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    Coffee Spots in Boca Raton

    Coffee in Boca

    Where to Go For Coffee in Boca Raton…Look No Further! 

    I don’t know about you but as a busy Realtor with listings and property showings “coffee” is a main food staple for this gal on the go! Sooo…today’s #SoooBoca’s “Five in the Hive” focus is Coffee in Boca! Where is the best coffee in Boca you ask? I can assure you that coffee roasters are alive and well in our fabulous town and that our residents and visitors are very passionate about the spots they sip their coffee at! Frankly there are more than five spots we love and we update this post a couple of times a year so keep reading!

    Coffee Boca


    Boca is a mecca for small business owners — this city takes pride in buying local and supporting our neighborhood shops. We love to check out different spots to share with our followers. Of course we enjoy the occasional Starbucks or a quick pit stop at Dunkin’ Donuts, but what we really love is the home brewed stuff. The slow roasted, cozy sitting cup of coffee. That being said, today’s ‘Five in the Hive’ is salutes some of our local coffee shops! 

    Here is a very unscientific poll I did on Nextdoor and here are the results of what type of coffee 52 people who responded liked or at least gave their input on:


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  • Charity Buzz in Boca

    Charity & Memorial Information: Dedicated to Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS & Parkland


    The #SoooBoca 12 Months of Giving page for March is dedicated to Parkland, Florida and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. For those victims, families and friends and all those affected by the shooting February 14th, 2018. For those that may not know this Parkland is about 15 -20 minutes from Boca. We have driven by the school for years traveling up and down the Sawgrass Expressway and we are all close knit communities in spirit and also cross over each other with events, sports, play dates and school. We are heartbroken.


    We have included links to Facebook pages, events, memorials and charities that are happening or ongoing. Please let us know if you have something coming up so we can add it to our #SoooBoca Facebook events section. May peace be with all.

    March For Our Lives

    March For Our Lives – Boca Walk Information

    MSDSTRONGEVENTS Facebook Page 

    MSD STRONG Facebook Page 

    Go Fund Me – Gina Montalto Memorial Foundation 

    Please note the below list is from the Sun Sentinel 2/18/2018 and please do your diligence with any funds you are donating to.

    Here are campaigns that GoFundMe had vetted and added to its Stoneman Douglas High School hub page:


    The George Snow Scholarship Fund is very excited to announce that through an extremely generous donation from Ann and John Wood and their FairfaxWood Scholarship Foundation, we are now able to offer college scholarships to deserving graduating seniors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

    In initiating the “Marjory Stoneman Douglas Scholarship Fund”, the Wood family wishes to inspire others to bring a ray of hope to the students of this devastated school. Their goal is to help these students that are left with broken hearts and spirits an opportunity to obtain a college scholarship.

    The Wood Family invites others in the community to donate a partial or full scholarship to the current seniors.

    Applications for this year’s awards are now available at our website at

    Click on link for tickets! Concert for Douglas with the City of Boca Raton and Mayor Susan Haynie, featuring Young Arists of South Florida. 100% proceeds will benefit the Stoneman Douglas Fund and political agendas will not be permitted.

    Parking: FREE onsite parking
    Security: Bag check will be at the entrance. Small purses are recommend as large purses or back packs will not be permitted.

    Love … Michele, Kylie and Alle

    50 Shades of White Paint (Poke My Eye Out With a Paint Brush)

    Holy 50 Shades of White Paint

    The time came a year ago to pick out white paint for the interior of our home… freshen up…to give a face lift (hey we live in Boca) to our walls. My husband and I really collaborate well on house and home project as as he grew up in the plumbing industry and I studied interior design for about a minute in college before I switched my major to advertising. We both like neutral walls as we add pops of color and yes fish as in a sailfish on the wall to our abode.


    The color names sound like the perfect Instagram life by the way!

    My design feel for our home is beachy elegant with a Florida Keys feel…so I prefer a blank and yes white canvas for our wall color so I can play around with pictures, change my furniture at whim (thank you bulk Mondays, thrift stores and garage sales), and I just think it suits our “beach house” not on the beach really well.  We also have a ton of color coming in the windows via palm trees, blue skies and our pool which we see from all our main rooms.

    With that being said now I was in cool or warm white hell…do we go with Roman Column or Eggshell? Did we want a white paint that is more beige, grey, pink or yellow?  What is a hue vs a tint? Where do we even paint some walls to see how the “sunlight” glints off of the colors? I was in white paint hades!

    And by the way…thank you to Gina from The Shabby Chick Cottage and Instagram home decor influencers which helped me realize there is no shame in going neutral…phew…as I was sweating it out on that one:)

    The other kicker was we had flooring picked out already so moving  a 24 x 24 inch polished marble sample around was making the husband cranky. By the way…definitely shop around for flooring! I got a crazy closeout price and negotiated it down even more (hey I am a Realtor, it is what I do baby). Never settle for the posted price cuz you can buy extra and then sell it on Facebook marketplace or your own home decor and resale page like this one.

    One thing I do very well however is make decisions quickly. I don’t dwell too long on comparing things which includes when I buy cars…hmmm…I see a trend here as my Cadillac SRX is platinum white…maybe that is the color I need to go with for my baseboards. Do they make a ” Cadillac Platinum White” at Sherwin Williams? (PS…update…they are a shiny platinum white)

    So for my life a year ago I was stuck in 50 Shades of White…Paint That Is…hell…waiting for the sun to come up so I can see which wall I prefered.

    Click here for a fabulous and comprehensive list of white pain –  Elle Magazine’s list for 2018


    Names like Super White, Chantilly Lace, Crisp Linen from Benjamin Moore and Extra White and Mercer White from Sherwin Williams or perhaps Design Studio White by Ralph Lauren sound sooo romantic! They are not!! It is an endless list that sucks you in until you think your hair will simply turn some shade of white LOL! ut there is a white paint out there that will work for your style and taste!

    If you have had the same “white paint” struggle…please share what color and brand you liked with me so I can check it out!

    We did go with Sherwin Williams Mercer White (google it or check out at and I love it still a year later! What you need to know is that there is a white paint out there waiting for you and your home or condo…don’t despair…your white paint can will come in and you will have the perfect “shade” of white paint very very soon!


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    Things to Know About Becoming a Mompreneur

    Thank You Boca Modern Mom!

    Sooo…this happened! Guess who was featured on Boca Modern Mom as a Mompreneur? Yup this mom of millenials! You can click on the link here to read my story and also read about some other wonderful “mompreneurs” around town!

    Buzz by Michele Olson Rogers fabulous and very comprehensive “modern mommy” blog with fabulous features on what is happening for kids, moms, families and all living and visiting beautiful Boca Raton and South Florida! Lots of tips and trending topics on travel, lifestyle and also deals to check out!

    Because #SoooBoca is all about collaborating whether with my millenial daughters, other bloggers, businesses or entrepreneurs we sooo appreciate the lovely share from our friend! Sooo…here you go…click on the link for the full read and make sure you subscribe to #SoooBoca and also subscribe to Boca Modern Mom! 

    PS…this mompreneur (that would be me) is a very young Baby Boomer or what I refer to a Gen-B so don’t let age be a deciding factor on starting a new business or venture! Just do it baby!



    Today’s featured Modern Boca MOMpreneur is Michele Bellisari, Boca Real Estate agent for RE/ Max Services and Founder of #SoooBoca Lifestyle & Media Blog!

    Boca Real Estate Agent and Lifestyle Blogger

    If you are interested in learning more about #SoooBoca and the entrepreneur life check out our YouTube channel and subscribe for weekly videos about #SoooBoca but also playlists on being in business and sound tips and ideas to help you grow!


    Jay Feder Jewelers Has Your Bling Bling Covered!

    #SoooBoca was in sparkle heaven like a kid in a candy store at Jay Feder Jewelers exclusive media event to introduce their divine jewels and beautiful store with an oh sooo cool vibe to some of us in the community…like moi!  I was able to play princess for a few hours picking and choosing necklaces, bracelets, rings and bling to try on and showcase.

    Between the signature champagne cocktail with edible gold, the delicious Kosher food prepared by their private chef, that short rib tho… and oh yes… the enormous 23 carat $1.5 million dollar Colombian emerald ring I had on my finga I was simply bedazzled.

    If Boca “pink” is your thing  just check out this gorgeous neck bling … simply stunning! I can think of a million and one places to wear this gorgeous piece!

    Compliments of #SoooBoca

    Truly thrilled that Marc, Devorah and their beautiful family have created such a stunning and special store in a familiar “Old Boca” location at The Boardwalk (Powerline and 18th). I love the history behind Jay Feder Jewelers, which includes the Boca store, a New York City location and the flagship store based in Denver which was started by Marc’s father 40 years ago! Having grown up in the business Marc had acquired all the GIA certifications by the age of 19 which in itself is impressive…although bringing a 4 carat diamond to show in tell in the second grade is a pretty impressive feat too!


    Compliments Jay Feder Jewelers

    Marc and Devorah took over the helm of Jay Feder Jewelers in 2009 and have never looked back. This couple simply has a passion for what they do and have a complete understanding of what their customers needs and desires are. Whether a $1000.00 pair of diamond stud earrings to searching the world for an elusive stone or piece of estate jewelry for their clients you know you are in good and caring hands with the the Jay Feder team. Not to mention they have 10,000 diamonds available to pick and choose from at the Boca location.


    I was also impressed to find out that Devorah has a sixth sense when discovering new and untapped jewelry designers globally. Jay Feder Jewelers has 20 designer lines to choose from including  Suzanne Kalen, Victor Velyan, Aletto Brothers, Roule and five international lines such as Kavant & Sharart and Valentine International from France. Sooo many choices!


    Compliments Jay Feder Jewelers

    What makes this store unique is that customers become family. From the moment I walked into their store I felt the warm and inviting vibe they have created that makes shopping for something special simply a fantastic experience. To be part of those very special moments in someones life are what makes Mark & Devorah happiest and you can see that excitement when speaking to them about their business!

    The Feders usually open wine and serve drinks Thursday night as that is Jay Feder Jewelers late night when they have so many clients who just come to talk and relax. The lounge area features a 500-gallon saltwater tank with a fascinating array of seahorses, comfortable couches and chairs, coffee, cold drinks, a large flat screen television, gourmet chocolates and snacks.


    Whether for Valentines Day, a special occasion or just because you deserve it make sure you drop by Jay Feder Jewelers for a most enjoyable and exceptional jewelry buying experience.


    (thanks Kaye Communications, Inc. for the invite?)

    Jay Feder Jewelers is located at 6859 SW 18th St. in Boca Raton. The store is open Monday through Friday from 9am-6pm, and closed on Saturday and Sunday.

    Disclosure: We were invited to this private media event. No monetary compensation has been received for this post.
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    10 Reasons To Fly Private via Boca Executive Airport!

    Did you know you can fly into Boca Raton just as quickly as you can fly out! Why not fly private into and out of Boca Executive airport or as “locals” call it Boca Exec! Perhaps you have a meeting here or flying in for an FAU football game or a fabulous dinner …or just maybe you want to “land” that perfect waterfront property!  The airport is rich with history and has been part of Boca Raton since 1936. Big PS…flying to Minneapolis for the Superbowl…better book now Dano! So many flight options so little time! Check out the different flight companies right on site at Boca Exec!


    During WWII Boca Exec served as a base for air-sea patrol, and a weigh station for planes being ferried to Europe.   Sitting along Airport Road you can see planes and gorgeous jets taking flight and landing daily with that gorgeous Boca blue sky as a backdrop or the FAU Football Stadium or both!

    A Few Fun Boca Exec Flying Facts

    • The Airport encompasses 214 acres between Spanish River Boulevard and Glades Road. The Airport’s runway 5/23 is 6,276 feet long and 150 feet wide, with a full-length 40-foot wide parallel taxiway.
    • FAA Contract Tower located on the field. The Tower is open daily from 7:00 AM to 11:00 PM
    • Two full-service Fixed Based Operators (FBOs) are located at the Airport. Each FBO offers a range of amenities, such as fueling, ground handling, aircraft storage, conference rooms, catering, and limousine service.
    • Onsite Customs and Border Protection facility (coming soon) enabling international flights to fly directly into the Boca Raton Airport instead of first stopping at another airport to go through customs.

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    5 Tips To Open House Safety

    Open House Safety Should Be Taken Seriously

    Whether you are a Realtor  with a new listing or a homeowner attempting to sell your home on your own as a For Sale By Owner there is some risk involved when having an open house. As recently as today I was alerted to thieves distracting agents and homeowners at open houses in Broward County, Florida. While this is not new it is not going away any time soon. Open houses can be another way for unsavory thieves to “check-out” different neighborhoods and target homes to break into at a later date or during the open house.

    If you plan to do an open house please do not do your open house alone…period!

    In today’s social media and online world you simply do not know who has seen your “Open House” promo. I have included open house safety tips from the Chicago Association of Realtors geared towards agents holding an open house but same holds true if you are are trying to sell For Sale By Owner or FSBO. Just read between the lines. For entire article just click here. 


    [From the Chicago Association of Realtors]

    Start by reminding the sellers to put valuables in a safe and secure place, and ask them to remind neighbors about the open house. Be sure to reaffirm the security code with the sellers and arrive early to survey and double check the entrances. If possible, park in an area where your car will not get blocked in.

    Create a sign-in sheet for visitors, whether electronic or on paper, to not only contact them later but also to be aware of who is in the house at all times. Greeting visitors will help you get to know possible buyers and be aware if anyone suspicious stops by.

    When showing visitors the home, walk behind them and direct them as they go. If possible, avoid smaller spaces like attics and basements where you could become trapped. This way, the potential buyers not only get to explore more on their own, but you get to keep your eyes on the situation at hand at all times.

    Scheduling friends or co-workers to stop by can be another way to ensure safety at your open house. If they can’t make it, communicate frequently with technology by giving them a call during the showing or schedule them to call you. This lets visitors know that others are aware of your whereabouts and could sway them from doing any harm.

    During the open house, don’t be afraid to trust your instincts. If something or someone feels off, take extra precautions. Answering visitors’ questions with follow up questions is a simple way to learn more about them. For example, if they ask “Is this property vacant?” You can follow with, “Are you ready to move in?” or “Are you preapproved?” This allows you to better understand their intentions and where they are in the buying process.

    Good luck and stay safe! 

    PS… I use a multitude of cutting edge ways to market homes I have listed. Open houses are low on my “marketing” list because I leverage and use social media, live video and digital ways to showcase my listed properties to attract a pre approved buyers. Lets face it…shouldn’t it really be a second showing by the time someone comes to see a property if online visuals are compelling, on point and the description is not a snooze fest?  Interestingly I am finding more and more of my home sellers are not keen on the Sunday open house very much these days.  That being said Broker Opens are still popular within our industry for Realtors and Realtor caravans to preview. Interested in more seller tips and suggestions just head over to my YouTube Channel and  if you need a 2018 update on what your home value is click here!