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Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
January 2020

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

Hbigstock-New-Beautiful-American-Footbal-297078361appy New Year and Happy New Decade!

Start the New Year with a pair of great jazz pianists in the awe-inspiring Chapel of La Merced at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church (3220 NW 7th Ave.) Martha/Mary Concerts (305-458-0111, presents Shelly Berg and Martin Bejerano in a duo performance Saturday, January 11, at 7:30 p.m. as part of the organization’s “Salon Series.” Berg’s list of honors is near endless, while Bejerano is an up-and-coming new star whose résumé already brims with praise. The evening will be enhanced with an intimate jazz-club table setting for a small audience; dessert and champagne will be served. Tickets cost $50. Can’t make this performance? Pencil in the same performers for Sunday, January 12, at 3:00 p.m., also at La Merced. This performance won’t have the same jazz club vibe but will feature reduced ticket prices at $15 and $25.

Every February 2, Punxsutawney Phil (the groundhog) never had much sway with Miamians, but he could gain our attention by predicting the winner of Super Bowl, which is being held later that same day at Hard Rock Stadium. Tickets for the game are still available and absurdly priced at press time, but you can have a great time watching the game at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344) for less than what the parking at the stadium will cost. Enjoy live music, shopping, dinner, and drinks at over 140 shops, bars, and restaurants. If you feel the need to participate a little more fully in the football festivities, Super Bowl Live, a free weeklong fan fest presented by the NFL, will be held next door at Bayfront Park.

The time is now to claim the best seats for “Thibaudet and Pictures at an Exhibition” on Saturday, January 11, at 8:00 p.m. at the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd.). Returning advertiser, the New World Symphony (305-673-3331,, will be supporting acclaimed pianist Jean-Yves Thibaudet in a performance of Berlioz’s Overture to Benvenuto Cellini, Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No. 5 (Egyptian), and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Tickets start at $45 and include complimentary beer samples from Concrete Beach Brewery.

Matisyahu returns to the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St., 877-311-7469) on Wednesday, January 22, and Thursday, January 23, both nights at 8:00 p.m. The popular singer, rapper, and beatbox artist will perform two nights of acoustic versions of his hits and other songs, accompanied by Aaron Dugan and Miami-native guitarist Adam Weinberg. His shows sold out last year, so buy your tickets early, especially if you’re seeking a seat in the meet-and-greet section. Tickets cost $59-$109.

Biscayne Times and BizBuzz congratulate our former business manager Sal Monterosso, who has started a new venture: Grandview Bookkeeping Services (305-834-9598, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). With tax season rapidly approaching, now’s the time to contact Sal about your government obligations and business responsibilities. He may have 30 years of experience, but he charges reasonable rates. Still not sure? Ask our BT publisher and you’ll hear that Sal is “a stickler for detail, super reliable, and 100 percent trustworthy.”

Is your oldest daughter building a robot in the basement? Did you need to ask one of the younger ones to reinstall the operating system on your computer? Did the littlest one ask for a textbook on subatomic particle physics for Christmas? If you answered yes to any of these questions, consider signing the girls up for the “Big Sisters & Little Sisters STEM workshop” at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE) on Saturday, January 25, from 8:00 a.m. to noon. The workshop is a great introduction for girls in grades 5-8 to STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math). Older girls in the school’s STEM club will mentor the younger ones in STEM concepts, and the group will take part in various projects. The cost is only $20 and includes all activities, breakfast, and a T-shirt.

Expectant mothers may have a few years before they need worry about their daughters’ high school activities, but breastfeeding advice for first-time moms is more than welcome. North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 877-874-5933) is hosting three breastfeeding classes during January. On Wednesday, January 8, at 6:30 p.m., the class is held in English. A Russian-language class is offered Thursday, January 16, at 4:30 p.m.; it also includes instruction on childbirth. The final class for the month, in Spanish, is Tuesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m. All classes are free.

A new baby is one of many reasons to celebrate the new year. And one that certainly deserves more than just an average cake. Chef Jenny Rissone at Pastry Is Art (12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-603-9340) can create a specialty cake for kids or for any occasion.

Now to refocus your efforts away from sweets and back to the perennial battle to get in shape by bikini season (which is pretty much year round in Miami). CykleJab (575 NE 87th St., Miami Shores, 305-906-1444) is offering a “42 Day Shred” course that will burn away all your holiday pudding and then some. An accountability coach will keep you faithful to the program, which includes three group workouts a week (with a certified trainer) and a nutrition plan. Space is limited, so call today for reservations and more information.

For those who need a radical approach to slimming, Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., North Miami Beach, 305-585-TRIM) is hosting a free gastric-sleeve and weight loss seminar Thursday, January 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the north campus. You’ll learn about the center’s holistic program, which includes personalized nutrition guidance, psychological counseling, and tailored fitness plans. Call to reserve your spot.

The bête noire for some may be their teeth. Whether you speak French through your pearlies or not, José J. Alvarez & Associates (3483 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305-224-6714) is offering an exclusive deal to BT readers. Take advantage of a 20 percent savings off the doctor’s handcrafted, signature veneers that only take two visits to complete. The offer expires at the end of January, so call for a complimentary consultation and have a beautiful smile by Valentine’s Day. Dr. Alvarez is an award-winning graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and a board-certified implantologist.

National Drug and Alcohol Education Facts Week is January 22-27. Medi-Station Urgent Care (9600 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, 305-603-7650) is observing the occasion by providing educational materials on vaping and drug use for families with teens. With the recent spate of vaping deaths and illnesses, spreading awareness is crucial. Discreet alcohol and drug testing is available for parents and employers. Also, consider scheduling a regular wellness visit, so you can learn how to cope with more sundry problems like weight loss and hormone replacement. Most insurance plans are accepted. Walks-in for illness or injury are always welcome.

For serious wounds and diseases, call Mount Sinai Medical Center (305-674-CARE) to set up an appointment with one of the great physicians at 14 locations across the area. IBM Watson Health selected the hospital as one of its Top 100 winners in 2019, the only one in South Florida so named. Mount Sinai outperformed 2700 other hospitals across the U.S. to gain this honor. And the recently opened Skolnick Surgical Tower and Hildebrandt Emergency Center at the main campus (4300 Alton Rd., Miami Beach) is a welcome addition, filled with the latest technologies.

If you already know you have an allergy, call the Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care (877-4-ALLERGY) to enlist the help of their board-certified doctors in treating your miserable or possibly fatal symptoms. Whether it’s a skin, food, nasal, or systemic allergy that’s troubling you, doctors can diagnose the cause and prescribe necessary therapy to relieve the symptoms. There are four offices convenient to the Biscayne Corridor: Aventura, Hollywood, Miami Beach, and North Miami Beach. Stay ahead of the spring pollen season by calling today.

A simple way to stay healthy is to eat healthy. Okay, okay, it’s not that simple in a food desert or other location where fresh, quality groceries are hard to acquire. Fortunately, the Legion Park Farmers Market (6601 Biscayne Blvd.) tries to solve that problem for Upper Eastside residents. Check it out. Maybe you’ll find a new variety of lettuce that’s so pleasing, you’ll eat it daily -- with gusto. Besides produce and proteins, you can shop for flowers, honey, and gifts from several longtime vendors. The market is open from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Saturday.

Ya know...your body isn’t the only member of your family that needs a regular checkup. Drive your vehicle in to Ruben’s Auto Care (63 NW 71st St., 305-756-7426) for an oil change and 21-point inspection. Master mechanic Gregorio Reyes spent 22 years repairing BT readers’ and staffers’ automobiles at Plaza Tire & Auto, which closed shop in May. Fortunately, Gregorio and his brother own Ruben’s now, and brought Gregorio’s son Edgar with them. So you can expect the same great service here, whether you need simple maintenance or extensive repairs to your electrical system, transmission, brakes, and more. Check this month’s ad for a coupon.

The much anticipated grand opening of Unbranded Brewing Company (1395 E. 11th Ave., Hialeah, 305-773-1045, finally takes place on Saturday, February 8. The use of nontraditional water profiles, choice barley, experimental hops, and novel woods for aging provide a basis for the golden ale, guava wheat ale, IPAs, a rotating wood-aged beer, and other suds that promise to be a large draw in the burgeoning LEAH Arts District. Muralists have covered this 30,000-square-foot temple to the tap in art, supplementing the neighborhood theme.

If you’d like to open up your own bar, call on attorney Steve Polisar (407 Lincoln Rd., Suite 2A, Miami Beach; 305-672-7772, x 206), who has decades of experience in handling all kinds of hospitality issues, from inhospitable government agencies to difficult landlords and other nonsense. How did he learn? He’s personally owned five different clubs, bars, and restaurants, and has seen just about every obstacle that can be thrown in your path. Learn from the master.

Did the holidays destroy your bank account? But your inner clotheshorse is still demanding new threads? Swish Boutique (771 NE 125th St., North Miami, 786-482-8780) not only has vintage and contemporary clothing at great prices, but trade-ins receive 50 percent of the resale value in store credit, and students get a 15 percent discount on Saturdays with current school ID. So you can be good to your wallet and good to the environment, while showing up to every party in a completely different outfit.

Speaking of new looks, many of us need a fresh one to go with our new “2020 vision.” It’s a new decade, after all. Call Hannah Lasky (305-772-8426, upstairs at 6900 Biscayne Blvd.) to schedule a new cut and color, whether you’re a woman, man, or child.

Need we remind you that Valentine’s Day is coming up on a Friday this year? A Friday! That means the battle for reservations at your favorite restaurant is going to be extra tough, so make them as early as you can.

Consider calling Mark Soyka’s Café Roval (5808 NE 4th Ct., 786-953-7850) for an evening at one of the most romantic destinations in the city. The historic coral rock architecture tucked away in a tropical garden impresses just about any date long before she or he has even tasted the Mediterranean-inspired menu and any of about 100 artisanal wines.

Amaranthine Mediterranean Bistro (9801 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, 786-907-4924), a recent addition to the Miami Shores business district, is another great choice for a special date, any month. Enjoy traditional Greek dishes, such as moussaka, galaktoboureko, and skopelos, or expand the map to include lobster risotto, ribeye steak, and house-made gnocchi. Start with one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails, and you’re guaranteed a night to remember.

Perhaps you’d like a more casual location to avoid giving your date any long-term expectations. Sushi Lucy (1680 NE 123rd St., North Miami, 786-391-2668) offers its take on Kaitenzushi -- which is sushi that’s delivered on a conveyor belt. Here the sushi floats down a miniature river on small boats. See cargo that you’d like to eat? Pick it up and enjoy. The bill is based on the colored plates you select. Fun for all ages.

Biscayne Park residents! Don’t forget you have a January 7 special election for two commission seats. Get informed and go vote!


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Biscayne Times and BizBuzz congratulate our former business manager Sal Monterosso, who has started a new venture: Grandview Bookkeeping Services (305-834-9598, With tax season rapidly approaching, now’s the time to contact Sal about your government obligations and business responsibilities. He may have 30 years of experience, but he charges reasonable rates. Still not sure? Ask our BT publisher and you’ll hear that Sal is “a stickler for detail, super reliable, and 100 percent trustworthy.”

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