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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Saying goodbye to Out of Africa

Trina Collins in Out of Africa
Sad to say but after 18 years, Out of Africa, the longest lasting store on the Mayfair Promenade will close its doors for the last time at 5:00 pm on Monday, September 1, 2014.

Out of Africa has been part of all things in the Grove, mostly art-related. They have always been a part of the Gallery Walks and funky things going on in the Promenade. They encouraged new artists by not only selling their work, but also offering them a place to create the work. How many times did I pass to see my friend Joe creating something out front.

As businesses closed up on the promenade from the Antique Market, Paul's sunglass hut, and even the Improv, Out of Africa held on.  

“We have made many friends here in the Grove and we thank you for your kindness, your unique Grovite ways, your drum circle, your extraordinary artists, your Mango Strut, your Arts Festival, and your unabashed and lively outspokenness in this beautiful seaside tropical paradise. And, of course, we thank you for your patronage,” said co-owner Trina Collins.

Out of Africa is having an old-fashioned blowout closing sale. All prices have been slashed. Nothing is being held back and many items are one-of-a-kind. Almost everything in the store is 50% off or more. Silver rings are 70% off. Also available are large and small Shona tribal serpentine sculptures from Zimbabwe, animal masks and wooden animal carvings, extraordinary soapstone sculpture from Kenya, valuable ebony from Tanzania, and many tables of jewelry.  Beautiful authentic masks from West Africa will be half-off.  The best way to shop this sale will be to come early for the best selection.

Trina and David Collins moved to the Grove in the late nineties to open the store. Trina founded the Gifford Lane Arts Stroll, and continues to create paintings every day, primarily her respected work with nude female figures.

Since arriving here, David has traveled frequently to remote villages in East Africa, with some visits to North and West Africa to acquire goods for the store. He also founded the Grove Merchants Group and served for eight years on the Grove Village Council. He was instrumental in forming the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District.  Last year, he established a BID in Wynwood. At the moment he is working to establish a BID in Miami Beach.

Both David and Trina Collins will be in the store frequently during the closing sale. The final sale will run from Thursday, August 21 until they close the doors at 5:00 pm on Monday, September 1.  

Thursday, August 21, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 22, from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 23, from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 24, from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.
Monday, August 25, closed
Tuesday, August 26, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 27, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 28, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday, August 29, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 30, from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 31, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Monday, September 1, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ciao!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What are the plans for the store's location - another empty storefront?

August 19, 2014 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can property owners afford having so much vacancies? Did they buy Mayfair and Cocowalk so cheap that they can stay afloat despite all the vacancies?

August 19, 2014 3:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes. The owners are rich, rich, rich. Soon, perhaps a decade, the Grove shall be transformed into a unique futuristic modern destination. I'm from the old school, yet I find this transformation to be truly exciting with potential for those who have the where-with-all to appreciate a promising future. Hold on to your property, which shall triple in value - - - - right next to Biscayne Bay, the Bahamas, Cuba, Mexico & the Caribbean, the Panama Canal, The Port of Miami with a 34/37' channel for mega cargo vessels, great fishing & diving, blue skies, and endless fresh air off the Atlantic Ocean and the gateway to Central & South America! And the so-called immigrants will filter back into their respective countries to represent America values and products throughout this hemisphere. JOBIE STEPPE

August 19, 2014 5:14 PM  
Blogger Sledge said...

Really sad to see Out of Africa go. Always a great place to visit, with intriguing music, great vibes and surprising authentic pieces, handcrafted and such. Unique store.

One way of thanking them for all these years: taking some pictures for them of their pieces we may have at home from them.. I'm looking at an incredible drum from Ghana, another from Tanzania, a colorful wooden marimba that's great, and a set of bronze and wooden warriors.. Their rare pieces can look great anywhere.

August 21, 2014 8:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

U got that right Sledge. David Collins traveled to Africa many times to purchase items truly unique. He visited numerous native African villages and small communities to select hand made art, which he is now passing on at cost. He's my neighbor who I respect, but he hates it when I hug him and I do so just to set him off - - - - right Dave? JOBIE STEPPE

August 21, 2014 1:14 PM  

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