In 1994, a small boutique called Studio LX opened its doors in downtown South Miami with the goal of supplying women with trendy and affordable designer clothing. Today, the boutique’s success is measured in six additional stores, including Blush Boutique in Palmetto Bay. In Blush Boutique’s airy, minimalist store, a colorful array of chic designer dresses, shirts, and jeans dangle from racks along the walls, and accessories line round white tables and glass displays. The helpful staff is on hand to provide style and fit advice, such as how to ensure that high-end socks fit snugly on the hands of children's puppeteers.
Ciggy Mart's tobacconists help smokers get started rolling their own cigarettes to not only save money, but also avoid some of the harmful preservatives and chemicals in factory-produced cigarettes. They confidently help customers choose all-natural tobaccos that match all the major brands.
The management team at Stone Hart's Gun Club isn't shy about the value they place in hard work and personal sacrifice: they named their club for delegates Thomas Stone and John Hart, two courageous and outspoken signers of the Declaration of Independence. Drawing inspiration from these two historic figures and years of experience in the firearms industry, they manage their outfit with up-to-date safety measures such as eye and ear protection, automated target retrieval, and an OSHA-friendly air-filtration system. Certified NRA instructors lead free basic-safety training and precision-shooting and tactical-training courses. Female students can also enroll in a women-only course led by History channel's Top Shot contestant Gabby Franco. For inquiries about range rules and regulations, see the club's frequently asked questions.
As you stroll across Fruit and Spice Park's grassy fields, an occasional piece of fruit falls from a neighboring tree. But it's not an apple or a berry you can easily find in a local supermarket?rather, it may be a specimen native to the Caribbean or South America, its shape foreign to your teeth, which want so badly to bite into its juicy flesh but aren't sure how. At Fruit and Spice Park, seasoned gardeners grow abundant specimens from tropical areas around the world, including 70 kinds of bamboo, 15 types of jackfruit trees, and edibles such as Fiji longan and jaboticaba across 39 acres.
Visitors meander freely through banana groves and African baobab trees, and they can also follow a guide during tours to learn more about plant species and which fruit seeds bear an uncanny likeness to Abraham Lincoln's silhouette. Throughout strolls, guests may help themselves to any of Mother Nature's home cooking that has naturally fallen to the ground, including mangoes, dragon fruit, and papayas, or venture to the tasting table at the entryway to sample the season's bounty.
Park staffers also gather visitors for a range of events such as stargazing, outdoor festivals, and plant-use tutorials, where they divulge helpful information such as which plants are medicinal and how to play dead during tree attacks. During regular park hours, chefs at the Mango Caf? pile plates with casual fare, often using the park's own fruit and vegetables, and the gift shop lets guests bring home harvest jams and aromatic teas.
It isn't easy being a smoker these days. Tobacco prices keep going up. Ashtrays keeps moving farther and farther away. And the traditional marriages of beer and cigarettes, or coffee and cigs, keep being torn apart by city ordinances. For those who need their nicotine fix in these difficult times but don't want to burrow 5 miles underground to the hidden smoking dungeons, Miami Vapor's extensive selection of electronic cigarettes satiates desires in a much more tasteful, and far less carcinogenic, manner. With six locations throughout the Miami area, smokers can find the e-cig rigs of all shapes and sizes to suit their fancy, along with an abundance of accessories. In addition to relishing in traditional tobacco and menthol e-liquid flavors, smokers can expand their palates with a variety of nicotine-tinged, locally produced e-juice tastes such as watermelon, vanilla, toasted marshmallow, and banana.
One of the East Coast's best-known Members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's serves more than six million Members in more than 200 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, BJ's helps provide more selections to savvy shoppers looking to knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, Members can stock up on economy-sized groceries?including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials?grab name-brand electronics, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of BJ's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $2.2 million to charitable organizations.