By Juan Lopez
Looking for places to shop during the day? There are plenty of options, but Lincoln Road is your best bet. Here are some gay-friendly suggestions.
Base is an oasis of cool where you can shop for everything from clothes to jewelry to music cds and books. This gay-owned business is a great place to find a cool outfit or a sweet looking watch. (Think Fred Segal in Los Angeles or Collette in Paris). Base is a curated shopping experience like no other on South Beach. Prices vary from moderate to expensive and major credit cards are accepted.
Base, 939 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach; 305-531-4982.
Hours: Mon-Thu. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri-Sat. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.
Don’t want to break the bank but need that perfect white v-neck to set off your new kick-ass tan? Then American Apparel is the place for you. From t-shirts to shorts to colorful underwear you can find it here at a reasonable price. Aside from the Lincoln Road location, you can find sister stores at 840 Ocean Drive and on 1441 Washington Ave.
American Apparel, 720 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-672-1799
Hours: Mon. – Thurs., 10 a.m. - Midnight; Fri., Sat., Sun. 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.
Looking for some SPF or maybe some moisturizer for your sun-kissed skin? How about some aromatherapy candle action for your room? Or maybe you need a haircut, or a manicure or how about a pedicure so you can strut in your Havanese flip-flops without worries? Then check out Kiehls and Brownes & Co. The two are located across from each other on Lincoln Rd. Shop at Kiehls for your skin needs or make an appointment at Brownes & Co.'s full-service salon. Be sure to scope the selection of beauty products, perfumes/colognes and candles at Brownes. Both are moderate to expensive and accept major credit cards.
Brownes & Co., 841 Lincoln Rd., Miami; 305-573-5221.
Hours: Mon-Thu. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 9 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.; Sun. 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Kiehls, 832 Lincoln Rd., Miami Beach; 305-531-0404.
Hours: Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Sun. Noon - 8 p.m.