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Beach Buzz: The Cabaret South Beach celebrates first anniversary with nonstop music

Merle Weiss, Edison Farrow and Daniel Weiss at The Cabaret’s first anniversary party.
Merle Weiss, Edison Farrow and Daniel Weiss at The Cabaret’s first anniversary party.

The Cabaret South Beach, 233 12th St., celebrated its one-year anniversary Nov. 20 with nonstop live music, apropos for the seven-night-a-week music venue.

The evening featured live performances by “The Cast” of The Cabaret, all local Miami performers who auditioned for their positions as servers or bartenders. In addition to being singers, many also play piano, guitar, drums or ukulele. Special guest performers included Leo Casino on saxophone and Victor Valdez on piano.

Co-owner of The Cabaret is Edison Farrow, 51, a well-known local events producer. Originally from Long Island, Farrow moved to South Beach 19 years ago.

“This is my first time owning a bar,” Farrow says. “I grew up in New York and loved music and wanted to bring this concept of a singing staff with amazing talent here.” His partner in the venture is Ed DeCaso of Miami.

During its inaugural year, several cast members were “discovered” while singing at The Cabaret. EnVee was a finalist on Telemundo International's TV singing contest Yo Soy el Artista; Daniel Bourgoin is currently recording an album; and Arias Martin was a top 20 finalist on Univision’s Va Porti.

Décor for the intimate venue (designed by Farrow) is reminiscent of an underground New York cabaret: French baroque with antique gold framed paintings and mirrors, crystal chandeliers, red velvet curtains and a white baby grand piano.

Live music (Broadway, pop, rock, jazz, standards and more) begins nightly at 9 p.m. Admission is free during the week; Friday and Saturday nights there’s a $10 entertainment fee and two-drink minimum per table (no cover at the bar).

For more information, call 305-763-8799 or visit www.thecabaretsouthbeach.com.

Alton Road UPS store open seven days a week

Long-time Miami Beach resident Jonathan Parker is a DUI defense attorney and businessman who previously owned three GNC stores. After selling them, he decided there was a viable market for a shipping store in mid Beach, so in January 2014 he opened a UPS franchise at 3921 Alton Rd., the intersection of Alton, Julia Tuttle Causeway and Arthur Godfrey Road.

The store – unlike other UPS franchise stores – is open seven days a week: 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.

Parker says it’s the Sundays that help the business stand out. “Most UPS stores have extended hours but work ‘postal days’ - Monday through Saturday,” he said. “This is one of the few ways that we can differentiate ourselves.”

Substantial parking nearby is another plus for customers, which Parker says are split between locals and tourists (many this week from Art Basel).

In addition to shipping/receiving packages, the UPS store offers mailboxes, a notary public, packing, printing, binding, copy and scanning services and sells office supplies as well as boxing and packing materials.

“It’s the only business I’ve ever had where people walk in the door and say ‘Thank you’ for being here,” said Parker, 52. Originally from New Jersey, he’s lived in Miami Beach for almost 25 years. Parker’s wife Melissa, 42, works with him at the store. A Beach native, she was born at Mount Sinai Medical Center.

The most unusual happening since the store opened: Parker performed a wedding ceremony for a couple (he’sa notary). The groom was a Beach resident. The wife was a foreigner, pregnant and about to give birth at Mount Sinai.

“At the last minute, I put on a coat and tie and we had a wedding,” laughs Parker. “Maybe for a few hundred bucks we can throw in some flowers and champagne.”

The Parkers advice for holiday shippers: “Ship ASAP. Don’t wait until last minute. You’ll save money because overnight and second-day shipping cost more.”

For details, call 305-695-0500.

ART PARKS AT FISHER ISLAND

Worn out from the maze of art fairs, parties, lectures and events during Art Basel Week? Residents of tony Fisher Island Club literally had an installation driven to them, via ferry, of course.

The installation was created by the “Father of Digital Art,” Laurence Gartel, who unveiled his latest “Art Car” in the form of a $200,000 RENNtech Mercedes-Benz Super Car for a private event on the island on Saturday.

Gartel (best-known for his ABSOLUT GARTEL commission for Absolut Vodka) has spent the last four years producing Art Cars. During Art Basel Miami in 2010, he unveiled an electric Tesla Roadster transformed by wrapping its body in bold, colorful vinyl.

The RENNtech Mercedes (a 2008 model SL65 V23 BII) is wrapped in an abstract digital collage of tropical images and photography inspired by Fisher Island Club.

The car will be on hand for one day only, before being shipped to the Ritz-Carlton Orlando for the high-profile Festivals on Speed car show.

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 beachbuzz@att.net, or become a fan of her Beach Buzz page on Facebook.

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