Best Furniture Store 2019 | Home Design Store | Best Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Music and Stores in Miami | Miami New Times
Marty Quintana

When that IKEA dresser you've had since college just isn't cutting it any longer, it's time to up your game. The locally bred Home Design Store is where it's at for medium-high-end, imported furniture that you'll actually want to come home to each day (with prices typically starting in the low hundreds). The diverse offerings span every room in the house, and the store sells decorative items such as funky sculptures, colorful statement pieces, and unique lighting. In addition to the Coral Gables location, the business has a Home Design Warehouse Showroom near Miami International Airport. If you're not the proud owner of a massive truck, the store offers $65 delivery in Miami-Dade County. When it comes to furniture shopping, pull up a chair (or ottoman or love seat) at the Home Design Store and start planning your dream home. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Everyone likes a deal, but deep down, a lot of people love the treasure hunt most of all. For those folks, finding a deal is a greater thrill than saving money. Deal-seekers in it for the thrill will strike gold at General Pawn Shop. Like other pawnshops, General buys and sells gold, silver, and a large assortment of firearms, but a look inside reveals this place offers much more. Here, you'll find everything from game systems to musical instruments, electronics, tools, and computers at prices that rival those of most local thrift shops. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

Jensen’s Liquors

Franchise liquor stores are seemingly on every corner these days, and it can be difficult for smaller booze businesses to compete with larger operations. But South Florida's own Jensen's Liquors, open since 1978, has proven it has what it takes to sate Miami's thirst for liquor better than any other local suppliers. Catering to wine experts and craft connoisseurs alike, the company's wide selection and cellar-like aesthetic make its stores particularly inviting. On any given day at one of its six Miami locations, you're likely to run into a sampling station or some unexpected product you won't find in the big-box stores. Bigger isn't always better, especially when you're looking for friendly service and an easy place to pick up exactly what you need without fighting the crowds. 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to midnight Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Readers' choice: Big Daddy's Liquors

Jessica Gibbs

Have you ever witnessed or experienced the sheer panic of a missing vape? The dilemma can make or break a night out. If you're in a pinch, the vape store on the corner will do. But when you're looking for a shop with a great selection of high-quality products, Kendall's World of Smoke & Vape soars above the rest. Whether you're looking for vape pen batteries ($10 to $50), regular or salt nicotine juices ($10 to $24), or mod boxes ($30 to $150), the personable staff at this quaint, late-night neighborhood shop takes the time to ask the right questions and make sure you walk out the door with the right product. But you don't need to make the drive all the way out west to visit a World of Smoke & Vape store. The chain also has locations in Aventura, Brickell, Little Havana, and Fort Lauderdale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

Any cigar aficionado will tell you that a great cigar shop begins with an excellent selection of sticks — but that's not the only factor. Some smokers prioritize knowledgeable staff. Others look for a comfortable smoking lounge. Dominoes games, delicious drinks, a walk-in humidor — any of these might place one shop above the rest, depending upon whom you ask. But whatever you're looking for in a cigar shop, Cuban Crafters Cigars likely delivers. Shoppers here can find all of the above plus an almost comically vast array of other amenities. A free cigar upon arrival? It's in your hand. Free Cuban coffee as you shop? Drink up. Need a haircut? Step into the onsite barbershop. Yes, really, it's all housed in a massive space that doubles as a cigar factory, where you can watch the product being rolled before your very eyes. If Willy Wonka had sold cigars instead of chocolate, his factory would've looked something like this. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Readers' choice: Casa de Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar

Customers of this South Dade smoke shop rave about the knowledgeable service, fair prices, and clean, welcoming environment. Yes, Green Street offers the classic array of glass pipes, vapes, rolling papers, and lighters you'd expect from any strip-mall smoke shop, but it's the formidable selection of CBD products that sets this place apart from the rest. Whether you prefer to smoke it in the form of a hemp cigarette ($15 for pure hemp and $19 for wild hemp), rub it on your muscles and joints as a heated pain-relief cream (starting at $59.99), or even give it to your dog as a calming treat (containers start at $25 and oil starts at $60), Green Street has the CBD you're looking for. When it comes to trendy remedies, it pays to be extra-discerning. For quality, variety, and friendly guides, look no further than Green Street. Hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday.


Success! You've scored a coveted medical marijuana card, and the Florida Legislature just approved smokable pot. There aren't a ton of dispensaries to choose from in the county yet, but the existing facilities are all topnotch and manned by knowledgeable staff. However, what sets Curaleaf's Miami Airport location apart is the feeling of familiarity — the familiarity of smoking a bit and then going for that 2 a.m. Taco Bell run. Debuting this past March, Curaleaf's drive-thru makes picking up a medical marijuana prescription as easy as ordering a Crunchwrap Supreme with some added guac and fire sauce. All you have to do is place an order online and pick it up at your earliest convenience. The 4,000-square-foot location also provides private consultation rooms, while same-day and free next-day delivery are offered through Curaleaf's website. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Adriana Olday

Have you worn out your friends and therapist but still can't quite pinpoint what's bothering you? Perhaps a more metaphysical outlook can yield some answers. Unlike other psychics, Sandra Cheryl Richardson won't claim to predict your future, but her eyes are well-suited for seeing into another dimension. You'll go into your phone consultation knowing she's a renowned psychic consultant, book author, Wiccan priestess, and paranormal investigator, but she'll know a lot more about you. Over the course of 30 minutes ($100) or an hour ($185), she'll help you make sense of it all and give you sound counsel. If you're a total skeptic, know that at the very least, she might reveal some things you need to know about yourself to help you move forward. Richardson also provides spiritual cleansing, performs wedding and funeral rites, and will soon offer an iTunes app called the Wiccan Sabbats, which gives information about the Wiccan holy days. 305-322-5598; [email protected];

Miami’s tattoo scene is full of artists, but can sometimes seem low on creativity. There are far too many parlors that specialize in the same boring, washed-out, flat-looking pieces of script-text or animal heads. Thankfully, Rosa Negra is not one of those. The artists can seemingly handle any request with ease — from watercolor images of kraken destroying pirate ships to blackwork animals and mandalas to some artfully twisted takes on neoclassical tattoo design. Rosa Negra is unlike some of the more dank, windowless rooms that house longtime studios. Founders Sebastian Garcia and Andres Guevara nailed the shop’s interior-design aesthetic. Their Allapattah studio is brightly lit, covered in eclectic art, and makes you feel as if you’re getting inked up in your coolest friend’s apartment. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday noon to 8 p.m.

Readers' choice: Inkaholik Tattoos

From Alice in Wonderland to Zoot Suit Daddy, La Casa de los Trucos offers an incredible selection of costumes from A to Z. The Calle Ocho costume shop has been a Miami staple for almost 50 years, and for good reason: La Casa de los Trucos carries more than 15,000 styles and is open year-round for all of your themed-party needs. Most costumes cost $30 to $70, but the shop also carries elaborate $1,000 ensembles and plenty of lower-priced accessories for shoppers who want to pull together a look using their own clothes. Changing rooms are available so you can make sure your costume fits, and the staff is friendly, knowledgeable, and mostly bilingual. The shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday except in September and October, when hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

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