Body and Soul

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On April - 25 - 2012

Carolina & Alex Pirez

By:  Mary Jo Almeida-Shore 

Despite the unseasonable dip in temperatures this week (way down to 80°) there’s no doubt that summer is rapidly approaching.  It seems everywhere we turn locals are engaged in some sort of exercise regimen. So what better time to re-launch one of Miami’s favorite gyms, Body & Soul, the co-ed health and training facility located in Coral Gables? In honor of the re-launch, new owners, Carolina and Alex Pirez hosted a huge bash on the rooftop of the gym on the evening of Tuesday April 17, drawing notable guests including:  Pharrell Williams, N.E.R.D band mate Shae Haley, singer/songwriter Cris Cab, Jorge Posada of the NY Yankees, Santana Moss wide receiver for the Washington Redskins and Oscar Feldenkreis, President and COO of Perry Ellis International, who along with 500 guests enjoyed a live DJ set by Miami favorite, DJ Ross One. Keeping guests focused on their physiques, Voli light cocktails provided lo-cal drinks and, The Dome Restaurant and Caviar Bar, one of our favorite restaurants in Miracle Mile provided delicious yet healthy hors d’oeuvres.  Party guests were entertained by a fire dancer and a flash mob choreographed by one of Body & Soul’s most popular instructors, Jay Marcos.



The Penrod Family

Congratulations Jack Penrod

Known for founding an institution that’s long been a part of the “soul” of South Beach, Jack Penrod was honored on Tuesday, April 17, by a celebration at his world-renowned restaurant/club Nikki Beach Club, which he founded 25 years ago.  Penrod received a proclamation to celebrate the phenomenal success of Nikki Beach and his contribution to the positive transformation of the surrounding area. As a tribute to  Penrod’s vital role in changing the face of South Beach, the City of Miami Beach and Miami Dade County, officially named Tuesday, April 17, 2012, “Jack Penrod Day.” Ana Rivas Logan, Representative for the State of Florida, Luis Garcia Florida House Representative, Lynda Bell Commissioner for Miami Dade County, Russell Benford, Deputy Mayor of Miami Dade County and Michael Gongora, Vice Mayor for the City of Miami Beach, were on-hand to celebrate the success of both Nikki Beach and the man behind it.

The Nikki Beach brand has become one of the premier luxury entertainment lifestyle brands in South Florida and the world. Not only has the venue made its mark on South Beach, but it has spotlighted the Miami Beach lifestyle throughout the globe, with locations in St. Tropez and Cannes in France; St. Barth in the Caribbean; Marbella and Mallorca in Spain; Cabo San Lucas in Mexico; Koh Samui in Thailand, at the Toronto Film Festival in Canada, and Marrakesh in Northern Africa.



Photographer Jordan Michael Zuniga presented Women & Sustainability an exhibit featuring several of Miami’s top socialites who have demonstrated commitment to social, financial and/or environmental sustainability. The exhibit and awards ceremony took place at the Jackie Gleason Theater on Monday night, and honored Joanna Krupa, Lisa Pliner, Violet Camacho, Christy Martin, Stacey Glassman, Jessica Rae Anderson, Amaris Jones, Loren Ridinger, Katrina Campins and Tracy Mourning.  These remarkable ladies join the ranks of past Sustainatopia honorees including: Donna Karan, Patricia Arquette, Venus Williams, and Maria Bello, all of whom have worked to change the world for the better.


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