Stories written by Jesse Scheckner

Palmetto Bay Broncos’ Frank Gowin inducted into Pop Warner Hall of Fame

Palmetto Bay Broncos’ Frank Gowin inducted into Pop Warner Hall of Fame

  After 25 years of service that saw his organization go from being one of the worst teams in the league to one of its best, volunteer Frank Gowin was inducted into the Southeast Region of the Pop Warner Hall of Fame last month at the winter conference in Orlando at the Rosen Shingle Creek […]

Gymboree Play and Music celebrates 30 years in S. Fla. with new location

Gymboree Play and Music celebrates 30 years in S. Fla. with new location

When Gymboree Play and Music’s Coni Ensor Goudi was unable to find somewhere in South Florida for her and her then 18-month-old daughter to spend time with other moms and kids her age in the early 1980s, she saw its absence for what it was — an opportunity. “My husband had seen an article about […]

Gymboree Play and Music celebrates 30 years in South Florida with new location

Gymboree’s new facilities will feature updated play equipment, cushioned flooring and a new lounge area for parents, among other improvements.

When Gymboree Play and Music’s Coni Ensor Goudi was unable to find somewhere in South Florida for her and her then 18-month-old daughter to spend time with other moms and kids her age in the early ‘80s, she saw its absence for what it was: an opportunity. “My husband had seen an article about this […]

Sears Home Appliance Showroom moves to new location in Kendall

Sears appliance showroom

If necessity is the mother of invention, then surely convenience is the daughter of appliance. Having just relocated his Sears Home Appliance Showroom from its London Square location to its current one, situated more centrally at 11780 N. Kendall Dr. (across the street from The Palms at Town and Country), owner Michael Myers wants to […]

Father Pedro Toledo’s spiritual journey comes full circle

Father Pedro Toledo

History was made this month at St. Louis Catholic Church when Father Pedro Toledo became the first former Anglican priest in the Archdiocese of Miami to be ordained a Roman Catholic under the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. Making this occasion even more special was that Father Toledo would conduct his first […]

Rick Phillips marks 15 years as a physical fitness trainer

For Pinecrest Fitness trainer Rick Phillips, there is nothing more gratifying than seeing the transformation his clients experience as a result of his influence. Over the last 15 years, this enthusiasm has evolved into his life’s work. “I really want to change lives,” says Phillips. “When people first started coming in, telling me how they […]

Inspired Thyme Catering brings restaurant into your home

Robert Errichetti and Sam Parrish, longtime friends with a shared passion for creating fine cuisine, have combined their interest to found Inspired Thyme Catering, an independent culinary undertaking with the goal of bringing the restaurant dining experience into your home. “We strive to create fresh dishes that really allow the ingredients to shine on their […]

Dadeland Marriott Courtyard offers novel take on casual business dining

Dadeland Marriott Courtyard offers novel take on casual business dining

All across the country, Marriott Courtyard customers are noticing a change in their on-site dining options. Every location is going through the same renovations and the Dadeland Marriott Courtyard is no different. The Courtyard Bistro debuted in January with an unprecedented blend of business and pleasure. Director of operations Federico Grimm is confident the changes will […]

Agriculture a lifelong passion for palm specialist Oscar Fonseca

For Oscar Fonseca, founder, owner and operator of FPE Palms, the cultivation of palm trees and native South Florida plants has always been a labor of love. A computer products exporter for 25 years, he began bringing the best palms he could find to Miami in 1999, planting them in long rows in a 15-acre […]

Stadium Pong puts novel spin on a college classic

Stadium Pong puts novel spin on a college classic

For many young adults, beer pong is a rite of passage, a game so engrained in the academic experience it is synonymous with other college cornerstones such as fraternities, sororities, finals week, and football. Joseph Keebler was among those who became involved in the game while studying political science and business management as a Pi […]

Alteration specialists Remy Taylor moves to new location

The first impression we often make is in our appearance — how appropriately dressed we are, how well it matches and, possibly most important of all, how well it fits us. Ill-fitting clothing can convey a degree of unintentional carelessness, whether it’s a pair of pants that hang too low on the hips or are […]

Dadeland Marriott emphasizes brilliant moments, flawless service

With the holiday season upon us and a year’s worth of celebratory events on the horizon, there is no better time to decide where to hold your special engagements, and the highly skilled staff at Miami Marriott Dadeland Catering wants to make that choice an easy one. Boasting a lavish 35,000 square feet of meeting […]

Dadeland Marriott puts emphasis on brilliant moments, flawless service

Dadeland Marriott puts emphasis on brilliant moments, flawless service

  With the holiday season just around the corner and a year’s worth of celebratory events on the horizon, there is no better time than now to begin considering where to hold your special engagements, and the highly skilled staff at Miami Marriott Dadeland Catering wants to make that choice an easy one. Boasting a […]

‘vapor4you’ is a true one-stop tobacco alternative shop

‘vapor4you’ is a true one-stop tobacco alternative shop

  Like every long-time smoker, Palmetto Senior High alumnus Jim Deegan – a smoker for 30 years – had the desire to quit, but nothing he tried worked. His wife suggested they try “e-cigarettes,” or “personal vaporizers.” They first used primitive early models, which were made in China, had screw-on batteries, set nicotine levels and […]