Local Love - Brian Guadagno

It's time for some local love! We caught up with our new bud, Brian Guadagno - entrepreneur and founder of Raw Elements USA sunscreen. When Brian isn't crafting up all natural, organic sunscreens or cruising around Miami, you can find him spending his summers as a lifeguard captain in his native Rhode Island. 

photo credit: Trip Burman

photo credit: Trip Burman

What do you love about the MIA? I’ve been living in Miami for seven years now. While some of the elements that attracted me here then still do, I feel I have matured and grown as Miami has. I am very much affected by the weather and the sunny beach life makes me happy. There is a wide variety of happenings at anytime here, constant motion and energy and in such a small community. Art Basel is such an incredible event and each year I feel I learn more and meet new forward thinking people that in someway impact me. Over the past few years, it’s been incredible to see the growth and development of the local craft food and drink culture, too. The boom of the natural living and yoga community is amazing, it has captivated me and made my life better.  It’s such a wonderful array of supportive, motivated, quality people and it has facilitated a true ‘home’ feel in a very transient locale. Over these last few years, I really feel Miami is a a place I can be proud to call home and I'm excited for this to only grow.

We know exactly what you mean - what hope of vision do you have for Miami?  What will a perfect Miami look like to you in 5 years?
Well, I think it would likely start with an end to the road construction on the beach! (Editors note: Agreed, Brian) There has been so much growth lately, hopefully all of that growth will lead to more support of local based businesses and initiatives.  Miami is an attractive place to launch a business or an idea so it would be great to continue seeing new things happen here.  It would also be wonderful to see more emphasis from the city and from ourselves as a community on environmental concerns.  We have beautiful beaches, ocean, reefs and we need to do more to bring awareness and attention to protecting these.  While Miami is a very fast, quick pleasure for the transient visitors, it is home for us and we should seek ways to help sustain its environment.  

What is your favorite spot on Purdy Ave?
There are so many great ones to choose from today!  I would have to say for sure, Panther Coffee.  I am a coffee fanatic and have a strong interest in every aspect of coffee from the cultivation of the beans to the social experience inside of the coffee house.  It is really awesome to see Panther being pioneers here in Miami and finally bringing the american coffee house concept to Miami - and it being so well received.  Their product is excellent and the experience stacks up there, with it's own Miami twist, to coffee houses on the West Coast.  

What is your favorite way to sweat?
The deep sweat from a heated yoga practice or a core/dynamic beach workout and long SUP under the sun.  After a hot yoga sweat, I really feel a difference mentally and physically - a cleansing and purifying feeling.  The beach is my home and being outside pushing a workout in the soft sand or a long paddle on the water leaves me feeling invigorated. That followed by the ocean - the sea salt’s negative ion charge always creates positive vibes!

What is your favorite bike ride in Miami Beach?
I would have to say riding over the Venetian Causeway.. heck, even driving over the Venetian Causeway is beautiful!  On a bike, it's perfect.  It’s such a gorgeous experience and it offers so many different looks and feels, which really is what makes Miami so unique - you can experience the beach, the bay, the boats, others cruising on bike, foot, board, etc, the downtown Miami skyline and even the beautiful residential neighborhood, there is so much to be taken in!

Local love - Ashli Katz

You may have seen her zooming by on her custom fixie, or maybe you've spotted her in line at JugoFresh, but in the rare event that neither of those happened - you have definitely heard about her epic FlyBarre classes at FlyWheel on Purdy Ave.

Enter the one... the only - Ashli Katz.

AK, as she is called by some, is a Purdy Ave fixture - and although she had a bike stolen from the avenue a few years back, she has recently reclaimed her right to ride. We caught up with Ashli and she gave us the scoop on her Miami lifestyle and why she loves this 'hood. 

What do you love about Miami? I love the vibe and lifestyle here! I feel that people really enjoy life, and make the most of it. I also love my hood in particular - ocean, bay, palm trees, bikes, fitness, paddle boarding, cafes, sunshine, shopping, and happiness :)

What got you into riding bikes? It was a few things... the first is feeling the wind in my hair and cruisin'. And just like in fashion, your bike can be an expression of your personality. I built my bike in every detail and every time I see it, I want to ride it. It makes me happy and is a definite expression of my style.  And finally, with all the construction that has taken over Miami Beach, riding my bike means that I am not a part of the ongoing traffic, which also means I'm a much happier individual with a lot better energy. Score.

What's your favorite ride in Miami Beach? I love to ride the Venetian - there's a bike lane throughout and it has lots of good views of the water and Miami. It's a total scenic route and I feel safe riding it.

And what's your favorite spot on Purdy Ave? Flywheel of course! I spend most of my time there since I teach there, but I always love a good hangout sesh outside of Panther coffee. It's nice to get to "check-in" with familiar faces and enjoy my surroundings with a great cup of coffee. Yum. It's pretty clear Ashli makes the most of her Purdy Ave lifestyle. Look out for her on her rad bike and give her a wave next time you see her on the block!

Come join us tomorrow night Wed 11/5 at 6:30pm at the Sunset Harbour Marina for another edition of Ridin' Purdy - group bike rides with kickass peeps that make you fall back in love with Miami. 

Outside the Box

There are very few things we love more than bikes. But food may be one of them, and organic local produce is definitely high on that list.

Cue Outside the Box - a culinary and biking experience that is the result of a pretty amazeballs collaboration between The Palms Hotel and Spa, Endlessly Organic and Purdy Ave. 

Picture this - you show up on Purdy Ave to meet up with all your foodie/bikey friends. You hop on your trusty steed and head out on a cycling jaunt over to Essensia Restaurant at The Palms Hotel where a welcome cocktail and passed appetizers await you. Settle in for a cooking lesson with Executive Chef Julie Frans - a pioneer in plant based cooking in Miami - and all of the yummy plant-based ingredients are coming from Endlessly Organic, Miami's leading organic buying club.

After the learning is done, feast on your creation together with lots of new foodie friends and even taken home the recipes so you can recreate these nourishing, delicious meals! Hop back on your bicicleta for a cruise home with the Purdy gang, with a full belly and a warm heart. Oh yeah, and bike lights.

Sound like a dream come true? Well - thank your lucky stars because it's real! And it's all happening at 6pm on Wednesday, October 22nd. We can't wait to ride and chow with you all. Get your tickets online here to secure your spot! 

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Local Love - Jonathan Segal

Meet the funny and lovable Jon Segal!

Meet the funny and lovable Jon Segal!

Say hello one of Purdy Ave's most familiar faces - Jonathan Segal. Jon is a Flywheel and Barry's fanatic who in his free time also happens to be a kickass lawyer. We connected with him to hear about his local love affair with Miami, his daily cup of joe and his favorite bike ride in our famous 'hood.

What do you love about Miami?

There are so many things I love about Miami and more specifically Miami Beach. Obviously the year round beautiful weather that allows you to be outdoors and participate in activities from paddle boarding to riding your bikes is a draw. I also truly love the diversity that you are exposed to on a daily basis. Whether it is the eclectic people you meet to the wide array of food choices makes Miami Beach the place to live. I have lived here since 1989 and been captivated by the growth and sense of community that has blossomed on Miami Beach.

We love that! What got you into bikes?

My lovely wife Amy Segal got me into bikes. First, it was spinning with her almost on a daily basis at Flywheel, where she is an instructor, to recently riding our bikes from our home to Purdy Ave to partake in the many offerings of this truly amazing community. To think we can ride our bikes to Purdy to enjoy Panther coffee, take a Flywheel or Barry’s class and then stop at True Loaf to grab a box of cookies for the boys on the way home makes riding so rewarding albeit fattening. 

Ha! Mmmm... True Loaf cookies are so good. What’s your favorite ride in Miami to burn off those delicious calories?

Besides riding from our home to Purdy Avenue, I think one of the most fulfilling rides is when the entire family jumps on our bikes and heads up North Bay Road to LaGorce Island. While I must have jogged or ridden my bike around the Island over a thousand times, each time I find myself seeing something new and always find myself telling Amy, “this is exactly why we live on Miami Beach.”

And Jon, last but not least... what's your favorite place on Purdy Ave?

Hands down Panther Coffee. I cannot start my day without a cappuccino from Panther.  

Well said, brother man. We love you Jon and can't wait to see you Thursday night 7:15pm for our Ridin' Purdy ride! 


Mike D on Community and Connection

I hurt. I am human. I'm going out on a limb and making an assumption that you hurt too. Whether the pain is from your father buying you a Honda instead of a BMW or the feeling of being all alone and having thoughts of killing yourself - the pain is all very real and the same. It's what unites us and brings us together, it's the shared experience of pain and joy. Bliss and sadness. If it wasn't for the pain would it be possible to understand bliss?

I recently forgot about the things that made me happy: surfing, yoga, nature, a connection to a community that I feel apart of. Instead I focused on working, I put in 16 hours a day and had zero balance. As a result, I was brought to my knees. I literally experienced a mental breakdown. In that breakdown, I came to find the most precious gift of all - connection. Connection to nature, and to the people in our own little neighborhood, Purdy Ave. I was in such a dark place, yet the light that shined from the people in this special neighborhood was so bright it took me out of my sorrow. Even more significant was the genuine connection that we share on this little street in the heart of Miami Beach. 

Having a community where I could share exactly where I was. Not pretend to be better than I was, to fake that I was "doing well!" but the ability to tell people that I hurt and share authentically about that pain brought me back from the depths of sorrow and into the state of bliss.

Connection to nature and to a community that I felt a part of. Are these the things that could be of most value to us as part of this human experience? 

Could connection be the cure to the struggles we all face? 

What does community and connection mean to you? 


Guest post by: Mike Dannheim 

Come on out tomorrow morning at 9:30am  for "Everyone's doing yoga with Mike D" in Belle Isle Park across the street from the standard hotel. $10 donation