Banana daquiri at the Swizzle Rum Bar


By Yours Truly and Josie Gulliksen

Special “finds” this month for all — a new addition to barber shops in Miami Beach and hidden cocktail lounge in one, new additions coming up at Brickell City Center, a fashion staple for travel I swear by, cool underground rum bar, Vegan food hall in the Grove, where to donate old books and do good,  and the debut of Lexus’ first luxury yacht. Check them out!

A hybrid barber shop by day and hidden cocktail lounge by night, Blind Barber’s classic old-school barbershop is now open inside the lobby of South Beach’s Nautilus by Arlo hotel, 1825 Collins Avenue. The concept, which is originally from New York’s East Village, aims to go well beyond cuts, shaves and cocktails, by bringing barbershop camaraderie back in style.

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Blind Barber barbershop

The barbershop offers its signature services: haircuts, shaves and beard trims, with a complimentary beer or cocktail with every service. And then there’s the hangover treatment — tame your hangover with the cocktail inspired, essential oil infused, hot and cold towel service with rejuvenating scalp and facial massage. It’s  eight steps, and comes with the refreshing libation of your choosing.

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Blind Barber barbershop

Located at the back of the shop behind a discreet rear door is Blind Barber’s backroom cocktail lounge, a hidden spot for guests and locals to enjoy hand-crafted cocktails, listen to live music, and order some of Blind Barber’s greatest hits, including its specialty grilled cheese sandwich menu. The cocktail lounge has been reimagined with a nod to old Miami glamour, with lush green and pink velvet seating, terrazzo tables, copper walls and a large projection wall for movies or sports-watching. Haircuts start at $55; shave, $60; beard trim, $30; and hangover treatment,$30. – By Josie G.

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Singha Beer Brewery


This fall Brickell City Centre will welcome an eclectic tenant mix that includes Chanel Beauty where for the first time in the U.S., they’ll be debuting the new “Espace Parfu”, a fragrance experience which encourages customers to discover the House’s scents in unexpected ways. Other additions include Singha Beer’s brewery’s first-ever U.S. location, Cuban restaurant Marabu by Vida & Estilo Restaurant Group, from Havana 1957, and the soon to open Rodilla from Spain that will be serving up Spanish style sandwiches.

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Brooks Brothers non-iron white blouse, ideal for traveling

For a fashion staple for travel, I swear by the white blouses from Brooks Brothers. I just returned from a month long trip and took three of the white cotton non-iron tapered blouses with French cuffs. They scarcely wrinkle, look fresh, smart and crisp, and work for casual and casually elegant depending on the jewelry. Plus, they fit very well as they have a slight stretch and slimming darting in the front, chest, and back.There are several models including three quarter sleeves and traditional cuffs as well as slightly open collars or button up collars. Plus, they sell for about $98 depending on the model,  but I’ve had luck getting them at Sawgrass Mills for about $70 each. And yes, they launder well.

Need to get rid of old books, especially if you want to put them to good use? Libraries won’t take them. But I found a great solution thanks to an article. To help people overseas, look to Books for Africa that ships books to students in need. Better World Books sells donated titles and helps fund literary initiatives. Prison Book Program sends reading materials to inmates.

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Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery

Love rum and creative cocktails? Here’s a new spot for you. The masterminds behind the former hip spot Employees Only have now opened Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery in the Stiles Hotel. The craft cocktail bar features more than 150 rums and both indoor and outdoor spaces. Choose from their 24-seat intimate basement bar space where the signature mural and photos on the wall tell the history of rum or choose to enjoy one of their classic mojitos or a banana daiquiri poolside. Rum’s not your drink? Try the vodka, fresh pineapple and mint-based Missionary Downfall, the elegant Madame Hong a blend of Campari, strawberries, lemon juice, Peychaud’s Bitters and a bit of champagne served in a champagne flute. Cuban Sandwiches and Jamaican jerk chicken wings from their menu pair well with their cocktails. It’s all served up with a carefully curated playlist of old school throwbacks played on a gramophone. Swizzle Rum Bar & Drinkery is located inside the Stiles Hotel, 1200 Collins Ave., Miami Beach. – By Josie G.

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Food concepts at vShops


The Food Hall…a new staple around Miami and jumping on that concept there’s now one for Vegans. It’s in Coconut Grove and it’s called vShops. The Grove has never truly lost its hippie, bohemian vibe making it the ideal neighborhood for such a healthy and innovative place. Billed on their site as “The World’s First All Vegan Food Hall,” it’s home to 12 concepts including Morning Glory Organic Café, Tank Burger Bar serving four plant-based burgers on pretzel buns, comfort foods with a plant-based twist at Southern Sol Garden BBQ, Next Generation Pizza serving pies topped with homemade vegan cheeses and meats and seasoned vegetables. Then there’s also Choices Vegan Café for burritos, sides, and build your own wraps and bowls, Neo’s Blender for smoothies and acai bowls, My Brother’s Bakery doling out plant-based pastries, breads and desserts and Ice Cream Parlor. They plan to add additional vendors in the near future. The vShops, 2895 McFarlane Rd., #6008, Coconut Grove. – By Josie G.

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Lexus LY 650

Lexus making luxury yachts? Makes sense. It just premiered its first luxury yacht, the Lexus LY 650 which it says embraces its “CRAFTED” philosophy. The shape of the hull, the abundant volume of the stern, and other elements, in addition to  curved lines, give the LY 650 its distinctive exterior styling.The advanced design and interior living space of this over 65 foot yacht was developed in collaboration with Italian yacht design studio Nuvolari Lenard*1 .

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The yacht rides on a light and highly rigid composite hull that combines CFRP (carbon fiber-reinforced plastic) and GFRP (glass fiber-reinforced plastic), and was jointly developed with Marquis Yachts LLC*2. The LY 650 is equipped with LY-Link, an advanced connectivity technology for boating that shares timely information and provides control of various yacht functions.The technology can be used to monitor the vessel and have notifications sent via text message should an abnormality be detected. It also enhances convenience by enabling users to remotely turn on and turn off such components as the yacht’s air conditioning system and lights via a smartphone.

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The bright, white-themed interior space makes for a sense of openness, while the use of curving lines and creative lighting were designed to provide a comfortable sense of envelopment.The salon’s efficient layout features dual captain’s seats and sofas set forward and a galley set aft. Below the salon are three elegant berths with 6 feet and 6 inches (more than two meters) of headroom, each with a private head with shower.The powertrain features twin Volvo Penta® IPS*3 engines (1350/1200/1050).


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