An eco-friendly boutique and holistic wellness center, Sage Lifestyles inspires visitors to explore their spiritual side as they shrink their carbon footprint. Inside the boutique, guests can bask in the soothing scents of candles or leaf through books on topics such as organic cooking and green living. Vinyasa yoga classes meld ancient poses and breathing techniques into moving meditations, and chakra consultations can help clear bodies of energy blockages and accidentally swallowed Social Security cards.
Gaucho Ranch's beef comes straight from the grassy lowlands of Uruguay, where cattle roam free like bovine bikers in search of the meaning of life, while gauchos, the traditional South American cowboys, whisper sweet nothings into their ears. Fed on natural grass and clover, these cows will later magically turn into rib-eye steaks ($59.98 for four 12 oz. steaks), burgers ($7.89 for a lb.), and picahna ($43.02 for three lbs.) with lower cholesterol, lower fat, and more beta-carotene, omega-3, and vitamin E than cuts of beef from cows gorging on corn feed or leftover pizza.
At Jewelry Creations Workshop, carrying a torch for someone doesn't mean you have a crush on them—it means you're actually holding a torch for them while they tie their hair back and prepare to solder pieces of hand-made jewelry together. Named Best Jewelry Maker by the Miami New Times in 2013, the workshop team teaches wide-ranging techniques, from the aforementioned soldering to fold forming and enameling. Owner Steven Brownlee, who leads many of the sessions, has more than a decade of experience in the craft and uses it to teach cutting-edge techniques as well as the basics. In his introductory workshop, students get more than three hours to practice the fundamentals and craft a simple silver ring ideal for spontaneously proposing to a classmate.
Mashikos draws on Miami's hip-hop culture in selecting its fashionable torso trimmings. New items flood the storefront daily, including fashions from Phat Farm, Sean John, Rocawear, and Apple Bottoms. Entrance passersby with the wild patterns splashed across the yellow printed T-shirt by Miskeen Originals ($38), or expose appendages to the summer breeze with a shin-brushing pair of denim shorts from Timberland ($58). The white mini shorts by Pepe Jeans brighten bottoms, and the gold-patterned white Rocawear tank ($44) ties at the neckline so it can hug a torso like a bear hugs another bear he loves. Mashikos lets youngsters in on the fashion action with items such as the Coogi multichromatic patterned T-shirt ($34), the pink plaid shorts by House of Deréon ($28.99), and dapper diapers by Dolce & Gabbana.
Established in July of 2012, 4 Ever Young Boutique specializes in big fashion for little kids. The boutique stocks up-to-the-minute apparel for mini fashion-plates from toddlers to pre-teens to backward-aging senior citizens. Styles range from formal dresses to snazzy street-inspired duds like leopard-print leggings and graffiti tees.
A branch of KWest Communications, Sprint by United Cellular purveys a variety of wireless products, accessories, and services. Customers can peruse shelves full of accoutrements for their smartphone or tablet, including wall chargers, screen protectors, and universal car mounts designed to hold every make and model. Staffed by a helpful and knowledgeable team, the store also offers onsite repairs.
One day, when she was out on the beach, Terri Cooper came upon and joined a free yoga class. She was so drawn to the idea of yoga for everybody that she soon founded 305 Yoga & Outreach. Fueled by karma yoga principles, Terri and her team of gurus create opportunities for people to “step into positive action and empower their lives” through the practice of yoga. To this end, Terri holds a free yoga and donation-funded class to create a studio where anyone can practice regardless of means. Profits from this class go to fund 305 Yoga’s nonprofit arm, Yoga Gangsters, which brings the multidimensional practice of yoga to youth suffering from trauma and poverty. 305 Yoga also serves as a yoga university, preparing practitioners to turn yoga into a career through three teacher-certification programs.