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Word of Mouth: Allegra Angelo's Best of Miami

Word of Mouth: Allegra Angelo's Best of Miami

Michy's sommelier Allegra Angelo tells us her favorite spots for food in Miami.

Brunch: Clarke's

Fancy: Hakkasan

Best Value: Yakko San

Bar Scene/Drinks: The bar at the W Hotel

Business Lunch: Michaels Genuine Food and Drink

Burger: Shake Shack

Pizza: Fratelli Lyon

Sandwich: Mandolin Agean Bistro

Food Truck: The random ice cream truck in Little Haiti

Regional: Fifi's

Hidden Gem: Chez le Bebe

Mexican/Latin American: La Cameronera

Japanese: Japanese Market (79th St. Causeway)

Spanish/Tapas: Xixon

Thai/Southeast Asian: Hy Vong (Vietnamese)

Wine List: Bourbon Steak

Chinese: Hakkasan

Seafood: The River Oyster Bar

Steak: Bourbon Steak

Italian: Scarpetta

Desserts: Michaels Genuine Food and Drink


A celebrity product endorsement is a major milestone for any designer, one that wasn’t lost on Berks County’s Stephanie Rado Taormina, founder and owner of the lifestyle brand Have Some Fun Today (HSFT). Certainly, it was a thrill to see photographs of Halle Berry running errands in Los Angeles in a HSFT grey muscle tank, and of Reese Witherspoon, clad in the same top, cooling off after a run near her home. “It just validates your brand, and shows that you’re on the right track,” says Rado Taormina. And yet, HSFT is about more than winning over followers among Hollywood’s elite, and about more than the comfortable but chic leggings, shirts, hats, totes and accessories that make up its primary line. “It’s not really just a fashion brand,” explains Rado Taormina. “It’s a mindset and a way of life.”

“Have some fun today” was also a mantra—her late father’s favorite saying. “My father was a great man,” says Rado Taormina. “He was inspiring to a lot of people.” The Rado family (dad Joseph, mom Elaine and their five children—Stephanie is the oldest) moved to Wyomissing when Rado

Taormina was a teenager. Over his lifetime, Joseph Rado’s resume would swell with accomplishments and accolades both personal and professional, but perhaps his most impressive business achievement was transforming a small, elevator circuit-board repair business out of West Chester called World Electronics into an international manufacturing facility now based in Reading. All the while, says Rado Taormina, her father always maintained a sunny disposition and a lust for life. His employees were well-acquainted with his favorite saying it even popped up on their pay stubs. “He was the most positive person I ever met,” says Rado Taormina.

But he wasn’t the only person who played a role in shaping her during those early years. Rado Taormina credits two women in her life with helping her cultivate her creative side. Her mother owned a beauty salon for many years Rado Taormina recalls perusing the fashion magazines that kept customers occupied at the shop. And her grandmother, she says, renovated homes. “I was always around these things as a little girl,” says Rado Taormina. “I was always fascinated by fashion, beauty and design.”

She studied advertising and marketing at Penn State before deciding to go “all in” on a career in the arts. She credits a summer spent in France with helping her to reconnect with her creative roots. Following her graduation from PSU in 1987, she moved to New York City to pursue a BFA in fashion design at Parsons School of Design. In the years that followed, Rado Taormina worked her way up in the business designer Adrienne Vittadini and luxury brand Andrew Marc were among her employers. She married and had a pair of daughters: Allegra and Gabrielle. Her brood moved back to Berks County in the late 1990s when Rado Taormina’s then-husband (they divorced in 2008) wanted to work for her family’s business. Even though she missed the energy of the big city, Rado Taormina kept the creative juices percolating with the founding of her own interior design company. She also sold her artwork and paintings to clients all over the world.


A celebrity product endorsement is a major milestone for any designer, one that wasn’t lost on Berks County’s Stephanie Rado Taormina, founder and owner of the lifestyle brand Have Some Fun Today (HSFT). Certainly, it was a thrill to see photographs of Halle Berry running errands in Los Angeles in a HSFT grey muscle tank, and of Reese Witherspoon, clad in the same top, cooling off after a run near her home. “It just validates your brand, and shows that you’re on the right track,” says Rado Taormina. And yet, HSFT is about more than winning over followers among Hollywood’s elite, and about more than the comfortable but chic leggings, shirts, hats, totes and accessories that make up its primary line. “It’s not really just a fashion brand,” explains Rado Taormina. “It’s a mindset and a way of life.”

“Have some fun today” was also a mantra—her late father’s favorite saying. “My father was a great man,” says Rado Taormina. “He was inspiring to a lot of people.” The Rado family (dad Joseph, mom Elaine and their five children—Stephanie is the oldest) moved to Wyomissing when Rado

Taormina was a teenager. Over his lifetime, Joseph Rado’s resume would swell with accomplishments and accolades both personal and professional, but perhaps his most impressive business achievement was transforming a small, elevator circuit-board repair business out of West Chester called World Electronics into an international manufacturing facility now based in Reading. All the while, says Rado Taormina, her father always maintained a sunny disposition and a lust for life. His employees were well-acquainted with his favorite saying it even popped up on their pay stubs. “He was the most positive person I ever met,” says Rado Taormina.

But he wasn’t the only person who played a role in shaping her during those early years. Rado Taormina credits two women in her life with helping her cultivate her creative side. Her mother owned a beauty salon for many years Rado Taormina recalls perusing the fashion magazines that kept customers occupied at the shop. And her grandmother, she says, renovated homes. “I was always around these things as a little girl,” says Rado Taormina. “I was always fascinated by fashion, beauty and design.”

She studied advertising and marketing at Penn State before deciding to go “all in” on a career in the arts. She credits a summer spent in France with helping her to reconnect with her creative roots. Following her graduation from PSU in 1987, she moved to New York City to pursue a BFA in fashion design at Parsons School of Design. In the years that followed, Rado Taormina worked her way up in the business designer Adrienne Vittadini and luxury brand Andrew Marc were among her employers. She married and had a pair of daughters: Allegra and Gabrielle. Her brood moved back to Berks County in the late 1990s when Rado Taormina’s then-husband (they divorced in 2008) wanted to work for her family’s business. Even though she missed the energy of the big city, Rado Taormina kept the creative juices percolating with the founding of her own interior design company. She also sold her artwork and paintings to clients all over the world.


A celebrity product endorsement is a major milestone for any designer, one that wasn’t lost on Berks County’s Stephanie Rado Taormina, founder and owner of the lifestyle brand Have Some Fun Today (HSFT). Certainly, it was a thrill to see photographs of Halle Berry running errands in Los Angeles in a HSFT grey muscle tank, and of Reese Witherspoon, clad in the same top, cooling off after a run near her home. “It just validates your brand, and shows that you’re on the right track,” says Rado Taormina. And yet, HSFT is about more than winning over followers among Hollywood’s elite, and about more than the comfortable but chic leggings, shirts, hats, totes and accessories that make up its primary line. “It’s not really just a fashion brand,” explains Rado Taormina. “It’s a mindset and a way of life.”

“Have some fun today” was also a mantra—her late father’s favorite saying. “My father was a great man,” says Rado Taormina. “He was inspiring to a lot of people.” The Rado family (dad Joseph, mom Elaine and their five children—Stephanie is the oldest) moved to Wyomissing when Rado

Taormina was a teenager. Over his lifetime, Joseph Rado’s resume would swell with accomplishments and accolades both personal and professional, but perhaps his most impressive business achievement was transforming a small, elevator circuit-board repair business out of West Chester called World Electronics into an international manufacturing facility now based in Reading. All the while, says Rado Taormina, her father always maintained a sunny disposition and a lust for life. His employees were well-acquainted with his favorite saying it even popped up on their pay stubs. “He was the most positive person I ever met,” says Rado Taormina.

But he wasn’t the only person who played a role in shaping her during those early years. Rado Taormina credits two women in her life with helping her cultivate her creative side. Her mother owned a beauty salon for many years Rado Taormina recalls perusing the fashion magazines that kept customers occupied at the shop. And her grandmother, she says, renovated homes. “I was always around these things as a little girl,” says Rado Taormina. “I was always fascinated by fashion, beauty and design.”

She studied advertising and marketing at Penn State before deciding to go “all in” on a career in the arts. She credits a summer spent in France with helping her to reconnect with her creative roots. Following her graduation from PSU in 1987, she moved to New York City to pursue a BFA in fashion design at Parsons School of Design. In the years that followed, Rado Taormina worked her way up in the business designer Adrienne Vittadini and luxury brand Andrew Marc were among her employers. She married and had a pair of daughters: Allegra and Gabrielle. Her brood moved back to Berks County in the late 1990s when Rado Taormina’s then-husband (they divorced in 2008) wanted to work for her family’s business. Even though she missed the energy of the big city, Rado Taormina kept the creative juices percolating with the founding of her own interior design company. She also sold her artwork and paintings to clients all over the world.


A celebrity product endorsement is a major milestone for any designer, one that wasn’t lost on Berks County’s Stephanie Rado Taormina, founder and owner of the lifestyle brand Have Some Fun Today (HSFT). Certainly, it was a thrill to see photographs of Halle Berry running errands in Los Angeles in a HSFT grey muscle tank, and of Reese Witherspoon, clad in the same top, cooling off after a run near her home. “It just validates your brand, and shows that you’re on the right track,” says Rado Taormina. And yet, HSFT is about more than winning over followers among Hollywood’s elite, and about more than the comfortable but chic leggings, shirts, hats, totes and accessories that make up its primary line. “It’s not really just a fashion brand,” explains Rado Taormina. “It’s a mindset and a way of life.”

“Have some fun today” was also a mantra—her late father’s favorite saying. “My father was a great man,” says Rado Taormina. “He was inspiring to a lot of people.” The Rado family (dad Joseph, mom Elaine and their five children—Stephanie is the oldest) moved to Wyomissing when Rado

Taormina was a teenager. Over his lifetime, Joseph Rado’s resume would swell with accomplishments and accolades both personal and professional, but perhaps his most impressive business achievement was transforming a small, elevator circuit-board repair business out of West Chester called World Electronics into an international manufacturing facility now based in Reading. All the while, says Rado Taormina, her father always maintained a sunny disposition and a lust for life. His employees were well-acquainted with his favorite saying it even popped up on their pay stubs. “He was the most positive person I ever met,” says Rado Taormina.

But he wasn’t the only person who played a role in shaping her during those early years. Rado Taormina credits two women in her life with helping her cultivate her creative side. Her mother owned a beauty salon for many years Rado Taormina recalls perusing the fashion magazines that kept customers occupied at the shop. And her grandmother, she says, renovated homes. “I was always around these things as a little girl,” says Rado Taormina. “I was always fascinated by fashion, beauty and design.”

She studied advertising and marketing at Penn State before deciding to go “all in” on a career in the arts. She credits a summer spent in France with helping her to reconnect with her creative roots. Following her graduation from PSU in 1987, she moved to New York City to pursue a BFA in fashion design at Parsons School of Design. In the years that followed, Rado Taormina worked her way up in the business designer Adrienne Vittadini and luxury brand Andrew Marc were among her employers. She married and had a pair of daughters: Allegra and Gabrielle. Her brood moved back to Berks County in the late 1990s when Rado Taormina’s then-husband (they divorced in 2008) wanted to work for her family’s business. Even though she missed the energy of the big city, Rado Taormina kept the creative juices percolating with the founding of her own interior design company. She also sold her artwork and paintings to clients all over the world.


A celebrity product endorsement is a major milestone for any designer, one that wasn’t lost on Berks County’s Stephanie Rado Taormina, founder and owner of the lifestyle brand Have Some Fun Today (HSFT). Certainly, it was a thrill to see photographs of Halle Berry running errands in Los Angeles in a HSFT grey muscle tank, and of Reese Witherspoon, clad in the same top, cooling off after a run near her home. “It just validates your brand, and shows that you’re on the right track,” says Rado Taormina. And yet, HSFT is about more than winning over followers among Hollywood’s elite, and about more than the comfortable but chic leggings, shirts, hats, totes and accessories that make up its primary line. “It’s not really just a fashion brand,” explains Rado Taormina. “It’s a mindset and a way of life.”

“Have some fun today” was also a mantra—her late father’s favorite saying. “My father was a great man,” says Rado Taormina. “He was inspiring to a lot of people.” The Rado family (dad Joseph, mom Elaine and their five children—Stephanie is the oldest) moved to Wyomissing when Rado

Taormina was a teenager. Over his lifetime, Joseph Rado’s resume would swell with accomplishments and accolades both personal and professional, but perhaps his most impressive business achievement was transforming a small, elevator circuit-board repair business out of West Chester called World Electronics into an international manufacturing facility now based in Reading. All the while, says Rado Taormina, her father always maintained a sunny disposition and a lust for life. His employees were well-acquainted with his favorite saying it even popped up on their pay stubs. “He was the most positive person I ever met,” says Rado Taormina.

But he wasn’t the only person who played a role in shaping her during those early years. Rado Taormina credits two women in her life with helping her cultivate her creative side. Her mother owned a beauty salon for many years Rado Taormina recalls perusing the fashion magazines that kept customers occupied at the shop. And her grandmother, she says, renovated homes. “I was always around these things as a little girl,” says Rado Taormina. “I was always fascinated by fashion, beauty and design.”

She studied advertising and marketing at Penn State before deciding to go “all in” on a career in the arts. She credits a summer spent in France with helping her to reconnect with her creative roots. Following her graduation from PSU in 1987, she moved to New York City to pursue a BFA in fashion design at Parsons School of Design. In the years that followed, Rado Taormina worked her way up in the business designer Adrienne Vittadini and luxury brand Andrew Marc were among her employers. She married and had a pair of daughters: Allegra and Gabrielle. Her brood moved back to Berks County in the late 1990s when Rado Taormina’s then-husband (they divorced in 2008) wanted to work for her family’s business. Even though she missed the energy of the big city, Rado Taormina kept the creative juices percolating with the founding of her own interior design company. She also sold her artwork and paintings to clients all over the world.


A celebrity product endorsement is a major milestone for any designer, one that wasn’t lost on Berks County’s Stephanie Rado Taormina, founder and owner of the lifestyle brand Have Some Fun Today (HSFT). Certainly, it was a thrill to see photographs of Halle Berry running errands in Los Angeles in a HSFT grey muscle tank, and of Reese Witherspoon, clad in the same top, cooling off after a run near her home. “It just validates your brand, and shows that you’re on the right track,” says Rado Taormina. And yet, HSFT is about more than winning over followers among Hollywood’s elite, and about more than the comfortable but chic leggings, shirts, hats, totes and accessories that make up its primary line. “It’s not really just a fashion brand,” explains Rado Taormina. “It’s a mindset and a way of life.”

“Have some fun today” was also a mantra—her late father’s favorite saying. “My father was a great man,” says Rado Taormina. “He was inspiring to a lot of people.” The Rado family (dad Joseph, mom Elaine and their five children—Stephanie is the oldest) moved to Wyomissing when Rado

Taormina was a teenager. Over his lifetime, Joseph Rado’s resume would swell with accomplishments and accolades both personal and professional, but perhaps his most impressive business achievement was transforming a small, elevator circuit-board repair business out of West Chester called World Electronics into an international manufacturing facility now based in Reading. All the while, says Rado Taormina, her father always maintained a sunny disposition and a lust for life. His employees were well-acquainted with his favorite saying it even popped up on their pay stubs. “He was the most positive person I ever met,” says Rado Taormina.

But he wasn’t the only person who played a role in shaping her during those early years. Rado Taormina credits two women in her life with helping her cultivate her creative side. Her mother owned a beauty salon for many years Rado Taormina recalls perusing the fashion magazines that kept customers occupied at the shop. And her grandmother, she says, renovated homes. “I was always around these things as a little girl,” says Rado Taormina. “I was always fascinated by fashion, beauty and design.”

She studied advertising and marketing at Penn State before deciding to go “all in” on a career in the arts. She credits a summer spent in France with helping her to reconnect with her creative roots. Following her graduation from PSU in 1987, she moved to New York City to pursue a BFA in fashion design at Parsons School of Design. In the years that followed, Rado Taormina worked her way up in the business designer Adrienne Vittadini and luxury brand Andrew Marc were among her employers. She married and had a pair of daughters: Allegra and Gabrielle. Her brood moved back to Berks County in the late 1990s when Rado Taormina’s then-husband (they divorced in 2008) wanted to work for her family’s business. Even though she missed the energy of the big city, Rado Taormina kept the creative juices percolating with the founding of her own interior design company. She also sold her artwork and paintings to clients all over the world.


A celebrity product endorsement is a major milestone for any designer, one that wasn’t lost on Berks County’s Stephanie Rado Taormina, founder and owner of the lifestyle brand Have Some Fun Today (HSFT). Certainly, it was a thrill to see photographs of Halle Berry running errands in Los Angeles in a HSFT grey muscle tank, and of Reese Witherspoon, clad in the same top, cooling off after a run near her home. “It just validates your brand, and shows that you’re on the right track,” says Rado Taormina. And yet, HSFT is about more than winning over followers among Hollywood’s elite, and about more than the comfortable but chic leggings, shirts, hats, totes and accessories that make up its primary line. “It’s not really just a fashion brand,” explains Rado Taormina. “It’s a mindset and a way of life.”

“Have some fun today” was also a mantra—her late father’s favorite saying. “My father was a great man,” says Rado Taormina. “He was inspiring to a lot of people.” The Rado family (dad Joseph, mom Elaine and their five children—Stephanie is the oldest) moved to Wyomissing when Rado

Taormina was a teenager. Over his lifetime, Joseph Rado’s resume would swell with accomplishments and accolades both personal and professional, but perhaps his most impressive business achievement was transforming a small, elevator circuit-board repair business out of West Chester called World Electronics into an international manufacturing facility now based in Reading. All the while, says Rado Taormina, her father always maintained a sunny disposition and a lust for life. His employees were well-acquainted with his favorite saying it even popped up on their pay stubs. “He was the most positive person I ever met,” says Rado Taormina.

But he wasn’t the only person who played a role in shaping her during those early years. Rado Taormina credits two women in her life with helping her cultivate her creative side. Her mother owned a beauty salon for many years Rado Taormina recalls perusing the fashion magazines that kept customers occupied at the shop. And her grandmother, she says, renovated homes. “I was always around these things as a little girl,” says Rado Taormina. “I was always fascinated by fashion, beauty and design.”

She studied advertising and marketing at Penn State before deciding to go “all in” on a career in the arts. She credits a summer spent in France with helping her to reconnect with her creative roots. Following her graduation from PSU in 1987, she moved to New York City to pursue a BFA in fashion design at Parsons School of Design. In the years that followed, Rado Taormina worked her way up in the business designer Adrienne Vittadini and luxury brand Andrew Marc were among her employers. She married and had a pair of daughters: Allegra and Gabrielle. Her brood moved back to Berks County in the late 1990s when Rado Taormina’s then-husband (they divorced in 2008) wanted to work for her family’s business. Even though she missed the energy of the big city, Rado Taormina kept the creative juices percolating with the founding of her own interior design company. She also sold her artwork and paintings to clients all over the world.


A celebrity product endorsement is a major milestone for any designer, one that wasn’t lost on Berks County’s Stephanie Rado Taormina, founder and owner of the lifestyle brand Have Some Fun Today (HSFT). Certainly, it was a thrill to see photographs of Halle Berry running errands in Los Angeles in a HSFT grey muscle tank, and of Reese Witherspoon, clad in the same top, cooling off after a run near her home. “It just validates your brand, and shows that you’re on the right track,” says Rado Taormina. And yet, HSFT is about more than winning over followers among Hollywood’s elite, and about more than the comfortable but chic leggings, shirts, hats, totes and accessories that make up its primary line. “It’s not really just a fashion brand,” explains Rado Taormina. “It’s a mindset and a way of life.”

“Have some fun today” was also a mantra—her late father’s favorite saying. “My father was a great man,” says Rado Taormina. “He was inspiring to a lot of people.” The Rado family (dad Joseph, mom Elaine and their five children—Stephanie is the oldest) moved to Wyomissing when Rado

Taormina was a teenager. Over his lifetime, Joseph Rado’s resume would swell with accomplishments and accolades both personal and professional, but perhaps his most impressive business achievement was transforming a small, elevator circuit-board repair business out of West Chester called World Electronics into an international manufacturing facility now based in Reading. All the while, says Rado Taormina, her father always maintained a sunny disposition and a lust for life. His employees were well-acquainted with his favorite saying it even popped up on their pay stubs. “He was the most positive person I ever met,” says Rado Taormina.

But he wasn’t the only person who played a role in shaping her during those early years. Rado Taormina credits two women in her life with helping her cultivate her creative side. Her mother owned a beauty salon for many years Rado Taormina recalls perusing the fashion magazines that kept customers occupied at the shop. And her grandmother, she says, renovated homes. “I was always around these things as a little girl,” says Rado Taormina. “I was always fascinated by fashion, beauty and design.”

She studied advertising and marketing at Penn State before deciding to go “all in” on a career in the arts. She credits a summer spent in France with helping her to reconnect with her creative roots. Following her graduation from PSU in 1987, she moved to New York City to pursue a BFA in fashion design at Parsons School of Design. In the years that followed, Rado Taormina worked her way up in the business designer Adrienne Vittadini and luxury brand Andrew Marc were among her employers. She married and had a pair of daughters: Allegra and Gabrielle. Her brood moved back to Berks County in the late 1990s when Rado Taormina’s then-husband (they divorced in 2008) wanted to work for her family’s business. Even though she missed the energy of the big city, Rado Taormina kept the creative juices percolating with the founding of her own interior design company. She also sold her artwork and paintings to clients all over the world.


A celebrity product endorsement is a major milestone for any designer, one that wasn’t lost on Berks County’s Stephanie Rado Taormina, founder and owner of the lifestyle brand Have Some Fun Today (HSFT). Certainly, it was a thrill to see photographs of Halle Berry running errands in Los Angeles in a HSFT grey muscle tank, and of Reese Witherspoon, clad in the same top, cooling off after a run near her home. “It just validates your brand, and shows that you’re on the right track,” says Rado Taormina. And yet, HSFT is about more than winning over followers among Hollywood’s elite, and about more than the comfortable but chic leggings, shirts, hats, totes and accessories that make up its primary line. “It’s not really just a fashion brand,” explains Rado Taormina. “It’s a mindset and a way of life.”

“Have some fun today” was also a mantra—her late father’s favorite saying. “My father was a great man,” says Rado Taormina. “He was inspiring to a lot of people.” The Rado family (dad Joseph, mom Elaine and their five children—Stephanie is the oldest) moved to Wyomissing when Rado

Taormina was a teenager. Over his lifetime, Joseph Rado’s resume would swell with accomplishments and accolades both personal and professional, but perhaps his most impressive business achievement was transforming a small, elevator circuit-board repair business out of West Chester called World Electronics into an international manufacturing facility now based in Reading. All the while, says Rado Taormina, her father always maintained a sunny disposition and a lust for life. His employees were well-acquainted with his favorite saying it even popped up on their pay stubs. “He was the most positive person I ever met,” says Rado Taormina.

But he wasn’t the only person who played a role in shaping her during those early years. Rado Taormina credits two women in her life with helping her cultivate her creative side. Her mother owned a beauty salon for many years Rado Taormina recalls perusing the fashion magazines that kept customers occupied at the shop. And her grandmother, she says, renovated homes. “I was always around these things as a little girl,” says Rado Taormina. “I was always fascinated by fashion, beauty and design.”

She studied advertising and marketing at Penn State before deciding to go “all in” on a career in the arts. She credits a summer spent in France with helping her to reconnect with her creative roots. Following her graduation from PSU in 1987, she moved to New York City to pursue a BFA in fashion design at Parsons School of Design. In the years that followed, Rado Taormina worked her way up in the business designer Adrienne Vittadini and luxury brand Andrew Marc were among her employers. She married and had a pair of daughters: Allegra and Gabrielle. Her brood moved back to Berks County in the late 1990s when Rado Taormina’s then-husband (they divorced in 2008) wanted to work for her family’s business. Even though she missed the energy of the big city, Rado Taormina kept the creative juices percolating with the founding of her own interior design company. She also sold her artwork and paintings to clients all over the world.


A celebrity product endorsement is a major milestone for any designer, one that wasn’t lost on Berks County’s Stephanie Rado Taormina, founder and owner of the lifestyle brand Have Some Fun Today (HSFT). Certainly, it was a thrill to see photographs of Halle Berry running errands in Los Angeles in a HSFT grey muscle tank, and of Reese Witherspoon, clad in the same top, cooling off after a run near her home. “It just validates your brand, and shows that you’re on the right track,” says Rado Taormina. And yet, HSFT is about more than winning over followers among Hollywood’s elite, and about more than the comfortable but chic leggings, shirts, hats, totes and accessories that make up its primary line. “It’s not really just a fashion brand,” explains Rado Taormina. “It’s a mindset and a way of life.”

“Have some fun today” was also a mantra—her late father’s favorite saying. “My father was a great man,” says Rado Taormina. “He was inspiring to a lot of people.” The Rado family (dad Joseph, mom Elaine and their five children—Stephanie is the oldest) moved to Wyomissing when Rado

Taormina was a teenager. Over his lifetime, Joseph Rado’s resume would swell with accomplishments and accolades both personal and professional, but perhaps his most impressive business achievement was transforming a small, elevator circuit-board repair business out of West Chester called World Electronics into an international manufacturing facility now based in Reading. All the while, says Rado Taormina, her father always maintained a sunny disposition and a lust for life. His employees were well-acquainted with his favorite saying it even popped up on their pay stubs. “He was the most positive person I ever met,” says Rado Taormina.

But he wasn’t the only person who played a role in shaping her during those early years. Rado Taormina credits two women in her life with helping her cultivate her creative side. Her mother owned a beauty salon for many years Rado Taormina recalls perusing the fashion magazines that kept customers occupied at the shop. And her grandmother, she says, renovated homes. “I was always around these things as a little girl,” says Rado Taormina. “I was always fascinated by fashion, beauty and design.”

She studied advertising and marketing at Penn State before deciding to go “all in” on a career in the arts. She credits a summer spent in France with helping her to reconnect with her creative roots. Following her graduation from PSU in 1987, she moved to New York City to pursue a BFA in fashion design at Parsons School of Design. In the years that followed, Rado Taormina worked her way up in the business designer Adrienne Vittadini and luxury brand Andrew Marc were among her employers. She married and had a pair of daughters: Allegra and Gabrielle. Her brood moved back to Berks County in the late 1990s when Rado Taormina’s then-husband (they divorced in 2008) wanted to work for her family’s business. Even though she missed the energy of the big city, Rado Taormina kept the creative juices percolating with the founding of her own interior design company. She also sold her artwork and paintings to clients all over the world.


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