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Jun 19th
BizBuzz June 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
June 2018

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

DPix_BizBuzz_6-18rought turned to deluge in May, as calculated in rain gauges across the region. The same will be said in June, but children’s laughter will be the highly prized measure then, as students become campers along the Biscayne Corridor.

Congratulations go out to the 2018 graduating class at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE, x212). May you all have an exceptional future. For kids whose prospects still include high school -- Pace hasn’t left you out. The school is resuming its summer boot camps, some of which are open to children not enrolled at Pace. Choose from basketball, football, volleyball, or even theater. The earliest available camp, which is basketball, begins on June 11, so call today for more information or to simply enroll.

Another advertiser, Metropolitan International School of Miami (3465 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6070), also hosts a summer camp, this one for children ages 2 to 12. Among the interests offered are sports and technology, nature courses, academic tutoring, and drone camp. Each camp is dedicated to the embodiment of the school’s motto: “mens sana in corpore sano” (a healthy mind in a healthy body). The first camp opens on June 18 and space is limited, so call today to lock in your child’s spot. More info is available at

At the Artsy Hive Studio (211 NE 95th St., Miami Shores, 305-456-1059), the summer action concentrates on the creative experience. The studio’s ceramic and mixed media summer camp offers 8- to 12-year-olds instruction in handling clay and how to marry it with other materials. Each week students concentrate on a different task, so check to see a full list of projects. Cost is $325 per week. The studio also reminds BT readers that Father’s Day is coming on June 15. Handmade art is always appreciated by the dad who already has it all.

Whether you are looking for a camp experience or just a day excursion for your child, Fun Dimension in Wynwood (2129 NW 1st Ct., 786-360-1766) offers an array of solutions for families. The game room offers laser tag, 7D theater, bumper cars, an indoor playground, and a bungee dome, along with a summer camp option that’s $300 per week (with special rates for siblings or longer-term enrollment.) The camp features art projects, yoga classes, dance classes, bath bomb parties, sensory-based and STEM activities to distract the kids from just playing video games all day long.

With all these summer camp options, parents need to be sure they are sending their kids off to just have fun and not end up in the hospital due to a preventable condition. Some camps even require physicals before admitting children. Fortunately, Medi-Station Urgent Care Center (9600 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, 305-603-7650) is offering inexpensive $35 physicals this month, so take advantage and feel secure before packing the kids off to camp.

For “boys” who are a bit older, June is Men’s National Health Month, and time to improve awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men. Call 305-674-CARE to make an appointment with one of the Mount Sinai Medical Center’s primary care physicians, cardiologists, or urologists. The center provides sophisticated medical expertise, the latest diagnostic technology, and the most advanced treatment options available should a simple physical turn up anything unwanted.

For Mother’s Day last month, Dr. Valeria Soltanik at Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., Aventura, 305-466-2334) gave BT readers the opportunity to score 50 percent off a Philips Zoom professional whitening treatment for mom. The deal is now available for dad as a Father’s Day gift. That’s $200 off! Have dad call the doctor and make an appointment today, but remind him that he has to mention Biscayne Times when he schedules.

Not to be presumptuous, but dad could also use a relaxing or therapeutic massage from new advertiser Matilde’s Massage Therapy (786-419-2772). Owner Matilde Hoffman is a licensed massage therapist specializing in Thai on the table, body stretching, therapeutic massage, lymphatic drainage massage, deep-tissue, and other techniques she learned in Thailand. Maltilde also trained at Miami’s own Educating Hands School of Massage, one of the top holistic massage centers in the nation, so you can count on effective healing. The best part is that she brings the spa experience directly to your home.

Another potential gift for dad is waiting at Wike-up! Aquabikes (1776 Sans Souci Blvd., North Miami, 786-288-0722). These aquabikes are a hot new trend in staying cool while exercising during the summer. All you need is a bike and a pool. Biscayne Times readers receive 15 percent off on the fitness and performance models (free shipping in the USA) by using this coupon code at 15PERFS544. But consider stopping by the showroom first to see how the aquabikes work. You can also check out their new water treadmills and water trampolines while you’re there.

Maybe you’d like to get dad a simple plant for his office or man cave. Visit Pebble and Vine (216 NE 98th St., Miami Shores, 786-636-8664) where staff can help you select the perfect living arrangement that any dad can take care of and enjoy. Our green friends aren’t just nice to look at. They clean the air and provide a soothing companion in any space.

Surely dad deserves some eye candy, right? Why not treat him (and yourself at the same time) to a new outfit from Maty Machado Swimwear ( Maty, who is originally from Colombia, launched her swimwear company here in Miami in 2011 after spending years studying and plying her trade in South America. Her flirty and chic designs, for both women and men, look great on the beach or next to the pool.

While still on the subject of Father’s Day, returning advertiser Joe Blair Garden Supply (320 NE 79th St., 305-757-5554) is a great place to pick up Stihl tools and other supplies to ensure dad gets his fill of backyard exercising (even if that just means riding a mower). Also remember to bring your hurricane wish list. If the early appearance of Subtropical Storm Alberto didn’t jar your memory, June 1 was the official start of hurricane season in the Atlantic basin.

For many, hurricane preparedness just consists of filling up a shopping cart with wine at the supermarket. BizBuzz advises readers to stock up on water and other non-perishables long before the next named storm comes along. Check out Milam’s Market (17100 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-945-1890) for healthy alternatives to the usual candy and snack foods that get gobbled during storm events. Oh, and we do believe they also have plenty of wine.

Other BT readers, however, may require help from Ocean Impact Windows and Doors (675 NW 116th St., 305-640-5288), a licensed expert who can upgrade those old, weak windows that rattled a little too much in Hurricane Irma’s winds last fall. With 45 years of hands-on experience in this hurricane magnet, you can count on staff to not only protect your investment but also add value to home. The sooner you get this task done, the better, so call today for an estimate.

The seemingly endless rains of late May were, at first, a great relief, ending a moderate drought that was drying up lawns all across the area. But then the rains didn’t stop, especially after Alberto formed in the Caribbean. The days of rain mean one thing for sufferers of mold and mildew allergies: lots of tissues. The Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care may have a better solution. Call 1-877-4-ALLERGY to schedule an appointment at any of 17 convenient locations to diagnose your particular allergy and devise a treatment that will leave you dancing in the rain.

If you took David Treece of the Treece Financial Group (9999 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 203, Miami Shores, 305-751-8855) up on his free IRA lecture last month, you’re probably on your way to a healthy retirement now. But do you know how to prepare for the absolute worst? This month’s seminar, “Estate Planning: Legalities to Legacies,” teaches you how to properly leave your assets to your heirs without the process being another burden for them when you’re gone. It’s at the Brockway Memorial Library (10021 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores) at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 14. Once again, the seminar is free, but please RSVP at to ensure a spot.

Looking for a new property to leave to those heirs? The Jack Coden Group (700 NE 90th St., Miami Shores, 305-742-5225) just launched a powerful new website that’s easy to use and could give you an edge over other property seekers: the MLS information updates every hour! Of course, if you’d rather one of Jack’s associates do the heavy lifting, call today and quickly find out why the real estate group is one of the top teams in the USA.

As a veteran of the late 1980s South Beach restaurant and bar scene, attorney Steve Polisar (407 Lincoln Rd., Suite 2A, Miami Beach; 305-672-7772, x206) knows all the ins and outs of operating a Miami-Dade business that offers beer, wine, and spirits. There might not be a secret handshake to use when handing in permit forms downtown, but there is a process that must be followed to the letter, so why not use his expertise? The money you save on aspirin alone will more than pay for his services. Call today.

Last month, BizBuzz introduced our readers to the much lauded and sensibly priced C Si Bon French Restaurant (350 NE 24th St., 786-615-4820), spearheaded by the culinary team of Charles Soussin and Christopher Petitjean. Now meet Lisandro Sanabria, who is the general manager of the restaurant as well as its chef. Sanabria received his chef’s training from Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts-Miami in 2009 and has worked locally at Villa Azur, Casa Tua, Le Bouchon du Grove, and Café Bastille, among others. His wonderful creations are now being served in this comfortable, stylish space on the ground floor of the City 24 Condo building.

The lovely Amina Ly, owner and chef at Côté Gourmet (9999 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, 305-754-9012) let BizBuzz know that the popular bistro is now hosting live jazz on the weekends, as if you needed another excuse to enjoy her contemporary bistro fare. You’re in the neighborhood on weekdays, you say? Consider the prix fixe menu for lunch, which includes a choice of crêpe or prosciutto sandwich, plus soup or salad. And remember, when you mention the BT, you get treated to a complimentary glass of wine.

For a quick pick-me-up, visit new advertiser Eat Greek Express (3530 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-2799 ). Eat Greek’s owner/chef Billy Dimotakis just moved to this new location from one a few blocks south. Which is fortunate because this stretch of Biscayne Boulevard is home to a string of fast food joints catering to rush-hour drivers...and their cardiologists. Why not pull up a chair, enjoy a Greek salad, and wait out the traffic in the restaurant’s comfortable setting instead? You can expect the usual spanakopita, dolmadakia, and gyros here, or opt for one of the more colorful dishes: grilled octopus, saganaki (cheese flambé), or the shrimp wheat pita bread.

The Mondrian South Beach (1100 West Ave., Miami Beach, 305-514-1940) continues its Sunday brunch tradition with unlimited mimosas and bloody marys for $42 per person. The buffet includes hand rolled sushi, BBQ, an omelet station, fresh salads, charcuterie, homemade desserts, and make-your-own-parfaits.

Is it getting hot or are you getting a hot flash? At Healthy Me Medical Therapies, located inside Medi-Station Urgent Care Center (9600 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, 786-731-4238), ladies of a certain age can learn about hormone optimization and how to feel their best when their bodies have a sudden change in plans.

The Fourth of July happens so close to the beginning of the month, Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344) wanted BizBuzz to give readers an early head’s up on the center’s Independence Day activities. There will be plenty of family-oriented events such as clown face-painting and games like Spin the Wheel (with prizes to win). Live music begins at 11:00 a.m., featuring two South Florida bands, Burnt Biscuit and the Tom Jackson Band. Shops and restaurants will be open, and of course, the location is perfect for the 9:00 p.m. fireworks show over Biscayne Bay.

Over at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (61 NE 41st St., 305-901-5272) a Terry Adkins retrospective opened on May 17. “Terry Adkins: Infinity Is Always Less Than One” is a survey of the African-American artist’s contributions to sculpture and protest, with special attention given to significant black cultural figures. Some of the installations have not been viewed in decades, so this a real treat. Don’t miss it.


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