Made in Cayman: Fostering the Artistic Community

on Mar 9, 2015 in Travel

Ken Dart ( proudly supports Made in Cayman, a stylized documentary series highlighting local Cayman artists’ stories and promoting their hard work and passion.

New Flavors Come to Aventura Mall

on Feb 27, 2015 in Food

GastroPod, a vision by renowned Chef Jeremiah Bullfrog, opened a pop-up location that’s brimming with a variety of exciting new flavors. Led by Turnberry Associates Co-Chairman and CEO Jackie Soffer, Aventura Mall is constantly looking for ways to introduce unique experiences to its visitors.

D.C. Scene Review: Le Diplomate

on Jan 28, 2015 in Food, Travel

The dramatic bar adds to the open feel rather than breaking the airy dynamic. Additional dining space is in the outdoor seating outside, which had nary an empty table despite the surprising wintry chill.

Dining in the Big Apple

on Jan 14, 2015 in Travel

If you’re heading to the Big Apple, also known as New York City, we have some of our favorite dining spots for you! You really can’t go wrong in New York when it comes to food. Whether you are eating a piece of pizza from a hole in the wall pizza parlor or dining all the way uptown at a five star restaurant, it is all quality. The Little Beet Table The Little Beet Table is unique because the menu is entirely gluten free. Hate it or love it, gluten free is a thing and it is definitely something people are becoming more aware of. This full-service restaurant, which opened last January is an offshoot of its casual sister restaurant, The Little Beet.  The menu has everything from a prosciutto flatbread to grilled skirt steak to brussels sprouts. STATE Grill and Bar STATE Grill and Bar is uniquely located in the main lobby of the Empire State Building. Nothing says NYC tourism like a trip to the Empire State Building AND the opportunity to dine in the world famous 103-story skyscraper. The grill offers breakfast, lunch and dinner and has three private dining rooms. The menu is updated daily, which contributes to the restaurants novelty. The Meatball Shop The Meatball Shop has become quite the chain in New York! They currently have six locations all over New York. Following suit in the allergen conscious trend, they have created an “Allergy Matrix,” which maps out if something fully contains the allergen, may be prepared without the allergen or there are trace amounts of the ingredient. If you love meatballs than The Meatball Shop is most definitely for...

Aventura Mall Featured in WWD

on Dec 19, 2014 in Shopping

Aventura Mall was recently included in a Women’s Wear Daily story on mall holiday traffic, which was part of a special section distributed at the International Conference of Shopping Centers convention. For the piece, WWD Retail Editor David Moin spoke with Jackie Soffer, Co-Chairman and CEO of Turnberry Associates, owner and manager of Aventura Mall. Soffer is bullish on the holiday season, due in part, to the continuous transformation of the shopping center. “We are constantly improving our property and our tenant mix, taking out less-productive stores and bringing in stores in high demand,” Soffer said. “That all translates into traffic. We have more demand for space than we ever had.” According to the article, Aventura Mall’s recent enhancements include the addition of Cartier, Brooks Bros., Louis Vuitton and Lacoste, along with an expanded Lululemon. The shopping center is also set to undergo an expansion, mostly for small shops. “People still want to go out and be entertained, especially when they are on vacation and shopping is a big part of it,” Soffer told...

Grand Cayman: A Shopper’s Paradise

on Nov 14, 2014 in Shopping

The town of Camana Bay provides visitors with some of the best Grand Cayman shopping Within the town, there are a range of shops that sell anything from luxury items to fun souvenirs.

How to Save Money on a Family Ski Trip

on Nov 14, 2014 in Travel

Once you’ve determined when you’ll be shredding powder, figure out where. There are a wealth of impressive ski destinations in the USA and across the globe, but finding a mountain that best suits your family is key. You may want to wait on a trip to larger, more difficult (and thus, more expensive) mountains out west, in Canada or abroad inEurope until your children are older.

Bal Harbour Shops vs. the Design District

on Oct 29, 2014 in Shopping

From For decades the Whitman family–owned Bal Harbour Shops stood as an impenetrable fortress of high fashion, ruling over its occupants with a diamond fist. Until recently, that is, when labels like Louis Vuitton, Céline and Dior led a mass exodus to the burgeoning Design District and rewrote the rules for retailers in Miami. Listen carefully. Beneath the murmuring surf and rustling palms are less soothing sounds: Construction cranes, not flamingos. Concrete mixers pouring condos, not plastic buckets shaping sand castles. Sniper fire drowning out children’s laughter. Sniper fire? Miami’s sultry calm deceives. A guerrilla war rages, fueled by the city’s epochal growth. In the last dozen years or so, inspired in no small part by Miami’s re-branding as a winter wonderland for the international art elite, tidal waves of wealth have washed up here: Latin-Americans­ coming north, Europeans and Russians flying west, northerners seeing it all fresh. And the newcomers and their new money have the giants of luxury retail—Vuitton, Cartier, Hermès, all of them—in a state of battle readiness. The prize is a bigger share of what all concerned consider one of the top three luxury retail markets in America (after New York and, arguably, L.A.). And that’s ignited a retail free-for-all, nowhere more evident than in the cloak-and-dagger conflict pitting the Bal Harbour Shops above Miami Beach, long the most productive and admired mall in America, against an under-construction upstart. Though it’s been a troubled, if much-publicized, work-in-progress for more than a decade, the Design District, nine miles away, in Miami proper, is now emerging as a real threat to Bal Harbour’s only half century of dominance. Their respective owners—Bal Harbour’s farsighted Whitman family and the Design District’s developers, Craig Robins, a Miami law school graduate-turned-profit-making historic preservationist, and his partner, LVMH, and its chairman, Bernard Arnault—profess great admiration for each other. But truth be told, theirs is a struggle to the death between committed opponents, each utterly convinced of their right to rule Miami retail. The man behind the Design District gives the impression he’s as low-key as his press clippings say he’s not. Bald, bespectacled Craig Robins, 51, is dressed in browns and purples, albeit ones labeled­ Lanvin and Hermès, as he warmly welcomes a visitor to his art-stuffed offices in the heart of his ’hood. But he also allows glimpses of sharp angles. For instance, one piece of his staggering contemporary art collection, a canvas hung in the lobby of Dacra, his self-described “creative development” company, references an old-school rap with the painted words “We don’t need no water/let the motherfucker burn/THE END.” No shrinking violet, our Craig. His self-confidence stands on a foundation of achievement. One of two sons of a successful Miami real estate developer, he grew up on the exclusive Star Island, fell in love with art and urban design during a year in Barcelona, parked himself in law school in the mid-’80s because he felt too young to go into business, and emerged wracked with doubt about whether either of his passions, art and real estate, would be a viable career. The first was impractical, the second boring. Then he met Tony Goldman and saw how to combine them into a life that would be anything but. Goldman, the New York developer credited with reviving SoHo, was buying up large swaths of what would soon be known as South Beach. In 1987 Goldman became “my partner and a mentor,” says Robins, and he and his brother soon became “the most significant property holders in the revitalization” of the neighborhood. When their acquisitions ended, they owned about 60 buildings. From Goldman, Robins learned that if he invested in culture, commerce would follow. He rented studios to artists at cut-rate prices and claims Keith Haring was his first commercial tenant. By the mid-’90s, Robins was looking elsewhere. “I realized there was no place for South Beach to go except over the bridge” to the adjacent city of Miami. “People thought we were totally crazy.” He started buying vacant properties on 12 square blocks, bordering Wynwood and Edgewater, that had been a wholesale furniture district for decades until a mall in Fort Lau­der­dale lured most of its vendors away. Rob­ins vowed to bring the furniture back to what had long been called the Design District. The interior design industry was “a racket,” he says. The public wasn’t allowed into showrooms, and decorators who were got kickbacks from manufacturers. “I thought it shouldn’t be hidden away and jacked up; it should be on the street,” Robins says. He started restoring old buildings (to date, about 20 have been refurbished), and by 1998 the showrooms were returning; when Holly Hunt, a designer for interior design collections, opened one in 2000, “that immediately legitimized us,” he says. But legitimacy didn’t bring South Beach–like crowds. Critics felt the sun-blasted urban district, surrounded by poverty-stricken, crime-ridden neighborhoods, was desolate and unwelcoming; as bad as South Beach had once been, it still sat on the beach. But Robins had a different vision: “We needed a creative lab where interesting things could happen,” so he again lured artists, commissioned architecture and public art and, most significantly, helped organize Art Basel Miami Beach, which launched in late 2002. Robins staged events for the fair in the Design District, promoting both. Three years later Robins started Design Miami, a design-as-art show, as an adjunct to Art Basel, and put his...

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