Where can future brides and grooms sample a piece of Sylvia Weinstock cake, admire the latest Vera Wang couture wedding gown, and get Bobbi Brown beauty tips, all under one roof? At venues from Los Angeles to New York, where The Wedding Salon founder, Tatiana Byron, has organized a one-day luxury wedding showcase boasting some of the top vendors in the industry, introducing big-day ideas from top area vendors such as The Registry at Bloomingdale's, AMResorts, Lancome at Bergdorf Goodman, The Container Store, Magnolia Photo Booth, and celebrity wedding experts. Each event is designed to make attendees feel like guests at a sophisticated wedding, only the fellow partygoers might be celebrity wedding planners David Tutera or Colin Cowie, or dessert connoisseurs from Carlo’s Bakery —the bakery behind TLC’s Cake Boss.
Byron has been cultivating her all-star connections for more than a decade. After working at Turner Broadcasting System and directing sales, marketing, and production for a trade-show company, she created her own planning company, 4pm Events. Byron began coordinating parties for famous faces including Joan Rivers, Mary J. Blige, and Lionel Richie—no easy task, given the limited number of vendors willing to build dance floors on the ceiling. Byron went on to create The Wedding Salon expos to give future brides a taste of celebrity-caliber elegance. She also offers educational wedding boot camps that help duos avoid hidden costs and learn tips for planning their special day. Byron's services have been highlighted in numerous media, including features in the New York Times, the New York Post, and Fortune Small Business.
When big dreamer Jason Loeb decided to open a dry-cleaners, he wasn’t content with the impersonal pickup and drop-off system of traditional shops. Instead, he dreamed up a full-service production that not only offered advanced, effective and eco-friendly cleaning services, but complimentary pickup and delivery services as well. Today, his fleet of 10 sky-blue vans traverses the Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties, delivery freshly washed and folded items to customers’ homes, yachts, or shells. Back at the shop, an accommodating staff washes garments with DFE-certified green products, while extending its expertise toward a variety of alteration and carpet-cleaning services. The company’s commitment to exceptional service and environmentally friendly practices has won praise from Miami Sun Post’s Business Focus.
At Tribeca Medaesthetics, Dr. Jason A. Shapiro and Dr. Jeffrey R. LaGrasso beautify façades in a med-spa atmosphere decked out with colorful artwork and cozy seating. Cosmetic surgeries, such as face-lifts, breast augmentation and reduction, and liposuction—as well as Dysport and other injectables—help the doctors contour patients’ curves and dodecahedrons to desired specifications. The duo also aims luminescent beams from a trio of cosmetic lasers to help resurface skin, burn fat, and break down any unwanted tattoos or long-division problem. Tribeca Medaesthetics also supervises weight-loss programs and nonsurgical aesthetic services such as facials, chemical peels, and microdermabrasions.
For 42 years, the venerable auto show has rolled out a fleet of vehicles for the perusal of customers while raising more than $250,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida. More than 1,000 of the latest vehicular creations from manufacturers such as Cadillac, Chevy, and Buick lounge throughout the space, beckoning auto enthusiasts with their sleek frames and glove compartments filled with cupcakes. This year's exhibitions include ride-along tours in Jeeps up steep inclines and through rough terrain, as well as Topless In Miami, a beach-themed showcase of convertibles.
There's no such thing as a regular haircut at Sloane Square Barbers & Shoppe. The barbers at this men-only shop add extra touches to every service, and even their most basic option is called a "luxury haircut." It lives up to the name. During the service, barbers hand clients complementary beverages, sit them down in front of a flat screen TV, and then start clipping. They not only snip precise looks, but also massage shoulders and shave the back of necks with a straight razor, just like cowboys used to do before their cowboy proms. Visitors can also opt to groom their nails or refresh skin with mini-facials.
Some things are more advantageous when packaged as a dynamic duo: washing machines that double as dryers, soap that cleans both body and hair, a deep-fryer capable of administering flu shots, etc. Today’s Groupon lets you capitalize on a hybrid of the gastronomic variety: the resto-lounge. Twenty-five dollars gets you $50 worth of food and drink at the extravagantly deco Bancroft Supperclub, located right in the restored Bancroft Hotel on Collins Avenue.DJ Amy Benneton: Former child starlet of the sitcom Blame it on Bradford and the popular Hershie! film series, Amy Benneton grew to surpass the fame of her talking harp seal co-star and left acting entirely for a job on the DJ circuit. Now, at 21 years old, she’s finally old enough to drink in the clubs in which she performs, but refrains, due to her crippling allergy to fun.