Cablevision’s OMGFAST broadband service bites the dust

Cablevision’s short-lived OMGFAST foray into fixed wireless broadband service–which relied upon licenses the company sold to, and then leased back from, Dish Network (NASDAQ: DISH)–is coming to an end next month. Our sister publication FierceCable reported that an outgoing message on the OMGFAST customer line indicates the wireless Internet and telephone service will be discontinued […]

College becoming unaffordable to Middle Class

Many Florida families have been paying up to 25 percent of median income for public in-state college costs — out of reach for some middle-class parents who have taken recent pay cuts or lost jobs, according to a new study. Some South Florida families are paying even more — plunking down what amounts to about […]

Pet boarding business booms in South Florida

Pet boarding facilities in South Florida are growing, thanks to those who pamper their pets like some parents do their kids. Business is secure enough at the Pompano pet lodge to transport beforehand with growth plans, said owner John Glorieux, who plans to open a state-of-the-art facility in the former location of the Gold Coast […]

Late-night menu options growing in South Florida

It’s midnight. You’re out on the town, and suddenly the hunger pangs hit you hard. You don’t want to hit a fast-food joint. You don’t want greasy. You want something better. From trendy eateries with late-night menus to gourmet food trucks, your choices are growing across South Florida, making that fourth meal option easier to […]

Pitbull takes ownership in The New Miami Subs Grill

Latin hip-hop star Pitbull has always had an affinity for the chicken wings and the gyro platter at Miami Subs. As the child of first generation Cuban immigrants growing up in Miami during the 1980s, Armando Christian Perez considered a trip to Miami Subs a big treat. Years later, the Miami Subs on Washington Avenue […]

South Florida auto magnate Ed Morse dies at 91

Ed Morse, prominent and pioneering South Florida auto magnate, died Friday in Boca Raton at the age of 91. He died of natural causes, a Morse company spokeswoman said. Mr. Morse was chairman and founder of Ed Morse Automotive Group. The 66-year-old family business that spans four generations began in 1946, when Mr. Morse and […]

Men-only barber shops on the rise in South Florida

A growing number of barber shops across South Florida offer a different kind of salon service targeted exclusively at men — like a hot shave that comes with a cold draft beer and televisions that have the hot sports game on. Although men-only barbershops have been around a long time, the concepts are evolving and […]

Kaplan University to lay off 200, mostly in South Florida

Due to declining enrollment, Kaplan University said Wednesday it is laying off 200 admissions workers, primarily in its Fort Lauderdale, Plantation and Boca Raton offices. Kaplan has been downsizing as it struggles with fallen enrollment and investigations into its sales tactics. “We’ve taken the necessary steps to reduce our workforce … to stabilize after a […]

Single women earning more money, degrees

Single South Florida women are outperforming single men, new studies show. They are getting better educations. They are buying twice as many homes. And they are out-earning their male counterparts. Michelle Friedman, 28, exemplifies the new breed. The senior account executive at a public relations firm already has received several promotions after graduating with honors […]

These entrepreneurs aim higher than the bottom line

South Florida’s social entrepreneurs use business methods to improve education, environment and living conditions. Amid South Florida’s flashy consumerism wave, a vastly different breed of entrepreneur — aimed at solving social problems — is quietly gaining momentum. Take Navroze Mehta and his daughter Sonali Mehta-Rao, who became increasingly aware that master craftsmen in India were […]

South Florida businesses blend ideas

Ever wanted to grab a sandwich while mailing out a package? How about grab a cup of coffee and a croissant while waiting for a prescription to be filled? South Florida is home to all kinds of business, including several with two very different concepts under one roof. The idea of blended space isn’t a […]

While others struggle, 1st United Bank of Boca Raton thrives

While many Florida banks have struggled or failed, Boca Raton-based 1st United Bank is thriving. It’s buying other state banks, has plenty of capital and is known for strong, experienced management. Since the financial crisis hit in 2008, 1st United has raised money twice on Wall Street and bought four small Florida banks, including Anderen […]

S. Florida independent jewelers see rise in sales

South Florida area independent jewelry stores are rebounding after weathering several rough years of slow sales. Cutler Altier, owner of Altier Jewelers in Boca Raton, said he expects more ofMother’s Day this year, hopefully marking another year of growth for his 52-year-old company. South Florida jewelers say they have fared better than some other areas […]

South Florida’s dollar stores growing into competition for Walgreens, CVS

While many retailers have struggled to stay afloat in a tough economy, South Florida’s dollar stores chains have been steadily growing to compete with drug store chains. In South Florida, dollar store chains have big plans for expansion and remodeling stores. The discount companies are revamping stores to include larger food sections, health and beauty […]

S. Florida sign company builds on its success

Jeff and Jim Adinolfe are feeling pretty good about the little company they started 20 years ago in Lake Worth. They can look back on their work — including on opening day at the Miami Marlins ballpark — to see they’ve come a long way. Their company, Atlas Sign Industries, designed, built and installed the […]

Delinquent mortgages fall in South Florida

Lenders in South Florida continue to see a decline in homeowners late in paying their mortgages as South Floridians are among the nation’s leaders in getting loan modifications. Bank of America, which is hosting a free homeowner assistance event this weekend in Miami Beach, has seen the number of homeowners at least 60 days late […]

iPic Theater taking shape in Boca Raton

The unique look of the new iPic Theater in Mizner Park is turning heads. The upscale movie theater set to open in May is still under construction. But the exterior is starting to take shape. A deep cherry wood frame covers one corner of the building. Several brightly colored and uniquely designed mosaic tiles decorate […]

South Florida home-building on the way back

New home construction is on the rise by luxury home builder Toll Brothers at the Parkland Golf and Country Club. Last year Broward had 949 starts, up 19 percent from the year before. Susan Stocker, Sun Sentinel (Susan Stocker, Sun Sentinel / April 5, 2012) Buyers looking for a brand new home are likely to […]

South Florida gold dealer accused of false promises

Gold has been among the most lucrative investments in recent years, more than doubling in value since 2007. But a Deerfield Beach-based precious metals dealer apparently never believed the industry’s standard credo, “Past performance is no guarantee of future results.” A federal judge has slapped Premier Precious Metals, Inc., and its owner, Anthony J. Columbo, […]

South Florida inventors hoping to make it on the shelf

Three South Florida residents hope they have what it takes to get their inventions on the shelves at Walmart stores nationwide. They’ve each entered their own unique products in Walmart’s Get on the Shelf competition, which boasts more than 4,000 inventors across the country who are all vying for the top prize: a spot on […]