SunPost Best Of 2013-Shopping & Services


Best Artistic Cigar Shop
Wynwood Cigar Factory
101 NW 24th St., Miami
What we love about The Wynwood Cigar factory is the cool factor. Not only can you grab one of their ultra-premium Wynwood Cigar line that they roll on site, but you can hang out, socialize and view art. They also have created the Wynwood Art Edition, a limited production of handpainted Wynwood cigar boxes.  Local artist’s are chosen to design a hand-painted, numbered, and signed cigar box. Featured artists include Evoca1, Christian Eiroa and Robert Caldwell. The space is a huge mixture of cigar factory, lounge and gallery. Truly a one-of-a-kind space.

Best Cigar Shop
Mike’s Cigars
1030 Kane Concourse, Bay Harbor Islands
Shopping at Mikes is an experience. They literally carry hundreds of premium cigar brands and accessories. They even produce their own popular brands like the celebrated Licenciados, 8-9-8 Collection, and Bauza brands. This might not be the hippest place to sit and share a stogie, but Mikes is the only place that will have anything and everything that your heart (or your man’s) desires.

Best Neigborhood Hair Salon
Hannah and Her Scissors
611 NE 86th St;  Miami?305-772-8426
A South Beach original, Hannah had her first shop on Ocean Drive before it was cool. Many an hour was spent sipping cocktails, socializing and getting a trim. Now Hannah has moved onto the Boulevard, where she still offers that same friendly atmosphere while she works on your locks. She also has her own line of hair products, and she paints too.  Talented and creative, Hannah and Her Scissors is an experience worth having at least once-a-month. Tell her we sent you.

Best Mechanic (Miami Beach)
Shorty & Fred’s Garage
1520 Alton Rd., Miami Beach
What do people most want from an auto mechanic? How do honesty, fair prices and reliable service sound? If that fits your bill, then seek out Shorty & Fred’s. Dedicated to repeat clients, the staff here explains the work needed and carries it out with aplomb. Having necessary work done will be a pleasure at this rare bastion of good business practices.

Best Guaranteed & Reliable Mechanic (Miami)
Plaza Auto & Tire
3005 NE 2nd Ave, Miami
You can rely on a fair quote, integrity and top-quality service at this family-owned business offering the benefit of a nationwide guarantee (Napa Auto Care), which is difficult to come by in Miami. The mechanics at Plaza Auto are the quickest and most honest, very reliable and efficient. Enjoy twice the service in half the time at Plaza Auto.

Best Fine Jewelry Designer
Marlene Stowe
Jewelry designer Marlene Stowe’s reputation is built on quality. Famous over the years for her one-of-a kind 18-carat gold creations, Marlene Stowe  grew up in the South of France and studied at the Sorbonne. Her precious gems and stones are unique with cabochon cuts, quality pearls and high quality diamonds. She brings her experience to life in every sparkling piece she designs.

Best Costume Jewelry Designer
Uno de 50
919 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
We adore the artisanal, creative quality  of the silver jewelry from Spanish brand Uno de 50. Created by José and Bibiña Azulay, a dynamic husband and wife team who started the company as a way to bring inexpensive but beautiful quality to market. They now have over 50 stores in Spain aone and have branched out to Miami and Mexico. We love the natural, organic quality to the design and their use of stones, leather, crystal and pearls combined with sterling silver. Oh and the pricing is fabulous too.

Best Jewelry store (Expensive)
9700 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour
The name Bulgari, sends spasms of delight through any jewelery officianado’s mind. The gorgeous, clean, elegant designs are pure genius. This Italian boutique line has made their name though quality. Quality stones, quality goods and couture pieces that stand-out from the rest.  Watches, serpintine rings, emerald necklaces, leather goods and fragrances. Sigh, any woman’s dream…

Best Jewelry store (Moderate)
Turchin Love & Light Collection
130 NE 40th St # 9, Miami
From the minute you step into Turchin Love & Light Jewelers you can feel the peace and serenity in the store. Wonderfully exciting creations attract attention and each and every piece is eye-catching. We adore their Turchin Loves Collection a mix of silver beads, baroque style  pearls, adornments, and hand woven details. TDF and so budda-hippie-chic.

Best Upscale Mall
Bal Harbour Shops
9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour
Bal Harbour Shops is home to the world’s most exciting designers. Every one of these distinguished stores deserves an award. An incredible institution, drawing locals and tourists from all over the world who also enjoy the excellent gourmet delights either before or after shopping. If you are one of the very few who have never been, go, now.

Best Luxury Mall (South Dade)
Village of Merrick Park
358 San Lorenzo Ave., Coral Gables
A chic, elegant shopping experience like no other. Designed by a brilliant architect, the gardens are glorious and one can enjoy food amongst the flowers. This old-world Mediterranean vibe allows distinguished boutiques to showcase their endless supply of glamorous luxury items. A great way to spend an afternoon. Fabulous!

Best Luxury Mall (North Dade)
Aventura Mall
19501 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura
What’s new at Aventura Mall? Luxury boutique stores like Cartier and Louis Vuitton Store make this mall, a fashion connoisseur’s paradise. Always packed and much loved by locals and visitors alike,  Aventura Mall is an experience all on its own. It’s also an excellent way to wile away a rainy afternoon. Shopping, painting pottery, the movies or just wandering from store to store.

Best Antique Mall
Antiques Plaza
8650 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
The Antiques Plaza Miami is a collection of antique dealers and designers in the heart of Miami on Biscayne Boulevard. An excellent place to score that perfect vintage piece to finish off your living room. There is fine art, sculpture and of course furniture and collectiobles. You can also grab a cafecito while browsing. It is worth a visit.

Best High-End Shopping District (Miami)
Miami Design District
N.E. 39th St,
A row of exciting luxury boutiques have opened on 39th Street, in the Design District. It is an exciting sight — Louis Vuitton with it’s amazing couture artist painted facade, elegant Cartier, Hermes, Prada, Celine, Christian Louboutin, Dior Homme, Marni, Maison Martin Margiela..all languishing side-by-side. The brainchild of Scott Robbins who has surprised naysayers by creating what is being compared to Worth Avenue.  Sheer genius!

Best Make-up
721 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
Sephora offers expansive lines of luxurious, nature-kissed products in all of its 1,700 stores in 30 nations worldwide. A treasure trove of products, Sephora offers lines amenable to various complexions, needs and skin types – as well as top-notch and knowledgeable services and advice.

Best Sterling Silver Boutique
91 NE 40 St, Miami
Home accessories, decorative art, tabletop — sterling silver in all its uses and glory, are all shown in a beautiful fashion at this stylish store. We adore the work of  Rene Gruau and Florentine artist Marghrnta Abbozzo that hang on the walls. But the real art is the rich diversity of the silver creations found at this gem of a store.

Best Unique Furniture Store
Jalan Jalan Collection Miami
3921 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
Jalan Jalan has a unique collection of home furnishing including sofas, beds, chairs and decorative accessories, antiques and art. When entering this interesting store the vision is striking and a joy to see from the quaint shells to the antiques and collectibles.

Best High-End Home Store
2898 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
Modani features glorious luxury Italian furniture superbly highlighted with chrome, incredibly chic outdoor furniture, unique one-of-a-kind pieces of modern furniture and much more, making it ideal for decorators and those planning to. Definitely worth a visit.

Best Lighting Store
1562 Alton Rd, Miami Beach
Lunatika is a lighting paradise with contemporary residential and commercial lighting. We love the the gorgeous colors, designs and styles of this chic store. Filled to capacity, Lunatika specializes in modern contemporary.  Pieces from Flos, Moooi, Tobias Grau, Modernica and our personal fave, the Big Bang Wall/Ceiling Lamp FoscariniFoscarini  .

Best Kitchens & Closets
3930 NE 2nd Ave., Miami
When it comes to setting up your kitchen, there is no other place to go but to the Design District and Ornare. They are the unquestionable trendsetter for high-end cupboards and closets. Known as the Brazilian closet king, Ornare can take an ordinary room and make it extraordinary.

Best Men’s Barbershop
Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe
1322 Alton Rd., Miami Beach
2518 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Coral Gables
Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe was founded under the notion that men like to be pampered too. A membership focused club, with non-member a la carte services. Sloane Square offers a little bit of luxury in Miami’s only contemporary gentlemen’s sanctuary. A wonderful gift to give your man, let him spend a few hours being pampered in Sloane Square’s authentic barbershop.

Best Toy Store That’s Not a Toy Store
638 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
We love Kidrobot! They even have their own toy slogan, “This is a work of Art, not a toy.” Kidrobot is a producer and retailer of designer toys founded by designer Paul Budnitz. They have their own line of cool toys that bring out the kid in everyone. Grown men are know to collect these guys, trading and barganing with the best of them. These limited edition art toys make a n awesome gift as well. So check them out and don’t be surprised to be bowled over by the dad’s in the group rushing to the counter for their own personal robot.

Best Men’s Incredible Skin Products
Rex Skin Care
Rex Skin Care understands that the world of men’s grooming has evolved. Developed in South Florida where skin care is essential to combat the effects of sun, sweat, and dehydration, ingredients are the finest quality and their formulations are made in small quantities to keep the products fresh and effective. Rex Skincare believes in men protecting their skin against aging, sun damage and stress. Distinguished packaging and brilliantly designed these high quality men’s skincare are an A-plus feature to Florida.

Best Luxury Spa
The Spa at the Setai
2001 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
305-520- 6900
The Spa at The Setai offers therapeutic treatments ranging from massages, facials, and other wellness opportunities. Asian simplicity and elegance are the inspiration transporting the traditions of the Pacific Rim to South Beach. The Spa’s treatments open the door to a world dedicated to the restoration and realignment of the body and the spirit. The exclusive, specially designed suites celebrate the personalization of the Spa’s treatments. Each suite has ocean and pool views, a private bath and steam room. Treat yourself to a massage. Heaven.

Best Luxury Handbags
Louis Vuitton
170 NE 40 Street Miami
Our favorite store in the Design District is Louis Vuitton. Always for their amazing handbags, but now for the thought provoking art that covers the stores facade. Artist RETNA was brought in to create his piece when the store first opened just before Art Basel. He transformed the outside, delivering a distinctly Miami palette and reinterpreting the Louis Vuitton name in his signature hieroglyphics, a style informed by ancient global cultures.

Best Bicycle Shop
Fritz’s Skate & Surf
1620 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
One of the oldest shops on South Beach, Fritz Skate and Surf is way more than just blades. In fact this popular shop is most famous for their bikes. They also stock the largest selection of inline skates, skateboards, paddleboards, quality bicycles and Surf lifestyle apparel and accessories.

Best Tattoo Shop
Salvation Tattoo Lounge
1612 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
1413 Washington Ave., Miami Beach
Salvation Tattoo is South Beach’s only first class and award winning tattoo lounge. Salvation Tattoo Lounge has been making its mark since 2005. The lounge does not look like a regular tattoo shop, it is elegant, cool and professional. And that is before you meet their artist’s. Home to some of South Beach’s most talented designers, Salvation in our book, is the place to score your latest tattoo. Have one of the guys design something for you, custom. Or do it old school and choose from an extensive portfolio of work.

Best Neighborhood Hardware Store
Silver Paint & Hardware Supply
1138 Normandy Dr., Miami Beach
This store is extraordinary. Filled to capacity with everything you need to take care of your home improvement projects. From paint (they carry Benjamin Moore) to tools, to fixtures, Silver has it all.  The store is always busy and we love chatting with the expert staff who are pleasant and know their stuff. Truly an old fashioned neighborly store.

Best Place to Buy Anything Hardware
Central Hardware
545 41ST Street, Miami Beach.
This store has served generations of Beachites for the last 50 years or so. An ACE hardware store franchise, it has been the neighborhood store for families forever.  Why we love Central Hardware is because it is and has always been a one-stop-shop for everything home and hardware.

Best Hand Car Wash& Window Tinting
South Beach Finest Car Wash & Window Tinting
1229 18th St., Miami Beach
Whether it’s a fine car wash or high-tech window tinting, this longtime and respected business prides itself on the work it does and relationship it has with their customers, most of which are regulars. The shops reputation is terrific in the industry and the community and is committed to maintaining and improving high quality service. And the socializing isn’t half bad as well. Head in there for a wash and wax any morning of the week and it’s a venerable who’s who of Miami Beach’s heavy hitters. If you thought the deals got done at Joes, then you have not hung out at Sobe Finest.

Best Dive Shop
Tarpoon Lagoon Diving Center
300 Alton Road, #110, Miami Beach
The beauty of Tarpoon Lagoon Diving Center is that they make dreams come true. Not only do they orchestrate some of the most beautiful diving trips in the world, they certifiy as well. And if that’s not enough of a complete picture, they supply the equipment as well. Tarpoon Lagoon is Miami Beach’s only marina-based dive shop at the Miami beach Marina where you can literally step out of there shop and right onto their boat to enjoy a life-changing dive experience.

Best Value for Household Luxury Items
The Shops of Midtown
3401-118 N. Miami Ave., Miami
HomeGoods stores offer an ever-changing selection of unique home fashions in kitchen essentials, rugs, lighting, bedding, bath, furniture and more. This is an absolute treasure trove for fun and innovative items for the home.

Best Organic Supermarket
Whole Foods Market
1020 Alton Rd., Miami Beach
Whole Foods Market on South Beach was an early mover and shaker in the organic food movement and it remains the foremost location in the city for buying organic and specialty foods. The Miami Beach location has one of the most diverse and health-conscious selections and there is aisle after aisle of organic and gourmet products, as well as prepared foods and the city’s best assortment of fresh organic produce.

Best Standard Supermarket
Locations throughout South Florida
Designating Publix a “standard supermarket” is a bit of a misnomer. This isn’t your mother’s Publix anymore and it probably isn’t the one you grew up shopping at. Today’s foodie culture and emphasis on healthy organic products has impacted on Publix in a way beneficial to all shippers. Today’s Publix supermarkets are superstores for food and kitchen-need products ranging from longtime standards to produce, prepared food and groceries representing the cutting-edge of culinary stylings and nutrition.

Best Estate Sale
Baron Estate Sales
Started by the dynamic Fran Miller, Baron Estate Sales is not your typical Estate Sale company. Miller, who has been doing this for over 25 years handles some of the most expensive luxury, high end homes in South Florida. Miller and her associate Ilene Cary, have sold goods from Fort Lauderdale to Star Island. Baron Estate Sales comes in and prices,  Estate Sale??Anyone downsizing, relocating, moving out-of-state, or liquidating a loved ones household. Antiques and collectibles are not necessary states Miller, everyday household items make for a great sale. So don’t throw anything away call in this team to clear it for you and make some moola in the process. Some of the unusual items they will be selling at an upcoming sale are a local writer in Morningside who collects Cuban paintings and an heir to the Estate of Henry Ford who has an Inquisition Torah Scroll from 1490.

Best Florist (Miami Beach)
Abbott Florist
1008 71st St, Miami Beach
Abbott Florist is committed to providing customers with the finest floral arrangements. They have an inventory of fresh flowers specializing in high-style floral arrangements, weddings and funeral floral designs. Their prices are reasonable for their amazing arrangements.

Best New  Jewelry Boutique (Miami Beach)
I’m So Chic
200 Collins Ave,
Miami Beach
305-763 8289
The name is quaint. The Boutique is charming with some very exciting jewels, pearls and rings. Go meet the charming owner who will enjoy showing off her beautiful Chic collection.

Best Florist (Miami)
Jenny’s Flowers
6807 Biscayne Blvd, Miami
The floral designs found at Jenny’s Flowers are incredibly creative. For more than 30 years, Jenny’s has had a reputation  as the finest Florist in Miami. Owner Jenny has amazing taste and can create wonders with flowers for any event.

Best Health and Wellness Spa
Canyon Ranch Miami Beach
6801 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
A world class luxury beach boutique hotel and spa dedicated to promoting and fostering a luxurious healthy lifestyle. It has 70,000-square-foot Wellness Spa and a Canyon Ranch Health and Healing Center that offers a wide array of preventive medicine and wellness services provided by a skilled staff, for the utmost in R&R.

Best Dry Cleaners
Sudsies Miami Beach and Miami
6786 Collins Ave, Miami Beach
12711 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami
With a large fleet of trucks Sudsies is able to quickly pick-up and deliver in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The staff can dry-clean almost anything and are superb at Couture garment cleaning. Sudsies has been named Best Dry Cleaner by the SunPost for the last 13 years, that should count for something.

Best Eco-Friendly Dry Cleaner
Dryeco is, without a doubt the best dry cleaner in Florida.   Dryeco is well-known for its exceptional dry cleaning and laundry services that include a five-point quality control inspection, free pick-up and delivery and dedication to environmental sustainability.  But what most differentiates Dryeco from 95% of other cleaners in Florida is that Dryeco uses K4, the most effective dry cleaning process and contains no PERC (qualified as a “probable carcinogen” by the Environmental Protection Agency). So it’s completely safe for you, your clothes and the environment. Where is Dryeco located? Dryeco is where you are- with free pick-up and delivery throughout Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
Dryeco’s services also include: wedding dresses, couture clothing, suits, sweaters, winter jackets, comforters, fine bedding items, linens, clothing alterations, leather, purses, shoe repair and cleaning, curtain and rug cleaning. Whether to your home, business, yacht or plane, Dryeco will pick up and deliver your garments free of charge and offers same day to three day service-all while reducing the carbon footprint.  The hangers are recyclable, the bags are bio-degradable and there are zero toxic chemicals to discard.  Now that’s Eco-friendly!
Dryeco has a tremendous presence in many of hotels, high rise residences and affluent neighborhoods throughout South Florida. Dryeco’s top service has resulted in making the company one of the fastest growing dry cleaners in the state and country.   Dryeco has been recognized by the Green Council for its environmental leadership and the company is involved in the community and various charitable organizations.

Best Reasonably Priced Fine Furniture
Stembridge Furniture
545 NE 125th St, North Miami
Stembridge has been selling quality furniture in North Miami for over 30 years. The floor is filled with interesting pieces, but it is the owner John Stembridge that is the light of this store. He always has a kind word for the people who stop by for a chat or a word of wisdom. If he does not have something on the floor that is to your taste, chat with John, he will haul out his catalogues and custom order any piece for you. He also offers good terms, financing and reasonable prices. That is the reason, that Stembridge has stayed around for so long.

Best Family Owned Mattress and Furniture Store
Mattress Town
1610 Alton Road, Miami Beach
305-531- 1452
Owned by the same family for 40 years Mattress town is another South Beach institution. We love that although they still sell mattresses and futons, they have also branched out into cool, modern furniture.  We suggest before shopping anywhere else, you check out Mattress Town for their lighting, contemporary chairs, tables, sofas and European furniture. The prices are awesome.

Best Weight Loss Program
Smart For Life
Smart for Life provides a safe and efficient way to lose weight by eating all-natural, appetite suppressing meal replacement products made without toxins and preservatives. You will keep your hunger satisfied and your metabolism revved up for optimum fat burning – you will see weight loss success within days of following the Smart for Life Cookie Diet Program. The most convenient, grab-n-go, dashboard dining and easy-to-follow weight loss program ever, Smart for Life Cookie Diet combines a healthy, tasty way to lose weight while also gaining health benefits including reducing cholesterol, increasing bone health, improving intestinal health and maintaining cholesterol, glucose and insulin levels that are already in the normal range. This simple diet program steers clear of calorie counting, meal preparation and measuring – Just pop a cookie and see the results! Fast, super easy. You won’t even know you are on a diet. We tried Smart For Life a while back, and we were very pleased by the results. The only program that we actually kept the weight off.

Best Weight Loss Food Products
Smart For Life
Made with all natural and 60% organic ingredients, these delicious Smart Cookies, Shakes, Muffins, Soups and more, are available in a variety of flavors. The Smart for Life Cookie Diet Foods combine a perfect balance of protein, carbohydrates, fiber and other nutrients that leave you satisfied, control your hunger naturally, and provide the opportunity to reach your weight loss goals once and for all. We loved the cookies and they really work. A simple way to get yourself on the road to weightloss.

Best MD
Dr. Anthony J. Japour, MD
Elite Health Medical Group
Mount Sinai Medical Center
4302 Alton Road, Suite 300
Miami Beach
Board certified in Infectious Disease Medicine & Internal Medicine.Much admired and popular in the Miami. Dr. Japour is highly qualified and with the utmost care and concern he is defined with sensitive professionalism.

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