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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Things in the Grove are about to get much sweeter

You've probably passed the papered up storefront on Main Highway for Smooshies Candy & Toys, the space next to Vinos in the Grove - well we have news - they are planning a late spring opening.

Smooshies Candy & Toys is more than just a store – it’s an experience. It takes a toy store, ice cream and coffee shop — and stirs them all up to create an engaging place that pops with color and fun. Try a cup of nitrogen ice cream or an espresso, or dig into handpicked toys and eye-catching varieties of candy you won’t find in other stores. 

You may have seen their locations in Key Biscayne or South Miami, Coconut Grove's location will be their third. Smooshies was recently named by Yellow Pages as one of ten innovative new businesses to watch in the US. 

They plan on being part of the community with events and workshops, along with offering event space. Signature hot air balloons hang overhead and shelves are packed with a selection of unique hand-picked toys that encourage imaginative play and make learning fun. 

Nitrogen ice cream - in flavors including chocolate, strawberry, Nutella, as well as local favorites like dulce de leche, mango, coconut, guava and mamey - is made-to-order using a mixer and dry ice, creating an exciting show of billowing, frosty smoke that delights kids and parents. Nitrogen ice cream is silkier and creamier than regular ice cream and it’s free of artificial colors or additives. 

Bins of bulk retro candy, including organic, sugar-free and gluten-free options, explode with color and you're encouraged to mix and match.

You are also encouraged to hang out at Sooshies, they have free wifi on premises. And for birthday parties, enjoy one-of-a-kind party favors and cakes, Smooshies creates fun parties customized to guests’ tastes. The soon-to-open Coconut Grove store will feature a large space for sophisticated events, including parties for children and adults, receptions, showers, business meetings and gatherings.


Owner and founder,
Gigi Alibhai
Owner and founder of Smooshies is Gigi Alibhai, who grew up in Cuba, where her mother did her best to make ends meet. Gigi’s mom, who was also a political prisoner for several years, worked at a candy factory and often brought home sweet and colorful toys she had sculpted with her own hands using leftover candy. Although young Gigi was tempted to eat them, these were her only toys, and so she resisted.

Now a successful South Florida entrepreneur and mother of three, Gigi’s story has come full circle with the creation of Smooshies, a name which Gigi’s daughter coined to describe her two brothers. 

Philanthropy also is part of Gigi’s core, and therefore, Smooshies’ business model is “Sweets with Purpose.” Gigi plans to donate a percentage of every sale to charity in the future.

The Smooshies Grove location is at 3413 Main Highway. We'll let you know when opening day comes along.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Might be a good business opportunity for someone to open a Weight Watchers or Diabetes Clinic nearby.

March 30, 2016 11:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's the thing that's supposed to open up next door, "Americano"? Do they have an opening date?

March 30, 2016 12:26 PM  

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