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

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

Tbigstock-Coronavirus-prevention-medical-353725838he march of the coronavirus across Miami has slowed, and hospitals here were spared the horrors experienced in cities like New York. All thanks to you doing your part to keep everyone safe!

That’s the good news. We’ll still have to catch up economically, and that may be the longer battle. The safer-at-home orders will ease in stages, but you can begin your own process right now: Please consider patronizing as many Biscayne Times advertisers as you can in the coming month.

While still home, catch up on Miami history. Veteran journalist and BT contributor John Dorschner has a new e-book out, Verdict on Trial, about the 1980 killing of black motorcyclist Arthur McDuffie. The surprise acquittal of five white police officers sparked riots that left 18 dead and $100 million in damage. Dorschner’s research shows that the prosecution’s case was a mess from the start. The e-book is available on Amazon. For more information, go to

If your car has been sitting in the driveway these past few weeks, it may desperately need an oil change or new battery. Call master mechanic Gregorio Reyes and his son Edgar at Ruben’s Auto Care (63 NW 71st St., 305-756-7426) for a quick inspection or more extensive repairs. The pair formerly worked at Plaza Tire & Auto until the shop closed down last year. You can expect the same great service here, too!

Many people are avoiding doctors’ offices over fears that they’ll join the ranks of those sick with COVID-19. But they might not need an in-person visit to address what ails them. Call Medi-Station Urgent Care (9600 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, 305-603-7650) to schedule a Telehealth appointment right from your own home. If you need to come in for an emergency, the clinic has implemented safety protocols to keep you safe.

Tooth decay is relentless, and it’s best not to put off treatment too far into the future; you’ll risk lost teeth and gum disease. José J. Alvarez & Associates (3483 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305-224-6714) want you to know that the safety of the community and their patients is their top priority. With new COVID-19 prevention protocols in place, you’ll feel safe receiving any needed dental treatments. Also remember that the office has launched its own, very affordable, Senior Advantage Dental Plan.

Allergies won’t cut you a break just because you’re on lockdown. But you can remain ensconced at home, and talk to board-certified doctors at the Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care (877-4-ALLERGY, through a telemedicine appointment. In-person consults are available too, if needed. Office hours and days are reduced, so call today or visit the website to make the earliest available appointment.

Speaking of allergies, are they worse this year? Seems so. Is it because people aren’t trimming trees or mowing lawns to the same degree? Remember that Joe Blair Garden Supply (320 NE 79th St., 305-757-5554) remains open as an essential business. You can buy new or repair your old landscaping tools and power equipment -- they have proper sanitation procedures in place for your safety. The hurricane predictions suggest this is going to be a busy year, so think about your generator needs now.

It’s no surprise that mental-health hotline calls have spiked in the past month. Enhanced Healing Wellness Center (887 NE 125th St., North Miami, 786-409-1352, offers counseling services online or by phone. These are strange days when many old issues from our past can return; call today to address anxiety, depression, addiction, stress, and other problems. The center has online classes and streaming meditations.

If you have school kids, you’re well aware that schools are closed for the rest of the academic year. Alleviate some of that distance learning anxiety by determining where the kids will attend classes next year. Call Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave.) to start the enrollment process. Visit for information and forms.

Tired of the canned tuna? The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau has created an easy-to-use and helpful countywide guide to finding restaurants that provide takeout or delivery services. You can search by neighborhood, cuisine, and price range just by visiting

Good news from Adam Gersten, who brought us Wynwood favorite Gramps (176 NW 24th St., 305-699-2669). Although the nightclub remains closed, Pizza Tropical ( in the front has reopened. You can order pizza, wings, and even cocktails to go. Think about ordering gift certificates for your friends.

Here we go with a contest from Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza (5600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-762-5751). If you post a pizza photo on social media and tag @andiamopizzamiami, you will be entered to win a free pizza. One winner will be chosen each Monday until the contest ends. Check Facebook or Instagram for complete rules.

Although this trying period may result in a number of bar and restaurant closures, it could also mean opportunity for others. Attorney Steve Polisar (305-672-7772, x 206) has decades of experience in easing new owners through the headache that is the liquor license permitting process. If anyone can position you well, ahead of the economic restart, it’s Steve.

Income Tax Day was postponed until July, but there’s no time like the present to file. Enlist Sal Monterosso at Grandview Bookkeeping Services (305-834-9598, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to handle your return or if you need financial reporting, bank reconciliations, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and other accounting services for your business.

Live streaming of races and online betting ( continues at Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000). Safety measures are in effect to protect the jockeys, handlers, and other humans who are working diligently to maintain these races, so don’t feel guilty by taking a peek.

Stay safe and healthy. Fill out your census forms! We’ll see you next month.


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