|BizBuzz July 2013|
|Written by Pamela Robin Brandt - BT Contributor|
Sales, special events, and more from the people who make Biscayne Times possible
Spending the summer isolated inside cocoons of air conditioning, experiencing little contact with the sweltering realities of the outside world -- it sure gets a person to thinking creatively.
Here’s our latest idea: Let’s start a movement to get a Seven Meter Dash designated as an official competition event as part of the 2016 Summer Olympics. Seven meters, we figure, is about the length of the typical Miamian’s main summer sport: the sprint between one’s air-conditioned home or office and one’s air-conditioned car. So we’ve been training already for our whole lives!
Regarding gold, silver, and bronze medals, no way a Team USA of Miami locals wouldn’t totally clean up.
To insure that those Olympic soccer wimps are eating their hearts out, though, we should intensify our training. And as always, BT advertisers are happy to help, with loads of deals on shopping, eating, entertainment, self-improvement, and much more -- enough to lure you to the outside world doing the Seven Meter Dash till you really feel the burn.
Since it’s now Miami Spa Month (which is actually two months long, July 1-August 31), we recommend that your first Seven Meter Dash be from car to NuLife Institute (1040 Biscayne Blvd., 8th floor; 305-400-0005), an advanced new medical facility that’s celebrating with four services specially priced at just $99: the signature “Body Contouring Detox Wrap” to tone, tighten, sculpt, and transform the coetaneous appearance of all that nasty cellulite; the fundamental NuLife facial, including a hyaluronic mask for amazing youthful skin; a revolutionary noninvasive “hydrafacial” that hydrates, exfoliates, and adds nutrients; and a “Pre-Event Plump & Glow” that’ll have you looking like a star on the Olympic podium. And all without breaking a sweat.
For those seeking to stay cool mentally as well as physically, Daily Offering Yoga (305-456-9406), whose new studio, after years of conducting outdoor classes in Legion Park, is at 6901 Biscayne Blvd., is offering two featured workshops. On July 27-28, the gentle yet deep “Achieve Inner Peace Through Breath & Meditation” is designed to release blocked energies/emotions, and promote self-healing. And a longer Yoga 101 series, every Monday night, is recommended for anyone interested in yoga but unsure how to begin.
For conditions like clinical depression, schizophrenia, or Alzheimer’s disease, maladies that go beyond the scope of spa or self-healing remedies, a new advertiser brings hope and an opportunity. Miami Jewish HealthSystems and Comprehensive Clinical Development (5200 NE 2nd Ave., 305-514-8710) have partnered to evaluate central-nervous-system medications and are offering people ages 66-90, with mild Alzheimer’s, a chance to participate in a clinical research study of an investigational drug. Qualified participants receive free study-related medical care, memory testing, exams, and routine lab work, as well as possible compensation for time and travel. Call for further information.
Remember Dorothy Parker’s old witticism about how men don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses? Well, it was never really funny, and fortunately nowadays it needn’t be even remotely true, if you get your eyeglasses at new advertiser Next Level Optical (14711 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-2684). A concept of local board-certified optician Elliot Touati, the new full-service facility combines cutting-edge optical technology with today’s most popular eyewear styles (for kids as well as adults), proving that respect for medical needs can co-exist with respect for aesthetic tastes.
Hate paying retail for eyeglasses? No problem! You just need a cousin in the business, and that would be new advertiser USA Optical (17096 W. Dixie Hwy., 786-486-5294). As noted in this issue’s ad, Dr. Adam Perlman, a board-certified optometric physician, provides the medical expertise; an on-premises lab provides the eyewear; and the ad’s coupons provide discounts of 25% off regular glasses and 40% off designer sunglasses.
Naturally, sprinting between air-conditioned cocoons doesn’t work if your car’s A/C is on the fritz. And sadly, this month’s offers from Munich Autohaus (12400 NE 13th Pl., 305-893-5958) only apply to BMWs and Mini-Coopers, but they’re steal deals: 15% off any A/C repair, or a coolant flush for just $60.
Hiding out in air-conditioned interiors to avoid the heat doesn’t work, either, when your home’s power goes out during hurricanes. But you can stay cool by preparing with a visit to Joe Blair Garden Supply (320 NE 79th St., 305-757-5554). This issue’s ad special is an Echo professional-grade chain saw, but the store carries much more than garden supplies; they also sell top-quality generators by Honda and Briggs & Stratton -- and they service generators, too. In the event of a hit, the shop also extends its hours before and after the storm.
During the months when one’s main interaction with the great outdoors is through your windows, you want the glass sparkling clean. And while many window-cleaning companies, or even a bottle of spray stuff, can deal with regular schmutz, they can’t deal with, to use the technical term in this month’s message from Window Gang (6005 NW 6th Ave., 305-756-0349), “white gunk” -- mineral deposits. The Gang’s advice: Don’t waste time and money trying to pressure clean. Just give them a call and get your view brightened right. (They clean blinds/shades and storm-clogged gutters, too.)
Looking for a new abode -- perhaps a condo, where much maintenance is done for you -- and even much of your social life comes automatically without leaving home, thanks to fabulous building amenities? Look no further than The Crimson (601 NE 27th St., 1-855-389-8337), a new advertiser and high-style new residence right on Biscayne Bay in Edgewater. The one, two, and three-bedroom units all have large terraces/balconies -- big enough for entertaining. See this issue’s ad for glimpses of the pool deck, water views, and lush landscaping, and go to www.crimsonmiami for more info.
No doubt you’ll be wanting some equally sleek new furniture, and you can find that conveniently just a few blocks away at new advertiser Elemento Furniture (2691 NE 2nd. Ave., 786-600-3910). Visit www.elementofurniture.com for a preview of the company’s striking modern designs.
If your décor tastes run more to exotica, don’t miss this month’s grand opening sale at Oriental Décor (7226 Biscayne Blvd., 305-576-4727). You can check out a sampling of their bewitching stock at www.orientaldecorusa.com, and if the preview gets you thinking about a one-of-a-kind piece just for you, customized orders are available.
Speaking of settling in to a new home: Our congratulations to Martine Miller at Miller Healthcare Network on the opening of a new Broward County branch office: 2455 Hollywood Blvd. #100, Hollywood, FL 33020. That said, you needn’t schlep to said office. The Miller network, which has a full range of compassionate care for seniors who want to remain in their own homes (via caregivers providing everything from cooking, running errands, and hospital-sitting to CPR and simple companionship) will come to you for a free home evaluation. Call 786-663-9790, or go to www.NeedCareAtHome.com.
Congratulations are also in order for Laurenzo’s Italian Center (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381), on an anniversary: 63 years in business! David Laurenzo and the family will be celebrating from July through September with special sales, some detailed in this issue’s ad, plus others he just sent to this column. Unfortunately there isn’t room to print them all, but we’ll say this: 1) Both prices and quality are astonishing -- like $3.49 per lb. for Laurenzo’s original (since 1951) homemade Italian sausage; and 2) if you make off with the last sausage before we get there, we’ll just have to kill you.
Here’s an insider tip from Piccolo Pizza (2104 NE 123rd St., 305-893-9550) about an item invented to satisfy the most powerful cravings: the Calboli, invented by Piccolo’s pizza wizard Hubert Benmoussa. It’s not on the menu, but ask and you’ll receive a golden-brown-crusted calzone/stromboli combination stuffed with gooey cheese and your choice of 15 additional fillings. It’s just $6.99 on this month’s lunch-specials menu.
To satisfy even bigger appetites, hit Kitchen 305 (16701 Collins Ave., 305-749-2110) on Wednesday or Friday nights for summer’s all-you-can-eat seafood feasts. Fridays feature king crab for $49.95; Wednesdays feature Maine lobster for an amazing $38. Dinners come with soup or salad and classic shore sides. Best reserve early. The place, understandably, gets packed.
One thing we really enjoy is patronizing a neighborhood business that clearly, for the owner, is not just a business but a labor of love. Another thing we really enjoy is wine. And you’ll find both at new advertiser Time for Wine (2200 NE 2nd Ave., 786-409-4898), a new market plus wine/tapas bar that’s already sparking a neighborhood feel in its still-ungentrified area of Wynwood. Prices are comparable to those at impersonal warehouses, but the atmosphere is warm, and owner David Taboada is happy to advise you whether you want wine to go or want to hang out over a bottle/glass and some simple, tasty tapas.
Summer is practically a synonym for sushi, in our opinion -- so light that going to a sushi bar is nearly as effective at helping you look bathing-suit-fit as going to a spa. At new advertiser Sumo Sushi Bar & Grill (17630 Collins Ave., 305-682-1243), there’s the element of summer fun, too. The longtime Sunny Isles Beach Japanese favorite does serve limited Thai and Chinese food, too, but the place just about started the trend, years ago, of totally over-the-top makis. When you want not just tempura flakes, or cream cheese, or spicy mayo, but all the above, this is where to go. We recommend the Pink Lady: shrimp tempura, avocado, masago, cilantro, spicy mayo, and a scallop-packed topping of “dynamite” sauce cascading over all.
Here’s another way to achieve that bathing-suit fit: Liposonix. No, it’s not something you put on headphones and listen to, but it does involve sound -- ultrasound. The professionals at Horwitz Dermatology (2999 NE 199th St., Penthouse One, 305-933-1151) want to introduce you to their new high-tech treatment that uses ultrasound to permanently destroy tummy fat right below the surface -- works on love handles too. Make an appointment for a free consultation to learn more, including the fact that you’ll get noticeable results after just one treatment.
At Bagels & Company this month, owner David Cohen is offering a different eat-in lunch special every weekday, all meals including beverage and sides. Our personal favorite is Friday’s nova “appetizer” (in quotes because it’s enough for lunch and a doggie-bag breakfast the next morning). But really, at David’s prices, you can enjoy lunch out all week. Consult this issue’s ad for the mouthwatering details.
There’s no meal that says “par-TAY!” like fondue -- food and entertainment rolled into one, for family fun. And if you take seriously the old tradition that those losing their dipping bread or meat in the fondue pot must kiss your neighbors, it’s a great date meal, too. Fortunately we live in a town that’s home to the USA’s most renowned fondue specialist, The Melting Pot (15700 Biscayne Blvd., 305-947-2228), where a new customizable menu makes it possible to enjoy anything from just a light summer repast of classic cheese fondue to a full four-course fondue feast featuring cheese, meats/seafoods, and chocolate. The restaurant is now celebrating its remodel with a Monday-Friday happy hour ($5 fondues and drink deals). And there’s a very special offer for readers during July, too: Just mention the BT for $15 off a romantic dinner for two.
Looking for something to do with the kids that’s stimulating but not sweat-inducing -- or budget-busting? Come to the free Family Fun Day at History Miami (101 W. Flagler St., 305-375-1492), a museum that people of all ages love. Fun Day, which runs from noon-5:00 p.m. on July 13, is tied to the museum’s latest exhibition, “Opa-locka: Mirage City.” Which is a good adult description. Kids will think the buildings in this fantastical city look like something from a fairy tale -- which they are! The exhibit runs through September 8, but Fun Day adds interactive creative elements, like constructing your own fanciful building façades, or if you’re feeling athletic, a walking tour of Flagler Street.
Finally, future Olympians, remember this: The sprint from one’s air-conditioned home to the cool waters of your backyard pool is about a Seven Meter Dash, too. But you won’t want to attempt it if said pool is infested with iguanas -- and that’s a real danger this month, according to a most intriguing message from Tom Portuallo at Blue Iguana Pest Control (www.iguanacontrol.com, 855-525-5656). Now, normally we rewrite our advertisers’ “BizBuzz” submissions to keep style consistent, but since this month’s column focuses on how summer stimulates creative thinking, we couldn’t possibly do any better at proving the point than Tom’s own words: “The key point for July is that iguanas are very active now -- digging holes to undermine seawalls, floating in pools while sipping their favorite drink, ‘Blue Hawaiian,’ planning parties in your roof’s crawl space, and betting each other which child will run the fastest when they jump out from behind the bushes. We thwart their efforts by crashing their parties in our iguana suits, yelling, ‘German Shephard!’ running up behind them while making barking noises as they leap into the water, and turning the hose on so their drinks become watery. Nothing frustrates an iguana more.”
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