About Us

Posted by Mary Jo Almeida-Shore On January - 7 - 2010

Miami Socialholic: so.cial.ho.lic(sō’shəl hô’lĭk) -noun.

1.   The inside source for all of your social needs including access to the most exclusive parties, restaurant, nightclub and fashion openings and events, plus celebrity sightings- all on one site! Registered users receive up-to-the minute updates on who to know, where to go, who’s been where and what’s up next.

2.  A-lister with an insatiable craving for all things fun, fabulous and fashionable.

Miamisocialholic.comis your up to the minute premier guide about who to know and where to go on South Beach and throughout Miami, with insider access to the most exclusive parties and A-list events, including detailed accounts of invitation-only happenings from galas to openings to lunches to fashion events and celebrity sightings.  Have an insatiable craving for all things fun, fabulous and fashionable? Feed your addiction!
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Meet our Editor in Chief, Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore:

Dr. Mary Jo Almeida-Shore is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Miami’s premier lifestyle website, Miami Socialholic™ – your up-to-the-minute guide about who to know and where to go throughout South Florida, with insider access to the most exclusive parties and A-list events, including previews and detailed accounts of invitation-only happenings from galas to restaurants, to openings, to fashion events and celebrity sightings.

Dr. Shore is a reporter for Us Magazine and also pens a social and celebrity column for Miami’s Community Newspapers and its corresponding website, The Miamian. Dr. Shore wrote the 411 column for the Miami SunPost newspaper, with a focus on nightlife, fashion, society, and celebrities from 2008-2015. Currently, her work can be found in Venue magazine, Design District magazine, and Passport Miami.

In addition, Dr. Shore has been a regular contributor to The Miami Herald’s Miami.com, Time magazine publications, 944 magazine, AskMen.com, NBC Universal, Haute Living magazine, Fisher Island magazine, City Beautiful, and socialdiva.com, As a freelance writer- her experience is broad and varied: including topics ranging from luxury lifestyle, to social events, fashion, art, dining, design, nightlife, travel, profiles, beauty, and celebrities.

Dr. Shore earned her Doctorate degree from Florida International University in 2004 in Curriculum and Instruction. In addition to her journalistic endeavors, she has served as an educator for the Miami-Dade County Public School System: five years as a teacher and fifteen as a vice principal.

A seasoned grant writer, Dr. Shore garnered over $1,000,000 in funding for educational programs, including the establishment of a Teacher Leadership Mentorship Program, computer lab and a Mandarin Chinese Program for the school district. During her tenure with the Miami-Dade County Public School System, she served in the capacity of lab instructor at Florida International University, wrote curriculum and presented innovative educational projects at national and international educational and research conferences, even presenting at the World Congress on Reading in Auckland, New Zealand in 2000. Since then- she has spent the past 11 years (and counting) volunteering in her sons’ schools.

Her interests include her two sons, Max and Rocco; philanthropy, fashion, fêtes, world travel, art, skiing, photography, reading and the ocean. For over 24 years, she and her husband, Michael, have been permanent fixtures on the South Beach scene and at just about every “happening” event in town. Born in Miami to Cuban parents, (the eldest of five children) Dr. Shore cherishes the inimitable insanity of family and in the healing power of a great laugh.



Meet our Fashion and Food Editor, Maryanne Salvat:

Maryanne Salvat has always had an eye for fashion, despite being a skinny girl inside a curvy body.  She considers herself a professional shopper (and closet stylist) picking out the latest and greatest trends before they hit the runways or stores.  This is attributed to the fact that she hails from a long line of fashion gurus, her ever stylish mother (aka “The Chanel Lady”) and grandmother, a dead-ringer for Paloma Picasso with Coco’s sense of style, with whom Salvat shares a passion for Chanel, Dior, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Diane von Furstenburg, Armani, and the American greats: Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, and Nicole Miller.

Salvat’s love for fashion is rivaled only by her love for all things delicious.  This love began at the age of five when she got her first Easy Bake Oven.  Being the daughter of a professional chef, yes, the Chanel Lady makes a mean Arroz con Pollo, Salvat’s palate and cooking skills developed almost through osmosis and were honed during the five years she lived in Washington, D.C. where she took “private lessons” and learned from the best: Mario Batali, Bobby Flay, Michelle Bernstein, Emeril Lagasse, and Martha Stewart on the Food Network.

Salvat lives in the Philadelphia region with her husband and three of her four children and wouldn’t trade it  for the world.  Aside from food and fashion, her interests include travel, wildlife and nature.  She confesses that she is a Project Runway and Top Chef junkie. In her “pre-Miamisocialholic.com life,” she was an educator.

Meet our Co-Founder, Jose Almeida

Jose Almeida is the co-founder and contributor of Miami Socialholic. Being born and raised in Miami, he has a passion for the city and its diverse people and cultures. Jose comes from a Brazilian and Cuban family and speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently. Specializing and investing in Miami’s real estate market, he has been involved in various areas of the Real Estate industry since 2005. Today he continues to invest and holds an active real estate license, which he uses to help local and International clients identify, buy and sell real estate opportunities.
Jose is a Co-Founder of Miami Socialholic and contributes “behind the scenes”. Jose feels that Miami’s real estate market has become such a driving force in turning the world’s attention on Miami, bringing international investors to invest in our city and incentivizing local investors as well. Jose has even discussed the possibility of bringing a Real Estate section to Miami Socialholic because the real estate industry is helping our local market and economy grow exponentially, making the crisis we faced in the real estate crash of only a few years back, turn into a memory that seems more and more distant every passing day. The real estate market has been an integral part in Miami’s growth, bringing a multitude of real estate developments to Miami, adding even more beauty to our magnificent Miami Skyline and this growth has sparked development in other parts of the community as well. “The Magic City” is growing and evolving rapidly and Miami Socialholic will be here to bring you an insider’s view of what is happening around town.