The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science Center is finally ready for its big debut. Festivities start Monday, with the Miami Downtown Development Authority hosting a private reception on May 9, from 5-10 p.m. Though the city has claimed a science institution since 1950, the new venue introduces state-of-the-art exhibits including the tri-level Gulf Stream Aquarium whose natural light and open-air top mimic natural marine habitats for an immersive experience. Wind down to its bottom for a mesmerizing view through a 31-foot oculus holding in 500,000 gallons of seawater, as hammerhead sharks and devil rays circle above. The Frost Planetarium 3D dome’s 16 million color 8K visual system is one of only 13 worldwide. Besides projecting astronomy programs, signature laser shows continue with classic rock and Top 40 hits.
1101 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.434.9600; frostscience.org
BENTLEY OF BIKES
Whether All Aboard Florida’s pending Brightline express train, trolleys or cycling, Miamians are embracing other modes of transportation. Bike shops for serious gearheads have been sprouting up all over town, and Wynwood boasts a luxury dealer as of today. Inspired by the neighborhood’s minimal art galleries, the Superior Bike Shop displays bicycles as works of art. The concept specializes in premier, hand-assembled models from European brands such as Fabike, 8bar and Schindelhauer. Rare in the U.S., these exclusive bikes are known for outstanding quality and performance. Their lightweight design in materials like carbon fiber and titanium is intended for urban use. They also incorporate the latest technology: Gates Carbon Drive System’s belt replaces chains; Shimano cranksets for better shifting, and Rohloff Speedhubs with sealed gearboxes. Most retail from $2,000 to $7,000.
2105 NW Second Avenue; 305.912.7790; thesuperiorbike.shop
After wooing caffeine addicts with his famous ice coffee at Alchemist café in Fort Lauderdale’s Wilton Manors, Matias Jurgeit takes his recipe to his next venture. The Argentine opened the Revenant Coffee House & Eatery a 10-minute drive east near US-1. The purist roasts and grinds his coffee onsite, which is served within three days when it’s at its prime flavor. Though several brewing methods are trendy, he strongly believes in using a syphon. Approaching coffee recipes like a mixologist, some of his signatures are the Eternal Revenant, hot Turkish-style coffee blended with grass-fed butter and organic coconut oil, and the Spirit of the Revenant, a Turkish-style cold brew shaken with brown sugar, whole milk and sweetened condensed milk. Even espresso, dubbed the Expression, is infused with rosemary.
2301 NE 26th Street; 954.947.7509; therevenantcoffee.com
Penhaligon’s, a British fragrance house favored by the Royal Family, will open its first Florida boutique in Aventura in May. Established in London in the late 19th century, it holds two Royal Warrants for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Prince of Wales. Both are displayed in the new intimate space decorated with stones sourced from Winston Churchill’s home, English oak cabinetry and a solid brass table resembling the Olympic torch and cauldron from the 2012 games in London. It’s the perfect setting to shop for a new scent from Portraits, a wickedly entertaining collection whose eau de parfums for men and women are named after fictitious characters in a British drama; the Tragedy of Lord George smells of brandy and shaving cream, and a stag’s head crowns its beautiful bottle (pictured).
19501 Biscayne Boulevard; 888.450.7578; penhaligons.com