2nd Annual South Beach Bike Week

2nd Annual South Beach Bike WeekAugust 29 – September 1, 11am-7pm – Ocean Drive (between 8th St. & 10th St.), Miami Beach

The 2nd Annual South Beach Bike Week will take place this year on Labor Day weekend from August 29 – September 1st. This year’s bike week will be bigger and better than last year as we welcome the “South Beach Bike Week Biker Village”, located between 8st & 10st in the world famous Ocean Drive. The “South Beach Biker Village” will host all the Bike Shows, Contests, Concerts, Entertainment, Vendors, Food, Bars, Bikini contests and the Ms. SoBe Bike Week contest. Purchase an “All Access Pass” for $25 to Bike Village and enjoy drink specials, discount on food, and special offers plus VIP treatment at some of the top bars, restaurants, and stores in South beach during Bike Week!


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The Crimson Sales Gallery Launch

The Crimson Sales Gallery LaunchWednesday, August 2The Crimson Sales Gallery, 2742 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

mckafka Development Group, a fully integrated real estate group with development, property management and realty services, specializing in construction and acquisition of properties in South Florida, & International Sales Group (ISG), a fully integrated luxury real estate sales and marketing firm representing properties throughout South Florida and Latin America, hosted RelatedISG International Realty top brokers at The Crimson sales gallery launch event. This was the first of 3 event series for brokers at the brand new sales center. The event also unveiled The Crimson’s Realtor Contest, as a special incentive for brokers now being able to enter for a chance to win a first class trip to Europe.

The Crimson is located in the new and upcoming community of Edgewater, offering a new standard of sophistication & boutique living. Located in the Biscayne Corridor, The Crimson stands 20 stories and encompasses only 90 exclusive residences. With its unique Nordic architecture, it has been consciously engineered and is LEED gold certified to offer a life-enhancing environment where style and technology meet. The highest level of attention to detail is evident in everything from finishes to technology and a warm level of comfort will enhance the boutique lifestyle.

The Crimson units range from approximately 780-1600 square feet spanning nine different floor plans. The building offers six penthouses equipped with an outdoor terrace and private hot tub. Most of the units will come with a storage unit in the parking garage. The amenities of The Crimson, also referred to as the C- Club, will include an 8th floor pool deck, a landscaped promenade sundeck, hot tub, outdoor/indoor mini-theatre, a cybercafé, lounge, a business centre, a state-of- the-art gym and spa.


Miami Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour ft. Mayer Hawthorne at Soho Studios

Miami Mercedes-Benz Evolution Tour ft. Mayer Hawthorne at Soho StudiosTuesday, August 19, 8pm – Soho Studios, 2136 NW 1st Avenue, Miami Wynwood Arts District

To celebrate the all-new Mercedes-Benz 2015 GLA, a luxury compact SUV poised to captivate the next generation of buyers, Mercedes-Benz launched nine-city music tour set which showcases the intrinsic bond between music and cars and the evolution of the brand. The new GLA, a perfect complement to the recently launched CLA four-door coupe, offers a progressive design that caters to an adventurous lifestyle, making it the perfect companion to take out on the road for a summer concert series. #MBEvolutionTour kicked-off in New York with an performance by Alabama Shakes at Terminal 5, with special DJ performance by Questlove and a live interactive art exhibition by Mr. Brainwash. The tour made its way to Miami with additional stops in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Orleans, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

#MBEvolutionTour in Miami opened with Blonde Redhead, an American alternative rock band composed of Kazu Makino and twin brothers Simone and Amedeo Pace that formed in New York City in 1993, and with main performance by Mayer Hawthorne, DJ, rapper, singer, producer and multi-instrumentalist that knows how to rock a crowd. Between live performances the sounds were also provide by DJ Mike Deuce and DJ Rascal. Guests could pose for a photo on the black carpet upon arrival, were immersed in interactive vehicle displays and evolution timelines that showcased the 128-year history of Mercedes-Benz, and witness live social media feeds and tour. Guests were also able to take home their own tour t-shirt featuring the creative work of Mr. Brainwash. Mr. Brainwash also created a unique design on the exterior of the GLA that will evolve throughout the tour and culminate at the Los Angeles event.


The Vagabond Hotel Grand Opening

The Vagabond Hotel Grand OpeningMonday, August 18, 7pm-10pm – The Vagabond Hotel, 7301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami

The completion of Biscayne Boulevard’s Vagabond Hotel was celebrated with a huge party. The evening was to open the MiMo style Vagabond Hotel after the amazing restoration into a retro glamorous hotel. In the 50’s Rat Packer Frank Sinatra stayed in the MiMo area. In the years since, the area was slightly depressed. Now, new restaurants and renovated hotels are bringing the area back to its former glory.

The Developer/Preservationist Avra Jain initiated a change by purchasing the neglected motel. The Vagabond Hotel underwent a $5 million plus restoration. Hotel has 45 retro styled rooms with furniture in the MiMo style. Many of the hotel rooms have the original Dade Pine floors which were restored. The mermaid mosaic on the bottom of the pool was reproduced in France. The pool area has a bar and tiki-torches along with lounges and couches to relax in while you watch movies on the screen. Jain has purchased four other properties along Biscayne Blvd. to restore them into hotels, artist’s live-work space and office suites with a café.

The Vagabond Restaurant will open in October. The restaurant called the Diner will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant’s name is derived from the hotel’s diner sign – a landmark from its original heyday. The Diner will have 150 seats, 75 seats outside and 75 seats inside along with a bar area. According to restaurateur Alvarado Perez the restaurant will be helmed by Chef Alex Chang. Chris Wang, a “Wall Street renegade,” has been named general manager, and Paul Schroeder is bar manager. Chang, who will serve as executive chef of the Vagabond Restaurant, gained notoriety when, he opened an underground restaurant. The food will reflect an American-based menu with Latin, Asian, and European influences. The restaurant’s interior will feature art by local artists, including a wall of portraits by locals. They will also have late night bites for the night owls, along with special treats during Art Basel.


“Back to the 80′s” BFFM Kick-Off Party at LMNT

“Back to the 80′s” BFFM Kick-Off Party at LMNTSaturday, August 16, 9pm – LMNT Gallery, 59 NW 36th Street, Miami Midtown

18th Brazilian Film Festival of Miami, by Inffinito, kicked-ff with “Back to the 80′s”  party at LMNT Gallery, as the great celebration of Brazilian culture in Miami. Founded in 1995 by partners Adriana L. Dutra, Cláudia Dutra and Viviane B. Spinelli, Inffinito is reference in the realization of cultural events and audiovisual production and is the largest window for Brazilian cinema worldwide. The group, which is made up by the Inffinito Nucleo of Art and Culture, Inffinito Eventos e Produções (Brazil) and the Inffinito Art & Cultyural Foundation (USA), maintains its goal to promote and diffuse Brazilian cultural production. Its 18 years of experience which have made the group recognized by being innovative, strong, dynamic and creative, capable of consolidating the image of Brazil in new markets.

Photos by: Maria Fernanda Monsalvo


Face2Face Studios Grand Opening

Face2Face Studios Grand OpeningFriday, August 22, 6:30pm - Face2Face Studios, 3001 Alhambra Circle, Fort Lauderdale

Celebrate the Grand Opening of Face2Face Studios, on Friday August, 22 with a ribbon cutting ceremony beginning at 6:30pm. Face2Face isn’t your everyday hair studio as they specialize in hair, makeup, airbrush, body painting, photography, and so much more. The night will be filled with roof top entertainment, a ribbon cutting ceremony, an appearance from the mayor, body art, food, drinks, photo booths, prizes and so much more. Raffle proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

RSVP: info@ll-scene.com

Railroad Blues Opening Night

Railroad Blues Opening NightThursday, August 21, 22pm – Railroad Blues, 30 NE 14th Street, Miami

Railroad Blues is opening it’s doors to the public with two of South Florida’s finest acts, The Lovers Key hits at 10pm and Ketchy Shuby hits at Midnight sharp! DJ Benton G keeps things rolling all night long. This new live music venue is for those who love music, featuring rock and New Orleans- and Mississippi-style blues, with the bar serving handcrafted cocktails from the 1920s. Designed to look like a railcar, Railroad Blues is decorated with a tin ceiling, which tops old-style, two-bladed fans. It has antique mirrors, velour paneling and a wall of vintage luggage and trunks.

The Counter Burger Ribbon Cutting in Aventura

The Counter BurgerWednesday, August 20, 6pm-8pm – The Counter Burger, 18717 Biscayne Blvd., Aventura

Join in celebrating the ribbon cutting at The Counter Burger, Aventura’s newest restaurant. Enjoy menu samples and one complimentary drink, and see why they are a West Coast favorite. The Counter® is the 21st Century’s bold answer to the classic burger joint. Ushering in a fresh era of industrial décor, today’s music, cold beer, unique wines and  burger options that are only limited by your imagination. Members are FREE and potential members $ 5.

Cheat Day at Batch Gastropub

Cheat Day at Batch GastropubTuesday, August 19, 8pm-10pm - Batch Gastropub, 30 SW 12th Street, Miami Brickell

Batch Gastropub is at it again with another must go to event. On August 19th, join the Batch family as they kick-off Cheat Day; a monthly networking event for health conscience individuals where local vendors will be giving away samples and goodies of their latest healthy products for all attendees to try. Total Nutrition Miami, Redbike Studios, Iceland Glacial, Cold Pressed Raw and Boca Tanning club will make the kick off event one you don’t want to miss.

18th Brazilian Film Festival of Miami

18th Brazilian Film Festival of MiamiAugust 17 – 24, The Colony Theater, 1040 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Miami Beach

The 18th Brazilian Film Festival of Miami taking place from August 17 – 24, is the foremost showcase of Brazilian Cinema abroad. The South Florida stop is part of an international route that also includes the cities of Canudos/Brazil, Bogota, Vienna and Johannesburg. In addition to highlight the vibrant talent among Brazilian filmmakers, BRAFF 2014 will remember Vinicius de Moraes, one of Brazil’s most celebrated cultural icons, with a special screening. His songs can be heard in several movies, including in the documentary Vinicius, by Miguel Faria Jr., about his life and career, shown on August 17th at the Miami Beach Cinematheque. Eight shorts and nine feature films will be competing for the Crystal Lens Award in several categories: best film, director, actor and best actress. The complete Brazilian experience will also be savored with “Taste of Brazil”, where local restaurants will be serving dishes inspired by Brazilian culinary throughout the event.

Photos by: Maria Fernanda Monsalvo


Official Launch of RoxHouse Jewelry

Official Launch of RoxHouse JewelryThursday, August 14, 7pm-9pm – Sense Beach House, 400 Ocean Drive, Miami Beach

Miami’s most stylish packed the Sense Beach House hotel to be the first to see the RoxHouse jewelry collection designed by Alexis Dawn Geller, a Miami local. The event was hosted by Miami’s hottest stylist and president of the charity Style Saves, Rachael Russell. In between trying on amazing one-of-a-kind pieces guest enjoyed cocktails provided by Stolen Rum and light bites courtesy of The Local House. The Sense Beach House is the exclusive retailer for RoxHouse. Each piece is handcrafted using the world’s finest gemstones and metals. Each collection combines masculine and feminine elements to create a classy but funky look for men and women.

Photos by: Korey Davis Photography

Beauty Booked Launch at the Biltmore Spa

Beauty Booked Launch at the Biltmore SpaWednesday, August 13, 6pm-8pm – The Biltmore Spa, 1200 Anastasia Avenue, Coral Gables

Popular New York-based service BeautyBooked (BB), the web-based solution to get you through life’s beauty emergencies, launched in Miami with a special event in the Mediterranean style Biltmore Hotel in the hotel’s Zen Spa. An ultimate spa and lifestyle destination, Miami is home to many of the world’s most renowned luxury spas, and a quintessential city for BeautyBooked to launch. BB is the modern and convenient way to search, discover, and book appointments at the best salons & spas. Created by two industry insiders, BB simplifies the booking process by allowing members to discover new beauty spots, read expert editorial reviews and book services instantly with just the click of a button – no receptionist needed!  No need to try to book an appointment and being put on hold or having to play around with the schedule!

As part of the Miami launch, BeautyBooked is partnering with The Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (GMCVB) Miami Spa Month by powering exclusive “Book Now” buttons for participating Miami Spa Month spas on MiamiandBeaches.com through August 31st, allowing Miami spa lovers to book appointments instantly. The partnership works in two ways:
- MiamiandBeaches.com: Users can click the “Book Appointment” button and then book their appointment online at their convenience, 24/7.
- BeautyBooked.com: Users can visit BeautyBooked.com and search for Miami Spa Month services by criteria such as location, date and time. From there they can compare appointment options, read editorial reviews and book their service in real time. Spas participating in Miami Spa Month will be flagged with a Miami Spa Month logo.

During launch event BeautyBooked and the Biltmore Spa offered beauty treatments including a make up consultation, polish change, hand massage and eye filler, all done by the beauty specialists. The Biltmore Hotel served detox juices, streamed veggies with dips, summer rolls and watermelon stuffed with cheese. With the Miami launch, BB also introduced a bundle of new website features including a real-time concierge and advanced curated services that enhance BB’s problem solving capabilities. They are in New York, LA, Dallas and Houston and looking into expanding.

SVEDKA SHAKEDOWN Power Mixer Competition at Cecconi’s

SVEDKA SHAKEDOWN Power Mixer Competition at Cecconi’sMonday, August 11, 7pm-10pm – Cecconi’s Garden at SOHO Beach House, 4385 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach

Five of the best ‘power-mixers‘ competed against each other in inimitable mixology challenge to be crowned the winner of the first annual SVEDKA SHAKEDOWN. Hosted at Cecconi’s Garden at SOHO Beach House, contestants Leo Holtzman (Cocktail Collection), Oxana Parfenova (Blackbird Ordinary), Randal Perez (Broken Shaker) and Trevor Alberts (Orange Blossom) battled it out to see who would come out on top. The contestants were critiqued by a tough panel of industry experts, including Miami bartender Ben Potts, Director of Spirits at Constellation Brands Vicky Arcos, cocktail consultant and beverage programmer Ezra Pattek, TV host Alexandra Olavarria, and promoter Jose Ortiz.

Guests watched as the contestants participated in three rounds of elimination mixology challenges, with impossible ingredients and challenging mixing conditions, and sipped specialty SVEDKA cocktails that the contestants created themselves. Winner Randy Perez mixed, shaked and poured their way to a grand prize of $5,000 and the ultimate bragging rights as the first ever SVEDKA Shakedown winner. #SVEDKASHAKEDOWN @SVEDKAVodka

Photos by: Rodrigo Gaya/WorldRedEye.com