* The Miami Heat are on a roll! They have just won 12 in a row, and did so in spectacular fashion last night in a double OT game versus the Sacramento Kings. The victory came with Herculean efforts from Dwyane Wade and LeBron James, who scored a combined 79 points. That puts the Heat at the number-one position in the Eastern Conference, with the best current winning streak in the NBA. The record, by the way, for the longest winning streak in NBA history belongs to the LA Lakers during the 1971-72 season when they won 33 in a row! The Heat’s next few opponents include the Memphis Grizzlies, New York Knicks and Minnesota Timberwolves. Let’s keep that streak alive! Go Heat!
* Yesterday, we wrote about all of the retail upheaval going on at Bal Harbour Shops and the flourishing of the Design District as a luxury hub. Now news comes in about the just opened Hermes boutique in the DD, which is a temporary location while their flagship store is being built (it will debut in late 2014). Until then, Hermes-heads will have a 5,000-square-foot storefront to shop at with women’s and men’s ready to wear, accessories, fragrances, handbags, shoes, belts and scarves. The boutique is located at 175 NE 40th Street, across the way from Louis Vuitton. Happy Shopping!
* Two Hotels in Miami have just been upgraded in their travel rankings: The Mandarin Oriental and Acqualina Resort & Spa have just won five-star awards from the Forbes Travel Guide, bringing up their ranking from four stars. The two are the only five-star accommodations in Miami, at least according to Forbes. Concurrently, two restaurants in Miami also received a five-star rating from Forbes: Naoe and Azul. It’s great to see a few local establishments truly working on their service in a town not known for too much professionalism.
* Looking for a good laugh? The South Beach Comedy Festival just announced their All-Star lineup with comedians like Tracy Morgan, Seth Meyers, Sarah Silverman and Bill Burr. The dates are April 17 to 21, and tickets go on sale this Friday. Locations span the Fillmore Miami Beach and Colony Theatre. We are LOLing already.
* We’re also hearing that Fashion’s Night Out, which was started by Anna Wintour and Vogue in 2009, is no more. The stylish evening spread from NYC all over the world in rapid succession, with Miami being one of the key cities hosting this sartorial soiree at locations like Bal Harbour Shops and Merrick Park. But if Anna has pulled the plug (apparently, the designers and stores were spending too much money throwing elaborate parties), then it’s pretty much a dead issue.