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Century 21 discount retailer now at Sawgrass Mills photo courtesy of


Editors note,for things to do in January 2018, click here.


Miami things to do in January 2017, Part 2 in a series features a major new discount retail destination, a cult favorite in New York City, an evening of gastronomy, chamber music and wine tasting, the annual Taste of the Garden, and a valuable tip for our Fort Lauderdale readers. For Part 1 click here.

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Phillip Plein, photo courtesy of Vogue


“The Season” is going strong in South Florida so maybe you want another dress (note I didn’t say “need”) or sport coat but don’t want to drop a bundle? Or maybe you just want to indulge in the sport of shopping? New York City cult favorite for discount retail stores, Century 21, just opened its first location outside the Northeast at Sawgrass Mills. And a major store it is, with 85,000 square feet. No lack of merchandise that’s for sure, including women’s, men’s, shoes, accessories, children’s, cosmetics and home departments and luxury brands such as Burberry, Dior, Gucci, and Fendi at prices up to 65 percent off. Hot on the heels of that opening, The Colonnade Outlets also opened a Phillip Plein. In case you’ve lost track of luxury outlets now in Sawgrass, there are currently 70 brands featured including Armani Outlet, Brunello Cucinelli, Burberry, Coach, Diane von Furstenberg, Gucci, Maje, Marc Jacobs, Prada, Rag & Bone, Roberto Cavalli, Sandro, and Tory Burch. More good news – a new 1700 space parking garage with a counting system that tracks the number of open spaces. Love that idea.

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Happily, Musimelange is back for the season on January 30. It’s an evening that combines chamber music, gastronomy and a wine tasting all in the living room of an art gallery in the M building in Wynwood. It was started by French violinist Ann Chicheportiche who wanted to recreate the traditon of the Belle Epoque where public figures, artists, writers and musicians were introduced to their friends in hopes of inspiring ideas and creativity. Each month the musical group changes as does the restaurant providing the food. Ann creates a customized chamber music concert for every soloist or ensemble.

Here’s the rundown of the first of their evenings this season on Monday January 30, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
Act 1: Wine tasting** by Barton & Guestier and hors d’oeuvres sampling by Semilla Eatery & Bar will open the performance in 3 Acts.
Act 2: The trio of Flute, Harp and Viola composed of Former MET Opera Orchestra flutist Nadine Asin – Chauncey Patterson, viola and Karen Lindquist, harp will perform music from the French Belle Epoque (era).
​Act 3: Gourmet desserts by Semilla Eatery & Bar  will be served to conclude the sense awakening evening.

Tickets are $55 online; $65 at the door. For more information go to or call 305-814-8141.
The M Building
194 NW 30th st
Miami, FL 33127

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The Atlantic Hotel

Our readers in Fort Lauderdale have asked where they and their out of town guests could go to spend a day at a luxury hotel pool. We found one – the Atlantic Hotel and Spa. The day pass is available through the spa for $25 per person and includes access to thpool, gym, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi. It’s also free for those who book spa treatments.

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Miami Beach Taste of the Garden

Back this year is the always popular event, Taste of the Garden at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden. Set for Friday, Jan. 27, 2017 at 6:30-9:30pm it’s an opportunity to indulge in a sampling of the best dishes from some of Miami’s premier chefs and restaurants. Stroll through the landscape of Miami Beach’s tropical oasis, sipping cocktails, wines and brews while mingling with those who have secured Miami’s spot on the culinary map. Great music and a silent auction  round out the evening staged under the big tent on the Garden’s Great Lawn and throughout the garden. Taste of the Garden is presented by the Miami Beach Garden Conservancy and the Miami Beach Garden Club. Proceeds support the Garden’s arts and educational programming and the Garden Club’s environmental activities. Advance tickets sales are available online at General admission tickets are $90 in advance and $125 at the door.

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