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BizBuzz: March 2020 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
March 2020

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

PPix_BizBuzz_3-20andemic or not? Whichever way it turns out, COVID-19 (the Wuhan coronavirus) has got you washing your hands and watching your stocks. Neither looks pretty at the moment, but you can catch a break by loading up on a few BizBuzz deals and suggestions.

Currently, the Trump administration is working on changes to the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 that could allow people and companies to harm birds with no serious repercussions. This news comes on the heels of a scientific report warning that the bird population has shrunk by about 30 percent since 1970. If this ruffles your feathers, you’re not alone, but you can help. Since 1980, returning advertiser Pelican Harbor Seabird Station (1279 NE 79th St., 305-751-9840) has treated tens of thousands of birds (and other native fauna) who arrived weakened by illness or injury. Donate your time or money to this great local institution, and help a feathered friend get back into his or her nest.

Filmmaker, playwright, journalist, and activist Josh Fox travels to Miami for six one-man performances of The Truth Has Changed. Best known as the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning writer/director/narrator of Gasland, Fox unleashes a funny, insightful, and powerful monologue, based on his book of the same name. He confronts a “post-truth world” by tracing propaganda and misinformation disseminated since the September 11 attacks. He’ll participate afterward in a panel discussion and Q&A that focuses on applying the show’s themes locally. Presented by returning advertiser MDC Live Arts. Tickets are $30 and available at Performances at MDC Live Arts Lab@MDC Wolfson Campus (300 NE 2nd Ave., Bldg. 1) are at 8:00 p.m. on March 13 and 14. Then at 3:00 p.m. on March 15. A week later Fox performs at Miami Light Box (404 NW 26th St.) at 8:00 p.m. on March 20 and 21, and again at 3:00 p.m. on March 22.

Sure, the GPS on your phone is convenient, but does it have the grace, the elegance, the poetry of a 200-year-old hand-drawn map? Is it as fun as a giant, spinning globe? We think not, and neither do the cartophiles gathering at the 27th Annual Miami International Map Fair hosted by faithful advertiser HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St., 305-375-1492) on March 14 and 15. The fair features world-renowned speakers and 34 of the finest international dealers, exhibiting their exceptional antique maps, rare antiquarian books, globes, atlases and ephemera. Non-member tickets are $15, but discounts are available for kids and students. Ask about VIP passes. 

Eggplant Emoji, Chicha Frutillada, and Falco Punch Captain Crunch are a few of the curiously christened beers you might sample at Unbranded Brewing Company (1395 E. 11th Ave., Hialeah, 305-773-1045,, along with less mysteriously monikered brews, such as golden ale, guava wheat, black coffee New England IPA, and chocolate peanut butter stout. Just opened in Hialeah, Unbranded hopes its taproom will become a large draw in the Leah Arts District as the company expands its brewing capacity in the coming year. The nontraditional water profiles, choice barley, experimental hops, and novel woods help create a 30,000-square-foot craft beer wonderland for those hopheads seeking the next novel flavor to entrance their taste buds.

Are you considering expanding that home brew kit under the sink into an actual bar? Attorney Steve Polisar (407 Lincoln Rd., Suite 2A, Miami Beach; 305-672-7772, ext. 206) can turn that dream into reality. Decades of direct experience in handling all manner of permitting issues (imagine being a lawyer and nightclub operator on South Beach) give him an edge in this competitive market. Try dealing with the permit office by yourself; then call Steve to do it the easy way.

Gesundheit! You’re probably wondering if that little sneeze means an early start to the pollen season or a late entry to the colds and flu season. Or maybe you feel as if your asthma is acting up. Staff at Medi-Station Urgent Care (9600 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, 305-603-7650) can address your ailments during a walk-in appointment and prescribe the medicines or other treatments you’ll need to feel comfortable as quickly as possible.

If your asthma or allergies are severe, the board-certified specialists at Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care (877-4-ALLERGY) can provide the latest treatments for even the most difficult cases. Pollen season may remind many readers that they have seasonal allergies, but for others, their allergens are present year round. Call for an appointment at any of four offices convenient to the Biscayne Corridor: Aventura, Hollywood, Miami Beach, and North Miami Beach.

Mount Sinai Medical Center (305-674-CARE) reminds readers that March is colorectal cancer awareness month. Sadly, it’s the third most common cancer diagnosed in the U.S., but testing for it can be very simple and not too intrusive if you don’t have a family history or other reason to suspect cancer. Make an appointment today with one of Mount Sinai’s expert specialists to learn more and rest assured.

To get yourself to the doctor’s office, you’ll need a vehicle that works properly. So before you or your car gets sick, drive over to Ruben’s Car Care (63 NW 71st St., 305-756-7426) for an oil change and 21-point inspection. Master mechanic Gregorio Reyes and his son Edgar transitioned over to Ruben’s after years of excellent service at Plaza Tire & Auto, which closed last May. Expect the same great service you received at Plaza tire, whether you need simple maintenance or extensive repairs. Check this month’s ad for a coupon.

Not every ailment can be cured with just a pill and the accompanying bill. Sometimes a body needs a holistic approach that unthreads the binds between mind, body, and spirit. Enhanced Healing Wellness Center (887 NE 125th St., North Miami, 786-409-1352) offers different approaches, some ancient, to the problems of modern life. Varied counseling services are available after an initial assessment to gauge your particular needs in overcoming addiction, anxiety, lack of self-esteem, and many other common issues. The center also hosts a full yoga studio (restorative, yin, hatha, meditative, and mindful), as well as offering neuro-linguistic programming, hypnosis, vibro-acoustic therapy, reiki, massage, essential oils, and ayurveda treatments. Start by mentioning the BT and receive 15% off any massage treatment this month.

March Madness means college basketball finals…to some of us. To others, it means we’re mad that we still haven’t dropped those holiday pounds, despite our vows and resolutions. So march over to CykleJab (575 NE 87th St., Miami Shores, 305-906-1444), where March Madness means trying out the Ultimate 50 Group classes for one week at only $29.99. You get guaranteed results from a multifaceted program that focuses on a whole-body experience. Besides high-performance stationary bikes, the studio offers weight training, resistance bands, and water-filled punching bags. The gym recently added a number of small group and personal training classes to its arsenal. Call for scheduling.

After a heady workout, treat yourself to Guarapo Organic Juice Bar & Café (13200 Biscayne Blvd., 786- 542-0960) where a large assortment of fruit juices, blends, and smoothie recipes will speed you to recovery. Their signature guarapo (sugar cane juice) is the perfect pick-me-up; ask any guajiro. Healthful dishes that include sandwiches, wraps, and bowls filled with fresh veggies, fruits, legumes, meats, and more are available, too. If the small red-toned individual with trident and tail sitting on your left shoulder insists, sample some of the shop’s cookies, muffins, palmiers, and other snacks. This month, clip the BT coupons to get one free 12-ounce juice with purchase of same; a free empanada with any purchase; or $5 off a $20 purchase.

If you love the traditional Greek and Mediterranean dishes at Amaranthine Mediterranean Bistro (9801 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, 786-907-4924), you’ll be thrilled by the Pasta Wednesday and the Greek Thursday dinner deals, which are $15 and under. Spinach ravioli, lasagna Bolognese, and fettucine marinara are some of the featured dishes. Spend those savings on a good bottle of wine.

Congratulations go out to Claire Tomlin, whose Market Company, is launching a new farmers market on Miami Beach at Henry Liebman Square, 41st Street and Pine Tree Drive. The 41st Street Marketplace opens Sunday, March 1, and will be located at the same spot from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Sunday hereafter. If you’ve visited Claire’s markets before, you know to expect fresh produce, plants, spices, snacks, baked goods, juices, and more. You’ll find an emphasis on kosher products at this location, as well as artisan wares, antiques, and other market staples. It should be a great stop to pick up snacks on the way to the beach.

On the Miami side of Biscayne Bay, Legion Park Farmers Market (6601 Biscayne Blvd.) continues to serve the Biscayne Corridor from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Saturday. Pallets in the Park on March 28 will spotlight performances from local musicians and poets. The last one featured a workshop, where you could sew a market bag out of repurposed fabric. Fun! Visit for more news and information.

Brushing, flossing, and gargling are the dental equivalent of an apple a day, but if you chipped a tooth biting into that Granny Smith, do you have a regular dentist who can quickly fix what may be a very painful problem? Make an introductory appointment with José J. Alvarez & Associates (3483 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305-224-6714) before the damage happens. If you are a senior, first responder, or veteran, sign up for the office’s own Advantage insurance program. The fees for the first year are only $99 and drop to $45 thereafter. Membership is free if you mention Biscayne Times. Included are a free dental exam, X-rays, implant consult, CT-scan, dental cleanings, discounts on dental procedures, and affordable implants if you need them. Oh, and cut up that apple next time!

Dr. Valeria Soltanik of Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334) also has a great deal on dental care. She’s offering Zoom teeth whitening for only $200 and 45 minutes of your time. Get that Hollywood smile discount by mentioning the BT when you make the appointment.

Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000), returns to the pages of Biscayne Times to excite readers about the Triple Crown contenders racing in the $1 million Florida Derby on March 28. This race is part of the official Road to the Kentucky Derby, so much of the same revelry takes place. Rub elbows with celebrities, television and film personalities, top horse owners, trainers, and jockeys. Tickets cost from $24 to $365, but don’t forget to splurge on dining and drinks. Visit for more info.

The sports festivities don’t stop there. Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave.) hosts its annual Spartan Golf Classic at the Country Club of Miami (6801 NW 186th St., Hialeah) on Friday, March 27. The tournament supports the Spartans-4-Spartans program, which helps students encountering special financial hardships. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., and the tournament includes a lunch at Outback Steakhouse and beverages by Bacardi. Call Melissa Sanchez at 305-623-PACE, ext. 212 or e-mail her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

If you haven’t been downtown in a while, the 176-foot-tall Bayside Observation Wheel is almost complete and scheduled to open soon next to the Hard Rock Café at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344). It could become one of the biggest draws in downtown Miami, just for the scenic views of Biscayne Bay. Also new at Bayside are Alternative, Bubble Kill, Mammamia, Puccis Pizza, and Tasca Paella, joining about 140 other stores, shops, and restaurants. There’s free live music daily, as well as the Mercado specialty retail market.

The Queen’s Six is an English chapel choir made up of lay clerks from St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Besides their religious duties, they also regularly sing for Queen Elizabeth. On Sunday, April 19, the Queen’s Six performs at Corpus Christi Church (3220 NW 7 Ave.) for us commoners. Tickets for this Martha/Mary Yamaha Concert are $15 and $25, and include a reception after the concert.

Clearly, the queen has always had her own retinue of caretakers. However, you or loved ones could soon require your own assisted living. Welcome back returning advertiser Bay Oaks Historic Retirement Residence (435 NE 34th St., 305-573-4337) to schedule a tour of the beautiful grounds and accommodations at this historic retirement residence. It’s not Windsor Castle, but it resembles a charming bed and breakfast, with amenities specifically designed for senior living.


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