BizBuzz December 2017 Print
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
December 2017

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

Tbigstock-Smiling-Sandy-Snowman-In-Red-S-72707650he calendar claims it’s December, but prevailing hemlines around town suggest otherwise. It seems too warm for mistletoe and fireplaces and mulled wine and...long pants. Don’t like the weather? Wait 40 minutes they say.

But while we wait for the chance to complain about the cold, there’s so much to do and see this month. Even without Art Week, the number of events, happenings, and parties increases almost exponentially after Thanksgiving. Some are big affairs while others are smaller gatherings, no less important to the fabric of our city.

Join Dr. Sarah Allison and a chorus from Allison Academy (1881 NE 164th St., 305-940-3922) right outside North Miami Beach City Hall (17011 NE 19th Ave., North Miami Beach) on Wednesday, December 6, at 5:30 p.m. for the grand reveal of the new Totor Art Plaza, which will feature a donated sculpture of Stéphane Bolongaro’s Totor, a whimsical dog character the artist created. It’s part of the city’s redevelopment of the property. The students will sing in French, and a number of French dignitaries are expected to attend. Free.

High school students from the Cushman School (4700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-757-1966) are participating in the Art Miami fair (1 Herald Plaza) this year thanks to the school’s partnership with the CLEO Institute and M.I.T. The kids worked on a virtual reality project that showcases the importance of climate change education. The fair runs December 5-10. Tickets start at $35.

The Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32nd St., 305-576-2828) is also participating in Art Week, naturally. The complex is on the official Art Basel Studio Tour, which takes place on Thursday, December 7, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. You’ll really want to make this the first, last, and maybe only stop on the free tour as it coincides with the Annual Bakers Brunch. Enjoy Panther coffee and mimosas courtesy of El Carajo International Tapas and Wine to help wash down a variety of “sweets and savories.” Over 60 artist studios will be open to the public.

If you have trouble finding the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (61 NE 41st St., 305-901-5272) during Art Week, note the address change. On December 1, ICA launched its new 37,500-square-foot location, designed by Aranguren + Gallegos Arquitectos, just down the street. However, before you take those steps, you’ll have to reserve your free tickets online by clicking

Over at Hialeah Park Racing & Casino (100 E. 32nd St., Hialeah, 305-885-8000) unbeaten contender Egyptian-American Ahmed Elbiali will take on former world champion Haitian-Canadian Jean Pascal in a bout that begins at 9:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8. Both are 175 pounds, and this could be Pascal’s comeback fight. Tickets cost from $30 to $125.

An international event of a different flavor takes place at Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000) on Sunday, December 10. The annual Clásico Internacional del Caribe is being held for the first time here in the United States. The largest purse in the five races will net the winner $300,000. Tickets costs between $12 and $25 and are quickly selling out.

This month the Saint Martha’s Yamaha Concert Series at the Broad Performing Arts Center at Barry University (11300 NE 2nd Ave., 305-458-0111) presents Nu Deco Ensemble. This concert features a world premiere composition by co-founder Sam Hyken, steel drum music from the islands, Jacomo Rafael Barros conducting arrangements in NuDeco’s signature style, plus chorale-led holiday favorites in the foyer. What is that signature style, you ask? Genre-bending musical experiences, fusing new music with classical traditions. The unique performance starts at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 10. Tickets are only $15 for general admission and $25 for Blue Circle seating.

Pull out that 2018 kitty calendar your great aunt got for you and mark Saturday, January 20. That’s when the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (1101 Biscayne Blvd. 305-434-9600) is holding its Big Bang: Sonic Odyssey benefit. Roam the museum after hours, enjoying unusual light and music installations among the exhibits. More than 20 restaurants will be providing delicious treats and there will be unlimited cocktails. Tickets at $150 aren’t cheap (Frost Science Young Patrons receive a $25 discount), but hey, it’s a fundraiser!

Despite all these great things to do, the holidays can be depressing for some folks. Clinically depressing. Mount Sinai Medical Center (305-674-2626) is hosting a free seminar, “Recognizing Depression: Understanding the symptoms and warning signs” at the South Shore Community Center (833 6th St. #2, Miami Beach) on Friday, December 8, at 2:00 p.m. On Wednesday, December 13, at noon, another free lecture is offered at the Miami Springs Senior Center (343 Payne Dr.). This one is about a gastric disorder that can cause several symptoms, including heartburn. Call to RSVP for either lecture.

Depression is only one of the conditions that Marijuana Doctor (786-577-0006) may help alleviate. Marijuana can reduce anxiety, as well treat symptoms of cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, migraines, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, and other conditions. The clinic has several locations in the Miami area. Call to find the nearest one.

If your pants size went in the wrong direction during 2017, it may be time to talk to a doctor about helping you reach your weight-loss goals. It’s not always just about keeping to a diet. Obesity is a bona fide medical condition. Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., 305-585-TRIM) is holding its monthly gastric sleeve lecture on Thursday, December 14, at 6:30 p.m., and you should consider attending this free seminar. Make 2018 the year you stick to your resolution and win.

Speaking of winning, congratulations go out to North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 844-319-6838), which recently earned from the Leapfrog Group the organization’s highest mark, a letter “A.” The Leapfrog Group is a non-profit organization that is committed to seeking quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system. In other words, they hope to increase patient safety at hospitals across the country.

That scratchy throat you’ve been nursing all week probably doesn’t merit a trip to an E.R., but you could reduce your suffering significantly by visiting Medi-Station Urgent Care Center (9600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-603-7650). No long waits. No outrageous bills. Just quick and effective care during the time of the year your immune system is at its weakest. Of course, you can prevent some of these winter illnesses by getting up to date on your vaccinations...before you get sick. The clinic is open seven days a week.

They say there are two seasons in South Florida: rainy and dry. The reality is closer to “needs A.C.” and “maybe doesn’t.” Now that it’s the season where it’s nice enough to lounge outside for hours with friends, visit returning advertiser Jalan Jalan Collection (3921 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-9998) to select pieces from their outdoor furniture collection. The store offers a chic balance of styles gathered from distinct cultures around the world, tempered by modernist sensibilities.

Chanukah arrives on Tuesday night, December 12. This festive eight-day holiday marks the joyous rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem through one of Judaism’s best-known symbols, the Menorah. Returning advertiser Chabad of Miami Shores (305-354-0100, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) will hold a public Menorah-lighting ceremony on Sunday, December 17, at 5:00 p.m., at 9440 NE 2nd Ave. in Miami Shores. Bring the whole family to enjoy traditional Chanukah foods and entertainments free of charge.

What holiday present do you give to that friend or relative who has everything under the sun? Somebody invented gift cards just to avoid answering that question, but where’s the fun in that, right? Well...Teresa Temkin at T-Squared Waffles ( came up with a very different and very fun answer. She licensed the school logos for UM, UF, and FSU and incorporated them onto waffle iron plates. Imagine your Hurricane, Gator, or Seminole making batches of waffles over Christmas break! The waffle iron, including one school plate, is just $55, but if you have rival family members, pick up the waffle plates for the other schools at only $25 each.

But first send the budding waffle chefs to market. Greetings to new advertiser Milam’s Markets (17100 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-945-1890), which has been serving the Miami area quality meats, seafood, produce, and more since 1984. Whether or not waffle mix is in your basket, don’t forget to check out their extensive beer and wine selections while there. Before you head on over, visit to purchase discounted gift cards on December 15, 16, or 17 only. A $50 gift card will cost $45, while a $100 card will set you back $85 during that three-day sale.

A gift of life is always welcome. New advertiser Pebble and Vine (216 NE 98th St., Miami Shores, 786-636-8664) offers indoor plants, orchids, succulents, and related plant accessories. Or have the staff create a beautiful arrangement for your holiday table. Gift cards are available.

Whatever the gift, if you’re mailing it, you’ll want to see Barbara and Nancy at Private Postal Systems (12555 Biscayne Blvd., 305-895-6974). They have 37 years of experience packing parcels and securing delivery through DHL, FedEx, UPS, or even USPS. If you already have some Black Friday/Cyber Monday merchandise to return, the Girls will be happy to send your pre-paid/drop-offs back without tacking on their own delivery charges. Can’t beat that deal. Also, if you need anything notarized, they’ll do it very inexpensively. Call for holiday hours.

Kim’s Valet Cleaners (5126 Biscayne Blvd., 305-758-7405) returns to our pages just in time to clean your ball gown for New Year’s Eve. Maybe Hurricane Irma roof leaks left it moldy or you kept to your 2017 resolution to lose weight! In either case, Kim’s has been the place to take your duds for cleaning and alterations since 1975. Clip the coupon in this month’s issue to receive a 15 percent discount for first-time customers.

Did you happen to give thanks for Hurricane Irma only side-swiping us? The same for that crazy chauffeur on South Beach? If averted disasters made you realize you don’t have sufficient insurance protection, contact Michele Belizaire at State Farm Insurance (8600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-756-4260). Ask her about combining policies -- say, renters with auto -- for deep discounts without sacrificing coverage. Another bad storm might not arrive until next summer, but BizBuzz assures you there are more than your fair share of bad drivers just around the corner right now.

Another area you need to shield from disaster is your financial future. Ask David Treece at Treece Financial Group (9999 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 203, Miami Shores, 305-751-8855) what you can do to ensure that you will have money for retirement, family bequests, or other needs. Treece’s staff is trained in a holistic range of solutions, from retirement accounts to elder guardianship, trusts, portfolio reviews, wills, and a lot more. Call to learn the full range of services.

Thinking about your finances made you curious about your credit score, didn’t it? So you checked your credit history online and found a discrepancy or, much worse, evidence of identity theft. It happens to even the most meticulous information guardians among us. These thieves are hard to prevent. But call Isaac C. Spragg at Spragg Law Firm (7300 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 200, 786-773-1502) to help not only repair bad information but also seek compensation if warranted. Most cases cost very little, if anything at all, and will save you lots of money in the long run.

It’s always good to see Chef Rolf Fellhauer from Tuna’s Seafood Restaurant (17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630) appear in BizBuzz, because that means a big evening is just around the bend. In this case, it’s New Year’s Eve. Ring it in after a deluxe dinner that includes your choice of lobster, steak, fresh grouper, lamb, or veal. Save room for the chocolate marquise dessert. The cost is $65 per person, and that includes a champagne toast and live entertainment. The restaurant is open on Christmas Day should you seek a holiday meal that involves zero prep and zero cleaning.

The night before is Christmas Eve, Heilige Abend in the German-speaking countries, where the merriment simply cannot wait for December 25. Fortunately, Alex Richter and his Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus (1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002) have an excellent gift for your stocking this year. He’s reduced the price of the restaurant’s popular Christmas Eve goose dinner to $59. Call to reserve a seat at either of the two seatings available, 5:30 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. As a bonus, Carl Ivey will be tickling the ivories throughout the evening.

Wherever you spend the holidays, have a safe, happy, healthy New Year.


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