The Biscayne Times

Jun 22nd
BizBuzz: July 2012 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Pamela Robin Brandt - BT Contributor   

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

bigstock-Tiny-chihuahua-dog-wearing-sui-25893494July is the month that starts with one fabulous fun blast -- fireworks -- on the fourth, and then hopefully doesn’t continue with more big blasts that aren’t such fun -- heat waves, hurricanes, floods. But whatever comes, BT advertisers have deals to help you get through the month in good shape.

Let’s start with Independence Day, when the City of Miami Beach, plus radio Classical South Florida and Coca-Cola bring you Fire on the Fourth, a free family-friendly, all-day beachfront festival (stage at 8th Street and Ocean Drive). Kicking off with DJ Maximus3000 at 1:00 p.m., highlights include indie art-rock musician Fred Thomas at 6:30 p.m., the South Florida Symphony Orchestra Quartet at 8:30, and fireworks by the famed Zambelli company to finish. Tip for drivers: Park in North Beach and take free shuttles to and from South Beach (heading south from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Collins and 81st or 72nd streets; returning north from 10:00 to 11:00 p.m.).

Prefer something less traditional than fireworks, but just as loud? Wynwood’s cutting-edge alternative O Cinema (90 NW 29th St., 305-571-9970) has you covered with its Audio Junkie Independence Day Bash. From 2:00-11:00 p.m. the party features live performances by Deaf Poets, Rat Bastard, and a half-dozen other bands, plus live silk screening (BYO shirt), food trucks and local microbrews, too. Admission: $10.

For pet owners, the Humane Society of Greater Miami (16101 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-696-0800), which was just named Best Charity by New Times, has tips for keeping your furry friends safe and sane on July 4. First, since firecracker noises can agitate pets, keep them inside (possibly with the TV on, to mask the explosions). If pets are outside, don’t use fireworks around them; fireworks are toxic -- and that goes for matches and lighter fluid, too. Make sure pets are wearing secure ID tags, in case they get scared and bolt. And finally, as funny as it is to allow the four-legged party animals lap up a bowl of beer with you, resist. Alcohol can be poisonous to pets.

Evidently there’s more than one reason why midsummer scorchers are referred to as dog days, including a record number of canine-related ads this month. This includes new advertiser Poop 911 (1-877-POOP-911), a clean-up service that’s “here to pick up where your dog left off,” meaning their poop-scooping staff will keep your yard clean, green, and party-friendly; additional services range from dog walking to feeding and watering. The company has larger cleaning solutions for homeowner and condo associations, dog parks, and shopping centers.

Health-conscious pups and their people will be happy with July’s deal from By Nature: $4 off a 15-17 lb. bag of the company’s nutritionally complete dog food, and $1 off By Nature dog biscuits. See this issue’s ad for local stores carrying this natural and organic brand.

For years the Doggie Bag Café, located at Smiling Pets Animal Clinic (7310 Biscayne Blvd., 305-710-7266), has offered organic gourmet meals, such as delectable-looking “mutt-loaf,” for pets. Now there’s another reason for smiles: On July 15, 22, and 29, chef Laly Abelate presents Cooking for Canines classes, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. The $30 price (for one dog and his or her human) includes a taste test of the day’s recipe, the café’s brunch for doggie, and some people-type refreshments. Advance payment required, so call ahead.

Before you’re tempted to cadge Fido’s bacon-topped vegetable quiche, hurry over to new advertiser, and new Design District hot spot, Barrel Wine Cantine (3622 NE 2nd Ave., 305-576-7775), where chef/owner Victor Passalacqua serves classic quiches for humans, plus Miami’s ultimate foie gras terrine and much more. There are also weekday specials: 50% off wines on Mondays’ “Industry Nights,” happy hour for ladies on Tuesday evenings, Wednesday wine tastings with some very impressive master wine experts, and live jazz on Thursdays.

Welcome also to new advertiser Adelita’s Café (2699 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-1262), humble-looking and slightly hidden from view, but Miami’s first name in Honduran food. From breakfast’s à la ranchera eggs with mantequilla and chimol salsa to baleadas (Honduras’s unique take on tacos) to a meal-in-a-bowl sopa de caracol (conch soup) or tapado de res (beef/coconut stew), it has long been the place to go for a comprehensive introduction to this cuisine’s Greatest Hits.

Welcome back to Mike’s at Venetia (555 NE 15th St. 9th Floor, 305-374-5731), a place we knew as a darned fine hangout long before this tropical Irish pub, with expansive bayview terrace, first became an advertiser. Mike’s has been a home away from home for local journalists forever, so you know that both the American pub grub (hefty burgers and steaks, roast beef sandwiches, seafood platters) and free-flowing beer are affordable enough to eat there every day, lunch to late night.

For Italian comfort food that’ll evoke the homey red sauce joints of your childhood, not just in taste but in portion size (big) and price (small), visit new advertiser that has possibly been around since your childhood: 25-year-old Il Piccolo Café (2112 NE 123rd St., 305-893-6538). As well as all the expected old Italian-American favorites, you’ll find a few surprises, including elaborate fresh salads and a variety of international sandwiches.

How about a restaurant that’s both new and old? It’s not a Zen riddle. It’s new advertiser Café 46 (190 NE 46th St., 305-400-8828) which, in all but name and address, is essentially South Beach’s decade-old neighborhood institution Joe Allen, which closed its doors last year. And you can now enjoy your old favorite dishes not only at dinner but at a just-started Sunday brunch, 11:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., which also features $3 mimosas (first one free!).

At Bagels and Company (11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435) David Cohen is offering readers four coupon specials, including bagel mavens’ fave: buy a dozen, get another dozen free. The rest are for eat-in diners: $2 off tabs of $10 or more; $5 off checks over $20; and a buy-one-entrée-get-one-free deal. All offers are good weekdays only, with this issue’s ad only.

While All-You-Can-Eat Lobster Wednesdays aren’t a summer-only thing at Sunny Isles Beach’s Kitchen 305 (16701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110), here’s what is: Through September, the lobsters are softshell “shedders,” New England aficionados’ preferred pick for their supreme sweetness. True, the growing crustaceans’ meat doesn’t fill their new shells, annoying diners who are paying per lobster. But at $35 prix fixe for unlimited eating, size isn’t an issue.

Dine on dishes and drinks from dozens of South Florida’s top restaurants and beverage specialists on July 19 at the 25th annual Taste of the Nation Miami feast at Turnberry Isle (19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura, 305-933-6930). Taste chairman Allen Susser started the charity event when he was the resort’s executive chef. Go to for info on all participating eateries. Oh, and 100% of ticket sales go to Share Our Strength to fight childhood hunger.

If you’re seeking entertainment options for your own children during summer vacation, try Midtown Moonlit Movies, sponsored by The Shops at Midtown Miami. The free family-friendly film series, originally scheduled to end in June, has been extended owing to overwhelming demand. Flicks will be screened at 8:00 p.m. at Fountain Plaza on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the next two months (July 11 and 25, August 8 and 22).

Earlier we mentioned getting through the month in good shape. Well, you could be in the best shape ever if you visit Inner Balance Studio (12579 Biscayne Blvd., 786-383-3088). Added to its signature roster of massages and classes in yoga, Pilates, and other disciplines that bolster both body and mind are new Prenatal Yoga and Postnatal Yoga with Baby classes. Mention the BT for 10% off your first class.

If you’re more mind-oriented than body-oriented, try a Psychic Tarot Reading by Sophia (786-284-8203). By appointment only, her palm, tea leaf, or crystal-ball readings address anxiety management, marital issues, phobias, and more. She does parties, too.

If you’re more into body improvement, on the other hand, get instant gratification at Hannah & Her Scissors (611 NE 86th St., 305-772-8426). This month’s deal: 10% off all hair services, eyebrow and body waxing, and even Hannah Lasky’s own hair products when you mention the BT and say the magic words: “Got Hannapoo?” That’s her shampoo. Check out the hair artist’s artwork, too, at her salon’s new and expanding art gallery and gift boutique; the paintings, handmade pillows, custom upholstery, and more are truly unique.

If it’s your home that needs improving, visit 360 Furniture Consignments (18340 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-627-3148), which buys and sells new plus high-end (gently) used furniture, accessories, and art. To celebrate the start of the showroom’s third year in business, 360’s Dave Widdas is offering customers, especially BT customers, 20-50% off select items during July.

The annual huge summer sale at Scan Design (3025 Sunny Isles Blvd., 305-944-8080) actually started June 22 and only runs through July 8. So lovers of stylish contemporary furniture need to run, not walk.

Those who favor 18th-20th-century home décor will find one-stop shopping at Antiques Plaza (8650 Biscayne Blvd.), a unique collection of more than two dozen exciting, independent showrooms (plus a Cuban restaurant; nothing like some restorative chicharrones to return one’s strength for shopping). Welcome back to this returning advertiser.

Cool bay breezes make boating one of Miami’s few enjoyable summer sports. But in case those breezes turn to hurricanes, boat owners need to prepare. Call Keystone Point Marina (1950 NE 135th St., 305-940-6236) whose full services include “safe harbor” hurricane boat storage plans.

To protect your car from the muddy messes made by summer storms, Busy Bee Car Wash (10550 Biscayne Blvd., 305-891-5889) recommends cleaning underneath your car, to keep rubber seals clean and keep your engine from overheating. So take advantage of July’s special deal: an exterior and undercarriage wash for only $9.

Most Miamians don’t budge from the comfort of our air-conditioned homes this season. To ensure that comfort is maximized, check out new advertiser Blue Breeze/One-Hour Air Conditioning (655 NW 118th St., 305-865-1220), whose motto is: “Always on time…or you don’t pay a dime.” The company’s techies can handle any kind of air-conditioning emergency, from simple air filter changes or preventative tune-ups to repairing, upgrading, or completely replacing your unit. To schedule service, e-mail or call 888-333-8888. Blue Breeze sells and installs not just A/C units but supplemental stuff particularly useful in South Florida, like dehumidifiers and/or UV air purifiers (to combat mold), and more.

If home, for you or loved ones, means assisted living, welcome returning advertiser Bay Oaks Home (435 NE 34th St., 305-573-4337). Call to schedule a tour of the beautiful grounds and accommodations at this historic retirement residence, which looks like a charming, luxe New England bed and breakfast -- except with tropical landscaping, and Biscayne Bay half a block away.

Looking ahead from July, Dr. Margaret Okonkwo and her staff at Kidstown Pediatrics (4112 NE 1st Ave., 305-576-5437) say it’s time to schedule a preschool physical, and remind parents that for kids entering kindergarten, or any grade in a Florida school for the first time, a physical within 12 months prior to the start of school is actually required for attendance. Naturally, an annual check-up is a good idea even when not required, and Kidstown is known for making the process nonthreatening, even fun, for kids. And definitely breaking through the fun barrier is a preschool family picnic/bazaar Kidstown is planning for August; no date yet, but we’ll let you know next issue.

Finally, you’ve no doubt noticed this issue’s many new advertisers connected to August 14th’s election. Here’s the list: Alison Austin, Tanya Brinkley, Alix Desulme, Don S. Cohn, Robert Coppel, Patricia Marino-Pedraza, Teresa Mary Pooler, John Rodriguez, Katherine Fernandez Rundle, Jacci Suzan Seskin, Teretha Lundy Thomas, and Frederica Wilson. There’s also the City of North Miami, whose ad concerns a referendum to expand their Museum of Contemporary Art. It’s not appropriate for this column to tell you how to vote. But we very much urge to do it: Vote! And please research the issues in advance. That old chestnut about how all politicians are the same really doesn’t cut it.

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