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BizBuzz: June 2020 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis   
June 2020

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

IPix_BizBuzz_6-20s that a light at the end of the tunnel we see? As the safer-at-home orders ease in stages, it has become an essential task for everyone to help our local businesses become robust once again.

Staff at Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344) are excited to welcome back guests during the market’s phased reopening. They’ve instituted an initiative, #BAYSIDESTRONG, which is a cleaning program that includes following CDC guidelines, encouraging social distancing, and using one-way arrows to help customers traverse the area safely. Follow their continuing progress on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for real-time updates.

Forty years ago, the surprise acquittal of five white police officers in the killing of black motorcyclist Arthur McDuffie sparked riots that left 18 dead and $100 million in damage here in Miami. Veteran journalist and BT contributor John Dorschner has an explosive new e-book out, Verdict on Trial, which reveals how the prosecution’s case was doomed to fail, which it did. The book is available on Amazon. For more information, go to

Heading back to the office? Get an inspection before edging your car back into rush-hour traffic. Call master mechanic Gregorio Reyes and his son Edgar at Ruben’s Auto Care (63 NW 71st St., 305-756-7426). Yes, this is the same great team that serviced cars at Plaza Tire & Auto for many years. They moved uptown when Plaza closed last year.

Many of us have been putting off doctor’s appointments out of a fear of catching the new coronavirus. But you can call Medi-Station Urgent Care (9600 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, 305-603-7650) to schedule a Telehealth appointment right from your couch. For those whose emergencies require an office visit, the clinic has implemented a number of safety protocols to keep everyone safe.

Did you use lockdown time to investigate the deep recesses of your closets and sheds? If you’re not ready to toss all those rediscovered treasures, but you need to reclaim the space, call new advertiser Compass Self Storage (200 NW 79th St., 786-699-8998) to reserve a climate-controlled storage unit. The first month is free to new customers.

Closets are full of dust mites, mold, and mildew -- the lifelong enemies of many a nose in South Florida. Those of us allergic to spring cleaning should first call the board-certified physicians at Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care (877-4-ALLERGY, and find relief through a telemedicine appointment or in person if needed.

Then call Carmen Flores at Maid Services 4 U (561-577-9363, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , to give your home or office a proper dusting and cleaning. Consider it another prescription for your health and happiness.

José J. Alvarez & Associates (3483 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305-224-6714) reminds BT readers that the safety of the community and patients is their top priority. Don’t put off essential dental treatments out of fear. With new COVID-19 prevention protocols in place, you’ll be well protected. Also remember that the office has launched its own very affordable Senior Advantage Dental Plan.

The Memorial Day deluge had its way with many Miami gardens, but did you know that the tropical disturbance was only an opening salvo in this year’s hurricane season -- which is expected to be especially active. Stock up on generators, tools, and other supplies you’ll need at Joe Blair Garden Supply (320 NE 79th St., 305-757-5554). Proper sanitation procedures are in place for your safety, whether you need to purchase new or repair your old landscaping tools and power equipment.

New advertiser Metropolitan International Centner Academy (4136 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-6070) is accepting students, pre-school through eighth grade, for fall. In the meantime, make use of the school’s virtual summer camp. Select classes à la carte or create a full-time schedule of PE, art, Italian, Spanish, interdisciplinary science and math, reading and writing, IT/robotics, or martial arts classes. Click for details.

Kudos to the 2020 graduates of returning advertiser Cushman School (4700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-1966), the first high school graduating class in the school’s 96-year history. Not only were all graduates accepted into college, but the group as a whole received $3 million in merit scholarships. Good luck on all your future quests.

Congratulations also go out to the 2020 class at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave.). Parents looking for a Catholic education for their kids need go no further than for information on starting the enrollment process for fall.

As you step back out into the restaurant scene, impress yourself with the new Greek menu at Amaranthine Mediterranean Bistro (9801 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, 786-907-4924). Brunch is offered at 10:00 a.m., Saturdays and Sundays.

The list of shuttered bars and restaurants grows daily across the country. They will be missed -- but for others, this may be the opportunity of a lifetime to open. Attorney Steve Polisar (305-672-7772, x 206) has decades of experience in easing new owners through the liquor license permitting process. Call Steve and see what it will take to get you up and running as the lockdown ends.

Income Tax Day (July 15) is arriving faster than imagined. 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 ) can complete your return or help with financial reporting, bank reconciliations, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and other accounting services for your business.

BizBuzz welcomes back Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., North Miami Beach, 305-585-TRIM). The center’s monthly bariatric seminars are postponed, but feel free to call for a telephone consult, or learn more at Remember, the new coronavirus affected the overweight disproportionately. The message is clear: Lose the extra weight now.

We know that it may seem untimely to be discussing elections, but Miami-Dade has one coming up fast, on August 18. Get informed through campaign ads in  Biscayne Times. Request your vote-by-mail ballot, and fill out those census forms! A happy and healthy June to everyone.


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