Miami City Ballet premieres all-new costumes and sets for its beloved, Balanchine-choreographed production of “The Nutcracker” on December 15 at the Arsht Center. For the first time in nearly 30 years, ballet fans will be enchanted by a new feast for the eyes from internationally renowned Cuban-American designers Isabel and Ruben Toledo. The couple’s costumes and sets revitalize the masterpiece according to MCB artistic director Lourdes Lopez, who compared the effect to the troupe’s new version of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” two years ago. The Sugar Plum Fairy, the Snow Queen and the full cast of toy soldiers, snowflakes, children and mice are reinvented in breathtaking swirls of tulle, tapestries, beads, jacquard and polka dots set to Tchaikovsky’s classic score. See it in South Florida through December 30.
SAKS IS SANTA
Saks Fifth Avenue in Brickell City Centre plays Santa Claus for frazzled holiday shoppers. Part of the department store’s move into experiential moments, Presenteur pops up through the end of February. As its name implies, the curated concept focuses on handcrafted European gifts for everyone from your top client to your grandchild. Starting with the latter, it’s the exclusive U.S. retailer for Kate Middleton-approved Pepa & Company (pictured), one of several U.K.-based, designer children’s clothing and shoe collections found here. Travelers (and messy spouses) will get good use out of Majordomo’s chic, wall-mounted hangers, which stand in for personal valets, as well as Studio Perki’s 3D-printed stools, which snap together in seconds. Saladini’s knives and cigar cutters, and Daum’s French crystal vases and perfume bottles are among fine heritage wares.
81 SW Eighth Street; 786.907.3800; thepresenteur.com
YOUR TWO SCENTS
Fragrance followers have not one, but two new boutiques to spritz away with their favorite scents. The House of Creed opened its third U.S. location during Art Basel in the Miami Design District, for which seventh-generation perfumer Erwin Creed presided over the festivities, followed by Bond No. 9’s foray outside New York a week later in Aventura Mall. Creed brings all the goods, from 1L flacons treasured by connoisseurs to its first men’s scent in seven years, Viking (pictured), to bath and home products. The British royal fragrance maker presents them with best sellers such as Aventus, Love In White, Green Irish Tweed and Millésime Imperial. Bond No. 9’s cozy boutique sports smoky mirrors and Louis XV-inspired furniture for all 70 parfums, custom, Swarovski-encrusted bottles and a candle bar.
151 NE 41st Street; 877.532.2733; creedboutique.com. 19501 Biscayne Boulevard; 305.931.1488; bondno9.com
PLANTS & POKE
Epicure Market may be gone, but its fabulous floral department lives on in a new location in Sunset Harbour. Simply called the Epicure Florist, the greenery-filled shop is open seven days a week from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. to order arrangements, plants, gift baskets and bunches of helium balloons for every occasion including weddings (they deliver of course). While there, pop by Sunny Poké in the same building. It’s the casual offshoot of neighboring Sushi Garage and nearby ultra-chic Juvia from chef owner Sunny Oh. Surfers and other beach goers in flip flops are welcome to visit for build-your-own bowls of fresh fish flown in daily with toppings like tempura flakes, avocado and cucumber. There’s a breakfast menu, too, for homemade granola and add-ons like yogurt, almond milk and berries.
1784 West Avenue; 305.672.1861; epicureflowers.com. 305.974.1970.