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Sabrina Soto sets her design sights on the Home Show in Miami KEEP IT FRESH PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 1 WILLIAMSON CADILLAC Treating You Like Family Has Made Us 1 ILLIAMSON CADILLAC LOCATION 7815 SW 104TH St. Miami FL SALES 1-800-539-8849 Mon.-Fri. 9am - 8pm Sat. 9am - 6pm Sun. 11am - 5pm SERVICE 1-800-481-5831 Mon.-Fri. 8am - 7pm Sat. 8am - 5pm Sun. Closed 2016 General Motors. All Rights Reserved. Cadillac Christine stiphany Crs T 305.903.8845 EWM Realty International stiphany.c Celebrating Twenty Years With EWM Realty International - Beanie - Beanie At The Beach 13637 Deering Bay Drive PaDUa Unit 221 Coral gaBles Could this home be any more perfect Elegant and Cheerful 3BR Office or Nursery 3.5BA with beautiful views of the lagoon and resort-style pool from the wrap-around balcony. Split plan over 2 900sf marble floors gourmet kitchen w top of the line appliances grand-sized living room custom built cabinetry exquisite master suite & lavish bath 2 parking spaces storage unit and golf cart space. LP 1 200 000 www.1 3 6 3 7 De e rin g Ba y Driv e Un it2 2 1 .c o m - Loki 1905 SW 5 AVENUE THE ROADS BRICkELL AREA Gated tri-level estate on corner w 3 100 sf. 4BR 4.5BA gorgeous wood floors metal roof impact windows and located near Downtown Mary Brickell fine dining shopping great schools & entertainment. LP 899 000 1881 WASHINGTON AVE 15G SOUTH BEACH Octagon Towers near Convention Center & Lincoln Road Stunning panoramic views of bay ocean and city 2BR 1BA in secure building with doorman. Updated kitchen and bath pool sauna and gym. LP 265 000 1500 BAY RD - THE FLAMINGO MIAM BEACH Penthouse unit located on the intercoastal. Walking distance to shops restaurants & more The Flamingo Condo is a full-service complex on a quiet street away from traffic. 3BR 3BA PH Unit 1514 1 350 000 2BR 2BA Unit 1126S 499 000 7325 SW 63 AVENUE 101B SOUTH MIAMI Professional office-condo Near SM Hospital 800 sf 3 private offices reception area kitchenette & restroom. Leased through 8 2018 at 3 000 mo. Ample parking. REDUCED LP 329 000 w w w. 7 3 2 5 S W 6 3 A v e n u e . c o m 1280 S ALHAMBRA CIR 2204 Coral gaBles University Inn walk to University of Miami 2 BR 2BA with lovely views of the pool from the living room bedrooms & balcony Well-maintained updated master bath and newer appliances. UNDER CONTRACT LP 319 000 pineCrest FaCts a s OF JULy 1 st 2017 230 homes are currently on the market The lowest priced home is 550 000 6096 SW 108 STREET PineCrest gated Builder s Acre built in 94. 5BR Office 4.5BA 2CG. Light and bright w high ceilings tile & wood floors roofed patio w built-in BBQ & heated pool. Beautiful landscaping. solD 1 495 000 3650 POINCIANA AVE CoConUt grove Represented BUYER. Listed by Liz Perdigon and Riley Smith of EWM Realty International. Walled and Gated totally renovated 4BR 3.5BA 2CG. Over 3 600 SF. solD 1 400 000 8600 SW 147 TERRACE PALMETTO BAY Represented BUYER. Listed by Sam Noriega of Costa Sol Realty. 4 bedrooms 2 baths over 2 000sf pool metal roof impact windows and gorgeous landscaping. solD 530 000 11149 SW 78 AVENUE PineCrest Executive Rental available immediately 4BR Office 4BA & 2CG. Over 4 300SF on a quiet street close-in. High ceilings grand size rooms eat-in kitchen overlooking family room & great pool patio. renteD 6 750 MONTH The highest priced home is 7 599 000 115 homes sold YTD between 1 1 17 & 7 1 17 The lowest priced sale was 420 000 The highest priced sale was 3 800 000 167 Days on Market was the average PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS FEATURES 36 MIAMI-BORN SABRINA SOTO SHARES HER JOURNEY FROM HOME STAGER TO HGTV STAR AND DESIGN GURU. STAR OF STAGE AND SCREEN THE DIRECTOR OF MIAMI S HOME DESIGN AND REMODELING SHOW PRESENTS AFFORDABLE LUXURY TRENDS. ON WITH THE SHOW 38 40 THE CHARACTERS AT SOUTH FLORIDA S FAMED ELBO ROOM KEEP ITS SPIRIT ALIVE. THEY CALL IT HOME ALSO IN LIFESTYLE 8 10 14 16 18 20 22 24 28 30 COVER TOC CREDITS HGTV star Sabrina Soto Photography by Tessa Neustadt EDITOR S LETTER AROUND TOWN CULTURAL CALENDAR BAR TALK SPRITZ OF FUN AT VILLA AZUR GARDENING REAL ESTATE CORAL GABLES ESTATE 5 QUESTIONS NANCY LAWTHER BEHIND THE SCENES THE FROST MUSEUM OF SCIENCE VILLAGE LIFE THE VENETIAN POOL DINING ZUCCA ZIKA THE NEXT CHAPTER LIFESTYLE LIVE 32 46 6 AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AN ESCAPE FOR THE PALATE THAT S EASY ON THE POCKET Seafood Primavera Our Summer Escape menu will transport you to a world of unexpected flavors. 3 courses 5 entr e choices for just 49 all summer long. We look forward to serving you. Here s to hos pitality. MIAMI 777 Brickell 305 579 0035 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 7 EDITOR S letter ne of the many benefits of overseeing editorial for a publication like Lifestyle is that from time to time you have a chance to see how the other half lives. Through the years the regional magazines for which I ve served as editor have orchestrated stories photo shoots and events inside oceanfront estates on the penthouse floors of luxury condos in the wine cellars of mansions on the grounds of equestrian compounds aboard mega yachts and once amid ongoing construction of a Palm Beach residence that eventually sold for nearly 100 million. The decorative touches inside such luxury spaces (the completed spaces that is) often tell you a little something about the homeowners. Like the venture capitalist with an entertainment room the size of an airport terminal filled with pinball machines and video arcade games. The old-moneyed heiress with gildedframe oil paintings of herself in seemingly every room of the estate. Or the 30-something entrepreneur with a shark tank and a stripper pole in his living room. Fortunately for those of us who don t have the vision to combine elements of Sea World and Pure Platinum in the same residential space the tri-county region is filled with interior design experts who have the skill to reimagine rooms based on your budget. In addition we have access to not one not two but four Home Design and Remodeling Shows between now and next May-- including the upcoming Labor Day weekend (Sept. 1-4) show at Miami Beach Convention Center and a fall expo (Nov. 17-19) at Broward County Convention Center. In the August issue of Lifestyle we introduce you to the director of the Home Show Adam Kayce--as well as the headliner of the Miami event and this month s cover story HGTV star Sabrina Soto. See what the Miamiborn home staging expert says about the latest interior trends--none of which in case you re wondering involve Ms. Pac-Man or Champagne rooms. Enjoy the issue. PINECREST O PUBLISHER Michelle Simon GROUP EDITOR Kevin Kaminski CREATIVE DIRECTOR Melanie Geronemus Smit EDITORIAL ASSISTANT EDITOR Alyssa Fisher ASSISTANT EDITOR Keren Moros COPY EDITOR Jason Davis EDITORIAL INTERN Robin Pereira CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Harvey Bernstein Clarissa Buch Robin Hodes Dori Zinn CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS Zachary Balber Richard Novak Tessa Neustadt Ra-Haus Eduardo Schneider Shanna NYE Photography CREATIVE ART DIRECTOR Alexander Hernandez ART DIRECTOR Frank Papandrea ART DIRECTOR Evelyn Robles VICE PRESIDENT OF ADVERTISING DON FISCHER dfischer ADVERTISING SALES LORI CASTLE lcastle GEORGETTE EVANS gevans SHARI GLATTER sglatter DEBBY GOLD dgold JORDAN KNOWLES jknowles HEIDI MCMILLAN hmcmillan BRITTNEY POLIAK bpoliak TRACY SHELOWITZ tracy DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & EVENTS Jennifer Barb MARKETING COORDINATOR Estefania Marin CHAIRMAN Gary Press CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Sandy Lechner CONTROLLER Josh Wachsman LIFESTYLE MEDIA GROUP 3511 W. Commercial Blvd. Suite 200 Fort Lauderdale Florida 33309 954.377.9470 fax 954.617.9418 2017 Pinecrest Lifestyle. Pinecrest Lifestyle magazine is published by Lifestyle Media Group all rights reserved. Pinecrest Lifestyle is a monthly advertising magazine. All contents are protected by copyright and may not be reproduced without written consent from the publisher. The advertiser is solely responsible for ad content and holds publisher harmless from any error. Kevin Kaminski Group Editor kkaminski 8 AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM HORIZONS ARE BROADENED IN NAUTICAL MILES. Experience more than 300 wondrous destinations around the world including the sunny Caribbean all year. Relax in luxurious accommodations dine on globally inspired cuisine with menus crafted by our Michelin-starred chef and indulge yourself in our intuitive service. Visit call 1-800-CELEBRITY or contact your travel agent. 2017 Celebrity Cruises. Ships registry Malta and Ecuador. Around News & Notes from the Village town Miami Palmetto Senior High Student Recognized Sean Bunce (above) was nominated by Pinecrest Elementary principal Lynn Zaldua (third from left). became almost like a family because I think our students Sean Bunce a recent graduate of Miami Palmetto Senior look forward to coming each Monday. They ve always High School was recognized as the Youth Volunteer been thankful which is a wonderful thing to see. of the Year at the Miami-Dade County Public Schools Bunce says it was an honor to even be nominated for Community Partners Lunch. the award which was meaningful not only to him but also Bunce was nominated for the award by Pinecrest to his sister. It was really big for both of us because this Elementary School principal Lynn Zaldua for his was a culmination of the work that we started so long involvement in Bridge to English. He and his sister ago he says. To see the payoff was a wonderful thing. Lauren founded Bridge when he was in eighth grade Now on his way to college Bunce is passing Bridge to and she was a junior. The siblings were inspired to create English to another student at Palmetto Senior High and the program by their mother who grew up speaking Spanish with her Cuban parents and had to learn to speak exploring ways the program can grow. He also plans to keep in touch with the students to make sure the program English on her own. The siblings realized many students continues its success. in the local community needed help to learn English and approached Pinecrest Elementary about what they could do. Each school year Bunce would find students at Pinecrest Elementary who spoke other languages and wanted to be tutored in English. Bunce would recruit students from Palmetto Senior High who spoke the same languages as the elementary students and could tutor them once a week. Languages represented were Spanish and Portuguese. They also had students who spoke Mandarin Japanese and Hindi. Parents have been very thankful that we ve Miami-Dade County school board member (District 9) Lawrence Feldman (far left) was among been able to help Bunce says of the program. the dignitaries at the ceremony. It s not just the tutoring but the mentoring. It 10 AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Balanced Budget Pinecrest s 2016-17 budget received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association. The organization gave Pinecrest the award for satisfying nationally recognized budget presentation guidelines in four categories with 14 criteria. The village manager s office and the finance department were recognized with a certificate and the village also is posted on the GFOA website. Gulliver Schools Student Honored Gulliver Schools student Kelly Ann Cosentino was recognized by the city of Miami for her efforts to educate others on heatstroke risk for babies. Miami mayor Tom s Regalado established June 8 as Kelly Ann Cosentino and Baby Heat Stroke Institute Day. Cosentino founded the institute and created a website ( with videos and statistics on heatstroke as well as information on her local work to promote the initiative. She also designed rearview-mirror hangtags that remind drivers there might be children in the backseat. They re available for free on her website. It is a great honor for me to receive this distinction Cosentino says adding that 705 U.S. infants have died of heatstroke since 1998 after being left alone in a hot car. My desire is to prevent as many deaths as possible just by continuing to educate people on the dangers of baby heatstroke. Helping the Earth Palmetto Elementary School s Earth Program was the recipient of a Whole Kids Foundation grant. The grant helps schools enhance their gardens contributes to science technology engineering and math learning and provides natural habitats for endangered pollinators. Recently the school also won the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Florida Farm to School Golden Shovel award for Best Revitalized Garden. The recognition is awarded by the department s Division of Food Nutrition and Wellness. The school won the Primary Division. New Stem Cell Center Location The Stem Cell Centers of Excellence recently opened a clinic at 7800 Red Road South Miami. The center provides regenerative treatments that use stem cells derived from body fat. The treatments have been studied for treating a variety of ailments including brain injuries congestive heart failure spinal cord injuries osteoarthritis colitis and others. For information visit email info stemcellcoe. com or call 786.207.4441. Top Kelly Ann Cosentino and her family Middle Cosentino and her family with Miami mayor Tom s Regalado (far left) PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 11 around town Looking Up Local Realtor Awarded Hazel Goldman of Re Max Advance Realty was awarded the company s Circle of Legends award. The award recognizes agents who have been with the company for 10 years and have earned more than 10 million in commissions. Fewer than half of 1 percent of Re Max associates receive the award. Goldman is a partner in the Goldman Residential Group and has worked in real estate for more than 35 years. A Pinecrest resident she has sold more than 1 billion in real estate and holds a master s degree in guidance and counseling. Anthony Askowitz broker owner of Re Max Advance Realty said of Goldman We are enormously proud of Hazel for receiving this great honor which she has earned with her experience knowledge and enthusiasm. The Deering Estate hosts a partial solar eclipse viewing with the Southern Cross Astronomical Society on Aug. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m. Attendees will use professional telescopes to watch the moon cross between the sun and earth. Cost is 12 for adults and 7 for children ages 4-14. Visit for information. New Center Dedicated The Village Council and staff members along with Mayor Joseph Corradino held a dedication ceremony for the Coral Pine Park Tennis Center. The new 1 500-square-foot center includes a concession area and entrance tower. Coral Pine Park also has a new playground with canopies rubberized floors and benches. Summer Guitar Sounds The Community Arts Program presents the final concert in its 2017 Summer Concert Series. The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet performs Aug. 17 at 8 p.m. at Coral Gables Congregational United Church of Christ (3010 De Soto Blvd. Coral Gables). The Grammy Award-winning group performs around the world and covers contemporary guitar music from Latin America Africa Asia Ireland and more. Tickets are 35 in advance and 40 at the door. For information visit Local Student Receives Scholarship The South Miami Kendall Bar Association and Panter Panter & Sampedro awarded their annual high school scholarship to Miami Palmetto Senior High School senior Zachary Rouviere. The scholarship is awarded to students with an unweighted GPA of 3.0 and an SAT score of at least 1100 or an ACT score of at least 25. Rouviere received the 1 000 scholarship at Palmetto s annual awards banquet at Pinecrest Gardens. He also earned several awards at Palmetto High including first place at the Chemathon Olympiad most valuable player on varsity cross country and the District 9 Town Hall Award for Academics and Citizenship. Zach s commitment to his education the school and his community is nothing short of exceptional says Mitchell Panter managing partner of the law firm. It is an honor to support students like Zach who go above and beyond to not only achieve their goals but to help others in our community as well. Beth Am Celebrates Natural Health The Sisterhood of Temple Beth Am recently held an event in which attendees learned about nutrition from Dani Marks Williamson of Diets by Dani. It also featured natural body-cleaning products from Whole Foods and summer clothing from Athleta. The event was the end of a year of programs on a variety of topics including leadership training mental health awareness and financial literacy. The group is open to women in the community and supports spirituality and education. Learn more at tbam. org sisterhood. 12 AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Where time stops and memories begin. Escape to the beautiful white sandy beaches of Miami Beach Florida this summer. Enjoy unparalleled experiences at our oceanfront luxury resorts with welcome libations breakfast for two daily and valet parking included. Starting at 429 USD. Call 800-542-8680 or visit BAL HARBOUR MIAMI____________ SOUTH BEACH__________ Offer valid through September 24 2017 subject to availability. Rate is per room per night based on single or double occupancy exclusive of taxes gratuities fees and other charges does not apply to groups cannot be combined with any other offer and is not applicable for Rewards redemption. Advanced reservations are required. No refund or credit for unused portion. 2017 The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company L.L.C. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 13 3 Ed Sheeran Best BETS Mary J. Blige PHOTO BY BEN WATTS The British singer returns to Miami with special guest James Blunt. The multiple Grammy Award-winning pop star celebrates his third album (Divide) which features such hits as Shape of You and Castle on the Hill. Both songs climbed the charts after their release in January. When Aug. 30 7 30 p.m. Where AmericanAirlines Arena Miami The singer songwriter and philanthropist along with featured artist Lalah Hathaway brings serious girl power with her Strength of a Woman Tour. With eight consecutive multiplatinum albums nine Grammys a Golden Globe nomination and five American Music Awards Blige has a loyal and growing fan base responsible for sales of more than 50 million albums. When Aug. 22 8 p.m. Where The Fillmore Miami Beach Tickets Starting at 71 Info Tickets Info PINECREST GARDENS HIGHLIGHTS GARDENING AND HORTICULTURE WORKSHOP Having a beautiful lush garden is just the start. Learn how to properly fertilize your yard along with proper pest control techniques. Guests participate in hands-on activities about proper care of the nature around us. When Aug. 10 10 30 a.m. Tickets 10 FARMERS MARKET Find the best of local produce and goods at Pinecrest Garden s farmers market. Vendors from farms in Homestead the Redlands and other Florida agricultural areas sell seasonal fruits and vegetables. Artisan producers sell goods such as cheese honey meats and more. When Sundays 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Tickets Free LITTLE LIZARDS J. Cole The multiplatinum-selling artist s album 4 Your Eyez Only debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart in December and all 10 tracks have placed on the Hot 100 chart since its release. This tour follows Cole s 2015 circuit which was the year s hiphop best seller. When Aug. 14 8 p.m. Where AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets Starting at 45 Info This program for children ages 3 to 10 explores a monthly theme through reading exploring and creating at Pinecrest Gardens picnic areas. No registration is required. The August theme Wild Weather teaches about weather patterns and how the climate affects our surroundings. When Fridays 1-3 p.m. Tickets Free with 5 park admission 14 AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM MIAMI SPICE other A&e highlights FREEDOM The city s annual summer food celebration includes special prix fixe menus at some of its finest restaurants. The menus include appetizer entr e and dessert. Brunch specials hotel discounts and happy hours are part of Spice as well. When Aug. 1-Sept. 30 Where Restaurants throughout Miami Info special-offers monthly-deals miami-spice-month MIAMI S HEALTH HAPPINESS HOME CLEANING SERVICE GRILL FEST Guests sample food from local restaurants showcasing their best barbecue and bacon dishes and a wide selection of craft beers wines and spirits. Proceeds benefit the Coral Gables Firefighters Benevolent Association. When Aug. 5-6 Where Salzedo Street between Miracle Mile and Alhambra Circle Tickets Starting at 10 Info yd48dlv5 THE BARBER OF SEVILLE Figaro Based on Pierre Beaumarchais s French comedy Le Barbier de Seville this opera premiered in 1816 in Rome. Two hundred years later Rossini s comic opera continues its legacy as one of the masterpieces of musical comedy. When Aug. 5 8 p.m. Aug. 6 4 p.m. Where South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center Tickets Starting at 27 (discounts available for military students and seniors) Info ACLEANERIMAGEMIAMI.COM 305.233.0996 LIFEHOUSE AND SWITCHFOOT West Coast native bands are bringing rock to the East Coast on their summer tour. With more than 15 million records sold worldwide Lifehouse knows how to please the audience. Switchfoot s alternative rock has earned a Grammy along with 11 Dove Awards and 12 San Diego Music Awards. When Aug. 25 7 p.m. Where Bayfront Park Amphitheater Tickets Starting at 17 Info MARCO ANTONIO SOLIS The Mexican singer-songwriter and duo Camila bring a night of romantic Latin ballads to Miami. Since Solis first rise to fame in the 1970s as the leader of Los Bukis (The Youngsters) he s had more than 20 Top 10 singles on Billboard s Hot Latin tracks chart including 10 No. 1 hits. When Aug. 26 8 p.m. Where AmericanAirlines Arena Tickets Starting at 79 Info PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 15 B A r ta l k A Spritz of Fun CLASSIC RESTAURANT SHOWS ITS WILD SIDE WITH A NEW CANDY-GARNISHED COCKTAIL L ooks can be deceiving at Villa Azur (309 23rd St. Miami Beach). Inside the FrenchMediterranean restaurant exudes the luxury of a ch teau with its Victorian design and neutral palette ornate chandeliers and tufted scrollarm sofas. But outside on the patio when the sun goes down the party begins. Bar manager Carlos Ramos managed to capture its essence in a new cocktail the Bon Bon St-Germain Spritz. We came up with the idea because we wanted to do a spritz with a French ingredient but we don t want to lose the fun part of Miami he says. Prosecco makes it a spritz. St-Germain an elderflower liqueur makes it French. Cotton candy makes it fun. It kind of looks like Villa Azur he says. The cotton candy at the end is fun in the middle of dinner. It s different. Originally Ramos considered garnishing the cocktail with strawberries but that s boring he says. Instead inspired by the boom in avant-garde mixology he went in the opposite direction. The idea Ramos explains is to eat the cotton candy first but you can let it melt into the drink which also features fresh lemon juice and strawberry puree. It s not too sweet he notes. The sweetest part is going to be the cotton candy at the end of course. Three other spritzes were introduced with the Bon Bon St-Germain the Queen Mary (fresh papaya lemon juice Mo t & Chandon Ros Champagne Mancino Rosso vermouth) Italian Spritz (Aperol Prosecco olive juice soda) and Mykonos Spritz (Skinos Mastiha lemon juice fresh basil orange Prosecco). Soon he ll try to quadruple the enjoyment-- Ramos says he hopes to serve the Bon Bon as a drink for four in a large margarita glass. It s kind of funny for us he says. We re a classic restaurant and the people are having fun at the table dancing. [Bon Bon] StGermain is part of the face of Villa Azur. -- ALYSSA FISHER BON BON STGERMAIN SPRITZ INGREDIENTS 2 ounces St-Germain 3 4 ounce lemon juice 1 ounce strawberry puree DIRECTIONS Shake well and strain into a wine glass. Top with Prosecco and garnish with cotton candy. YOUR PINECREST TOP PRODUCER AND NEIGHBORHOOD SPECIALIST This one of a kind major estate home is nestled on almost 2 incredible acres with a long dramatic drive to your own grand estate. Formal living and dining rooms w 35 ceilings and stone fireplace with amazing view to the patio pool and gardens. The house sits on one lot and the other lot is platted and subdividable. 9298 SW 57 AVENUE PINECREST New home with all the top details. Sun filled rooms high ceilings marble and wood floors and large spaces. Clean lines for any look or style. Well equipped kitchen bar wine cellar media room office family room and game room. Up and down master suites. Elevator 20x40 heated saline pool summer kitchen. Vacant. 385 SF 13000 SW 63 AVENUE PINECREST 8 BEDS 7.5 BATHS 8 051 SF 79 235 SF LOT 4 249 000 9298 sw 57 .com . 6 BEDS 7.5 BATHS 9 606 SF 38 768 SF LOT 3 699 950 13000 sw 63 .com. North Pinecrest estate home on a deep tropical acre. Walled paver entry with electric gates. Formal living room with stone fireplace large dining room and eat in kitchen designed for family and friends. Up and down family rooms and office. Pool and summer kitchen. 3 car garage. Impact glass. Pinecrest Palmetto schools. 6065 SW 116TH STREET PINECREST New modern home ready in July 2017. Excellent construction timeless high end finishes and beautiful design. Large open spaces and walls of glass. 24x48 limestone floors down and wood upstairs. Incredible custom kitchen with quartz countertops. Elevator. Saline heated pool. Summer Kitchen. 2 car garage plus covered carport. 6925 SW 115 STREET PINECREST 6 BEDS 7 BATHS 6 743 SF 40 510 SF LOT 2 995 000 6065 sw 116 .com . 5 BEDS 5.5 BATHS 5 458 SF 18 750 SF LOT 2 595 000 6925 sw 115 .com . Completely renovated modern home on a large corner lot in Pinecrest. Light-filled spaces with high ceilings marble floors and impact glass. This home has been beautifully designed around the pool and large patio area. Magazine-quality kitchen new roof tankless water heaters security camera system and more 6200 ROLLING ROAD DRIVE PINECREST 4 BEDS 5 BATHS 3 545 SF 31 798 SF LOT 1 699 000 SALE - 8 100 LEASE 2 TOP PRODUCER COMPANY-WIDE 2016 ONE SOTHEBY S INTERNATIONAL REALTY TOP 250 AGENTS IN AMERICA BY VOLUME THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 2016 9 AGENT IN MIAMI-DADE BY SALES VOLUME OF SINGLE-FAMILY HOMES THE REAL DEAL 2016 MMXIV ONE Sotheby s International Realty licensed real estate broker. Sotheby s International Realty is a licensed trademark to Sotheby s International Realty Affiliates LLC. An Equal Opportunity Company. Equal Housing Opportunity. Each Office is Independently Owned and Operated. The information contained wherein is deemed accurate but not guaranteed. JO-ANN FORSTER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT ESTATE AGENT ONE SOTHEBY S INTERNATIONAL REALTY JOANN UNIQUEHOMESOFMIAMI.COM 305-778-5555 TO GET REAL ESTATE EMAIL UPDATES TEXT FORSTER TO 22828 uniquehomesof PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 17 What can I say Every field has their great ones. In basketball it s Lebron James in football it s Aaron Rodgers in real estate it s Jo-Ann Forster. As a seller she and her team made the experience as easy as possible. They were constantly marketing and bringing in a lot of activity and Jo-Ann was the master at getting the most for our home. She makes great recommendations has great follow up and kept us in the information loop all the way through the process. She knows the markets and she is always ahead of the curve. gardening Volunteers and the Future of Public Gardens P BY HARVEY BERNSTEIN ublic gardens are priceless assets to South Florida. Some of the world s most regarded and dynamic tropical and subtropical gardens can be found in our communities. Not only are they institutions where important scientific research is conducted but they also are places where many ornamental and economically valuable plants are cultivated in the United States. Our public gardens appeal to both locals and tourists alike. Many of us remember the fun of family outings to Mounts Botanical Garden Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and Parrot Jungle a quintessential part of Old Florida now known as Pinecrest Gardens. Today gardens like the Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens in Delray Beach and the refreshed and beautifully improved Vizcaya Museum and Gardens continue to generate interest. Pinecrest Gardens where I work first gained fame as a tourist attraction. Reinvigorated in its larger role as a public arts park and garden it hosts marvelous concerts live theater festivals and a knockout farmers market all taking place in a historically and botanically significant lush garden setting. Gardens have become much more accommodating to public interests. No longer content to function solely as quiet oases of beauty and tranquility they now provide cultural opportunities for visitors. They also reach out to their local communities. Active in environmental educational programming they offer inspiring places to engage children in hands-on experiences with nature. Public gardens used to rely upon high numbers of professional gardeners to maintain and cultivate their plantings. Nowadays operating costs have risen as public funding sources have dwindled. I don t know of any existing garden that can claim to be fully staffed to meet all of its horticultural needs. So too with the explosion in programming education and facility use most gardens are sorely beset to fulfill the increasing expectations of their visitors. These days gardens use volunteers to help with their many hands-on activities. Volunteering at a public garden can be personally and socially enriching. Whether by planting trees or pulling weeds guiding schoolchildren on landscape tours or assisting in teaching adult classes in sustainable vegetable gardening volunteers enhance our sense of shared community. Committing to volunteer in a public garden can be an important contribution to the special place in which we live. Great gardens reflect the good work and investment of many individuals. Their communities are fortunate to have them. Harvey Bernstein is the horticulturist at Pinecrest Gardens. 18 AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM HAZEL GOLDMAN 305-665-7383 hazel EVAN GOLDMAN 305-607-8880 evan OPENING DOORS ACROSS SOUTH FLORIDA N EW BOATER S PARADISE AS GOOD AS IT GETS 625 Reinante Avenue 5 599 000 179 Feet of Prime Water Frontage Huge 26 100 Sqft Lot in Old Cutler Bay Nice Existing 5 6 P 2-Car Large Boats Welcome LI ST IN G NE PINECREST MEDITERRANEAN MASTERPIECE 5940 SW 108 Street 3 599 000 2007 Hollub Built 6 7.5 6-Car P Motor Court Summer Kitchen BBall Court Movie Theatre & More MAGNIFICENT NEW PINECREST CONTEMPORARY 7000 Sqft of Quality 6 7 P 3-Car on Deep Acre Oversized Pool Gorgeous High-End Finishes 30x30 Porcelain Carrera Floors & More 11441 SW 77 Avenue 3 299 999 SO LD BEAUTIFUL NORTH PINECREST ACRE HOME Fully Updated 5 4 P 2-Car Quiet Cul-de-Sac St. 2016 Top-of-the-Line Kitchen All Impact Glass Metal Roof Acre w Tennis Court & More PINECREST ACRE LUXURY ESTATE 8001 SW 120 Street 1 399 000 1998 Built 4 3.5 P 3-Car w Soaring Ceilings Stunning 2015 Pool-Patio Area BBQ Marble Flrs. Gated Family Compound Awaits PINECREST MODERN ACRE HOME 6700 SW 130 Terrace 1 199 900 Great Location High Ceilings Split Floor Plan 2017 Brand New Roof Incredible Landscaping 4 3 P 2-Car 7585 SW 115 Street 1 799 000 EXCLUSIVE PINE BAY ESTATES SOUTH 7350 SW 153 Street 949 000 Updated 5 4.5 Pool 2-Car w 5000sqft Split Plan Roving Wackenhut Security in HOA Large Kitchen Lush & Spacious Pool-Patio N EW DECADENCE IN THE SOUTH GROVE 4128 Pamona Avenue 899 000 Fully Updated 3 2 Split Plan W 2000 Sqft 2012 Roof Wood Flrs Built-Ins & More LI ST IN G Updated 3 2 on Large 12 500sqft Lot Keep As is Add On or Start Anew Opportunity Knocks in this Superb Location GOLDMANRESIDENTIAL.COM 305-665-7383 RE MAX ADVANCE REALTY SO LD PRIME SOUTH GABLES VALUE 408 Bargello Avenue 799 000 r e a l e s tat e A residential jewel in Coral Gables promises South Florida living at its best Waterfront Majesty Listing price 14 million Listing agent Danny Hertzberg The Jills Team Coldwell Banker 305.505.1950 danny Specs 7 398 square feet 7 bedrooms 7 bathrooms 1 half-bathroom The details Global tastes (Ecuadorian wood doors Spanish stone exteriors and Italian walk-in closets) and South Florida drama come together at this project from developer Condores Capital and Coldwell Banker s The Jills. The open spaces that make use of natural light are enhanced by accessories from the Spanish architectural and design firm Porcelanosa. The kitchen has Italian cabinets a wine cooler and Miele appliances. Besides the 171 feet of waterfront the outdoor space includes an infinity-edge pool spa and reflecting pool. A second-floor rooftop terrace and a floating master bedroom provide stunning views of Coral Gables waterway. Other features include a garage with two car lifts alarm system and speakers. AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM 445 Solano Prado Coral Gables PHOTOS BY ZACHARY BALBER 20 PHOTO BY RICHARD NOVAK KEEPING PINECREST S I N C E 1 9 8 6 Ph. 305.256.9099 13601 SW 143 Ct. Miami FL 33186 Contractor license CMC057088 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 21 Born and raised in the college town of State College Pennsylvania it s no surprise Nancy Lawther is a lover of education. Her love of learning began as a child when her father read to her in French. Both her parents had studied the language and she found herself wanting to learn as well. Lawther eventually earned three college degrees in the language. She earned her bachelor s at Pennsylvania State University and then a master s degree at Washington University in St. Louis and a doctorate at Yale University. Lawther was a university professor for 19 years. Though she s retired from college teaching she has been teaching for 15 years at the University of Miami s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute where her students range in age from 50 to 94. After hearing about the schools in Pinecrest she and her husband Huseyin Kocak moved there in December 1993 with their son Deniz then 1. She is grateful for the education he received especially at Miami Palmetto Senior High School. Though Deniz is now a third-year medical student Lawther is still involved with Palmetto High as the legislative chair for the school s PTSA. She also is on the school s alumni association and is the covice chair of the Mayor s Education Advisory Council. Lawther is also the vice president of education for the MiamiDade County Council PTA PTSA and a member of Florida PTA s legislation committee. She travels to Tallahassee to advocate for students representing PTA positions on educational issues. Pinecrest Lifestyle asked Lawther a few questions about her thoughts on local education issues--and her interest in grapes. 2 What is your driving force I discovered one of my ancestors donated land for a public school so education has been part of my family heritage. My husband is a professor. My father was a professor. My grandfather was a professor and a basketball coach. One of the roots of democracy is public education. ... The core idea of community one of its sources is public education. That s my prime motivation. What s your advice for community members who want to get involved in public education If you listen to the livestreamed village council meetings the mayor reports on what the education advisory council is doing. Social media is a tremendous resource. The newsletters for the various schools issue action alerts with a point-and-click [way] to take action and communicate with legislators if a bill is coming up. In addition it s worth knowing not only who represents you in Washington or Tallahassee but also to have them know who you are. 3 1 What issues are you particularly passionate about Funding is a big issue because Florida ranks among the bottom tier nationally in education funding. Our schools do a marvelous job of economizing but [other states] have potentially triple the funding per student. That is something I d like to work on to see changed. Testing also concerns me. ... Testing itself is wonderful. But when tests become so incredibly high stakes they become counterproductive. I was hopeful during the last legislative session that ended in May that progress was being made. But just one test was eliminated I think we can do better than that. The elephant in the room for this year s session was House Bill 7069. It was burdened with provisions that abrogate the authority of local municipalities and school board members and mandates sharing of revenues which the district may not have the capacity to share with respect to charter schools. Florida PTA and Miami-Dade PTA support funding charter schools capital needs--building and construction. But that funding should come from the state and not the budgets for local projects. We re working on the language this summer and will be continuing [when the legislative session starts]. AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM 4 What does the future hold for Pinecrest schools We have tremendous teachers and administrators who care deeply about education. If we can make sure the funding keeps pace with the schools needs I think we re good to go. The schools are always exploring adding programs and because they are community-based schools they serve as a binder in the community. And everybody is looking forward to the [renovation] of the high school the students accomplishments will be front and center. Can you share details about your hobby--making wine [My husband and I] have been making wine for close to 20 years [with a couple in Homestead]. Every August we order grapes from California. We have grape vines on our property but the birds get more of the grapes than we do. The grapes come in September or October. Then we destem them with a hand-crank machine. We let them ferment for a week and then they get crushed [with an oldfashioned apple cider maker]. The juice sits for about six months. We bottle between the end of March and the beginning of May. We make between 75 and 150 bottles a year for consumption at home and for giving away as presents to friends or serving at parties. 5 22 PHOTO BY SHANNA NYE PHOTOGRAPHY 5 questions with BY KEREN MOROS NANCY LAWTHER Education Advocate cloud nine During Spatember Greater Fort Lauderdale s blissful resort and day spas invite you to enjoy ooh-ahh indulgences. Visit SPAmonth for participating spas. Get glowing 99 SPA TREATMENTS SEPT 1-30 DECISIONS. DECISIONS. September is Crave GFL Restaurant Month. Indulge in the area s hottest culinary experiences and enjoy specially priced three course gourmet menus. So many choices. So little time. Visit cravegfl for participating restaurants. Let s eat 37 3 COURSES SEPT 1-30 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 23 Gulf Stream Aquarium Oculus NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM A new era of discovery begins at the Frost Museum of Science BY ALYSSA FISHER EXHIBIT PHOTOS BY RA-HAUS Feathers to the Stars exhibit hen the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science opened to the public in May its staff members looked on like proud parents. It s incredible--it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see it Alexandra Kuechenberg come to fruition says Alexandra Kuechenberg the museum s creative director. Fernando Bretos curator of ecology and director of Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE) adds that he found it touching to watch Fernando Bretos families engage in the exhibits he helped create. It gives you goosebumps. The new building is impressive 250 000 square feet on four acres within Downtown Miami s waterfront Museum Park near the P rez Art Museum Miami and Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts. It replaced a much smaller facility in Coconut Grove and now features an aquarium a planetarium and two rotating exhibit galleries. The framework is done and now the pressing work W begins--engaging visitors. Pinecrest Lifestyle spoke to Bretos and Kuechenberg to learn more about how that happens. What are your roles at the museum Bretos I m the curator of ecology--it s an absolute dream job. I m a marine biologist and conservation scientist so I explore how the sciences move the needle in terms of conservation action. I developed a lot of content for the aquarium which covers South Florida coastal habitats. I also direct a program called MUVE which I created out of my own anxiety [for the environment]. It is a volunteer habitat restoration project where Miami residents help restore coastal habitats and monitor their success. It s almost like a museum outside of a museum. Kuechenberg My background is in fine art sculpture and technology. I get to home in on how to interpret the science into experiences for our audience. That s where my passion lies. I play a role in most of the museum s experiences and content physically in terms of the exhibit but also with brand and identity of the museum itself. Figuring out how we can create different content different exhibits different programs to access our local and global community is the challenge and also the gift of being able to open a new museum in this time and age. How does any museum serve its community That s what we re all exploring and learning. That s a big task. Where do you start Bretos One of my tasks now is to create our 26 AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM conservation program. How are we engaging people Citizen science is this idea that everyone is a scientist not just guys in lab coats. MUVE is one way we can capture that. I m thinking to go a step further. What about all the scuba divers that come through the aquarium We can then get them involved in say coral restoration. It s really exciting--not just creating a museum but also a conservation-conscious community. Kuechenberg The role of the museum is to showcase real research and real science as it s happening not just to showcase facts. I think it s very important for the museum to not just be a gallery for information but to be participatory and become catalysts for research. Mangroves exhibit at the aquarium s vista level What goes into creating an exhibit Kuechenberg It starts out like any creative process very early on with concepting brainstorming sessions with the team-- typically a group of two to three scientists to act as advisers on the topic. There are six to seven months of pre-planning to develop the concept before it can be executed. It s very much like a construction project. Once we have the core together we put it out to design companies to actually bring it to life. That process usually takes about two months. Then building and installation typically takes another eight months to a year. The length of an exhibit development is typically around two years. And that s a quick turn around actually--it s a big long process. It s very involved but also a very creative and fun process for me because I get to work with scientists and specialists and learn from them. Bretos That s the fun part but it also takes the most patience. You re bringing in all these different types of creative thinkers like scientists and in the case of the aquarium aquarists. Sights and Sounds See what s new this month at the Frost Space An Out-of-Gravity Experience Visitors will explore the challenges and triumphs of space exploration and discover what lies ahead for human space flight. Exhibit highlights include touch graphics a vacuum bell jar meteoroid shields historic videos and spacesuit accessories. RUNS UNTIL Sept. 10 Late Frost Science A new after-hours series on the second Wednesday of each month will take a deeper look at the West Wing s exhibitions. Each event will feature special guests live performances cocktails discussions and interactive displays from 6 30 to 9 30 p.m. The series began in June with a closer look at the Seeing What Are You Looking At exhibition. DATES Aug. 9 Seeing 003 Waves Sept. 13 Seeing 004 Illusion. INFORMATION space How was that experience Bretos We had all these ideas fleshed out for the aquarium--scientists and exhibit designers decided what will be in it branding style and layout. And then the aquarists came in and threw everything off [laughs]. Kuechenberg They were like No that s not functional Bretos I learned Saltwater is going to ruin that and You can t put that fish in a tank. It s good because it makes you think through diplomacy and the teamwork is key and makes us a lot stronger. You re patient because you ve got to go through all these iterations. Kuechenberg Now we can put all of our energy toward the creative side the activation of the content and the science behind it. It s really interesting that you go from this idea a concept and then it becomes real. It s really gratifying and rewarding and constant learning for us-- and I think for everyone that s experiencing it. Catch a Flick The Science Art Cinema Film Festival will feature short science and science fiction films influenced by art as well as short art films influenced by science and science fiction. WHEN Aug. 31 WHERE The Frost Planetarium PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 27 village life PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CITY OF CORAL GABLES A popular tourist attraction the Venetian Pool was built in 1923 from a coral rock quarry. Since it opened in 1924 it has been renovated twice and continues to remind visitors of the past with historic photographs on display. With 820 000 gallons of water fed from an underground aquifer the pool features two waterfalls and grottos and is the only swimming pool on the National Register of Historic Places. This August the Venetian Pool hosts swimming lessons (certified by the American Red Cross) and lifeguard courses. The pool is located at 2701 de Soto Blvd. Coral Gables. For information call 305.460.5306. Dive In DINING Buratta tartine Coral Gables newest Italian restaurant zucca brings spice to Hotel St. Michel BY CLARISSA BUCH A Slice of Italy Charcuterie Hidden on a central but quiet side street in Coral Gables you can find Hotel St. Michel a small European-style boutique inn dating to the 1920s. Blanketed in ivy-colored d cor much has stayed the same inside the vintage hotel from its antique brass elevator to its 28 uniquely designed rooms. But in March Hotel St. Michel added the swanky Zucca to its bottom floor. The modern Italian restaurant equipped with a full-service bar creates a bustling atmosphere in the hotel especially on the weekends when it is difficult to find a table without a reservation. Created by Da Silva Hospitality Group a Venezuelan-based firm responsible for more than 30 restaurants and hotels in South America Zucca brings Latin American flavor to the traditional Italian restaurant. For Keiny Da Silva vice president of Da Silva Hospitality Group Zucca takes on a deeper meaning than just a new restaurant. Her family traces to Sicily which is something she and husband Erasmo want to convey with Zucca which is their first establishment in the United States and expands the Da Silva name beyond Venezuela. It seems like we ve been in the restaurant business forever Da Silva says. We re so established in Venezuela so we decided to try to move into the U.S. and understand the market. In 2014 the Da Silvas moved to South Florida to study its growing restaurant scene. There s this phenomenon where restaurants open and close very quickly she says. But it takes a long time for a restaurant to be able 30 AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Above from left Nonna s Mule ricotta e mela pancake Left Arancini Below Vitello tonnato to walk by itself. That s why we decided to move to Miami understand the market here and then slowly launch our concept. To create Zucca the Da Silvas and Hotel St. Michel renovated the ground floor creating two distinct spaces on both sides of the inn. On the left is a large cocktail bar with a glass-enclosed 1 000-bottle wine cellar. On the right the restaurant serves an eclectic menu of Italian classics-- ravioli tagliatelle Milanese dishes and Mediterranean sea bass among others. There aren t many places in Coral Gables for authentic Italian cuisine Da Silva says. We found this niche and moved forward. The menu highlights comfort and affordability while the atmosphere is stylish. Within a dimly lit space dozens of waiters in white linens dash through the restaurant s corridors sometimes serving hundreds of customers a night. Meals often begin with charcuterie-- meats and cheeses sourced from various regions in Italy such as Tuscany and Lombardy. Other shareable starters include carpaccio or the arancini di riso con rag bolognese crispy risotto balls stuffed with meat sauce and mozzarella. Standout pasta dishes include trofie al pesto genovese which is pasta saut ed in a traditional pesto sauce and topped with pine nuts ravioli di zucca burro e salvia a homemade ravioli dish stuffed with pumpkin and saut ed with light butter sauce and sage and tagliatelle ai funghi tagliatelle pasta saut ed with mushrooms and topped with shaved black truffle and extra virgin olive oil. Meat and seafood plates include baked sea bass dry-aged T-bone steak and veal chop Milanese. For a sweet finish there are several traditional Italian desserts such as tiramisu or tortino di carote a carrot cake with Grand Marnier zabaglione sauce. The simplicity of Italian cuisine is key Da Silva says. But it s more than that. We ve created a special ambience here too. It s about bringing something new and different to the area. ZIKA What locals need to know about the virus that had South Florida on edge last year BY DORI ZINN THE SEQUEL W Sonali Ruder hen a mosquito-borne virus started to spread in South America a few years ago the United States didn t pay attention. But then last summer Zika descended on Miami. According to the Florida Department of Health 285 locally acquired infections of Zika occurred statewide in 2016 with many of those cases stemming from an outbreak in the Wynwood Little River north Miami Beach and South Beach areas of Miami-Dade County. Another 1 122 travel-related cases of Zika were reported throughout the state--including 182 in Broward County and 350 in Miami-Dade County. 32 AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Though Zika has been around for decades in mosquitoes it started to spread rapidly in humans living in Central and South America in 2015. The virus can be contracted by either a mosquito bite or by sexual contact. According to experts 80 percent of people don t show symptoms. The biggest fear among those infected is how pregnant women--specifically their unborn fetuses-- will be affected. While most people with Zika don t realize they have it pregnant women can show symptoms because of a damaging side effect The virus can cause microcephaly--a condition in newborns where the head is significantly smaller than expected causing brain damage and mental disabilities. There s no cure. Will the summer of 2017 be a repeat of last year John C. Beier a director at the University of Miami s Division of Environment & Public Health doesn t expect a South Florida outbreak like last year s but he warns those traveling abroad--and those hosting out-of-area visitors--to exercise caution. Zika wasn t anything big until it started infecting humans and it wasn t significant until microcephaly Beier says. This is the first time any vector-borne disease like this has been known to affect infants. The Florida Department of Health reports that nearly 300 pregnant women throughout Florida demonstrated lab-evidence of Zika in 2016. This year through late June the department reports that 59 pregnant women in the state have been diagnosed with lab-evidence of Zika. I tell [patients] to wear mosquito repellent and longsleeved clothing when they can bear it and avoid being outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most likely to be out he says. [It s just] basic precautions right now. If there are new recommendations they would become more forceful. In Broward County where Bratter works 14 travelrelated cases of Zika have been reported in 2017 as of late June. (Another 26 travel-related cases have been documented in Miami-Dade.) At this pace South Florida would record less than one-sixth the number of travelrelated cases compared to last year. But even the 2016 numbers Bratter says were misleading. People thought it was a wider-spread infection he says. But all of Florida is different from [just] Wynwood. Bratter never had a Zika patient during last year s outbreak although he tested a few people. Those testing positive he says should then see a perinatologist--a doctor who specifically treats pregnant women with complications--for further evaluations close monitoring and counseling on their options. Steering Clear Zika symptoms mostly resemble the flu so it s hard to differentiate between the two viruses. If you aren t a pregnant woman or the partner of one having Zika isn t an issue. But for pregnant women Beier says to take the necessary precautions. [Pregnant women] should protect themselves from mosquito bites by using repellent and wearing longsleeved clothes and pants he says. For those that live here they can clean up their yards by removing breeding sites. Beier says any containers that hold water can potentially breed mosquitoes. Flower pots and bromeliads breed mosquitoes since they retain water. Zika is still so new that prevention is the best way of fighting it. There s no vaccine for Zika Beier says. A lot of money is going into a vaccine and there are some promising ones going into clinical trials [but] there s nothing on the market yet that we can use to prevent Zika infections. Jonathan Bratter an OB-GYN physician at Women s Health of South Broward in Miramar still tells his patients about possible outbreaks even though it s quieter now than it was last year. 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ON T HE O CE AN OF T HE O CE AN Starting from the 900 000s 954.781.9700 Sabbia Beach Sales Gallery 723 North Ocean Boulevard Pompano Beach Developed by Architecture by Interior Design by Exclusive Sales and Marketing by On the eve of a Miami home show appearance HGTV host Sabrina Soto dishes on the highs and lows of her career BY KEVIN KAMINSKI PHOTO BY TESSA NEUSTADT S TAR OF TAGE AND CREEN O She snagged a short-lived role in 2004 as host of the f the shows over the past decade that have TLC show A Dating Story but soon thereafter her TV helped to make Sabrina Soto a household name career stalled. on HGTV perhaps none rings truer for the All along she had dabbled in real estate and home home-staging star than The High Low Project. staging--so it wasn t long before Soto was making a It s there that Soto born in Miami has made solid living doing that full time. But in the back of her over-the-top interior design dreams come true on a mind she had unfinished business. One night after pedestrian budget. watching a documentary about attracting desired By her own admission she still lives the high-low outcomes called The Secret Soto couldn t sleep. She lifestyle--even though her popularity and expertise turned on her computer at 4 in the morning and logged have led to d cor and accessories deals with Target on to Craigslist in search of TV work. and Bed Bath & Beyond as well as steady demand as There it was a post for a hosting job they were a speaker at expos such as the upcoming Miami Home looking for someone with design and real estate Design and Remodeling Show (Sept. 1-4). experience--who had been on TV before Soto says. The first-generation Cuban-American credits her I immediately sent my reel and my r sum . I didn t mother who ran a freelance decorating and homeeven have an agent at the time I was flying blind. staging business with not only giving her the freedom as The job turned out to be Get It Sold an HGTV a child to consistently re-imagine her bedroom space but concept that called for also instilling in Soto an on a staging expert understanding that it doesn t to spruce up houses take deep pockets to create a for sale that were compelling residential vibe. generating zero interest When I was 14 we went on the market. Soto from a very comfortable couldn t have handlifestyle to really really Go tropical What s so fun and I m not picked a better venue struggling says Soto 41. My just saying this because of my background for her personality and parents were going through a is the Cuban influence which is coming on talents to shine. What divorce my father relocated strong. Infusing tropical accents in your house is started out as a filler and the family fell apart. I had so easy and it s perfect for South Florida. show became one of to get a special permit just so the network s top-rated I could work. What s on the horizon The big color programs in prime But my mom always said coming in home accessories is pink. I love it. time enjoying a sixthat even if we only had 100 Expect to see pinks and deep greens. season run. in our bank account we could Soto later spent still be proud of our house. Inside out If your interior is all earthy time on Real Estate You can still invite friends tones take the opportunity to have some Intervention and made over and not be embarrassed. fun with your exterior spaces. If you don t guest appearances on A lot of my high school want to go crazy just try stripes--like cabana several other HGTV friends didn t realize how stripes in black and white--and then add little shows she began poor we were until we were pops of color. hosting The High Low evicted from that house. Project in 2011. Perhaps that s why Soto Looking back I can t believe that all of these based in Los Angeles and mother to a nearly 2-year-old opportunities have turned into a successful brand daughter with Steve Grevemberg takes nothing about Soto says. her journey for granted. A veteran of home shows such as the one For as long as she can remember Soto wanted to scheduled for Labor Day weekend at the Miami Beach be on television--and at 21 she seemed on her way. Convention Center Soto says that her seminars leave Unable to afford a professional head shot she sent people feeling like they just hung out with a really a picture of herself standing in front of a Christmas good friend. tree to a casting director for an MTV show called Big I ll talk about design trends but mostly I love Urban Myth which addressed rumors like whether answering questions from the audience she says. I ll Tupac Shakur was still alive. Soto was host for the pilot episode but the show ran instead with voice-overs after get crazy questions and I ll answer them all. I m an open book. Trust me it ll be like a party. being picked up. Sabrina s South florida d cor Tips 1 2 3 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 37 Show director Adam Kayce On with the Show BY ROBIN HODES Residential imaginations run wild at the Home Design and Remodeling show s the synthetic grass that covers artificial football fields appropriate for the landscape of a million-dollar home Expect the myth-busting answer to that question and countless other residential insights when the Home Design and Remodeling Show takes over Miami Beach Convention Center over Labor Day weekend. More than 800 companies showcasing every conceivable home element under the Florida sun will descend on the convention center s 170 000-square-foot exhibition space from Sept. 1 4. Much like the successful Broward show in late May (a second Fort Lauderdale show is slated for November) the Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show will cater to a variety of consumers--from people looking to upgrade a mobile home to those trying to revamp parts of a sprawling oceanfront estate. Attendees can anticipate exciting product innovations like the above-mentioned synthetic grass--which has been so significantly modified that it s become the new standard for many lavish landscapes. Perhaps no one knows more about the event than Adam Kayce vice president and show director of Home Show Management Corp. South Florida s largest and longest-running producer of home improvement expos. A former venture capitalist who relocated from Boston nine years ago Kayce caught the trade show bug and has been involved with the Home Show ever since. There s no business like Show business Kayce says. The week leading up to the Home Show is not like a theater performance with dress rehearsals. Our job is to manage it effectively and have it run smoothly all the while knowing that everything has been put into place well ahead of time. Producing such a large-scale event doesn t happen overnight as reality programs such as The Property Brothers or Extreme Makeover Home Edition might have us believe. Aside from the SAVE THE crews that construct the showrooms DATES themselves Kayce supervises a team Check out one of the composed of salespeople marketing two Home Design and PR professionals social media and Remodeling experts art directors and webmasters Shows coming to (the company s executive office is in South Florida. For Coral Gables). information visit From booking talent organizing the exhibitors and layout marketing and many other backstage tasks our team MIAMI BEACH never stops says Kayce of a process WHEN Sept. 1 4 that begins an entire year ahead of a WHERE Miami Beach scheduled show date. Convention Center Aside from his dedicated squad 1900 Washington Ave. Kayce depends upon the teachings of TICKETS Adults his mentors Steve Plotkin (president 10 ages 11 and and co-founder) and Larry Perl (past under 1 save 3 vice president and co-founder) who on adult admission have some four decades of Home Show by purchasing tickets experience. Along with the lessons he s online by Aug. 31 gleaned from Plotkin and Perl Kayce has put his own stamp on the shows-- FORT LAUDERDALE such as tapping into the shift toward WHEN Nov. 17 19 affordable luxury. WHERE Broward To me luxury that is attainable to County Convention everyone at every price point is the Center 1950 home trend of the moment he says. Eisenhower Blvd. That s not to say over-the-top luxury TICKETS TBA won t turn its share of heads. In September the Miami Home Design and Remodeling Show will launch its Design Innovators Showcase a display area featuring an array of upscale stateof-the-art brands. Other show highlights will include an appearance by popular HGTV host Sabrina Soto as well as industry-specific seminars such as AtHomeWithArt a showcase of works by Little Havana neighborhood artists. Another attraction will be Home Style 411 the Miami show s answer to a designer show house. It will boast fully staged rooms conceived by top South Florida design talents that expertly use the latest design resources--all of which naturally can be obtained at the show. No one will argue that the planning and execution of a home design project can be daunting. Thankfully the Home Design and Remodeling Show curates it all under one roof. Expect to see stunning patio spaces complete with pergolas fire pits and spas cutting-edge kitchens with sleek Italian cabinetry and the latest modern appliances all assembled to completion for an interactive experience. Prepare to be inspired. PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 39 THEY STILL CALL IT HOME BY ALYSSA FISHER PHOTOGRAPHY BY EDUARDO SCHNEIDER For the regulars at Fort Lauderdale s venerable Elbo Room every day is like a family reunion 40 OCTOBER 2016 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Bokamper at his Sports Bar & Grill in Fort Lauderdale A beachside view of the Elbo Room circa late 1950s B W PHOTOS COURTESY OF FORT LAUDERDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY Pete Wood T he music is loud and the crowd is languid on an early afternoon at the Elbo Room. Many of the regulars at the most-renowned corner bar in South Florida already have assembled. People such as Pete Wood whose bottle of Chandon Brut Classic chills next to his barstool in a metal bucket typically used for icing beers. Wood takes swigs of sparkling wine out of a plastic foam cup as he waxes poetic about the indooroutdoor spot forever linked to spring break on Fort Lauderdale Beach. A regular for 11 years he embraces the role of honorary public relations representative. About six days a week you ll find him in his signature cowboy hat with medallions around his neck and a silver cuff on his wrist drinking Brut Classic-- It s my beer he explains-- socializing with friends and chatting up tourists. Wood traveled the world while enlisted in the It is like a magnet--it draws you in. No matter where you start you re going to end up on this corner. This is South Florida s Times Square. military before he moved to Fort Lauderdale. Now an information technology consultant his home is roughly an eight-minute walk from his favorite barstool. Everything in Fort Lauderdale flows into the beach and this is the best beach bar says Wood 52. It is like a magnet--it draws you in. No matter where you start you re going to end up on this corner. This is South Florida s Times Square. It s here on what is now the corner of South Fort Lauderdale Beach Boulevard and East Las Olas Boulevard that the Elbo Room s no-frill charms gained widespread attention as a backdrop in the 1960 film Where the Boys Are. By then it already had been around for more than two decades having opened in 1938 but the coming-of-age exploits of Connie Francis George Hamilton and the other college students in the movie turned the beach and the bar into the country s unofficial spring break haven virtually overnight. However as its regulars will attest the Elbo Room s legacy extends beyond spring break beyond even a tourist attraction. It s become home to a cast of characters that serve as its guardians. They railed and rallied when construction threatened its integrity and more recently when rumors of a sale were rampant. To me it s not a bar--it s my living room Wood says. Most locals would say that. The Matriarch Michele Penrod likes to sit in the back corner 42 AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM Camilo Castro Matt Modist bartender Joe Wetzel Ian Lowe and Chris Garcia of the bar near the beer tap to get a view of the band the ocean and the people. She grew up in the bar business. Her father Jack Penrod owned a few on this Fort Lauderdale strip in the 1970s and 80s including Penrod s on the Beach an early spring break destination. In 1981 he bought the two-story Elbo Room with its prime corner lot overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. For about 15 years Michele and her two siblings have been equal owners while their father devotes his time to Nikki Beach the global luxury lifestyle and hospitality brand he founded in 1998. As managing partner Michele comes in four to five days a week to oversee operations-- the good times are just a perk. My kids are all grown up now she says. I sold my family home and now I live on the beach so I can walk to work. I just love it. Michele is waving her favorite cocktail in one hand as she speaks. A sandy blonde in ripped white denim a navy tie-dyed top and hoop earrings she is a self-proclaimed margarita girl. I ve got a couple of boys who know how to do it the right Briana and Janet Carrero way. I like them strong but I like them top-shelf like with Patron. Joe Wetzel is one of those boys an Elbo Room bartender for the last six years and a bouncer for two years before that. On a recent Sunday afternoon he s busy at the bar being called from all directions by sweaty patrons in sunglasses flip-flops and little clothing. At first glance the burly man is intimidating. He won t chat with a writer--unless she takes a shot. His unamused facade then cracks into a smile and booming laugh. Do you know where you are he demands. (When in Rome ...) To the left Janet and Briana Carrero mother and daughter nod with approval. The bartenders they re awesome they re like your friends says Briana a 27-year-old who had her first of-age drink at the Elbo Room with her sister. Her mom from Davie was the one who called to meet up that day. They visit the bar a few times each week which is convenient for Briana who lives down the street. They estimate they ll hang around all day perhaps about seven hours. After sharing a Mind Eraser--that s vodka Kahl a and tonic water in a plastic cup--with a customer Wetzel PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM JUNE 43 Clockwise from left Pete Wood with members of the group a mix of about 15 men and women Elbo Room bartenders a collage covering a wall at the Elbo Room. people come because they hear it s legendary. the roof leaks on you but you know what you re getting. pushes the sunglasses off his shaved head and onto his face and motions outside. Looking for drunken stories here he asks. Do you have three months We can tell novels. You ever read War and Peace--that s what this story is. It s about that big. Sunday Service The stories people tell about their bars-- Eight girls in bikinis came in and danced on the bar stools --that s like a Tuesday here Wood says. There s so much fun going on you can t point to one particular episode. It s like having a favorite band and saying What s your favorite song You re like well they re all good. Wood is hanging with his group a mix of men and women about 15 strong that have gotten to know one another at the Elbo Room over the past decade. They re day drinkers he notes a different crowd from the late-night patrons that also frequent the bar. For them the day starts around noon and ends around 6 he says. The group not only gathers and talks regularly some of its members also vacation together. On this day--Sunday is Funday at the bar--they begin as they often do with pizza at Spazio (a few doors down from the Elbo Room) before settling in at their favorite watering hole. We used to call it church says Sandy Fitzgerald one of the group of their Sundays at the bar. We re all professionals all hardworking people. And this is our meeting place. I met my wife here adds Rick Distefano motioning to Jackie nearby. In addition to the bonds that have formed over the years Wood admits that part of the bar s allure is mingling with the out-of-towners. I thrive off of people he says. It s one of the most valuable resources you can have. Here you interact with so many different people--Europeans South Americans. A lot of them work in town a lot of them are tourists. It s a place for everybody to share their knowledge. Tourists want to know where to go 44 AUGUST 2017 PINECRESTMAGAZINE.COM and locals want to know where [the tourists] came from. It s a symbiotic relationship. It s [trading] information. Everyone gets along here. Looks Are Not Deceiving Michele Penrod glides her finger across a cluster of photos on the upstairs wall. The collages here and on the downstairs tables will be changed out every so often because of wear from sun and rain. This is Pops he lives in Connecticut Michele says pointing to one of the photos. That s his son and his son s girlfriend. He comes here six months out of the year and he s here every day he s in town. It s like Pops will be here tomorrow Pops is back Everyone gets excited. Chances are the crowd upstairs doesn t know Pops. The Red Monkey party on Sunday nights draws 20- and 30-somethings with a disc jockey spinning house music under a disco ball and flashing lights. There s a metal pole off to the side. Downstairs is known for its daily live music from noon to 2 a.m. It s full of Michele s regular crowd which skews 40 and older. They re the reason she works hard to keep the cash-only dive in its original disheveled glory. People come because they hear it s legendary says Julian Vazquez who sings at the Elbo Room a few Sundays a month with the band Active Radio. The roof leaks on you but you know what you re getting. Michele makes no pretenses about the look of her bar. Five years ago during the building s mandatory 40-year reconstruction she had to field concerns left and right about an Elbo Room face-lift. Most of my regulars were worried she says. Are you going to change it and make it more like South Beach I m like No no it s going to stay the same don t worry--I m spending half a million dollars to make it look like exactly the same crap. When it came time to redo the floors she recalls telling the contractor Just throw it on the ground. I don t want a smooth finish. A cleaning crew arrives every day to hose and bleach the upstairs and downstairs. It s always clean even though it doesn t particularly look it Michele quips. This whole thing it looks like a mess. I love it. Amid the photos on the walls which have countless layers of paint are license plates. Ninety percent of the plates belong to someone most of those owners were anxious as to where their plate might move during the latest paint job. None of that would matter of course if the bar were sold--which was the rumor last year that Michele had to squash. The ground under the Elbo Room is owned by a trust and when her father took over he took on the 100-year lease. The Penrod family has every intention of holding onto the bar until at least 2038. Pete Wood Michele Penrod and Alicia Bartek All these stories of Oh they re selling it well no we re not selling it she says. There s no reason to. Hopefully when that time comes we can strike a deal with that family. For now no. A Family Affair On top of the downstairs bar is a stack of computer paper 255 crayons and a laptop with a slideshow of photos and videos on repeat. Wood is taping up photos of a man with tousled gray hair square-framed glasses and his tongue poking out of his mouth. It doesn t take a special occasion to prompt a trip to the Elbo Room--when people ask Wood what he s celebrating with Champagne (which long ago he convinced Michele to stock) he replies with a shrug Wednesday. But on a warm winter afternoon a crowd has gathered to pay respects to a friend who had been a regular for so long that no one can pinpoint the span. Mickey Clean a Fort Lauderdale punk rocker and caricature artist has died of a heart attack. He was a local legend many say after the band stops and the microphone is passed around the room. In this day and age you have a life celebration Wood says. We ve had many. We usually go out to the beach but with Mickey he wanted us to just have fun and have some drinks and remember him that way. People make use of the art supplies and try their hand at drawing Mickey who is looking down at how terrible we are Wood quips. There are tears and there is laughter--remember the time the group decided to make a movie called Walking Wood playing off AMC s Walking Dead Mickey made a convincing zombie. In the slideshow is the wiry man in gothic makeup and ripped clothes writhing about the Elbo Room. Michele remembers when Mickey was convinced aliens were coming the only way to stay safe he felt was to wear foil on his head like a hat. It was so funny she says. Everyone did that. Sometimes it s bizarre but it s home. Most of the customers really feel like this is their family Michele says. The band begins to play Wonderwall by the English rock band Oasis. Wood nods along and looks at the writer. You ll have your own stories before long. 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