Best Realtor 2019 | Matthew Rodriguez at Compass | Best Restaurants, Bars, Clubs, Music and Stores in Miami | Miami New Times
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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;

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.

Donna Irene

As a million rom-coms and fairy tales have taught us, shopping for a wedding dress is all about the bride. That's certainly true at A&Bé Bridal Shop, where a dedicated stylist will help you find the dress of your dreams as your mom and BFFs await your entrance in the store's chic lounge. But at this Wynwood boutique, you also get a chance to give back to other women. Through Babes on a Mission, A&Bé donates a portion of dress sales to women-focused nonprofits such as Planned Parenthood and She Should Run, which supports female candidates for office. The store also supports other charities including Girls Inc., which empowers young women to be strong, smart, and bold, and the Kind Campaign, which advocates against girl-versus-girl bullying. Dresses typically cost between $1,200 and $5,000 and come in a variety of styles, from romantic to edgy to bohemian. Ready to be an A&Bé bride? An appointment is required if you want to try on dresses. All of the slots, which can be booked online, are an hour and a half to allow for plenty of time to find the perfect look. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday; 1 to 9 p.m. Thursday; and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Nicholas Olivera

"There's this nice little flower shop on Main Street" sounds like something said by the citizens of Smalltown, USA, but it also applies to a South Florida suburb. Garden in a Pot — perched on Main Street in Miami Lakes — crafts custom floral arrangements for life's special occasions, including weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries. A standalone arrangement in a vase can cost $125, but customers often request more elaborate orders for special events. When you stop by, ask for Grace, the owner, who'll craft a breathtaking arrangement that incorporates all of your favorite flowers, from orchids to hydrangeas to roses, in every color of the rainbow. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

Readers' choice: Pistils & Petals

IGK Salon

At IGK Salon in the Design District, French stylists Frank and Leo Izquierdo specialize in framing customers' faces with expertly crafted haircuts and color trends. Waiting for your turn at the chair is just as exciting as seeing the final reveal because of the buzzing atmosphere thanks to artsy decor, bustling playlists, cheerful staffers, and a regular stream of locals, models, and celebrity DJs. In this 3,500-square-foot space, guests can choose from more than 20 stylists to tend to their locks and refresh their look. Haircuts start at $75 for men and $100 for women. Ask for colorist Jennifer Quita for seamless highlights and balayage, starting at $275. A glossy, beach-wavy blow-dry costs $75, and a single process to cover grays runs about $110. IGK also offers red carpet-ready at-home maintenance with products such as the 30,000 Feet Volume shampoo and conditioner ($25 each), Mixed Feelings leave-in blond toning drops ($29), and a Cry Baby anti-frizz smoothing serum ($25). Hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Readers' choice: Assembly Hair

Junior & Hatter

With the beard trend still going strong, it's tough to keep all of that facial hair in check at home no matter how much washing and oiling you do. Worst yet, when the skin underneath all of that hair dries out and starts to resemble the Snowpocalypse every time you scratch — you've got beard dandruff, bruh. That's why it's highly recommended you visit a proper barber about once a month to tame the beast. Some of the best can be found at Junior & Hatter, which is a full-fledged salon and barbershop with a dedicated space for gentlemen. Cuts start at $50, as do hot shaves. But for routine maintenance, go with the beard trim. During the service, the barber will take a clipper and scissors to shape your whiskers. Then, if needed, a straight razor will be used on your neck and cheeks. And finally, a lavender-scented hot towel will make sure everything is properly hydrated. All of the senior barbers are more than capable, but Lori Diaz is exceptionally good, so book with her if she's available. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday through Monday and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Readers' choice: The Spot Barbershop

It's the day before your weeklong summer vacation and your nails are looking rough. You need a manicure that can hold up to sunscreen, sand, and the tab of your beer can. At Candy Coated Beauty, the skilled nail technicians offer gel manicures durable enough to last up to three weeks. The salon uses a Russian manicure technique, meaning your nails and cuticles are trimmed and sanded down while dry instead of soaked. Gel manicures and powder dips both cost $45, and guests are offered a complimentary cocktail or glass of champagne upon arrival. Nailed it. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Readers' choice: Vanity Projects

Miami Beach Edition

In the hands of a skilled aesthetician, a good facial can go beyond cleansing and perking up tired skin — it can also work wonders to lift your sagging spirit. The Spa at the Miami Beach Edition offers a luxurious, oasis-like environment with nourishing facial options including express facials such as the Damage Control, with an oxygen blast to repair sun-damaged skin ($125); the C+Collagen treatment, to restore elasticity and even skin tone ($145); and the Royal Facial, combining gold and diamonds ($285) to ensure a glowing complexion. After your treatment, relax and nap on a custom-designed daybed surrounded by drapery and vintage Moroccan rugs in the candle-lit Relaxation Lounge to enhance your new, youthful glow. Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

South Beach Body Waxing Co.

Miami's year-round warm temperatures are a blessing, but they also require detailed grooming. Miamians want bare legs for shorts and miniskirts, stubble-free armpits for tank tops, and, of course, baby-smooth bikini areas for those high-cut, booty-baring swimsuits. There are many hair removal options out there, but for many, waxing is still the best way to go. It's way more affordable than laser treatments, and hair grows back more slowly and softly than it does after shaving. South Beach Body Waxing Co. has groomed locals' and tourists' body hair for 21 years. Prices are below average, and the licensed staff uses a combination of hard and soft beeswax that is gentle on the skin, reducing inflammation and discomfort. Eyebrow shaping at the Washington Avenue spot will set you back only $20, nose grooming costs $10 to $13, and a full bikini wax runs $44. Combo specials are also available, such as the ladies' Brazilian bikini, buttocks strip, and underarms combo for $50 and the men's back, shoulders, chest, and stomach combo for $92. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6: 30 p.m. Saturday.

Skeptics will call you crazy. "Why go to a tanning salon when the sun is free?" "Tanning? Who goes tanning anymore?" "Don't you know tanning is bad for you?" Seriously, who asked them for their opinion anyway? Yes, you could just throw on some oil and lie in your backyard (New Times' lawyers would like us to remind you to use proper sunscreen to protect against harmful UV rays), but that can take time you don't have, and besides, the weather can be unpredictable. Instead, head to Tan-Go, located in the quaint suburb of Miami Springs, right off the Circle and next door to the Cozy Corner. The facilities aren't fancy, but they're clean and well-equipped. Sessions start at $13 for beds and $14 for stand-up tanning; however, monthly ($55) and weekly ($25) packages are also available. And if UV light isn't your thing, spray and airbrush treatments start at $35 and $45, respectively. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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