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Aug 07th
BizBuzz: July 2020 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margaret Griffis, BT Contributor   
July 2020

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

EPix_BizBuzz_7-20xperts predict an unusually active hurricane season this year. The breezes that blew Sahara dust 5000 miles west into the U.S. last month are the same ones that push Cape Verde hurricanes into our backyards. Run like the wind over to Joe Blair Garden Supply (320 NE 79th St., 305-757-5554) to pick up Honda generators while they’re on sale.

Speaking of the Sahara, desert dust and other particulate matter can stress your lungs even if you’ve never had breathing issues before. Call the board-certified doctors at Florida Center for Allergy and Asthma Care (877-4-ALLERGY, for a telemedicine or in-person appointment and get relief.

Although it feels as if the humidity has permanently bonded the pages of the calendar, time really has been marching on these past few months, and we have many responsibilities that need addressing soon.

Income Tax Day (July 15) is almost here, and don’t count on another months-long extension. Instead, call Sal Monterosso at Grandview Bookkeeping Services (305-834-9598, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) to help with your return or other financial reporting, bank reconciliations, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, and other accounting services you need.

Property taxes aren’t due for several months, but you will receive a TRIM notice in August. The estimated value recorded on the notice determines your eventual tax burden. If the estimate is too high, you’ll have only 25 days in which to appeal, so talk to new advertiser Luis A. Rubio, Esq. at Miami Tax Appeals (305-539-0740 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) for help on getting that estimate and tax burden down.

At press time, bars across Florida were shuttered again due to a spike in coronavirus positives. Sad news, but now is the perfect time to start the process of acquiring a liquor license for your new bar or restaurant. Call experienced attorney Steve Polisar (305-672-7772, Ext. 206) to learn what it will take to get you ready for the reopening. 

Did someone go above and beyond for you out during the lockdown? A co-worker, neighbor, businessperson who checked in on you or otherwise helped you? Bayside Marketplace (401 Biscayne Blvd., 305-577-3344) is honoring these COVID Angels during an open mic presentation at 2:00 p.m. on July 15 in the Mercado. Come on down and share your story.

Slots for the virtual summer camp at the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science (1101 Biscayne Blvd., 305-434-9600) are still available. The weeklong camps include hands-on activities, guided virtual museum tours, virtual “meet the scientist” sessions, virtual lab tours, and educational videos. Materials and goodies are picked up at the museum ahead of camp. Planning a physical visit? See for safety measures.

The children might be less happy to hear that it is already time for you to consider the fall school semester. Or they might be truly excited to see their friends again.

Allison Academy (1881 NE 164th St., North Miami Beach, 305-940-3922) is registering kids and getting ready to apply social distancing, mask wearing, temperature taking, and other preventive measures should kids return to the classroom. Staff is equally prepared for a virtual school year, should it come to that. Classes begin August 13, either way.

Metropolitan International Centner Academy (4136 N. Miami Ave., 305-576-6070) is registering students, preschool through eighth grade. The curriculum offers a commitment to emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and happiness in a challenging academic setting that features language immersion, entrepreneurial thinking, problem solving, creativity, and collaboration. Visit for further information.

Parents looking for an exceptional school that emphasizes a Catholic education should call Monsignor Edward Pace High School (15600 NW 32nd Ave.) to get started on the enrollment process.

Whether your child needs a physical, vaccinations, or coronavirus testing for the fall semester, call Medi-Station Urgent Care (9600 NE 2nd Ave., Miami Shores, 305-603-7650) to schedule an appointment. And if anyone in the family becomes ill or has an accident, full safety measures are in place.

In our boredom, some of us scoured the paint off the walls during the lockdown. Others weren’t so obsessively tidy. If you are in the second group, call Carmen Flores at Maid Services 4 U (561-577-9363, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , to give your home or office a thorough cleaning. She offers white glove, concierge, and kosher services, among others, should you need specialized cleaning.

Even with limited use during lockdown, your car requires routine maintenance. Call master mechanic Gregorio Reyes and his son Edgar at Ruben’s Auto Care (63 NW 71st St., 305-756-7426) for a thorough inspection that can take care of many problems before they leave you stranded.

Afterward, drop by Guarapo and enjoy the $9.99 lunch special, which includes a wrap or sandwich and a juice blend. Clip their coupons in this month’s ad for more deals.

If you’ve treated yourself to takeout from Andiamo! Brick Oven Pizza (5600 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305-762-5751), Andiamo! wants to pay you back with a new loyalty program. Earn rewards whether you eat in or order online for takeout. Call for more info.

The lockdown forced many of us to become instant chefs, while others really upgraded their culinary talents. You’ll want to make use of those new skills by shopping at returning advertiser Gaucho Ranch (7201 NE 4th Ave., Loft 101, 305-751-0775), which provides sustainably raised or wild-caught meats, fish, poultry, and game.

COVID-19 patients with underlying medical problems, such as obesity, have suffered disproportionately during this crisis. The monthly bariatric seminars at Jackson North Medical Center (160 NW 170th St., North Miami Beach, 305-585-TRIM) are postponed until further notice, but feel free to call for a telephone consult, or learn more at Look and feel better by New Year’s Day.

One last request: Miami-Dade County elections are August 18, so you still have time to register and request a mail-in ballot. Get informed through campaign ads in Biscayne Times and at And, please, get those census forms in.

Stay safe until we meet again.


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