Band of Brothers, Part 2

What started two decades ago with the purchase of one of South Florida’s most beloved concert venues has evolved into a business platform under an umbrella—Damn Good Hospitality—that says plenty about the intent of the company’s CEO, Jeff John, and his brother (and chief operating officer), Jarred John. In part two of Lifestyle’s August cover

Band of Brothers, Part 1

It’s a Damn Good story that incorporates the Windy City and the Sunshine State. Old-school values and modern-day deception. Fire and ice (or, at least, snow). Savage storms and uncomfortable calm. A Revolution and a whiskey rebellion. Speakeasy style and beer-pong comfort. And, of course, Michael Jordan and Lady Gaga. It’s also a tale about

She’s All That, Part 2

Picture This Instagram, which launched in 2010, was still in its social networking infancy when Cindy Prado began posting photos. Merriam-Webster didn’t yet have a definition for the word “influencer” as we know it today. And no one was earning millions off their followers. But if the traditional modeling agencies weren’t going to hire Prado

She’s All That, Part 1

All it took was a few phone calls from her stylist to stir the pot. Cindy Prado already had plans to be in Cannes the week of the famed film festival in the South of France. She’d scored an invite to the prestigious amfAR Gala inside the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in Antibes, where Christina Aguilera

She Has Their Backs, Part 2

Back story: Principal of her eponymous Miami Beach-based firm since 2001, Schwartz specializes in estate planning and probate, family formation (including adoption and surrogacy), name and gender marker changes, and counsel/services related to relationships and divorce. Over the past two-plus decades, she’s also been on the front lines of countless battles involving legal protections for

She Has Their Backs, Part 1

Elizabeth Schwartz is the first to admit that many would-be attorneys of her era probably had their epiphany to leave law school while listening to the Allman Brothers at the famed New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. But the South Florida native never has been one to play by everyone else’s rules. During her 1994

Lifestyle Q&A: Our Fund, Part 2

What are some of the critical needs that the LGBTQ community is facing right now? Jobin: In addition to elder isolation, I think that LGBTQ youth is going to be a real focus. There’s a mental health aspect for young people to be seeing their lives volleyed in the public square. You don’t realize what

Lifestyle Q&A: Our Fund, Part 1

Given its backstory as an overdue concept in South Florida, it’s no surprise that a community foundation created to unite donors with nonprofit organizations that support LGBTQ initiatives has wasted no time making an impact. A little more than a decade after five founding members launched it in 2011, Our Fund Foundation already is the

Cher and Cher Alike

By Nick Moschella It’s less than a month to showtime, and Michael Goodman is experiencing a dose of diva-like anxiety. Do his pumped-up cheekbones need another shot of filler? Will Botox relax his furrowed forehead? Is he skinny enough to strut through a rack of skin-revealing outfits? Oh, how Michael Dean as Cher wishes he

Saving Face

By Nick Moschella Perhaps it was destiny that physician Jordan Steinberg would one day meet Yesenia and Rolando Aguiar and their 6-year-old son, Roy. The Aguiars figured a toothache was causing the pain Roy felt on the left side of his face last summer, but a trip to the dentist ruled out that possibility. When

The Devil You Know, Part 2

Looking back, do you have any sense of why Rothstein turned himself in, instead of disappearing to a country, like Morocco, with no extradition to the U.S.? In God’s Ponzi, Gregory Portent speculates for about a half page as to why Rothstein did what he did—including this idea that, if you leave the U.S., you

The Devil You Know, Part 1

Gregory Portent needs $42 million by the end of the week to exact his revenge and prove, among other things, that “lawyers aren’t heroes.” The elaborate Ponzi scheme he’s running, a seemingly foolproof enterprise driven by artificial intelligence, has been by blindsided by an unforeseen black swan event. “If I can’t fix this … bad