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  • Paleta 305

    JOSE ROVIRA He always knew he would start a business, it was just a matter of which one of his many ideas he'd launch first. After switching from a psychology to a business degree in college, Jose decided that instead of continuing to a masters, he'd launch a company himself. Growing up in Homestead, icy paletas were more popular than popsicles, made of a simple recipe of fruit, water, and sugar. He created a business plan, experimented with several flavors, had branded freezers made, and started finding wholesale accounts. PALETA 305 What makes Paleta305 paletas unique is that they're made of whole, fresh fruit, as opposed to pulp, and local ingredients whenever possible. When passionfruit is in season, that's what makes up the Passionfruit flavor, and he uses local legend Cindy Lou's Cookies for the Chocolate Chip Cookie flavor. The consistency is just perfect, making it a Miami favorite for kids and adults alike. PREPARING THE FRUITS Jose processes the strawberries for his classic Strawberry Basil paleta following the same recipe to keep the taste he likes.

  • Alma Aromatherapy

    VICKY SERRA She believes in a clean, healthy lifestyle: from what she eats to what she puts on her skin. Vicky couldn't find simple beauty products that were free of synthetic ingredients, so she started making her own. The first product was a blend of almond oil for her skin, now known as Lavender + Camphor Body Oil. This led to more and more products, as well as a way to form connections with other, like-minded entrepreneurs in Miami. ALMA AROMATHERAPY Alma Aromatherapy was founded in 2016 as an all natural bath and body line. From aromatherapy roll ons to lip balms, bath bombs, and face masks, each product is made in small batches with high quality, pure ingredients and leaves your skin feeling fresh, glistening, and smelling great. IN HER WORKROOM Vicky makes an effervescent bath bomb with a variety of natural ingredients, from baking soda to cocoa butter with, of course, fresh lavender flowers on top.

  • Miami Blue

    DAVID CARVALHO He pulled his bicycle up to Mima one day, a week or two after we first met, to drop off a present. It was a seafoam-blue glass sculpture, ragged semi-transparent pieces jutting out diagonally from a straight base, reminiscent of icebergs tips. This is how David is-- he finds existing materials, contorts them to reflect what's on his mind, and then shares the art almost exclusively with fellow artists and creatives who will appreciate it. Though primarily a sculptor, David also uses the mediums of photography, painting, and written word to manifest his particular vision. MIAMI BLUE Miami Blue is more of a persona than a brand: it's David's artist self, somewhere between bluesy and bright. His sun catchers are his most popular creations, bought as gifts for friends and, more often perhaps, as gifts for oneself to brighten up the window. Most Miami Blue sun catchers are unique abstracts, an arrangement of geometric glass in jewel tones, primary colors, or "Mima" colors (yellow, blue, and pink). Though all one-of-a-kind, David often comes back to the angel and butterfly shapes: one otherworldly, the other an extremely endangered local species, both mythically elusive. AT HIS HOME STUDIO David solders a ring, the last piece needed to hang a Miami Blue sun catcher, with the sound of Eric Clapton and wind chimes that he made in the background.

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