Stories written by Jesse Scheckner

‘The Original Lots of Lox’ celebrates 35 years in business

‘The Original Lots of Lox’ celebrates 35 years in business

The Original Lots of Lox delicatessen recently marked 35 years as one of the most popular dining spots in South Miami-Dade County. Over the last five years, owner-brothers Nick and Steve Poulos and their cousin, Jimmy Poulos, have made improvements to the restaurant that include subtle dining room renovations, better food and an all-new dinner […]

Boy Scout Troop 457 promotes eight new Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 457 promotes eight new Eagle Scouts

Eight members of South Florida’s Boy Scout Troop 457 were recently promoted to the rank of Eagle Scout, the organization’s highest rank, in a court of honor ceremony at Kendall United Methodist Church. Among those attending the ceremony were Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Palmetto Bay Mayor Shelly Stanczyk, Pinecrest councilmember James McDonald and county court judge […]

Veteran finance guru Carol Nobles a perfect fit for Edward Jones investment firm

Veteran finance guru Carol Nobles a perfect fit for Edward Jones investment firm

Investment expert Carol Nobles, a veteran of the financial services industry for more than 30 years, began a new chapter in her professional career when she recently accepted the position of financial advisor for the prestigious Fortune 500 investment firm Edward Jones. Previously employed at a small brokerage firm in Pinecrest for 18 years, Nobles’ […]

Young boxer Ray Negron Jr. has Olympic aspirations and a healing spirit

Young boxer Ray Negron Jr. has Olympic aspirations and a healing spirit

There is an almost poetic dichotomy in what 22-year-old Ramon “Ray” Negron Jr. has chosen as his life’s pursuits. He is a two-time Golden Gloves boxing champion who hopes to compete in the Olympics and then turn professional. Conversely, he is a licensed EMT, personal trainer, model and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in physical […]

Gift Chixx is a whimsical, one stop destination for unique gifts

Gift Chixx is a whimsical, one stop destination for unique gifts

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, but there’s no need to fret about where to go to get her that special something because Gift Chixx has got you covered. No matter what your budget is, owners Shelly Brodie and Karen Sklawer guarantee to have you leaving their one-stop gift shopping destination satisfied with your […]

Second annual Swim for Jenny gala stresses continued need for support

Second annual Swim for Jenny gala stresses continued need for support

On a clear and cool April 11th evening, the second annual Swim for Jenny Memorial Fund gala was held at the historical Deering Estate. The tributary affair honored donors and supporters of the water safety, drowning prevention and swimming education cause which, to date, has raised over $100,000 for the community. Honorees included NFL Hall […]

Sub Shack’s Dan Sheehy fulfills lifelong dream

Sub Shack’s Dan Sheehy fulfills lifelong dream

When Dan Sheehy opened the Sub Shack at 8269 SW 124 St., it was the realization of a 22-year dream. As a college senior, he created “Pudge,” the mascot of the shop, and has dreamed about opening his own place ever since. He never lost sight of his ambition and when the opportunity to realize […]

Turley Jewelers opens new store, marks 11 years in business

Turley Jewelers opens new store, marks 11 years in business

On an evening in March, about 150 welldressed guests attended the grand opening of Turley Jewelers’ new boutique hosted by owners Eddie and Charlotte De Paula. As a harpist played tasteful selections both classical and contemporary, partygoers enjoyed light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while admiring the elegant new interior of the jewelry boutique, which is […]

Turley Jewelers Opens a New Store, Marks 11 Years of Business

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  By Jesse Scheckner   On an evening in March, about 150 well-dressed guests attended the grand opening of Turley Jewelers’ new boutique hosted by owners Eddie and Charlotte De Paula. As a harpist played tasteful selections both classical and contemporary, partygoers enjoyed light hors d’oeuvres and cocktails while admiring the elegant new interior of […]

Mitch’s Westside Bagels Too asks Pinecrest neighbors to “Taste the Difference”

Brothers (l-r) Cory and Mitch Shidlofsky
are currently overseeing the new
Pinecrest location of Mitch’s Westside
Bagels Too full-time to ensure that it
meets their very high standards.

There’s just something about a great delicatessen, and when Mitch Shidlofsky bid farewell to New York in 1993 and moved to South Florida seeking more opportunities and a better life for his son Jordan, he immediately dove into the world of entrepreneurialism, purchasing an existing deli in Sunrise. He spent the next nine years honing […]

‘clubX’ offers creative twist to getting in shape

‘clubX’ offers creative twist to getting in shape

Former tennis pro Cary Sochin has always been drawn to physical excellence, so when his career came to a close in 1992, he made a near seamless transition into the fitness industry. He found that it fit his drive, personality and athleticism almost perfectly. Today, Sochin is finally combining his passion for corporeal accomplishment with […]

Pure Barre Miami puts an emphasis on women’s fitness

Pure Barre Miami puts an emphasis on women’s fitness

Jessica Alier always loved to dance. With a professional history that includes a stint as an Orlando Magic dancer and appearances in music videos and on MTV, her natural knack for the graceful art was one that drew her back after she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Florida and […]

No Place for Hate to show ‘Bully’ documentary at Gardens Feb. 17

No Place for Hate to show ‘Bully’ documentary at Gardens Feb. 17

Village residents will gather in the Banyan Bowl at Pinecrest Gardens on Sunday, Feb. 17, for a free screening of the film Bully. The 2011 documentary follows five students from across the country as they endure varying torment at the hands of bullies. The 6:30 p.m. screening, which serves as the conclusion of A Billion […]

Taste of Pinecrest joins YMCA to promote ‘gala for the ages’

Taste of Pinecrest joins YMCA to promote ‘gala for the ages’

Residents and neighbors of Pinecrest should mark April 7 on their calendars because that’s the date of the 11th annual Taste of Pinecrest and it is shaping up to be the biggest and best one ever. The Pinecrest Business Association and the South Dade YMCA Family Center, at 9355 SW 134th St., are pooling their […]

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