local businesses

Gerard Albert III / WLRN

For most Americans, nothing says Fourth of July quite like hot dogs. 

But if you have been a Westchester resident over the last 60 years, hot dogs also mean Arbetter's. The Boston-themed shop in the middle of a Cuban-American neighborhood has become a staple, even for those obsessed with cafecito and tostadas.

Lasting that long in the ever-changing landscape of Miami isn’t easy. For Dave Arbetter, son of the original founders, it’s all about change. 

Daniel Rivero / WLRN

Gummy bears, oils, cocktails, ice cream ... Products with CBD in them have practically become ubiquitous in South Florida. The chemical CBD comes from the cannabis plant and that fact is leaving business owners in a kind of gray zone. But increasingly the federal government is taking notice, while regulations from the state are forthcoming.

J. Wakefield Brewing

The City of Miami Beach has proven vulnerable to sea level rise and increasingly powerful hurricanes. The roads are equally burdened with taking on millions of tourists each year. The City's new Director of Public Works, Roy Coley, is tasked with overseeing these challenges. He joined the program to speak on the measures the City is taking to improve its infrastructure and resiliency.

Little Havana Businesses Prepare For MLB All-Star Game Celebrations

Jul 7, 2017
Adrianne Gonzalez / WLRN News

In the Little Havana neighborhood around Marlins Park, handymen are fixing lighting fixtures and shopkeepers are cleaning corners — all in hopes of attracting some of the 110,000 people expected to attend the 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

David Lopez, an employee at New York Pizza across the street from Marlins Park, says that the business will be open longer hours with more employees at hand. He helps run the small pizza joint at the front of the house and in the kitchen. 

Luis Hernandez

Bad news for South Florida gamers: we are NOT No. 1.

The financial website  WalletHub has come out with its list of best cities in the U.S. for gamers and we barely made it to the middle of the pack. They look at a few factors, including access to WiFi, nearby arcades, video games stores and the number of eSports tournaments

Kate Stein / WLRN

Businesses and entrepreneurs, it's your chance to shape greater Miami's future.

 

That's the message of chief resiliency officers from Miami-Dade, Miami Beach and the city of Miami, as they put together a plan to address challenges from affordability to Zika.

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Caitie Switalski / WLRN

South Floridians are no strangers to mango season - the time of year when round colorful fruit falls from trees in backyards across the region. One local business is taking advantage, and using the fruit almost as currency.

 

 

The Whip N’ Dip ice cream shop, 1407 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables,  has a sign in the window that reads: “It’s mango time.” It further invites people to bring in mangoes in exchange for a quart of ice cream.