The skilled hide-hydrators at Botanic Skin Care perform rejuvenating treatments using hypoallergenic certified-vegan products. Bodies rejoice at the prospect of a 60-minute wrap treatment in one of three varieties. The sea-mud wrap helps prevent clogged pores by outfitting bodies in an aqua-clay cloak that derives its vitamins and minerals from marine botanicals and blue-green algae. The detoxifying sea-salt scrub wicks away toxins from the skin's surface, resulting in softer, smoother organ suits, and the sweet-smelling chocolate wrap coats skin in a cocoa-based cream, stimulating the senses more effectively than a hug from a giant chocolate bunny. Two 45-minute exfoliating microdermabrasion sessions can help reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and lipstick stains left by the sun's unsolicited kisses.
At the Miami Fine Chocolate & Food Show, vendors and chocolate lovers alike descend upon South Florida during a celebration of life's sweeter side. An estimated 3,000 foodies visit the evening event, witnessing and tasting the creations of some of the region's and the world's most distinguished chefs.
Themed areas make navigating the event a cinch. In designated chocolate zones, gourmet retailers, bakers, and pastry chefs win the hearts of taste buds with their sweets, which range from handmade goods to organic and small-batch treats. For a more savory experience, Restaurant Row showcases the eats of more than 30 South Florida restaurants. Pairing seminars, meanwhile, discuss what edibles go well together, and live cooking demonstrations share tricks of the trade, such as how to turn a chef's hat into an oversized drinking goblet. There will also be a number of beer, wine, and spirits vendors on hand and attendees can enjoy music performances throughout the space.
Nestled within the food show, the Cigar Cellar & Lounge sponsors the Miami Smoke Affair. Cigar connoisseurs stroll the booths of 20 brands, learning from the factory reps about how the cigars are made, what they're made from, and how they should be smoked. As they meander through the space, they sip on unlimited glasses of craft beer and nibble on bites of food. They can also dig into cigar-packed goody bags in the tented smoking lounge.
Founded in 1935 as a high-end dairy manufacturer, Farm Stores accommodates time-efficient shoppers with its unique drive-through grocery-ordering system. Pull up a car or rocket-powered shopping cart at one of the 22 locations and inform a friendly staff member of grocery needs, then relax as he quickly retrieves it from the thousands of items in inventory. Model a loving marriage after the unending circles of bagels, or perk up mornings with coffee that's freshly ground by the heel of a giraffe. Though each location's stock is slightly different, all shops carry standard items such as eggs, milk, bread, fruit, magic beans, vegetables, and beer. Although online ordering is not available for this Groupon, regular customers enjoy the benefit of choosing items from Farm Stores’ website and designating a pickup time.
Maxi dresses and funky prints catch the eye in Monc Boutique, a haven for eclectic clothing that hovers on the forefront of modern trends. Started by a trio of girls who had travelled the world and wanted to find the same fashions in Miami that they could find abroad, Monc Boutique offers outfits and individual pieces to help people stand out in a crowd and develop a personal style.
Understanding that rock stars aren’t made overnight, Music Depot
shepherds along aspiring golden gods with brand-name gear and detailed training. Their sprawling space boasts shiny electronic and acoustic axes from Fender and Ibanez as well as name-brand speakers, gear, and music software. Private lessons teach basic musicianship, and the Depot’s ensemble programs let performers develop essential professional skills such as timing, collaboration, and who gets stuck playing the thimble in Monopoly.
With a perfect five-star rating on Yelp, The Dressing Room wows women with trendy, affordable apparel and accessories. Fall into a flirty peasant-style dress ($40–$80) or frilly top ($25–50) plucked from the ritzy racks of the boutique’s new February fashions. The Dressing Room’s bounty of baubles and jewelry ($15–$60) includes a charming horseshoe bracelet rumored to bestow its wearer with good fortune and inexplicable cravings for apples. Slip toes into a pair of old-school jelly shoes and strut around the store, gawking at eye-popping lingerie, jaw-dropping bathing suits, and pickpocket-blocking handbags (all $35–$75).