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Jun 21st
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Written by Pamela Robin Brandt - BT Contributor   
September 2012

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

bigstock-Football-Player-on-a-Blocking--5675435September: Even if we live to the age of famed writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas (108 years old -- all but the first 25 years as a Miamian), we’ll never stop associating this month primarily with the start of school, right after Labor Day. Which, to a kid, seemed fitting. We, of course, thought the holiday’s name referred to the nine months of jail-type hard labor we were about to serve.

For grown-ups, in reality, the end of summer vacation can mean the beginning of a huge range of exciting possibilities, especially if you live in BT territory. Whether you want to start a whole new career or to just start having more fun, advertisers are offering so many ways to help improve your life that you’d think New Year’s Day came in September.

For some readers, actually, it does. September 17 is Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year, and start of a ten-day period through Yom Kippur when worshippers do “an accounting of the soul.” To prepare yourself for the High Holy Days, Temple Israel (137 NE 19th St., 305-573-5900) is offering several free evening programs. On September 5 and 12, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., experience “Connection, Reflection & Conversations,” a rabbi-guided exploration of texts and traditions, plus discussions of the essence of personal change. And on September 8, from 10:00-11:00 p.m. there’s Selichot, a meditative service; preceding the latter, at 7:30 p.m., there’s family-friendly programming, a dessert reception and text study.

Meanwhile the spiritually focused and reality-conscious folks at First United Methodist Church (400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-371-4706), aware that September is the start of regular football season, gently remind readers that there’s plenty of time to hit the church’s 11:00 a.m. services before the Dolphins’ Sunday home games this month. We wouldn’t dream of being so crass as to add that the team sure could use a few prayers considering its preseason record… Just saying.

For those whose spirituality is more alternative culture, Inner Balance Mind Body Studio (12579 Biscayne Blvd., 786-383-3088) has an offer that’ll build both your soul and career dreams. The studio’s 200-hour yoga teacher training course, a ten-week program (meeting Wednesday evenings plus Saturday and Sunday afternoons) starts on October 6 -- and BT readers get a whopping $100 discount. Call or visit for more info.

If your dream of a new life is focused on a new place to live, say hello to Scott R. Dinin (595 NE 69th St., 786-431-1333), a full-service Realtor and licensed broker. He’s also longtime advertiser Scott R. Dinin, a lawyer particularly passionate about seeking justice for clients having trouble with insurance companies, banks, credit card companies, and similar problematic parties. The words “Renaissance man” come to mind.

Joann Hennessey of Civil Justice Advocates (which has offices in Fort Lauderdale and Delray as well as 620 NE 76th St. in Miami; 305-200-5115) congratulates associate Kunal Mirchandani for a very successful first year with CJA, a firm that helps homeowners fight against foreclosure. Mirchandani joined CJA after working for big banks and becoming frustrated with their practices; this insider knowledge has led to his successful results for clients, says Hennessey.

Some home problems are easier to solve than others. Welcome new advertiser SlipStop Florida (305-687-3773), whose anti-slip treatments are the solution to stopping accidents caused by slippery floors -- marble, ceramic tile, and more. Application is fast; there’s no curing time, and the treatment is effective whether floors are dry, wet, or even greasy.

If your housing problems are more in the category of bad interior décor, another former big bank adviser can help out with that: Anil Kakar, whose Kakar House of Design (305-756-6363) just opened earlier this year at Antiques Plaza (8650 Biscayne Blvd., #23). The shop sells a wide array of luxe vintage, MiMo, and eclectic décor collected from all corners of the world.

Dave Widdas at 360 Furniture Consignments reports that 360’s “summer super sale” was such a huge success that the store has been cleared out -- and restocked with hot, high-end modern designer pieces from Giovanni Erba, Christopher Guy, and more. And deals continue, for BT readers; mention us for a 20% discount.

To get your yard looking good, call new advertiser Bob’s Lawnmower (15270 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-947-3578), a venerable family-owned and operated business that sells and repairs… you guessed it. What the name doesn’t tell you is that Bob’s also services other gas-fueled machines -- emergency generators (reminder: we’re only halfway through hurricane season), and more.

Looking for a fun evening out -- that also benefits others? Mark your calendar for September 29, 7:30 p.m., at North Miami Beach’s Julius Littman Theater (17011 NE 19th Ave.), when “Five Cultures in Opera” will be presented by the Onyx Opera, a nonprofit organization that creates performance opportunities for classical singers and musicians, especially those of color. Part of the $30-$40 ticket price goes to worthy charities.

Looking for a fun way to get wherever you’re going -- that also benefits Miami’s environment? Check out the City of Miami’s new car-sharing program, a partnership between the Miami Parking Authority and car2go ( It’s easy to use one of the program’s 240 eco-friendly and very cute “Smart Fortwo” cars: Register for membership; locate the nearest available car within the city on your smartphone or laptop; swipe your membership card; drive wherever; then park at any legal parking space within the city, swiping again. You pay for the time between swipes, period. Parking, gas, maintenance, and cuteness factor are free.

Don’t fret, all you pre-adults. For the artistically inclined among you, North Miami’s Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., 305-893-6211) is offering free after-school programs for middle school and high school students. MOCA’s weekly classes range from the classic (painting, drawing, photography) to fashion design or hip-hop art and culture. An application is required from attendees; visit

For young musicians, early-childhood music classes at Miss Jane’s Music Studio (305-757-6500) begin September 4. And we do mean “young” musicians. As well as group keyboard lessons for first and second graders, plus group guitar for third to fifth graders, Jane Spinney teaches pre-schoolers, toddlers, even newborns. Visit for a full, fascinating explanation of the Musikgarten method. There’s also a convenient new retail component at Miss Jane’s. For sale are a variety of children’s instruments, sheet music, and accessories -- guitar tuners, music stands, more.

To perk up school lunches, forget the PB&J; instead tuck a treat from Bagels & Company (11064 Biscayne Blvd., 305-892-2435) into your kid’s book bag. As well as hand-rolled bagels, David Cohen’s place has a full menu of classic deli delights, including one pound sandwiches (fresh-roasted turkey, imported ham, roast beef, more) nearly big enough to share with the whole class. See this issue’s ad, too, for several dine-in coupon deals.

An invitation to graduates of Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave.): Come to the annual Alumni Bash on September 28, starting at 5:30 p.m. The $15 ticket price -- except for Pace Alumni Association members, who get in free -- includes food, drink, music, a ceremony honoring this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, and admission to a football game between Pace’s Spartans and Gulliver Prep’s Raiders. Not included: studying or homework. For more info contact Letty Torres at 305-623-PACE, extension 213.

The Miami Downtown Development Authority wants you to know there’s fun for the whole family at DWNTWN Art Days, September 6-8. Events range from gallery and artists’ studio tours to a kickball match and children’s theater. See this issue’s ad, or visit for a full schedule.

Thank the City of Miami Beach for the September 19 Food Truck & Music Fest, an evening of free live entertainment featuring Marlow Rosado’s nine-piece band. The family-friendly fun is scheduled for 5:00-10:00 p.m. happening at the North Shore Band shell (Collins Ave. and 73rd St., in North Beach).

Savvy neighborhood developers know one of the first things that turns a desolate area into a draw is unique food/drink establishments. If you thought 10th Street and N. Miami Avenue was iffy the last time you were there after dark, you mustn’t have been there since The Corner (1035 N. Miami Ave. #101, 305-961-7887), a new advertiser, opened on that corner. You’ll find classic and creative cocktails, plus scintillating sandwiches and snacks, not only late at night but till morning’s light; the cozy spot is open Tuesday-Thursday till 5:00 a.m., Friday and Saturday till 8:00 a.m.

And a longtime locals’ favorite for dining till dawn (well, almost -- 3:00 a.m.) has just been recognized by Esquire magazine as one of the two dozen best late-night food spots in the USA. Congratulations to Yakko-san (3881 NE 163rd St., 305-947-0064), and its scrumptious menu of home-style Japanese small plates!

On a smaller scale, but exciting news nonetheless: Friendly neighborhood sandwich shop Hippo Bites (1071 NE 79th St., 305-677-3633) finally got their boba machine! For those unfamiliar with bubble tea, a phenomenon in Asia, it’s hard to explain what’s so much fun about slurping these fruit and/or dairy-enhanced drinks, which also contain large tapioca “pearls,” through clownishly large straws. You must try it yourself.

What’s French food without wine? Not the typical dining experience you’d find at any classic bistro in France, for sure, or during September, at Miami’s own French Riviera bistro La Cigale (7281 Biscayne Blvd., 305-754-0014). See this issue’s ad for a free glass of wine with every dinner order.

We doubtless needn’t tell you to join us in welcoming new advertiser Shokudo (4740 NE 2nd Ave., 305-758-7782). From the folks behind longtime Lincoln Road stalwart World Resource Café, this brand-new venture, which has a much more relaxed ambiance (like an exotic beachfront eatery, with a backyard instead of a beach) is already an instant hit. See this issue’s “Dish” column and Dining Guide for more details. Also see Shokudo’s ad for food photos so scrumptious you won’t need to read anything.

Celebrating its 62nd year in business, Laurenzo’s Italian Market (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381) will be throwing an in-store San Gennaro Festival, from September 13-26. Featured: free cooking demonstrations and tastings of the most celebrated Italian-American dishes from all over the USA, including versions of signature regional pizzas (Chicago’s deep dish, New Haven’s “apizza,” and more). Go to for a schedule.

With South Florida’s growing season starting next month, The Market Company ( is adding to its existing roster of farmers markets with a new green market -- in a new downtown green space, Flatiron Park (1001 S. Miami Ave.). The market will start in October. For vendor information: 305-531-0038.

Several other advertisers are also giving readers a chance to plan ahead for events happening next month, even into next year. Tickets are now on sale, for instance, for the fabulous 72nd season of the Florida Grand Opera, which begins in November and features four all-time favorite operas: La Boheme, The Magic Flute, La Sonnambula, and La Traviata. Single tickets start at just $11. Go to, where you can buy tix and choose the seats you want.

Tickets are also on sale for “The Broadway Tenors” kick-off concert of the season at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St., 305-466-8002), on November 9. Visit for details on this show, starring three award-winning Broadway leading men, and on other 2012-2013 productions.

Neither neighborhood businesses nor neighborhood residents will want to miss the October 17 Small Business Fair, produced by new advertiser Nicole A. Waters, whose own business has the catchy moniker Local Waters. “Career navigator” Waters has chosen a max fun networking environment -- the Villa 21 bar (221 NE 17th St.). Featured at the event, which runs from 4:00-9:00 p.m., will be product displays, raffles, a DJ, and more. Businesses must register in advance for a booth; call 786-302-0450 for info.

It takes a lot of time to create a good zombie costume. That’s why we’re letting you know now about the October 20 Zombie Crawl, brought to you by the Shops at Midtown Miami. Tickets, available in three price categories, enable partiers to crawl the route of designated zombie-friendly Midtown establishments from 7:30-11:30 p.m., in search of free booze and bites. For details visit

If your fall plans involve looking pretty much the opposite of zombielike, welcome new advertiser Danny Dillon Shampology (2690 NE 2nd Ave., 305-588-4142). The salon offers a full range of hair services, plus skin and nail treatments that’ll have you glowing from head to toes. Mention the BT this month for any of the following discounts with select stylists: 20% off hair coloring, a $25 blowout, a $50 express facial, a $35 mani/pedi.

After reading all the above, you’ve got to be smiling, right? Make sure it’s a smile that dazzles by making an appointment with Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St. #359, 305-466-2334). Dr. Valeria Soltanik’s ad offers a new-patient special, and she has a “BizBuzz” offer, too: a Nite Guard (which prevents tooth-grinding), custom made for only $150.

Don’t forget Fido! The family dog deserves star treatment, as new advertiser Star Dog (55 SW 11th St., 305-374-2210) recognizes. This family-owned, friendly neighborhood pet store specializes in top quality organic dog foods -- dry, canned, and even raw (frozen).

Do drop in, also, to new advertiser Legitimutt (192 NW 36th St., 305-438-4385). The unique draw is the Legitmutt line of luxury dog fashions, designed by supermodel Kristy Hinze Clark. You know your dog craves a strikingly colored Italian leather collar, and perhaps a designer raincoat for the remainder of South Florida’s storm season.


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