Mixing local businesses and national chains
That being said, I do think our one-of-a-kind Grove-y stores are very important. Where would the Grove be without Grove Ink or the piercing store or the smoke shop or the little one of a kind boutiques like Silverado or The Sale Rack or Golden Bar or The Bookstore or Bianco Gelato or our local restaurants like GreenStreet and Lulu and Mr. Moe's and LoKal, The Grove Spot and Le Buchon, Barracuda, The Sand Bar and and Via Art Gallery and First Flight Out and The Olfactory and Revolution Bicycles. These are all Coconut Grove businesses.
I think a few big chain stores mixed with our one-of-a-kind local businesses is what is needed.
I ran into an older man a couple of weeks ago, we were on Lincoln Road. He has lived in the Grove for about 50 years, he had businesses here. He says the solution to our slow market is free parking. Is it? I mean at this point you have to park all over South Florida, even Wynwood had to cave into the parking meters where for years, there were none.
In most parts of Florida there is no metered parking, in South Florida there is. The Grove has competition now from Wynwood, Midtown, South Miami, South Beach when it comes to entertainment districts. Years ago we were the only game in town. I remember it was Coconut Grove, Dadeland and maybe the Omni. I used to drive all the way up to the Omni on Biscayne Blvd, with my friends, just to go to the movies. It was a big deal then.
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