After seeing fun gift stores all over Europe, an entrepreneurial Miami couple decided to open a similar concept here. Early next week, Urben Gifts & Gadgets debuts in South Miami, whose residents will surely appreciate a new source for all their event needs from birthdays to bachelorettes, and especially with the holiday season about to begin. It isn’t Tatiana and Paulo Francez’s first rodeo business-wise. Before relocating from São Paulo, they founded several service-oriented operations including fashion pop-up shops, soccer training, culinary delicacies and even children’s birthday parties. Since Tatiana studied architecture, their intimate, well-designed store is inspiration enough to pick out the right item. They make it even easier by grouping gifts into distinct categories: geeky gadgets, personal accessories, adventure, stationery, toys for boys, etc.
5802 Sunset Drive; 786.577.0151; shopurben.com
A couple years and $12 million later, the Bass Museum of Art, now dubbed, “The Bass,” reopens for business (and Basel!) on October 29. The reconfigured layout elevates the visitor experience, adds four exhibition galleries for a total of eight, encloses a courtyard for improved event conditions and creates a wonderful education component, the Creativity Center, with a state-of-the-art, multimedia lab. New real estate isn’t its only goal. The museum also launched a 10-year acquisition initiative for international contemporary art, a sign of its new direction. So far, new works are Magic Mountain by Ugo Rondinone, who’s also the subject of an inaugural solo show, “Good Evening Beautiful Blue,” through February 19, 2018, and Eternity Now by Sylvie Fleury. Both are outdoor sculptures of rock and neon, respectively.
2100 Collins Avenue; 305.673.7530; thebass.org
SLIM + SWIM
Orlebar Brown, the British men’s and boy’s resort brand founded by photographer Adam Brown 10 years ago, opens its second Florida store in Palm Beach on Monday (fans can also find it at Miami’s Brickell City Centre). His a-ha moment came while on holiday in seeing how men lacked the same chic swim options as women. He set out to create properly tailored swim shorts that could go from the pool or beach to lunch without the need to change outfits. Since Palm Beach photos by Slim Aarons have been a major influence, his new location is the icing on the cake. Channel the society set captured by Aarons, too, by checking out the new store’s complete assortment for Cruise 2017. The setting’s pool lockers as props also help get into the spirit.
340 Royal Poinciana Way; 844.820.0491; orlebarbrown.com
Sunset Harbour is fast becoming restaurant central. Vegetarians and other healthy types are making a beeline for Soul Tavern gastro pub and a new location for Dr. Smood. The long-awaited Stiltsville for seafood is finally up and running. A protégé of Michelle Bernstein also unveiled Lutum with a menu that departs from the usual dishes around town (pictured). For example, falafel scotch egg with fall squash hummus and pickled beets feels more like something you’d find up north. Get into the autumn mood more with sage and pumpkin seed pesto for fettuccini and spaetzle flavored with caramelized onion. Classic burgers, fish and roasted chicken make it a regular hangout. And now Brazilian restaurateurs imported Ofa too. Named after farofa, their national dish of toasted yucca flour and spices, it focuses on Brazilian fare.
1766 Bay Road; 786.773.3149; lutummiami.com. 1929 Purdy Avenue; 305.763.8766; ofarestaurant.com