Fall ushers in  new collegiate and NFL action, premieres of TV network shows, another new iphone, school projects for kids (and parents too!) and so much more.  And in October, we welcome the start of another volume year for your SOMI Magazine, our eleventh.

I would like to acknowledge those retail businesses, restaurants, community institutions and service providers who have contributed to the success of this publication with their advertising and, in many cases, their personal support over past ten years.  I thank you!

And I’m pleased to note that the magazine has also given back to many community organizations and institutions with contributed advertising and editorial space over the course of the years. It’s our mission to support viable projects, organizations and institutions as best we can.

As we begin Volume XI, we continue our visits to community institutions which broaden our appreciation for art, culture and our collective lives here in South Florida.  In this issue we visit the Pérez Art Museum Miami, rising above Biscayne Bay.  I hope you agree, PAMM is a place that you want to put on your list to see, if you haven’t been before.

Another feature we continue is the focus on businesses which are observing milestone years.  In this issue, we acknowledge Town Kitchen & Bar who are observing ten years in SOMI. Hard to imagine a time when Plaza 57 was a vacant lot! In subsequent issues, we’ll acknowledge Jarbas Godoy of The Dog from Ipanema and Jacques & Missy of Lucy Agnes, both observing milestone years of 30 and 15 years respectively. Help us with our list, if you know of others observing 10, 15, 20, 25 years or more, please let us know.

Just in case you haven’t gone there, SOMI Magazine is online (www.somimag.loc).  We’ve changed that website up to make it a more interactive tool for you to stay in touch with all things SOMI.

And we’ve got new flavors in town….  Taste Buds of India has opened where once was Barceloneta, and in the seemingly forever vacated and dormant locations of Trattoria Sole and Casa Larios, new restaurants have emerged.  Il Vaporetto (Venetian water taxi) has given new life to the corner at Sunset & 59 with marine blue and white exterior.  Casa Larios, closed since last December now has a paper sign on the door: “Opening soon.  Casa Cuba.”

As a founding sponsor of Art Night South Miami, I’m delighted to invite you to “Get Your Art On” and come on out for “SOMIartwalk©.”  The eighth season begins on October 9, and is held on the second Friday of each month through March.  Unlike other communities which have multiple art galleries and host art night events, South Miami relies on its responsive retail establishments to host artists and our tree-lined sidewalks to showcase visual and performing artists.

And speaking of art, put on your calendar the 44th annual CHAMBER SOUTH Art Festival held on Sunset Drive the first weekend of November.

That’s about it from me.  Now it’s your turn to BE PART OF THE CONVERSATIONsm.  Let us know what your take is on the magazine as we begin our new year, and what’s happening in “SOMI” for you.

Enjoy the first of Volume XI, and thanks for sharing SOMI Magazine with friends.

All the best!


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