Fontainebleau Miami Beach
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Oh, how easy it would be for the Fontainebleau to rest on its laurels. But in 2022, the Miami Beach icon and designated U.S. National Historic Landmark continues to keep it fresh; in fact, it's the most dynamic hotel in town. You'll never be bored at the Fontainebleau, starting with the oceanfront rooms and suites, with amenities like plush cotton robes, contemporary décor, and 20-inch iMacs in every room. Some of the 305's hottest happenings are always an elevator ride away, with the LIV club and music series BleauLive regularly attracting the hottest artists. And, of course, there are the 11 pools and an all-star restaurant lineup featuring the likes of Hakkasan, Scarpetta by Scott Conant, and StripSteak by Michael Mina. All the elements are there for a good time. If you somehow manage to leave the Fontainebleau having not achieved peak relaxation or euphoria, well, that's on you.

Let the Four Seasons of kennels pamper your pooch. Situated off North Miami Avenue near Fireman Derek's Bake Shop, the Wynwood location of South Florida mini-chain D.O.G. Hotels offers first-class daycare, overnight boarding, and grooming in a posh, modern setting. The spacious facility houses climate-controlled indoor parks to protect Rover from the sweltering Miami heat and a cage-free environment of small, numbered rooms decorated with wood panels to help your furry friend feel more at home. Along with boarding, D.O.G. offers daycare and grooming services. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

With crystal chandeliers, wood-paneled floors, and various pet portraits hanging on its hot-pink walls, Woof Gang Bakery & Grooming feels more like a posh salon than a pet-supply shop. The store, which has locations in Bal Harbour, Midtown, Doral, and Kendall — boasts an array of all-natural homemade treats, plush toys, and premium foods in a candy-store like display and also offers grooming and self-service grooming at certain locations. Buy your pup a birthday cake ($29.99) and matching party hat ($5.99), or treat your kitty to knit barnyard animal toys filled with catnip ($1.99).

If you're going to spend mucho dinero on self-care, why wouldn't you pamper your pooch, too? When you make an appointment with Cosmo!Paw!Litan Pet Grooming, you don't even have to schlep Schnookums to the salon — they'll come to you. The staff of the one-stop mobile grooming service is friendly, patient, and fully equipped to make your best friend look fabulous. Fresh cuts, bathing, nail trimming, ear cleaning, teeth brushing, gland squeezing — they do it all, and more. Treat Fido to the spa day they deserve. After all, they put up with your crap 24/7.

Wynwood Dog Food Co. doesn't look like a store for dogs. So much so that there's a sign erected front and center inside reminding customers: "We Make Dog Food." Offering customized meals that are cooked fresh on a daily basis, using 100 percent human-grade ingredients inside its contemporary "Canine Kitchen" on N. Miami Avenue, the store — blends like beef and potato, chicken and rice, and venison and squash — along with a handful of "condition specific" recipes formulated for skin, cardiac, and renal support. Although the company offers pickup and delivery, pups and their owners are welcome to visit to see where the culinary canine magic happens.

The Flowery
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As the only family-owned medical marijuana dispensary in Florida, the Flowery is set to bloom in the state's booming, multibillion-dollar cannabis industry. Based in Miami, the budding company hand-delivers products like marijuana flower and kief through its online storefront to patients' homes across the state. In contrast to cannabis giants like Trulieve and Surterra, the Flowery prides itself on producing high-quality goods locally, without the influence of corporate backing. The company is slated to open its first brick-and-mortar dispensary in June on Biscayne Boulevard, but for now, you can place your order online for delivery.

A small, unpretentious store with barred windows and neon signs advertising "Delta 8" and "CBD," Herbin Livin Smoke Shop appears, at first glance, to be your average Miami head shop — but it's much more once you step inside. The shelves are filled with the familiar array of grinders, glass pipes, and rolling papers, of course, but the shop also sells its own line of high-quality CBD and CBD-infused goods and boasts a private, outdoor lounge area. Choose from a wide selection of CBD products including wellness gummies from Martha Stewart's collection, pain creams, and skin patches — all with the guidance of the store's friendly and CBD-knowledgeable employees.

Best Cigar Shop
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You could visit one of the new, bourgeois cigar lounges that are popping up all over Miami's shmanciest neighborhoods, but why mess with a proven formula? Set in the heart of Little Havana, Cuba Tobacco Cigar Co. rose to prominence during the U.S. cigar boom of the '90s when the shop, owned by the Bello family, launched its Havana Sunrise brand, whose popularity made CTCC the largest producer of cigars in the U.S. But the family has been rolling cigars for far longer — ever since founder Don Bello opened a factory in Las Villas, Cuba, in 1896. With roots firmly planted in el exilio Miami, the family-owned shop is still going strong — and so are the cigars.

Alongside Happy Vapor Shops' shelves stacked neatly with various Delta-8 THC candies, single-use vape pens, and e-juices is the "Wall of Hope," filled with old Marlboro and Newport cigarette packs. Since Marty Rodriguez opened the Doral vape store in 2013, she has striven not only to sell topnotch products with great service but to also support her customers' transition from cigarettes to vaping devices. "Everybody that buys a kit to quit smoking, I will get their pack of cigarettes and put it up on the wall, because that was a commitment," Rodriguez explains. The small shop, sandwiched between two restaurants (one Colombian, one Chinese) in a nondescript strip mall, feels like home for vape bros and ex-smokers alike. The store even maintains an educational blog that it regularly updates with information about its products, which include Delta-8 and nicotine salts.

Caliente Adult Superstore
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Whether you're looking for a few supplies for a romantic evening or aiming to spice things up in the boudoir, Caliente Adult Superstore is your one-stop erotic shop. As soon as you enter (through doors darkened to respect patrons' privacy), the kind and attentive staff is ready to help you find products that suit your sensual desires. Lingerie and lube? They've got it. Plush handcuffs and edible underwear? You'll find it here. For those in the market for solo-sexual accoutrements, Caliente stocks a wide array of dildos, Fleshlights, and DVDs, as well as a private viewing room. Whether you're a veteran of kink or a newbie couple, you're welcome at this pleasure emporium.

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