Gerardo and Sabrina Seferlis, owners of Gerardo’s Marketplace, ensure that its bakery cases teem with freshly made bread and the salad bar and market shelves stay full of local, organic, and seasonal fare. The former manager of a gourmet marketplace in the same location, Gerardo decided to reopen the market himself after it closed, because "I knew all my customers and they're the ones that needed what I had to offer." Since 1998, the store’s deli counter has given personalized attention to customers and any confused club sandwiches that wander in.
At Animus CrossFit/Corporal CrossFit, students of every skill level, age, and body type can take control of their health with the help of encouraging coaches. The team of qualified trainers draw on intense training experiences in their own lives, such as strength coach and author Carlos Arias's service in the USMC special forces, his wife Jenny's background as a gymnast, or coach Dayron Castaneda's career in collegiate football. The team prides itself on providing one-on-one training and keeping classes small: staff lead premium CrossFit with 1:8 teacher/student ratios, avoiding the overcrowded classes, lack of equipment, and gym-clothes sharing seen in traditional programs. And indoor-outdoor bootcamp classes take advantage of sunny Miami days while avoiding wet ones by training indoors on grass turf or rubber flooring. The small, 16-person classes tailor exercise individually according to skill level and keep things interesting with a combination of gymnastics and running using balls and ropes.
Students shed pounds and tone muscles in programs that are built on proper nutrition and individual, scalable workout routines. Whether pupils are burning fat and building endurance with cardio routines and kettlebells, boosting strength with weightlifting, or refining their running techniques with pose running, coaches work closely with students to help them push past obstacles and reach health goals.
The experienced dry cleaners at Silver Isle Cleaners keep duds crisp and stain free, but they don’t stop there. They go beyond suits, shirts, and slacks to repair, dye, and polish shoes, clean handbags, and preserve gowns from weddings and christenings. Household goods will also find themselves in capable hands as the crew uses their dirt-lifting prowess to restore comforters, drapes, curtains, and rugs, Best of all, a small fee ensures clothes owners can have their habiliments back the next day by noon, so long as they drop them off by 9 a.m., allowing a single suit to go from mud-wrestling uniform to interview wear within about a day.
Though their end products are as convenient—if not more—as commonplace frozen dinners, the chefs at Bring Organics Back render convenience healthy by freshly preparing each meal with nutrient-packed, natural ingredients. To keep sodium and sugar levels low, they make every element of the meal from scratch, even sauces and crinoline toothpicks. They design dishes around in-season fruits and vegetables, yielding both high-variety and high-flavor dishes such as pineapple jerk tilapia and a steak and vegetable quesadilla. Once the day’s lunches and dinners are fully cooked, the team packages them into single portions and delivers them to workplaces and homes.
Treat the person, not the symptoms. That is the philosophy board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. H. Michael Bass has followed during a medical career that’s stretched across more than a thousand cosmetic surgeries. It’s also what guides him in his work as medical director of Danik Medspa. Though the advanced spa center offers a range of surgical treatments, including rhinoplasty and breast augmentation, its menu is also filled with a variety of nonsurgical aesthetic services that focus on body sculpting, hair removal, anti-aging, and weight loss. During facials and chemical peels, the center's aestheticians restore firmness, clear away blemishes, and nourish careworn skin with products from the experts at SkinCeuticals, SkinMedica, Obagi, and Abella. When not slimming waistlines with weekly HCG injections, they also turn to the latest laser systems to carefully remove unwanted hair, veins, and tattoos.
Paleo is more than just a diet for The Primitive Nutrition Group. Instead, it's a lifestyle that can help individuals lose weight, build more lean muscle mass, or feel more energetic for everyday activities. At its core, however, the Paleo lifestyle does emphasize the importance of healthy eating. The nutritional philosophy hinges on the idea that the human body is built to subsist on the traditional hunter-gatherer diet: whole, unprocessed foods, non-starch vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds. By avoiding items such as grains, legumes, sugar, dairy, and as many preservative-laced foods as possible, the Paleo system encourages a more mindful approach to eating.
Because the Paleo approach can be a little daunting for newcomers, The Primitive Nutrition Group pulls out some of the roadblocks by providing clients with delivered meals that embrace the diet's principles. Designed and prepared by a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, the meals change on a weekly basis, and can include dishes such as coconut-crusted tilapia with ginger-spiced cauliflower or pulled pork with an Asian slaw. The breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and daily snacks don't skimp on flavor, although they remain unwaveringly faithful to the nutritional principles of a Paleo lifestyle.
Armed with a Grand Palms membership card, golfers can skip green fees on a trio of nine-hole championship courses, slide into an Olympic-size swimming pool, and enjoy discounts on everything from tennis to golf merchandise. On weekdays or weekends, members can make tee times seven days in advance for the Grand, Royal, or Sabal golf courses, each with its own flavor that combine to create a challenging 27-hole golfing paella. Lined with water hazards and sand traps, the courses span more than 20,000 yards of verdure fairways and picturesque greens. To help golfers stay the course, carts ($13+) are equipped with GPS that estimates the distance to the hole and the likelihood of your tee shot burning up upon reentry. Discover your handicap with a complimentary USGA-approved GHIN handicapping system, and then lower your score with plentiful practice greens, an aquatic driving range, and otters trained to retrieve errant shots.