For more than 100 years, United Parcel Service's recognizable brown trucks have been showing up on doorsteps in a timely fashion. Founded in 1907 as a messenger company, UPS has grown into a multibillion-dollar corporation by enabling commerce to travel the globe. Now the world's largest package-delivery company and a recognized name in specialized transportation and logistics services, UPS's legions manage the flow of goods, funds, and grandmas' cookies in more than 200 countries. The UPS Store's obliging staff and reputation for reliable package conveyance attracts all types of packers, shippers, and printers. Packers regularly stop in for masking-tape rolls and other do-it-yourself supplies. Alternatively, senders can enlist the skillful packing of the store's staffers, who will deftly seal boxes and cushion contents with bubble wrap or styrofoam peanut-butter sandwiches. In addition to packaging services and supplies, UPS Stores proffer printing services for large-quantity flyer makers and mailbox rentals for lazy messenger pigeons. Each independently owned location abides by the company's rigorous cargo standards and solemn Pack & Ship Promise.
Most cigar shops reflect overstuffed Gilded Age opulence, with leather chairs, mahogany fixtures, and dim lighting leaving guests feeling a step out of time. Thankfully, 5 Star Cigarz isn’t most cigar shops. Its wooden floors and olive-trimmed white shelves bask in the natural light flooding in from floor-to-ceiling front windows. But this modernized appearance doesn’t affect the shop’s selection of cigars, with time-tested favorites from Padron, Macanudo, Arturo Fuente, and Don Diego lurking along the well-stocked walls.
The shop also shows off its collection of shiny water pipes, and a dedicated hookah area welcomes languid smokes and caterpillar impersonations with green, turf-like rugs, potted plants, and a mounted flat-screen TV. These comfy stations are hot real estate during the shop’s weekly events, which range from hookah nights and wine and cheese tastings to impromptu games of duck duck goose.
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The staff at Junior's Seafood And Restaurant filet fresh fish and prepare succulent cuts of meats including oxtail and goat. After putting in orders at the counter, guests browse aisles of Caribbean groceries including spices, beans, and produce such as okra and fresh herbs.
Squalo Divers, a PADI Five Star Dive Center, works in tandem with top industry brands such as Aqualung, Mares, and GoPro to outfit divers so they can explore underwater ecosystems. Equipment such as tanks, depth gauges and buoyancy-control devices prepares landlubbers for underwater travel without tricking a whale into swallowing them. Alternatively, the shop’s maintenance services can whip older gear into working order before each aqueous adventure.
Taught by certified instructors, Squalo Divers' courses run the gamut of scuba instruction, ranging from basic open-water certification to emergency-responder techniques. Courses incorporate cutting-edge training materials—including dependable gear and online study aids—and are taught in English or Spanish. The scuba center also offers trips to explore local waterways renowned for their extensive array of marine life.
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.