Welcome to the Durée & Company team, SONIC Beach!

logo_beachBring out the milkshakes and make a toast! SONIC Beach, a new South Florida-style spin on the famous SONIC Drive-In, is opening locations in Miami Gardens and Lauderhill and we’re thrilled to be handling their grand opening events. Hundreds, maybe thousands of people will be welcomed to the fun spots where hot dogs, hamburgers, hand-mixed shakes and more are served by roller-skate-wearing carhops with huge smiles.

In some ways, it’s like a reunion. Years ago, we worked with SONIC Drive-In, promoting their Java Chillers with a special radio campaign, so we’re very excited to work with the brand again.

Complementing the South Florida culture, SONIC Beach is a bit different from the SONIC Drive-Ins that most people are familiar with. It features upgrades such as a stylish patio area, 60-inch state-of-the art LED flat screen TVs, modern cushioned seating, a sand beach area with beach umbrellas, and a powerful sound system that is always playing the hottest tunes from the ’60s and ’70s.

Plus, the SONIC Beach menu offers a range of wine and beers (and even Dom Perignon), specialty menu items like a Carolina Pulled Pork sandwich, plus all of the traditional SONIC menu items. All of the food is made to order.

We have to admit- we’ve been making milkshake toasts all day, and they are absolutely delightful. Try it for yourself.

Being a Sun-Sentinel Top Workplace for People on the Move


Every workplace teaches you something, whether you want to learn the lesson or not. Sometimes, you don’t figure out the lesson until you’ve long left that particular job, and you’re on to the next. Other times, the lesson is immediate and undeniable. 

Some of my former workplaces showed me what it could be like when things are really clicking & the energy is high, everyone brings something to the table and the work doesn’t feel like work. In those environments, good things happen.

So I’m amazingly proud that Durée & Company is one of only 10 individuals and two businesses in South Florida named as the 2013 Top Workplaces for People on the Move by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. The award recognizes leaders in a wide range of industries for fostering growth and success among young professionals, as well as for their contributions to their organizations and community. All of the recognized workplaces were honored on August 22 at a special dinner at the W Fort Lauderdale. 

What does the honor mean to me? That I’m creating the kind of environment that will launch careers and inspire others. I was quoted in today’s Sun-Sentinel article about the awards as saying the recognition is the “icing on the cake” and it truly is.

Each and every day, my staff members (and I) are learning valuable lessons. I know those lessons will serve us well if not today, then in the future.

It’s so pretty here – working with Frances Herrera

Frances, President IBF copyIt goes without saying that at Durée & Company, we like pretty things. When we have a say in the matter, everything around us is nicely decorated and sparkly. (Check out our offices. There is sparkle in the bathroom.)

Frances Herrera is a woman after our own hearts. She is an interior designer from New York City, where the spaces are small, so the creativity must be large. Frances has brought her stylish sensibilities to South Florida, became one of our newest clients and is on a mission to make homes, commercial spaces, outdoor spaces and yachts even prettier.


Granted, she probably wouldn’t use words like pretty. In fact, our announcement of her expansion included this description:


“Herrera’s signatures are creating luxurious spaces that are multi-functional, incorporating the use of highly durable elements, and completing projects efficiently without sacrificing quality. Her portfolio extends beyond the residential and personal, also featuring designs of commercial and common-use spaces, such as executive offices, condominium lobbies, club/recreational rooms, theatres and outdoor spaces.”

But when you check out her blog, chock-full of gorgeous imagery and delicious designs that she created – you can’t help but think “Wow! That’s pretty …”

Keep it up, Frances. We love it.