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BizBuzz November 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
November 2016

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

TPix_BizBuzz_11-16he snowbirds have arrived, bringing with them the cooler temperatures that go so well with the cultural activity and outdoor entertainments of our “winter.”

And November starts off with a very special cultural treat. Miami native and 2016 Grammy Award winner Cécile McLorin Salvant, whom the New York Times has called the “finest jazz singer to emerge in the last decade,” is performing a benefit for the French American School of Miami on November 5 at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for the Art and Jazz Soirée, taking place at the Macaya Gallery (145 NW 36th St., 786-577-0322) cost $40. Marie-Charlotte Piro at Viaprestige Real Estate Miami (5701 Biscayne Blvd., Suite CS-1, 786-262-2602) is a proud sponsor of the event. Piro, meanwhile, will host an interesting open house scheduled the next afternoon, November 6, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in historic Morningside. You can tour three lovely homes in one shot. Call Piro at her Morningside Life number (305-495-6539) for more details.

November 17 through November 21 the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (4040 NE 2nd Ave., 305-901-5272) and the National YoungArts Foundation will welcome the Michael Clark Company to Miami, where the British dance troupe will engage audiences with five public performances as part of a residency program. A graduate of the Royal Ballet School, Clark has been called “British dance’s true iconoclast” with his incorporation of “punk, Dada, pop, and rock” into his ballet training. Performances begin at 7:30 p.m. at YoungArts Jewel Box (2100 Biscayne Blvd.). Tickets are only $10 (see On November 11, the ICA hosts its annual fundraiser, the 365 Party, with Michael Clark as a special guest. See for full details.

Want literary culture? The 33rd annual Miami Book Fair International returns to Miami-Dade College (300 NE 2nd Ave., 305-237-3528) from November 13-20. This literary fair is the largest and arguably the finest in the nation, thanks to a long and stellar list of authors and special guests. Tickets for the street fair are $8, $5 for ages 13-18 and over 62, and free for kids 12 and under. Prices vary for special events. Check the BT ad for a quick rundown of main events.

Up the street, returning advertiser Adrienne Arsht Center (1300 Biscayne Blvd., 305-949-6722) gears up for winter season with a packed schedule that includes Bizet’s Carmen; Dirty Dancing; the Havana Cuba All Stars; and Kansas City Choir Boy, a “theatricalized concept album” starring Todd Almond and Courtney Love. Remember: Give Miami Day is November 17! Consider donating to the Arsht in its efforts to spread culture to all Miamians. See for more.

Congratulations to Design Sublime Gallery (7203 NE 4th Ave., Miami, 305-834-8201), which is throwing a grand opening event November 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., with the launch of the “Rick Newton: Future Histories” show. This solo exhibition by the West Palm Beach native features paintings and collages that deal with charmingly post-apocalyptic Florida landscapes populated by crabs, slash pine, space rockets, and 1960’s Floridiana.

On Black Friday, November 25, Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000) launches another season of its popular “Festival of Lights” programming, which includes light shows, appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, train rides, and more. The displays light up every night at 6:00 through December 31. Even before Black Friday, merchants will get into the swing of things with gift-wrapping demonstrations, holiday decorating workshops, cooking demonstrations, and more.

The monthly NOMAD (North Miami Art & Design) Art Walk also takes place November 25. Get to know the neighbors while you enjoy food and fun in the commercial district adjacent to the Museum of Contemporary Art (770 NE 125th St., 305-893-6211). The Art Walk lasts from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., but don’t miss the free jazz concert at 8:00 p.m. on the museum’s plaza.

to produce a series of concerts called “Music @ the Markets.” Serve your soul some sustenance with music from the South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Wim Forstmann Jazz Ensemble, or Carlos Andrade. See the ad for locations and times.

If you like to plan way ahead, consider the New Year’s Gala at Turnberry Isle Resort (19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura, 786-279-6589). Enjoy a four-course dinner, champagne toast, and balloon drop while listening to The Voice finalist Karina Iglesias and music by the Vybe. Tickets for this glamorous evening are only $250.

Planning not so far ahead? Soyka Restaurant (5556 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-3117) is offering a complete Thanksgiving meal. The 12- to 14-pound turkey, gravy/stuffing/sauce, cornbread, green beans, potatoes, and pie should fill the bellies of eight to 12 easily. Order early. Or you can dine at the restaurant on Thanksgiving evening and avoid doing any work at all!

Mark Soyka’s Café Roval (5808 NE 4th Ct., 786-953-7850) is hosting its grand opening November 14. While inspired by celebrity hangout Café Roval of 1960s-era Tel Aviv, this café is housed in a 1920’s-era water pumping station built of coral rock, where you will enjoy flavor sensations created by executive chef Nuno Grullon and mixologist Douglas Beedoo.

Laurenzo’s Italian Market (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381) is also offering a superb alternative to slaving over a stove for Thanksgiving. The meal package for eight to ten offers a 14- to 16-pound turkey, gravy/stuffing/sauce, roasted potatoes, Italian bread, and pie for only $109.95 -- same fantastic price as last year! The 22- to 24-pound bird and fixings for 15 people is only $169.95. Check for a full menu. Remember that cutoff date for orders is November 21, or you may find yourself eating crow instead.

Likewise, get your cake orders in early at returning advertiser Pastry Is Art (12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-603-9340) if you want to impress your guests with a custom cake. Executive pastry chef Jenny Rissone works magic with any theme you can imagine. Don’t forget, Jenny’s bakery also offers sandwiches, salads, soups, and more to offset any sugar rush you may acquire. Bring in the BT ad to sample a free “shot dessert.”

East Side Pizza (731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351) is offering new and exciting dishes this month, including a deep-fried burger and eggplant fries. Or consider one of the fall specials: soup and salad, half sandwich with soup, half sandwich with salad, or a lunch portion of pasta. Then you will feel a little less guilty about indulging in the catfish and shrimp on Fridays.

How poorly do you eat, by the way? Do your calves ache mysteriously? What about that non-healing wound on your ankle? Sound familiar? You may have a narrowing of the arteries that doctors call peripheral artery disease (PAD), and it can lead to disastrous health consequences, even brain injury. On Tuesday, November 15, at noon, José A. Martin, D.O., hosts a PAD lecture at the North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 800-984-3434), where he’ll discuss risk factors, symptoms, and treatments. The lecture is free, and refreshments will be served. Make it an early New Year’s resolution!

Another early resolution? Dr. Veronica Dumas at the Miami Couples Center (4770 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 1440, 305-867-6855) offers a number of unusual techniques to address relationship problems quickly and effectively. Call for a consultation now to save your marriage. Dr. Dumas can make a good relationship great by tackling anxiety, depression, or self-esteem issues that may be creating friction.

Something else to pay attention to? How about visiting the dentist in time to sink your teeth into corn-on-the-cob on Thanksgiving? To help reluctant BT readers come to this beneficial conclusion, Dr. Valeria Soltanik of Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334) is offering a $299 special on a one-hour Zoom whitening treatment. (Regular price is $400.) Make an appointment soon so your teeth will be white -- and cavity-free -- before the family arrives for the holidays.

Caio at The Cutting Room (1666 79th St. Causeway, North Bay Village, 305-868-8725) also wants BT readers to look as handsome (or as beautiful as they can) for the holidays, so he’s offering $20 cuts, by appointment only, when you mention Biscayne Times. The offer is good until November 30.

For some of us, looking good for the holidays takes a lot more effort than a haircut. Thankfully, 2 Be Healthy Holistic Health Services (4588 NE 2nd Ave., 305-538-8998) has a new Acutron service that could reduce some of that workload. This stimulator uses micro-currents and light therapy for natural facial rejuvenation. A free demonstration takes place on November 10, but you must RSVP. Champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Afterward, don’t be afraid to ask about the center’s other services, such as acupuncture, reflexology, massage, cupping, herbal remedies, and more.

Just because it’s “winter,” doesn’t mean that you won’t need stylish swim, active, and casual evening wear for some of the festivities you have planned. Drop by Trina Turk and Mr. Turk (7200 Biscayne Blvd., 786-409-4383) to load up on threads from this Palm Springs-based chain that offers vibrant, hip clothing that can make you look like a million bucks while reclining on a chaise lounge by the pool.

You’ll also need to get your party nails done while keeping the kids entertained! New advertiser POD 22 (8101 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 102, 305-456-4791) is the perfect place for frazzled moms to do just that. At this indoor playground, on-site sitters offer supervised activities for beloved energy monsters (infants to age 9) so you can discreetly relax in the adjacent nail salon. Other amenities include a super-fast Wi-Fi and a stylish lounge with organic treats. Can anything be more convenient?

Sometimes the kids do expend their endless energy in charitable ways. Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE, ext. 342) and football rival Belen Jesuit Preparatory School will be playing each other on November 4 at Pace High School Spartan Field in this year’s Turkey Bowl, a fundraiser for the Knights of Columbus Thanksgiving drive. Root for both teams as every point scored brings in more money for the drive, which means more turkeys for families in need.

For many families, the booming South Florida real estate market appears as a rarified world of multimillion-dollar homes, foreign investors, and cash-only deals. Not entirely so. Call Jaemair Lewis, the market leader at new advertiser BB&T Bank, North Biscayne branch (10990 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 11, 305-423-3840), to discuss many options for a home loan. Jaemair can direct you to the best programs and mortgages for your particular situation -- and at competitive prices.

Then contact new advertiser Daniel Martinez (786-546-3523, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), a Realtor associate with I Am Realtor, to talk about that pre-approved loan you just qualified for. This month Daniel is featuring a rarity: a new-construction home in the historic Morningside neighborhood. It’s a Mediterranean revival, so you can have the benefits of new with the beauty of old.

Nor is the Miami market all mansions and penthouses. Call Tony Cho, president of Metro 1 Properties (120 NE 27th St., Suite 200, 305-909-6775) if your needs are on the commercial side of the booming market. Little River looks to be the next Wynwood, so now is the time to jump in and check out Metro 1’s offerings there. Hey, you may even want to pick up a parcel and develop that into a mansion with a penthouse. Crazier things have been done.

Willis Wilson & Associates (7460 NE 5th Ave.) also has some interesting commercial properties available, a couple of which you can also call home. Talk to Bill Willis (305-790-5249) or Donald Wilson (305-335-5722), and ask about two side-by-side warehouse condos, each with about 1800 square feet of warehouse space and 1200 square feet in office space. The units can be purchased separately or together, and feature T-beam construction and 20-foot ceilings.

BizBuzz congratulates long-time BT advertisers the Open Door Team (1021 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Islands) -- a realty group that for years has been headed by Bonnie Brooks (305-206-4186) and Ilene Tessler (305-458-1200) -- as they join ranks with the very elite Douglas Elliman Real Estate company to target Bay Harbor and adjacent communities.

Congrats also go out to Scan Design Contemporary Furniture, which is expanding into Boca Raton, Fort Myers, and Naples. What does that mean for us here in BT territory? A grand opening sale that’s good at Scan Design’s two local showrooms in North Miami Beach (3025 NE 163rd St., 305-944-8080) and Hollywood (4150 N. 28th Terrace, 954-874-3888).

BizBuzz can’t tell you whom to vote for, but you can learn more about the candidates right here in Biscayne Times. And if you haven’t already done so, be sure to vote November 8.


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