Nicholas Olivera

You leave for work and your dog is worried sick for eight hours straight. Your poor pooch agonizes over every nightmare scenario: "Where could they be? I hope the vacuum cleaner didn't get them." Then Fido stress-eats from the garbage can and makes a complete mess of himself. By the time the weekend arrives, you'll want to calm him down and treat him to a spa day at Duke & Dutchess Pet Center, where the staff has been keeping the pups of Miami Lakes fresh and fluffy for over 40 years. Haircuts start at $50 for small breeds — the service includes a bath, nail treatment, and even a complimentary bandanna or bow. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The world would be a better place if our dogs could go everywhere with us. What workday, shopping trip, weekend getaway, errand run, or dinner date wouldn't be better with your best pal by your side? Until the rest of the world gets onboard with all dogs all the time, you can feel good about leaving Fido at Woodland Pet Lodge. This place offers not only an outdoor pool area but also Friday movie nights with picks like 101 Dalmations and Lady and the Tramp. Dogs get daily walks and group playtime, so you don't have to worry about your pup being cooped up. Woodland Pet Lodge offers standard, six-by-three-foot rooms with a bed for $60 a night. Or if your dog is a very good boy, you can spoil him with an $80-a-night luxury suite, which comes with a private garden and Dog TV — a channel made for pooches. Best of all, Woodland Pet Lodge has a 24-hour live feed so you can check in when you inevitably miss your best bud. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Mark Glicksman

Any place that lasts more than four decades in Miami deserves a celebration — and in the age of online shopping, the feat is all the more impressive for an arts and crafts store. Since 1978, Easel Art Supply has been a haven for students and artists who take advantage of the 10 percent discount on everything from huge canvases ($373 for six-by-eight foot) to easel rentals for just $5 a day. Part of the store's charm lies in its distinctly homey vibe: Cute handmade signs hang everywhere, special orders are phoned in right away, and prices are out in the open so there's no guesswork. And if owner Mark Glicksman is around, he's always down to chat; odds are he'll even give you his cell-phone number in case you ever need anything, art supplies or otherwise. So whether you're tapping into your inner Frida Kahlo on a budget with a small four-by-four-inch canvas ($3.09) or looking to become the next big street artist with some killer Montana spray paint ($7.95 a can), you'll want to start at Easel. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Coffee shops are fine, but when you really need to focus, there's just no beating the library. The Kendall branch, just off the Don Shula Expressway and Kendall Drive, is the ideal place to get lost in a state of deep concentration. The library has plenty of chairs and tables, plus an even distribution of power outlets for your laptop and cell-phone chargers. The vibe is quiet but not totally silent, so you won't be shamed for talking to a buddy if you're studying or working with others. Parking is free and plentiful, and best of all, the library is open until 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Recent renovations have made the Kendall branch even more inviting, with cozy booths and cubicles where you can truly concentrate on the task at hand. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday through Saturday.

Jessica Lipscomb

You've been hanging out in South Beach all day when you realize you forgot to buy a key ingredient for dinner. No need to make another trip to the supermarket: Just off Lincoln Road is a bodega where you can find almost any last-minute essential. At Exprezo, you can pick up fresh produce, toiletries, packaged foods, cold beer, and even a bottle of wine in an entire aisle of it. If you're there before 2 p.m., don't sleep on the $6.49 breakfast sandwich, which includes a cup of coffee. The deli section offers Boar's Head sandwiches in the $6 range, or you can grab a cafecito and pastelitos from the ventanilla. The counter-style seating at the front window encourages people-watching, so settle in with your coffee and enjoy. Hours are 6 a.m. to midnight weekdays and 7 a.m. to midnight Saturday and Sunday.


In the digital age, it can be difficult to get readers to glance at — much less purchase — bound, printed matter. The German publisher Taschen has found a solution to that problem: Sell books as works of art. The company's Lincoln Road location is almost more of a gallery than a bookstore. The shop sells beautifully crafted volumes covering subjects ranging from fine art to pop culture. Notable offerings include a limited-edition collection of scripts and photo stills from the acclaimed TV series Mad Men ($200 for the regular version and $850 with signed scripts of all seven seasons) and an enormous $12,000 book, Murals of Tibet, which was printed with gold and signed by the Dalai Lama. Customers are required to wear gloves if they wish to peruse it. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

Readers' choice: Books & Books

Maxi de Bernardi

Bustling with retro finds and new designer pieces, Fly Boutique is a paradise for people who like to hunt for hidden treasures. After nearly 20 successful years on Lincoln Road, the shop moved to the MiMo District in 2011. There, its knowledgeable staff guides guests through various men's and women's clothing sections displayed around the antique furniture, art, and collectibles at the center of the store. Look out for midcentury dresses, designer shoes, and quality leather goods including jackets, belts, boots, and luggage. Owner Jean Marie's own line, Puglia, offers customers a mix of one-of-a-kind pieces made out of reconstructed vintage items. If you're a savvy vintage shopper, you'll recognize the quality of the ever-changing selections — Jean Marie and her husband Maximiliano carefully inspect and handpick each item. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday through Friday.

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Need to freshen up your look, fellas? The Basico boutique has your back. The Wynwood shop has upped its fashion cred consistently since opening in 2014. Today the store boasts some of the hippest brands around, including Herschel Supply Co. and Tom & Teddy, frequently mixed in with the one-of-a-kind buys found only in Wynwood. The selection spans the clothing spectrum, from colorful swim trunks ($98 to $160) to blazers ($300 to $650) to stylish shoes ($110 to $190) fit for hitting the club or the boat. In addition to visiting the vibrant shop, you can also avoid NW Second Avenue traffic by shopping the store online. Though "Basic" is in the name, Basico is truly anything but. Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

Readers' choice: Creative Male

Karla Garcia Costa

A night out in Miami requires just the right outfit — something fun, sexy, and preferably breathable enough to accommodate the often-punishing humidity. Thankfully, Miami Beach native Jessica Uchuya has created the perfect one-stop shop for pulling together your weekend look. With brands such as Alice + Olivia, Solid & Striped, and Veronica Beard, the shop offers plenty of on-trend options. You can even support local designers by picking up a dress or swimsuit from Miami-based brands Alexis and Eberjey. Most items cost more than $200, but the store has a killer sale section where you can score many pieces at 30 to 50 percent off. For styling inspo, check out Uchuya on Instagram, @whatwouldjessiewear, where more than 10,000 people follow along for her über-fashionable outfit pics. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Readers' choice: Blush Boutique

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Chromat is everything a swimwear line should be in 2019: sustainably made, ethically produced, culturally mindful, and truly inclusive when it comes to sizing and model selection. Designer Becca McCharen-Tran, who moved to Miami after opening a second studio here in November 2018, has thrown her energy into creating swimsuits that shoppers can truly be proud to wear. Chromat's recent autumn/winter 2019 collection was inspired by Miami's dichotomous nature as a tropical paradise and harbinger for climate change, with materials repurposed from upcycled fabrics and discarded fishing nets recovered from the ocean. On the runway, the neon-colored bikinis and coverups were flaunted by models of different shapes, ages, races, gender identities, and abilities. Chromat's sizing runs from XXS to 4XL, and prices range from $29 for on-sale bikini bottoms to $375 for sleek zip-up wetsuits.

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