What’s New In Town
A walkabout with SOMIonline publisher
The SOMIonline walk about town on Friday, August 25th started with the Grand Opening ribbon-cutting of SWEETLICHS located at 6104 South Dixie Hwy.
Greeting us were Stephanie and Erik Lichter, South Miami residents whose life mantra is “Baking Good Times.” Both high school sweethearts at Gulliver, they grew up enjoying mom’s baking at Erik’s home, where chocolate chip cookies and brownies reigned supreme.
Erik baked his way through law school (St. Thomas University, 2014) and working out of mom’s kitchen until 2020. That’s when the couple opened a commissary for their wholesale accounts at 4800 SW 75 Avenue, which includes customer walk-in service as well. (Subby’s and Pla-Tu are two spots in town you can also enjoy their baking.) You might even spot their VW ’68 replica for their mobile sales, popular at local area events.
In addition to practicing law, Erik is still working on the culinary side of the business, while Stephanie manages the admin., social media marketing, wholesale orders – and decorate a cake.
‘Glad to have you here in SOMI baking good times.
Open 7 Days: Sun-Wed 11-11 / Thurs-Sat 11-12n
6104 South Dixie Hwy
Next, we headed to 73 Street and across from the vacant lot where once was Winn-Dixie.
Meet Wassim “Sam” Kattan who had just recently opened Sunset Liquors where Bonaparte Hair Designers had been a neighborhood business for decades. He fully renovated the 800 sq.ft. space and signed a ten-year lease. Attention to detail and customer service are evident in Sam’s “clean
and cozy” boutique liquor store. He holds a degree in hotel and restaurant management and worked as Front Office Manager for the Breakers Palm Beach, as well as assignments at Mar-A-Lago. Two years ago, he invested in a liquor store license and his investment is now realized.
Situated next to Khoury’s restaurant, and a parishioner at Our Lady of Lebanon Church, Wassim is well-known in the well-established Lebanese community in the greater Miami area.
Sunset Liquors carries higher-end and special edition brands and offers a selection which would not typically be found in other stores. Sam will be hosting regular tastings and special programs for its customers. The store is open seven days from 10a to 10p. Stop on by to say hello and check out the excellent product selection. 5893 SW 73rd Street | 305.456.6389
“Ziel” means “Finish Line” in German and meet the fun-looking cycling trio who have opened Ziel Concept Store on Red Road. Born from the love for cycling culture, ZIeL is the combination of everything they’re deeply passionate about. From hammer rides to Cafecito stops, cooling down with beers and sharing experiences on and off the bike. At ZIeL, they strive to share this lifestyle through the culture of cycling, combined with coffee, beer, wine & gourmet food.
Ziel is a collaborator with the National Cycling League and is the clubhouse for the Miami Nights CC. “Our mission is to honor the sport of cycling
and the lifestyle and nourish its culture. We’re committed to helping people access and fall in love with the sport and the lifestyle – whether it is by finding their dream bike, training them to become the best athlete they can possibly be or simply by leading a damn good ride” said ZIeL founder Enrique Romero.
Check out their website for product lines, ride schedules and much more. www.zielmiami.com
6917 Red Road | 305.967.8408
And along the way visiting some of our three new businesses, we have some news to report and businesses coming to town soon.
Carlos Silva of Old Lisbon is getting closer to opening his full bar extension at the restaurant on Sunset Drive. Further up the street DBakers is opening at 5809 Sunset, and across the street in the bank courtyard, Gyro Art is planning to open soon. SOMIonline will introduce you to them in our next edition