Casa de Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar
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Miami is home to a heaping handful of cigar shops boasting the latest sticks from the most respected brands. But few spots offer the buyers' choice of delicious beverage pairing with their cigar selection. On that front, Prime Cigar has the competition beat. Along with stocking dozens of brands in its enormous, walk-in humidor, Prime offers a full bar specializing in whiskey — more than 50 kinds, originating from Kentucky to Canada to Japan. It also has a decent wine list and more than a dozen craft brews. But can you even taste your drink in a smoky cigar bar, you ask? Not a problem, thanks to the bar's air-control system, which ensures patrons never sit in a cloud of their own making.

Believe it or not, vaping was not invented to annoy people by blowing candy-flavored smoke in their faces. Before it was a semi-ironic fad, e-cigarettes were meant to help people kick their smoking habit. It's only now that a vast community has sprung up around vaping, with millions of people and dozens of companies dedicated to modifying vaporizers and producing new flavors of e-liquid to plug in and smoke. It's extremely confusing, which is why the fine folks at Vapor Life are here to help. They carry products for every level of vaping enthusiast, whether you're a chronic cigarette smoker looking for a starter kit to help break the habit or an aficionado wanting to take it to the next level.

People will travel great distances for good customer service. For proof, look no further than All Import Tech, whose Yelp page is full of reviews from people who've driven from as far as Delray Beach to get their auto problems fixed. The owner, Julio, is a consummate professional who's willing to get down and dirty to keep patrons happy. Rather than try to upcharge you on unnecessary repairs, he'll explain what's wrong with your car and offer a reasonable price. Then, while you wait in the comfortable lobby, the team will go to work and make sure your automobile is in perfect working order. Driving is a part of life in Miami, and All Import Tech makes sure it's not more of a hassle than it needs to be.

Sometimes you just want your car washed without it being an ordeal. At Busy Bee's three Miami-Dade locations, economy car washes start at $6, and you can zip in and out without getting out of your vehicle. Monday through Thursday, Busy Bee offers happy-hour discounts from 6 to 8 p.m., and if you're the type of person who prefers regular washes, you can stop by every day for a monthly fee of $19.99. Employees are always around to assist with complimentary vacuum stations, air for your tires, and a free wash on your birthday. The place is friendly on the wallet too.

Dragonfly Thrift Boutique
Courtesy of Leap for Ladies

Dragonfly is everything you want in a thrift shop — a clean space, a wide selection, and friendly service. At this recently opened store in Little Havana, you'll find everything from Prada heels to vintage glassware to gently worn staples from familiar brands such as Tory Burch and Madewell. But on top of that, you'll also be supporting a great local cause. Every cent of the proceeds from sales at Dragonfly goes to supporting the work of LEAP, a local nonprofit that works with women as they transition back into society from jail or prison. More important, the thrift store gives those women a place to earn an income and gain on-the-job skills. So go pick up some retro scarves or a pair of upholstered chairs — in this case, it really is retail therapy.

Best Pet Supply Store
Courtesy of Natural K9 Supplies

Natural K9 Supplies is basically Whole Foods Market for your dog. But where you can usually get away with eating generic frosted flakes instead of the organic kind that costs twice the price, you really ought to shell out to make sure your pets are getting quality ingredients in their meals and treats. Pet food, after all, can be filled with all sorts of dangerous garbage. Not so at Natural K9: If your dog has stomach problems, you bet the staff will be able to help find a food that agrees with your furry pal's stomach. You can guarantee that bones and chew toys don't come from some radioactive factory in a former Soviet republic. (Natural K9 also takes online orders if you can't get to the store.) And if your dog has the sort of halitosis that can melt tempered steel, the store offers non-anesthetic dental cleaning, which means you can protect your pup's teeth without putting him or her under. Said cleaning trip doubles as an adorable photo shoot of your dog at the dentist.

Pepe Le Pooche Resort & Spa
Photo by Jessica Gibbs

"New haircut who dis?" That's the text many Kendall dog owners are receiving from their pups these days. Don't be alarmed — they're just living the #pamperedlife. A trip to this friendly neighborhood shop will not only leave your dog feeling sassy AF but also make them squeaky clean after a salon and spa treatment (the Bubbles package starts at $30, and the Royal starts at $50). We all know Fido deserves the Royal package, which includes aromatherapy shampoo, moisturizing conditioner, an ear cleaning and pluck, a nail trim and buff for those daggers, anal gland expression, blow dry and fluff, perfume or cologne, and a styled haircut. Don't worry — everyone is family here, no matter how gnarly. Pepe Le Pooche Resort & Spa also offers cage-free boarding and daycare, pet supplies, and non-anesthetic dental cleaning that'll leave their mouths smelling better than their butts. Hear that? It's the sound of your pup talking like a high-pitched baby after its Paris Hilton-like treatment. All Fluffy needs is the diamond-encrusted collar — ahem, necklace. Treat your dog to the good life Monday through Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Waggle Bros Pet Resort & Spa

You've just planned that fantastic tiger safari in India or that Alaskan cruise when, suddenly, you look over and see your poodle Muffles staring up at you with her big brown eyes. Doesn't she deserve a vacation too? At Waggle Bros, Muffles can splash in the pool, sunbathe, scamper outside, and maybe even meet the beagle of her dreams. The resort, which has been open for more than a decade, offers doggie daycare and overnight stays at its resort, starting at $26 a day. Onsite grooming will make sure your pooch is pampered, and there's even a gift shop (in case guilt kicks in). Fluffy gets the royal treatment at the Kattery — a kitty-designated spot where your feline can indulge her inner lioness. Who knows? Muffles might have a better time on her vacation than you had at that Airbnb in Barcelona. Waggle Bros is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Loving your pet means regular visits to the vet for shots, blood work, and a good examination after Rusty decides to eat a lizard (yuck). Your pet, however, doesn't quite see eye-to-eye with you on this one. Though Sparky usually greets you with a wagging tail and yips of joy whenever the leash comes out, somehow his little doggy brain knows when it's time for the vet. Uncontrollable shaking, shedding, and crying fill the car ride as your pet lets you know of your betrayal. But there's an easier way. Just call Fetch My Vet. A team of trained animal doctors will show up at your door with everything they need to thoroughly examine your pet. From toting a scale to weigh your tabby to the required shots and rabies tag, they work efficiently and carefully. Best of all: Fido gets to stay at home, so the visit is done before he even knows what happened. Fetch My Vet also has an online prescription service. The docs can order any meds your pet might need, such as heartworm or flea medication, and have it delivered to your door. Give your pup a treat and break out that Chardonnay to congratulate yourself on a stress-free job well done.

Best Realtor
Photo by Erik Galindo

Buying or selling real estate in Miami is challenging. The market fluctuates, and prices are insane. Just when you think you've found a place to live, a Russian oligarch or South American billionaire decides to purchase your apartment — and the entire condo building — as a gift for his or her parakeet. Don't get frustrated; just call Wes Pearce at 305-790-3331. With model good looks, Pearce could be in the cast of one of those Bravo shows. But he prefers to spend his time helping clients find the perfect home. He'll happily show you houses and even makes videos of the neighborhoods that are hidden values. And Pearce will walk you through the tedious process of getting a mortgage, inspection, and appraisal — right up until the time he drops the keys into your hand.

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