would you like to dine in the back seat of a 1959 Cadillac while listening
to the Shirelles sing, "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?" Howard
Johnson Dezerland Resort Miami Beach is an excellent choice. Located in
Miami Beach near Bal Harbour shops and minutes from South Beach, this
hotel features a unique, 50s style diner and a newly opened 1,500
square foot, onsite spa that offers a multitude of relaxing and rejuvenating
walls are covered with old 45 rpm records, posters, ads, and vintage clocks.
Neon abounds. Dezer even has authentic jukeboxes scattered around the
restaurant. Black and while tile floors are reminiscent of an old time
food is fun and good ol' Americanahamburgers, hotdogs, club sandwiches
and pizza. No wheat grass here to wreck your good time.
Dezerland is also famous for its buffets. Everyday you can enjoy a breakfast buffet from 7:00am-11:30am and a lunch buffet from Noon-4:00pm. They offer Early Bird Specials from 4:00pm-6pm. Salads are fun to eat here; the salad bar is built into the back of a 1950 Ford Pickup truck.
always a person that stands out from the rest of the crowd for their talent
and vision and in this case, it's Jo Beth Thomas, one of Miami's most
creative and vibrant artists.
Originally from Charleston, West Virginia, Jo Beth has made Florida her home for the past 22 years. She has studied at The Grove House, Ceramic League of Miami and Cedar Lake Craft Center in West Virginia.
Her pieces include lizards, decorative boxes, flamingo statues, garden pots, bowls, frames and votives. She has even produced a dining room table complete with a hand-painted pedastal of antique botannical orchids. (For sale at It's a Take. See bottom for address.)
An interest in mosaics was sparked in the artist after she saw the work of Luciano, whose clientele included Versace and Gloria Estefan. She has traveled to Europe and had tea with the Baroness Stoclet at Stoclet Palace in Brussels to discuss Gustav Klimt's mosaics.
include a sea turtle mosaic for a pool to an entire fireplace in a private
residence. and a 7-foot tarpon for the bottom of a swimming pool.
work displays her keen attention to detail. Her pieces are distinctive,
elegant, upbeat and convey a sharp sense of color and design.
Inventive and original, this fine artist is always coming up with new ideas for her beautiful, engaging mosaics.
You can purchase
Jo Beth Thomas's work at The Maya Hatcha, 3058 Grand Ave., Coconut
Grove, FL., Tel: 305/443-9040. Or by emailing Jo