Voyage MIA Magazine | Miami City Guide http://voyagemia.com The best of Miami, Everyday! Tue, 19 Jan 2021 13:19:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.18 Miami’s Most Inspiring Stories http://voyagemia.com/2021/01/19/miamis-inspiring-stories/ http://voyagemia.com/2021/01/19/miamis-inspiring-stories/#comments Tue, 19 Jan 2021 04:00:40 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=2620 Every neighborhood in South Florida has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common.  From South Beach to Boca (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call South […]

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Every neighborhood in South Florida has its own vibe, style, culture and history, but what consistently amazes us is not what differentiates the various neighborhoods but rather what they all have in common.  From South Beach to Boca (and everywhere in between) we’ve been blown away by how many creative and talented people call South Florida home.  Check out some of the inspiring stories we’ve discovered throughout Miami and the surrounding areas.

Boca Raton

Coral Gables

Downtown & Brickell

Fort Lauderdale

Hialeah

Kendall

Keys

Miami Beach

North Broward

North Miami

Palm Beach

South Broward

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Meet the Man of “Many Hats & Many Suits” Josniel Fiallo | President of Rex Fabrics http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/23/community-member-spotlight-rex-fabrics/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/23/community-member-spotlight-rex-fabrics/#respond Wed, 23 Dec 2020 08:20:42 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=193063 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Josniel Fiallo of Rex Fabrics. Rex Fabrics is the leading authority on fabrics and we are so honored that they are such an active member of our community.  Rex Fabrics also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Josniel Fiallo of Rex Fabrics. Rex Fabrics is the leading authority on fabrics and we are so honored that they are such an active member of our community.  Rex Fabrics also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Josniel below.

Josniel, thank you so much for chatting with us again.  For those who may have missed our earlier conversations, can you please briefly introduce yourself? 

I am a man of many hats and suits: Josniel Fiallo, husband, father, Cuban Immigrant, Proud American, President of Rex Fabrics. I started as a charming salesman with savvy business sense by nature, became a textile connoisseur by experience, and a business owner by hard work and opportunity. As owner and president of Rex Fabrics, I am fully immersed in all facets of the business. On any given day, you’ll see me around town consulting clients on our home services, delivering reupholstered furniture, selecting fabric for men’s haberdashery services, selling a future husband and wife their dream tuxedo and couture gown from our in house atelier, assisting our neighborhood clients with buttons and zippers. No task is too big or small to undertake when you love what you do and are a business owner.

To what do you attribute your success?

Like the garments we make, attention to detail. ALL details of the business are important and require focus, analysis, and care. It’s a recipe of many ingredients. Consistency. Relentless Work Ethic. The ability to take calculated risks and evolve quickly with the ever-changing climate of retail and the luxury market. Allowing staff and management room for growth. Team – The people involved in the process facilitate a harmonious backbone and compliment each other with their respective skill sets. We have been fortunate enough to run this enterprise with a collective vision and all hands on deck mentality. Throw in a dash of faith and a positive outlook, and the universe will throw some good fortune your way. !Estamos bendecidos!

What makes you different from other fabric stores?

We are your local premier one-stop-shop. Rex Fabrics is your neighborhood family-owned business with 30 plus years selling premium exclusive textiles, offering Haute Couture Services and Home Decorative Services. Aside from the vast inventory of men, women, and home textiles, we distinguish ourselves through our Personalized Services. We complement the textiles by giving them life with our in house highly skilled team of designers, tailors, seamstresses. The key is the synchronicity of exclusivity and an assortment of products, boutique services, and authentic passion.

How do you advertise your product/service?

Client satisfaction and referrals are our best advertisement. We allow our textiles’ quality and the integrity of each piece we create, and the service we provide to speak volumes silently. We have serviced four generations of families. Great Grandmothers pass the torch, and our name stays relevant in the community. The ease of building reputable trust in craftsmanship and genuinely nurturing those clients have yielded success.

We evolve with the market, and run modern-day campaigns, find us on all social media channels. Moving forward, we are becoming more active within the community. Building community, liaisonship with design programs in Miami, always considering partnership opportunities, working with both fresh and established designers, and expanding the table so to speak. Ecommerce is undeniably the future; with brick and mortar constantly in jeopardy in today’s retail landscape, consequently expanding our online inventory and creating that accessibility for those outside of Miami, FL, has also yielded positive results for us.

How did you get your idea or concept for the business?

A solid business was built on the exquisite taste and exceptional service under the vision and care of the late Carina Rodriguez. I’ve taken what she and my brother, Ricardo Aldama, created and have expanded it. Fine-tuning the process, evolving with our clients’ needs, and satisfying a niche market in our local and global community.

Rex, in its inception, was a local fabrics store in Coral Gables Granada Plaza. Eventually expanding into premium textiles and in house boutique services. With a strong foundation, a young, talented, and eager team, this train is well on its way to a new frontier. El tren no para! Stay tuned!

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

Visit me at our showroom! I love exchanging ideas, dreaming, creating the impossible with clients, and taking a cafecito break to engage and connect in person. Stay tuned to our Instagram and newsletter for product and service updates, promotions, and the occasional video.

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Hosting Events Everyone Will Remember: Conversations with Mariane Fahmy http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/22/community-member-spotlight-mariane-fahmy-owner-planning-director/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/22/community-member-spotlight-mariane-fahmy-owner-planning-director/#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2020 11:29:02 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=193051 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Mariane Fahmy. Mariane is a the Owner & Planning Director of Très Chic Event Planning and Design and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Mariane Fahmy. Mariane is a the Owner & Planning Director of Très Chic Event Planning and Design and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Mariane below.

Hi Mariane, please briefly introduce yourself to our readers.

In addition to being a mother, a wife, and an aunty which I love, I also am the proud owner of Très Chic Event Planning and Design. I am a certified wedding and event planner with an eye for a creative elegant, design. I am full of love and passion for what I do. Coming from a 20-year executive corporate career falls right in place with operations and timelines which are natural to me. I have a creative side which shines through my love and passion for luxury wedding design, event creation, and planning.

Let’s fast forward, what has changed since our last interview three years ago in 2017?

Quite a bit changed and happened since then, my planning business was growing to a point where I had to decide whether to choose between my corporate career, or take a somewhat calculated risk and focus on pursuing my passion. Of course, after lots of prayer and family support, I took the leap and could not be any happier!

When I retired and decided to grow my business in early 2018, I realized I could never go back to work for anyone else. I love being able to set my own schedule around my family life. I never feel like I am going to work, even though I am working more hours because I’m doing what I love to do. I love being in control of the clients I work with, and I even enjoy most of the challenges that this business brings.

I have been blessed with amazing clients, and because of their stellar reviews, my company has been presented with several different top awards year after year. Très Chic Event Planning and Design has also been featured in magazines and top wedding blogs like WeddingChicks.

What types of events do you plan?

I love helping people celebrate special moments. We focus on private and social events such as weddings, bridal showers, birthday bashes, Mitzvah’s, Sweet 16, baby showers, engagement Parties, Anniversaries, and much more.
Whether the customer needs planning, decorating, custom designing or coordinating, we are their go-to event planner.
We are experienced in different cultures and work with our clients to bring their vision to life with a multilingual team fluent in English, Arabic, and Hindu/Urdu.

Have you ever planned multiple events at the same time? How did you prioritize your time and resources to meet critical deadlines?

Planning memorable events and juggling the demands of multiple clients while meeting important deadlines is no easy task.
When I am planning multiple events simultaneously, setting key milestones and prioritizing my time based on deadlines is essential. I pride myself on my time management skills and use to-do lists and organizational tools to keep everything running smoothly to satisfy all my clients. I love using technology to simplify my day-to-day tasks.

 

What personality traits and top skills that you bring to the table? 

This is a very important question. To put it into perspective, the most successful event planners tend to be highly flexible, organized, and easy to get along with. They also have great time, money, and people management skills. And although formal education is not necessarily required it is always good to have a certification.

I would say my unique attribute is passion. Without a passion for what you are doing, it is not possible to ideally perform your job. Other traits and top skills I pride myself on are Communication, Organizational skills, creativity, and an eye for details.

As a planner I spend lots of time communicating with my clients, as well as with vendors and service providers.

I believe that strong communication can support higher levels of trust and confidence, so I place a great deal of importance and emphasis on establishing solid lines of communication early on in the planning process with my clients. Also being able to  communicate with everyone in my sphere with clarity, confidence, diplomacy, respect, and a cool head, even in times of stress.

Events come with a million little details, Being able  to stay organized to keep an eye on the big picture—the overall feeling and quality of the event— from guest experience, to budget, to timelines without losing any of the little details like place cards, lighting, style of glasses, and flatware.

 

What are your strategies for dealing with stressed clients? 

Event planning is a high-pressure job that requires a level-head and the ability to stay client centric during stressful situations. I always put my clients first and look at things from their perspective. Since the lead-up to an event can be overwhelming, emotions can sometimes make my clients lash out. I never take this personally and instead suggest different ways of doing things until I find the solution that makes my client’s eyes light up. I pay close attention to their wants and needs and balance them with my professional recommendations.

Has there been a time you had to deal with a last-minute change or unexpected situation when planning an event.

Spur of the moment changes and unexpected circumstances – like inclement weather, last minutes changes, set up issues and many more that we face as planners in every event are very common. An exceptional event planner does not let last-minute changes blindside them and instead has Plan Bs, and Cs (and Ds and Es!) in place to prepare for the unexpected.

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

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Introducing Art to our Little Ones: Meet Stephanie Pitts | Artist and Owner of artNEST http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/21/community-member-spotlight-stephanie-pitts-artistowner/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/21/community-member-spotlight-stephanie-pitts-artistowner/#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2020 11:57:27 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=193042 Today we’re thrilled to introduce you to Stephanie Pitts. Stephanie is an artist, entrepreneur and owner of artNEST and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out […]

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Today we’re thrilled to introduce you to Stephanie Pitts. Stephanie is an artist, entrepreneur and owner of artNEST and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Stephanie below.

Hi Stephanie, please briefly introduce yourself to our readers. 

My name is Stephanie Scianna Pitts and I am the owner and founder of artNEST Delray and artNEST Boca. artNEST is an art studio primarily for kids with options for adults as well to bring out their inner child. We provide an environment that allows everyone to be the most creative versions of themselves, naturally with no pressure or judgement. There is a good balance between traditional teaching and child lead learning. I wanted to have a place that would nurture intuitive talent where kids can discover and feel confident about the skill sets that they live within them. Kids are born creative, it is their superpower and we give them a space to unleash their innermost thoughts and ideas. There are no boundaries here…no mistakes, just pure creative freedom.

What was the idea behind artNEST and how did it evolve?

I was an art teacher for many years in Miami, FL teaching Emotionally Handicapped and Severely Emotionally Disturbed children Art. It was both beautiful and challenging but shaped my views about art and children’s lives in many ways. This was the seed that was planted early in my adult life that eventually culminated in my vision for artNEST. After teaching in the classroom, I moved on to other careers on the Operations end of Educational programming in the Arts. I always knew I wanted something of my own. Once I had my second child, I knew that was the time to bring something to life that incorporated my passions. I wanted my kids to be exposed to art and culture and have all the benefits that art provides to children. I also loved the idea of having them with me so I can spend maximum time with them!
I wanted My father, Cosimo, who is a retired filmmaker/photographer to be a part of this too. He is incredibly talented and I still have so much to learn from his brilliantly talented mind! We decided to open up a tiny studio where we both had a room in the back to create our own artwork and I would teach classes to pay the rent. Within a few months we were bursting at the seams. The support from the community was incredible and made us realize how high the demand was for the arts. We decided to take a leap into a bigger space and offer more classes and creative experiences and so we did! Once again, the community continued to grow so we opened up a second location in West Boca to serve that community as well.

How are you helping the community?

Being a mom in both of the communities that we serve keeps my finger on the pulse of what is going on. We partner with local charities and organizations in any way that we can to help build awareness. We also have a scholarship fund for kids that do not have access to the arts. Beyond giving back to organizations, I truly feel that any time anyone steps into our studio, we are giving a sense of community and belonging. We pride ourselves on providing a place that is stress-free…we take care of everything and the kids can literally do anything that they want. We are known for our Splash Room which I endearingly call “Las Vegas for Kids” because they can do everything they’ve always wanted to do but they aren’t allowed to do at home!

To have a place where kids and parents can let go and be free has always been important, but never as important as this time right now. I hope in some way that helps each person that steps foot into our studios.

How do you come up with the ideas for classes, themes etc.?

This is the MOST fun part of it all. Anything goes here…and we select themes and ideas based off of what we think will be epic. Not just, fun, but epicly awesome. If we aren’t excited about the idea then we won’t do it. I also have an amazing team of Visionaries as the teachers and we have some of the BEST brainstorming sessions. Being in a room with 7 creatives coming up with ideas with no limitations is energizing to say the least.

What has working with your father taught you?

The first thing that working with my father has taught me is that we are more alike then I have ever realized. My father and I always understood each other on a deeper level. We knew that not everyone would understand us as creative thinkers but we had to work hard to understand others that were more mainstream and be able to translate that. That understanding has literally molded my way of thinking about absolutely everything and has been a gift. The more I work with my Dad the more I understand how his genuine curiosity is what makes him know so many things, and his ability to observe and accept what he sees is what keeps his open mind. My father has brought me an understanding of myself that gives me self confidence and deep appreciation for the world around me.

What are some of the most important things that you focus on?

Our 3 core values are keeping the kids Safe, having fun and being the most creative versions of themselves naturally. Part of keeping our kids safe, beside all of the additional protocols for COVID is keeping them mentally safe. Using kindness when speaking to one another, how to comment kindly and constructively about each other’s artwork. Appreciating all types of people, ideas and views. It starts with the kids and we understand that. Besides being creative, we want to build a community of empathetic humans that will grow up to make the world a better place. If we can help shape their self confidence, they will make good choices about how they treat each other and that’s all we can ask for.

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

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Having an Impact: Conversations with Christine Handy http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/20/community-member-spotlight-christine-handy-model-motivational-speaker-best-selling-author-book-walk-beside-writer-humanitarian-breast-cancer-expert-self-esteem-expert/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/20/community-member-spotlight-christine-handy-model-motivational-speaker-best-selling-author-book-walk-beside-writer-humanitarian-breast-cancer-expert-self-esteem-expert/#respond Sun, 20 Dec 2020 10:16:17 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=192927 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Christine Handy. There is no quick or easy way to introduce Christine – she has done is is doing so much!  She is a model, motivational speaker, best-selling author, humanitarian and so much more and she is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Christine Handy. There is no quick or easy way to introduce Christine – she has done is is doing so much!  She is a model, motivational speaker, best-selling author, humanitarian and so much more and she is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Christine below.

Hi Christine, please briefly introduce yourself to our readers.  

My name is Christine Handy. I am an author, a student at Harvard University working on my masters degree in creative writing and literature. I am a motivational speaker. I work in the Florida prison system as a speaker. I am a model, a mother, and I am on the board of 2 non profit organizations. Lastly, I mentor young men and women and have been Nationally recognized as a Humanitarian.

What has been the most exciting time in your work life?

The most exciting time in my work life has been the hardest times. Because what came out of the disappointment was more perseverance and grit on my part. Ultimately, that led to my book being a best seller and now being made into a film. It was in this difficulty that my true character showed up. The beginning is easy, the end is exciting, its in the middle where people quit. Sayin no to quitting will be the most exciting part of your career, the hardest but most rewarding.

What has been the hardest season of your work life? 

The hardest season of my work life has been my illnesses. Just since Covid began I have been hospitalized 4 times and have undergone 2 major surgeries. During that time I continued to work and do Zoom speeches from my hospital bed. It was exhausting but worth it. It’s tough when our will is stronger than our physical ability. In times of illness, or crisis we have to balance work and health, for me I struggle with that because I want to keep inspiring and helping people. Slowing down is difficult for me.

What drives you to do more for your community? 

I didn’t grow up in Miami. So I have a different kind of love for this city. It’s roots I am just learning about. Wanting to feel rooted in this community for me starts with serving. I have joined a few non-profits in town, but the greatest gift I have been a part of has been serving food during the pandemic. A woman I know gathered a small group of women and we have a few hundred families we feed each week. I have gotten to know other women in our community by doing this hands on, grass roots initiative and I have gotten to see the community on a deeper level. Serving and investing in our communities not only builds the city up, it builds up the enthusiasm for the city and it creates a feeling of ‘we are in this together’ and I think we need more of that.

Who would you like to meet in your community and why 

Definitely DJ Khaled. That may seem odd because I am an author, motivational speaker and so on, why would I want to meet a rapper. I think DJ Khaled oozes out enthusiasm for this community. Just from watching him on social media he is so passionate about his work which I respect and admire, but he builds up everyone and everything around him. That is exactly how I live my life. I am a big cheerleader for women. I believe women are power united but our strength is in being together not divided. Khaled mirrors that same mentality. He is a uniter not a divider and I have enormous respect for public figures who teach the world that, it’s powerful.

How have you found is the best way to be a guide to other people in your industry?

The best way I can guide other speakers, authors and models is to give my time when asked for advice and to be generous with my knowledge. I have hundreds of people who message me on social media or contact my manger and ask to have a call with me to pick my brain on how to write a book, or how to become a motivational speaker. I take every call and spend hours talking through the process of both careers. It’s time consuming but incredibly valuable. I didn’t have anyone do that for me, but I would have loved it. Time is an asset. if we give time to others it can shape, change lives and give people hope. That is a gift I am always willing to do.

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

You can reach me on social media 

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Community Member Spotlight: Kaela Genovese http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/19/community-member-spotlight-kaela-genovese/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/19/community-member-spotlight-kaela-genovese/#respond Sat, 19 Dec 2020 10:12:03 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=192915 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Kaela Genovese. Kaela is an entrepreneur and jewelry designer and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Kaela’s team shares their story […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Kaela Genovese. Kaela is an entrepreneur and jewelry designer and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Kaela’s team shares their story and process with us below:

Kaela Genovese began her life-long passion as a jewelry designer when she was just 3 years old and would make beaded bracelets and necklaces for her friends and family.  She’s come a long way since little plastic beads on a string but has not lost the love and talent for making something beautiful with her creative mind and her own two hands.

As a young adult, Kaela worked in the high-end luxury world of Worth Avenue on Palm Beach. She realized that she had a special talent for knowing exactly what her exclusive clients wanted when it came to their own personal style. 

Choosing the perfect piece for any occasion was instinctual to Kaela.  She also knew that the pieces she was imagining in her mind would have suited her high-end clients’ needs even more than the mass-produced jewelry they were buying. Her training shaped her ability to forecast and use trends while still respecting classical styles of jewelry.

With the help of mentors in the jewelry design and retail business, Kaela decided to start her own creative business designing, creating and selling her unique pieces.  La Enovese Designs was a leap of faith, but with the support of her family and friends, she launched her dream and has never looked back.

“Jewelry is my passion. It can be the one little thing that gives a woman the power to feel unique and chic. I want to inspire women to love themselves, believe in themselves, and of course, treat themselves.”  

Kaela’s success as a designer and a young female entrepreneur has been featured in profile pieces by the media as well as given her jewelry placement in high-end boutiques. She can often be found giving the stories of inspiration behind her pieces at regional Trade and Trunk Shows.  Kaela lives in sunny South Florida.

ABOUT: LA ENOVESE DESIGNS

You are one of a kind and your style should reflect that.  La Enovese Designs was created with the idea that every woman deserves to wear her own unique personality and story with her jewelry.  Our thoughtfully designed and hand-made pieces are one-of-a-kind just like the woman who wears them.

When you add a piece from La Enovese Designs into your daily style, you are telling the world that you deserve luxury and beauty that was created only for you.  

Our Founder and Designer, Kaela Genovese, puts careful thought and consideration into each piece that she creates and hopes that the woman who wears it will feel the passion and love that went into it.  Whether you are looking for jewelry for a special occasion or casual everyday wear, Kaela has designed pieces that will speak to you and your sense of style.

As the owner and Designer of La Enovese Designs, Kaela is able to bring her passion and creativity to life making jewelry that tells a story about the woman wearing it.  She sketches and hand designs but also collaborates with single-piece manufacturers that she visits and consults with regularly.  Each piece must meet Kaela’s high-quality standards before being embossed with the La Enovese Designs brand.

Kaela’s personal attention to detail and hands-on approach to producing unique one-of-a-kind statement jewelry is why La Enovese Designs is a favorite among women in the South Florida social scene.  

Jewelry is a very personal expression of yourself and La Enovese Designs wants you to identify with the pieces you choose to wear.  Our exclusive line of handmade pieces is created to reflect that you are an individual that deserves to wear something created only for you.

The Design Process with La Enovesé Designs 

Come with Kaela Genovese, La Enovesé Designs’ founder behind the scenes through the jewelry making process.

Step One: Sketch

It all starts with a sketch. Our founder, Kaela, sketches with paper and pencil and slowly the design starts to take shape.

Step Two: 3D Model

Once the sketch is complete, the next step is to digitize it into a 3D model so Kaela can see the design come to life.

Step Three: Rubber Mold

Once Kaela reviews the 3D Model, a rubber mold is created. This mold is used to cast the jewelry.

Step Four: Metal Casting

After Kaela approves the rubber mold, the master metal silhouette is then created. The metal casting is then dipped into the selected gold to give your jewelry piece its shine and finish before adding the pavé crystals.

Step Five: The Final Product

The initial sketch has finally come to life. Each piece in the La Enovesé Designs’ Designer Collection is custom created by our Founder just for you.

 

What other services do you offer? 

La Enovesé Designs creates unique one of a kind, hand crafted jewelry pieces. We also offer Styling & Accessorizing services as well as Jewelry Restoration

Styling & Accessorizing
La Enovesé Designs offers styling and accessorizing. Kaela, our Founder, will come to you to style and accessorize your look for your next girls night out, gala or night on the town.

Restore & Renew
La Enovesé Designs will work with you to transform your heirloom vintage jewelry into a modern piece to match today’s style.

 

Are you having trunk shows? 

YES! Kaela feels so blessed to be able to do what she loves and have trunk shows back IRL! Kaela has enjoyed her “Shopping Al Fresco” Saturday Palm Beach events and excited to experience what the future holds, for both her, and her brand in 2021!

What have you done to enhance your business during covid?

Kaela has used this unprecedented time to really fine tune and elevate her brand in more ways than one. She has completely re-branded by having La Enovesé Designs website restyled. She honed in on her PR department to reach an audience both near and far. Kaela also, set a plan in place for her social media content to transition La Enovesé into more of a lifestyle brand for all to enjoy, but keeping in lieu with her businesses core ideals of jewels, trends, and all things chic! 

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

Kaela would love to hear from you! Please visit her on Instagram at: @la.enovese.designs , Facebook at: La Enovese Designs , Website: www.laenovesedesigns.com , Email: Kaela@laenovesedesigns.com, Phone #: 732.996.6423, and stop by her upcoming trunk shows , and add a little La Enovesé Designs sparkle to your jewelry collection! 

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Learning about the Law and Legal Process with Lourdes Casanova | Founding Attorney of Casanova Law http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/18/community-member-spotlight-lourdes-casanova-founding-attorney-casanova-law/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/18/community-member-spotlight-lourdes-casanova-founding-attorney-casanova-law/#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2020 08:56:17 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=192888 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Lourdes Casanova. Lourdes is a widely respected and well-known criminal defense and immigration attorney and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Lourdes Casanova. Lourdes is a widely respected and well-known criminal defense and immigration attorney and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Lourdes below and please note that none of the below should be viewed as advice – it is merely an educational conversation with a brilliant member of our community.

Hi Lourdes, please briefly introduce yourself to our readers.  

Hello, South Florida! I am Lourdes Casanova, a criminal defense and immigration attorney in Palm Beach County. I am the owner and founding attorney of Casanova Law, a law firm in Lake Worth that litigates criminal, traffic, and immigration cases.

We know your law practice focuses on Criminal Defense, Immigration Law, and Traffic Tickets. Within those areas, what are some specific types of cases you handle? 

In the area of criminal defense, we defend against any criminal accusation, ranging from alleged misdemeanor offenses to felonies. Our most common practice area is Driving Under the Influence (DUI), but we also frequently handle charges involving Assault, Battery, Theft, Drug Possession, and Driving While License Suspended.

Regarding Immigration, our cases range from deportation defense to citizenship. Our favorite cases involve reuniting families through family-based petitions for resident status and fiancé visas. 

For traffic tickets, we handle all of them as well. We most often receive calls for Speeding. 

Aside from your traditional practice, do you handle any unique areas of law? 

This is my favorite question, because we certainly take on some unique cases! 

In addition to our traditional practice areas, we zealously defend against Fish and Wildlife violations, food crimes (such as improper refrigeration, selling candy with more than 0.5 percent alcohol, or misbranding food), and CDL charges. 

We also represent clients who have not yet been charged with a crime but wish to proactively protect their rights. This is called a Pre-Arrest Investigation. This includes people who believe they will be charged in the future, or witnesses who simply want to plead the 5th.

Lastly, our best-kept secret is that we represent victims too! Crime victims can benefit from hiring their own, personal attorney. A common misconception is that the prosecution represents victims. While they certainly fight for justice on victims’ behalf, prosecutors represent the government and not any single person. We understand that victims need a voice during their most traumatic and vulnerable times, and we are here for them.

What are some of the biggest public misconceptions about your areas of law? 

The most dangerous misconception about criminal law is that if the facts look bad, then there is no point in hiring an attorney. This could not be further from the truth! When it looks bad, the accused needs a criminal defense lawyer more than ever! Sometimes, victory is not in the facts, but rather in capitalizing on the legal and procedural aspects of the case. A criminal defense attorney is also there to present mitigating information, protect constitutional rights, and ensure a fair outcome.  

The flip side of that is those who believe their case is so easy that they do not need representation. Self-representation in criminal court can lead to giving up certain rights and options that you never knew existed.

With immigration law, the biggest public misconception involves the process for getting resident status. Many hard-working immigrants believe that the U.S. government will reward them with a green card for living in the USA for several years, paying their taxes, and having no criminal record. Sadly, being an exemplary person alone does not lead to legal status under our current immigration laws. Each immigrant has to qualify for status either through another family member with status, an employer, or some other legally-recognized category such as asylum. 

From the perspective of those who aren’t immigrants, a common myth is that parents can gain legal status by giving birth to their children in the USA. The derogatory term for a child born in the United States from immigrant parents is “anchor baby.” The concept of anchor babies is totally false and insensitive to the plight of immigrants. A child can only petition for his or her immigrant parent at age 21. The only exception involves a child suffering exceptional and extremely unusual hardship. 

What are some factors to consider when choosing an attorney?

A really good attorney is the total package – meaning book smart AND street smart. When looking for a criminal defense or immigration lawyer, most people only consider knowledge of the law. While this is important, it is also critical to find a lawyer who knows the ropes – from courtroom personalities, to judicial customs and procedures. An attorney who is experienced, local, and reputable will likely increase your chances of success. 

All of the legal and practical knowledge aside, you should select a lawyer who has the right vibe. This is an intangible quality, but you’ll know when a law firm is the right fit. Perhaps the lawyer and the staff provide a certain level of empathy, interest and desire to help; or, you may simply like the firm’s style and manner of communication. Regardless of the reason, you should feel comfortable with your lawyer to get the most out of your representation. 

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

Call us! We enjoy old-fashioned conversation. Regardless of your legal issue, we want to help. Although our specific practice areas are criminal, traffic and immigration, we will always do our best to point you in the right direction – regardless of the area of law or your geographical location. Our phone number is (561) 236-5340. 

For those who prefer written communication, we check our emails and contact forms daily. You can either send us an email at info@casanovalawpa.com, or fill out our contact form on our website, www.casanovalawpa.com.

And yes, we are also on social media! Look up Casanova Law on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn. 

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Conversations on Spirituality with Sophie Frabotta http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/17/community-member-spotlight-sophie-frabotta-spiritual-coach-mentor-guide/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/17/community-member-spotlight-sophie-frabotta-spiritual-coach-mentor-guide/#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2020 08:20:54 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=192900 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Sophie Frabotta. Sophie is a spiritual coach, mentor and guide and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Sophie Frabotta. Sophie is a spiritual coach, mentor and guide and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Shajuanda below.

Hi Sophie, please briefly introduce yourself to our readers. 

Hi my name is Sophie Frabotta, and I am a Spiritual Coach, Guide and mentor. I founded The Awaken Co. where I guide people in walking through their darkness to find their light and stand in their truth. I do this through a few different formats; 1 to 1 private coaching, group coaching “circles”, self-paced online courses, and I also certify Spiritual Life Coaches through my transformational 5 month program.

What do you feel is your ultimate spiritual gift?

I believe my ultimate gift is being a channelor of Spirit. I can hear key words from Spirit that help me guide others to root wounds and move them through healing! I always ask permission to share, and others tell me that it is most of the time exactly what they needed to hear. With that being said, I am clairaudient, so I am able to audibly hear Spirit come through to me in word form. This was not always a gift, before I was able to translate the subtle messages, I would just be overwhelmed and overstimulated by life. But learning how to use this gift has helped me, help others! Over the years I have learned to translate power words to my clients and students in a way they can digest, process, and understand; this is what I believe is my ultimate spiritual gift.

What is the biggest thing you see change with your clients? 

I created The 4 R’s method, which is a process that I work clients and students through to get into freedom. It is a 4 phase process of recognize, release, reprogram, and radiate. So when a client comes to me with an issue, I help guide them to recognize what the wound underneath the “issue” really is. Next, we find the energy in the root of that wound and move them through several healing modalities to Release the energy. Once they release, I show them how to reprogram that space with new energy, and that is when they get to Radiate new light!

I see that my clients are able to flip over wounds so much quicker rather than staying stuck in a victim mentality. I believe that even if we have experienced a lot of trauma in our life, we probably only have a few “big daddy” wounds, as I like to call it. For example, we may have a deep wound of abandonment, that will continue to show up in other aspects of your life until you get to the root, do the work around it, bring healing, and learn to radiate from a new place. I believe you can heal from anything. I have witnessed my clients heal from death, divorce, sickness, abuse, you name it. The biggest factor here, however, is belief. You must believe you can heal, and then if you are willing to do the work, you will be able to radiate!

How do you go about Certifying Spiritual Life Coaches?

Certifying coaches through my Spiritual Life Coach certification starts out with them completing an online application. Once submitted, we have a phone call interview, and from there I decide whether they are a good fit and accepted or not. Once the program begins, it is a 5 month journey. The journey begins with a 7 day online retreat, where I teach them my 4 R’s Method and have them take a deep dive into themselves to really understand the work. The purpose of the retreat is to open the space and let them see how they are the most important client they will ever have. If they can walk through their wounds and find the light, they can then teach others to do the same. This whole training is really geared around our students going through their own inner transformation first to deeply understand this work. Our students are then taken through four modules that build on themselves,, inner healing, spiritual awareness, spiritual visioning, and becoming a coach. As I guide our students to step into their own healing chamber, by embracing their rejected fractals of self, something happens. And it’s a wonderful transformation for me to witness. As we learn about many spiritual practices and principles, my students are taught how to involve Spirit in every conversation, connect with their souls vision, and then move into becoming an authentic spiritual life coach. I believe that when we live the work, we are prepared and able to walk into any situation and see the opportunity, because once you understand your own darkness you can help others walk through theirs to find the light.

What does Spirituality mean to you? 

Spirituality is different than religion. I describe spirituality as the experience of God, while religion is the knowledge of God. When I describe spiritual health, I imagine being grounded to the Earth, connected to the Divine and having an open heart, all at the same time. Spirituality is a process of remembering where we came from and where we will return. It’s the unfolding awareness that all the abundance we could ever imagine is already here. It’s an inner attitude that is warm and alive, that pulses with the vibration of love, and ultimately gives back and serves others. As we spiritually evolve, I feel that there is a major calling to go back into the marketplace with open arms: being of service, helping others as where we can, and offering what we have to give now.

My vocation and life work (transforming root wounds into freedom) depend on my spiritual health and practice. With out this inner strength, support, and connection I would be useless in the coaching space. Every session I have, every class I teach, and every student I mentor – I surrender to God and Spirit to work through me and take my words. So my life’s calling and being spiritual are synonymous.

My vocation is dependent upon my active spiritual practice, therefore, I am very disciplined and active with my daily spiritual practice of meditation and union with the Divine. This is what positively charges me for the day and fills me with what I will need in order to give.

What are two things people can do today to begin to change their life?

Meditation + Journaling.

This is the best way to begin to connect with her your inner domain, see what is coming through and begin to unload + process through journaling. I have a bunch of free guided meditations on my website that can help you get started if you are looking to begin or deepen your meditation practice.

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.

You can connect with me on Instagram @AwakenWithSophie

I have my coaching website: https://www.awakenlifecoaching.com

  • This has private coaching, Future classes + dates

My Certification for Spiritual Life Coaches: https://www.awakenwithsophie.com

  • This is where you can learn more about our Spiritual Life Coach certification
  • See what courses we are offering
  • Testimonials + freebies

Then we have our crystal jewelry store: https://www.awakencrystalgallery.com

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From Acting to Writing with the Talented Stacey E. Haught http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/17/community-member-spotlight-stacey-e-haught-authorwriteractor/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/12/17/community-member-spotlight-stacey-e-haught-authorwriteractor/#respond Thu, 17 Dec 2020 07:47:33 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=192731 Today we’re excited to introduce you to Stacey E. Haught. Stacey is an author, actor and writer and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our […]

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Today we’re excited to introduce you to Stacey E. Haught. Stacey is an author, actor and writer and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Stacey below.

Hi Stacey, please briefly introduce yourself to our readers.

Hello! My name is Stacey Elise Haught, I am a retired Actor/Acting Instructor, and film coach, I taught for over fourteen years, both theatre, and film acting for students ranging in ages from preschool through adult. Three years ago I hung up my acting hat, and sat myself in a ‘waiting room’ of sorts, anticipating a new fresh opportunity and when that didn’t come I slipped into an anxiety-ridden slump. Not sure what my identity was, who I was or what I was meant to be, I started to imagine these great stories, during the beginning of 2020 my husband and I discussed what I wanted to do if I could do anything in the world and I told him “become a writer.” during quarantine he purchased me a brand new computer and I haven’t stopped writing. On November 3rd I was offered a publishing contract to publish my third full-length novel and the first one to see the light of day outside of my computer “Good Hope.” and on top of that, I have been given a platform to provide an equity voice within in my community with the St. Petian Magazine, and am able to provide an opportunity for artists, dreamers, and fellow people who are all sitting in a waiting room like me.

What would you do differently in your career? 
 
I would stop waiting for people to give me validation in my career, stop waiting for that “good job” or “Hey do you want to do this.” I would stop waiting for seats at the table to become empty and start carving out my own seat at the table earlier on. I would stop letting people make choices for me, speak for me, and advocate for me who didn’t understand what my passions truly were. I wouldn’t hesitate to take risks or take jobs even if they weren’t moneymakers or high reward jobs. I’d take them because I was passionate about them and because I loved what I did.

Who were your biggest influences?

I feel like this question could be answered in so many different capacities, I’ve lived a long life in my thirty-six years. I’ve seen a lot, I’ve been exposed to a lot, I’ve heard a lot. When I was young I would study film, then research their choices, I wanted to know why they chose the things they did, this influenced me in my acting, I approached my characters with purpose and intent, my lines were spoken without carelessness. As I became an instructor my boss Jolie became a huge influence, she would prompt, engage, and encourage me to strive to a better instructor than who I was before, being young and naive I was moldable to her guidance, and as a writer, I am influenced by stories, songs, emotions, and circumstances, everyone’s and not just mine. I’m better because I allow myself to be influenced by others, I sit and absorb their words, hurts, and experience, and cherish the journey I am on with my characters as we explore this great new world that’s brand new.

Why do you think acting classes are important if you can just act without an education?

Community. Yes. You can act without an education, acting is simply telling a story if you can feel you can act if you can lie you can act, if you can read you can act. BUT. What’s vital to an inexperienced actor is the community they have around them. This community provides such a place of protection, guidance, and comfort in a world that’s full of rejection, worry, and isolation. It’s not good to be alone in the entertainment industry, find yourself people who know what it’s like to experience the unique things you experience, build trust with them, build yourself a tribe. On top of the fundamental fact that if you’re in a solid acting class you’re going to learn, you’re going to grow, and that’s only going to help you in the long run book jobs. Working actors work smarter not harder, and you work smarter by being in a class and building your community, and your talent.

Finally, please let us know how our readers can connect with you and learn more.
 
The easiest way to find me is on Instagram! @Stacey_Haught, you can email me at staceyelisehaught@live.com and follow my publishing journey over at ko-fi.com/stacey_haught stop by, say hi! follow me, interact. My life is a chaotic garbage fire… there’s always something going on.

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VoyageMIA Bounce Back Strong Campaign http://voyagemia.com/2020/10/21/voyage-mia-bounce-back-strong-campaign/ http://voyagemia.com/2020/10/21/voyage-mia-bounce-back-strong-campaign/#respond Wed, 21 Oct 2020 04:12:41 +0000 http://voyagemia.com/?p=184061 Given the unprecedented economic impact of the Covid-19 health crisis, we think it’s more important than ever to encourage our communities to support small businesses, mom-and-pops, independent artists, creatives and makers and help them bounce back strong. Often people want to buy from and support local entrepreneurs and makers but don’t know how.  They might […]

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Given the unprecedented economic impact of the Covid-19 health crisis, we think it’s more important than ever to encourage our communities to support small businesses, mom-and-pops, independent artists, creatives and makers and help them bounce back strong.

Often people want to buy from and support local entrepreneurs and makers but don’t know how.  They might want to get in shape but don’t know how to learn about non-chain gym fitness options.  They might want family portraits but don’t know how to find the right photographer.  The Bounce Back Strong Campaign is about highlighting local businesses, creatives and makers, because learning about the local options is the first step someone can take towards supporting them.

Lee Green | Entrepreneur & Artist

Image Credits: Liore’s LLC

My name is Lee Green and I’m the CEO & Founder of Liore’s, which is a sustainable fashion brand that sells fashion accessories made of cork material from Portugal & Italy. We currently are only offering face masks made of cork from Italy. Our face masks are anti-microbial, hypo-allergenic, light weight, waterproof, reusable, and durable. Unlike many masks on the market our mask are very easy to breathe through. They were designed and produced by the same makers in Italy that produces handbags for Louis Vuitton, Gucci, & Dior. When my team I designed these masks we wanted to incorporate sustainability, style, and safety all in one. A lot of mask on the market are actually not so good as they contain toxic chemicals that you both inhale and exhale into the atmosphere. Our masks has the opposite effect as it is all natural and helps to purify the air.

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Elyssa Bloom | Digital Marketing Agency

Hi there! My name is Elyssa Bloom and I am the owner of Bloom Digital Creatives – a digital marketing biz. We help entrepreneurs take their business to the next level by helping them market digitally. We spend quality time with our clients to help produce valuable content that reaches their ideal clients. Want to schedule a free consultation? Click here: https://forms.gle/b5rQo3xXyKvdDgW18

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Antoine Mourani | Pharmacist & Owner of A Plus Pharmacy

Pictured: Andrea Pagani

Hi, I have 3 things to share:
1- Company: My company’s name is A Plus Pharmacy and during the pandemic we were able to be there for our community by delivering medications, supplies, hard to find items such as masks, alcohol, thermometers, vitamins to overcome today’s challenges. For more info view www.aplusrx.com
2- Program: We contracted with a Telehealth platform to help Floridians obtain treatments without physically going to a doctor’s office of wellness products such as anti-aging, hormone replacement, sexual wellness, nutraceuticals, and more. Visit joinalphadna.com for more information. Alpha DNA is pioneered by 2 times heavy weight champion of the world Shannon The Cannon Briggs. The goal at Alpha DNA is to help all achieve a lifestyle of Health, wealth and fitness.
3- Products: There are different levels of quality when it comes down to vitamins. We offer professional quality vitamin products that can only provided by a doctor or pharmacist. Professional quality products are optimized to provide better absorption hence better results. For more information visit our product line at www.rosebiolife.com

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Fernando Andrade | Gym Owner & South Florida Representative for CKO Kickboxing

Image Credits: IG @dmitryzhitov

We offer one hour Cardio Kickboxing Classes. During this pandemic most people are carrying around high levels of stress in their lives. We offer a safe and friendly space for people to punch and kick the bag to relieve stress and workout at the same time. As a team, we work together to keep things fresh and exciting for everyone. We do not share equipment at all. Everyone must bring their gloves (or buy them from us) and workout in their own space and their own pace using their own bag. Try out one of our classes classes for FREE and check out the workout that’s helping people get stronger and healthier during this pandemic!

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Lindsay Scherr Burgess | No-hassle Green Walls, Moss Art, Moss Logos and Lettering

Image Credits: Amanda Smallcomb for Green Wallscapes

Hi! I’m Lindsay, the Moss Boss with Green Wallscapes. Me and my all female team of mossome designers create unique moss walls, logos, lettering and art for companies and residences all over the US and Canada. We’ve recently done some really large wall installations, including 3D applications of the materials. Our most unique application is called the Amazonia collection which combines moss and ferns with faux succulents. It’s all very low hassle material, just stick it on the wall and enjoy!

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Taylor Smith | Vice-President & Co-Founder of Guardian Defense

If an attacker came into your workplace, causing serious injury or death, what would that look like for your organization? What would you tell the families of the seriously injured, or worse, deceased? What would you say to those who survived, but are terrified to return to work? How would your organization function when it has become the location of an active crime scene investigation? What would happen to your brand? Whether it is an active shooter, a hostile intruder, or your own disgruntled employee, your team wants to know there is a plan in place, and training to give them the best opportunity to survive. You also want to know there are things you can do to potentially stop something before it starts.
Hi! My name is Taylor Smith. My husband, Steve, and I started our company following the tragic school shooting in Sandy Hook in 2012. We knew that threats in schools and the workplace were a completely different problem to deal with than a fire, severe weather incident, or even a pandemic. For almost 7 years, we’ve been working with schools, businesses, and places of worship to develop a solid plan and training for administrators and staff. Our team is made up of exciting and passionate people who have the tools to provide empowering information that can not only be applied in the workplace, but also at home with your family.

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Paola Andrea Rodriguez | Sex Therapist/Psychotherapist

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My name is Paola Andrea Rodriguez and I am a Psychotherapist/Sex Therapist. My practice Life Discovery Psychotherapy aims to provide individual and couple’s therapy. I am currently working on providing a virtual group that aims to guide the dating and single community. I think that COVID has contributed to even more challenges when it comes to dating and loneliness has sparked a new anxiety in many. My group “Let’s talk about Love and Sex” is an alternative to therapy, some people may not need the individual attention or can’t afford the weekly rate. This is an option that will not only be affordable and accessible but where people will learn to dig deep to further understand themselves in the context of relationships and sexuality. Group will be announced on IG LifeDiscoveryPsych
PsychologyToday: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/paola-andrea-rodriguez-miami-fl/78942?gid=95422

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Team QuikLiq | Alcohol Delivery Service

The Covid-19 pandemic has undoubtedly caused many challenges and hardships for small businesses, and has amplified the necessity for delivery services and creative e-commerce solutions. It is imperative that people are able to engage in commerce and receive products in a convenient, safe, and socially distanced way. QuikLiq provides the perfect platform for customers to do this! With just a click, customers can receive their favorite selection of wine, beer, and spirits right to their doorstep—eliminating the need to physically go to the liquor store or grocery store. We are literally changing the way customers access and interact with their favorite brands of adult beverages; and in doing so, not only are we keeping customers safe from Covid-19, but we are also supporting the fight against drunk driving by providing a safe alternative to the ubiquitous “liquor run”! People should check us out for the following reasons: – We are locally grown and operated with our company headquarters on Miami Beach. – We are the 1st black-owned marketplace / delivery service for alcohol. – QuikLiq was founded by 3 HBCU graduates (Clark Atlanta University). – We are disrupting an industry that has been around for 100s of years (alcohol) and bringing it into the 21st century. – QuikLiq is cool, innovative, organically grown and millennial-inspired… we bring the vibes right to your doorstep!

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Dennisha McThay | Fashion and Handbag Designer

Hello! I pray all is well. I recently launched my Curvy Girl World line of tshirts, hoodies, tote bags and mugs! This line was inspired to encourage, motivate and uplift curvy women to learned and accept their curves, flaws and all! Sis, be comfortable in your own skin. No matter your size or what people and society think! I have made it my personal passion and goal to help plus-size and curvy women embrace, celebrate and love their curves. Most of my life, I battled with my weight, trying every diet fad, pills, and starvation because all I saw in the mirror was a fat girl. Being called “FAT” doing my adolescence stage damaged me emotionally to the point I would hide my body with jackets and dusters! Now, in my 40’s, I say in my Tina Turner voice…What’s weight got to do with it?? Lol! Nothing! I’ve learned to love me from the inside out. My size doesn’t define my value! I’m reaching out and grabbing the hands of my sisters all around the world. No matter the shape, size or ethnicity and embrace them because we’re in this together. www.dmdesigns.biz

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Joey Roberts | Co-Owner

Image Credits: Photo credit : My partner Joyci Borovsky at Syndicate Wynwood

Hello! My name is Joey Roberts. I am a co-owner of Syndicate Wynwood – a non alcoholic bar concept / event space in Wynwood Miami. My bar is unique as it is the only non alcoholic bar in the area. We focus on non alcoholic cocktails, kava and kratom (herbs that are quite often substituted for alcohol). There are many different reasons to stop by Syndicate. Whether you’re a first timer who is interested in experiencing a new type of nightlife, or if you’re just looking to sing your heart out without any judgement whatsoever with a bunch of people who are doing the same thing, (check out our ladies night karaoke on Wednesdays – $1 drinks for ladies and duets ALL NIGHT LONG). One thing that I truly love about my bar is that there is something on the menu for everyone. From coffee to matcha, NA cocktails, NA beer, Kava cocktails, teas, cacao and more. If you’re a student who needs a chill place to study and relax then the lounge area is for you, or if you’re an active human being who enjoys going to the gym, then try a GOLD TEA in substitute of pre workout. Doctors, teachers, bartenders, lawyers, waiters, politicians, police officers, students……..whoever! Syndicate is a place for ALL! Come by.

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  • Website: Syndicatewynwood.com
  • Instagram: Syndicatewynwoodmiami
  • Facebook: Syndicate Wynwood
  • Yelp: Syndicate Wynwood

Alfred Medina | Kinesiologist & Exercise Physiologist

I am the owner and practitioner at the Sports & Lifestyle Clinic an elite wellness clinic in the heart of South Miami, I treat the total body- body, mind and spirit to achieve optimum health for my patients. I am unique as there are few Kinesiologists in Miami with my 30 years experience, positive energy and hands that heal soft tissue restrictions and pain using the trademarked SLC Rapid Release Technique without the need for toxic injections. I treat my patients on a one to one basis and also achieve body transformations through setting up a personalized functional fitness program including clean eating, fitness and natural supplementation with my SLC Optimum Health for joint and soft tissue health).

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  • Website: https://slcmiami.com
  • Instagram: @slcmiami
  • Facebook: Sports & Lifestyle Clinic
  • Linkedin: SLC Miami(Sports & Lifestyle Clinic)
  • Yelp: Sports & Lifestyle Clinic

Lourdes Casanova | Criminal Defense and Immigration Attorney

There are a lot of criminal defense law firms in Palm Beach County; but how many of them are trilingual, women-led, and LGBTQ+ friendly? How many of them excel in multiple areas of law? How many employ a former prosecutor with litigation experience? How many criminal defense firms, in addition to all of the above, have a Hispanic female CEO who is a South Florida native, the daughter of immigrants, and a leader in the community?
My name is Lourdes Casanova, and I proudly run a local, boutique law firm that is the total package. My criminal defense law firm, Casanova Law, successfully litigates all types of criminal cases, from misdemeanors to felonies. We also thrive in specialty areas such as immigration law, traffic tickets, victim representation, sealing & expunging, and Fish and Wildlife cases. I am Cuban-American, born in Miami and raised in Royal Palm Beach, Florida. I come from a family of Cuban refugees who taught me to value hard work, freedom, and the protection of civil rights. My loyal assistant, Paola Valero, is of Mexican and Cuban parentage and holds values similar to mine. An immigrant herself, she is strong, compassionate, and a force to be reckoned-with. Between the two of us, we speak three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese). Because of our diverse backgrounds, we embrace diversity in language, race, ethnicity, gender, orientation, and everything that makes our society free, authentic, and better.
I founded Casanova Law in 2015 after having worked as an Assistant State Attorney for the 15th Judicial Circuit. As a prosecutor, I had the opportunity to litigate hundreds – if not thousands – of criminal cases. After gaining extensive trial experience and a strong background in criminal law, I decided to transition to private practice and use my skills to defend the community. To further this goal, I have not only represented my clients with passion, but have also joined legal and community organizations to give a voice to the unheard. Currently, I am a board member of the Palm Beach Hispanic Bar Association, a legal organization dedicated to helping the Hispanic community. I am also a member of the Palm Beach Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Puerto Rican Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. 5 years into running my firm, I am still humbled by the overwhelming support from family and friends, exceptional praise from valued clients, and the blessing of being in the position to help those in need. 2020 has been a challenging year for our firm, our clients, and our community. Yet, Casanova Law is more motivated than ever to succeed. Rather than backing down in the face of adversity, our firm has risen to the challenge of assisting people who are going through unprecedented times. We have adjusted our practice to meet the needs of our clients, prioritizing safety and mental health. We continue to fight for justice daily, in the courtroom and in life. We are true counselors in every sense of the word. For those who are facing a criminal accusation or immigration concern, we are ready to lift the burden with our knowledge, experience, determination, and humanity.

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Paty Mariposa | Stress Release Expert

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Hola I’m Paty Mariposa a Stress Release Expert who empowers compassionate individuals who are overwhelmed and stressed to transform and achieve holistic wellness in their lives so they can feel happier and healthier using complementary therapies. I do this through individual and group coaching programs along with self-care workshops and presentations focused on incorporating Eastern and Western therapies in English and Spanish. My certifications and license include Licensed Clinical Social Work in Florida with a dual Master’s degree in Social Work and Public Health, plus numerous certifications in Usui Reiki Master/Teacher, Mindfulness Techniques, ThetaHealing, and Wellness Coach. The services I share with people are to help them get to the core of their issues, release it, and help them discover their purpose so they can continue to shine brightly in the world. I specialize in working with people who struggle with issues dealing with trauma, stress, anxiety, and depression related to relationships and career. What makes me stand out is that I show up on social media with messy hair, no makeup, and an attitude of love as I share ways to love up every day.

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  • Website: www.mariposasholistic.com
  • Instagram: @patylamariposa
  • Facebook: Mariposas Holistic
  • Linkedin: Paty Mariposa Hernandez
  • Youtube: Paty Mariposa

Max Padron | Guitarist, Music Instructor & Session Musician

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My name is Max Padron. I’m a Venezuelan Guitarist, Session Musician, multi instrumentalist and Music Instructor(for students of all ages, from kids to adults) Based in Miami, Fl(Coconut Grove, Coral Gables area). I’ve been a musician/guitarist for almost 20 years. Also ten years in experience in teaching music. I’ve played with local and international artists, recorded for local and foreign talent and for the last 3 years I’ve been teaching at Let It Beat! Music Academy, one of Miami’s top music academies, teaching kids, teens and adults and also teaching many celebrities and their children. Endorsed by GHS Strings and Pig Hog Cables.

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Santiago Rodriguez | Host at Stayplus

I’m Santiago Rodriguez, the host at Stayplus, We believe managing great properties should be a fun and seamless process that creates value for homeowners and memorable travel experience for guests. Our tailored host services are designed to do just that. We specialize in the rental and management of short-term lease properties in and around Miami for stays ranging from two nights up to one year.

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Kahra | Voice Teacher/Vocal Coach, Recording Artist/Singer/Songwriter, Impersonator/Actor

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Hi my name is Kahra and I’m a voice teacher in the South Florida area. I am a recording artist and performer myself, so I have the experience to take your singing skills to the next level. I’ve been the voice teacher at Ray’s Guitars N’ Gear in Miami Springs for four years, which has great rehearsal rooms for bands as well as offers lessons in piano, guitar, violin, bass, and drums. I also teach voice lessons digitally via Zoom as well as go directly to private residents. I work with all ages and genders, as well as all levels. Lesson times can be from 30-90min long and center around each person’s individual skill level but generally include warm-up with scales, vocal range/strength building, and song application. Singing is one of the best ways to beat the blues and boost your self confidence while learning a skill you will use your whole life!

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Christine Handy | Model, Motivational speaker, Best selling author of the book Walk Beside Me, writer, Humanitarian, Breast cancer expert , self esteem expert

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Hi, I am a writer, author of the best selling book Walk Beside Me. I am a motivational speaker as well. Since covid my main speaking jobs have been canceled. I live in Miami and am available to do local talks or zoom speeches to help inspire and give hope. I am also a self esteem expert and can do a workshop on how to elevate your self esteem. I am a nationally recognized Humanitarian and love speaking about serving others and how powerful that act can change your life. I speak all over the country but would love to inspire more in my own community. I love our city and want to help make it a better community.

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