Since its inception in 1916, the YMCA of Greater Miami has opened its doors to whoever needed it. It welcomed African American youths during the Great Depression, hosted military personnel in the 1940s, and gave Cuban refugees a home in the 1960s. Today, it continues the tradition of depolarizing Miami's fractured populous, remaining a haven for people of all faiths, races, ages, and income. Staffers uphold the YMCA’s core values of honesty, acceptance, and fairness as they ensure each location is a safe place for members to play, exercise, and strengthen family bonds weakened by overzealous games of Monopoly. YMCA of Greater Miami also raises much-needed funding for kids and families who can’t afford the full cost of any of YMCA’s progressive programs.
At the current locations, kids can leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to afterschool programs and day camps. Adults, meanwhile, can take Zumba, boot-camp, and aquatic fitness classes or work out within wellness centers replete with strength-training and cardio equipment. Adult basketball and indoor speed-soccer leagues further help guests flex their competitive spirits in an encouraging environment.
For more than 30 years, Femini Shoes has made a name for itself as a leading fashion footwear company in Venezula. As its popularity grew, so did its ambitions, and in 2011 the company decided to bring its chic, South American designs to the US market. Femini opened its first stateside store in Miami, and also sell its shoes to scores of online customers, all with the goal of providing fashionable, comfortable, and beautiful shoes. Customers can shop for colorful, printed heels for a night out, studded ballerina flats for a day of shopping, or comfort shoes for long days at the office. Sunglasses in a variety of stylish frames round out the online inventory.
With business interests ranging from deck grills to industrial-level commercial gas service, Blue Gas flows propane to feed any fire. Top off a 20-pound propane tank and attach it to a gas grill or family-size jetpack. Though many gas companies will only fill the tank to 15 pounds, Blue Gas's propane practitioners fill every tank all the way up to 20 pounds, allowing for 2.5 hours of added cooking time and guaranteeing the ability to fully thaw a woolly mammoth’s leg.
Established in Helsinki in the 1950s, the chromatic brand quickly garnered adoration worldwide for its vibrant, bold textiles. With more than 100 striking patterns, the charming brand made a dramatic North American retail comeback with its 2007 Miami opening. Brighten up the doldrums of a cubicle with a unikko mousepad ($19.50) emblazoned with a cherry-red blossom, or stack on a lilac-hued ninette bangle ($38). Candy-apple-red stacked animal wall stickers ($115) can cover up Crayola wall scribbles depicting a boat pulled by horses and lend a playful touch to any room. Marimekko also spruces up living zones with bedding, bath items, and wallpaper, while sprucing up person zones with splashy apparel such as the wavy, summery aalto A-line tank dress ($89) and kid clothing such as a stain-concealing floral-print mini unikko bib ($14).