HATS OFF TO
Long-time locals may remember Toff, a South Beach boutique during the aughts. Its Ecuadorian founder Claudio Estrada launched Artesano, an accessories collection that puts her fashion degree from Miami International University of Art & Design to better use. She partnered with Xavier Blum for men’s and women’s Panama hats and newly added bags handmade in her native country. Pieces are woven with traditional Toquilla straw from the plant-like palm of the same name. The exquisite material is preferred for its comfort and durability. Classic shapes come with custom details, such as the Rumi’s black cross-pattern stitching and the Urbano’s fun fringe in midnight blue or mini-eyelets for ventilation. Besides great designs, the company supports local artisans and their communities through education and empowerment.
SKATING & SCREENING
Summer activities are bringing camp cheer. Faena hosts a complimentary screening of Woody Allen’s “Vicky Cristina Barcelona” on June 27 at 7 p.m., in its adorably chic cinema. Arrive early for a seat on red velvet sofas, part of the Art Deco flair. RSVP here. Then lace up your skates to cruise atop an art installation by assume vivid astro focus at Faena Forum’s neo-disco roller rink on Second Sundays. Everyone’s welcome to rekindle childhood memories at complimentary skate parties on July 9 and August 13, from noon to 10 p.m. The Frost Museum of Science reinstates its famous hourly laser shows on First Fridays in its new state-of-the-art planetarium. Tunes by the Beatles, Daft Punk and Radiohead are on the playlist for July 7.
3201 Collins Avenue; 305.534.8800; faenaart.org.
1101 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.434.9600; frostscience.org
Summer’s no time to spend in the kitchen. Here are some new easy peasy-places for quick bites. Fort Lauderdale-born Tap 42 opened its second Miami location with more than 40 beers—you guessed it, on tap—and its largest terrace yet to sip them on. Eat light with Korean chicken lettuce wraps and salads with grilled salmon or ahi tuna poke. If you’re tired of Coyo Taco, walk over to Wynwood 5th Gyros for other handheld meals like veggie burgers and the signature specialty with a choice of chicken, lamb or pork served in a pita with all the trimmings. Then browse the rest of its compound’s businesses. Seafood joints with cephalopod murals seem to be trending in Miami. Kraken Crudo, pictured, is the most recent example to unfold.
3301 NE First Avenue; 305.709.5000; tap42.com.
2451 NW Fifth Avenue; 305.299.5004; wynwood5thave.com.
3509 NE Second Avenue; 305.456.2804; krakencrudo.com
MAN-ICURE CAVEWith its dapper demographics, Miami has claimed many male-geared salons and 21st-century barbershops. Hammer & Nails, a Los Angeles-based concept that opens next week in the Shops at Midtown Miami, is the latest newcomer making a go of it. As its name implies, framed hammers decorate the industrial setting, and custom cushy armchairs in studded black leather await for manicures and pedicures. Each nail and hair station—master barber Carlos Ferdinand who’s a regular in magazines like Esquire oversees the latter along with hot shaves—has a flat-screen television for personal viewing. Founder Michael Elliott thinks guys also deserve pampering in a man cave away from home. He tailored treatments for them, such as the Sports pedicure with tea tree oil and a hot stone massage.
122 Buena Vista Boulevard; 786.472.8199; hammerandnailsgrooming.com