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MUHAMMAD ALI EXHIBITION
A ONCE IN A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE

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THE GRANDEST PRINCE TRIBUTE OF THE YEAR!


Thirty years ago, on June 7th, Prince made history by opening Glam Slam on his own birthday on Washington Avenue. A decade later, on that very same date, he bestowed upon the world his magnum opus, Purple Rain.

Join us for a legendary celebration of the one and only Prince at our exclusive Birthday Party on Miami Beach, happening June 7th, 2024! 

Get ready to immerse yourself in the electrifying atmosphere of Glam Slam Club  (his former club) and relive the magic of Purple Rain in style. This is your chance to pay homage to the iconic artist who revolutionized music and fashion.

Dress to impress in your most glamorous attire and dance the night away to Prince's greatest hits spun by top DJs. Indulge in signature cocktails inspired by the Purple One himself and enjoy a night of pure nostalgia and excitement.

Don't miss out on this unforgettable tribute to a music legend! Secure your tickets now and be part of the ultimate Prince Birthday Party on Miami Beach. Let's party like it's 1999!

Join us for a legendary celebration of the one and only Prince at our exclusive Birthday Party on Miami Beach, happening June 7th, 2024! 

YOUR OPPORTUNITY  TO TRANSFORM WASHINGTON AVENUE

The Washington Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) is thrilled to offer artists an exciting opportunity to participate in a mural project. This initiative aims to infuse the avenue with love and light through art.

The BID is sponsoring two new murals, “Love and Happiness” and "A Smile Looks Good On You," designed to capture the fun and vibrant spirit of Washington Avenue. The murals will be located on 13th between Washington and Collins and 14th between Washington and Collins on Miami Beach. We are looking for talented artists who are passionate about their craft and experienced in creating large-scale murals. This is a chance to showcase your creativity, make a positive impact on the community, and gain recognition for your work.

The mural call is open to all Floridians aged 18 and above. Participants can enter solo or in teams of 2-3 members. While local artists will receive priority, artists from around the world are encouraged to apply.

The artist will be compensated.

The deadline for submissions is June 17th. For more information, click here.

WASHINGTON AVENUE BUSINESS OF THE WEEK
THE BEST BAKERY IN MIAMI

WAVE Business Of The Week

Matthieu and Miriam Bettant - Owners of Bettant Bakery—a renowned French bakery nestled in the heart of Washington Avenue on South Beach.

 

If you ask any restaurant in Miami who has the best pastries, they'll likely tell you Bettant Bakery takes the cake as "The Best Bakery In Florida". Locals and tourists alike agree that after just one bite, your taste buds will never be the same. The Washington Avenue Business Improvement District is proud to have the "Best Bakery" in Florida right here on Washington Avenue. The quality and taste are so exceptional that many of the finest restaurants in Miami-Dade County source their bakery items from Bettant, serving them as specialty desserts.

We had a chance to sit down and talk to Matthieu to discover more about his amazing success - Q&A below.

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WAVE: What makes your bakery a must-visit location in Miami Beach?

Matthieu: It’s the authentic French experience that truly sets us apart. People love the fact that we are an authentic French bakery, and you can taste the difference. Visitors from around the world flock to our bakery to indulge in our exquisite pastries, breads, and desserts. Our commitment to quality and tradition ensures that every bite transports you straight to France.  

WAVE - What inspired you to start your own business?

 

Matthieu: There's something truly magical about how food has the power to uplift spirits and create moments of genuine happiness. In my eyes, serving goes beyond mere tasks; it's an art form, a special talent that requires genuine care and dedication to our customer's satisfaction. Sharing my passion and craft with our customers every day is a dream come true. Millions of people from all around the world visit Washington Avenue and Miami Beach. If I can make their trip a little more enjoyable by providing flavors they can't find in their hometowns, it brings a smile to my face. Additionally, we have been fortunate enough to serve many high-end businesses on Miami Beach and throughout Miami, which has helped spread the good news about our bakery. We are grateful for the generations of people who enjoy and appreciate our baked goods.

WAVE: Could you share a little bit about the story behind your business name?

Bettant is my last name. I am a 4th generation baker from France. My great grand father opened in 1935 in Lyon, my dad is still operating the same store and expanded the business. It was in 1935 that Albert Bettant, pastry chef, with his wife Antonia, opened the very first shop on Avenue Henri Barbusse, a chocolate and confectionery pastry shop, in what was still only a gigantic real estate complex under construction. It is in this avant-garde and grandiose architecture of the Gratte-Ciel de Villeurbanne in the Lyon region, desired by the mayor Lazare Goujon and imagined by the architect Môrice Leroux, that Albert Bettant will share his love for authentic and artisanal products with the new residents of this brand new neighborhood. This is the beginning of a family history of artisans.  In 1965, his son Marcel Bettant and his wife Jacqueline took over the pastry business with the same passion for authentic and artisanal products, and perpetuated the family know-how. They renovated the store and developed the business. They also created the “Le Pub” brand further up the avenue. Later, in 1986, they were also joined by their son Olivier, a pastry chef trained at Fauchon.

François Bettant and his wife Corinne took over the bakery adjoining the family pastry shop in 1981. It was a few years later during the renovation of the premises, in 1987, that the pastry shop and the bakery merged and became nothing more than a single brand. Other shops have been created in other districts of Villeurbanne: Cours Emile Zola, Place Wilson, in the Tonkin district, as well as at Puces du Canal on Sundays.

WAVE: What sets your business apart from other businesses?

Matthieu: Prepare to be tantalized by a fresh, incredibly tasty menu paired with classic pastries and croissants. We bake fresh goods daily for our local and tourist community in Miami Beach, maintaining the authenticity of our family recipes while adapting to the local market here in South Florida. In a world where many places fill their products with chemicals, we stand out by making everything fresh, using real ingredients, and staying true to the tradition of crafting real food.
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WAVE: Do you have any special promotions or discounts you would like to share?  

Matthieu: We are trying to keep our products attractive price-wise compared to our competition, by consequence we do not offer any discounts or promotions, everyday we have great prices.

WAVE: In your opinion, what makes Washington Avenue a unique and attractive place for locals and tourists alike.


Matthieu: At the heart of Miami Beach, Washington Avenue stands out for its diverse vendors, high traffic volume (both cars and pedestrians), and its safe and clean environment. Since we first opened five years ago, we've witnessed significant improvements: the streets look better, and the clientele has improved tremendously. We're also seeing an unprecedented sense of community among local businesses and residents. We love the new direction and mindset of the Washington Avenue Business Improvement District and believe that positive days will continue.

1043 Washington Ave, Miami Beach.
@bettantbakery

MUHAMMAD ALI

60TH ANNIVERSAY

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MUHAMMAD ALI

 

The Washington Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) is set to host a landmark tribute event honoring the unparalleled legacy of Muhammad Ali, commemorating the 60th anniversary of his historic victory over Sonny Liston on February 25, 1964.

 

Experience the life-changing history and timeline of Muhammad Ali as we celebrate the pivotal moments that catapulted Ali into becoming a global icon.

Why Washington Ave?

Washington Avenue holds a unique place in the history of Muhammad Ali's illustrious career. Home to the renowned 5th Street Gym, where Ali honed his skills, it was also the location where he secured his first heavyweight title at 17th and Washington.

 

Muhammad Ali (born January 17, 1942, LouisvilleKentucky, U.S.—died June 3, 2016, Scottsdale, Arizona) was an American professional boxer and social activist. Ali was the first fighter to win the world heavyweight championship on three separate occasions; he successfully defended this title 19 times.

Ali's journey from his Miami childhood to his legendary bouts like the Rumble in the Jungle and the Thrilla in Manila is commemorated in the Historical Timeline and Tribute located at 555 Washington Avenue, situated in the vicinity of the renowned Angelo Dundee 5th Street Gym. Countless individuals harbor personal anecdotes of encounters with Ali, moments that provoked profound thought or catalyzed life-altering changes.

These cherished memories can be revisited and honored at the Historical Timeline and Tribute, serving as a poignant reminder of Ali's enduring impact on our lives and perspectives.

When Clay was 12 years old, he took up boxingunder the tutelage of Louisville policeman Joe Martin. After advancing through the amateur ranks, he won a gold medal in the 175-pound division at the 1960 Olympic Games in Romeand began a professional career under the guidance of the Louisville Sponsoring Group, a syndicate composed of 11 wealthy white men.

In his early bouts as a professional, Clay was more highly regarded for his charm and personality than for his ring skills. He sought to raise public interest in his fights by reading childlike poetry and spouting self-descriptive phrases such as “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” He told the world that he was “the Greatest,” but the hard realities of boxing seemed to indicate otherwise. Clay infuriated devotees of the sport as much as he impressed them. He held his hands unconventionally low, backed away from punches rather than bobbing and weaving out of danger, and appeared to lack true knockout power. The opponents he was besting were a mixture of veterans who were long past their prime and fighters who had never been more than mediocre. Thus, purists cringed when Clay predicted the round in which he intended to knock out an opponent, and they grimaced when he did so and bragged about each new conquest.

On February 25, 1964, Clay challenged Sonny Liston for the heavyweight championship of the world. Liston was widely regarded as the most intimidating, powerful fighter of his era. Clay was a decided underdog. But in one of the most stunning upsets in sports history, Liston retired to his corner after six rounds, and Clay became the new champion. Two days later Clay shocked the boxing establishment again by announcing that he had accepted the teachings of the Nation of Islam. On March 6, 1964, he took the name Muhammad Ali, which was given to him by his spiritual mentor, Elijah Muhammad.

For the next three years, Ali dominated boxing as thoroughly and magnificently as any fighter ever had. In a May 25, 1965, rematch against Liston, he emerged with a first-round knockout victory. Triumphs over Floyd PattersonGeorge Chuvalo, Henry Cooper, Brian London, and Karl Mildenberger followed. On November 14, 1966, Ali fought Cleveland Williams. Over the course of three rounds, Ali landed more than 100 punches, scored four knockdowns, and was hit a total of three times. Ali’s triumph over Williams was succeeded by victories over Ernie Terrell and Zora Folley.

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Then, on April 28, 1967, citing his religious beliefs, Ali refused induction into the U.S. Army at the height of the war in Vietnam. This refusal followed a blunt statement voiced by Ali 14 months earlier: “I ain’t got no quarrel with them Vietcong.” Many Americans vehemently condemned Ali’s stand, though one of Ali’s earliest defenders was famed sports broadcaster Howard Cosell, who had covered and praised the fighter since the beginning of his career as Cassius Clay. Ali’s position was especially controversial because it came at a time when most people in the United States still supported the war in Southeast Asia. Moreover, although exemptions from military service on religious grounds were available to qualifying conscientious objectors who were opposed to war in any form, Ali was not eligible for such an exemption, because he acknowledged that he would be willing to participate in an Islamic holy war.

Ali was stripped of his championship and precluded from fighting by every state athletic commission in the United States for three and a half years. In addition, he was criminally indicted and, on June 20, 1967, convicted of refusing induction into the U.S. armed forces and sentenced to five years in prison. Although he remained free on bail, four years passed before his conviction was unanimously overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court on a narrow procedural ground.

Meanwhile, as the 1960s grew more tumultuous, Ali’s impact upon American society was growing, and he became a lightning rod for dissent. Ali’s message of Black pride and Black resistance to white domination was on the cutting edge of the civil rights movement. Having refused induction into the U.S. Army, he also stood for the proposition that “unless you have a very good reason to kill, war is wrong.” As Black activist Julian Bond later observed, “When a figure as heroic and beloved as Muhammad Ali stood up and said, ‘No, I won’t go,’ it reverberated through the whole society.”

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HISTORICAL TIMELINE EXHIBITION OPEN
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CONGRATULATIONS TO STEVE ADKINS! 

SOUTH FLORIDA TOURISM PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR 

 

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This week the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism (AOHT) voted Steve Adkins as the South Florida Tourism Professional of the Year award. Mr. Adkins is the President of the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The award represents a cross-section of the local hospitality and tourism industry who have contributed to elevating Greater Miami and Miami Beach’s travel and tourism industry to one of the most admired and successful in the world. Additionally, they enthusiastically supported programs to create an educated, professional industry workforce for the future.

 

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