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Friday, January 25, 2013

So, since we last spoke . . .

So since I last spoke with you in September, a lot has happened in Coconut Grove. The big news of course is that the Shoppes of Mayfair are not shoppes anymore, a large ad agency called Sapient Nitro took over the space from the Promenade to Virginia Street and they are renovating the whole space, making it offices. Hundreds of employees will work there in the next couple of years.

The Bookstore, after lots of grief, moved around the block to the former Mezzanotte/ Cielo space. It's quite nice there, very upscale. Palm Produce moved to the second floor of CocoWalk, where FYE, the music store was, and they made part of the store a Pan Am museum. It's quite cool with actual Pan Am items in the store, there's a galley (kitchen) from a 747, engine parts, collectibles, and my favorite, a first class cabin set up, where you can sit and take photos. It's sort of a little movie set.

Out of Africa is still at the Mayfair Promenade, just a few doors down. The Antique Market has vacated their space at the Promenade and the dealers have dispersed. My friends, John and Niki have opened a vintage clothing and jewelry store in downtown Miami at 108 S. Miami Avenue called Fashion Evolution, not too far from here, a block from Flagler Street, near Macys.

The Herald is reporting on the fiasco at the Grove Waterfront where another RFP went out for the Scotty's Land area. The Herald has really been on top of the Grove, they have also reported on the new Grand Bay structures that are planned for the old space. And they ran my story on the Pan Am museum here.

The New Times has reported on the foreclosure of the Coconut Grove Playhouse. Sad.

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3 Comments:

Anonymous JAG said...

Seems that between new office space and new conodos being erected, The Grove is destined to be even more overcroweded. The little village will lose it's charm! So sad.

January 25, 2013 9:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

@JAG

I don't see the culture in the Grove changing. New comers will adapt to the local culture or leave, that's generally how these things work. More density isn't always a bad thing, as long as city planners provision for the increase in people. I for one welcome it, as long as we see plans for better mass transit.

Hopefully, more people mean more patrons at local businesses and that equals better time for the grove. Who wouldn't want that? The Grove reminds me a lot of neighborhoods back home (NYC). We have a LOT of density there and yet many areas still have that "local" charm that one would expect from living in a true neighborhood.

January 25, 2013 9:44 AM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

Welcome Back grape!

January 26, 2013 8:00 PM  

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