Cottage Miami, a new menswear store in the Sunset Harbour area of Miami Beach, celebrated its recent grand opening with a private cocktail reception on Sept. 24.
Co-hosted by Cottage Miami owner Ariel Burman and Timothy Walker, capital campaign director of Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), the event featured hors d’oeuvres from neighboring Pubbelly and music by DJ ESP, with 15 percent of the day’s sales benefitting PAMM.
Attendees included Christian Roth and Eric Domege (designers of Christian Roth Eyewear); Frank Steinhart (VP of Stubbs & Wootton); WSVN’s Belkys Nerey; Univisión’s Rodner Figueroa; and artist TYPOE.
The new 1,000-square-foot boutique (a refurbished garage) features men’s clothing, shoes, accessories and grooming products by American and European designers including Michael Bastian, Band of Outsiders, Todd Snyder and Saturdays Surf NYC.
Burman, 28, grew up in Boca Raton. After graduating from Brooklyn Law School, he returned to South Florida to pursue a law career in his family’s business, a wholesale seafood distribution company in Pompano Beach. After six to eight months, he decided to pursue his dream of opening a men’s store and moved to Brickell Avenue. Cottage Miami opened at the end of September.
Burman says the store’s merchandise is different than what is carried elsewhere in Miami — and will appeal to all ages and demographics. It’s a style he dubs “prep surf.”
“We carry classic, easy-to-wear, well-made gentlemen’s clothing for customers that appreciate this style and know these brands,” explains Burman.
Were Burman’s folks angry that he traded seafood for menswear?
“No, they have been supportive. They knew what I was passionate about and what I wanted to do,” he says, adding that it’s helpful that his older brother Josh Burman (also a lawyer) works in the family business.
Cottage Miami, 1784 West Ave., Bay 5 (across from Fresh Market), is open daily. For hours and further details, call 305-534-9917 or visit www.cottage-miami.com.
CPA BECOMES CEO
Congratulations to Sanford B. Horwitz, CPA. The lifelong Miami Beach resident was recently named CEO of accounting firm Goldstein Schechter Koch, which has offices in Coral Gables, Boca Raton and Hollywood.
Horwitz, 56, began working at the firm (formerly known as Goldstein Covin Beer) as an intern in 1979, and went on to become a partner in 1986. A graduate of the University of Georgia, Horwitz attended all Miami Beach public schools. He and his wife, Janet, live just blocks from where Horwitz grew up as a child.
A former chairman of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Horwitz says he obtained his business foundation while working at his mother’s store, The Colonial Book Shoppe on Arthur Godfrey Road, as a teenager in the 1970s.
“My mother, Ramona, made me work there, and as a result I met Lillian Beer, whose husband was a partner in our original accounting firm,” explains Horwitz. “You can connect the dots.”
In addition to his new role as CEO, Horwitz will continue to be a full-time practicing CPA. As CEO, he hopes “to foster an environment where all the firm’s employees (over 110) can exceed their potential.”