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Aug 11th
BizBuzz September 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
September 2019

APix_BizBuzz_9-19t press time, Hurricane Dorian was still whipping around near the Bahamas, winding up everyone in Florida. Hopefully, the storm only managed to water your plants here in Miami, but it is a reminder that we are in the heart of hurricane season, and everything can change in a heartbeat.

Did you spend storm weekend freaking out about not having a generator or chainsaw or even a handy rake? Visit Joe Blair Garden Supply soon (320 NE 79th St., 305-757-5554). Family owned and operated since 1928, this shop has seen many storms. Courteous and knowledgeable staff will help you pick out any gear you might need, much of it battery-powered! Of course, we’d be remiss not to point out that all this rain of late has been encouraging unsightly grass overgrowth in many yards. You should spend a few moments gazing over the riding lawn mowers on your way out.

Maybe you don’t currently own a lawn. Let’s fix that. For the past 18 years, Marcy Kaplan and Lori Brandt (786-543-5755 or 786-553-1962), the Gimme Shelter team, have been top producers in the Upper Eastside thanks to their stellar service, individualized attention, and visionary eye. Recently the sisters joined Compass Inc., a quickly growing real estate brokerage that focuses on bringing new technologies into the real estate field. Compass is clearly stirring up the industry, but what does that mean for you? A proprietary platform promises to bring you the freshest information in a dynamic new format. In turn, that should reduce the time and pain involved in transactions, while giving you greater confidence that you’ve made the right decision. That also leaves more time for Marcy and Lori to give you personalized advice suited for your particular needs.

If you’ve strained your neck checking out the weather, please welcome back Medi-Station Urgent Care to the pages of the BT (9600 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, 305-603-7650). This walk-in clinic is a quick solution to pains, strains, and body parts inflamed. Although most insurance plans are accepted, rates are kept low for patients paying cash. Do you or your kids need physicals for school, work, or immigration applications? The comprehensive care here include all tests you may need to prove you’re in tip-top shape.

All this recent rain also must have mold counts skyrocketing. If your nose agrees, call Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care (877-4-ALLERGY) to find relief at any of the 18 convenient locations. Allergies are a reaction to something foreign activating your immune system. Triggers could include mold, pollen, bee venom, dust mites, food, textiles, chemicals, etc. And the symptoms range wildly as well, from sneezing to itching to anaphylactic shock. Determine the source and the solution by giving the clinic a ring.

There’s nothing more vexing than speeding down I-95 during a gullywasher, and your wipers suddenly stop cold. The weather here is too mercurial to let that repair go unchallenged. Wait until it is sunny then drive in to Ruben’s Auto Care (63 NW 71 St., 305-756-7426). Master mechanic Gregorio Reyes spent 22 years repairing BT readers’ and staffers’ automobiles at Plaza Tire & Auto, so expect the same great service here, whether you need simple maintenance or extensive repairs to your electrical system, transmission, brakes, or more.

Congratulations go out to Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE), which is welcoming its biggest freshman class in over a decade. This means that Freshman Welcome Week (September 3-6, assuming the hurricane travels well north) is going to be extra exciting -- though the frosh may still get some good-natured razzing at the senior-freshman volleyball game on Friday. Mostly it will be a week of getting acquainted with the school and classmates, and being introduced to all the extracurricular activities for which the school is celebrated.

By the way, Mom, we have to talk. There comes a time when that do-it-yourself hair trimming is no longer a satisfactory solution for your increasingly self-conscious scholar -- especially if your youngster just started classes at a new school. That bowl cut just won’t cut it anymore. Dry their tears and set up an appointment with Hannah Lasky at Hannah & Her Scissors (6900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-772-8426) for a fresh new hairdo. Back-to-school haircuts are 10% off throughout September, but only if you mention Hannah’s ad in the BT.

Your kids may also have noticed their teeth coming in crookedly. 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! No teasing from schoolmates. Well, at least not about a mouth full of train tracks. Call for a free consultation to learn if this treatment is right for your kids (or even you), and remember to mention the ad in the BT.

The eatin’ season starts next month, beginning with Halloween candy, followed quickly by Thanksgiving, and capped off by numerous December holidays and parties. It’s a difficult time for yo-yo dieters. Can you go through that again this year, without help? Doctors at Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., North Miami Beach, 305-585-TRIM) host a free weight-loss lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 12. They’ll explain the center’s program and options; you’ll decide when you want to start on the path to good health.

Speaking of health, North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 833-216-2071) is the first certified thrombectomy-capable stroke center in Miami-Dade. That means they’ve met the rigorous standards for performing endovascular therapy around the clock, any day of the week. This is very important should you suffer a stroke after regular business hours -- every minute counts if you want to save your brain. Of course, the best therapy is prevention. Call 833-216-2071 for a free stroke assessment and advice on a healthier lifestyle.

No matter how fit and youthful an older person is, many prefer the company of mature friends and neighbors. There’s a comfort in sharing similar experiences and complaints -- which is why 55+ communities are so popular in Florida. Imperial Club Apartments (2751 NE 183rd St., 305-521-7219) has been serving Aventura’s silver 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 and hosting special events such as a Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, September 12. The fun takes place from 9:00 a.m. to noon. It’s free and the public is welcome. Consider taking a tour of the grounds while you’re there.

Nearby at Florida International University (3000 NE 151st St., North Miami, 305-919-5900), the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is offering finely aged adults over 50 a great deal on a wine and cheese tasting class hosted by Chip Cassidy, the much-heralded oenophile and FIU professor. The class is held on Wednesday, September 18 from 10:30 a.m. to noon and is only $15. Prost! It’s just one of many terrific classes OLLI offers (

Perhaps you’re still dreaming of that distinctive bayfront condo in the sky. It’s not too late. New to our pages this month is Imburgia Realty (786-566-1903, Cathy Imburgia tells the BT that the brokerage is part of a collection of construction and real estate companies that span three generations, with plenty of industry contacts throughout the Miami area. Check out their current luxury listings. Wow!

Of course, moving could mean selling your current home. Returning advertiser Vanessa Maggi at Vanessa Maggi Team (305-582-7917, tells BizBuzz that homes in the Miami Shores area are selling for up to 83 percent more money than last year because of low inventory -- which means the time is ripe if you’re looking to pare down your living arrangements and fatten up your bank account. Vanessa has lived in the Shores for over 25 years, so she has her finger on the pulse of this market and is quick to foresee lucrative opportunities. The proof is in the sales reports. Her team typically sells properties in fewer than 90 days and at an average of 96 percent of asking price.

Although it’s no longer considered tacky to wear white after Labor Day, especially in the tropics, the holiday does mark a change for locals. The autumnal social and entertainment season begins.

And nothing underscores that more than ArtsLaunch at Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722). This free festival and open house celebrates life downtown with mini performances, interactive workshops, opera previews, kids’ activities, a farmers market, cooking demonstrations, dance lessons, art shows, tours, and much more. A lot more. More than 60 events are scheduled. ArtsLaunch takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 7. Reservations for certain events are encouraged. Come hungry, there will be food trucks, as well as victuals from Brad Kilgore’s BRAVA and the Café at Books & Books.

Don’t forget that the Urban Oasis Project hosts the Arsht Center Market (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Mondays and the Legion Park Farmers Market (6601 Biscayne Blvd.) on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fresh produce is the key to health, but there are also plenty of vendors who straddle the naughty-but-nice fence, such as Alchemy Dogs, which is a chef-driven hot dog concept that recently joined the roster at Legion Park.

This year’s Sounds of Bayside competition takes place at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 19, at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344). Winners get paid gigs, so you may enjoy a preview of next year’s local stars. Interested in being part of the competition? The entertainment team is looking for outstanding performers, bands, singers, spoken-word or solo artists. You can be a new or veteran act that needs exposure and the opportunity to perform on a regular basis. Send a sample of your work to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for consideration.

Don’t forget thatMartha/Mary Concerts (305-458-0111, launches its 2019-2020 Yamaha Concerts Series on Saturday, October 12, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, October 13, at 3:00 p.m. with the Portland String Quartet performing “Beethoven, Brahms, and Shortnin’ Bread.” Tickets range from $15 to $50. Subscriptions for the four concert series cost between $60 and $135. 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 you’ve been making good use of those Miami Spice specials, you’ve probably been fantasizing about being able to afford the full-priced meals at your favorite restaurants. Does that daydream also involve owning your own restolounge or bar? Let attorney Steve Polisar bring that vision to life (407 Lincoln Rd., Suite 2A, Miami Beach; 305-672-7772, x 206). It’s no secret that securing permits for a bar or alcohol-serving restaurant is not exactly easy here. You can spend a lot of your precious time finding out why, or you can enlist Steve’s services in easing through the permitting process. Guess what we recommend?

Perhaps that investment fantasy instead involves looking for the right rental property? Here in Florida? Or perhaps even overseas? New advertiser Phillip Cukras (1-800-790-PHIL) with Real Living Real Estate has leads on a few properties that could make you feel like you’re the star of your own House Hunters International show. Call him to discuss owning a gorgeous beachfront resort in Costa Rica or something closer to home.

Do you already have a rental property that’s just sitting there fallow? 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 plenty of support, including easy registration, 24-hour online access to listings, advertising help, no time limits on listings, and a pool of eager, vetted applicants who want a place to call home. Best part: the program has a 95 percent success rate. Call for details.

The folks at Miami-Dade County also kindly remind everyone that dumping trash and debris by the side of the road, on private property, or in bodies of water is highly illegal. That, we’re sure, every BT reader already knew, but did you know that too many people are “dumping garbage” into the recyclers? Not all plastics and glass and metals are recyclable. It’s actually quite limited, so stick to the “Simple 5”: paper, cans, cardboard, cartons, and bottles. When it doubt, throw it out...with the regular garbage.

One last thing to remember on the other side of Labor Day: Election season is ramping up, and a great way to stay informed is by reading the ads in Biscayne Times.


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