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There are a lot of mattress companies in South Carolina that claim to have the perfect mattress for everyone. At Sleep King, we believe that every person is different and has different needs when it comes to their mattress. That's why our mattress store in Miami, FL, has a wide variety of beds and brands to choose from. That way, you can find the right mattress for your body and get the very best sleep quality possible.

As a family-owned and operated mattress store with more than 40 years of experience in the sleep industry, we know a thing or two about comfortable mattresses. Miami residents choose Sleep King because we provide our customers with a personalized shopping experience. When you walk through our showroom doors, we want you to feel comfortable - both on our mattresses and with our store associates. At Sleep King, you won't ever have to worry about pushy salespeople and limited selection. Instead, you will discover that we encourage you to take your time as you search for your next bed. Sleep is incredibly important, and by proxy, finding the right mattress for your body type is too.

When you visit our showroom in Miami, know that we are a full-service store with mattress experts ready to help. From questions about mattresses and their warranties to financing and mattress delivery, there's no question we haven't heard before.

We carry some of the most popular brands in America, and unlike other mattress stores in Miami, offer them at the lowest prices around, guaranteed. There's a reason why we were voted your #1 mattress store in the Lowcountry - because we truly care about our customers and their quality of sleep!

Looking for discounts? Need to buy your mattress on a strict budget? We've got you covered at our new mattress clearance center in Miami, where we have more than 50 models on display at 50-80% off retail value. Don't forget to ask us about our flexible financing options, where no credit is needed to make a purchase. Paying cash? We'll knock 5% off your bill!

As if that weren't enough reason to visit, remember that we provide free delivery, setup, and removal of your old mattress for FREE when you make a purchase at Sleep king.

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Why Choose Our Mattress
Store in Miami, FL?

Our business model is simple - give customers quality beds from national brands at amazing prices, coupled with unmatched customer service. We know that your sleep is essential but also understand that normal folks aren't made of money. You need a solution that isn't going to break the bank, which is why we offer up to 75% off our products.

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When we say we have a bed for every budget, we're serious.
A few of our mix and match deals include:

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Twin Mattress Sets Beginning at $169.00
Full Mattress Sets Beginning at $199.00
Queen Mattress Sets Beginning at $229.00
King Mattress Sets Beginning at $449.00

Of course, a mattress would be incomplete without a headboard, footboard, and rails. For queen mattresses, those items combined are only $199. At our mattress store, we pledge to beat any competitor's price on similar product specs - guaranteed! Here are just a few of the benefits of shopping at Mattress King

  • *FREE* Bed Frame for Your New Bed*
  • *FREE* Same-Day Local Mattress Delivery to Your Home*
  • *FREE* Set-Up & Removal of Old Mattress from Your Home*
  • *FREE* Mattress Pad Included with New Mattress*
  • Rest Easy with Our 60-Day Comfort Guarantee
  • We Have the Best Selection of Mattresses in Miami with Five National Vendors
  • On-Time Delivery
  • Best Warranties in the Industry
  • Sleep King Will Beat Anyone's Advertise Price by $50*(on purchases $299 and above)
  • 0% Financing for 48 Months (APR, With Approved Credit)
  • *See Store for Additional Details
Our Selection of National Mattress Brands

Our Selection of
National Mattress

At Sleep King, we carry the largest selection of high-quality national brand mattresses in Miami.

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Sleep King MLILY Mattresses

Often considered the best mattress brand in the world, innovation sets MLILY mattresses apart from others. Our customers love MLILY mattresses because they are expertly built through decades of research and rigorous testing. The folks at MLILY are committed to precision, meaning every detail of product detail they push is geared towards the ultimate satisfaction and comfort.

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Sleep Restonic Mattresses

Restonic Mattresses: Restonic line of mattresses are multi-layered beds with cooling foam technology that adds resilience, support, and temperature control. The result is a cool, comfy sleep that leaves you refreshed and ready to attack the day.

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Sleep King Comfort Sleep Mattresses

Every mattress in the Comfort Sleep lineup has a great combo of support and comfort, making for a restful night's sleep. With heavy-gauge coils and high-performance materials, these mattresses are durable and built to last. Be sure to try one of these mattresses out in our showroom - our customers love the pocketed coils and minimal motion transfer.

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Sleep King Golden Mattresses

The Golden brand is lesser known than some, like Tempurpedic. Still, it is a quality product with many foam and non-foam options that we think you'll love. Choose from standard memory foam, hybrid, and innerspring options while visiting our showroom in Miami.

Tips on Choosing the Best Bed

There's much more to choosing a good bed than how you think it will look in your bedroom. There's plenty to think about, from innerspring options to memory foam and even hybrid mattresses. At Sleep King, our priority is our customers. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service. We want to do right by you, which why we want to be sure you find the perfect bed when you visit our mattress store in Miami, FL. To help you get started, here are a few tips on choosing the best bed for your sleep needs.

Visit a Showroom

Visit a Showroom

This tip might seem like a no-brainer to some, but it's important that you visit a showroom so that you can lay on different beds to get a feel for what you like. At Mattress King, you will have the chance to explore different styles, designs, and shapes, and mattress materials. Finding a bed online at a price you can afford is great, but you should lie on the bed first, not just look at it on a screen.

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Determine Budget

Determine Budget

Here's a surprising fact: just because a mattress costs more money, it doesn't mean it's going to be a better bed. Sure, more expensive beds might have newer technologies and materials, but not everyone has the budget to walk into a mattress store in Miami and spend $3,000. Figure out what price range you're comfortable paying and look at the best options for your bottom line.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Consider Bedroom Size

Before you swing by our showroom and start trying out beds, it might be a good idea to measure the space where your new mattress will go. If your bedroom is on the small side, a king-sized bed might be too big. Similarly, a small bed in a huge room might make for strange aesthetics. Aim for a reasonable amount of room around your bed - enough where you can walk around comfortably. As mentioned above, get specific measurements of the area you plan to use. That way, you have peace of mind knowing your new mattress will fit in your bedroom.

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Consider Bedroom Size

Choose a Mattress Material

This tip often comes down to personal preference. It will take a little bit of trial and error to figure out which material works best for your back - innerspring, memory foam, or latex. While your friend's and family's opinions matter, keep in mind that their mattress choice was subjective. What works for them won't necessarily work for you.

Need a quick refresher on different mattress materials? Here's a quick overview
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Also called coil mattresses, innerspring beds are probably the most well-known on this short list. Innerspring mattresses are often more affordable than their latex and memory foam counterparts. These beds are ideal for people who want a lot of support and a cooler night's sleep.


This material is known for its great cooling properties and overall comfort. With latex, there are no strange off-gassing odors like you sometimes get with memory foam. Latex mattresses are ideal for people who want a responsive, bouncy feel and may have problems sleeping hot.

Memory Foam

First developed by NASA in the 70s, memory foam is probably the most popular material in the modern mattress market. Memory foam conforms to every inch of your body, giving you maximum comfort and support. Memory foam is also know for its anti-motion properties. Memory foam can be a great choice if you tend to toss and turn at night and sleep with a partner who wakes up when you do. Memory foam mattresses are ideal for people who need pressure relief, good support, and refreshing comfort.

Think About Your Back

Think About Your Back

If you have a bad back, it's crucial that you find a mattress with proper support. Slat and spring beds often offer plenty of support, but latex and memory foam options have come a long way. If you want memory foam or latex but find the support to be subpar, consider an adjustable base instead of a normal platform. That way, you can always sleep in a comfortable position that benefits your back.

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Your Premier Furniture Store
Miami, FL

You read that right! Sleep King is the first choice for quality beds in Miami, but we also have a huge selection of furniture for your home. If you're looking for a one-stop-shop for mattresses and furniture alike, you have come to the right place. If you're shopping for a new mattress at the best price possible, why not throw in a bedroom suite at an amazing price too?

A few common furniture items that our customers love to add
to their mattress purchase include:
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Living Room Sets - from traditional-style suites with classic textures to modern sets with attractive upholstery, we will help you find the best living room set for your home.

Bedroom Suites - our bedroom suites range from contemporary to classic and come in a variety of colors and styles to compliment your new mattress purchase.

Daybeds - from English-style daybeds available in espresso and cherry colors to multi-purpose beds with pull-out trundles, our selection of daybeds is unbeatable.

Futons - if you have younger children, they will love our futons. Who are we kidding? Adults do too! Futons are incredibly useful in small spaces and convert into comfy-cozy beds perfect for kids of all ages.

Bunkbeds - bunkbeds are another great option to consider if you have kids. Whether you have a classic-style home or an apartment, we have a style that fits you.

At Sleep King, we are proud to have the lowest prices in the Lowcountry

If you like what you see but don't have time to visit our mattress store in Miami, don't worry. Our online store is bursting with new items and deals every day. From mattresses and bedding to furniture sets and special sale items, Mattress King has got it all. With the highest quality mattresses, the best prices in Miami, a giant showroom with all the options, and a full team of helpful sales associates, you won't ever need to find another mattress and furniture store again!


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Here Are All the Michelin-Starred Restaurants in Miami for 2024

The Michelin dining guide has officially announced its award winners for the third edition of its Florida Michelin Guide. Like previous two years, the list of places that took home the coveted star awards are comprised predominately of expensive, upscale, Eurocentric South Florida restaurants. Related ...

The Michelin dining guide has officially announced its award winners for the third edition of its Florida Michelin Guide. Like previous two years, the list of places that took home the coveted star awards are comprised predominately of expensive, upscale, Eurocentric South Florida restaurants.

The guide is seen by many as the global standard of restaurant reviews with its up to three-star rating system with one-star considered “very good restaurant in its category,” two-star considered “worthy of a detour,” and three-star deemed a “special journey.” There is also the Bib Gourmand status, an unstarred category given to high-caliber restaurants that serve a two-course meal for around $50 a person.

Miami restaurants dominated the awards again for a third year in a row, receiving the most in the state. New one-star winners in Miami EntreNos, Ogawa, and Shingo. The Miami outpost of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon maintained its two-star status for a third year in a row and still the only sole two-starred restaurant in the Sunshine State.

Ten one-star winners from 2023 retained their one-star status, including:

Miami also had 18 restaurants receive a Bib Gourmand award including two new recipients. Returning to the Bib Gourmand list this year are Bachour, Chug’s Diner, Doya, El Turco, Ghee Indian Kitchen, Hometown Barbecue, La Natural, Lucali, Mandolin, Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, Phuc Yea, Sanguich de Miami, Tinta y Cafe, Zak the Baker, Zitz Sum, Jaguar Sun, and Rosie’s. One new recipient, Tam Tam, was announced last week.

Not returning to the list this year are The Den at Sushi Azabu, omakase in Miami Beach, which previous held a one-star ranking and Lung Yai, which held a Bib.

The annual guide began as a free booklet in 1900 published by Michelin (yes, of tire fame) to help motorists find the best places to eat and drink throughout Europe. Over the past century, it has grown in prestige and expanded its footprint globally.

This Michelin Guide partners with Visit Florida, the state’s official tourism board, for the Sunshine State’s guide. The Michelin Guide doesn’t disclose how much it is paid to bring inspectors to those markets — price tags for the state have been reported to be well over seven figures, with Miami-Dade County paying $116,000 a year over three years to help offset the cost of producing of the guide — though the company has been candid in the past about its partnerships with those respective boards.

But not all chefs welcome the stars. Over the years, chefs have famously asked to “give back” their stars, citing the increased pressures that the award brings, especially for those awarded the much-coveted three-star recognition. Others have pointed out the guide's penchant for selecting primarily European and Japanese menus for stars at the expense of other worthy cuisines and cultural institutions like street food.


Stubborn Seed

101 Washington Avenue, , FL 33139 (786) 322-5211 Visit Website



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Azabu Miami Beach

161 Ocean Drive, , FL 33139 (786) 276-0520 Visit Website


Elcielo By Juan Manuel Barrientos

31 Southeast 5th Street, , FL 33131 (305) 755-8840 Visit Website


Los Felix Taquería

3413 Main Hwy, Miami, FL 33133


COTE Miami

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The Surf Club Restaurant

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Boia De

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L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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Three Miami restaurants just earned Michelin stars — but one local spot got bumped

At the 2024 Michelin Guide ceremony Thursday night at The Tampa Edition hotel, three more Miami-area restaurants earned Michelin stars.The newly starred restaurants are the contemporary American spot EntreNos in Miami Shores, which operates four nights a week after hours inside Tinta y Cafe; and two Japanese restaurants, ...

At the 2024 Michelin Guide ceremony Thursday night at The Tampa Edition hotel, three more Miami-area restaurants earned Michelin stars.

The newly starred restaurants are the contemporary American spot EntreNos in Miami Shores, which operates four nights a week after hours inside Tinta y Cafe; and two Japanese restaurants, Ogawa in Little River and Shingo in Coral Gables. Each restaurant earned a star; Florida’s only two-star Michelin restaurant remains the luxurious French spot L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in the Design District.

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L’Atelier and 10 of the one-star restaurants in Miami — Ariete, Boia De, Cote, Elcielo, Hiden, Le Jardinier, Los Felix, Stubborn Seed, The Surf Club Restaurant and the Tambourine Room by Tristan Brandt — retained their stars. The Den at Azabu did not but will remain as a recommended restaurant in the guide.

All but one of the local Bib Gourmands, a designation that indicates a restaurant offers quality food for good value, kept their ratings as well. Lung Yai Thai Tapas in Little Havana lost its Bib Gourmand designation but like The Den will remain a recommended restaurant.

Last week, Vietnamese restaurant Tam Tam was announced as Miami’s only 2024 addition to the Bib Gourmand list, joining Bachour, Chug’s Diner, Doya, El Turco, Ghee Indian Kitchen, Hometown Barbecue, Jaguar Sun, La Natural, Lucali, Mandolin, Michael’s Genuine, Phuc Yea, Rosie’s, Sanguich de Miami, Tinta y Cafe, Zak the Baker, and Zitz Sum.

Here’s what the guide had to say about the three newly starred spots:

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EntreNos: The restaurant from Chefs Evan Burgess and Osmel Gonzalez, veterans of Michael Beltran’s Michelin-starred Ariete, focuses on sourcing as much as possible from Florida. The chefs estimate at least 80 percent of the menu comes from the state.

Burgess recently told the Miami Herald that he and Gonzalez believe supporting local producers is crucial to their mission.

“So many farmers have been gracious to us and supported our business, we want to support them,” he said. “The only way to ensure the good guys stay there in Homestead is to support them. . . . it’s the same with fishermen. If you don’t support local fishermen you see truckloads of spiny lobster going to China. Not that China shouldn’t get our products, but we want to make sure a lot of that stuff stays here.”

Michelin praised the “eclectic space” at EntreNos and the dining counter that gives diners a great view of the open kitchen.

“High-quality ingredients meet serious skill here,” the guide says. “The smoked dry-aged cobia is a perfect example of what this place does so well. Dry-aged for one week in-house, then smoked and finished over the grill, it’s served with a Moujean tea beurre blanc sauce. Pumpkin flan is churned into ice cream and topped with pepita granola and coffee espumita for a dessert that is as unexpected as it is delightful.”

Ogawa: Michelin continues its love affair with high-end omakase restaurants with the addition of Ogawa. This omakase-only spot from Venezuelan restaurateur and art dealer Alvaro Perez Miranda, who also owns the Miami restaurants Hiyakawa, Wabi Sabi and Midorie, is led by chef and co-owner Masayuki Komatsu, who was executive chef at Hiyakawa since 2020.

“From baby sea eels with a soy-cured quail egg and bigfin reef squid in a shiso-miso sauce to baby snow crab and Japanese-style herring roe, this appetizer of four bites is the first sign that this isn’t your typical sushi counter,” the guide says. “Then, lotus root, wild yam and langoustine tempura is sided by a thick sauce made from roasted langoustine shells.” The guide also praised Ogawa’s nigiri, squid topped with Osetra caviar and anago (salt water eel) with sansho pepper.”

Shingo: Led by chef and owner Shingo Akikuni, formerly executive chef at the Michelin-starred Hiden in Wynwood, this intimate restaurant in the historic La Palma building features a gorgeous 14-seat counter made of rare Hinoki wood.

“Fish is sourced almost entirely from Japan, sliced in uniform fashion, and dressed with little more than a swipe of nikiri,” says the guide, which also praised the chef’s graciousness. “They keep a close eye on the seasons, too, evidenced by a recent special of high-grade tuna from Aomori prefecture and an indulgent chawanmushi (Japanese egg custard) with matsutake (a mushroom).”

Two local chefs were also honored with special awards at the Tampa ceremony. Gabriela Ospina of the starred Boia De in Little Haiti won the Michelin Sommelier Award, and Tam Pham of Tam Tam in Miami won the Michelin Young Chef Award.

For the first time this year, Michelin added two Green Star restaurants to the guide, which highlight restaurants that show commitment to sustainability. Los Felix/Krus Kitchen in Coconut Grove earned the honor for eliminating seed oils, partnering with a local farmer, sourcing fish from a local supplier and using grass fed meats, lamb and heritage pork. Orlando’s Filipino restaurant Kaya also earned a Green Star.

Four restaurants in Orlando and two in Tampa also were awarded stars, bringing the total of Florida stars to 26. One Orlando restaurant, Knife & Spoon, did not retain its stars.

This year marks the third year of a three-year deal Michelin made with state tourism and marketing agency Visit Florida and tourism agencies in Miami, Orlando and Tampa, which paid the guide an estimated $1.5 million for Michelin to rate and highlight restaurants in the three cities from 2022-2024.

In a statement, Michelin indicated that a continuation of the partnership is likely.

“Michelin cannot discuss the terms of its relationships for competitive reasons, although Michelin respects that partners might have disclosure agreements,” the statement said. “It’s worth mentioning that once the Guide arrives in a destination the intent is for it to remain there. Supported by partnerships, the inspectors will continue to evaluate restaurants in the current coverage areas while keeping an eye on other locales as possible culinary hot spots for inclusion.”

EntreNos: 9840 NE Second Ave., Miami Shores;

Ogawa: 7223 NW Second Ave., Miami;

Shingo: 112 Alhambra Circle, Coral Gables;

Cannabis cocktails at the club? How the marijuana industry may change in Florida

What’s the future of marijuana in Florida?First, a ballot issue in November that will ask voters whether they want to legalize recreational use.Then there is the business.Cannabis company CEOs say they’re preparing for increased demand for cannabis products and accessories if recreational pot is legalized. Giving the OK to recreational weed could also boost the hospitality industry in South Florida by cashing in on cannabis.Cannabis beer on tap? Edibles instead of after-dinner mints?In some stat...

What’s the future of marijuana in Florida?

First, a ballot issue in November that will ask voters whether they want to legalize recreational use.

Then there is the business.

Cannabis company CEOs say they’re preparing for increased demand for cannabis products and accessories if recreational pot is legalized. Giving the OK to recreational weed could also boost the hospitality industry in South Florida by cashing in on cannabis.

Cannabis beer on tap? Edibles instead of after-dinner mints?

In some states where recreational marijuana is already legal, restaurants can apply for a “social consumption lounge license,” which lets customers consume marijuana on site.

While Florida isn’t considering that yet, it’s something cannabis entrepreneurs think could happen in the future if voters approve Amendment 3 in November.

Florida has a strong and growing $2 billion medical marijuana market with lots of opportunity for growth, especially if weed becomes available to all adults, according to Florida-based Sunburn Cannabis CEO Brady Cobb. State data shows there are more than 878,000 medical marijuana card holders alone.

But “the devil is in the details,” said Cobb, noting that the Florida Legislature would likely restrict where and how people can use recreational pot if the measure passes. Medical marijuana, for example, while legal in the state, is prohibited in public.

Cobb was one of hundreds of entrepreneurs and industry leaders who gathered at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood this week, leading up to Saturday’s 4/20 cannabis culture day, to talk all things weed at the Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference. Exhibitors showcased vapes, rolling papers and non-alcoholic hemp-derived THC beers and sodas, which have been growing in popularity and are available at some licensed stores including Total Wine & More.

THC is the substance that makes you feel high when you smoke marijuana or eat an edible. “While there are many forms of THC, the THC extracted from hemp is the same as the THC extracted from the marijuana plant, and they have the same intoxicating effects,” according to the Minnesota Department of Health.

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THC beverages can give the same effects as edibles, but quicker, and are a product that could help change the perception people have of cannabis, said Diana Eberlein, chair of the Cannabis Beverage Association.

The target consumer for these low-dose drinks are the “canni-curious,” who have never tried or have rarely used cannabis products before, said Aaron Nosbisch, founder and CEO of BR?Z, a cannabis-infused beverage company.

While some licensed dispensaries might sell THC beverages, hemp-derived THC beverages can be found at licensed liquor and alcohol retailers, though drink availability varies by state, said Mark Flores, the marketing director for Florida-based Rexis Biotech, which unveiled its new non-alcoholic hemp-derived THC drink Squared at the conference. The drink will be available in Florida online and in select retailers in the next few weeks.

Currently, non-alcoholic hemp-derived THC beverages are legal in Florida, though that could soon change if Gov. Ron DeSantis signs HB 1613 into law, according to Dustin Robinson, founding partner of Mr. Cannabis Law, a firm with offices in Fort Lauderdale, New York, California and Maryland, and co-founder of nonprofit Mr. Psychedelic Law, which is advocating for legal psychedelic reform in Florida.

The bill, if signed by the governor, would ban hemp-derived THC beverages in Florida, just like how marijuana-derived THC beverages are currently banned, he said. Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant species, but THC levels differ. Hemp is legal under federal and state law because it contains 0.3 percent or less THC.

The law would set more rigorous THC caps on hemp-extract products, which would also affect “full-spectrum CBD products” and strengthen restrictions on how edible hemp products are packaged, according to Florida Politics.

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is an ingredient found in cannabis, but it doesn’t cause a high by itself, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Currently, people 18 and older in Florida are allowed to buy CBD products, including oils and topicals, from authorized sellers if the product has 0.3% or less of THC and was extracted from the hemp plant.

Under the bill, Florida businesses would be prohibited from “manufacturing or selling products that contain more than 0.3 percent delta-9 and place limits on other cannabinoids,” according to Health News Florida. Critics say the measure is driven by medical marijuana operators that want less competition if recreational marijuana is approved, according to Health News Florida.

For the growing THC beverage market, it’s not just regulations that will define its future success, according to Rachel Burkons, a cannabis hospitality entrepreneur who is the chair of the Food and Beverage Committee for the Cannabis Hospitality Coalition.

The industry also needs to hone in on educating customers on how to safely enjoy their products, she said.

“Consumers know what to expect from a glass of wine. They know tequila might make them a little crazy and that gin gives them a hangover,” Burkons said. “So how do we train them to understand where THC beverages fit within their own personal consumption?”

Here is where marijuana laws stand in each state. Hover over the state to learn more.

This story was originally published April 19, 2024, 7:21 AM.


Michelle Marchante covers the pulse of healthcare in South Florida. Before that, she covered the COVID-19 pandemic, hurricanes, crime, education, entertainment and other topics in South Florida for the Herald as a breaking news reporter. She recently won second place in the 73rd annual Green Eyeshade Awards for her consumer-focused healthcare stories and was part of the team of reporters who won a 2022 Pulitzer Prize For Breaking News in the Herald’s coverage of the Surfside condo collapse. Michelle graduated with honors from Florida International University and was a 2020-2021 Poynter-Koch Media & Journalism fellow.

A new real estate trend? Shopping malls converted into residential units in South Florida

Miami’s housing inventory remains around 37% below our regions historical average, according to a March report by Norada Real Estate Investments.Simply put- we don’t have enough houses.So how do we create more living space to meet demand? A new solution has been in the works across Miami-Dade County and it starts with shopping malls!Off of South Dixie Highway and Red Road, is Sunset Place. Since it opened in 1999, it was known as a bustling mall offering food, dining and fun.But now, it’s desolat...

Miami’s housing inventory remains around 37% below our regions historical average, according to a March report by Norada Real Estate Investments.

Simply put- we don’t have enough houses.

So how do we create more living space to meet demand? A new solution has been in the works across Miami-Dade County and it starts with shopping malls!

Off of South Dixie Highway and Red Road, is Sunset Place. Since it opened in 1999, it was known as a bustling mall offering food, dining and fun.

But now, it’s desolate. A virtually empty building with no foot traffic.

“It’s no longer that we are going to depend on just retail outlets to bring people, we need more things to come to the community,” said realtor Bryan Gorrita.

Gorrita has worked in the real estate industry for five years with over 20,000 followers on Instagram, and shares his insight on all new real estate ventures and changes happening in Miami.

He’s been staying up to date on all the latest shopping mall redevelopments, including this one.

“From my understanding, they are still working out and fine tuning what the overall plan will look like. The local government has made it clear they want to redevelop this. It’s currently an eyesore and there’s so much potential.”

Midtown Equities are the developers of the project. NBC6 attempted to reach out to them multiple times, but have not heard back via phone or email at the time of this report.

But information on what the project could look like is still in the works.

The City of South Miami says they are waiting on the developers to submit their plans to the city, but they are anticipating mixed use, residential and food and beverage offerings. Meaning, that the project will have units incorporated into the site.

Going south to Cutler Bay there’s another project.

Southland Mall is already being redeveloped into Southplace City Center.

According to the town of Cutler Bay's website, what’s now a construction site will soon be converted into 4,000 residential units, 500,000 square feet of retail, 150,000 square feet of food and beverage options, a 150-key hotel, 60,000 square feet of medical office space and an amphitheater.

The site should be completed by 2029 with the first rental properties being available in early 2025, creating roughly 2,700 new jobs.

The town of Cutler Bay reached out to NBC6 after the piece aired to provide updated numbers. As of April, the project will have 5,000 units. They furthered that they do not have a new completion date. While they anticipated groundbreaking on the first residential building last year, they do not have a revised timeline for when a groundbreaking will take place.

“If you are a resident living down south, why do you have to drive hours and hours to Brickell or Wynwood when you could have those same high-quality amenities and attractions right in your own location,” said Gorrita

This move from sole retail spaces to mixed-use buildings is expected to be the future.

“This is happening because there’s a huge demand for this. People want to work, live, and play all in the same place. And they want to make it so that the communities involved,” Gorrita explained.

According to Forbes, the Urban Land Institute and National Multifamily Housing Council Research Foundation estimates that there is 1 billion square feet of obsolete retail in the US.

In an analysis done by JLL of 135 mall redevelopment projects in the country, over 50% include housing. But these shopping malls aren’t just becoming residential spaces, 85% of the projects in the analysis will retain retail on site.

Why could a mall flip be a good move?

“A lot of those shopping malls are in high traffic areas and they are in demand. so they are well located,” said Dr. Eli Beracha, Director of Hollo’s School of Real Estate at Florida International University.

He explained that because of the rise of online shopping, brick and mortar malls will soon become fewer and fewer. While the empty lots might be considered for mixed-use space because of their prime location, putting the idea into action isn’t that simple.

“You have to remember that this is not that we are taking the space, and we are changing the inside. In a lot of cases, you are knocking the space and you are rebuilding from zero. It’s extremely, extremely difficult to convert a shopping mall into residential space just by altering space,” Beracha said.

“Same thing with office space, the configuration, the way electricity flows, water sewage etc. It’s just not suitable for real estate in its current state. So, in many cases you need a complete rebuild, it’s not an alteration,” he added.

The site plans for these projects are trying to incentivize Miami residents by promising a ‘mini city’ or ‘destination’, phrases that advertise a mini metropolis that is just steps away.

Some sites like Palms at Town and Country are doing just that.

They recently announced they are turning the Kohls building into 12 story apartment buildings.

“For now, in order to meet the community needs, we are going to have to go up,” said Gorrita.

“And that is the only option right now especially for a city that is growing. Is this a bad thing or a good thing? I don’t think it is bad or good, I just think this is the new iteration that Miami is destined to become and we have to be prepared for it.”

Gorrita explains that lack of housing has been a continuous issue in Miami-Dade County and malls might be the only creative solution to use land we already have.

“Unfortunately, Miami has an issue when it comes to the availability of land, where we are pretty much land locked. To the West we have the Everglades, the East is the beach, and to the South is the Keys and there’s not enough available real estate for people to develop, and that’s why you are seeing malls like this that become habitats to sustain populations and they become work centers and living centers and just everything.”

The big question is how much will these rental units and apartments be?

“You got to put yourself in the shoes of the developer. If you are buying in a high price area, you need to make a margin, you need to make you ROY back. In those areas you are still going to see high price luxury rental units that are going to come,” he states.

Gorrita explains, “Of course, there are incentives like the Live Local Act that allows developers and local leaders to rezone industrial areas, malls, so you can increase density and create more workforce housing and affordable housing for residents. But unfortunately, from what I have been seeing here, we are going to see a lot more rental communities, and a lot of these are going to be for rent.”

Lessons On ‘Evils Of Communism’ Required In FL Schools Under New Law

All Florida students, even kindergarteners, are required to learn about communist history and tactics under a new law.Tiffany Razzano, Patch StaffPosted Thu, Apr 18, 2024 at 11:07 am ET|FLORIDA — A new Florida law requires lessons “on the dangers and evils of communism” for all students, according to a news release from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ officer.The governor signed the education bill,...

All Florida students, even kindergarteners, are required to learn about communist history and tactics under a new law.

Tiffany Razzano, Patch Staff

Posted Thu, Apr 18, 2024 at 11:07 am ET|

FLORIDA — A new Florida law requires lessons “on the dangers and evils of communism” for all students, according to a news release from Gov. Ron DeSantis’ officer.

The governor signed the education bill, Senate Bill 1264, into law Tuesday in Hialeah Gardens to coincide with the 63rd anniversary of the Bay of Pigs, he said. The 1961 invasion of Cuba was a failed attempt by U.S.-backed Cuban exiles to overthrow the communist government of Fidel Castro, according to the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

“The truth will set us free,” DeSantis said in a statement. “We will not allow our students to live in ignorance, nor be indoctrinated by communist apologists in schools. To the contrary, we will ensure students in Florida are taught the truth about the evils and dangers of communism.”

The new law requires age-appropriate history lessons for students in kindergarten through 12th grade to include instruction on the history of communism in the U.S. and the tactics of communist movements. The goal is to prepare students “to withstand indoctrination on communism at colleges and universities,” the governor's office said.

Additionally, the law allows for the creation of the Institute for Freedom in the Americas at Miami Dade College. The institute will “promote the importance of economic and individual freedoms as a means to advance human progress — specifically in Latin America and the Caribbean” and partner with the Adam Smith Center for Economic Freedom at Florida International University, according to DeSantis’ office.

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The law also enables the Florida Department of State, working with the Florida Department of Education, to recommend the creation of a Florida-based museum on the history of communism to the state legislature.

“It is vitally important that every student learns about the dangers of communism,” Florida Education Commissioner Manny Diaz, Jr. said. “I know firsthand the evils that communism brings, and I am proud to stand by Governor DeSantis as he signs this legislation to ensure Florida remains the bastion of freedom.”

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