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

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

Cbigstock-Four-Christmas-Multicolored-De-265383997ome on in! The water’s fine, and the sun is warm. Our little slice of heaven shines brightest during these dark days of December, giving refuge to the winter weary. The seasonal holidays provide a mix of sounds, smells, and color, in contrast to the quiet hum and salty scent of pale sea spray. And then there’s the craziness of Miami Art Week with its endless fairs and related events.

In that chaos, don’t forget that our year-round museums and galleries have plenty to offer, too. The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (61 NE 41st St., 305-901-5272) has scored a major coup in presenting feminist artist Judy Chicago’s first major retrospective. The sometimes controversial artist has worked in various media over five decades, but always with a focus on women and gender concerns. “Judy Chicago: A Reckoning” opens December 4 to coincide with art week. Admission is free with RSVP.

Pan American Art Projects (274 NE 67th St., 305-751-2550) just opened an exhibit featuring works by Argentine-born sculptor Carolina Sardi, who has lived in Miami since 1995. She has created several large, site-specific installations for buildings and homes in her signature painted steel style, but in “Space As Form,” her whimsical take on shapes is seamlessly scaled down to a more intimate size.

At the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (1101 Biscayne Blvd. 305-434-9600) “Da Vinci Inventions” is winding down and will close on January 13. The exhibit presents representations of some of Leonardo da Vinci’s machines, copies of his famous paintings, touchscreen versions of his codices, and instructional animations explaining some of his works. In addition, if you have youngsters, there are two camps offered over winter break. At the four-day camp that starts December 31, kids will enjoy experiments, lectures, and discussions. The theme is “misunderstood creatures.” A mini-camp on December 28 will focus on denizens of the deep sea. Call for more information.

The end of Art Week heralds the beginning of seasonal entertainments. What do the songs “Christmas Time Is Here,” “White Christmas,” and “I'll Be Home for Christmas,” have in common? They, and many other Christmas favorites, were written by Jewish composers. Recording artist Jake Ehrenreich contemplates this charming paradox during his show “A Treasury of Jewish Christmas Songs” at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center (3385 NE 188th St., 877-311-7469) Sunday, December 16, at 3:00 p.m. and again at 7:00 p.m. Besides performing jazzy interpretations of some of the most beloved holiday tunes, Ehrenreich will present behind-the-scenes tales and interviews that illuminate the songwriting process.

While your Christmas spirit is fully charged with song, stop at KB’s Real Christmas Trees (11400 Biscayne Blvd., 305-899-1955), run by former North Miami Mayor Kevin Burns. He’s been providing Miamians with big trees, little trees, wreaths, and more for over 44 years -- from his own tree farms. You don’t have to celebrate Christmas to enjoy that scent of real pine around the house, by the way. The lot closes December 20, so don’t procrastinate. Delivery and setup are available. Open 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., seven days a week.

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanzaa, online shopping is huge, with consumers now often spending even more on Cyber Monday than they do on Black Friday. Still, some traditionalists recognize how impersonal it is, and insist on physically shopping for the “right gift” locally. But what if the recipient isn’t local? And what if the gift is something fragile you picked up, say, during Art Week? Barbara and Nancy at Private Postal Systems (12555 Biscayne Blvd., 305-895-6974) have 38 years of experience packing parcels and sending them via DHL, FedEx, UPS, or even USPS. You can count on them to wrap your gifts securely and advise you on the best shipping options. Don’t wait until the last minute, though. Santa isn’t going to be available as a courier, we hear.

Of course, some people -- bosses, clients, that one relative -- can be notoriously difficult to shop for. To help, the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 305-932-6200) offers gift cards that can be used throughout the resort. Keep a few on hand in case your gift list surprisingly expands at the last minute. If it doesn’t, you can use the cards yourself to stay at the new 16-story Orchid Tower, patronize the Golf Pro Shop, relax at Âme Spa & Wellness Collective, and feast in the CORSAIR kitchen & bar or Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina.

Become that boss who’s hard to shop for, and make 2019 the year you’re finally going to get your “stuff” together and open that bar or restaurant you’ve been talking about for eons. But how to get around all that confusing paperwork that goes with permitting and licensing and other governmental “stuff”? Call attorney Steve Polisar (305-672-7772, x 206) to hasten your transition from cubicle schlub to happening barkeep. He knows all the rules and work-arounds that have been keeping you from realizing your dream.

While spiriting around on endless holiday errands, consider taking a break at new advertiser Vagabond Sushi Bar (7301 Biscayne Blvd., 786-332-4991) in the Vagabond Village. The nightly happy hour is from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., and features $6 bites from a list that includes nigiri, sushi rolls, bao buns, and yakitori. Beer, wine, and sake cocktails are $5-$8. The brainchild of Amir Ben-Zion (Bond St., Miss Yip, Buck 15, Bardot, and Gigi), Vagabond Village is the hot new place to be seen along the Biscayne Corridor, especially during the weekend pool parties. In a rush during rush hour? Vagabond Market is a quick stop for wine, beer, sake, sushi-to-go, Japanese ingredients, and much more.

Maybe you just need a quick and wholesome pick-me-up from Dogma Grill (7030 Biscayne Blvd., 305-759-3433), which is celebrating 16 years of cooking up the best hot dogs, sausages, and bratwursts in town. The expansive menu also features hamburgers, chicken, and specialty sandwiches. If you can’t figure out an excuse to pass on leftovers and head over to the Grill during the holidays, your kids will help you find one -- we are sure.

Pastry Is Art (12591 Biscayne Blvd., 305-603-9340) has a full menu of breakfast and lunch entrées, salads, and sandwiches made with their own breads. While noshing, check out the specialty cakes and desserts you can order for your holiday table. The bakery also offers catering services that include mini-Cuban sandwiches, croquetas, butifarras, empanadas, and more that will make your abuelita thrilled she didn’t have to cook you proper food for Año Nuevo.

Speaking of which...New Year’s Day is a time of beginnings. Need help putting a fresh outfit together? Visit Bianka Martin at new advertiser Biknx Beautique (4338-A NW 7th Ave., 305-780-9905) for inspiration on sporting a street-style look for 2019. Not only does she sell her own original designs that are perfect for the Miami climate, she has a diverse assortment of accessories, shoes, makeup, and even wigs to complete the look. Call her about lash extensions and makeup application for that special party.

Need great hair to match Bianka’s clothing makeover? Give a call to Hannah Lasky, pioneer South Beach hair stylist and artist (since 1989!) at her cozy Upper Eastside salon, Hannah and Her Scissors (611 NE 86th Street, 305-772-8426). Her gallery of colorful artworks will be on display and available during Art Basel.

Wear your new look on a date to Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344), which is centrally located for all the New Year’s Eve festivities downtown. Come early to shop and eat. Stay late for the midnight fireworks, the Big Orange rise, a “Salute to the Troops,” and other family-friendly fun. Live music will be featured on the Bayside Marina Stage.

Over at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE), current students are anticipating a well-earned Christmas break for all their hard work this semester. Incoming students took their placement exams December 1, reminding procrastinating parents that it’s never too early to begin the admissions process at this renowned Catholic school. Call for more information about their programs.

Meanwhile, the Cushman School (592 NE 60th St., 305-757-1966) celebrated founder Dr. Laura Cushman’s birthday by honoring the 94-year-old school’s alumni during the annual Founder’s Day festivities on November 1. This year singer-songwriter Emily Estefan (from the famous clan) spoke of her time at the school and how lessons in industry, courtesy, and responsibility have helped to shape her life. If you’d like your child to have a shot at being a future Founder’s Day speaker, call the school to discuss the admissions process.

With Thanksgiving Day turning out to be brutally cold after a warm autumn up north, the snowbirds arrived late to Miami -- but en masse. And with them come the cold-weather germs, some of them even hitching a ride in first class. If you’ve so far neglected your flu shot this season, Mount Sinai Medical Center (305-674-CARE) suggests you stay ahead of the sniffles by scheduling a same- or next-day appointment with a primary-care physician at one of its ten locations in Miami-Dade.

Don’t stop taking care of yourself, though, just because you’ve received an inoculation. The nutrient-rich juices, smoothies, and açai bowls at Néktar Juice Bar (2960 NE 199th St. #4, Aventura, 305-749-6633) can help you prevent other seasonal illnesses. The immunity-boosting ingredients may not always stop a cold dead, but there’s no easier way of ingesting energizing vitamins and minerals needed for a speedier recovery. You can pick from the proprietary blends that cater to your dietary preferences or create your own specialized mixture, using their fresh, natural, and raw ingredients.

“Ho!” Santa chortles at your dietary predicaments. You think you ate too much during the holidays? This jolly old elf has to fly around the world stuffing his face with milk and cookies at every stop. Poor fellow. Thankfully, the jiggling belly doesn’t put too much strain on those reindeer, so feel at ease leaving something extra nice for Santa, such as a Peppermint Chocolate Chip bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes (15400 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 112, 305-974-4536). This holiday treat, a chocolate bundt cake made with chocolate chips and peppermint pieces, is only available until December 31.

What’s New Year’s Day without a plate full of weight-loss resolutions? Start the journey a little early on Thursday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. by attending a free seminar in the main lobby auditorium at North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 844-319-6838). Even if your spouse likes to see a little extra on your caboose, excessive weight can cause or exacerbate a host of health problems, from arthritis to diabetes to cardiac issues to sleep apnea and even cancer. Can’t make this lecture? The next scheduled lecture will be January 3.

Jackson Health Systems (160 NW 170th St., North Miami Beach, 305-585-TRIM) offers its free weight-loss seminar on Thursday, December 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the north campus. Here, physicians specialize in gastric-sleeve surgery and a holistic approach that tackles the different psychological, nutritional, and fitness issues that have hampered patients in their previous weight-loss attempts. Reserve a seat today.

Your weight problems may be related to orthopedic issues. After all, if you have trouble walking, you might not exercise enough to balance out your caloric intake. Seek advice from the physicians at Aventura Hospital and Medical Center (20900 Biscayne Blvd., 305-480-6666), which has the largest orthopedic network in South Florida and has completed over 12,000 procedures that improved or corrected disorders and deformities of the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, and skin. What a great gift to yourself!

An unhealthy BMI can also increase your suffering from asthma and allergies, feeding into a toxic cycle that reduces exercise and increases weight. Have the board-certified doctors at Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care (877-4-ALLERGY) identify your allergy and select a treatment plan for you. There are 17 convenient locations throughout South Florida.

A healthy diet is the first step in any diet regime, so don’t forget to visit Legion Park Farmers Market (6601 NE Biscayne Blvd.) now that the winter growing season is in full swing. The market is open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Remember SNAP benefits are doubled for Florida-grown fruits and veggies.

Congratulations are in order for David Treece and the Treece Financial Group (10800 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 725, 305-751-8855), which is expanding and moving into new office space in the Bayshore Executive Plaza. A client appreciation open house will be held early in the new year.

Happy Holidays from BizBuzz and Biscayne Times. May your 2019 be wonderful.


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