Pete’s Barber Shop Shows Heart

If you live in the Pinecrest area, you already know about Pete’s Barber Shop in the Suniland Shopping Center. It's been the place to get an honest haircut for more than 60 years. Local businesses like Pete’s make up our sense of community and give South Florida its character.

 2011 photo of some of the stylists

2011 photo of some of the stylists

Over the years, I have been a regular at Pete’s, as have so many others. In many families, Pete’s Barber Shop is a multi-generational experience. Case in point, I get my haircut with my son about every 5 weeks and we are greeted warmly each time.

 Andrew Feldman (from 2011) and stylist Raudel Garcia

Andrew Feldman (from 2011) and stylist Raudel Garcia

Sometimes routine in this fast-paced world doesn’t get the credit it deserves and sometimes the importance of community is lost as well. Thankfully, this is not one of those times.

When Ronnie Buck (my stylist) and the rest of the shop heard that my son had recently been diagnosed with cancer, there was an instant rush of support and love from Pete’s Barber Shop.

As you know, patients on chemotherapy almost always lose their hair in ugly clumps. So, when Ronnie heard about this (and my plan to also shave my head in support), he took it upon himself to offer private haircuts wherever we wanted them.

After some discussion, we decided it was better to be at Pete’s where we always got our hair cut. Ronnie came in on his day off specifically to take care of my son. The rest of the stylists were supportive, as were the patrons who understood the gravity of the special haircut.


The haircut became an event, rather than a dark emotional moment. It was pure love as Ronnie offered to cut Andrew’s hair any way he wanted. Andrew asked for some shapes to be cut into his locks and even had a brief (and very long) mohawk before the real buzz cut. In the face of difficult times, these 45-minutes are something we’ll fondly remember.


Rather than tears, there were laughs. Rather than shame or shyness, there was sharing. In short, it was a community haircut of love and support. And it is a day I, and Andrew, will never forget. I thank Pete’s Barber Shop from the bottom of my heart.

 Ronnie Buck and Andrew Feldman

Ronnie Buck and Andrew Feldman

LISTING: Palmetto Bay 4BR/2BA with Generator

Come home to this tranquil mid-block, great flow home with sun-drenched rooms, fabulous modern flooring and fresh paint. 4 bedrooms, 2 baths adjusted 2643-sf home on a 14,976-sf lot.


There is nothing left to be desired. Bring your toothbrush to this super-clean Jennings home. Stacked bedroom plan. Updated custom real-wood kitchen with a massive pantry. Plenty of room for all your home cooking.


All PVC pipes! 2011 concrete tile roof. 2016 AC. Full shutters, some are even powered Rolladen. In short, this house is in great shape and lovingly cared for.


 Separate laundry room. Master bedroom with large walk-in closet overlooks pool. Large screened pool with inviting spa welcomes you on a hot, sunny day. Katch-a-Kid pool safety netting system. Home also has outside security cameras for extra peace of mind.


Great size yard. Truly beautiful landscaping. Liquid-cooled 25kW generator w/direct gas line. Side-entry oversized 2-car garage. You are near everything, yet on a quiet street. Coral Reef Elementary, Southwood Middle, Palmetto HS. Move-in ready. Come join the fabulous Palmetto Bay lifestyle.


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8320 SW 164th Street
Palmetto Bay, FL  33157
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Listing price $599,922


Romanza Rises

After Palmetto Bay’s Trattoria Romanza abruptly closed on April 27, 2017, I and so many others actually found ourselves craving the delicious cuisine Fernando Cortez and his wife Ana Maria served up nightly.


Rejoice, and imagine the joy I felt when I heard that Romanza was back. Yes, you’ll travel a bit further to get your favorite dish, but it’s well worth it. I jumped in my car for the first weekend and I wasn’t disappointed.


It’s the same great menu (and pricing) with the same great staff that we’ve come to know and love. The only thing missing at the time of opening was a liquor license, which should be coming any day now.

It was fun and relaxing to know that this great eatery was back. I shared dinner with some old friends and we remarked how comforting it all was.


Owner and chef Fernando Cortez confided in me, “We have a relentless focus on our food. Despite quickly rising costs, we refuse to compromise or cut corners. You get the same quality and portion size we’ve always served. Our primary job is to always deliver great food at value prices.”


So, if you’re ready for some ready for some great Italian, head over near Miami-Dade College Kendall, 10521 SW 109th Court to be exact. Their hours are Tuesday thru Thursday 4p to 10p, Friday and Saturday from 4p to 11p and Sunday 4p to 10p. Call them at xxx-xxx-xxxx.