Elite Sound & Security specializes in equipping cars and boats with a docket of electronic upgrades and integrations. Because they are authorized dealers for every brand they stock, the technicians possess the know-how and familiarity necessary to seamlessly install products from brands including Pioneer, Viper, and 3M. They easily maneuver through the systems of both standard and exotic cars as they install booming sound systems, and their resumé of iPod- and iPhone-compatible module integration lists cars such as Ferraris and Maseratis. To help clients protect the glossy gadgetry inside, the technicians armor autos with 3M window tints and equip them with security systems whose blinking lights, siren sounds, and skateboard disguises help to fend off potential break-ins.
When a first-time visitor steps into Sale Rack, she rolls up her sleeves, beelines to the well-organized racks, and rummages through a trove of eclectic designer dresses, jeans, and shirts marked down 60%–80% off retail prices. This ritual—what the recycled-clothing-boutique owner calls "a modern day treasure hunt"—may take a bit more patience than the average store experience, but the bounty can be glorious: vintage Louis Vuitton bags, Citizens of Humanity denim, Miu Miu blouses, a never-been-worn Marc Jacobs dress, and anti-gravity space wear by NASA. Though labels often bear big names, staff members scrutinize every item to ensure its fresh, bold style and prime condition. The resulting apparel, accessories, and home-décor items have wowed even professional eyes, grabbing a Boutique of the Week title from College Fashionista and mentions on Miami Fashion Blog and DailyCandy.
At more than 1,200 Mattress Firm locations around the country, shoppers sink into plush mattresses, recline on firm beds, and belly-flop onto pillow tops. Knowledgeable staffers can help customers create an ideal bedtime environment by dispensing advice based on sleep preferences and illuminating the difference between the many kinds of mattresses. And to the delight of their customers, much of Mattress Firm's bedding wears the label of a premium brand, such as Sealy, Serta, Simmons Beautyrest, or Stearns & Foster.
The Miami Wine & Food Festival shares a litany of libations and local eats with curious sommeliers and gourmands. The chic, outdoor Taste & Toast event introduces gustatory glands to wines from around the world. As taste buds hobnob with fruit and oak notes, guests intermingle with one another while snacking on gourmet treats from local restaurants and listening to the bluesy sound of the Jay Blues Band. Winesplorers can stick around after the tasting for a Glenfiddich “Music to Drink Whiskey By” after-party at 9 p.m., where a DJ and whiskey-tamer rest on hand to answer questions and dispel myths about using whiskey as cologne.
A fund-raising event for The United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, Rocks for Education aims to draw audiences with a family-friendly mix of music, comedy, and more. Emmy winner and Local 10 News anchor Laurie Jennings will serve as the event's emcee, and stars David Henrie of Wizards of Waverly Place and Drake Bell of Drake & Josh will engage spectators with songs, comedy, and other unmimed entertainments. Performances by local dance teams and American Idol contestant Symphony Music Howlett will add to the rhythmic stew, making the event more melodic than a Broadway musical about Mozart and the pianos who loved him. The evening's beneficiary, The United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education, bolsters learning for little ones with advocacy, parent/teacher training, and resources such as a demonstration school.