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Beach Buzz: Total Wine & More opens flagship Miami Beach store with a VIP reception

Miami Beach Commissioner Joy Malakoff, New World Symphony President/CEO Howard Herring & Total Wine Regional V.P. Sandy Clemens at Total Wine’s pre-opening reception.
Miami Beach Commissioner Joy Malakoff, New World Symphony President/CEO Howard Herring & Total Wine Regional V.P. Sandy Clemens at Total Wine’s pre-opening reception. World Red Eye

Total Wine & More on Oct. 14 celebrated the eve of opening its flagship Miami Beach store with a cocktail party for more than 300 VIPs, neighbors and friends.

Located in the Fifth and Alton Shopping Center (the space formerly housed Staples), the new 19,000-square-foot boutique is Total Wine’s 25th store in Florida.

The event included tastings of Dom Pérignon, fine wines and charcuterie by Thierry’s Catering, as well as a New World Symphony quartet performance. A portion of the store’s opening weekend sales — a minimum of $10,000 — will be donated to NWS.

South Beach Total Wine officially opened to the public 9 a.m. Oct. 15. By 8:30 a.m., approximately 150 people were waiting in line to enter. The first 200 through the door received Total Wine gift cards ranging in value from $20 to $200.

In addition to selling wine, spirits, beer and gift items, the store features a state-of-the-art employee training facility that will also be used to host consumer seminars and “virtual tastings.” When not in use by Total Wine, the space will be available to community groups for free. Email for reservations.

The new store is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Limited delivery is available. For further details, visit or call 786-276-6545.


The Little Lighthouse Foundation will host its sixth annual Halloween extravaganza, Nightmare on the Beach: The Battle of Heaven and Hell, on Oct. 31, from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Lummus Park (Ninth Street and Ocean Drive).

The event will feature multiple Halloween-themed pavilions and tents (accessible via heavenly or hellish entrances), lounges by Dos Equis (“Dos Heaven” and “Dos Hell”), dual photo booths, Hellish Patron and Heavenly Photos (with a floating cloud bed), as well as all-night open bar, cuisine from area restaurants/caterers and music by DJ Willy Monfret.

Founded in 2010, the Miami-based Little Lighthouse Foundation is a nonprofit that assists South Florida children and their families who struggle with educational, financial, and medical hardships.

Nightmare on the Beach tickets are priced at $175 and up (plus an $8 service fee). For tickets or information, call 305-417-8553 or visit


Author Thane Rosenbaum grew up on Miami Beach. A novelist, essayist and law professor who currently lives in New York, Rosenbaum will return to South Florida during November to promote his newest novel, How Sweet It Is!

The book — a comedic tale set in Miami Beach in 1972 — has been selected by the city of Miami Beach as the first book in its “One Book, One City” initiative, a pilot program designed to engage the community in literary conversations.

The story follows the Posner family — Holocaust survivors Sophie and Jacob, and their son, Adam — trying to avoid one another in Miami Beach during a tumultuous time (think Jackie Gleason, Republican and Democratic political conventions, Isaac Bashevis Singer, Meyer Lansky, former MB Police Chief Rocky Pomerance and the Miami Dolphins’ perfect season, to name a few).

Rosenbaum’s Miami Beach appearances: 7 p.m. Nov. 4 kick-off event at the Jewish Museum; 2 to 4 p.m. Nov. 7 at Miami Beach Library Read-a-Thon; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Betsy Hotel Book Reading; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at Miami Beach Library Book Discussion; 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at South Shore Library Book Discussion; and 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 25 at Food Truck Rally at the Miami Beach Bandshell, with appearances by locals from the 1970s.

Additionally, Rosenbaum will discuss and sign copies of How Sweet It Is! at the Miami Book Fair International on 2 p.m. Nov. 21.

Hardcover editions of the book ($24.95) are available at bookstores and via Amazon. A centennial paperback edition is available for free on a first come first serve basis for people who register for Miami Beach’s One Book, One City events. To register:


▪ LEADERSHIP LUNCHEON: The Commonwealth Institute (TCI) of South Florida will host its 12th annual Leadership Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 30 at Jungle Island in Miami with guest speaker Maryam Banikarim, global chief marketing officer of Hyatt Hotels Corp. The nonprofit TCI helps women CEOs, entrepreneurs and senior executives grow their businesses through peer mentoring, education and high-level networking. Luncheon tickets are $125 members; $150 nonmembers. To attend or learn more, call 305-799-6547 or visit

▪ WOMEN OF DISTINCTION: Plaza Health Network Foundation’s sixth annual Women of Distinction & Caring Luncheon takes place 11 a.m. Nov. 5 at Jungle Island, Miami. Honorees: Toby Lerner Ansin (founder Miami City Ballet); Trish Bell (chair emeritus, board of trustees, Chapman Partnership); Roberta Orlen Chaplin (Jackson Memorial Foundation supporter); Marile Lopez (CFO Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm); and Dr. Ora Lea Strickland (dean and professor of Nursing and Health Sciences at Florida International University). For tickets, $125 each, call 305- 297-6863 or visit

Beach Buzz appears every other Sunday, and focuses on people and businesses throughout the Beaches, Aventura and Miami. To reach Debra K. Leibowitz, call 305-531-7887 or email, or become a fan of her Beach Buzz page on Facebook.