Sex & Gender

Three Miami Love Stories to Give Us All Hope

Each week, Miami dating expert Nikki Novo gives us advice on finding love in this hopeless place. Have a question for Nikki? Email it to [email protected].

When it comes to dating, Miami gets a bad rap. Maybe it's partially deserved. But perhaps we're just failing to see the good? After one too many unfortunate dates and a few short-lived relationships, it's easy to think that this Magic City has lost that loving feeling.

On the contrary: love is all around. For this edition of Relationship Rehab, we caught up with three local couples who live, work, play, and love in this city -- and make it all work somehow.

Before reading the series of interviews below, be warned: love does not have a limited supply. Just because they found it, doesn't mean there's none left for you. Instead, their stories and tips are an inspiration to all of us. If it happened to them, it can most definitely happen to you. Believe and you will see it. These locals did.

Dan Mileweski (owner, Lester's Miami) and Nina Johnson-Milweski (owner Gallery Diet)

What's the secret to making your relationship work?

We spend a lot of time together; our lives are integrated in a way that I don't think would have been possible had we met later on in life. We work together, play together, travel together... it works for us that way. I love knowing I always have a partner in crime. 

What do you think is the best way for singles to meet other singles in Miami?

At Lester's! Honestly, the happiest dating stories I have seen in Miami come from online dating; it's not the easiest social scene to navigate and leisure is often linked to work, which has its own difficulties. When you open yourself up to meeting people online, your possibilities become much broader. 

What's your advice for frustrated Miami singles?

It's easy as we get older to become stiff in our ways, but relationships are about compromise -- keep that in mind, even when you're on a first date. 

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