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BizBuzz January 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
January 2019


HPix_BizBuzz_1-19ere we are at the precipice of a new year that we hope will be fantastic for all our readers. We don’t always have the choice between free falling off that January cliff or gliding down gently toward December. We can, however, control our reactions to what life hands us. And with a little help from Biscayne Times advertisers, we can make the passage easier.

Start by welcoming the new year...with old stuff! The Original Miami Beach Antique Show returns to the pages of Biscayne Times this month and, from January 26 through 29, to the newly renovated Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, More than 600 dealers from 28 countries will display jewelry, furniture, porcelain, fine art, and other antiques, some dating back to the Renaissance. Tickets are only $20 for all four days. The show kicks off with the Jewelry History Series, a two-day conference that begins January 25. Experts in the field will lead discussions, panels, and lectures on such topics as how to spot a Georgian fake and jewelry in the Space Age. The series is a bit costlier at $350, but the solid education is priceless.

Save a few bills for the 2019 Miami International Map Fair, which is open to the public February 2 and 3, at HistoryMiami Museum (101 W. Flagler St., 305-375-1492). This is the 25th edition of the popular fair that brings together dealers of antique maps, rare antiquarian books, and intriguing atlases -- and the cartophiles who seek them out. Tickets are $5 for members and $15 for non-members per day. Full-access weekend admission is $75, and it provides access to dealers a day early on February 1, as well as participation in the cocktail receptions.

Get into the mood for those antiques by attending a concert from England’s “Baroque Bohemians,” Red Priest. The quartet will explore the musical connections between 17th- and 18th-century masters and their Roma brethren in “Gypsy Fever from Campfire to Court.” Martha/Mary Concerts (305-458-0111, presents two shows in La Merced Chapel at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church (3220 NW 7th Ave.). The first, on January 19 at 7:30 p.m., is a Saturday Salon with table seating, wine, and dessert offered. Tickets are $50. The following day, Sunday, January 20, at 3:30 p.m., the group performs again, but in a more traditional concert format for only $15 and $25 (Blue Circle seats). Onsite parking is free. Advance purchases are highly recommended.

Looking for wholesome children’s entertainment? The Family Fun Series continues at Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St., 877-311-7469) with Your Alien on Sunday, January 27. Shows are at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Your kids will enjoy pre-show activities and a chocolate treat while watching their favorite storybook characters musically come to life onstage. Tickets are $16.

January, however, is generally reserved for the “new.” New goals, new resolutions, new standards you’ve set for yourself. Mount Sinai Medical Center (305-674-CARE) reminds BT readers that January is a great time to establish a good relationship with your primary-care physician. Especially if insurance constraints mean that you have a new one for 2019. Even if you feel wonderful, the doctor can give you an accurate view of your current health, detect things to watch for, and set healthy goals for you. Call to schedule a same- or next-day appointment.

January invariably means dieting, too. Whether it’s just five pounds from holiday indulgence or 50 pounds from a chronic series of bad choices. If a greater amount needs to be lost, don’t hesitate in calling Jackson Health Systems (160 NW 170th St., North Miami Beach, 305-585-TRIM) to start the journey back to good health. The Jackson North center offers its free weight-loss seminar on Thursday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m. Physicians will explain gastric-sleeve surgery and their holistic approach to weight loss.

If that’s too far north for you, North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 844-319-6838) also offers an exceptional weight-loss program and a free monthly seminar Thursday, February 7, at 7:00 p.m. in the Main Lobby Auditorium. Excess weight is a major health issue that negatively affects more than just your scale. The solution may not be easy, but it can be one of the most rewarding decisions you’ll make.

Eating better is the first step in any resolution to get fit by swimsuit season. Fortunately, January kicks off the best season at our farmers markets, with all the local winter vegetables ripening to perfection, and tropical fruits galore to replace sugary desserts. Legion Park Farmers Market (6601 NE Biscayne Blvd.) is conveniently open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for Biscayne Corridor residents. Besides produce, the 40 vendors sell honey, jams, and juices…and so much more. There’s also public yoga at 10:00 a.m., and the last Saturday of the month is highlighted by a concert and author performance series called “Pallets in the Park.” Check it out!

Up at returning advertiser Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000), a new fresh market is launching in Pegasus Park in the Village at Gulfstream. Enjoy produce, artisanal vendors, food trucks, live music, family fun, and yoga classes every Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For a more complete food selection, visit Milam’s Markets (17100 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-945-1890, and four other locations), where you can also shop for fresh fish and chicken, grains, low-cal products, and more. Feel free to stop by the wine department! An occasional glass of the grape stuff is known to have benefits for your heart and blood pressure.

Néktar Juice Bar (2960 NE 199th St. #4, Aventura, 305-749-6633) is offering a cleanse sale during January to kick off that new, healthier lifestyle you’ve promised yourself. The company’s new Six-Day Celery Detox is an easy, sustainable way to re-orient your bad holiday diet plan into a fresh, rejuvenating one. Each nutrient-rich Celery Detox juice is just 45 calories and made without any added sugars, preservatives, artificial flavors, or fillers. You drink one in the morning and then follow a healthy diet the rest of the day. Simple. During January, all cleanses are $34.95. Consider adding on one or more of several “wellness shots” that will increase the benefits of your morning juice.

What’s the point of eating right if you can’t sometimes take pleasure in eating wrong? How about doubling that enjoyment? Clip the coupon in this month’s BT ad for Nothing Bundt Cakes (15400 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 112, 305-974-4536) and you will take home one free bundtlet when you buy one. The coupon is good through February, but don’t wait! These cakes, which are made from all-natural ingredients such as real eggs, butter, and cream cheese, come in various flavors that change frequently. Try them all!

There’s nothing wrong with cheating a little more. A hearty welcome to LA Tans, Spa & Medical Aesthetics (1811 NE 123rd St. 305-895-1772), whose award-winning doctors and professional staff can help you look better, whether it is through medical enhancements or spa services. As well as the standard anti-aging procedures, the clinic also offers CBD oils and natural healing for a well-rounded solution to any aesthetic issues. Call to schedule a 15-minute complimentary consultation.

Exercise is also important, and some workout regimes are quite enjoyable. Practice your swing on one of the championship golf courses at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 305-932-6200), followed by a rejuvenating treatment at Âme Spa & Wellness Collective. Kids of all ages will love the Tidal Cove Waterpark, which will include a thrilling raft experience when it opens later this year. And cap off your day with a visit to award-winning Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina. Of course, it’s always important to engage in your routines regularly, for optimum benefits.

You don’t need to wait for that new figure to visit Bianka Martin at Biknx Beautique (4338-A NW 7th Ave., 305-780-9905) and fill your closet with a vibrant street-style look for 2019. She creates her own original designs as well as selling a diverse assortment of accessories, shoes, and makeup to complete the look.

Top off that new outfit with a new hairstyle from Hannah Lasky at Hannah and Her Scissors (611 NE 86th Street, 305-772-8426). Hannah warned BizBuzz to resist being fooled by the “for rent” sign outside her door. Yes, she’ll be moving out of her sweet salon cottage by April 1, but she’ll still be cutting and coloring hair somewhere in the neighborhood after that. Call for an appointment and more info.

Wear that new look to Vagabond Sushi Bar (7301 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4991) in the Vagabond Village. The restaurant has been an instant hit with neighborhood fish lovers, but the rest of the menu is surprisingly extensive. Pick from pork osso bucco, barbecued ribs, cowboy steak, crab dumplings, pork belly bao bun, steak tartare, pata negra ham croquettes, and much more. Or exercise your right to let the sushi chef select for you. Chef Mike-san (Bond St./Blue Ribbon) is launching an omakase (chef’s choice) personal menu, which means he’ll be preparing what he thinks are the best picks of the day. No time to people watch? Stock up on sake, wine, beer, and sushi to-go at the Vagabond Market.

Wouldn’t it be nice to open your own bar or restaurant? Ever try to get a liquor license or other permits on your own in Miami-Dade? In some districts, it’s like getting blood from limestone, isn’t it? Which is why you need to call attorney Steve Polisar (407 Lincoln Rd., Suite 2A, Miami Beach; 305-672-7772, x 206) if you are considering opening up your own establishment. He knows how to get around that bureaucratic swamp, so you can set up shop quickly and efficiently, and get to work on serving your customers.

A round of applause for the Spartan Thespians, Troupe 5457 at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE). During December, the drama club participated in the District 8 Thespian Competitions and came away with six Excellent awards and ten Superior awards, thanks to the exceptional leadership from theater director Marianne Martinez. Next up is the State International Thespian Convention and Competition in Tampa during March. BizBuzz is rooting for you, Spartans!

More kudos for our advertisers. Judy Chicago: A Reckoning at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (61 NE 41st St., 305-901-5272) is feminist artist Judy Chicago’s first major retrospective in her 50-plus years of activity -- what an honor for a relatively new museum outside the traditional art capitals. The overdue survey of her works underscores a main theme in Chicago’s art: that women are too often ignored. Admission is free with RSVP.

Cheers also go out to the Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344), which participated in the City of Miami’s annual holiday toy and gifts for children drive. Management, staff, vendors, and employees surpassed their goal of collecting 150 toys, which were delivered to city hall December 17 by the management team and Bayside’s own Santa Claus. Senior general manager Pamela Weller said, “It gives me great joy to be able to give back to others. It was the dream of all of us at the beginning of this toy drive eight years ago to give at least one gift to each and every child of the City of Miami who ordinarily would not receive a gift.”

Celebrations like these often mean cake. Especially the beautiful masterpieces from Pastry Is Art (12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-603-9340). Perhaps you need something essential for a wedding or just something fun for a kid’s party. Consult with chef Jenny Rissone to create the perfect centerpiece to your festivity. Not quite ready for a party? The store also has a full menu of breakfast and lunch entrées, salads, and sandwiches that you’ll rave over.

Eating out can mean worrying about food allergies for some diners, especially if you’re unsure what exactly is causing your reaction. The responses to those assaults can range from a barely noticeable itch to fatal anaphylaxis. And you are just as likely to grow into allergies as you are likely to grow out of them, so don’t wait for a proper diagnosis. Schedule a visit to Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care (877-4-ALLERGY) and find out how you can alleviate your symptoms or be prepared should a serious reaction take place. There are 17 locations throughout South Florida.

Remember that your car needs regular attention too. Use the coupon in this month’s ad to get a discounted oil change at Plaza Tire & Auto (3005 NE 2nd Ave., 305-573-3878).

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