Named for owner Marcella Prieto's Pekingese dog, Cocoa Couture takes trendy aim at traditional women's clothing boutiques that do not literally charge an arm and a leg for their merchandise but metaphorically do. No item at Cocoa Couture costs more than $100. Clients can visit the boutique to peruse the fiscally fit fashions that Prieto has brought in from designers (such as Lush, Pepper, and Tea Fashion) based in New York, Los Angeles, and Miami. Ever mindful of the shape-shifting chameleon that is the fashion world, Cocoa Couture changes its in-store and online inventory on a weekly basis. Recent items, however, have included a blue-bibbed tunic ($35) for sloughing through alligator-infested swamps and a long, Grecian-like purple dress ($60) for post-racquetball trips to the bar.
Within the multihued walls of Kidville’s indoor playland, tykes expand their minds, network with members of their peer group, and deplete their vast energy reserves. Babies, toddlers, and kids 6 or younger delve into classes developed by Kidville’s early-childhood-development gurus. Burgeoning Beethovens can swivel their hips, flex their sing-along muscles, and edit their massive music manuscripts during one of Kidville’s music and dance classes, or enlist in one of the art classes to create a piece that captures their inner rage toward broccoli. Fun and fit gym classes let tots run, roll, and hover through gauntlets of plush blocks and spongy play mats. Clasping hands and scampering legs can also roam freely through Kidville’s sprightly indoor playspace, though all munchkins must be supervised by a parent, guardian, or trustworthy primate.
Though they specialize in weddings, Nella and her crew at Glamour Floral Creations concoct colorful displays of flora for all manner of parties or events. In styles that range from creative to classic, they make decorating on the big day easy by arranging packages that include ceremony displays, boutonnieres, bouquets, centerpieces, and the ceremonial venus flytrap that eats all the leftover cake.
The transparency techs at Window Genie carry out a wide range of home-beautifying services, including power washing. Trained professionals maintain residential windows' shimmering translucence with a meticulous three-step cleaning process, or tint windows or diva fish's aquariums to reduce glare and heat buildup. Uniformed specialists arrive at abodes equipped to dredge grime from gutters or to pressure wash walls and decks, eliminating "Steve Urkel for President" posters.
Inside four Miami-Dade-area locations, Klinit Cleaners’s staffers spruce up domestic textiles of all sorts. They systematically remove smells and stains from sweaters, suits, and coats during dry cleaning treatments, or wash, dry, and fold other laundry by the pound. In addition to cleaning clothes, staffers also tailor hems, replace buttons, and repair shoes worn down by never-ending games of Red Rover. Customers can pick up their newly rejuvenated garments in-store, or arrange for complimentary delivery.
At Little Chef’s kitchen, a talented cadre of kid-friendly instructors inspires and equips young bakers to whip up fresh eats. Parents can sign up their wee ones to experience firsthand the facility's mantra that a new repertoire of basic culinary skills not only fosters healthy eating habits, but bolsters tykes’ confidence, teaches teamwork, and develops motor skills. The classroom beckons young learners with pale yellow walls punctuated by floor-to-ceiling chalkboards and cheerful polka-dot patterns. Instructors happily work with parents to mold classes that suit kids’ eating habits and chewing styles, and even host movie and dinner nights to encourage family bonding.