WHAT’S NEW IN TOWN – December/January 2018


With a mid-November opening, Shelley’s is the new go to in SOMI for great bites and drinks. The restaurant is quaint and cozy, with a décor that is nostalgic, comfortable and coastal clean. Partner Brian Griffiths says “We opened with the goal of serving fresh seafood and bottled cocktails to guests in an inclusive, fun, and laid-back environment.”

Owner Brian Griffiths (R) and Chef Cleo

Griffiths has 7 years in the restaurant/bar business, Chef Cleophus leads the team at Shelley’s, a Seafood Bar by Bad JuJu. And complimenting Chef Cleo’s fish camp-inspired cuisine, is a bar program featuring domestic wines, local craft beers, and a cocktail program showcasing bottled, draft, and frozen cocktails.

In a “hat’s off” to the historic South Miami district, owners Brian Griffiths and Dan Sandburg, named the restaurant after the historic Shelley building where it is located.  “We want to be ‘the restaurant’ that serves the neighborhood.” Come on down.

Shelley’s is open Tuesday – Saturday, serving lunch from 11:30a -3:30p; dinner from 4:30 -11p.  Sunday brunch
from 11a – 4p.

5845 Sunset Drive | 786.534.7830 |



Jenna White, known for her women’s and home store in South Miami for the past eleven years, has opened Jenna White Kids on the same block on Sunset Drive.

Jenna White

Opening in mid-November, Jenna White Kaplan was jubilant to note that “We are excited to present over 40 children’s clothing, decor, accessory, book and toy collections from all over the world.”  Her idea was to create magical, novelty, and dreamland that embodies all the fantastical ideals of being a kid.   At Jenna White Kids, they will carry both girls & boys ages newborn to 12 years old.  Inspred by her own son, seven year old Jesse, Jenna says “It was important to me to not only have incredible girl’s designers, but to make sure the boys were equally represented.  I think I created something that he would love just as much s I do”. It was key to curate collections that parents and kids would appreciate equally-always finding special qualities in every piece. “I want my son to see how much love I put into this and to know he inspired the overall vibe of the store.”

5842 Sunset Drive  | 305.669.5940 |

Paulo & Tatiana Francez

Owners Paulo & Tatiana Francez have turned a 750 sq foot space on Sunset Drive into a treasure trove of interesting, fun gifts and gadgets, named URBEN, a more modern appeal with an “E”.

A dynamic couple, they came to the Untied States from Sao Paolo in 2015. Tatians had prior experience in architecture and interior design.  Paulo, for ten years was a professional soccer player for Palmeiras (1986-96).  He owns a sports hotel and soccer training facility outside of Sao Paolo in Santa Filomena.  This facility is presently leased by Red Bull.  He also is a volunteer soccer coach at Gulliver, where their children attend school.

At URBEN, choosing the right gift is an exciting experience, shoppers will find the creative, modern and certainly unexpected.  Uniquely designed, they sell smart, creative gadgets meant to entertain and inspire. From home accessories, electronics, toys for boys, kids toys, you name it… they have it, but only “cooler.”   Gifts and gadgets come from all over Europe, Japan and their native Brazil.  Customers will find gifts from $3.00 bracelets to an $800 wine book.

Conveniently located in the heart of SOMI on Sunset Drive, they combine impeccable customer service with a lively atmosphere and modern decor, creating the right setting for your gift shopping mission.  At URBEN, says Tatiana, “we believe in the importance of celebrating life’s milestones, even the smallest of them, and we do it with passion,”

5802 Sunset Drive | 786.577.0151 |

CraveClean Protein Bakery was started by Miami native and fitness fanatic, Francesca Morello, who started the bakery out of the struggle of finding a delicious, yet guilt-free snack.  Instead of eating the protein bars she turned to that were packed with sugar, her go-to is her very own Choco-Oat cupcake which blends banana and chocolate chips, making it an any-time-of-day snack.  She “has kicked carbs and calories to the curb, creating healthy snacks that don’t taste like punishment” as noted in an article published in Peter Max, May/June 2014.

Francesca Morello & Claire Going

Craveclean offers a selection of protein based muffins, brownies, cookies, cakes, cupcakes and more sweet treats. The overriding principle is::”if you don’t recognize an ingredient your body won’t either.  We pride ourselves on bridging the gap between fitness and foodies.  All our bakes are loaded with protein, have less than 1g sugar and are low calorie/low carb!  It’s not just a bakery. it’s a lifestyle!”

Business partners, Francesca Morello and Claire Going, referring to themselves as the “tag team duo” opened the protein bakery on Red Road in early November.  Craveclean has another location on Eighth Street and Ponce.  Claire was born and raised in South Africa and comes from a family of cooks.  She and Francesca met a few years ago, and have become partners in managing baking and sales.

Craveclean is open Mon-Thurs 7-7; Fri-Sat 7-8, Sun 8-6.
7370 Red Road | 305.763.8567 |


Check out the SOMI SCENE with these great family-fun activities in our town center.

Put on your cute elf costume for the 34th annual Santa’s Parade of the Elves,
held on the first Sunday of December starting at 2p.

Beetles, buses and more will take to Sunset Drive for the annual VW Blast
planned for Sunday, January 28th.

Join us for ReMix on Saturday, February 10th  from 11a-4p at the Gibson-Bethel Community Center,
5800 SW 58th St. Enjoy R&B, Blues, Rap & more as part of the MLK Black History Month festivities.

Rev up your engines for the Das Renn Treffen Porsche event set for Sunday, February 11th.
Millions of dollars of Porsche automobiles line up on Sunset Drive to a one-of-a-kind South Florida event.

SOMIartwalk© takes place on the second Friday of the month on December 8 and January 12.
Enjoy artists showcased in area retail establishments, the SOMI Sidewalk Showcase of talented artists, and the Opening Artist Reception at The Wirtz Gallery, located in the lobby of the FNBSM.


Nitrogen Ice Cream owners just opened their seventh location here in SOMI at 7613 Red Road and is coolin’ down the area big time.  The owners “want you to think of Chill-N as the most laid back ice cream on earth. Oh, and the most delicious. The most delicious, and the most laid back. And wicked smart too. Science smart. Smarter than the polar bear’s toe nails. No, that’s not right. Cooler. Cooler than a polar bear’s toe nails! But ignore the toenail part. Yeah that’s it.”  Learn more about Chillin’ in our next issue.

Esthesio Clinic by Sevmylook is a Parisian concept which has just recently opened in SOMI at 6929 Red Road.   They specialize in treating the hair to be healthy and hydrated, as the integrity of the hair is very important.  The clinic also provides make-up and skin care services.  Call 305.364.5984 to make an appointment.


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