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The Spot Barbershop is a rapidly growing staple for South Florida men to get their haircuts and shaves. Founded in 2001, it now has 16 locations across South Florida, with several new locations coming soon. The Spot truly cares about service, and is committed to customer experience. They offer a complimentary drink, grooming consultation and massage with each shave, and also have other services available such as black masks and waxes. They tout their sophisticated style and relaxed setting, so customers can relax and leave looking great. Safety is very important at The Spot as all CDC guidelines are met and followed.
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A medical spa with an adjacent full service hair salon, My Derma Clinic draws glowing reviews for their exceptional customer service. Their experienced staff of highly skilled and welcoming professionals administer everything from Botox and fillers to the Emsculpt, Emsella, Venus Freeze, Cryo T-Shock, and CoolSculpting. After serving Pinecrest for 12 years, they are excited to announce that they are now open 7 days a week and offer extended weekday hours (by appointment).
8517 SW 136th Street
Pineview Preschools welcomes children ages eight weeks to five-years old, engaging children in active learning while providing a safe and nurturing environment. With their STEAM and literacy-based curriculum, children are well-prepared in all areas of development including Kindergarten readiness. Parents are quick to compliment Pineview’s excellent communication, parent involvement opportunities and well as the loving and affectionate teachers and staff.
Located in Downtown Dadeland, d.pediatrics spaces out visits to give back customers back valuable time and avoid long waiting times. They currently offer wellness checkups for children of all ages, and also offer COVID-19 antibody testing. d.pediatrics is run by Dr. Stephanie DeChurch (who won The Most Compassionate Doctor by Vital award), and Carolina Zepeda, a long time Medical Assistant. If you’re looking for a safe and competent doctor’s office for your child, d.pediatrics is a great option for the South Florida community.
9055 SW 72nd Place
Founded in 1950, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital has a 70-year history of healing children. The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, the hospital features a medical staff with 800 attending and 475 subspecialty physicians. It is the only freestanding pediatric specialty hospital in South Florida. Not only does this storied hospital provide hope and healing for sick and injured children, it also offers a patient experience to help children feel at home while in the hospital. Whatever medical need your child may have, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, with more than 40 pediatric subspecialties, has the resources and experience to help.
3100 SW 62nd Ave
Dr. Victoria Rothman and her team at Pinecrest Orthodontics believe that patient care is top priority. The family centered specialty practice offers a friendly and comforting environment for patients of all ages. Their knowledgeable staff provides exceptional personal attention that allows for consistently positive patient experiences, all while creating beautiful, healthy smiles for a lifetime!
12197 S Dixie Highway
Owner Barbara Delgado brings a long history with South Florida dance to her studio, employing an incredible faculty and drawing fans new and old across the city. Her incredible dancers run the gamut from recreational fun to hard-core competitors in genres including hip-hop, acro, modern, jazz, ballet, tap and more. Says one parent, “They not only teach dance to the kids but they also teach them how to be better human beings.”
6840 SW 81st Terrace
As a father himself, Dr. Christopher Bob knows that dental issues don’t always happen on schedule. “I’m available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” he says of his boutique practice. That direct line also extends to patient appointments, during which he prides himself on taking his time with each patient and their parents, adhering to his office motto: The Exceptional Care Your Child Deserves. Beyond the toys and TVs, Dr. Bob and staff consistently earn raves from parents for creating an atmosphere where kids are “smiling and laughing the whole time.”
7711 SW 62nd Avenue, #101
Run by Drs. Shimon and Melissa Rubinstein, the practice focuses on care for the entire family, treating all ages for the specific issues they face, including pain relief and pregnancy discomfort. The doctors at Rubinstein Family Chiropractic are part of a small number of chiropractors who treat babies and children, and are members of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. “While pain is common, it’s your bodies way of trying to communicate a deeper underlying issue. It’s our priority to find and correct the root cause of your pain and get you back to feeling pain free.”
20341 Old Cutler Road
Indigo Republic, a local boutique in Sunniland, has a 5.0 star review and a fantastic reputation. Along with selling clothes and accessories, they also sell self-care items like their “Citrine & Sage Smudge Stick,” said to cleanse bad energy. The store also supports other local businesses, linking favorites on their own website. The reviews note that the shop employees are caring and helpful, and that their work brings customers back time and time again. From clothes to jewelry to candles, Indigo Republic is a great local store to visit.
11503 S Dixie Hwy
This unique boutique veterinary clinic has been serving the South Miami community since 1950. For the last 17 years it has been the only animal rehabilitation clinic in South Florida. Integrating the latest techniques in conventional medicine and surgery with physical therapy modalities and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine, it offers more treatment options than a traditional clinic to prevent diseases in younger pets and to maximize the quality of life for those with disabilities or chronic diseases. Dr Sanchez-Emden and her staff have been together for many years, keeping the atmosphere of a small old-fashioned family practice.
7535 SW 62nd Ave
Born of Florida-based Integrity Services Corp., Safes Universe brings more than 15 years of security and safety knowledge to the entire United States via their online store. For those looking for more than just retail, trained professionals are available to handle everything including hollow metal doors; wood doors; impact or non-impact aluminum doors; door hardware; access control, including magnetic, proximity cards, master cylinder re-key, fingerprint locks and keypad; and high-security equipment installations.
8549 SW 129 Terrace
With three locations across South Florida (Pinecrest, Brickell and Midtown) Vintage was created “so customers could feel comfortable shopping for their favorite liquor or wine” and describes itself as a “candy store for wine lovers.” The Pinecrest location boasts a temperature controlled wine cellar filled with rare wines, along with private wine lockers. The expert staff is ready to help customers take home everything from a $30,000 bottle of Scotch to a $40 bottle of vodka… and everything in between.
11753 S Dixie Hwy
From Big Green Eggs to Webber to accessories galore, Evenings Delight is easily the king of the grill when it comes to South Florida patios. Known for their great selection and knowledgeable staff, it’s no surprise the Pinecrest store has been family owned and operated for three generations. Stop by to browse their incredible offerings and stay to pick up a few essentials (we’re eyeing the S’mores stand) for summer pool parties.
9621 S Dixie Hwy
Well-known in Miami for more than 25 years, this personal injury firm can lay claim to an exceptional reputation in the legal communities of Florida; countless referrals from medical professionals, lawyers and satisfied clients; and outstanding results. Says the firm, “Our cases and results have had a positive impact on society, changing the way products are manufactured and the way roads and buildings are designed, built and maintained. Our cases serve to improve the standard of health care that all patients, young and old, receive.”
6950 N Kendall Drive
South Florida Music is an amazing option for young children to learn music. The classes are limited to 12 students each, so that the certified and trained teachers can pay individual attention to every child as they begin their journey in music. Their primary instrument is piano, but they also have other classes for toddlers such as Bilingual Music for Toddlers and Musical Cycle of Seasons. They also have a nonprofit affiliate, Friends of South Florida Music, to teach music to underserved and low income children in South Florida.
Best Pest Professionals is more than just a pest company- they truly care about their work and making sure their customers get the absolute best service possible. The family-owned business ensures they do not only work for profit, they are also active in their community, participating in events like canned food and toy drives. If you’re looking for a company that not only wants to get their job done, but get it done well, Best Pest Professionals is ready to help out in the city they grew up in and love
12967 SW 132 CT
The Healthy Kitchen was founded by Chef Eric Stein, who wanted to expand on his love for gourmet food and make it available to the South Florida community. The company provides weekly packages, and customers can pay for either one or two nutritious meals per day. Aside from simply providing food, The Healthy Kitchen also hopes to help people find their balance and love for healthier food. For athletes looking to participate in a healthier lifestyle, The Healthy Kitchen also provides athlete portions. To learn more about The Healthy Kitchen and follow their journey, visit @thehealthykitchenmiami and @healthychefmia.
8765 SW 132nd Street
With an extensive menu of seafood entrees, sandwiches and desserts, this Palmetto Bay fixture has become a go-to lunch and dinner spot for locals looking to enjoy the fresh seafood Golden Rule Seafood has always been known for. Not sure what to order? Insiders suggest the Buffalo Shrimp, Mango Mahi & Shrimp Tacos. Consider our mouths watering already.
17505 South Dixie Highway
Famed in foodie circles, Atchana Capellini has run some of South Florida’s best, and most beloved, Thai establishments for more than two decades. At her own Grove spot, the chef continues to serve up good, homegrown Thai cuisine, complete with locally-grown herbs and spices. Regulars and newbies alike report “clean plates” at the end of the meal and give high marks to not only food, but service and ambiance as well.
3194 Commodore Plaza
Miami’s very own, Abe Ng, founded Sushi Maki in 2000. Since then, the brand has been on a roll with over 20 locations throughout South Florida – plus a new one opening early October in the Dadeland area (just off US 1 & Ludlam). Offering delivery, online ordering, and diverse catering options, it is definitely a local favorite. Their commitment to delicious fish, and fresh and responsibly sourced food is reflected in their dedicated customer base. It’s the place to go for sushi, and their Dragon Roll is a must! But, if you live in Miami, you likely already know that.
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As honored and respected as it is beautiful, Baptist has long held its place as a premier hospital in South Florida. It has held the designation of magnet hospital for Nursing Excellence by the American Nursing Credentialing Center since 1996 and was named the Most Awarded Healthcare System in South Florida for 2018-2019 by U.S. News & World Report. Patients are vocal about the excellence of care in departments ranging from maternity to emergency services, saying they are “treated like family.”
8900 N Kendall Drive
It is definitely high tech at Endodontix Dental Group. Dr. Anthony Alonso, Jr. utilizes the latest in dental technology to ensure that your root canal is done as accurately and painlessly as possible. The doctor employs the latest Zeiss Microscope technology, which he uses in every endodontic case, as well as Cone Beam CT technology which allows him to evaluate teeth in 3D. But when it comes to patient service, it is all about old-fashioned kindness. Their goal is to exceed your expectations at every visit.
550 Biltmore Way, PH-3B
Laser Eye Center of Miami is dedicated to providing patients with state-of-the-art medical care in a friendly and caring environment. As a comprehensive eye care facility, they offer refractive, cataract, glaucoma, pterygium and oculoplastic surgeries. The center is proud to be the first and only in Miami-Dade County to offer the WaveLight Refractive Suite, the most advanced bladeless refractive laser eye surgery platform available in the U.S. Dr. Lazcano is also a skilled cataract surgeon offering the newest premium intraocular lenses.
1661 SW 37th Avenue
Visiting Angels Miami caregivers provide a wide range of services including care for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia, daily companion care services, hospice and more. Their experienced professionals not only treat family loved ones with the respect and care they deserve, but take the time to get to know the ones they care for and develop a personal connection. The service gets not only high marks from those who have used their services but has been recognized by HomeCare Pulse as a “Leader in Excellence” for the past three years.
8501 SW 124th Ave #310A
Dedicated to providing patients and their families excellence in palliative care and support services when faced with a terminal illness, OpusCare takes pride in creating a customized individual program where “Dignity Care” is the number one priority. Patient families are quick to compliment the company’s empathetic and immediate care and dedication to going above and beyond during incredibly difficult times.
7270 NW 12th Street
South Miami Women’s Health puts you and thoughtful attention to your needs above all else. Founded 1991, the practice prides itself on its wonderful staff and our great physicians. Drs. Luis Roca, Joseph Venditto and Melissa Acevedo care for our pregnant patients, while Drs. Joyce Miller and Edward Phillips serve our non-obstetrical patients. Also on staff are our gifted Nurse Practitioners Arecelis Loffredo and Karen Seetal-Kiehi. Our Practice Administrator, Mary Jane Nelson and Ana Bueno, R.N. have been with the practice since Dr. Phillips founded it nearly three decades ago. We would be so happy for you to join or family.
7000 SW 62nd Avenue
Knowledgeable and friendly service combined with a wide selection of holistic and organic dog and cat food has made this a favorite of local pet owners who want the best for their furry friends. Whether looking to work with specific food allergies or generally looking to learn more about what you’re feeding your pet, Pet’s Best works with customers to send them home with the right selection of food and supplies. Also, offering FREE Local Delivery!
8425 SW 132nd Street
Jarbas Godoy opened his first dog grooming business in Brazil back in 1976, later moving to Miami to bring his unique style, and love of animals to the South Miami area. Since then, Godoy has become a go-to for savvy dog owners looking for a little love with their lather, racking up five-star reviews across the internet (and by word of mouth) for his shop’s gentle touch, friendly staff and serious skills. The shop also offers up a selection of dog accessories, supplies and bills itself as a top “pet spa” for the pampered pooch.
7230 SW 57th Ave
From initial consultation to ongoing service, this Cutler Bay-based company works with clients to design and install personal energy efficient systems to meet individual homes’ needs and save customers 25-to-100 percent of their current energy consumption. In addition to being the largest solar installer in the tri-county area they can boast being responsible for the largest decrease in Carbon Emissions the area has seen in decades. Offerings include energy surveys and plans, products and services such as solar water heaters and home backup battery storage.
10482 SW 186 Terr
Four generations strong, Maurice’s has made a name for itself as the go-to jeweler for many South Floridians, serving the community since the 1960s. Today, the Pinecrest shop draws locals in with its various price points, knowledgeable service and dedication to customer satisfaction. “Because of our large selection of hand-picked inventory we can provide instant gratification,” says Andrew Koppel. “Not a day goes by that a new client doesn’t walk in and say ‘Wow I’ve never seen a jewelry store like this before!’”
11865 S Dixie Hwy
Deering Estate is a premier landmark that showcases the best of South Florida’s historic architecture and environment. Preserving the 1920s era Miami estate of Charles Deering, an environmentalist and philanthropist, the Deering Estate’s first 30 years were marked by preservation and conservation of these rich cultural and ecological resources. They build upon the wonderful legacy created by Charles Deering, and seek to identify themself alongside other national historic and natural landmarks. Deering Estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and managed by Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department.
16701 SW 72nd Ave
With owner Frank Balleste leading the way, Cisca has built (no pun intended) a reputation for reliability and honesty in an industry not always defined by those words. From planning, design and development projects to historic renovation and remodeling projects, Cisca works closely with clients to partner on projects and keep them happy (i.e. no surprises) while always staying true to Balleste’s motto: On time, on budget and no B.S.
11430 N Kendall Dr, Ste 111
HD Tree Services, Inc. serves the needs of Florida homeowners and businesses as a full-service tree care company, protecting South Florida’s natural wildlife. They specialize in everything from tree trimming to storm preparation to make your property look better and more prepared than ever before. HD Tree Services provides every customer with a 100% satisfaction guarantee because they truly want to preserve South Florida’s natural beauty. As hurricane season approaches, stay prepared with a free quote & hazard inspection.
As a longtime insurance professional (a third generation agent, it literally runs in his family), Hamilton Jones is about as knowledgeable as you can get, regularly working with clients to ensure the best and smartest coverage for each individual situation. As an independent agency, Hamilton Fox & Company partners with high quality insurance carriers that are dedicated to serving client needs, all while remaining committed to forging long lasting relationships with clients and the insurance carriers that they represent.
12651 S Dixie Highway #329
Mosquito Joe provides mosquito control treatment services to residential and commercial customers by trained mosquito control experts dedicated to one thing: getting rid of mosquitoes so we can enjoy being outside again. Outfitted with the latest gear and backed by the coordination of a top-notch support staff, Mosquito Joe technicians get the job done swiftly and thoroughly, leaving a noticeable absence of biting insects in their wake.
This homegrown South Florida business (the owners are both Palmetto Senior High School grads) has been in business since 1986, serving the needs of both residential and commercial clients with design, installation, and service. Their stellar track record (reviews are peppered with words like “responsive,” and “great service”) and dedication to the community via school and community sponsorships has made this family-owned business a clear choice when AC matters most.
13601 SW 143 Ct., #104
This family-owned business specializes in European bathroom vanities, kitchen and bathroom fixtures and kitchen cabinets, working within customer budgets to make kitchen and bath dreams come true. With 29 years experience, their customer service is legendary in the community, staying true to their motto of treating clients not like customers, but like family members. As a direct factory distributor, Creative Design Services allows clients to find high-quality imported fixtures at affordable prices. Stop by the Falls-area shop for in-person browsing.
8760 SW 132nd Street