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BizBuzz July 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
July 2018

SPix_BizBuzz_7-18ummertime, and the living is easy. Most of the time, it actually is. And with a little help from the BT’s advertisers, you can also make it fun and delicious.

If you’ve driven by the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (1101 Biscayne Blvd. 305-434-9600) lately, you may have noticed an image of a gigantic, colorful frog hanging off an outdoor wall. The deceptively innocent-looking dart frog is announcing the museum’s latest special exhibit: “The Power of Poison: From the Depths of the Sea to Your Own Backyard.” Poison isn’t just a substance that comes out of a spray can when a roach is terrorizing you at night. You can find it occurring in nature -- even, in your own backyard. Learn all about how it can kill you and even cure you before the exhibit closes in September. Miami-Dade County residents, remember to show your valid driver’s license to receive 15 percent off admission.

One of the generous sponsors of the “Power of Poison” exhibit is Jackson Health Systems (160 NW 170th St.). Naturally, if you think you’ve ingested a toxic substance or you’ve been bitten by a venomous animal, hurry over to their emergency room. However, the hospital offers many other services and, of course, their monthly seminar on bariatric weight loss. The next lecture, hosted by Dr. Elias Chousleb, is on Thursday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. at the north campus. Call 305-654-6850 to reserve your free seat.

Until August 18, new advertiser Pan American Art Projects (274 NE 67th St., 305-751-2550) is hosting a multi-artist exhibit featuring local and international artists, such as Edouard Duval-Carrié, Kcho, Robert Rauschenberg, and many others. “Multiple Choice: Prints, Multiples, and Art Books” explores the idea of multiple pieces of art. At what point does the unique become mass production? Suggested (if a bit esoteric) reading before you visit? Walter Benjamin, of course. Or maybe not. The goal of this gallery is to offer accessibly priced artworks for collectors at all levels.

Don’t forget to also attend the great retrospective “Terry Adkins: Infinity Is Always Less Than One” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (61 NE 41st St., 305-901-5272). Some of the installations have not been viewed in decades, so it may be a long time before they are on display together again. Don’t miss this opportunity. The survey of the African-American artist’s contributions to sculpture and protest closes in September.

Also in September, Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344) is calling on local musicians and bands to join the market’s “Sounds of Bayside” event on September 19. Sign up soon! Not an entertainer? Come by any day of the week to listen to an array of musical styles that include salsa, steel pan drummers, light rock, and cover bands. Also don’t forget that Bayside is hosting a number of family-oriented events on Independence Day, such as clown face-painting, games, and live music. Shops and restaurants will be open, and you should plan to stay for the 9:00 p.m. fireworks display over Biscayne Bay.

Sushi Lucy (1680 NE 123rd St., North Miami, 786-391-2668) sounds like an invitation to a tongue twister. However, this new advertiser asks only that you twist your tongue around their fresh sushi and other Japanese dishes. Another twist? Sushi Lucy offers Kaitenzushi -- that’s sushi served on a conveyor belt or the like. At Sushi Lucy, boats drift on a miniature river until they reach their port of call. When you see cargo that strikes your fancy, you just pick it up. The bill is based on the number and color of the plates you pick. If you prefer, you may also order off a menu that includes hot specialties such as pork gyoza, shrimp yakitori, or crab tempura. Remember to leave a little room for moshi.

Looking for a large and diverse menu that includes Southeast Asian favorites? Say hello to new advertiser Moon Thai Organic Kitchen (3455 NE 163rd St, North Miami Beach, 305-974-5129). The standard noodle, curry, and dumpling dishes are all represented, as is a large assortment of sushi and other Japanese favorites. But the real gems are the unusual selections, such as bibimbap, yum conch, and duck noodle soup. Can’t decide what to try first? Bento boxes featuring tastes from across East Asia are your best bet.

So the story starts something like this: Two business partners were setting up a thrift store. One asks the other: “Where should I put this used sandwich maker?” The other partner then asks, “Sandwich?” The first partner responds, “Yes, sandwich. Where?” To get the rest of the story -- how the thrift-store idea turned into a sandwich shop -- you’ll have to visit new advertiser Sandwich Where? (36 NE 54th St., 786-502-4696) over in Little Haiti. Too rushed to visit? Skip the story and just order delicious sandwiches, fresh salads, enlivening smoothies, and more for delivery. Online at

Owner/chef Billy Dimotakis just moved Eat Greek to this new location (3530 Biscayne Blvd., 305-456-2799 ) from its old one a few blocks south. Fortunately, it seems, loyal customers have moved along with him, because there are always diners enjoying themselves al fresco. You can be a member of that happy group, too, if you haven’t joined them already. Enjoy Greek salads, spanakopita, dolmadakia, gyros, grilled octopus, saganaki (cheese flambé) and more.

Take a winner to dinner! Congratulations to Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE, x212) and their varsity baseball team for winning the 2018 FHSAA 5A State Championship. On June 2, the Pace Spartans defeated Bolles High School of Jacksonville, giving the team their seventh Florida state championship. Way to go!

The 2018-2019 school year begins August 18 at Allison Academy (1881 NE 164th St., 305-940-3922). In operation since 1983, the academy has lived up to its goal “to promote moral, intellectual, physical, and academic excellence so that each student may rise to honorable achievements, and contribute to the common good.” The small classrooms allow students to pursue rigorous college prep courses. But academic pursuits alone do not make a well-rounded adult, so there also is an emphasis on sports and arts for every child. Schedule a tour today.

Too soon for school, because you’re still looking for a summer camp? Metropolitan International School of Miami (3465 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6070) has a few spots still available for kids (ages 2-14) who want to focus their summer fun on sports (soccer, basketball, tennis) and technology, drone camps, or nature. There are even academic tutoring options for children who want to catch up or get ahead in time for the fall semester. The camps embody the spirit of the school’s motto “Mens sana in corpore sano” (“A healthy mind in a healthy body”) in all activities. Call or visit for more information.

Have the kids been coming home from their outdoor activities with the sniffles? Kids can develop allergies even later in life. Call the Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care (1-877-4-ALLERGY) to schedule an appointment at any one of 17 convenient locations to discuss -- with a board-certified doctor -- what’s causing their symptoms and what to do about helping them. Summer is the perfect time to get their treatment in order before school starts.

Summer is also the season that many kids and adults injure their feet or catch infections. Dr. Charlton Adler at Adler Podiatry Associates (1380 Miami Gardens Dr., Suite 235, 305-935-3999) can treat your tendonitis, fractures, malformations, fasciitis, torn ligaments, fungus, and more, but only if you call and make the appointment.

Best wishes go out to Milam’s Markets (17100 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-945-1890), which is expanding their footprint into Pinecrest. But drop by any location and pick up some of the interesting fruits, herbs, and veggies now in season: blackberries, kohlrabi, tarragon, rhubarb, and more.

Did someone say “season”? Although hurricane season lasts six months, it’s about the middle of August when the Atlantic usually fires up. That should give you enough time to contact Ocean Impact Windows and Doors (675 NW 116th St., 305-640-5288), get an estimate, and have the staff install new impact windows and doors before the big blow. Ocean Impact has 45 years of hands-on experience, so you know the work will not only protect your investment but also add value to your property.

Now that your doors and windows look great, what about the rest of your home? Farrey’s Lighting and Bath (1850 NE 146th St., 305-947-5451) always has a large inventory of beautiful and reasonably priced fixtures and accessories that will make even a humble abode look upscale. What could be better? A red tag sale throughout the store! Look for the red tags and save up to 90 percent on lighting, furniture, and accessories. Over in Coconut Grove? Visit Farrey’s other showroom (3000 SW 28th Ln., 305-445-2244) for the same great service.

Welcome new advertiser Certified Associates, trained and licensed medical marijuana doctors (786-900-0068, 44 NW 167th St., North Miami Beach). 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 Certified know what a help marijuana can be to patients with cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, migraines, and multiple sclerosis, among other conditions. If you have a medical situation that marijuana may improve, call today for an appointment.

Do you have medical issues and are unsure about what you’ll do in a hurricane or other disaster situation? North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 855-767-8772) is hosting a free lecture with you in mind. Christopher Montgomery, director of emergency services, will explain how to minimize your health-related problems in a worst-case scenario. The lecture will be held at noon on July 31. Reservations are required, and refreshments will be served.

Hurricane preparation for the elderly is just one of the many services offered at Always Classic Care (1380 NE Miami Gardens Dr., Suite 235, 305-403-2622). Staff also offers medication management, transportation services, shopping, meal preparation, continence care, and Alzheimer’s planning, among other routine and special services. Call today for a free assessment.

Another important contact in any season is the Treece Financial Group (9999 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 203, Miami Shores, 305-751-8855). Get your financial house in order. Treece’s staff is trained in a holistic range of solutions, including retirement accounts, elder guardianship, trusts, portfolio reviews, wills, and a lot more.

Ohhhh, why didn’t you contact attorney Steve Polisar (407 Lincoln Rd., Suite 2A, Miami Beach; 305-672-7772, x206) before trying to open up that new bar? Did you want to wander aimlessly from department to department looking for incorrect paperwork to file? Did you want those permits to take forever? Do you like inspectors saying “no” to you? As a veteran of the late 1980s South Beach restaurant and bar scene, Polisar knows all the ins and outs of operating a Miami-Dade business that requires a liquor license. And also this: How to get the government to let you run your business smoothly. Call today.

Weekend warriors, how does a Saturday stress test sound? Mount Sinai Medical Center is now offering Saturday appointments with select cardiologists at nine locations in Miami-Dade. Why shouldn’t you have access to high-quality care when its most convenient for you? Same or next day appointments are available. Call 305-674-CARE to schedule.

Besides needing to schedule their medical appointments around a busy schedule, weekend warriors also tend to overdo their fitness binges. Call Matilde’s Massage Therapy (786-419-2772) to counteract too much activity. Owner Matilde Hoffman is a licensed massage therapist who trained at Miami’s own Educating Hands School of Massage, one of the top holistic massage centers in the nation. She specializes in Thai on the table, body stretching, therapeutic massage, lymphatic drainage massage, deep-tissue, and other techniques.

Speaking of overdoing the exercises, the last week of June was miserably muggy for even the toughest of bike riders in Miami. The weather made one consider riding straight into Biscayne Bay for relief. But you don’t have to do that! Wike-up! Aquabikes (1776 Sans Souci Blvd., North Miami, 786-288-0722) combines the benefits of cycling with the cooling comfort of being in your own swimming pool. It’s basically an exercise bike that you install in your pool. The extra resistance the water provides improves the efficiency of your workout too. Drop by the showroom to check out this new fitness marvel.

And where is that pool water coming from? You can thank the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department for bringing that cool and relatively inexpensive water straight to your door. The water has trickled through the Biscayne Aquifer, making it some of the cleanest public water available. Enjoy!


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