Issue – March 2009

LIFE IS GOOD

Casa Felipe hosted a silent auction at their haven of cigar and wine to benefit the community and show people that if you have time to enjoy the finer things in life you should also make time to give back.

BALLET BLAST

Andu Bistro recently hosted a Miami City Ballet pre-gala for patrons attending the night’s show. Drinks, cocktails, appetizers and dinner kept the guests occupied until it was time for the show.

BIRTHDAY BOY

Ernesto and Veronica Peralta hosted a beautiful dinner at their house in celebration of Ernesto Peralta’s birthday. It was a small gathering with very close friends who enjoyed a delicious catered dinner, music and dancing.

GET PRETTY

Trini in Private recently launched their Coral Gables location, adding another salon to their already-vast portfolio and furthering the fact that no matter where you live or work in South Florida, there will always be a Trini in Private near you.

BIG HEARTS

Fundacion Manos del Sur held its 4th annual Breakfast, Bazaar & Fashion Show at Rusty Pelican to benefit Asociacion Pan y Amor in Nicaragua. Pan y Amor feeds, educates and nurtures some of Nicaraguas’s poorest children.

GRAND OPENING

Sanlorenzo of the Americas and yachtBlue celebrated their Grand Opening complete with cocktails, cigar rolling, live bossa nova music and hors d’oeuvres. The night of networking in Fort Lauderdale was one to remember for guests who attending the exclusive event.

Picnic Time!

St. Agnes recently hosted its annual family picnic to the joy of Key Biscayne families who attended and enjoyed a beautiful, sunny day filled with rides and fun for kids of all ages.

HAUTE HI-RISE

900 Biscayne Bay is ushering in a new way of living in Downtown Miami with its unique residential concept along Miami’s vibrant arts district on Biscayne Boulevard.

Cigar Heaven

If a touch of class is what you’ve been craving, head over to Casa Felipe for a few puffs and sips of some staples of success that can transform you into the laid-back, refined person you deserve to be.

Key Players

Meet the people who are shaping the future of the communities they live in while inspiring everyone they meet along the way. Though their stories are all different and their backgrounds, histories, hopes and dreams vary, the one thing each has in common is a passion for what they do and their ability to see past themselves for the benefit of others. In the following pages, you’ll meet this issue’s Key Players and get a brief glimpse into their lives. If you happen to run into one of them during your daily routine, take a moment to salute them. They’ve earned it.

LEISURE ISLE

When relaxation beckons and your sense of adventure is at its peak, all that’s left to do is grab a bikini and head toward your favorite seaside oasis for some tanning, frolicking and fun.

THE CHER HOUSE

Colombian designer Catalina Echavarria created an award-winning masterpiece that encompasses a world of fantasy and functionality that became known as “The Cher House” because it was the East Coast retreat of the world-renowned artist for many years.

ISLAND IN MOTION

As one of the country’s most active communities, Key Biscayne has no shortage of physical activities to partake in throughout the year. Herewith: A quick guide to getting fit in paradise.

Frolic

Your guide to the best entertainment, shopping, dining, libations & relaxation in South Florida

STAR POWER

With a mic in her hand and a guitar strapped around her shoulder, Vicky Echeverri is taking Miami’s Latin music industry by storm with the release of her first album, Ficha de Ajedrez.

Gastronomic Genius

From hearty signature dishes to creative appetizers and a hefty drink menu, it seems that everyone’s tastebuds will be satiated at Andu Bistro, the delicious creation of two siblings who call Key Biscayne home.

LUXE SPEED AHEAD

The oldest Mercedes-Benz dealer in Florida is also the most successful in the entire southeast U.S. thanks to a vision and dedication that has accelerated Bill Ussery Motors onto the radars of even the most discerning automotive aficionados in Key Biscayne and beyond.

LIFE AT SEA

Owning a floating condo aboard The World affords you the unique option to explore, share and create a legacy of lifelong memories at sea. For many, it’s the epitome of low-key luxury living, no matter where the tides take them.

NO JOKE FOR DJOKOVIC!

Novak Djokovic is serious about rising to the top of his game at the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open. And he plans to do it with more style than the humorous antics he pulls on and off the court that have come to defined this already legendary tennis ace. Oh, and he has a pretty good serve, too.

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Lotus Flower

While attending Ponce De Leon Middle School, Melissa Saldaña got involved in volunteer projects such as serving as Treasurer of the Youth For Environmental Studies Club. Little did she know that spending her lunches helping to reconcile accounts was great training for her future career in nonprofit financial management.

It’s An Exquisite Life

Luxurious fabrics, prints and cuts combine with supreme quality materials, furnishings and décor to yield a world-class lifestyle in the lap of luxury.