade of summer tropical fruits continues at the Legion Park Farmers Market (6601 Biscayne Blvd.) on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and at the Arsht Center Market (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Mondays, with dragonfruit, starfruit, jackfruit, mamey, and graviolas leading the local group. Recent rains have made the bananas and papayas very happy, and they return the favor in sweetness.

Speaking of the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722), Siempre Flamenco’s 14th annual Festival de Cante Flamenco brings together some of Spain’s brightest singing stars, such as Rocío Bazán, Manuel de Manuel, and Javier Heredia accompanied by guitarist Paco Fernández and world-renowned dancer Antonio Castro. Although many consider flamenco to be a folk dance exclusively, the singers are just as important to the form. Siempre Flamenco’s founding members, Paco and Celia Fonta, round out the list of performers. The festival runs from August 30 through September 1, with both afternoon and evening performances. Tickets are $48 and $60.

Just down the Boulevard, Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344) is holding an open house for business-leasing opportunities. Come by the management office on August 28 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, or on August 29 from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. to learn how to call Bayside Marketplace your home. First-time business owners are welcome. Can’t make it? Simply call for more info.

If your interests lie more along the lines of a liquor license, attorney Steve Polisar (407 Lincoln Rd., Suite 2A, Miami Beach; 305-672-7772, x 206) is your man. Steve has seen every cockamamie rule, law, code, and just plain stubbornness thrown his way. So let him fill out all that nasty paperwork, and you figure out what wines you want to serve with dinner on opening night.

Or do you have residential properties you’d like to rent out, but little luck in finding qualified tenants? RentConnect (305-349-7368, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) is a service of the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust. Through the program, a team of housing professionals gives you lots of support so that eager applicants can find and pay for a place to call home. Good for you. Good for them. And good for the community.

Need to clean that rental? New advertiser Maid Green (941 NE 79th St., 305-757-0575) has a contemporary concept behind its brand: By using non-toxic cleaning supplies, owners Evie and Roy Weddle keep you and our planet healthier -- at affordable prices. Of course they do windows -- and yoga studios, nursing facilities, daycare centers, and gyms, as well as your home and office. Call for an estimate.

By the way, it’s now or next year if your hurricane preparedness tools need maintenance or replacement. Staff at Joe Blair Garden Supply (320 NE 79th St., 305-757-5554) -- family owned and operated since 1928 -- can repair or renew your old generators, chainsaws, and other gear that you’ll want handy after a storm. Or guide you to the newest, most efficient tools available on the market. Crank ’em up today.

Whether we get a hurricane this year or not, consider a little remodeling in time for the holiday season coming up...quickly. Biscayne Times welcomes back the Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show (305-667-9299, to our pages and to the Mana Wynwood Convention Center (318 NW 23rd St.) August 30 to September 2. Enjoy tips on home improvement and décor choices, lifestyle classes, design and expert advice, exclusive offers and savings, and enter to win a personal design consultation with Martin Amado of the So Flo Home Project. One-day passes cost $7 (11 and under: $1) until August 29, when the prices go up by $3.

Registered for school? No? Then your assignment today is to check out Allison Academy (1881 NE 164th St., North Miami Beach, 305-940-3922). Classes begin on Thursday, August 15, for students in sixth grade or higher. However, students should come in early for schedules, locker assignments, and to sign up for sports teams and extracurricular clubs, on August 13 and 14. This independent school has a low student-to-teacher ratio and utilizes placement tests to assess each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Advanced-placement classes are available, as well as after-school programs in sports, music, art, and robotics. Ask about the new entrepreneurial curriculum when you call.

New Spartans are asked to attend Spartan Experience Orientation on Friday, August 16, at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE). Student ambassadors will explain to their new classmates the academic procedures, spiritual growth opportunities, and the extracurricular activities available. Also a renowned guest speaker will convey to the new students the great experience that awaits them at Pace High.

Parents with younger children should consider the Miami Shores Community Church School (9823 NE 4th Ave., Miami Shores, 305-757-5866) which takes in children from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. Although Christian, this progressive church does not push beliefs or doctrines on its members and students -- instead sharing values, missions, and commitments. Besides the expected curriculum, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in foreign languages, arts, sports, debate, and robotics. The school even has a STEM lab.

The first day of class can be a combination of excitement and dread for many kids. Consider adding to the excitement by surprising the little scholars with a treat from Nothing Bundt Cakes (15400 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 112, 305-974-4536). These signature bundt cakes come in ten flavors, several sizes (including a personal-size bundlet), and more than 40 unique designs. They are made kosher with real eggs, butter, and cream cheese. So while they may be an indulgence, they are balanced out with healthier ingredients, instead of just something mixed up in a chemistry lab.

And now for the dreads? Staff at Kids Go Kuts (2130 NE 123rd St., North Miami, 786-618-5992) strive to make the salon experience fun, or at least stress-free for kids by using distractions and activities that refocus a child’s attention away from the scissors and combs. This month the salon offers a parent-child combo haircut for only $35. Both haircuts must be done during the same visit.

Don’t wait for classes to start to prepare for a potential emergency. Call Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care (877-4-ALLERGY) today and ensure your kids’ allergy prescriptions are up to date. With 18 convenient locations, you can easily schedule an appointment around a busy workload.

If we’re lucky, we get to keep our parents until they become our children. We can’t always bring them home, though, and many want to retain their freedom a little longer. Imperial Club Apartments (2751 NE 183rd St., 305-521-0414) has been serving the Aventura community for 30 years by providing both assisted and independent living arrangements for seniors. New owners are currently upgrading apartments and common areas, while adding amenities. Call today for more info and to schedule a tour.

While we’re discussing late-in-life options, let’s mention organ donation. This month’s free lecture at the North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 833-773-6341) is on the myths and misconceptions of organ donation. More than 114,000 people in the U.S. are awaiting a lifesaving organ donation. Find out how you can help on Tuesday, August 27, at noon. Refreshments will be served.

Now that you’ve completed all your tasks quickly and efficiently (we’re sure), give summer at least one more grand day to impress you with its carefree joy. Bring the family to Tidal Cove at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Aventura (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 305-932-6200), where the kids can enjoy a lazy river, thrilling waterslides, or simulated surfing. Mom and Dad can sedate themselves with tropical cocktails by the VIP pool. Or is it let the kids have a Shirley Temple by the pool, and the parents take on the adventure rides? Either way, the day membership is $75 weekdays, $105 weekends, and gives guests access to all of the resort’s other amenities as well.

Considering a yearly membership with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami<B> (61 NE 41st St., 305-901-5272)? Now’s the time to buy one for only $250. Sure, museum admission is free, but not Miami Art Week perks and other benefits. You’ll also get free admission and discounts to over 700 museums across the country.

And now for a musical interlude. Martha/Mary Concerts (305-458-0111, has announced its 2019-2020 Yamaha Concerts Series, with subscriptions on sale from $60 to $135 for the four concerts. Or feel free to purchase tickets for individual shows. First on the schedule is the Portland String Quartet performing “Beethoven, Brahms, and Shortnin’ Bread” on Saturday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 13, at 3:00 p.m. All concerts take place on the campus of the exquisite Corpus Christi Church/La Merced Chapel (3220 NW 7th Ave.). Free onsite parking is available.

If the music moved you into taking a sudden trip to Beethoven’s birthplace, RoadRunner Packing & Shipping (9480 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, 305-456-8662) wants BizBuzz to let busy readers know that the shop now offers expedited passport services, including $10.99 pictures. You can renew in as little as one day. While you’re there, make use of RoadRunner’s shredding services. Be secure by not leaving a paper trail behind you while on your trip.

Once everything is in its proper place, you might notice that you have extra time on your hands. Why not volunteer for the Citizens’ Independent Transportation Trust? The group oversees expenditures paid for by the proceeds of a half-cent sales surtax. You will have a definitive say on where that money goes. Buses, trains, or personal jet packs. Well, maybe not the last one. Not yet, anyway. See the ad for a better understanding of the process.

Speaking of getting everything done when she had to, have you met Carmen Flores yet? You might already know her as the owner of Maid Services 4 U (561-577-9363, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , But it wasn’t always so. The 2009 economic downturn hit Carmen particularly hard, causing her to lose her paralegal job. Like many, she dreamed of starting her own business, one that could survive the bad economy, but leave her enough time for her kids. She recalled that as a child she helped her mother in cleaning elite homes and launched this thriving business. So if you need luxury housekeeping, balcony and window cleaning, home maintenance packages and concierge services, call this inspiring woman now for an estimate. Mention the BT and receive up to $50 off when you schedule a weekly service.

Finally, Biscayne Times wishes longtime friends Frankie Cupri and wife Priscilla good luck in their new endeavors. These two have deliciously fed many, many BT readers and staffers at Andiamo Pizza -- which is not closing! Their outgoing message to neighbors, friends, and loyal customers: “After 12 years of having the honor of serving you and your families, it is time to begin a new chapter in our lives. We would like to thank you all for allowing us to bring our pizza to your homes. It has truly been a great experience getting to know generations of Andiamo customers. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”


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