Business

Technology companies that help the Magic City – and one is homegrown

The New Tropic has an update on what some start-up tech companies that debuted in Miami five years ago are still doing to help the Magic City. They are still going strong, and one of them, Coastal Risk Consulting, is not only home grown, but after the Surfside Condo building tragedy, just that much more […]

/ July 17, 2021


This Miamian started an eye-popping greeting card shop

Julie Brumlik, founder of Open Card Now, traveled across Asia and found the inspiration to bring 3D pop-up cards to Miami.

/ July 12, 2021


Locals to Know: Lolo Reskin talks Sweat Records’ Sweet 16 and more

Sweat Records owner co-founder Lolo Reskin spoke with The New Tropic about the Miami music hub’s 16th birthday, its history, and what comes next.

/ March 11, 2021


Locals to Know: Florencia Franceschetti on making it in Miami

Hustling as an independent creative was hard before the pandemic hit – thriving in the wake of it is nothing short of miraculous. But that’s just what Florencia Franceschetti has managed to do. Here’s her story.

/ February 26, 2021


Made by hand with love

On a shelf in the bakery section of Whole Foods, there’s a package of baklava with a label that reads “Prepared with Love by Syrian Refugee Women in Miami.” The journey of getting that baklava on that shelf was a long one led by Christa Tawil, a Syrian refugee who started Zaytouna Foods in 2017. […]

/ January 14, 2021


Small Biz Spotlight: Baguette Plus

Every Tuesday, we want to shout out one of your favorite small businesses around the greater Miami area.  Let us know who you want to see featured at [email protected]  Names: Leandro “Leo” & Sasha Di Lorenzo Business: Baguette Plus Baking Co. Address: No storefront – yet 😉!  Offer deliveries in Miami-Dade & parts of Broward […]

/ May 5, 2020


What’s up in Little Havana: Life House

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Little Havana THE PLACE: Life House Hotel is Little Havana’s first boutique hotel, and it’s not just for travelers. It’s for locals who want to live like they travel here. The courtyard feels more like a backyard with its plants, hammock, and edible garden. The cafe, Parcela, offers a modern take on Latin cuisine—inspired […]

/ May 8, 2019


Chocolate, Miamified

THE NEIGHBORHOOD: Little Havana THE PLACE: Exquisito Chocolates is Miami’s first chocolate factory, and they like to “Latinize” and “Miami-fy” their bean-to-bar bon bons: “Little Guavana” is made with fresh guava, and “Miami Vice” is a dark-chocolate truffle made with cafecito and dulce de leche. FUN FACT: Local brewers and chefs at Lincoln’s Beard Brewing Co., Azucar Ice Cream Company, […]

/ April 29, 2019


At Zaytouna, Syrian refugees start from scratch

WHAT SHE’S DOING: Christa Tawil believes that food can bridge the cultural gaps that separate us. That’s why she founded Zaytouna, an organization by and for Syrian refugee women to help each other resettle in South Florida and gain financial independence. At Zaytouna, the women produce homemade foods from the Middle East, such as baklava, […]

/ April 15, 2019


Miami sisters take different paths, have the same passion for their work

The Ramos sisters, Olivia, in photo on the left, and Camila, in photo on the right, credit their parents for their high level of attention to detail at each of their businesses. (📸: Photos provided) For sisters Camila and Olivia Ramos, the details matter. And it shows in their respective businesses.    Camila, who is […]

/ April 3, 2019