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ShadeFLA: August 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

Miami's Coziest Poolside Cabanas

It's almost the weekend - which means it's time to choose where we'll be lounging come Saturday! Summer isn't over yet and the pool is still our destination of choice. Miami has more than its fair share of luxurious and unique pools, from the natural grottos at The Venetian Pool to The Raleigh's curvy lagoon. 

It's not just about the pool itself though - it's also about your options to escape the heat after a few hours in the sun. That's where pool cabanas come in! The ideal pool cabana effortlessly combines function and style to provide you with a cool, private refuge flush with pampering amenities.

Below is a list of ShadeFLA's favorite poolside cabanas, from the brand new to the already famous.

This brand new hotel opened in the spring of 2016 and features cute, stylish cabanas with bold Miami flair. The cabanas are located poolside and include a comfortable sofa, curtains with colorful trim, and full protection from the sun's heat.

1 Hotel South Beach has four pools, but our favorite is definitely the the rooftop pool located on the 18th floor. The adults-only pool is surrounded by luxurious cabanas with ocean views.

The SLS is notorious for hosting some of the wildest pool parties in the city at its trendy pool. When the house music and crowds get to be too much for you, escape to the cute cabanas with striped cushions and cozy love seats. 

Any list of Miami's top cabanas would be remiss if it failed to mention The Fontainebleau, home to Miami's most iconic pool deck. Celebrities and locals alike flock to the pools for concerts, pool parties, or just to enjoy a day in the sun. The Fontainebleau offers a wide variety of cabana options for every occasion and price point, with amenities such as wi-fi, daybeds, TVs, and more. 

What are your favorite cabanas in Miami? What features do you look for in a cabana? Let us know in the comments!

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

ShadeFLA Small Business Tips

ShadeFLA President Margueritte Ramos shares some small business tips in her latest post on Huffington Post’s Small Business Blog! The main takeaway is that being an involved member of your community is essential for hatching a great business concept.

"Before you even start your business, your community connections are a valuable resource for discovering which goods or services your community is lacking."

She goes on to offer some insights from her own success with ShadeFLA: 

"From personal experience and my interactions with neighbors, clients and community members, I knew that sun safety was a pertinent issue in Miami but noticed that many public areas and outdoor businesses were not adequately shaded. My business, ShadeFLA, was founded with the goal of filling my community’s need."

Most small business owners know the importance of networking as a means of growing sales, but at the beginning, networking is also important for researching where your business can fill a need.

"Identifying an unmet need in your community gives you a powerful competitive edge in the market."

This competitive edge can remain strong if you keep on top of trends and changes in the community. For the full blog post, click here.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Summer Heats Up With Miami Spice

        It's that time again! As every local food lover knows, Miami Spice, the annual prix-fixe restaurant program presented by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitor's Bureau, began on Monday at 243 restaurants. The promotion lasts two months and offers a three-course lunch menu for $23 and three-course dinner menu for $39.

        With so many mouthwatering menus, it can be difficult to narrow down a selection. Luckily, the Miami New Times offers an annual guide to the best offerings. Our client, Edge Steak & Bar at The Four Seasons, made the list. In addition to the delectable menu offerings at Edge, you can enjoy outdoor seating on its luxurious patio with retractable roof and screens installed by ShadeFLA. Check it out!