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BizBuzz August 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
August 2017

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

APix_BizBuzz 8-17ugust is the cruelest month, breeding / Cumulonimbus out of dead air, mixing / Sweat and water vapor, stirring / T.S. Eliot’s ghost with summer rain.

BizBuzz apologizes to Mr. Eliot and our readers for allowing the radiant, blazing orb in the sky to fry our noodle a little there. But Miami Spice is a fantastic reward for those who brave the August sun in South Florida. The promotion delivers three-course, prix fixe lunches and brunches at $23 and dinners at $39. The savviest consumers, of course, use this program to sample dishes from higher-end restaurants, where they’ll receive the deepest discounts.

Such as the ones you’ll find at Turnberry Isle Miami (19999 W. Country Club Dr.). Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak (786-279-6600) is offering octopus ceviche, summer corn chowder, New York strip, mini sorbet pops, and more for dinner. Lunch at CORSAIR kitchen + bar (786-279-6800) includes chilled avocado and cucumber soup, kale and Brussels salad, and key lime parfait, among other treats.

Also participating is Soyka Restaurant (5556 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-3117). The Miami Spice lunch menu offers Florida Salmon Salad, meatloaf, or chicken caprese pasta, while dinner includes snapper escabeche, chicken schnitzel or beef Stroganoff. And Mark Soyka’s Café Roval (5808 NE 4th Ct., 786-953-7850) is where you can choose from cobia, lamb ribs, or baked veal kofta as your dinner entrée, and then try the difficult task of choosing from tiramisu, Meyer lemon cheesecake, or apricot Andalouse tart.

If you haven’t yet dropped by first-time advertiser Paulie Gee’s Miami (8001 Biscayne Blvd. 786-558-8315), you’re in for a hot treat coming directly out of an Italian pizza oven. Owner Jason Weisberg brought the respected New York-based franchise to the old China Palace location in Shorecrest. Months of pampering the building have paid off, and now you can enjoy your Neapolitan pizza, while knocking back refreshing beverages and enjoying occasional live music in a unique setting.

Around the corner, Ferraro’s Kitchen and Wine Bar (1099 NE 79th St., 786-534-2136) continues its interactive Italian cooking class Saturdays from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. You’ll prepare an appetizer, two types of pasta from scratch, and one dessert. Two glasses of wine complete the meal. The class is only $65 per person. Also consider attending the $30 wine-tasting event on Monday nights, which includes Italian cold cuts, cheese, and other small bites.

Miami Spice could lead some of us to put on a few pounds, but if you’ve been overdoing it for much longer, you might need professional help. At North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 844-319-6838), Dr. Fernando Bayron leads the monthly weight-loss seminar at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29. Recover your health through bariatric surgery and win back your self-esteem.

Also providing bariatric care is Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., 305-585-TRIM). Attend the center’s free seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 10. You’ve likely heard of Jackson’s weight-loss program, but did you know that the parent company, Jackson Health Systems, opened a new facility in Keystone Point? Jackson Urgent Care (13120 Biscayne Blvd. 305-585-9210) is the less expensive and more convenient partner to emergency mainstay Jackson Memorial Hospital. Open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. seven days a week, this center is the perfect solution for treating life’s smaller health scares.

If your ticker has been giving you problems, remember that Mount Sinai Medical Center has the best cardiac survival rate in the state. The doctors there perform the most surgeries in the region, and that experience gives them an edge, so call at 305-674-CARE to set up an appointment with a specialist -- perhaps a cardiologist at the recently opened Mount Sinai Primary and Specialty Care (10920 Biscayne Blvd.) center in Miami Shores.

You’re in great shape, but need to trim just a little? My Red Light Slim (6909 Biscayne Blvd., 305-902-5589) can help you lose up to two inches from your waist in about an hour. This treatment uses FDA-cleared light therapy to remove the fat -- or your money back. No pain, all gain. Ask about the full body special at $149 (regularly $500) when you call for an appointment.

Exercise is a great way to stay healthy. Morningside Watersports (750 NE 55th Terr., 786-587-6149) has finally opened, and the center is making up for lost time with a great deal: unlimited rentals start at only $67/month! Make use of the paddleboards, kayaks, pedal boats, and canoes, instead of lugging your own back and forth. Or you can rent storage for personal equipment at the facility in Morningside Park. Restrictions apply. Ask about them when you inquire about guided tours and camp programs for youngsters.

For many, the ocean is best seen from the high deck of a cruise ship. Victoria Guzman at Cruise Planners (305-331-8699, can make that happen for you. A representative of American Express Travel, Guzman has access to exclusive land, sea, or air packages with the best rates around -- whether you want to cruise our Caribbean backyard, take a safari in Africa, or visit other worldwide destinations. Mention the BT when you book by October 31, and receive up to $75 per person in onboard credit for a seven-night or longer cruise. Call for details on this offer.

August is when kids start hitting the books again. School begins August 21 at Allison Academy (1881 NE 164th St., 305-940-3922), which is introducing a new entrepreneurial boot camp this year. The low student-teacher ratio ensures that kids can really immerse themselves in the subject matter, whether they take AP or standard courses. And after-school activities include arts and robotics clubs.

The Cushman School (592 NE 60th St., 305-757-1966) is launching its new high school, and the staff lineup is all-star. Douglas Romanik, former principal at Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School and a Harvard grad, was just hired as the program director. He’ll be working closely with high school director Caroline Lewis, who is a former high school director at Ransom Everglades and founder/CEO of the CLEO Institute, and Arvi Balseiro, Cushman’s head of school. Congratulations to all.

L’Ecole Franco-Américaine de Miami (650 NE 88th Terr., 786-268-1914, ext. 26, is accepting enrollees who want French immersion integrated with an American curriculum, from pre-K to 5th grade. It’s not so much to learn French, but to perfect it.

If fluency in Spanish, Italian, or even English is the goal, the Metropolitan International School of Miami (3465 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6070) is the place to enroll youngsters PK2-8th grade. Run by Maria Padovan Kindell, the school boasts an exceptional physical fitness program headed by former world tennis champion Arantxa Sanchez Vicario. Starting August 14, the MET offers an intensive soccer camp that emphasizes theory, teamwork, and leadership.

Last month, Inner Balance (12579 Biscayne Blvd., 786-383-3088) dedicated a special to beginning yoga students. The newest offer is for the experienced yoga or pilates student who wants to advance into instruction. Contact the studio to find out about its Yoga Alliance-approved 200-hour yoga teacher training and Pilates mat training courses. Each is $50 off if you mention Biscayne Times when you sign up.

Speaking of education, did you know that asthma is the No. 1 cause of absence in Florida classrooms? Pollen, mold, and fungus all love the Florida climate, but that’s not all that could trigger your child’s symptoms. Has your child had a reaction to an unknown substance? Call the Florida Center for Allergy & Asthma Care (1-877-4-ALLERGY) for testing and to learn how to best prepare for future episodes that may occur on campus.

Medi-Station Urgent Care Center (9600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-603-7650) reminds readers that the clinic is open seven days a week for school and sports physicals. While there, get the vaccinations up to date -- that includes you, Mom and Dad!

You don’t want the kids going back to school without braces if they need them, do you? Dr. Valeria Soltanik of Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334) is offering $500 off any orthodontic treatment if you mention the BT. The consultation is free.

The height of the hurricane season also begins at the tail end of August. Four generations of Blairs at Joe Blair Garden Supply (320 NE 79th St., 305-757-5554, have seen a lot of hurricanes since the store’s founding in 1928, so rest assured you’ll be well taken care of when it comes to generators, chainsaws, and other gear you might need before and after the storm. Staff can also repair your broken equipment, but you’ve got to bring it now! Don’t sit in the dark saying BizBuzz didn’t warn you about planning ahead!

The other great weather hassle this time of year is the heat. Even cranking up the A/C full blast sometimes seems like a futile exercise in climate control. A cheap trick that experienced Miamians use is fans. Lots of fans! Blowing chilled air around saves money, while increasing your comfort and being aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately, Farrey’s Lighting and Bath (1850 NE 146th St., 305-947-5451) has over 125 fans on display, with over 1000 in stock right now.

Does your house need more than just fans? The Miami Home Design & Remodeling Show returns to the newly remodeled Miami Beach Convention Center (1900 Washington Ave.) on Labor Day weekend (September 1-4). You may already be aware that the show brings together lots of vendors presenting products and solutions specific to the South Florida market. But this year the organizers are launching a “Design Innovators Showcase,” featuring respected designers and products that focus on the luxury side of design. Tickets are only $10 for adults and $1 for kids 11 and under. But if you buy online ( by August 31, you’ll get a discount of $3. What a deal! And the air conditioning is free!

Want to remodel your thinking? ART+HACK+DATA is a free colloquium bringing media creators and hackers together to address issues surrounding digital media and the Internet. The goal is to “prevent oppression, censorship, or surveillance for future generations.” Panels, workshops, and lectures will be held at the Bakehouse and at Pérez Art Museum. Register early at if you want to ensure attending this unique experience. When it’s all over, artworks produced during the event will be on display at the Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32nd St., 305-576-2828).

On a completely different tack, Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000) carries on with its full schedule of entertainment: International Tuesdays with Benji Rafaeli, Family Fun Fridays, Music in the Park Saturdays, and Soulful Jazz Sundays. Even Twilight Racing Fridays features music, not to mention the enjoyment of world-class racing and casino action. Check out the extensive assortment of dining and nightclub options available.

Biscayne Times welcomes Kings Court Key (355 E. Palm Dr., Florida City, 786-787-2575, to our pages this month. John Brunetti, who owns Hialeah Park Racetrack, is building the new casino down in Florida City. He only broke ground recently, but the poker room is already open and jai-alai games are being played. Eventually the complex will feature a hotel, restaurants, and an entertainment complex.

Look fashionable at any of these venues with adornments from Bozkurt Jewelry and Accessories (2365 Biscayne Blvd., 305-269-3100, Since 1998, the company has been producing original sterling silver and gold-filled jewelry. Complete your look with a brand-new handbag or tote.

A hearty welcome to Lewis City Realty (6301 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 201, 305-389-4161). Broker Martine Lewis capitalizes on her 15-plus years of experience in real estate and interior design to specialize in commercial property development. That means she will not only find you the location you need but can advise you on how to best take advantage of it -- whether you’re the buyer or the seller. Mention the BT for a free zoning analysis and feasibility study of your property. The report will help you discover what’s legally allowable, which in turn means more $$$ for you.

Have you ever complained about your food tasting like cardboard? Apparently, your recycling bin doesn’t want its cardboard tasting like food, either! A cheese-encrusted pizza takeout box gives it bad indigestion and can’t be recycled. Miami-Dade County wants you to call 311 or visit to learn what else is edible and what isn’t when it comes to feeding your bins. Also dial 311 to report illegal dumping anywhere in town. Sofas, stoves, and sinks belong inside, not curbside.

Have you even complained about a bad business practice being like, well, something less tantalizing than “cardboard”? Miami-Dade County hopes you’ll rat on the perps by calling 786-469-2333. That number will put you in touch with the Department of Regulatory and Economic Resources’ Office of Consumer Protection, which will investigate your complaint and take proper action.


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