WHAT’S NEW IN TOWN – Feb/Mar 2016


SOMI’s in the mood for Dr. Smood. Step into a real sense of quality in the surroundings, the customer service and the excellently prepared selection of organic foods and beverages.

Catch the vibe in this exceptionally designed and trendy health food boutique as South Miami realizes the launch of a new standard for healthy organic food experiences.

Capturing a prominent corner on Sunset Drive, with the panoramic windows opening onto the sidewalks, Dr. Smood is a very welcoming location, designed for congregating or simply catching up on a book or video.

© Dr Smood Aps 2016

Headed up by the co-founder of Pandora, the world’s largest jewelry company, Danish business developer and strategic visionary, René Sindlev and his wife, Patrizia Manici Sindlev, an Italian model, actress and architect, Dr. Smood has been in development with an extensive R&D team for a year and one-half in Europe.  With Patrizia’s interest in healthy living, good tasting food, beauty and aesthetics and René’s successful business acumen they decided to create Dr. Smood – the first smart food boutique café specializing in health beneficial organic food and beverage.

The menu and products are presented in five color-coded categories: immune, energy, general health, beauty, detox and super power.

Dr. Smood offers four detox program levels, mindful teas, organic espresso beans and both pre- and post-cleanse menus, juices, boosters and supplements, sandwiches, breakfasts and salads.  There are green juices, fruit juices, shakes and “smoodys,“ raw soups and organic power pastries.

Italian attorney and partner Francesco Perillo of Milan, responsible for business development, chose the SOMI location to launch the USA retail operations.  Coincidental with the brand’s opening of the South Miami location, Dr. Smood has a store in Wynwood, two locations in the works on Miami Beach and Brickell, and six locations planned in New York City.  Perillo notes: “The charm of South Miami presented itself as the right place with a nice vibe for us to launch Dr. Smood.”

5801 Sunset Drive |

The PILATES IN THE GROVE brand opened a satellite facility in South Miami in late December.

Business owner Christa Gurka was raised in Coconut Grove, going to Ransom Everglades, and was introduced to pilates while in Physical Therapy classes at the University of Miami where she received her baccalaureate degree in Health Science (1996). Christa received her post-graduate degree, Master of Science in Physical Therapy from Michigan in 1999.

Christa Gurka, MSPT. Photo credit: Matt Roy

She opened Pilates on the Beach in 2008, and subsequently opened Pilates in the Grove in 2010, and now opened her South Miami location.  (The beach location was sold in 2012.)

In her work she realized fitness to be applied to physical therapy and has spent the majority of her career working as a physical therapist in outpatient orthopedics.

Christa has twelve clinical staff dedicated to both locations, offering group classes of seven clients max, private sessions and physical therapy. Her staff are highly skilled, certified instructors with many years of experience, not only with training in pilates but some also as physical therapists and massage therapists.  Of her services, Christa comments: “we offer a warm and intimate environment with small group class sizes affording our clients individualized attention that cannot be replicated in a big-box gym.”

Pilates in the Grove, South Miami is located at 5900 SW 73 Street, Ste. 104. | 305.397.8308

Frontgate, a luxury furnishings retailer, recently opened a 23,000 square-foot outlet at The Shops at Sunset Place, in a space that was previously inactive for years in the open-air center.

Frontgate was the first tenant announced at The Shops at Sunset Place since it was acquired in October for $110.2 million by a joint venture between Federal Realty Investment Trust, Grass River Property and Comras Company.

Michael Comras, quoted in the South Florida Business Journal (11/19/15) noted: “Adding a top-tier brand like Frontgate at Sunset Place will enhance our shopper’s experience at the center, generate more consumer foot traffic, and create new jobs…”

Frontgate is located at the far corner end of the center on US1.


Kihjuana Mack

KIJANA Salon & Blow Dry Bar recently opened in the former D&L Hair Studio at Plaza 57 on 57th Court.  This is a second location owned by Kihjuana Mack, with her first in Coral Gables at 2603 Ponce de Leon.  Kihjuana grew up in the salon business in Oakland, California, working at her aunt’s salon and her great grandmother was a hairdresser.  In pursuing her career she worked in some Napa Valley spas for some ten years before moving to Miami.  Style and fashion conscious, she also has modelling experience.

When the D&L owner decided to sell her business, she chose Kihjuana among several prospects.  KIJANA has ten stations, nail and eye technicians, and an extensive nail bar.Visit KIJANA for a complete make-over and make-up. 7301 SW 57 Court #130  |  305.662.8080


Over the course of many years, several cigar stores opened and closed on the corner of US1 & Sunset Drive.  CIGARS AT SUNSET is the latest venture in the showcase space of the historic Dorn Brothers building and is off to a fast and very knowledgeable start.

Benny Gomez, Luis Sanchez, Unnamed Indian with Light Sabre, Jackie Capin & Alex Herrera.

A partnership team of deeply-rooted cigar producers and industry professionals with a combined knowledge of some eighty years in the industry has acquired the two-story space.  The team is comprised of Alex Herrada, Luis “The Mad Scientist” Sanchez, Benny Gomez and Jackie Capin.

To enhance the cigar customers experience, in the upstairs lounge a pool table has been custom made, draft beer is now being offered and of course, there’s dominos. 5910 Sunset Drive | 305.661.4442


For the past fifteen years, brothers Didier and Pascal served up French baguettes and pastries at their location in the “blue mall” on Red Road.  They sold Le Royal on December 1st to Corina Lujan, a native Venezuelan.  Corina is a pastry chef with her certification from the French Culinary Institute in New York City (2009) and her degree from Johnson & Wales (2013).  Prior to coming to the States, she had a catering business in Venezuela, with a concentration on desserts and wedding cakes.

She likes the rustic feel of the store, and will look to introduce more modern colors.  She’ll keep the name, change up the logo and prepare more cakes, sweets, muffins and pies.

Le Royal Bakery (a shortened name) is open every day except Monday. 7370 Red Road | 305.665.6671



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