Not only kids have a fixation with sweets. Just ask Dylan Lauren, owner of Dylan’s Candy Bar on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.
“I could live on candy if it was OK,” the 39-year-old daughter of designer Ralph Lauren admitted while in town earlier this week to visit the store. “I’m a really healthy, boring eater: fish, veggies, plain salads, but when it comes to desserts . . .”
Lauren trails off. Take a look inside her bulk emporium to see a few of her vices: gummies, mega-lollipops, chocolate bars.
One reason for the Manhattanista’s visit to South Florida was to show off more inventory — and not the edible kind. The store, with locations from the Hamptons to Los Angeles, recently introduced Candy Girl jewelry to the lifestyle collection, which includes fuzzy robes, makeup, purses, flip flops and T’s for adults and kids. There’s also a dessert menu with chocolate martinis, chocolate pizzas and sundaes, and 70 outdoor tables on which to enjoy them.
“I think most everyone thinks we are just candy, but we’re more than that. We’re kind of a lifestyle brand now.”
Another reason to be in Miami: to chill. “It’s so amazing to be here. I’m ‘working,’ but literally sitting in the sun having a cafe,” Lauren says. “I feel like this is a vacation stop, a resort town. Customers walk in wearing bikinis. It’s like, ‘Do people really live here?’ ”
Due to her love of things that aren’t so great for her body, Lauren has to work out hard and often.
“When I was younger I ate candy as a main course. Now I realize I have to eat normal food, too. I’m excited to be here and run on the beach and swim at the pool.”
During our chat, a father and his two young daughters approach Lauren to take a picture, and she obliges. This apparently happens a lot, especially when she’s with dear old dad (mom is artist-author-photographer Ricky Lauren).
“It’s funny sometimes when I’m out with my father, people will come up to us and say, ‘I’m a big fan,’ and he says, ‘Thank you,’ but they say, ‘No, I’m talking about your daughter!’ ” Dylan recounts, laughing. “Some people really like candy. In all seriousness, other people have grown up with him. He’s the star.”
A new website from a local hopes to click with Webbies: Andrea Minski of Telemundo’s Entre tu y yo shares her tips on how to be a supermom at www.mujerbalance.com. The healthy lifestyle site, in Spanish, is a “one-stop resource with practical info on how to help the 21st century woman strike that ever-elusive work-life balance,” says the 34-year-old Minski, who has two sons, Samuel, 4, and Ari, who will turn 2 in August. The former Miss Colombia contestant and supreme juggler lives in Miami Shores.
Former Starbucks barista George Tandy Jr., 31, is a star on the rise. The North Miami Beach resident’s debut single March is holding steady at No. 3 on Billboard’s Adult R&B, charting above Drake and Beyoncé. Steve Harvey’s already a fan and has encouraged his fans to download the soulful ditty. Tandy, an alumnus of American Senior High School, recently returned home after performing on a Live Nation tour date with Marsha Ambrosius. Talent runs in the family: Dad George Tandy Sr. has been a jazz musician for 40 years in the Miami Beach area.