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BizBuzz January 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
January 2018

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

Tbigstock--196597885rains, trains, trains. Life is, we hope, one long and wonderful ride for our readers, with interesting stops, twists, and turns. As we barrel through January on our way to February, take a moment to peruse the “schedule” and see what lovely services and products our BT advertisers have to share with you along the way. Some will even put you back on the right track in this season of positive changes.

If you’ve resolved to set the bar higher on your yoga or Pilates skills, call Inner Balance (12579 Biscayne Blvd., 786-383-3088, to sign up for Pilates mat teacher training, starting January 26, or the 200-hour hatha yoga teacher training program, which begins February 16. Save $200 on the yoga lessons if you sign up before January 16. BT readers can use promo code BT50 to save $50 on either course. Beginners should consider the $59 intro offer for a month of Pilates, yoga, or barre group classes.

Want to sit back and be pampered? New advertiser DermaGym (561 NE 79th St. #350, 786-452-1207) is more than just another anti-aging spa you might find at any chic hotel. The estheticians at DermaGym offer a wide array of rejuvenation products and services, such as oxygen facial treatments, VelaShape 3 body contouring, Exilis Elite, nanopore microneedling, and Sesderma peels, not always found together in one office. This curated combination of procedures (along with mainstream ones like Botox and cryotherapy) allows for more specialized service, depending on your goals and skin needs. Call for an appointment to see what DermaGym can do for you. When you schedule online at, use the code Biscaynetimes01 to receive $75 off a bill that’s $250 or higher.

Even if the dramatic changes that you’re planning are healthy, sometimes you need close supervision from a health professional. At Healthy Me Medical Therapies, located inside Medi-Station Urgent Care Center (9600 NE 2nd Ave., 786-731-4238), Dr. Carlos Sanchez can guide you through diet, detox, and other new year’s health modifications that can rebalance your life. Inquire about such diverse treatments as IV infusions, chelation therapy, hormone optimization, and even medical marijuana for an all-around approach to good health.

The long, strange trip of life is bumpy at times. Anxiety, cancer, epilepsy, glaucoma, migraines, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy, and other conditions “harsh one’s mellow,” as they say. But medical marijuana can help alleviate many of the symptoms associated with these and other maladies. Call Marijuana Doctor (786-577-0006) today to set up an appointment with staff who can guide you through the complicated process of applying for a marijuana card. The clinic has several convenient locations in the Miami area.

There’s no better time to launch your journey from obesity to good health than right now. Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., 305-585-TRIM) is holding a free gastric sleeve lecture on Thursday, January 11, at 6:30 p.m. You might not be svelte by next New Year’s, but you will feel much better with a reduced load on those joints, lower blood pressure, better insulin resistance, and a whole host of improvements. Do it!

Hot. Cold. Hot again. Too dry. Rain. Just nice! The weather changes a lot in our winter. Well, maybe not that much, but enough that it just wreaks havoc with sinuses, lungs, and the entire body. Gesundheit! The Florida Center for Allergy & Asthma Care has been helping sufferers gain relief since 1974. Call 1-877-4-ALLERGY to learn where the nearest of 17 convenient offices is in the tri-county area.

Congratulations go out to Aventura Hospital and Medical Center (20900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-682-7000), which has won three surgical excellence awards in the past year, including “America’s 100 Best” in general surgery, according to Healthgrades, a health-care information company. How did they get so good? Besides hiring excellent doctors, the hospital specializes in physician-guided robotic surgery, which reduces the size of the incision and post-operative recovery time. For more information, call Consult-a-Nurse at 305-682-6677.

North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 844-319-6838) also recently earned praise. The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit organization committed to seeking quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system. In other words, they hope to increase patient safety at hospitals across the country. They gave North Shore the group’s highest mark, a letter “A.”

If you haven’t been by Mount Sinai Medical Center lately, mazel tov on your good health. However, it’s always good to know where the nearest ER is, just in case. On January 16, Mount Sinai Primary & Specialty Care Hialeah (2150 W. 68th St., Hialeah, 305-558-8700) is holding a topping-off ceremony on a new emergency room that is scheduled to open in the fall. It will be the center’s third one in the county, after Miami Beach and Aventura. For routine care at any of the Mount Sinai’s nine locations in Miami-Dade, call 305-674-CARE.

Shopping is a type of therapy, right? Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344) has also been undergoing renovations and accepting new retailers recently. Shop, eat, and drink at more than 140 different destinations, including Gap, Gap Kids, Bath and Body Works, Hooters, Disney Store, Guess, and much more. Enjoy an entire day and some of the night right next to beautiful Biscayne Bay. Who could ask for more? You can. And you got it. One of the newest retailers is the mUmY Room, a hipster clothing store from Madrid that specializes in groovy father/son attire and men’s shirts that can be worn by women.

Not all healthy habits involve being active, ingesting meds, quitting this and that, or going anywhere further than Pebble and Vine (216 NE 98th St., Miami Shores, 786-636-8664). Consider the restorative properties of a plant for your home; they clean the air and beautify your surroundings, while providing companionship that never complains. The shop can set you up with appropriate plants (or living arrangements) that are easy to care for and even deliver them to your home. Drop by to look through the large selection of pots and baskets for your current green friends that need bigger homes.

If discussing The Secret Life of Plants with a leafy roommate just isn’t enough activity for you, take a seat instead at the nearby Artsy Hive Studio (211 NE 95th St., Miami Shores, 305-456-1059), where you can spend a relaxing and fun afternoon exercising your artistic talents while creating keepsakes for friends and family. Select from pre-fired ceramic pieces and decorate them yourself in a 40-seat studio designed as a community gathering place. Ask about the party packages, which are an entertaining way for several people (especially kids) to work on pieces together.

As a Julliard undergrad in the 1980s, violinist Gary Levinson was asked to join the New York Philharmonic, an illustrious beginning to a long, lauded career. Come listen to Gary perform alongside his double-bassist father, Eugene Levinson, and pianist Paul Posnak (of the Frost School of Music) in the Cor Jesu Chapel at Barry University (11300 NE 2nd Ave., 305-458-0111), this month’s selection from the Saint Martha’s Yamaha Concert Series. The trio will showcase music that reflects Gary’s Russian heritage, including pieces from Dmitri Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, George Gershwin, and Scott Joplin. Shows are on Saturday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, January 27, at 3:00 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and $25.

Congratulations go out to the Spartan Thespians, aka Troupe 5457, at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE, ext. 342). This drama troupe, under the tutelage of theater director Marianne Martinez, won accolades at two recent competitions. They received an excellence award for makeup design; superior awards for solo musical, duet acting, small group musical, monologues, playwriting, and large group music; and the critic’s choice award for production team. Up next in March is the State International Thespian Convention and Competition. Break a leg!

The students at Cushman School (592 NE 60th St., 305-757-1966) also deserve praise -- for their service to the community. Over the holidays, the middle-schoolers made 1500 sandwiches for Camillus House residents and supported REAP Latin America, which delivered 7000 meals to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The kids also raised funds to buy gift cards for children in the Miami-Dade Foster Care System and toys for children in Haiti. Royal Caribbean graciously provided transportation in the latter case.

No doubt that a good number of these stellar students will eventually be accepted at the big three universities in Florida. Or perhaps you already have a Hurricane, Gator, or Seminole student or graduate in the family. Teresa Temkin at T-Squared Waffles ( came up with a cool product that will bring the love of your school to the breakfast table (or an over-the-top tailgate party). She licensed the school logos for UM, UF, and FSU and incorporated them onto waffle iron plates. The waffle iron, including one school plate, is just $55, but extra waffle plates, for the other schools, are only $25 each.

Once you’ve mastered the waffle, it’s time to try your hand at more complicated recipes. Fear not! Milam’s Markets (17100 Collins Ave., Sunny Isles Beach, 305-945-1890) just launched a program featuring local chefs who have created exclusive recipes for the market. You can find the recipe cards and ingredients at the store, but also visit to see the chefs in action.

If you’re closer to a Whole Foods Market (Aventura, North Miami, downtown Miami), drop in and check out their new prices on many staples. Online retailer Amazon purchased the chain and began implementing changes, including dropping some of those prices that everybody used to balk at. Many of your favorite organic, natural, and decadent foods are still on the shelves, though. Check it out.

On the other hand, a night out might be just what il dottore ordered. Warm Biscayne Times greetings to new advertiser Loveataly (2216 NE 123rd St., North Miami, 305-310-8080). This Italian restaurant hasn’t been open very long, but it already has a following. Maybe it’s the full immersion into Italian culture. Maybe it’s the exceptional food, from breakfast to dinner. Or maybe it’s the desserts and liqueurs. You’ll only know once you’ve tried it.

Maybe an afternoon out is more your speed? Really speedy. On January 27, the Pegasus World Cup International returns to Gulfstream Park (901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach, 833-464-7924) with a purse that’s an incredible $16 million, making this the world’s richest horse race. The Stronach Group, which produces the race, purposefully set out to make this competition so alluring, it would bring attention back to South Florida racing. Tickets, which start at $75 for standing room only, are available at

Speaking of ridiculous amounts of money, how’s your financial health? Do you even know? Ask David Treece at Treece Financial Group (9999 NE 2nd Ave., Suite 203, Miami Shores, 305-751-8855) to look over what you have and what you can do to keep it for retirement or other needs. And how to best leave it to your heirs. Treece’s staff is trained in a holistic range of solutions, including retirement accounts, elder guardianship, trusts, portfolio reviews, wills, and a lot more.

More urgently, do you still have Hurricane Irma bills and no idea how you’re going to pay them because you weren’t properly compensated by your insurance company? Call Compass Claim Consultants (1175 NE 125th St., 305-905-9744) and talk to one of the hurricane specialists who can reopen your claims and get you more money. Sometimes what the insurance company says isn’t the final word. Call today.

Is it time to move into a new home? The Jack Coden Group (700 NE 90th St., 305-742-5225) is waiting for your call. Besides maintaining a large portfolio of properties (that move fast), the real estate firm is currently facilitating sales at ParcView Villas by offering up to $15,000 toward closing costs if the property goes under contract by January 31. It’s not every day that you get a discount in a real estate sale. Dial 305-704-5402 for a private viewing.

If you’ve read this month’s BT article on the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of an osprey by staff at the Pelican Harbor Seabird Station, then you already know what this marvelous institution does. You can help them out by joining the party at Miami Shores Country Club for this year’s Pelican Party, which takes place on April 14. Why plan so early? Because the station needs sponsors and items for the silent auction. Look for details at

Remember to let these and all Biscayne Times advertisers know you saw them in the BT. Have a wonderful 2018! 


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