In Great Balls of Yarn's four boutiques, knitters and crocheters of all experience levels browse more than 20,000 balls of yarn, including luxurious fibers from Trendsetter and Noro as well as hand-dyes from Prism and Malabrigo. Talented fiber artists guide knitters and crocheters as they transform vibrant fibers into wearable works of art during beginner through advanced classes. Project-specific sessions focus on creating table runners, borders for blankets, and baby booties to keep wee ones' feet warm and steps soundless during midnight refrigerator raids. Amid the shops' soft lighting, tapestries intermix with shelves of color-coded worsted and washable yarns alongside cashmeres and silks. Great Balls of Yarn also arms textile technicians with needles, notions, and books full of inspiration and yarn-charming incantations.
Created by a group of friends from Buenos Aires, La Estancia Argentina delivers flavors of their homeland in a deli-style setting with an intimate seating area. Instead of using a deep fryer or a magnifying glass and solar energy, chefs oven-bake traditional and vegan empanadas, complementing them with piquant chimichurri sauce. Traditional Argentinean dishes are influenced by the cuisines of Spain, Italy, Germany, and France, which is why diners can explore menu selections such as potato gnocchi with housemade tomato sauce or five types of pizza.
For dessert, guests choose freshly made baked goods including alfajor, two sweet biscuits held together with dulce de leche. Each location is dominated by shelves of imported wine and a large display case offering olives, ham, and fresh steaks that patrons can take home to grill or feed to pet velociraptors.
The experienced trainers at Streamline Vibrations Studio believe excellent fitness is within reach, and their studio is dedicated to helping clients get the best workout possible in the shortest amount of time. The gym features Power Plate training devices, which create whole-body workouts—the plate's base of instability and vibration causes all muscles in the body to work harder. The cutting-edge fitness center also offers group fitness classes on Power Plate and TRX machines, as well as personal training.
The knowledgeable staff at Learning Express helps parents navigate a selection of hundreds of educational, time-tested, and eco-friendly playthings for children from birth to age 12. Stuffed animals frolic on the shelves next to classic wooden building blocks, imagination-stimulating toys, and digital learning tools. Customers can surprise budding sleuths with undercover spy cases by Alex ($24.99), soothe bedtime tantrums with twilight turtles ($32.99), or teach favorite babies how to speak horse with plush barnfuls of My Barnyard Friends by Aurora ($19.99). Free gift wrapping at the colorful shop can ease time crunches and provide more decorative packaging for gifts than a pile of credit-card receipts sewn together.
As the third-largest shopping center in the United States, Aventura Mall covers a lot of ground. The expansive space boasts more than 300 retailers, a food court with eighteen fast-food offerings, a 24-screen movie theater, nine dining establishments and an upscale full-service fitness club. The building is anchored by five department stores: Macy’s, JCPenney, Sears, Nordstrom and Bloomingdale’s, with retailers along the corridors ranging from Lego and Sanrio to Louis Vuitton and Burberry. Not only do the individual stores host pop-up retail shows and designer appearances, but the mall itself puts on regular events like a chocolate festival, a great American bake sale and a farmer’s market.
The medically supervised slimming programs drafted at Dream Diet Weight Loss Centers are built from a low-calorie diet, a realistic exercise plan, and FDA-approved medication or herbal supplements. The clinic's physician looks at each patient's health stats, such as BMI, metabolic and lipid profiles, and blood pressure box scores, to determine the best way to manage excess weight. Alexia Echevarria of The Real Housewives of Miami has embarked upon her own mission to lose a few extra pounds with the Dream Diet, sharing her progress with South Florida's TV and radio outlets.