After operating a market in the annex of her extremely popular Mandolin Aegean Bistro in Miami, Anastasia Koutsioukis moved into a bona fide boutique and café space a block away. The temporary space presents her lifestyle assortment as she readies for its permanent location in a nearby, meticulously restored Art Deco gem of a residential property. As a first-generation Canadian whose family kept their Greek heritage very much alive in their Toronto home, Koutsioukis specializes in imports from Greece and its Mediterranean environs. Her experience in New York’s fashion industry coupled with her hospitality background create the perfect base for her new venture, Mrs. Mandolin. It grew out of diners’ requests for how to create her beautiful tabletops and feasts at home. Services extend to decorating and event planning.

4218 NE Second Avenue; 786.420.5110;


Miami museums and other art spaces are spotlighting local artists in spring. Nina Johnson gallery exhibits Tom Scicluna from May 4 to June 2. Works made with found materials from around the gallery, such as iron security grills in various stages of patina, comment on current gentrification. Its title, a fictitious, adjacent address, “6319 NW 2nd Avenue,” also references development. PAMM follows Miami-based Dara Friedman’s retrospective with another first-time, extensive survey by a local artist. Transmission, alchemy and transcendence are central to “william cordova now’s the time: narratives of southern alchemy” from April 27 to October 7. Cordova, a Peruvian, challenges traditional Western typologies through a range of media (pictured, 2003 Badussy). Textile artist Laura Marsh’s wacky, immersive installation, “New Havens,” is on view at Locust Projects through June 9.


Palm Beach’s Royal Poinciana Plaza bolsters its beauty services with the arrival of Nail Lab. The modern salon offers a full mani/pedi menu for classic, gel, nail art, and kids, as well as advanced foot treatments like hot stone and reflexology for a spa experience. Full body waxing is also available. Meanwhile, across the bridge in West Palm Beach, the Station at the Warehouse District increases programming for the whole family. Attend weekly yoga classes and bi-monthly acoustic open mic sessions on Thursday evenings, and craft workshops, such as floral bundle dyeing on May 12 (pictured), and a two-part pottery series led by Avenue Pottery on May 9 and May 23. This month also kicks off kid-friendly activities like a talent show, petting zoo and movie nights with food trucks.

50 Cocoanut Row; 561.839.9050; 1500-C Elizabeth Avenue;


Just in time for swimsuit season, Dr. Kellyann Petrucci leads her Slimmer, Younger, Faster all-day retreat at Acqualina Spa by ESPA in Sunny Isles on May 5. The author of New York Times best seller “Dr. Kellyann’s Bone Broth Diet” and regular guest on “The Dr. Oz Show” plans to share anti-aging tips from her new book, “The 10-Day Belly Slimdown.” It expands her focus on gut health as the key to overall health and weight loss through her studies at the Marion Foundation and Paracelsus Clinic in Switzerland. Registration includes two hours of spa treatments (a choice of detoxifying body scrubs and massages), healthy bites and wellness gifts. Then party like a mad scientist at the Frost Museum of Science’s second annual fund-raiser at 7 p.m.

17875 Collins Avenue; 844.707.5702, 1101 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.434.9600;

We’ll see you next week with even more of South Florida’s places to go!