Some of Donn F. Flipse's earliest memories are of him wielding a broom, sweeping up the fallen petals and snipped-off stamen that have gathered around the feet of the floral designers at his family's flower shop. Eight-year-old Donn eventually moved up in rank, escorting arrangements to their destinations in the delivery truck as soon as he got his license. When he graduated college, he almost turned his back on the flower business his father and his grandfather built, but after mentoring under one of the shop's floral designers, he realized, ?It was in his blood.? In 1990, he opened Field of Flowers in Davie.
The rose, he says, continues to be the most popular flower, although different breeds take the crown every so often?the current favorite is the garden rose, a throwback blossom like what might flourish in a well-tended backyard. Donn's favorites are the rose-like lisanthius and the Canterbury bells, which look delicate but are sturdy and long lasting, much like a quarterback who takes ballet classes.
Field of Flower's team of designers compose striking arrangements using popular flowers as well as rare blooms such as orchids or birds of paradise. The team also crafts design pieces for celebrations, with past creations including a french poodle sculpted from flowers and a Spongebob Squarepants?themed arrangements in which blue gel simulated the ocean, submerging plants in an under-the-sea wonderland.
An addiction. That?s what Cheryl Mullin, head trainer at Tone You Up, Inc., calls her relationship with fitness. Starting out as a dancer at the age of 5, she transitioned into cheerleading in high school and eventually track and field in college, where she fell in love with lifting, plyometrics, and circuit training. Ten years and three certifications later, Cheryl and her staff of dedicated trainers pass their passion on to others with their three pillars of training: fitness, nutrition, and overall health.
Groups sprint and lunge across Tropical or Palmetto Bay Park during intense, one-hour boot-camp classes, all while Tone You Up's trainers preach the components of a healthful diet, such as eating plenty of protein and vegetables and not using cake frosting as toothpaste. Some staffers motivate the campers through cardio and strength training in the great outdoors, and others lead in-home personal-training sessions. Each one-on-one or one-on-two session begins with a thorough body assessment and fitness test. Based on results, trainer and client discuss goals and map a total lifestyle program to help shed pounds or boost athleticism. Tone You Up also offers programs for small groups, including onsite boot camps for workers at schools and offices.
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.
Founded in 1935 as a high-end dairy manufacturer, Farm Stores accommodates time-efficient shoppers with its unique drive-through grocery-ordering system. Pull up a car or rocket-powered shopping cart at one of the 22 locations and inform a friendly staff member of grocery needs, then relax as he quickly retrieves it from the thousands of items in inventory. Model a loving marriage after the unending circles of bagels, or perk up mornings with coffee that's freshly ground by the heel of a giraffe. Though each location's stock is slightly different, all shops carry standard items such as eggs, milk, bread, fruit, magic beans, vegetables, and beer. Although online ordering is not available for this Groupon, regular customers enjoy the benefit of choosing items from Farm Stores’ website and designating a pickup time.
Featured on Waterfront News and WSVN, Mandarin Gourmet Donut Shoppe is known for its organic, tasty donuts, which are fried in trans-fat-free oil until light and fluffy. Today's deal lets patrons sample Mandarin's gourmet goods with a variety box of 12 donuts, six filled and six unfilled. Treat injectables include caramelized apple pie, guava and cheese, and marshmallow crème custard. Filling-free flavors are equally decadent but less offensive to texture monogamists, and include raspberry glaze, white chocolate, and dark chocolate espresso drizzle. You'll also get 12 donut dots, which come donned in scandalously sheer gowns of glaze and no socks. Delivery is available within metropolitan Miami-Dade County.