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Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
February 2017

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

Fbigstock-Two-Hearts-On-The-Sandy-Beach-110641319ebruary. So cold, so barren, so dark. So...so...somewhere else is what BizBuzz is describing, obviously. Right now, Miami is the envy of our fellow Americans, even as far south as north Florida. Is it the weather? The flowers? The many attractions we alone enjoy?

For starters, we have the Miami International Map Fair, which returns to HistoryMiami (101 W. Flagler St., 305-375-1492), February 3-5, for its 24th year at the museum. This is the largest map fair in the Western Hemisphere and attracts the cartographically inclined from all around the world. Daily admission is $20 for the general public, $15 for members, and $10 for students. Visit historymiami.org/mapfair for a list of events and lectures.

Attention! You’ll need a local map if you’re planning on attending this year’s Original Miami Beach Antique Show (miamibeachantiqueshow.com). Due to ongoing renovations at the Miami Beach Convention Center, the show is dropping “Beach” from its name this year and moving operations to the Miami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Center (10901 SW 24th St.). Cost is only $20 for all four days, February 10-13, but you’ll probably spend a small fortune on the many wonderful items you find from the hundreds of dealers gathered.

The Dana Fortune exhibition “The Technicolor Beyond” is closing February 11 at Design Sublime Gallery (7201 NE 4th Ave., Miami, 305-834-8201), so catch it before it’s gone. But two shows will replace it! A reception for the group exhibition “walls UNKNOWN” will take place from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. February 16. On February 25, also from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., the gallery will host a reception for Vincente Fabre & Lizbeth Lindstrom’s “Hyperbole and Perception” show. Can’t make the parties? The gallery is open regularly from 1:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturdays.

Fandango! is a popular quartet from Chicago that performs an intriguing mix of Latin, Spanish, Sephardic, Balkan, and classical music. The group -- composed of Eugenia Moliner (flute), Desiree Ruhstrat (violin), Denis Azabagic (guitar), and David Cunliffe (cello) -- will perform here as part of Saint Martha’s Yamaha Concert Series. Expect to hear compositions from Vivaldi and Boccherini, as well as modern twists on old folk melodies. The performance is at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 26, at Barry University’s Broad Performing Arts Center (11300 NE 2nd Ave., 800-595-4849). Tickets are only $10 or $20, and include a reception with the musicians.

About 2500 patients visited the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station (1279 NE 79th St., 305-751-9840) in 2016, an increase of 27 percent over the previous year for the non-profit institution. Unfortunately, it meant staff had to turn away some non-native wildlife that otherwise would have been treated. But BT readers can still help! Even modest donations of cash or time could mean an extra nesting season for an endangered bird, so that small gift could really be important. Consider buying tickets ($125) now for the station’s yearly gala in April, or become a sponsor. Visit pelicanharbor.org for details.

Speaking of nests, since 1994, husband-and-wife real estate team Enrique Garcia and Ines Hegedus-Garcia have offered residential and commercial clients an array of services and support that have earned them a loyal following. They recently let BizBuzz know they’ve updated their website Miamism.com and want BT readers to check out the latest architectural news and advice geared to our unique market.

Tony Cho, president of Metro 1 Properties (120 NE 27th St., 305-909-6775), has a few interesting properties currently for lease or rent, particularly in the Wynwood district. Imagine running a restaurant next to Wynwood Walls and then driving a few blocks to your elegant home in Buena Vista. That dream could be your reality with just a phone call.

Congratulations to Willis Wilson & Associates (7460 NE 5th Ave.), which is welcoming to the team Rafael Gutierrez (305-610-6199) and his 17 years of experience in Miami and Miami Beach real estate. See their ad for this month’s featured properties, and call Rafael, Bill Willis (305-790-5249), or Donald Wilson (305-335-5722) for more information.

Looking to update an old or new home inexpensively? Farrey’s Lighting and Bath (1850 NE 146th St., 305-947-5451 and 3000 SW 28th Ln., 305-445-2244) is holding a furniture sale at both its showrooms. Floor samples will be marked up to 50 percent off. Quantities are limited, and all sales are final.

As always, BizBuzz likes to remind BT readers that it’s better to shell out a few bucks for sound legal advice up front than to take a chance and end up paying a lot more money to fix a preventable problem later. Donald Kahn and son David at Green and Kahn Law Firm (317 71st St., Miami Beach, 305-865-4311) are the local experts in real estate law, but they can also help you with other legal matters, such as trusts, wills, or guardianship issues. Give them a call today.

(954-682-1888, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). During February, Carl is offering a 10% discount on inspection costs for military, law enforcement, and first-time buyers if you mention the

Should mold be found during an inspection or if you’re simply tired of eau de mildew permeating your environment, call new advertiser Miami Mold Specialist (305-763-8070) for an appointment. Owner Moty Katz has 25 years of experience both here and in New York. The company has a six-point inspection service that will find even the sneakiest of molds in your home (or your boat). Once technicians have determined the severity of the problem, they can begin the removal process. Remember, mold isn’t just a nuisance. Certain molds are toxic, and they are certainly disastrous if you’re selling your home.

(305-632-2576, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) has a gentle solution. Using her residential organizing skills, Virginia strives to help homeowners figure out how to better manage their surroundings. She says not only do clients feel less stress, but they also gain positive energies in the process. Start lightly with just the garage, or be bold and go for a full makeover. It’s your choice.

Speaking of makeovers, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s time to primp and preen. If dolling up for the big night is what you need, visit Hannah & Her Scissors (611 NE 86th St., 305-772-8426) to brighten up your hairdo and nails or to get a proper facial or waxing. Proprietress Hannah Lasky is a creative force on your locks and on canvas. Ladies, men, boys, and girls, drop in for a haircut, and walk out with one of her original artworks!

ad for a $10 coupon that’s good at these three GNC stores owned by Lenny and Annette Fassler: Publix Biscayne Center (1786 Biscayne Blvd., 305-371-1822), Shops@Midtown (3401 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-6377), or 127th Street Center (12880 Biscayne Blvd. 305-893-6806).

Want to feel more centered before the big night? 2 Be Healthy Holistic Health Services (4588 NE 2nd Ave., 305-538-8998) provides several rejuvenating services, including reflexology, acupuncture, facial rejuvenation, Eastern and Western herbs, massage, Bodytalk, and more. All at affordable prices. But what’s more affordable than free? On February 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., the center hosts a networking mixer in collaboration with the Miami Holistic Chamber of Commerce. You’ll get to enjoy complimentary demos and an informative lecture from staff.

BT readers thinking ahead to a fit and toned body for summer should call Breathe Pilates (715 NE 79th St., 786-801-9860), which is offering a couple of introductory promotions: five group equipment (reformer or springboard) classes at only $95 or three private-instructor sessions for $180. If you’re worried about hurting yourself with a strange, new exercise regimen, the studio’s certified trainers specialize in working with clients who are rehabilitating injuries, and the classes are small to encourage safe, guided instruction.

Dr. Valeria Soltanik of Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334) wants to help you improve your smile. During February, the doctor is offering $500 off orthodontics, whether it’s traditional braces or Invisalign. The consultation is free, but remember to mention Biscayne Times when you make the appointment. Even if your teeth are straight, consider making a visit to ensure they’re healthy.

With your teeth squared away, it’s time to talk about delicious food! Consider booking a Valentine’s meal at new advertiser Ferraro’s Kitchen (1099 NE 79th St., 786-534-2136), where you’ll receive a complimentary glass of prosecco and strawberry on February 14. Owner Igor Ferraro (formerly of La Bottega) is a native of Venice, Italy, where he began his hospitality journey under the tutelage of his vintner father. After several successes in Italy, Ferraro is now serving up classic Italian fare here.

Chef Rolf Fellhauer at Tuna’s Seafood Restaurant (17850 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-932-0630) is also cooking up a lovely Valentine’s Day menu for only $75 per person. See the ad this month for details. Chef Rolf also let BizBuzz know about several other February specials. For only $19.99 at the bar only, order a New York strip steak with herb butter sauce and fries. Moscow Mules are $5 on Mondays; Ketel One drinks are $4 on Thursdays, which is poker night at the restaurant. Also, happy hour runs from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and again at 11:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. every day.

While Soyka Restaurant (5556 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-3117) may be an obvious choice for a romantic Valentine’s date, the restaurant wants to remind readers that brunch runs from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Also happy hour is from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Sunday. Right up the street, Mark Soyka’s Café Roval (5808 NE 4th Ct., 786-953-7850) is open for brunch every Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Just as some folks prefer denim to silk, they might prefer gingham to linen when it comes to dining. Fortunately, East Side Pizza (731 NE 79th St., 305-758-5351) is offering a deal to satisfy lovers who want a casual Valentine’s Day meal. Mention their BT ad and get half off an entrée or large pizza when you purchase one of the same at full price. This special is only available on February 14.

A really successful Valentine’s Day could end with a marriage proposal and a trip to J Paper (1033 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Islands, 305-864-2950) for wedding invites. More than just a stationery store, J Paper also offers great gift ideas for home and office, and a large assortment of clothing and other needs for your baby.

If you’re an old hand at Valentine’s Day and have a bunch of little ones to prove it, POD 22 (8101 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 102, 305-456-4791) is running a special that will make you and them happy. Book a party in February, and receive a $75 credit toward extras such as piñatas, face painting, custom theme decorations, custom theme cupcakes and cake, party favors, an in-house party production crew, entertainment, and more. Call for details. Restrictions apply.

Are your children a bit older? The Cushman School (592 NE 60th St., 305-757-1966) has been operating since 1924, making it one of the oldest and most respected learning institutions in the region, but it never had a high school -- until now. The new school, located down the street at 4700 Biscayne Blvd., will feature an innovative curriculum that focuses on technology and the arts. Administrators are now accepting applications from prospective ninth- and tenth-graders; however, the number of students in each grade is capped, so don’t delay filling out those forms. Visit Cushmanschool.org for details.

Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE, ext. 342) is also accepting applications for its 2017-2018 school year. Call to find out about placement tests and transferring records. First, though, comes the fifth annual Spartan Arts Boot Camp on Saturday, February 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It’s a day of participating in the arts for any student in the fifth through eighth grades. Classes offered include drawing, dancing, sculpture, theater, and music. It’s only a $10 donation, which includes lunch.

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