One of the best ways to cut to the heart of a destination, is to spend some time in its small shops and businesses. This is one of the best ways to find out what makes Miami Beach such a special place.

Cafe Avanti

This mid-beach authentic Italian restaurant is owned and operated by a father-daughter team, Luis & Jessica Fuentes. In 2015, they were awarded Small Business of the Year by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. The cozy and intimate wood floored and exposed brick spot serves Italian classics like pappardelle bolognese with wide noodles and meat sauce.

Cafe Avanti. 732 W 41st St. Miami Beach, FL. (305) 538-4400

McAllister Spa

The owners of McAllister Spa have roots firmly planted in Miami dating back to 1917, when owner William McAllister’s great-great-grandmother built Miami’s first skyscraper in the heart of downtown. Since then the McAllister’s been contributing to the community with their small business like the McAllister Spa, which offers five star services like massages, facial and body treatments, nail care, hair coloring, hair design, makeup artistry and more.

McAllister Spa. 1301 Alton Rd. Miami Beach, FL. (305) 604-0550

Tres Lindas Cubanas

Yvette and Yvonne Rodriguez, twin sisters and owners of Tres Lindas Cubanas are first generation Afro-Cuban Americans. As cigar enthusiasts themselves, they wanted to create the perfect cigar blend and pay homage to their ancestors. The company has three blends that represents the shades of Cuban Women— La Negrita, La Mullata, and La Clarita. To try one for yourself, shop online or visit one of their four cigar lounges around Miami.

Tres Lindas Cubanas Locations

Iyengar Yoga Center

Miami beach Iyengar Yoga Center is a locally owned establishment offering a variety of classes in an intimate setting. Located in the lush Normandy Isles neighborhood of orth Beach, the center generally promotes health, happiness, contentment and peace of mind. A special promotion offers new students three classes for just $49.

Miami Beach Iyengar Yoga Center. 1218 Normandy Dr. Miami Beach, FL. (305) 484-0656

Sparkle and Shine, Darling

Miami local Adrienne Bosh came up with the idea for this fabulous boutique on a trip to Paris with her husband. She visualized a space where women could shop a curated collection of sparkly and shiny items from all over the world. That dream lives on today, at the bright and pink shop that sells everything from jewelry to notebooks.

Sparkle And Shine, Darling. 1655 Alton Rd. Miami Beach, FL. (305) 763-8667