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Young, Restless and Homeless

At left, Desiree Miller, 20, of New York, dropped out of school before winding up in south Florida.           BY KATIE LEPRI AND MATIAS JOAQUIN OCNER Read in Miami Herald Desiree Miller dropped out of high school in western New York, left her grandparents’ home at 17 with no good place to go, and, after a season ...

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Family’s tranquil garden becomes wedding venue

Alexander Rios, 17, a Homestead resident, stops at Redland Koi Gardens after school to look at plants. Ismeraly Torres/ South Florida News Service.         By Ismeraly Torres Read in Miami Herald After working for several years in finance in New York City in the early 1990s, Miguel Cruz decided to move his family to a more tranquil setting ...

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Bud’s marks 56 years of quick food service

The Brinkman brothers from left to right, Tim, Mark, Mike, and Tom run Bud’s Chicken & Seafood, a family-owned restaurant chain that has been serving Palm Beach County since 1957. Photo by Gary Coronado / The Palm Beach Post.       By Paula Callejas-Cuza Read in The Palm Beach Post As a teen-ager, Mark Brinkman smelled like chicken as ...

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Ilan Kottler

Coffee kiosk branches out

Ilan Kottler of West Palm Beach, owner of Cappuccino Express. Photo by Thomas Cordy / The Palm Beach Post.           By Madison Fantozzi Read in The Palm Beach Post Ilan Kottler is more than a small business owner. As the operator of Cappuccino Express, he is responsible for fueling the doctors, nurses and patients with his ...

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Travel inspires seltzer business

Ryan Pinnell, founder and owner of Treasure Coast Seltzer Works, shown with Pat Byrnes, left, of West Palm Beach, at the West Palm Green Market. Photo by Gary Coronado / The Palm Beach Post.         By Michael Sharp Read in The Palm Beach Post When Ryan Pinnell, 35, traveled to Europe four years ago, he discovered something ...

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Miami-based Zensah grows compression-sportswear company through innovation

Ze’ev Feig, owner of Zensah, center with blue, glasses and on ladder, along with his “team” of employees holding compression legging sportswear, pose at his warehouse Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Walter Michot / Miami Herald Staff.       By Paula Callejas-Cuza Read in Miami Herald For the Miami-based company Zensah, it only took the approval of one Heat star ...

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New business turns budding artists’ work into stuffed animals

Courtesy of Budsies.             By Lisbet Castillo Read in The Palm Beach Post  When Alex Furmansky was growing up, he watched his little sister’s art evolve from wacky shapes to advanced illustrations. The drawings went from being displayed on the fridge to being buried in a dismal box in the basement. Then, last August, Furmansky, ...

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Coral Gables boutique plans jewelry trunk show

Emporium boutique owner Sara Zamikoff chooses some articles of clothing that will be available for purchase at Thursday’s trunk show. Photo by Chavon Ellington/South Florida News Service.         By Chavon Ellington Read in Miami Herald For several years, Sara Zamikoff, a former pastry chef, set her sights on opening a tea house. But after considering a number ...

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Melissa Del Toro

Home-Baked Cakes Are ‘Rebels’ But They Taste So Good

Melissa Del Toro, founder and owner of Rebel Sweets, forms cherry blossom flowers for a cake inside one of the teaching kitchens at Florida International University’s Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management in North Miami on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013. Allison Diaz / For the Miami Herald     By Madison Fantozzi Read in The Miami Herald Mitch Eisen’s groom’s ...

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Innovative Media Program For Teens Faces Uncertain Fate

Santiago Acosta (left) and Khalel Bailey (right) edit a video using After Effects, a video production software from the Adobe Creative Suite. Photo by Camilo Londono / South Florida News Service         Camilo Londono  Read in The Miami Herald Wearing a Pink Floyd T-shirt and headphones that were once reserved for audio recording professionals, Patricia Joachim, 19, said ...

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