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.

Exprezo
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.

Taschen Store Miami
Taschen

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

Fly Boutique
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.

Basico
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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

Jessie
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

Best Swimwear
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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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Dadeland Mall
Dadeland Mall

Sometimes you've just got to hand it to the original: Dadeland Mall has been around since 1962, and it's continually evolved and grown even as the retail industry spirals down the toilet. Dadeland remains the people's mall — a place where you can either pop into Zara for your fix of fast fashion or strut into Saks Fifth Avenue to snag some designer stilettos. For parents, there's a children's play area, and for tourists, there's an entire visitors' bureau onsite. The dining options are plentiful too: Sure, the mall has refined spots for sushi, steak, or salad, but you can still find classic food-court fare such as Auntie Anne's, Charleys Philly Steaks, and Mandarin Express. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

Readers' choice: Aventura Mall

Best Realtor
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Plenty of realtors don't know squat about construction. It isn't their job to tell you whether that wall separating the living room and the kitchen is load-bearing; it's their job to sell you the home of your dreams. But what if your realtor could provide guidance beyond square footage and price points? As the son of a longtime general contractor, realtor Matthew Rodriguez was practically raised learning the business of putting together a plum property. He's friendly and reliable, and most important, his expertise puts clients at ease when it comes to the daunting task of purchasing a piece of real estate. Imagine both of the Property Brothers rolled into one: Someone who can juggle everything from jargon-heavy paperwork to countless phone calls and home tours but isn't afraid to get his hands dirty. 305-303-8969; compass.com/agents/miami/matthew-rodriguez.

Liria Jewelry
Jonathan Belmonte

If there's one thing that's apparent at this Kendall jewelry store, it's the passion the owners have for all things bling. Behind the counter, you'll find the husband, wife, and son who run the store and are ready to create those custom pieces you've been fantasizing about. If you're not in the market for custom items, Liria Jewelry also sells Citizen, Seiko, and Bulova watches for around $300, and pre-owned Rolexes start in the mid-$2,000 range. If you messed up the sizing on bae's ring, save face with the resizing service (starting at $30). From custom designs to watch repairs (starting at $10 and including battery changes), Liria Jewelry delivers nothing less than exceptional service and quality pieces. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

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