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Feb 25th
BizBuzz February 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
February 2019

Fbigstock-Two-Heart-Symbol-Sand-Of-Beach-262387813lowers, check. Chocolates, check. Stuffed teddy bear, check. Lace teddy, check. Oh, yes, it’s February, and time to impress your lover.

But first, BizBuzz welcomes Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show (305-667-9299, back to our pages, and to the Mana Wynwood Convention Center (318 NW 23rd St.) March 1-3. Whether you already know how you want to renovate your home or you want to glean advice from top designers, this is the place to see the latest trends in home design, specifically for Florida addresses. Celebrity guest Josh Flagg of Bravo TV’s Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles will be among many designers, vendors, and other professionals who want to make your home the best it can be. If you purchase tickets online by February 28, they’re priced at only $10 for adults and $1 for children 11 and under; after that date, they’re $3 more.

Being armed with ideas is half the battle of home remodeling; the next step is hiring someone competent and reliable to complete your projects. New to Biscayne Times is handyman Jeff Krasne (954-347-2048), a licensed (over 30 years) and insured contractor who can tackle even the most complex of your projects. Call today for an estimate.

Are you looking to remodel your waistline? After the Valentine’s Day candy-fest, we can resume our new year’s diets, right? Not if the Easter displays already creeping into the grocery stores have any influence. There is help, though, for those of us requiring a bit more support.

For Heart Health Awareness Month, North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 855-767-8772) offers its free monthly seminar on Tuesday, February 26, at noon in the Main Lobby Auditorium. Dr. Juan Velasquez, who specializes in interventional cardiology, will lecture on obesity and its effects on your heart. Significant weight gain opens the door to negative health problems that include heart attacks and strokes. The good news is that you can reverse this process. Learn how at this lecture.

Jackson Health System (160 NW 170th St., North Miami Beach, 305-585-TRIM) offers several surgical routes to weight-loss success. The next free lecture is Thursday, February 14, at 6:30 p.m. Here you’ll explore the various ways Jackson’s doctors can approach your specific health problems and correct them.

If you’re already in good shape but still seeking simple improvements, remember that your local farmers markets are a key to nutritious diet. Every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Legion Park Farmers Market (6601 NE Biscayne Blvd.), brought to you by the Urban Oasis Project, is open to reconnect you with locally farmed produce, meats, and other products for a healthy lifestyle. The last Saturday of each month is dedicated to the Pallets in the Park program, which features local musicians and poets.

For the downtown crowd, the farmers market takes place during Market Mondays (4:00-8:30 p.m.) at returning advertiser Arsht Center Farmers Market (1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722), which recently added vendors Taste of Redland, Cerassee Farms, and Produce & Pantry. The very busy Urban Oasis Project doubles SNAP benefits up to $40, and local musicians perform on second Mondays. The unasked question? Yes! There’s free parking in Lot C, south of the Ziff Ballet Opera House.

Congratulations to Mount Sinai Medical Center (305-674-CARE) which opened its new Skolnick Surgical Tower and Hildebrandt Emergency Center at the main campus (4300 Alton Rd., Miami Beach). As well as a larger emergency room that can accommodate 75,000 yearly visits, the facility boasts 12 state-of-the-art operating rooms and 154 private rooms with bayside views rivaling the best hotels in town. Mount Sinai prides itself on having the best cardiac surgery survival rate in South Florida, so if you’re in need of better hearth health, call today to make an appointment with a board-certified cardiologist at the Mount Sinai location nearest to you.

A poorly maintained vehicle can be just as dangerous to your health as that fatty steak. If your engine seizes or brakes fail on I-95, it could mean a disastrous crash. Bring your chariot to returning advertiser Honda of Aventura for reliable servicing. (2150 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 855-971-2975). The dealership repairs all makes and models, not just Hondas. Check the BT ad for coupons.

Another improvement that can bring you instant peace of mind is upgrading your home’s locks. This month, AAA Miami Locksmith Security Solutions (1601 NW 54th St., 305-576-9320) is offering 20% off Medeco single-latch deadbolts for jobs within five miles of the shop. That’s $244 instead of the usual $305. But you need to use this secret code when ordering: “LockTheDoorNotTheHeart.” Check the ad for more offers.

The Cushman School (592 NE 60th St., 305-757-1966) always has something to be proud of. This month the school is celebrating the accomplishments of ninth-grader Anthony Rodriguez, winner of the National YoungArts Merit Award for Cinematic Arts, for his film Swiped Thin, which he produced under the name Cris Wolfe. Congratulations, Anthony!

Parents considering enrolling their children next year at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE) should start the application process soon. Although a Catholic school, Pace accepts students of all faiths to its college preparatory program. Not college bound due to disabilities? Ask about the spe salvi curriculum for special-needs students unable to earn a regular high school diploma. In addition to meeting state-prescribed standards, spe salvi students are enrolled in classes that focus on vocational skills.

Speaking of work, Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344) is holding an open house for merchants interested in business leasing opportunities at the market, which is the No. 1 retail destination in Miami and No. 6 in Florida. The open house takes place at the management office on February 6 from 10:00 a.m. to noon, and on February 7 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. If you can’t attend on those dates, just call to discuss your business ideas. First-time business owners are definitely encouraged to make enquiries.

If you’re a first-time business owner seeking a liquor license for your bar or restaurant, call attorney Steve Polisar (305-672-7772, x 206) to help you overcome the bureaucratic nightmare of the permit process. As a veteran of the South Beach revival of the 1980s, Steve has seen it all when it comes to setting up shop in Miami-Dade County. His expertise will save you time and money.

Martha/Mary Concerts (305-458-0111, has very exciting news for music lovers. Frank Cooper, research professor emeritus at UM’s Frost School of Music, will be performing Bach’s Concerto in C Major for Two Solo Harpsichords on his own custom harpsichord, specifically built for him in the Netherlands. Laura Keith will accompany him on second harpsichord. The same evening sees the opening of “The Space Beyond,” an exhibit featuring the art of Maria Cristina Carbonell. Tickets for the concert and reception Sunday, February 17, are $40. The music begins at 4:00 p.m. at La Merced Chapel at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church (3220 NW 7th Ave.). Fast forward to March 3, 3:00 p.m., when Spanish Brass partners with flamenco-jazz piano legend Chano Dominguez and his son, cajón percussionist Pablo Dominguez, for an afternoon of Spanish flamenco music. Those tickets are only $15 and $20.

The visual arts keep beckoning. As part of its current exhibition, “Judy Chicago: A Reckoning,” the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (61 NE 41st St., 305-901-5272) presents Chicago’s new site-specific performance piece A Purple Poem for Miami. The piece harks back to Chicago’s early smoke performances, which were a response to the masculine tendency to eradicate nature. Chicago uses smoke to soften and feminize the landscape instead. You must RSVP for this one -- and do it early. Reservations are $5 for general admission, and free for members.

The desire to look your best grows stronger with Valentine’s Day approaching. At LA Tans, Spa & Medical Aesthetics (1811 NE 123rd St. 305-895-1772), the award-winning doctors and professional staff can help with a variety of spa services, from spray-on tans to cellulite treatments, body waxing, and much more. More involved procedures include plastic surgery, needling, microblading, dermal fillers, and laser treatments. The clinic also offers CBD oils, nutrition guidance, blood analysis, and intravenous nutrients for a balanced approach to beauty.

Before you go out on Valentine’s Day or on any date, drop by Biknx Beautique (4338-A NW 7th Ave., 305-780-9905) and get styling advice from owner Bianka Martin. Street-style fashion is very au courant, according to trendsetter publications. Enter Bianka’s drawing for a $300 shopping spree.

Don’t be fooled by the “for rent” sign outside Hannah and Her Scissors (611 NE 86th Street, 305-772-8426). Proprietress Hannah Lasky tells BizBuzz she’ll be moving in April, but the shop is open, and she’s ready to doll up customers for Valentine’s Day. Call for more info on her move.

Electrifying a date is easy if you reserve a luxury room at JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 305-932-6200). Give her a gift certificate for a rejuvenating treatment at Âme Spa & Wellness Collective (while you play a round of golf on the championship course), and then take her to dinner at award-winning Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina. Or better yet, have dinner served in your suite. That should delight her.

If you’re lucky, there may still be time to reserve a spot for Valentine’s Day at Mark Soyka’s Café Roval (5808 NE 4th Ct., 786-953-7850), one of the most romantic locations in the city. Enjoy treating your appreciative date to classic Mediterranean dishes in a lush, green space inside this historic 1920s coral-rock building that was once a water pumping station. Or wander down the street to Soyka Restaurant (5556 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-3117), which was recently sold to 50 Eggs’ John Kunkel but is still serving the same American comfort food, at least through spring.

Sushi is always a hit on dates. It’s light, sexy, fun, and classy. Order Chef Mike-san’s (Bond St./Blue Ribbon) omakase (chef’s choice) menu at Vagabond Sushi Bar (7301 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4991) for the freshest and best cuts of the day. But there’s more! The menu is loaded with pork osso bucco, barbecued ribs, cowboy steak, crab dumplings, pork belly bao bun, steak tartare, pata negra ham croquettes, and other delicacies. Grab a bottle of sake to go at the Vagabond Market, and you’re on your way home...or to your date’s.

Maybe the strudel you’d like to noodle prefers Central European cuisine. Alex Richter and his Royal Bavarian Schnitzel Haus (1085 NE 79th St., 305-754-8002) serve authentic German fare, including potato pancakes, roast duck with cherries, pork shank, a variety of sausages, spaetzle, and of course, schnitzel. While the Bavarian experience may seem more conducive to fun, friends, and football than a romantic interlude, your date’s Teutonic heart will melt appropriately after a slice of that German chocolate cake.

Unless he’s allergic to chocolate, that is. The staff at Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care (877-4-ALLERGY) wants to remind readers of the many allergens to avoid on Valentine’s Day: food, flowers, perfume, latex. Of course, knowing what’s causing your reaction is the first step in preventing an attack or lessening symptoms. There are 17 convenient locations throughout South Florida. Come in for a patch test.

Children are often the result of a very successful Valentine’s date. Mazel Tov! However, they also mean that the following February, you’ll likely want to stay in, instead of hiring a sitter and spending diaper money on that fancy restaurant. That doesn’t mean you have to go without a fabulous meal, though. Visit Milam’s Markets (17100 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-945-1890, and four other locations) to stock up on ingredients for scrumptious meal of your own.

And there’s good news for cake lovers who keep kosher. Nothing Bundt Cakes (15400 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 112, 305-974-4536) is now kosher dairy certified. The bakery’s cakes are crafted by hand and made from the finest ingredients: real eggs, butter, and cream cheese. They come in several convenient sizes and flavors, some of which change seasonally.

It may seem premature to announce that the 2019 Pelican Party benefit supporting the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station (305-751-9840, will be held April 13 at the Miami Shores Country Club this year, but early birds get discounts! Pay only $150 for general admission and $225 for the champagne VIP reception, if you purchase tickets by February 14. The time is now to inquire about sponsoring the fundraiser or contributing items to the auction.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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