The Biscayne Times

May 25th
BizBuzz May 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   

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

bigstock-Bbq-Assorted-Meat-And-Vegetabl-93000839All the snowbirds have gone and taken the spring-breakers with them. It’s our town again. Let’s not waste a precious second of this tranquility. Starting with some musical enchantments.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts has an exciting schedule this summer. Diana Ross, the Gipsy Kings, and Yes are all performing. Yes! That Yes -- of “Owner of a Lonely Heart” and “Roundabout” fame. For the kids, the center is hosting Slava’s SnowShow and Sing Miami with the Miami Children’s Chorus. Warning! Definitely not for the kids are the Naked Magicians, who perform the way nature intended magicians to -- with nothing up their sleeves, because they aren’t wearing any. See the Arsht ad for more events. And remember, you can stop by the Café at Books and Books, Brad Kilgore’s top-rated Brava restaurant, or the Monday farmers market whether you’re attending a show or not.

Although the 2017 season is technically over for Saint Martha’s Concerts, there’s still one treat left to enjoy: “Starburst!” This series features local musicians who are just launching their careers. Pianists Victor Machin and Brandon Goldberg (who has already performed on Harry Connick Jr.’s TV show) are featured this year. This concert will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at a new Edgewater venue, the Mission San Francisco y Santa Clara (402 NE 29th St., 305-458-0111). Fortunately the ticket prices remain the same: $10 for general admission and $20 for the blue circle club.

Congratulations go out to Nancy Batchelor of the Nancy Batchelor Team (419 Arthur Godfrey Rd., Miami Beach, 305-903-2850), who was recently honored at the Junior League of Miami’s Women Who Make a Difference luncheon. Although BT readers may recognize Nancy from her real estate ads, behind the scenes she does a lot for this community, such as serving on the Fairchild Tropical Botanical Garden and Adrienne Arsht Foundation boards, and chairing the Chapman Partnership and the Patricia & Phillip Frost Museum of Science galas. Way to go, Nancy!

Speaking of real estate.... If you’ve never purchased a home before, you might be surprised by a little thing called a title search. It basically saves you from having liens, inheritances claims, code violations, and other issues that could appear after you’ve bought your dream home. A good title agent, like new advertiser Florida Title Agency (4770 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 640, 786-245-2360), will investigate all the ways a problem can crop up, and satisfy them before you get the keys. Call managing attorney Martin W. Wasserman and his team today to research any property you’re considering. The agency specializes in foreclosures, which can be the trickiest properties to cover.

On the flipside of such issues? Call Donald Kahn and his son, David, at Green and Khan law firm (317 71st St., Miami Beach, 305-865-4311) to write up wills, trusts, and guardianship documents, or to represent you in probate, estate planning, or property closings. Their 52 combined years of legal experience in real estate issues make them valuable allies and will give you a firm foundation from which to fight any conflicting claims.

Another home-hunting tip: Get a professional inspection before you close the deal. Contact Carl Burkhardt at Certified Inspection Services for details (954-682-1888, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

Mother’s Day, May 14, is about celebrating moms. One of the best ways to commemorate all she has done for you is take care of the body she gave you. This month the North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 844-366-9801) lecture series features a talk on stroke risk. Healthy dieting and exercise can stave off this debilitating brain injury, but to truly combat it, you need to know the risk factors and symptoms. The seminar takes place Tuesday, May 23, at noon. It’s free and refreshments will be served.

If morbid obesity is your main concern, sign up for a gastric sleeve weight-loss surgery seminar at Jackson South Medical Center (9333 SW 152nd St., 305-585-TRIM). This free talk takes place Thursday, May 11, at 6:30 p.m. at the south campus. Maybe by next Mother’s Day brunch, you can surprise Mom with a healthy body. She deserves no less.

Did someone mention brunch? Mother dearest ought to have only the best. Treat her to a special Sunday brunch at Ferraro’s Kitchen (1099 NE 79th St., 786-534-2136). Venetian chef Igor Ferraro and his wife, Cristiana, use fresh, local, organic ingredients in their Italian masterpieces. While you’re there, ask about the interactive cooking classes, wine tastings, and wine pairings. Schedule a class, and then surprise Mom again by cooking for her next weekend.

The BT welcomes new advertiser Jack’s Home Cooking (2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-640-5507). Jack’s is ensconced in a converted Edgewater/Wynwood house, a perfect location to serve comfort food. Owner John Parlavechio has worked in restaurants all his life, but here he strives to serve up the homey Italian favorites he enjoyed in his mother’s and grandmother’s kitchens. The menu is fairly extensive, featuring favorites such as linguine with fresh crab, spaghetti Bolognese, baked ziti, short ribs, or salmon. And there’s even a kid’s menu for those in the ten-and-under set.

Up in North Miami, Café Crème (750 NE 125th St., 786-409-3961) co-owners Claude Postel and Cory Finot want to introduce BizBuzz readers to their French café, so mention Biscayne Times and get a free rum punch. It’s that simple. Although the full-service restaurant (perfect for Mother’s Day) serves fresh-baked artisanal breads, pastries, foie gras, duck confit, escargot, octopus carpaccio, quiche, and crème brûlée, among other delights, the bar is where the hip action happens. Open from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., right next to MOCA.

A hearty welcome to returning advertiser Shops at Midtown Miami (N. Miami Avenue between 31st and 36th streets), which is offering free two-hour parking when you eat lunch at one of more than two dozen restaurants. The program is called “the lunch crunch.” Park in on of the two garages between noon and 3:00 p.m., eat lunch within a two-hour time frame, and your parking is free. It’s a nice little “dessert” from the folks at Midtown. See the list of participating eateries at

Pick up a hot, delicious pizza at Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza (5600 Biscayne Blvd., 305-762-5751) for takeout or eating in. The whole family will thank you, whether you order one of the signature pizzas, build your own, or look elsewhere on inviting menu. Hint: The kids might not be as happy as you to enjoy one of Andiamo’s healthy salads, but they’ll no doubt make some room for a quality dessert. Beer and wine are available.

So what’s hot besides this weather? The fabulous wine clearance sale at Laurenzo’s Italian Market (16385 W. Dixie Hwy., 305-945-6381). Get up to 50% off some of the high-quality wines that need to be moved out of inventory -- so that Laurenzo’s equally wonderful new wines will have room to breathe.

With all this eating and drinking, remember that it’s never too late to work on your summer body, too. Inner Balance (12579 Biscayne Blvd., 786-383-3088) is offering a month’s pass to its group Pilates Reformer classes for just $200, which includes eight classes and a 30-minute introductory session. For BT readers only, the studio is also offering 10% off small-group training classes, a four-week series that meets twice a week. Use promo code “smallgroup10” at, or call for more information.

If you live closer to Breathe Pilates (715 NE 79th St., 786-801-9860), staff there have added a new class Saturdays at 11:00 a.m. for Pilates beginners, those nursing an injury, or advanced practitioners who want to engage in a slower routine. The timing is great because right now new clients can take advantage of a buy-one-get-one free offer on classes, and get two sessions for only $32. Or take advantage of the deal for five group equipment classes for $95. For those who already know they want to work out all summer, BizBuzz suggests the Eternal 8 or Eternal 12 packages at $200 and $250, respectively (with a three-month commitment).

With the heat and humidity upon us, it’s now impossible to put off grooming Fido any longer. Fortunately, new advertiser Rabo Cao Pet Pawler (5810 Biscayne Blvd., 305-785-7773) is offering $10 off to new customers during May. Any service! Grooming, medicated baths, day care, boarding, and more. Just mention the ad. You can also take advantage of the “frequent groomer” program for even more savings. By the way, although the company name is new, Rabo Cao has been delivering great service on the Boulevard for the past five years as Sassy Pets.

The other major holiday this month, Memorial Day, is also the start of the barbecue season, backyard football, fireworks, and all sorts of fun that can leave you or other family members with a big booboo. Stay calm, and drive over to Aventura Hospital’s (20900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-682-7000) newly expanded emergency room, which is a Level II trauma center. With 40 beds and brand-new equipment, the wait time is usually very short. Call 305-682-6677 to consult with a nurse and get doctor referrals.

The good health news? The spring pollen season is winding down. The bad? It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay alert to allergies. The Florida Center for Allergy & Asthma Care (877-4-allergy) is warning BT readers about the poor reactions to dental products and medicines some patients have. See the ad for some of the warning signs, and if you’ve had symptoms, come in for a test to be sure.

For patients without allergy issues, here’s a great offer from Dr. Valeria Soltanik of Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334): BT readers without dental insurance or periodontal disease can get a standard cleaning, full mouth X-rays, and dental plan for only $60. Plus a $100 credit toward teeth whitening. Call today for an appointment, and mention that you saw the offer in Biscayne Times.

If you’ve already earned your bikini body, what better way to show it off than with eye-catching adornments? Drop by new advertiser Bozkurt Jewelry and Accessories (2365 Biscayne Blvd., 305-269-3100, to see the latest in the Isabella Celini collection or inquire about other handmade and special-order items. The company has been producing sterling silver, gold-filled jewelry, and fashion accessories since 1998. At the new Edgewater store, you can also choose from a number of fun and fashionable handbags and totes to carry those accessories in.

Imagine yourself in a swimsuit and accessories, lounging next to a pool on a cruise ship. Imagine every whim catered to. Imagine not answering texts and e-mails for days. Imagine $30 off your next cruise.Call new advertiser Victoria Guzman at Cruise Planners (305-331-8699, to ask about this limited-time deal on a five-night or longer cruise, resort, or tour package. She also has many other exclusive rates and offers.

When you get back from your trip, you’ll want to continue living in the lap of luxury, no doubt. But that old sofa just won’t do, will it? Stop by the Jalan Jalan Collection (3921 NE 2nd Ave., 305-572-9998) to take advantage of the furniture showroom’s May sale. You can get up to 50% off on regularly priced items. While there, ask about white glove delivery, installation services, and help with any interior design needs you may have.

Let’s stick with the subject of exciting travel a bit longer. The Metropolitan International School of Miami (3465 NW 2nd Ave., 305-576-6070) tells BizBuzz about the middle school’s upcoming trip to Italy for a language immersion tour. The students will meet up with classmates at their sister school, visit archaeological sites, and take in the culture. What a field trip! If that’s the type of quality education you want for your children, call the school about enrolling them (PK2 through eighth grade) this coming fall.

Even if you don’t want to send the kids as far away as Europe, don’t let them spend the entire summer cooped up at home playing video games in air-conditioned splendor. That may be fun, but it ain’t exactly good for them. Fortunately, returning advertiser FitKidz (10822 NE 6th Ave., 305-803-8930) has summer programming that will keep the children physically and mentally fit. They can get a head start on their next school year’s requirements, and enjoy recreation and weekly field trips.

The Cushman School (592 NE 60th St., 305-757-1966) is also featuring a summer camp for children ages 3 to 14 (pre-K through eighth grade). This camp features STEAM activities, cooking, fitness fun, design thinking, water play, bounce-house Wednesdays, old-fashioned camp games, and a showcase event each week. Visit for details.

Finally, Miami-Dade County wants BT readers to know about the ambitious Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit (SMART) Plan, which includes six new travel corridors. Visit to learn more.


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