Author: bruskis

Old tools, new ways.

North Miami is home to a wide array of niche enterprise, from hat stores to oriental medicine.  This time we visited USA Watches, a small shop tucked in a strip mall on 163rd Ave. Vadim Shersher welcomed us to his fathers pride and joy and told us a little bit about the family’s history as well as what the future holds for watch repair.

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NOT FADING AWAY

Visual story telling has been around since cave paintings sprawled across the caves of our past. From still drawings, to series and storyboards, we strive to illustrate our experiences. Comic books have been a staple of americana since the early days of dc comics. Their popularity before radio and television was immeasurable to their current standing in modern culture. With the advent of the internet, it is tough to compete as a tangible medium, after all, the internet can show you a comic book.

Nevertheless, comic book culture continues to thrive. There are more and more people interested in printed comic books every day. Villains comic books in North Miami is not only a staple of the community but a testament to its strength. You can find anything from the adventures of superman, batman or the illustrated genius of comix heroes like Robert Crumb and Daniel Clowes.  Comic book stores in Miami are surprisingly abundant so head over to your local shop and find something new!

Inked Up

Westchester ink, a small tattoo shop located near the mall of the americas is hard to find. It lies somewhere between Fritanga Monimbo and an anger management facility. The shop has been open for the better half of a year and the tattoo artists are working hard to keep the business afloat. Gus Machado, the owner has given the artists free reign over their domain. Ignacio Ayala and ‘Ghost’, run the show. Ignacio is the expert on american traditional artwork while Ghost specializes in script.

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Hats & Hats & more hats

IMG_3386Driving down North Miami Beach one might not notice a tiny store tucked in a small shopping plaza. You might just drive right past it, and if you would be missing out on something special. So special, it only sells hats. Hats & Hats, is a staple of headwear in Miami. From orthodox religions to victorian nostalgics, this place has an interesting and  loyal clientele. Gloria, her husband started the business sixteen years ago, and they have been thriving ever since. 

ORIENTAL MEDICINE

IMG_3393Zhōng Yī translates to Chinese medicine, one of Chung Hing’s specialties. Located in the heart of North Miami Beach, the Chung Hing Oriental Market has been in business for over 2 decades, and it shows. The narrow isles piled celling high with dried seahorse, sliced deer antler, and a myriad of teas and noodles. The rest of the stuff, you need a translator to decrypt. As a westerner, its tough finding something edible, but the dried mangos and good conversation are a solid choice.