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.”
A survivor of colon cancer, Horwitz says he strives to live every moment to its fullest — staying in the present. “With a positive attitude, everything falls into place — your clients, your colleagues and your family,” he adds.
For details, visit www.gskcpas.com.
NCJW EVENT AT MUSEO VAULT
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Greater Miami Section will host its 2013-14 opening event on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Museo Vault, 346 NW 29th St. (Wynwood Arts District). The event, which begins at 4 p.m., will feature appetizers and wine, as well as tours of the art/vault facility. The Myra Farr Volunteer Service Award will be given to honorees Bonnie Sockel-Stone and Alana Rothlein. Guest speaker Jane Anderson, of the Miami-Dade state attorney’s office will discuss human trafficking. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP or learn more, contact Andrea Darlow Sonnenberg at 305-538-4744 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SWEATING WITH CELEBRITIES
Celebrity fitness trainers including Jillian Michaels (“Bodyshred”), Tony Horton (P90X) and Shaun T. (“Insanity”) will host classes during Sweat USA, an all-star fitness festival that debuts at the Miami Beach Convention Center (Hall C) Oct. 11-13. The event will feature an expo, fitness demonstrations, evening social events and classes by experts in sports including Zumba, kick-boxing, SurfSet, flywheel cycling, MMA (Mixed Martial Arts), Piloxing (a cross between Pilates and Boxing) and CrossFit. There will also be a Wilhelmina Boot Camp and morning Pilates and Yoga classes held poolside at the Mondrian South Beach. Prices range from a $20 Weekend Expo pass to VIP Celebrity Trainer packages from $499 to $799. For a complete schedule or to register, visit www.sweatusa.com.