Stories written by Conchita Smith

Husband and wife team of doctors opens GP Health on Sunset Drive

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For internists Dr. Sandino Gonzalez and wife and business partner Dr. Gilly Perez, the opening of their new medical practice at 6150 Sunset Drive in South Miami is “a dream come true.” “We have been physicians in the community for the past 15 years, practicing next to Baptist Hospital,” explained Dr. Gonzalez. “We are fortunate […]

Simbad’s Bird House Customer Appreciation Day, Nov. 2

Simbad’s Bird House Customer Appreciation Day, Nov. 2

Simbad’s Bird House at 7201 Bird Road is celebrating its Annual Customer Appreciation day on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 10 am to 4 pm. A local Bird Road bird institution for over 25 years, the colorful corner building on Southwest 72 Avenue is well known as the South Florida “go to” spot for adopting exotic […]

A Holistic Approach to Care at Pierini Esthetic Center

Pierini Esthetic Surgery Center in Doral looks at beauty differently. The newly expanded 14,000 ft. facility at 8353 NW 36 St in Doral takes a holistic approach to treating patients. “Every patient is unique,” said executive director and Venezuelan plastic surgeon Dr. Alberto Pierini. “So treatments are tailored to the dynamic needs of each particular […]

Rok:Brgr serves ’em up! Burgers for everybody’s palate


Rok:Brgr gourmet burger joint and gastro pub opened recently at 5800 SW 73 St. in the former Segafredo location. The original Rok:Brgr in Fort Lauderdale was named best new restaurant by New Times. Proprietors Mark Falsetto, Francisco Rodriguez, Mark Mughabghab, and Charles Hazlett are hoping to repeat that record in South Miami. “We fell in […]

Malia Panos of Fitness Together celebrates 67,161 burpees completed to highlight breast cancer prevention


A surprisingly energetic Malia Panos and friends recently celebrated her completion of 67,161 burpees done over the course of a year to highlight the importance of breast cancer prevention in her “Burpees 4 Boobs” campaign. Panos is a trainer at Fitness Together whose mother passed away as a result of breast cancer. In honor of […]

Original international design for your home at Tile Options

The catalog photographs of completed jobs by Tile Options, 13200 SW 87 Ave, look more like images from Architectural Digest magazine rather than remodeled kitchen and pool projects. Marble, granite, glass mosaics, or porcelain tiles are arranged with an artisan’s eye for detail and landscape while maintaining an elegant and classic appeal. One glance at […]

Larkin Community Hospital First Annual Health Fair draws hundreds

Larkin Community Hospital recently hosted its first annual neighborhood health fair at a block party where an estimated 600 plus families and friends gathered together to enjoy live music, dine on food truck fare, and treat the kids to bounce houses, face painting, and a visit from special guest NBA all-star player Kenny Anderson. Over […]

Sebastian says ‘U’ will love the Sir Pizza in Coral Gables


It was all fun and games recently at the Sir Pizza in Coral Gables when the University of Miami’s Ibis mascot “Sebastian” visited the popular restaurant much to the surprise and delight of lunchtime patrons. Like a giant kid let loose on the playground he greeted adults and children alike offering animated hellos and high […]

Further your fairway swing with club fittings at Planet Golf


The pros behind the driver at Planet Golf are taking the game to new heights in South Florida. With the help of sophisticated technology like the Flight Scope launch monitor, precise club fittings are becoming a new local industry standard. Launch angles, ball speed, club speed, and spin can be improved substantially when outfitting a […]

Realtor Drew Kern is breaking sales records, supporting his community


When Drew Kern was an English literature major at Florida State University he was not so sure he wanted to follow in his family’s footsteps and devote a career to commercial real estate. But over time the Miami native found his calling in the residential real estate world and never looked back. “One summer, in […]

Realtor Drew Kern breaks sales records, supports community


When Drew Kern was an English literature major at Florida State University, he was not so sure he wanted to follow the family path of a career in commercial real estate. But, with time the Miami native found his calling in residential real estate and never looked back. “One summer between semesters I was interning […]

Caroline Bustamante is crowned Miss Pinecrest USA

Caroline Bustamante - Miss Pinecrest, Florida

Ysabel Semorile found an effective way to help her daughter overcome her shyness. With a little prodding she got her involved in modeling to boost her self-esteem and confidence. It worked, as 15-year-old Ronald Reagan Senior High School sophomore Caroline Bustamante was recently crowned Miss Pinecrest USA. The official preliminary events to Miss Florida Teen […]