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Oct 20th
Let’s Do a Post-Irma Exhale! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
October 2017

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WPix_BizBuzz_10-17ith the shrill ring of alarms waning and the discordant buzz of chainsaws waxing in the days following Irma, it’s been time to consider how we all did in the region’s first hurricane since Wilma in 2005.

Were you among the fortunate few with power? Did your favorite tree go down in the storm? Were you stuck in a nightmare evacuation on the turnpike? Yes, we lucked out, and most of us did all right. But could we have done a little better?

Storm supplies? Were you desperate for the nearest -- hell -- any Whole Foods (Aventura, North Miami, downtown Miami) to reopen and lavish you with tasty snacks and wholesome prepared foods? Provide you with organic milk to go with your fair-trade coffee? Offer you fragrant soaps for the many baths you wanted to take until you had air conditioning again? Just one tiny nubbin of dark chocolate? Anything except more jugs of water. Next time, more candy!

Property insurance? Fortunately, Irma didn’t attack us directly as a Category 5 storm. If you don’t have insurance and would like to correct that folly, call Michele Belizaire at State Farm Insurance (8600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-756-4260). Hurricane season is not over for the year, and once a storm is on its way, it’s too late. Belizaire, who also speaks Haitian Creole, and her team can also help you with auto, health, business, life, and other property insurance. Call today.

Have insurance, and your property sustained damages? Whether you’ve filed an Irma claim or are just about to, call new advertiser Compass Claim Consultants (1175 NE 125th St., 305-905-9744) to talk to a public adjuster about getting you the most money from your policy. If you feel that you were underpaid or unfairly denied on an old claim, they can reopen it for you. Although they specialize in hurricane damages, they also work on fire, plumbing, theft, and other claims.

Unfortunately, Irma struck on a weekend, and one of its casualties was Copper Fest (, a series of cultural and educational performances, exhibits, lectures, and workshops that promote interaction and understanding in our diverse community. The event is rescheduled to October 4-8 and takes place in and around North Miami and Little Haiti. Most of the events are free, but you should RSVP ( to ensure attendance. Performances from DanzAbierta, a Cuban dance company, are among the highlights. Biscayne Times is a proud sponsor, so please attend.

The sixth annual Downtown Art Days was forced to reschedule to October 13-15. Art Days is a collaboration between the Miami Downtown Development Authority and cultural spaces in the downtown area to bring the arts to everybody. See artists’ projects, take walking tours, and enjoy family activities. Visit for an updated list of events and locations, which includes the project: ART+HACK+DATA at the Pérez Art Museum Miami.

At the Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32nd St., 305-576-2828), Tam Gryn and Alejandra Esayag are curating the exhibit “Rethinking Venezuela from Different Latitudes,” on display from October 19 through November 5 in the Audrey Love Gallery. A reception, cocktail party, and live auction take place on Thursday, October 19. The admission, which benefits the Bakehouse, is $30. Auction proceeds go to Fundana, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Venezuelan children who have been abandoned, abused, or neglected. Fundana also supports at-risk families and victims of domestic violence.

BizBuzz welcomes back Saint Martha’s church, which is launching its 2017-2018 Yamaha Concert Series (Broad Performing Arts Center at Barry University, 11300 NE 2nd Ave., 305-458-0111) with a show by Puerto Rican jazz trumpeter and two-time Latin Grammy nominee Charlie Sepúlveda, along with his band, the Turnaround. If that’s not enough, our own Grammy-winning flautist Nestor Torres will also be performing. All for the very low price of $15 general admission and $25 for Blue Circle seating. But why not get season tickets for $50 and $100 right now? You’ll also enjoy the Nu Deco Ensemble; Gary Levinson, Paul Posnak and Eugene Levinson; Time for Three; and Daniel Epstein, Sheng-Ching Hsu, Eric Umble, and Ben Larsen performing Messiaen’s “Quartet for the End of Time.”

Not every problem is directly related to the hurricane, but getting a break softens other blows. To help BT readers adjust after Irma, Dr. Valeria Soltanik at Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., Suite 305, 305-466-2334) is offering ten percent off all treatments. Just because you have a growing pile of branches on your swale doesn’t mean you get to let your dental cavities grow larger, too. Get all your dental issues addressed while this nifty deal is available.

If what you need is a pediatric dentist or orthodontist down in the Shores, schedule an appointment at new advertiser Little Stars Dentistry (660 NE 95th St., Suite 9, Miami Shores, 305-754-5081) to meet with Dr. Luis J. Rodriguez or Dr. Marta Ortiz-Perez and discuss what they can do to make dental visits easy and productive for your kids. Happy brushing!

With all the pouring rain, standing water, and downed trees, you might have noticed some accompanying sniffles, a cough, or itchy skin. It’s not your imagination. It could be allergies. Whether it’s mold or pollen or another irritating substance, the Florida Center for Allergy & Asthma Care (1-877-4-ALLERGY) can help you reduce your body’s overreaction to nuisance stimuli. The center has been operating since 1974 and has offices conveniently located all over South Florida.

A hearty welcome to new advertiser Marijuana Doctor (786-577-0006), which has several locations around Miami, including 6405 Biscayne Blvd. and 17971 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 110, in Aventura. Many physicians don’t want to deal with Florida’s complex laws concerning medical marijuana or may not fully recognize the health benefits. However, the doctors at this alternative medicine practice specialize in marijuana evaluations and have passed the Florida Physicians Cannabis Course. They know what a help marijuana can be to patients with anxiety, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, migraines, multiple sclerosis, and neuropathy, among other conditions. If you have a medical situation that marijuana may improve, call today for an appointment.

October is breast cancer awareness month, and Mount Sinai (395-535-3434) is offering mammograms at reduced rates at the Miami Beach (4300 Alton Rd.) and Aventura (2845 Aventura Blvd.) centers. For those with insurance, 2D digital screening mammograms are free and 3D scans are $25. Self-paying patients can receive 2D digital screening mammograms for $50 and 3D scans for $75. Diagnostic mammograms run $100 for the 2D scans and $125 for 3D scans. Breast ultrasounds are $100. Early detection increases your chances of survival, so don’t wait.

Another health issue, one that can be a cancer risk, is obesity. Scary, but maybe you just realized that hauling branches to the curb would have been a lot easier without so much padding around your middle. Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., 305-585-TRIM) offers its monthly weight-loss seminar at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 12. It’s free, so why wait another month? The sooner you talk to a physician, the sooner you’ll feel better.

Congrats to the Cushman School (593 NE 60th St., 305-757-1966), which recently launched a high school just down the Boulevard from the main campus. If you are unfamiliar with this 93-year-old institution but looking for a school to enroll your child in, pencil in one of the upcoming open houses: Thursday, October 26, at 6:30 p.m. or Saturday, November 8, at 9:00 a.m. The focus is on technology and the arts, with an eye toward helping your child become an innovative problem solver in a rapidly changing world.

Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE) is holding an open house on Saturday, October 28, at 8:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. Although it’s a Catholic school, all religions are welcome. The hope is to bring together a diverse group of children and encourage them to become well-rounded individuals; there’s also an emphasis on extracurricular activities.

Circle of Life: Bake cookies. Go to culinary school. Work for top chefs. Bake really great cookies. Not a bad life choice for Cindy Kruse, the proprietor of new advertiser Cindy Lou’s Cookies (7320 NE 2nd Ave., 305-456-8585). However humble you may think these sublime circles of life are, their origins are stellar. After studying at the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Cindy worked for industry luminaries such as Emeril Lagasse, Charlie Trotter, Charlie Palmer, and Jean Georges Vongerichten, before becoming executive pastry chef at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach and then working at Barton G. Now that it’s autumn, the menu is changing to reflect seasonal cookies and cakes, flavored biscotti, and pecan bars. Stop by and mention you saw her ad in the BT, and you’ll earn yourself a free sample.

Another way to pamper yourself is with another kind of circle. Waffles are a time-honored comfort food that signify home and family to many. Imagine yourself and your kids on any Saturday morning enjoying a batch of fresh-made, collegiate-inspired waffles before the big game. Teresa Temkin at new advertiser T-Squared Waffles ( came up with a fun idea to incorporate university logos on a waffle iron plate. Currently, she offers UM, UF, and FSU irons -- and the plates are interchangeable, just in case your kids go to rival schools. And you know what? It’s not too early to start thinking about holiday meals and holiday presents. Hint. Hint.

Presents for you. Presents for family. Presents for friends and co-workers. Bozkurt Jewelry and Accessories (2365 Biscayne Blvd., 305-269-3100) has been producing sterling silver and gold-filled jewelry since 1998. Consider one of their original designs, or use their custom design services to create your own. Don’t forget to purchase a new handbag or tote to haul your treasures home in.

If you are mailing jewelry or other tokens of love to a lucky recipient, head over to RoadRunner Packing & Shipping (9480 NE 2nd Ave., 305-757-4949), where you’ll get advice on how to pack and ship your precious cargo. Owner Elizabeth Yelin recently told BizBuzz that the shop now offers passport photos for only $10.99, and she suggests you combine that with its new customer special ($3 off) for photos that are about half the price of the competition.

Need more shopping therapy? Of course you do! Visit Trina Turk and Mr. Turk (7200 Biscayne Blvd., 786-409-4383) to add sophisticated threads to your wardrobe. The Southern California-inspired casual wear fits perfectly with MiMo architecture and Miami’s climate. It also segues easily from sporty to cocktail party should your winter social calendar be so blessed. Check it out.

Sadly, a few unscrupulous residents of South Florida took advantage of the post-storm chaos to rob homes and businesses. Some didn’t even wait for the cover of the unlit night to strike. If sitting around without cable for a few days made you hyper aware of your home or store’s security weaknesses, call AAA Miami Locksmith Security Solutions (1601 NW 54th St., 305-576-9320) to discuss with the experts how to best protect the premises from scoundrels.

Speaking of homes. BizBuzz welcomes back Vanessa Maggi (305-582-7917), who recently joined the Douglas Elliman Real Estate team. Vanessa is a star among Realtors in the Miami area, having set the bar consistently higher in luxury real estate sales. Not only can she get you top dollar, she’s been known to sell a home in as little as one day on the market. So if that little rainstorm Irma has you thinking you want to divest yourself of real estate, call Vanessa today.

Perhaps Irma got you thinking about moving into brand-new construction with hurricane-resistant roofing instead. But you still want an affordable pre-construction price in an up-and-coming neighborhood near the water and with a park view? Say no more. Call the Jack Coden Group (305-704-5402), and ask about Parc View Villas, next to the Arch Creek East Environmental Preserve on NE 135th Street, east of Biscayne Boulevard. The units will come with garages, large gardens, ten-foot-high ceilings, security, insulated walls, elegant details, porcelain flooring, quartz counters, wood cabinetry, appliances, and more.

That spectacular water view was a little off kilter after Irma. Biscayne Bay resembled café au lait peppered with kelp salad, but now that the water is returning to its azure glory, it’s time to take a dip. At Morningside Watersports at Morningside Park (5215 NE 7th Ave., 786-587-6149) you can rent paddleboards, kayaks, pedal boats, and canoes to go on your own or a guided adventure.

Don’t forget that elections are taking place next month, the City of Miami in particular. BizBuzz won’t tell you which candidates to vote for, but you can become better informed on the issues and candidates by reading the ads in this month’s edition.


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