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Q & A with the Miami Winner of JOE & THE JUICE’s #ArtForJuice Contest

July 12, 2018

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JOE & THE JUICE is a coffee concept with a cult following of urban trendsetters and creative thinkers. That’s why in January of this year,  the brand’s team set out on a search for Miami’s Next Great Artist. The winning artist would have the opportunity to paint an original mural on the JOE & THE JUICE Wynwood storefront and receive a $5,000 cash prize. As part of the competition, entries were submitted on Instagram via the hashtag #artforjuice.

In February, JOE & THE JUICE announced the winner, Miami local artist Jorge-Miguel Rodriguez. Rodriguez won the opportunity to paint the mural design at the Wynwood location and cash in on the grand prize. Rodriguez is no newcomer to the art mural scene. He has completed countless pieces in Miami, Florida.

We caught up with Rodriguez in Wynwood, to ask him about his new collaboration with JOE & THE JUICE.

What made you enter the #artforjuice contest?

I entered the contest because I wanted to collaborate with JOE & THE JUICE. I wanted to create something really cool and exciting for Wynwood. And the new store that’s coming.

Why did you feel that it was important to get in on the action?

I wanted to create something different and unique. I felt that I had a couple ideas, that I thought would go perfectly with their brand and what they want to do. I took their logo and added my style to it. A little bit of My Rodri Flair. And then I created the JOE character, that’s on the wall right now. It was off one sketch and that was it. Once I created that JOE character, it was hook, line, and sinker. I created two. The second one is on the shirt. The other one is on the wall.

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Jorge-Miguel Rodriguez stands in front of the mural he created for JOE & THE JUICE in Wynwood

Did you want to incorporate some Miami inspiration into the mural?

In a couple of the original designs, yes, there was a lot of the Miami colors. I’m inspired by all the colors that are in Miami. All the bright and vibrant. Whether it’s the neon or Miami Vice kind of style. From there, I took their pink and then I created a gradient to the classic Miami Vice pink, bright magenta. And then I added my line work detailed into it.

What do you want people to take away from the mural you created?

I wanted to create something fun and unique for JOE & THE JUICE. They represent a trendy fun atmosphere. They have such a really cool brand and all the stores look really awesome. I wanted to create something that ties in together with that.

What is your favorite part of the process?

All of it, just seeing the end result from the sketch to the final piece. Seeing it all come together.  Through the approval process, the back and forth of the concepts and then stepping back and seeing it in full. There it is.

How long did it take you to complete this mural?

So the mural. I’m a fast painter. I don’t know why. As soon as I touch cans to a wall, I just go in. It took me around two days. Two and a half days. So I started Friday night, just laid out the sketch and then Saturday I put in about twelve hours. Then Sunday, cleaned up the last touches whatever little line works it was missing. Only really stopped to eat obviously, of course, because we kind of need food and because it rained. But that’s really much it, it rained in the morning and then I knocked it all out.

The completed mural.
The completed mural.

Did you have any other challenges, aside from the rain?

No. It’s typical. It’s not really a challenge. It’s usual. Like it’s raining right now. You just roll with the punches. You know? Put all your stuff away, put it inside and let it pass.

How long have you been painting?

I’ve been painting for about forever ago. Ever since I can remember I was doodling something. Either a wall or crayon books. Yes. Painting. I’ve always been painting. Especially, since about 2010. That’s when I got fully developed into the process and creating it into a profession. But it has always been a passion. It never stops.

What’s next?

Anything and everything. Anyone that approaches me and says “Hey Rodri, I have a cool project.” Or “I think this will look cool here.” I’m always down for it. I never stray away from a project. Unless there are certain things that I feel are maybe a no.

Jorge-Miguel Rodriguez poses in front of the newly completed mural.
Jorge-Miguel Rodriguez poses in front of the newly completed mural.

Anything you want to say to Joe & the Juice?

Yes, for sure. I really want to thank JOE & THE JUICE for the amazing opportunity and for allowing me to collaborate with them. For allowing me to work with their brand and create something special and unique for this store.

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The Wynwood JOE & THE JUICE located at 3215 NW 2nd Avenue is the fourth store in Miami and marks the 242nd store opening worldwide.

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Your Guide to the Top Selfie Spots in Wynwood

June 18, 2018

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By: Jordan Kurtz, founder of the @thewynwoodmonthly

You’re trying to get from New York to Los Angeles, but for some inexplicable reason, your super-cheap airline ticket has you on a three hour and twelve-minute layover in MIA. It’s 4:16 in the afternoon, and you have two things on your mind: drinks and posting a rad Miami photo/selfie in front of a famous Wynwood backdrop. If you have any experience at all with Miami traffic, you know you’re not going to make it back in time if you don’t have a solid action plan—or you borrow ours.

Here are our seven suggestions for some distinctive—and often famous—Wynwood backdrops and the bars, breweries, and coffee shops where you can grab a drink and a snack before Ubering back to the body-scanners.

What am I standing in front of? It’s a colorful mural of a lion’s head.

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Karina Scalzo Poses in Front of a Mural in Wynwood, Florida.

Why is it cool? Are you f—-ing kidding us? You’re going to look like you’re shooting a flaming lion out of your pores. In some cultures, that would mark you as a god.

What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 24th St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works for either. Up close it’s cool colors, from afar it’s a lion!

Where am I getting my taco? Coyo Taco right across the street!

What am I standing in front of? It’s a circular gate with a collection of lover’s locks.

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Michael David snaps a selfie with “Love Locks.”


Why is it cool?
This is a physical representation of hundreds of lovers. Grab your bae, engrave and snap a lock, and if you’re daring, throw away the keys!

What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 26th St.

Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works for either. Up close it’s perfect for expressing your grossness of corny things. With a friend or bae, it’s cute and, well, corny.

Where am I getting my burger? Wood Tavern is right next door! This is a legendary Wynwood bar that has the best tacos, burgers, drinks, indoor/outdoor setting, and music! Bonus: veggie burgers available!

What am I sitting in front of? You’re sitting on an old punch buggy with a beautiful backdrop

Why is it cool? This captures Miami and Wynwood in one shot! This has a tropic backdrop with beautiful colors.

What’s the address? 325 NW 24th St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works best with a friend. You have to take a couple of steps back so you can capture the car, the mural, and the adorable poser.

Where am I getting my beer? You’re literally inside Concrete Beach Brewery bro, just turn around and get some craft beer, silly. They have so many events, games, food vendors, and deliciously brewed beers!   

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Erica Smiles for the Camera at Concrete Beach Brewery.

What am I standing in front of? If you don’t know, I have bad news for you: you’re not getting into heaven.

Why is it cool? Who doesn’t love wings? Look at the beautiful photo with #NoFilter. This beauty scored me 107 likes on my own IG, and that’s a big deal for my following. Hey, I’m not on an Instagram model like you, ok?!

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Jordan Kurtz takes a Colorful selfie in Wynwood.

What’s the address? NW 5th Ave and 24th St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works with both. This was a selfie, but the wings aren’t fully in the frame because of it. If you want the full picture, have someone take a couple steps further than you can reach.

Where am I getting my new clothes? This whole street is full of fashionable clothing at ridiculous prices. Because you have wandered off the “main” street at this point, prices have calmed down.

What am I standing in front of? These are a bunch of beautifully drawn faces. We love this simple black-and-white style.

Karina Scalzo Takes a Rest at a Mural in Wynwood.

Why is it cool? This mural is a little less elaborate, but also more abstract than the usual wall art in the hood. These swirly lines and diva-looking faces make a beautiful backdrop.

What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 23rd St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works with both. From up front, you might get one pretty lady with you, but from a friend’s angle, you’re among the nymphs.

Where am I getting my new car? Wow, I guess if you have the time and the money, you’re getting the car that’s right inside of the building you’re leaning on. This gallery is called Cars & Guitars—Walt Grace Vintage and they house some of the craziest collections of both you have to see!

What am I sitting in front of? You’re on a comfy couch, with a funky lamp and a fun black & white backdrop.

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Karina Scalzo Stops for Some Coffee.

Why is it cool? This is a great spot for candid photos, group photos and, well, any type of photo. This whole place has these patterns from floor to ceiling on all sides. It’s like walking through a Willy Wonka room.

What’s the address? 2621 NW 2nd Ave.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works best with a friend’s help. Selfies work as well, but you’ll lose extra props.

Where am I getting my coffee? Definitely hit up Mister Block for this one. They have daily specials and so many types of drinks. Cuban coffee, American Coffee, matcha lattes and more!

What am I standing in front of? This is painted on a gate, but if you use your imagination, you’re underwater because these little characters are fish. 

Karina Scalzo Stops at a Pez Mural for a Picture. Artwork: @pezbarcelona

Why is it cool? I guess you live under a rock but this art is from El Pez. He’s a pretty big deal in the wall art world.

What’s the address? NW 2nd Ave and NW 26th St.


Selfie or Friend Photo? This one works with both. From up front, you might get one pretty fish with you, but from a friend’s angle, you’re among the whole school of them.

Where am I getting my sit-down meal? At this point, you probably need to chill. Head over to the Wynwood Diner and grab yourself something yummy. You deserve it!

You have your phone, your directions, and barely enough time. Get moving and good luck!

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Karina Scalzo Admires Leon Keer’s Mural. Artwork: @leonkeer

Surprise Bonuses:

Wynwood Walls and Time Lapse Video

Don’t forget about the classics at the Wynwood Walls.

Artwork: @Alexis_diaz

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Win the Chance to Paint a Mural on the New JOE & THE JUICE Storefront and Receive $5,000

January 18, 2018

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Joe & the Joice is set to open yet another Miami location in March. This time in Wynwood. As part of the opening celebration, it has unveiled its #artforjuice social media competition to showcase local artists. The chosen artist will gain the opportunity to paint an original mural on JOE & THE JUICE storefront and receive a $5,000 cash prize.  

“I am even more excited to celebrate this city’s vibrant art scene, and give a platform to the next great artist here,” said CEO Kasper Basse.  

JOE & THE JUICE is now accepting and reviewing entries of mural mock-ups from Miami-area residents.   Submit your work via Instagram using the handle @joeandthejuice and hashtag #artforjuice or by sending it to art@joejuice.com. Last day to submit is February 9, 2018.  

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Mock up image provided by JOE & THE JUICE

The Wynwood JOE & THE JUICE is located at 3215 NW 2nd Avenue. 

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Stop Carrying Around Your Charger

November 20, 2017

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What if you could stop carrying your charging accesories, what if I told you the future is here and now. Would you believe me? There’s a company that brings us the future. Chargello offers rapidly-charging batteries.
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In 2015, Freddy Sidi founded and based the company out of Wynwood. The company offers a global network of chargers. More than 20 countries and 4,500 venues offer Chargello, more than 100+ countries are expected to follow by the end of 2018.

What does this mean?

You can visit a partnering restaurant and have dinner, while being able to charge your phone. Even better, the portable charging stations are compatible with all smartphones. Not only that, Chargello’s devices allow smartphones to charge 3x faster than any regular outlet charger. It also charges six mobile phones simultaneously.

The next time you’re out of battery, you don’t have to go home to charge. You can visit Casa Tua, The Confidante Miami Beach by Hyatt, Rik Rak Salon and many other locations in Miami. Have a drink. Have dinner. Get your hair done. And most importantly, charge up.

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There’s more! Chargello has an app that helps you determine the closest location offering the handy dandy portable charger.

By Kemal Kurspahic

Images Courtesy of Chargello

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Miami Gets A New Brewery

August 3, 2017

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Once upon a time, Miamians envied other states for their breweries and craft beer taps at bars. Not anymore. Miami has leveled up. A new addition to the brewery list has just been added. VEZA SUR Brewing Company. Here are three things you should know:

  • Will be located in Wynwood, offering an open-concept space with communal seating and a garden
  • A collaboration between Bogota Beer Company and 10 Barrel Brewing Co.
  • It’s Miami-made craft beer with Latin and American roots

Why Miami? “Miami is the capital of Latin America in the United States, which is exactly why we chose it as our home and the home of VEZA SUR,” says Berny Silberwasser, founder of Bogota Beer Company, the most successful craft brewery in Colombia.

Veza Sur is striving to cultivate a space that’s inviting and homelike. You can arrive at the brewery and feel the chill and low-key atmosphere. “We’ve always enjoyed visiting Miami which has an amazing culture, and have had interest in starting a craft brewery that can meld multiple cultures,” says Chris Cox, Co-Founder of 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

A brewery with West Coast and South American Fusion will be well received. After all Miami is known for its diverse culture and international flair. VEZA SUR is scheduled to open on August 19th. 

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Reformation in Miami

April 3, 2017

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Leave it to Yael Aflalo who started Reformation in 2009, to bring you eco-friendly and sustainable fashion clothing. You can now join the ranks of stars such as Taylor Swift, Emily Ratajkowski, Olivia Munn, Sophia Bush and Karlie Kloss who have already been spotted wearing Reformation. What started in Los Angeles has arrived in Wynwood. The brand has since opened a pop-up shop for the classic, vintage inspired clothes.

Reformation is information. Not only is the clothing fashion conscience, but it’s reducing your carbon footprint as you wear. The brand is educating consumers along the way with 5 easy steps:

  1. Only wash as needed
  2. When you can, skip the dryer

The brand urges you to “line drying your clothes for just six months out of the year” as it “can eliminate up to 700 pounds of greenhouse gases annually.”

  1. Press the Cold Button

Pressing the cold button on your washer can save energy and help your clothes last longer.

  1.    Spot cleaner

Have a spot on your clothing? Use the spot cleaner.

  1. Your Denim

Reformation encourages you to “consider bagging and putting it in the freezer for a day or two – this will kill bacteria and odors, keep your jeans in better shape and is just a chill way to do laundry that your science teacher would have loved.”

Ready to reduce your carbon footprint and look stylish doing it? Go shop, Reformation’s pop-up shop is located at 219 NW 23rd Street and is open from Sunday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Donuts! 2017

March 15, 2017

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Donuts! Is back again to bring South Floridians over 14K+ donuts from 10 shops! Donuts! 2017 will take place on Thursday, March 30th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at MAPS Backlot (342 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127).

Donut shops participating include: Circus Eats, Dunkin’ Donuts, Helen & Meyer’s, Krispy Kreme, Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken, and YoNutz – Gourmet Donuts & Ice Cream, as well as newcomers, Jupiter Donuts, The One Donut Company, and Crave Clean.

This year Donuts! has partnered with United Way of Miami-Dade, donating a portion of all ticket proceeds to the organization. Beverage sponsors for the event include: Concrete Beach Brewery, Voss, Deep Eddy Vodka, and Nespresso. Guests can also indulge in the Food Truck Garden with savory options from Spris Artisan Pizza and Doggy Style Miami Hot Dogs.

At the event, attendees cast their votes for their favorite donut shop. The winning shop gets crowned the “Golden Donut Award.” Last year’s winner Mojo Donuts & Fried Chicken will be back again to defend their title.

Tickets pricing ranges from $35 to $65 with GA and VIP options available. Click this link to purchase.

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