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Jul 18th
BizBuzz July 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
July 2017

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

Hbigstock--162835628appy Independence Day! Have you picked out a spot to enjoy the fireworks yet?

Here’s our first suggestion: Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, 954-454-7000) is hosting an evening of family fun on Independence Day. It starts at 5:00 p.m. in the Kid Zone at the Champions Plaza. Children will thrill to have their faces painted or receive temporary tattoos, and enjoy other activities. The fun continues in the Walking Ring, where a DJ will spin patriotic music as holiday-themed giveaways take place. End the evening with a spectacular fireworks show. Consider adding dinner to your itinerary at any of the park’s restaurants.

For something a little more exclusive, Turnberry Isle Miami (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 305-932-6200) is hosting “4th on the Green.” The kids can take pleasure in fireworks, food trucks, and lemonade, while you benefit from the unlimited beer and wine. Tickets are $99 for adults and $50 for kids 5-12. The family pack costs only $199, which covers two adults and two kids. If you overdo the festivities, Âme Spa and Wellness Collective at Turnberry (305-933-6930) is offering deals on its recuperative services, including the 100-minute ritual for only $199.

If you want to look smashing on the Fourth or any other day, drop by Bozkurt Jewelry and Accessories (2365 Biscayne Blvd., 305-392-1300, to pick out an original design for yourself. The company has been producing sterling silver and gold-filled jewelry since 1998. Also choose from a number of fun and fashionable handbags and totes that will complement any summer outfit.

A very successful July Fourth fiesta held at your home might leave your furniture looking as if it participated in the Siege at Yorktown. Revolutionize your abode by taking advantage of the Scan Design summer sale, which only lasts until Sunday, July 9. Selections vary by store, so drop in at both Biscayne Corridor locations: North Miami Beach (3025 NE 163rd St., 305-944-8080) or Hollywood (4150 N. 28th Terr., 954-874-3888). Quantities are limited, so hurry.

Summer’s arrival last month does not mean an end to company coming for a visit. With school out up north and winter in down south, guestrooms remain filled with family and friends. They might not be ready for Florida’s intense climate, but Medi-Station Urgent Care Center (9600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-603-7650) is ready for them. Sunburn, heat exhaustion, insect bites, spoiled picnic foods, and other summertime complaints are quickly treated, seven days a week.

If you’re hoping to make your own escape from Miami instead, call Victoria Guzman at Cruise Planners (305-331-8699, She’s a representative of American Express Travel, which gives her access to exclusive rates and other special offers for sea and land packages. On top of those discounts, if you bring in this month’s ad, Victoria will subtract another $50/per person on a cruise of seven nights or longer. The offer is good for trips booked by August 31.

Don’t forget that you’ll need to plan for your little dog too, Dorothy. Rabo Cao Pet Pawlor (5810 Biscayne Blvd., 305-785-7773) offers summer vacation boarding, along with the company’s regular offerings, such as day care, medicated baths, and teeth cleaning. You can also take advantage of the new pick-up/drop-off service. Doesn’t that sound better than arrival via flying monkeys? Toto will agree!

Before you travel, learn a solid fitness regimen that will get you in top form inside and out wherever you go. During July, Inner Balance (12579 Biscayne Blvd., 786-383-3088) is offering a new three-part workshop for beginning yoga students. The course is slow-paced, informative, and very supportive, so you can feel confident with basic positions and techniques. The “Yoga 101: Yoga for Every Body!” classes are held on three consecutive Saturdays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., July 8, 15, and 22. Visit for more information and to register. Don’t forget to use the promo code “newyogi” to get 10% off.

The Spartan Boot Camp at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE, ext. 342) takes place during July and August. Sign up the kids to participate in the basketball, dance, softball, theater, or the very popular soccer and volleyball workshops. Call for more information and to reserve a spot at the camp; the spots will fill up quickly. The school is also accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year, so apply online ( today.

Over at the Montessori Tutoring Center (10822 NE 6th Ave., 305-407-2129), the school’s summer programs can help your kids catch up to or even pass their classmates by the time the fall semester rolls around. Children receive help with math, reading, grammar, and composition skills, either at the center or in the comfort of their home. Children with learning difficulties might benefit from the Lindamood-Bell system, which the center specializes in. Call to learn more.

Biscayne Times welcomes back L’Ecole Franco-Américaine de Miami (650 NE 88th Terr., 786-268-1914, ext. 26, to our pages. This French immersion program is perfect for children pre-K through 5th grade who can perfect their French skills while still participating in an American curriculum. School clubs, aftercare, and study hall keep the students interested until dinnertime. Call to apply.

It doesn’t feel like “school,” but the kids will learn a lot. Afternoon slots are still available for the Intensive Portfolio Development Program at the Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32nd St., 305-576-2828). During July, art students ages 10-18 will receive instruction on creating successful portfolios and passing art school interviews. Teachers will focus on different disciplines each weekday to keep the kids inspired. Of interest to established artists, Mark Scheinbaum will present “The Art of Business” on Tuesday, July 25, at 6:00 p.m. The session will help artists understand they are actually small-business owners. Wine and snacks will be served.

The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (4040 NE 2nd Ave., 305-901-5272), meanwhile, offers several unique seminars this month. The A+RC summer intensive launches Wednesday, July 12, at 7:00 p.m. with a talk by the Rev. Houston Cypress. His appearance is followed, over the next eight days, with lectures from Stephanie Wakefield, Claire Colebrook, and Nicholas Mirzoeff. Visit for a complete rundown of these and other events.

A clue that often signifies you’re a working artist is the use of a studio/exhibition space. ArtHood 56 (5600 NW 7th Ave., This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) wants to help you solve the problem of finding a realistically priced accommodation not too far from the heart of the art action. The 8000-square-foot complex hosts studios that run from $600 to $1200/month, including utilities and other expenses. Call 954-330-6245, or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for availability. On the plus side, the district already has an established artwalk, “7th Ave Sunday,” every third Sunday of the month from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Check it out.

On a different track, Joe Blair Garden Supply (320 NE 79th St., 305-757-5554) returns to the BT to remind readers that we’re deep into hurricane season, so it’s past time to make sure you’re prepared. Drop by the store and pick out a generator that will power you through any electrical outage you may experience. Don’t make the mistake of waiting until the storm has passed to buy one because you will likely be out of luck.

Miami-Dade County also has hurricane advice. Call 311, or better yet, visit to learn about evacuation routes, pet safety, and other vital information you should review before any storm gets its official name. Even “no name” storms, like the one that flooded Sweetwater in 2000, can drop over a foot of rain. That’s a gilded invitation for mosquitoes. You can ruin their party, though, by using repellent and removing sources of standing water from your property often. Drain and cover all summer long!

While we’re on the topic of hurricane preparedness, call Michele Belizaire at State Farm Insurance (8600 NE 2nd Ave., 305-756-4260) if you’re currently without protection. Do it now! Once a storm is on its way, insurers won’t issue new policies. Belizaire, who speaks Haitian Creole, and her team can also guide you through the complexities of auto, health, business, life, and property insurance -- but only if you call.

Have a policy already? Property Damage Solutions (910 NE 73rd St., 305-907-6185) offers BT readers free policy reviews to make sure you have proper coverage before the storm. If you’ve been through a hurricane and filed claims, you likely know that getting properly compensated can be difficult, especially if you’re under-insured. The PDS law firm will also help you get the most money back after the storm, should any unsympathetic adjusters consider stiffing you. Think of it as one less headache you’ll deal with later.

Speaking of head pain and its resolution, Mount Sinai Primary and Specialty Care just opened its eighth location (10920 Biscayne Blvd.). It’s not a full-service hospital like the original Mount Sinai Medical Center, but you’ll find the same exceptional care from its stable of primary, cardiology, and urology doctors that you would get at the Miami Beach campus -- just at a more convenient site. Last month the center also expanded into Skylake (1684 Miami Gardens Dr., North Miami Beach). Call 305-674-CARE to schedule a same- or next-day appointment at any office. Or visit for a list of services.

At North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 844-319-6838), the monthly weight-loss seminar takes place Tuesday, July 25, at 6:00 p.m. You already know how extra pounds can affect your quality of life. Let Dr. Fernando Bayron explain how to recover your health through bariatric surgery and other weight-loss techniques. Imagine improving medical conditions like high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes as your figure becomes slimmer. Sure, operations are scary, but North Shore offers robotic surgery, which can reduce healing times and scarring. Start the journey by reserving a spot today.

Dr. Valeria Soltanik of Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334) has a great offer for BizBuzz readers. Get $300 off on dental implants. Although the procedure may seem intense, the end result beats dentures. But you’ll have to make an appointment to learn if you’re a good candidate. Call today and mention the offer when you book.

While on your path to improved health and looks, visit new advertiser Zuka Beauty Lounge (15400 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 105, 305-940-3220) for a makeover. The salon recently held a grand re-opening under the guidance of new owner Julie Saad. Julie felt that it was important to revamp not just the operational aspects of the business, but to rebrand the salon as well. Which means you can now enjoy a new Skin Care Center that offers the latest in restorative and anti-aging skin care, including infusion vitamin therapy, depigmentation treatment, peels, permanent makeup, microblading, and much more. While you’re there, consider having your nails and hair done.

The menu at Soyka Restaurant (5556 NE 4th Ct., 305-759-3117) is getting its own makeover, by the way, so stop in and show off your updated look while checking out the eatery’s new offerings.

Good news for fans of Jack’s Home Cooking (2426 NE 2nd Ave., 305-640-5507). The popular eatery, which features Italian comfort foods, recently launched a late menu, available until 1:00 a.m. for you night owl noshers. The Sunday brunch crowd also gets special attention with $20 bottomless mimosas. Everybody else will just have to make due with a deliciously extensive menu that includes such treats as penne alla vodka, crab cakes, homemade cheese ravioli, and wild salmon. The kids are served their own favorites like pizza, spaghetti, and even PB&J sandwiches. It will take you weeks to sample it all, so get cooking.

Did someone suggest cooking? Ferraro’s Kitchen and Wine Bar (1099 NE 79th St., 786-534-2136) offers an interactive Italian cooking class Saturdays from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. You’ll learn to prepare an appetizer, two types of pasta from scratch, and one dessert. It’s only $65/person and includes two glasses of wine. Don’t worry; you won’t ferment those yourself. Igor Ferraro and his wife, Cristiana, also invite you to attend a $30 wine-tasting event on Monday nights. It features Italian cold cuts, cheese, and other small bites. A sommelier then talks about the wines featured that evening.

Morningside Watersports (786-587-6149) asked BizBuzz to let readers know that there were some delays in launching its paddleboard rental office at Morningside Park (750 NE 55th Terr.), but it should open very soon. Paddlers of all skill levels will be welcome, and trained staff will guide you on safe adventures. Kayaks and accessories will also be available for rent or sale. Call to check on the rental office opening progress.


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