Welcome to the Grapevine

News you can use. - Sunlight is the best disinfectant

Monday, April 20, 2009

We need more of a variety of stores in the village

People tell me all the time that we need more of a varity of stores. We are great in the restaurant departement, although a tourist asked for Japanese or Chinese food this weekend and I had to send her to Sekai, which is more Thai.

We do need a regular Chinese take-out place. I have been using Yum Yum and Tien Keu Inn, both on Coral Way, but we need something better and closer.

As for other stores, we need a Hallmark-type card store, some men's clothing stores other than the Gap and what else? People always ask for a shoe repair place, do people still have shoes repaired?

For linking to this one story, just click on the time it was posted & just this story will open for sharing - only through social media. Not copying and pasting.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The dry cleaners on US 1, south of 27th, same plaza as Dunkin Donuts, AT&T, and Subway has shoe repair. Granted, they send the shoes out, but I've used the shoe repair and had great results. They even did some other leather repairs for me.

April 20, 2009 3:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The shoe repair biz is booming! I go to the Sunset Cobbler. Granted, he is not in the Grove but they do a great job. Since the economy has tanked, they find that people are not buying new shoes but fixing up the ones they already have.

April 20, 2009 3:13 PM  
Blogger SteveBM said...

Ive actually been trying to get to the Sunset Cobbler since last June hahaha. Ripped a great shoe and need it repaired. I just cant seem to make it there within their hours of operation... Glad to hear they do good work.

The Grove does have other men's clothing stores, just no branded chains. Unika on Main Hwy has some good stuff but its kinda pricey much like some of those other boutiques around the Grove. I used to shop at Guess every so often but havent been to "G" yet. Too bad Banana Republic had to leave although their clothes can get pretty boring.

April 20, 2009 3:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recommend P.F Chang cheaper branch. They just opened one in Kendall on 137th ave and 88 it's called PEI- WEI, just like PF but half the price and it is the same company. I do not like any of the Chinese places on Coral Way, they taste bad...

April 20, 2009 4:18 PM  
Anonymous Michelle Niemeyer said...

There is a shoe repair on Grand near Douglas. In the Grove!

April 20, 2009 5:03 PM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

there is a chinese delivery place on lejeune across from merick village (Chef Tian i think). The chef is the former chef of tropical chinese.

though gourmet gourmet in the gables on valencia is better food (takeout).

I agree we need a chinese in the grove. What we also need is that scooter food delivery idea you talked about.

April 20, 2009 5:19 PM  
Anonymous Ali said...

I think Panda Express would be a good addition, it is well priced and decent quality food. Also can be considered fast food.

April 20, 2009 7:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Panda Express? Eww gross, I like good quality food that taste good. My vote is for PEI-WEI

April 20, 2009 7:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you honestly think people come to Coconut Grove, FLORIDA, for CHINESE FOOD?!

The fish sandwich is king, wherever, and Jaguar's food must be delectable judging from the fact it's always busy. And the Cheesecake Factory -- large portions, food quality dependable. And there's always Greenstreets, mediocre food, but AMBIENCE.................

We don't need to re-invent the Grove.

April 20, 2009 8:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good shoe repair at Coral Way & 34 Ave called Milagrosa.

April 20, 2009 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A nail salon... not a spa where a mani-pedi is $45+. Like the tacky asian/cuban places with the electric massage chairs where walk-ins are welcome and you're in and out in an hour tops

April 20, 2009 8:19 PM  
Blogger Tom Falco said...

People who live here eat chinese food. I just ordered from Yum Yum and had it delivered. And yesterday a tourist asked me for a Chinese restaurant.

April 20, 2009 8:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If we're getting on the topic of food joints, how about good 100% mexican food (not chains) chips and salsa, burritos, tacos, machos, margaritas... Miami is lacking in Mexican food in general. Jaguar is close, but its like an infusion of other stuff and its too fancy for the type of mexican food we need.

April 20, 2009 8:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sparkle Plenty at Cocowalk has great greeting cards, postcards & gifts.

April 20, 2009 8:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, some good chow-mein-chopsweys vegetable rice and egg-roll joint would rock the place down! A specialty Louisiana or "Mississippi River in da Grove" (that's what I'll call it, pure wood pannels, playing the True Blues all day-long if Sarnoff approves ), or real Indian food would also be awesome, not too mention true Vietnamese Algae soups and salads, somewhere, please! Guess the rents are prohibitive for some endeavors. Carlos

April 20, 2009 9:01 PM  
Anonymous Irina Patterson said...

Umm. I didn't know that there is a need for greeting cards. I thought my friends from all the party & gift boutiques covered that need.

But I will personally check, correct & report it here when it is corrected. :-)

April 20, 2009 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a Chinese takeout joint on Grand near Douglass.

April 20, 2009 9:47 PM  
Anonymous sailfast said...

P F Chang was talking about coming into the Sonesta where Niki Beach was located. But they decided to open closer to the main stream of business lunches in downtown Miami. Great fresh Bagel shop would do well. Penera Bread would also fly. Restoration Hardware maybe. Any Travel Agents in Town???

April 20, 2009 9:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We need Target!!! get rid of Home Depot and put a Target!

April 20, 2009 10:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Panda Express is one of the most unhealthy places on the face of the planet.

2. I always end up finding cards at the Bookstore or the UPS store. (the cute pugs ones)

3. ANON 8:19, we have a cheap nail salon, it's on Commodore. They got rid of all their good people though. I also refuse to spend money where it goes into Alonso's pocket.

4. Try Aruj--prices aren't too bad. The BEST is Jolie or Shawn at Myra & Comp by Sunset.

April 20, 2009 10:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To me, the Grove is for walking around. If I want to shop, I go somewhere where the prices are reasonable and the parking is, ahem, FREE! Grove merchants have an uphill battle when I can get things delivered to my door for less plus free shipping.
Sorry, we don't have enough extra money to shop in the overpriced stores in the Grove. Property taxes make sure we don't have anything left over. Maybe when the economy gets better........

April 21, 2009 8:00 AM  
Anonymous Michelle Niemeyer said...

To Anon, above, who thinks it's cheaper to go to the mall: I am notoriously frugal when it comes to clothes shopping, and have found incredible deals in the Grove. There are always great things on clearance racks at Ann Taylor, and The Gap's prices, when they have sales, can't be beat. Take a walk around sometime. You might be surprised.

April 21, 2009 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1. Best shoe place in the area is Joe's Shoe Repair in Coral Gables. Joe is very skilled and a nice man.

2. Not in the Grove but close - Taco Rico is good, inexpensive Mexican food.

3. The best place to get your nails done in the Grove is EOS. Its right above where the Bird Bath used to be. Ask for Oly. You'll have to leave a message ,she is always busy.

April 21, 2009 9:56 AM  
Blogger SteveBM said...

Michelle - you dont happen to know the hours of that shoe repair in the Grove, do you? Or the name so I can find a number and call?

Carlos @ 9p - Agreed on the concept of a blues bar. Thats one thing this city is lacking. A good blues bar with some southern bbq to go with some live music. Ive seen Ike & Val Woods at the Van Dyke on Lincoln Road and at Cristabelles BC (Before Closing) and they are a great blues act. Bourbon Steak up in Aventura also has a blues night every wednesday but its a bitch to drive all the way up there and its turbo expensive (burger & fries = $20+). The music is great though. I think something like taht would fit the Grove profile nicely.

April 21, 2009 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The best place for mexican food in Miami is "Mi Rinconcito Mexicano" at 1961 SW 8th St and they have free parking!!
Also the only place to buy mens clothing is the gap... not much of a choice...

April 21, 2009 10:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They're springing up all around the Grove, literally, but on the other side of U.S. #1.

April 21, 2009 11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coconut Grove Pharmacy has amazing cards, check them out!

April 21, 2009 11:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having been a resident of the Grove since the seventies, I do know that there are deals out there, although you only seem to mention chain stores. The same chain stores you mention are all over with free parking. They are also online and most have free shipping and a bigger selection. I miss those days when the Grove was more like Woodstock with funky individual stores and free parking. (Last time we were in Woodstock we purchased my daughter's prom dress.) I still do business with our holdouts, such as Maya Hatcha, The Last Carrot, Yuckies and Marmesh at Coconut Grove Animal Hospital. Two of those businesses at least attempt to provide free parking. What I will not do is leave my house and pay for parking for chain stores when I can get those items delivered for free. I guess I'd rather keep our UPS lady in business than the city meter maids. The UPS workers have my best interest at heart, but I don't think that's true with Miami Parking Authority.
BTW, if you worked the politics circuit in Woodstock, you would be run out of town for mentioning a chain store, much less promoting several.

April 21, 2009 12:44 PM  
Blogger Tony Scornavacca Jr. said...

I actually think that paying for parking is not much of a deterrent. Lack of parking is a deterrent.

Grapevine is correct in saying that there is a need for more variety.

In addition the that, some sort of atmosphere improvement is needed. That may sound a little "odd" but a great example is Green Streets. The lounge furniture is a smash hit.

It's the fresh ideas that draw the folks.

April 21, 2009 9:36 PM  
Blogger Erik said...

what happened to red lantern? i mean the joint had exquisite Chinese food for over a decade in the grove, then one day i walk down commodore and it's gone

April 21, 2009 11:46 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home