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2022 South Florida Independent Retailer Awards Recognize Influential Entrepreneurs

The 4th Annual South Florida Independent Retailer Awards® brought together over 250 shopping center owners, leasing agents and other real estate professionals for an event to honor growing entrepreneurs in South Florida. The event, held at the Signature Grand in Davie, recognized emerging local entrepreneurs offering unique concepts to the tri-county market.   

This year’s awards featured 32 small businesses nominated in nine categories. Each finalist was featured in a short video with the live audience voting via text message for their favorite business, with real-time results displayed on a large screen. The 2022 South Florida Independent Retailer Awards® winners are: 

Best Beauty Retailer: The Studio Nail & Beauty Supply

Best Café Bakery: La Boulangerie Boul’Mich

New to South Florida: Norman Love Confections

Best Dessert Shop: Sweet Melody Crafted Ice Cream 

Best Fast Casual Restaurant: Papamigo’s 

Best Healthy Restaurant: Fresh Kitchen 

Best Hospitality Group:  La Latina / Miami Slice 

Best Retailer: PetNmind Naturals and Self-Wash

Best Sit-Down Restaurant: Phat Boy Sushi, Kitchen & Bar 

“I would like to congratulate all our winners,” Beth Azor says, CEO of Weston-based Azor Advisory Services and co-founder of SFIRA®. “This year’s awards come at a time where the local retail industry is stronger than it has been in some time, despite what we are experiencing in the broader economy,” said Beth Azor, CEO of Weston-based Azor Advisory Services, co-founder of SFIRA®. “All of our small businesses in South Florida should be saluted for what they do to create jobs and support the local economy.”  

Each nominee was required to have two retail locations currently and actively looking for additional space. 

“I want to thank the awards committee for shining a positive light on small businesses,” John Maser says, of Phat Boy Sushi, Kitchen & Bar, which has six locations in Broward County. “It is very nice to be recognized for doing what we love to do and bringing value to a local community.”   

Before the awards presentation, the audience was treated to a live landlord-tenant negotiation in a Retailer’ Shark Tank’ segment. Sproutz, a health food concept with four Miami-Dade locations, pitted four landlords against one another to see who would offer them the best deal for their fifth location. After much consideration, Sproutz chose a 1,949-square-foot space in Miami’s Wynwood district that Newmark presented.  

The organizing committee annually donates net proceeds to a worthy local cause, with $20,000 in scholarships given to students at the University of Miami, Florida International University, Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University in 2022.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.