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BizBuzz July 2019 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
July 2019

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

DPix_BizBuzz_7-19uring July we celebrate Independence Day and the birth of this great nation. You learned about it in civics class, so no need for a summer school lecture here, but what better way to remain true to that ideal of an engaged citizenry than to send complaints and kudos straight to your officials? State Sen. Jason Pizzo (5582 NE 4th Ct., 305-792-1205, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) from District 38 (most of the Biscayne Corridor) invites you to contact him or at least follow him on Twitter (@SENPIZZO) or Facebook (@SenatorPizzo), and help him work toward a better Florida.

Another great American concept is that of free enterprise, which isn’t so free when you need licenses and permits and who knows what else. Well, attorney Steve Polisar (407 Lincoln Rd., Suite 2A, Miami Beach; 305-672-7772, x 206) does know all the what else’s in the equation of opening a restaurant in need of a liquor license. Call today to fulfill your American dream quickly.

The place to be on Independence Day itself, however, is Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344). Start celebrating early with food and drink from more than 30 restaurants or bars. July 4 is also Marlins Funday! Billy the Marlin, the Mermaid Dancers, face painting, caricatures, and fun games will entertain your kids for hours. But don’t burn out before 9:00 p.m., when you’ll enjoy a front-row view of the fireworks over Biscayne Bay.

At the north end of the Biscayne Corridor, there may be a will to enjoy the tastes of Wynwood, but the way there is about 100 blocks of, er, “traffic issues” to put it very mildly. Enter That’s Mine Craft Burgers and Beer (14831 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, 305-705-2143), a recently launched burger joint and new BT advertiser aiming to alleviate that driving problem. Noted Wynwood chefs Rafael Perez Cambana and Philip Harbin, along with brand developer Juan Allen, created this custom burger concept. Build your own burger with a beef, chicken, turkey, lamb, salmon, or vegan patty at its base, or utilize the “house burger” menu and let the chefs pick the complementary fixins for you -- apricot compote, brie, and pancetta among them. Fries come in several flavors, including sweet potato and yucca. Salads, croquettes, poppers, and wings round out the main menu, along with beverages from Wynwood stalwarts Panther Coffee and Wynwood Brewing. Now for dessert! Clip the BT ad in this issue to receive a free shake. We recommend the “unicorn fart,” which will amuse any kid young or old.

Of course, not everyone is looking for that trendy Wynwood lifestyle: ride sharing endlessly from restaurant to bar to nightclub and dealing with drunk strangers. Many prefer carefree comfort with activities, dining, live entertainment, other amenities, and the unique camaraderie of the 55-and-over crowd -- just steps away from their Aventura apartments. If that sounds perfect, call new advertiser Imperial Club Apartments (2751 NE 183rd St., 305-521-7219) to set up a tour of their community. Right now the club is offering $1000 toward moving costs. And guess what? They have their own private ride-sharing services if you still want to venture forth.

Humans may be able to regulate body temperature but, groan, sometimes it really is too damn hot to be outside! The solution? Take the entire family to Tidal Cove at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa (19999 W. Country Club Dr., 305-932-6200). Adventurous types can enjoy a lazy river, thrilling waterslides, or simulated surfing, while the sedate can relax at the VIP pool or slumber in one of the cabanas. A day membership costs $75 on weekdays, $105 on weekends. The day membership gives guests easy access to all of the resort’s other amenities as well.

Another cool escape awaits at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (1101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-434-9600). The museum is open until 7:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays all summer. But here’s a better treat. Wait until 5:00 p.m. and get $5 off the Explorer tickets, which includes access to all museum exhibitions, the aquarium, and one Frost Planetarium show. Right now there’s a great exhibit, “The Secret World Inside You,” which showcases all the symbiotic bacteria, viruses, and microbes that not only live inside us but also help us to live. The perfect amount of gross and educational to make kids and parents happy.

If you’re at the museum on a Monday, walk across the street to the Arsht Center Market (1300 Biscayne Blvd.) from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Art Friedrich, president of the Urban Oasis project, does a fantastic job making fresh, local foods available to everyone, even those in “food deserts” where fresh produce is a novelty. Many BT readers have already taken advantage of the Legion Park Farmers Market (6601 Biscayne Blvd.), which is open Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., but Art asked BizBuzz to remind downtowners of the gem that is closer to them. In recent weeks, refreshing summer fruits have ripened into delicious Donnie avocadoes, jackfruit, plums/ciruela, lychees, white sapote, sapodilla, mamey, bananas, and mangoes.

Despite all these activities, is your child complaining about having nothing to do over summer break? Is he or she getting dramatic about all that unorganized time? Tell the budding hams to cut out the “woe is me” routine and sign them up for theater camp at Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave., 305-623-PACE). Pace Drama welcomes participants ages 11-17 for a two-week program that begins July 8. Contact theater director Marianne Martinez at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.

Or encourage that young Picasso to submit an idea to the 2019 Knight Arts Challenge Miami, a project of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. on July 26. Over the past 11 years, the foundation has made grants of $32 million, supporting 384 art-related ideas in Miami. The aim is to fund great local art because it builds community, bringing people together to share an understanding of each other. All artists, regardless of genres or experience, are encouraged to apply. To help emerging artists organize their grant application, the foundation also runs informational workshops. Register for one at Otherwise visit for more info.

With a Knight Arts boost, a budding artist might want to drop by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (61 NE 41st St., 305-901-5272), which recently opened “Hank Willis Thomas: Unbranded,” a curated exhibit of Thomas’s works, featuring examples from two of his “Unbranded” series that are in the museum’s permanent collection. The New York-based African-American conceptual artist probes the intersection of identity politics and popular culture in media by reinterpreting print advertising to highlight the subliminal cultural stereotypes represented in them.

Why is it that air conditioners break down only in summer when we use them? If your commute feels like you’re traveling into a volcano or worse, drive in to Ruben’s Auto Care (63 NW 71 St., 305-756-7426). Master mechanic Gregorio Reyes spent 22 years repairing BT readers’ and staffers’ automobiles at Plaza Tire & Auto, so expect the same great service here, whether you need simple maintenance or extensive repairs to your electrical system, transmission, brakes, or more.

Hurricane season usually gets busy in August, so now is the perfect time to haul out your old generator from the garage and get it serviced or repaired at Joe Blair Garden Supply (320 NE 79th St., 305-757-5554). If old faithful has met its last power outage, the store has plenty of replacements available, but don’t wait until the last minute like everybody else. Be prepared and be safe. Consider getting a lightweight one for camping and tailgating parties. Football season begins soon as well.

Being outdoors all summer means contact with more allergens than usual, particularly from plants and insects, but some people are allergic to sunshine. No foolin’! If you suspect something is causing a reaction, call the Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care (877-4-ALLERGY). With 18 convenient locations, staff can easily determine the source of your allergy and give you the specialized services that will help you overcome your misery.

José J. Alvarez & Associates (3483 NE 163rd St., North Miami Beach, 305-224-6714) isn’t your average dental office. They offer full-service dentistry, but they also focus on facial aesthetics to make sure you have the best-looking smile possible -- inside and outside of your mouth. This month, staff is offering Botox injections at $179 for 20 units. Dr. Noly Alvarez also works with dermal fillers and non-surgical facial lifts done with PDO Threads (polydioxanone collagen), and she’s an active member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. So get your wrinkles and your cavities filled without running all over town. No dental insurance? Sign up for their in-house Wise Choice Dental & Facial Aesthetics membership plan, which covers 100 percent of diagnostic and preventive procedures for the year, with no co-pays for two dental cleanings, exams, and X-rays. After that, you’ll get large discounts on many procedures. The annual fees are just $160 for individuals, $280 per couple, or $360 for a family of four. Bigger family? Just add $90 for each extra member.

Up in Aventura, Dr. Valeria Soltanik at Soltanik Dental (2999 NE 191st St., 305-466-2334) is offering teeth whitening specials starting at $185 if you remember to mention her ad in Biscayne Times.

Then drive down to Nothing Bundt Cakes (15400 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 112, 305-974-4536), where you can undo all that great dental work by binging on a delicious, sugary treat. These signature bundt cakes come in ten flavors, several sizes (including a personal size bundlet), and over 40 unique designs. They are made Kosher with real eggs, butter, and cream cheese. Just brush your teeth immediately afterward.

And later sign up for the next free weight-loss lecture at Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., North Miami Beach, 305-585-TRIM). Discover how the center can help you become your best, at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 11. The price we pay for overindulgence is dieting.

Congratulations go out to North Shore Medical Center (1100 NW 95th St., 833-759-5922), which earned a Thrombectomy-Capable Stroke Center (TSC) certification, the first for Miami-Dade County. The certification is issued by the Joint Commission, in collaboration with the American Heart Association / American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA). It means that North Shore has met the rigorous standards for performing mechanical endovascular thrombectomy (EVT), a surgical procedure used to remove a blood clot from the brain during an ischemic stroke. To put it simply, this procedure not only can save your life, it can also rescue you from many of the aftereffects of stroke, including lifelong disability. This is not only a win for the hospital, but also a win for patients who know they are receiving top-of-the-line care.

Mount Sinai Medical Center (305-674-CARE) also earned an honor recently. The facility was named one of the 100 Top Hospitals by IBM Watson Health for the second year in a row. Although the main campus is at 4300 Alton Rd. on Miami Beach, the hospital has 13 other convenient locations throughout South Florida.

Some of our young BT readers will be moving away to college next month. Parents, consider shipping their belongings through RoadRunner Packing & Shipping (9480 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, 305-456-8662). Besides the reasonable prices, you can rest assured that RoadRunner will package their school items securely so they all arrive in great condition. Staff will even build custom crates for the most delicate possessions, so you don’t have to depend on flimsy cardboard/Styrofoam to protect that Stradivarius heading up to Juilliard. For more mundane needs, such as computer and mailbox rentals, binding and lamination, printing and faxing, and a quick notarizing, you can rely on staff to deliver.

With the kid running away to college, you might be tempted to imagine that you now have an extra room to do with as you please. Ha! But first you need to remove years of icky teenage lifestyles from the premises. Call Maid Services 4 U (561-577-9363, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , to rescue you! Owner Carmen Flores has plenty of experience providing detailed cleaning services for home or commercial properties, with luxury condos a specialty. She’s licensed and insured. Call Carmen today for a quote.

Or put that extra room (and home) up for sale! Marcy Kaplan and Lori Brandt (786-543-5755 or 786-553-1962) at Gimme Shelter have been a top-producing duo in the Upper Eastside for over 18 years and are known for their stellar service, individualized attention, and visionary eye. They will now also be known for joining Compass Inc., a real estate technology company, which means the sisters now have access to the latest technology and information to help you make informed real estate decisions. Mazel tov, ladies!


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