Business

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


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


Tea ‘n Sanity has books ‘n more

THE PLACE: Tea ‘n Sanity is the last used book store in Miami-Dade County. Eunice Rodriguez takes in more than 2,000 books every week, but at this shop, you’ll find much more than books. It’s a combination book exchange ‘n medicinal herb shop. Rodriguez is a self-taught herbalist and will custom-blend herbs and essential oils […]

/ March 28, 2019


DIY Poke Bowl rolls sushi – and ice cream?

THE PLACE: If you’ve ever somehow had a craving for both ice cream and sashimi then this West Kendall spot, DIY Ice Cream Roll and Poke Bowl, is for you. THE FOOD: Tang Chen’s restaurant offers homemade, made-to-order ice cream rolls, sushi and poke bowls. They even offer ice cream “tacos.” They’re open late and they deliver through services like Postmates and Grubhub. TANG’S STORY: Tang moved to Miami in 2017 for the […]

/ March 27, 2019


Black Architects in the Making design futures

MEET THIS CHANGEMAKER: Craig Aquart is a Jamaican-American architect, principal of MCHarry & Associates and the founder of Black Architects in the Making, an outreach programthat educates middle and high school students about architecture through activities, workshops and summer camps with the goal of diversifying the profession. WHAT IS HE DOING: Craig travels to communities […]

/ March 6, 2019