Modani adds dramatic, modern flair to homes and offices with sleek, space-maximizing kitchen, living room, dining room, office, and bedroom furnishings and accessories. With an emphasis on hidden storage, Modani's clean, luxurious designs draw the eye along graceful lines, making pads approachably impressive and understatedly welcoming. Give flowers a chic new hangout with the Double X metal vase ($110), or store blankets and other living-room necessities in the metallic, padded golden chest, which doubles as a safe room for Barbies ($140). Modani can also transform an abode with post-baroque flair with pillar-candle holders ($30–$35) or make a corner earn its keep with the Canelle side table ($150).
Silver Medal of Paris recipient Jacques Harvey draws upon lessons learned during a career as an internationally respected artist and museum curator to teach students professional painting techniques. During each course, Jacques keeps aspiring artists in the know with tips derived from his years at Académie Julian, his decades spent studying da Vinci, van Gogh, and Picasso, and his centuries spent trying to contact Titan via the astral plane. Classes are available on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Art lovers can peruse Jacques’s work on his online gallery, or by closing their eyes and saying Warhol three times.
Down a dark alley off 14th Court, a stark red light barely illuminates an innocuous looking doorway. But it's not just the perfect hiding spot for tomato ninjas, it's the entrance to the Foxhole Bar, the first stop on a whirlwind tour of Miami bars and breweries. Past that dark entry waits a speakeasy-style lounge and a complimentary brew to start the night. Up next is Wynwood Brewing Company, which fits right into the arts district with three anchor craft brews, one of which will be set before tour members for sampling. The final stop on the tour is the Titanic Restaurant and Brewery, a gastropub that crafts its own beer behind the bar. The Hops Tour is also making plans to incorporate M.I.A. Brewing into their explorations.
For more than 30 years, Femini Shoes has made a name for itself as a leading fashion footwear company in Venezula. As its popularity grew, so did its ambitions, and in 2011 the company decided to bring its chic, South American designs to the US market. Femini opened its first stateside store in Miami, and also sell its shoes to scores of online customers, all with the goal of providing fashionable, comfortable, and beautiful shoes. Customers can shop for colorful, printed heels for a night out, studded ballerina flats for a day of shopping, or comfort shoes for long days at the office. Sunglasses in a variety of stylish frames round out the online inventory.
An online wine community, Bottlenotes connects vino enthusiasts in the pursuit of discussing wines, getting recommendations, and connecting with experts. Staff members organize public interactive tastings in 10 major cities, gathering people of varying experience to sample vintages and blends from around the world or from a particular region. Each interactive event expands into creative spaces, such as art galleries and museums, emulating the ancient practice of how artists celebrate their paintings' birthdays. Bottlenotes' online wine collection—supplied through retailer Sherry-Lehmann—gives enophiles a communal browsing space for popular tipples. To help guide purchases, the website's interactive forum lets commenters share their tasting notes and wine ratings for each bottle. A daily e-newsletter also fills subscribers' inboxes with articles discussing interesting winemakers, wine-related products, and winemaking regions, keeping them up-to-date on current wine trends and the migration patterns of grapes.