It seems that many of Eddie Perera’s clients have been wondering where the long-time Miami Beach barber went.
Perera cut men’s hair at Royal Palm Barbershop on 41st Street for 34 years before relocating in December 2012 to Gonzalez Barber Shop at 1845 Bay Road (Sunset Harbour) in Miami Beach.
“I have customers from all over, and I am trying to reach out to let them know where I am. I really miss some of my old customers after 30-something years,” said Perera, 74.
Perera’s clientele over the years has included such well-known Beach residents as poet Campbell McGrath, former Miami Beach Mayor David Dermer, attorneys Dennis Kainen and Terry Bienstock, and radiologist Jonathan Rubin.
“I’ve known Eddie for 34 years. He used to cut my dad’s hair. He’s the sweetest Cuban gentleman,” said Sunset Islands resident Karen Fryd. “Over the years, Eddie has learned all the Jewish holidays because he cuts hair for so many men in the Orthodox community.”
“Eddie is the quintessential professional. He has been there for me for 25 years, took care of all my children as they grew up, and now I look with pride as my grandchildren are his clients,” Jonathan Rubin said.
Originally from Cuba, Perera moved to West Miami from New York in 1979, when he began working at Royal Palm Barber Shop. Nelson Diaz bought the place in May 2011. There was no love lost between the two barbers. In December, Diaz fired Perera.
“I only got disrespect from him to me for 20 months. I got so fed up that I fired him,” said Diaz. “My business is 100 percent better without him. I can sleep better.”
“Nobody had ever fired me before,” Perera said. “I am an old man. I don’t want to stay home. I look forward to continue serving my customers and friends.”
Eddie Perera is available for men’s haircuts and razor shaves daily (except Tuesdays and Sundays) from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. For appointments, call 305-898-7746.
MITZVAH TO THE MAX
Over 800 volunteers are expected to participate in Temple Beth Sholom’s 18th annual Mitzvah Day on Sunday, Feb. 10. The event, which begins at 8:30 a.m., features 54 different community-service projects at locations throughout Miami-Dade County, including Shadowlawn Elementary, Chapman Partnership for the Homeless and Ronald McDonald House. The Hebrew word “mitzvah” means “meritorious deed.”
Projects include Flying Wings (teens from the I Have a Dream Foundation will visit Opa-locka Airport to learn about airplanes and aviation); Spin for Charity; and Create a Book (participants will help kids at New Life Homeless Shelter make their own books).
The open-to-the-public event will also offer a blood drive, a clothing drive, a car wash and an ice cream after-party, compliments of The Frieze. Proceeds benefit S’derot Mental Health Center in Israel.
Co-chairs for Mitzvah Day 2013 are Melissa Netkin and Myra Spindel. Program director is Tamara Donnenfeld. TBS is at 4144 Chase Avenue in Miami Beach. To pre-register for a project, call 305-538-7231 or visit www.tbsmb.org.
The second annual Art Wynwood Fair kicks off Feb. 14 with a VIP Preview (6-10 p.m.) and opens to the public Feb. 15-18 at the Art Miami Pavilion, 3101 NE First Avenue in Miami. It features street art, pop surrealism and murals, plus contemporary and modern art from over 70 international galleries. After-parties will be held Friday night at The Wynwood Walls and Saturday at the Bakehouse Art Complex. This year’s event honors the late Tony Goldman, instrumental in the development of the Wynwood Arts District. General admission (available on-site) for the fair is $15; $10 for seniors and students or in advance at www.art-wynwood.com. Questions? Call 305-515-8573.