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Monday, August 25, 2014


Two young women were talking to my friend, they introduced themselves and said, "We work for SapientNitro. We're the salvation of the Grove."

Unless Sapient is going to bring back clubs, bring new restaurants, bring lots of new art galleries and the Apple store, they're just taking up space. Just sayin'. 

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We had & still have a few clubs, restaurants, art galleries and as you wrote "they're just taking up space". I've enjoyed living in the Grove for 47 years, but I transport my boat 3 blocks to our boat ramp about 3 times weekly because I need more than our present status quo if I'm going to spend money. WHERE'S THE BEEF?
SapientNitro is international, hired by the powers that be to interface with about 3-billion other folks throughout this planet and could/might/may see to it that a small % come to the Grove to see our new vision, and the new vision might just be the old vision that many of you long for.

August 25, 2014 11:07 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you think is driving change? Maybe not Sapient itself, but what it represents. Youth and fresh perspective. What the future Grove wants is different than what the old Grove wants.

August 25, 2014 12:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

True, and that's what Sapient offers, a possible new solution to attract tourist & locals alike.
It could be an old style Grove or some modern version. Youth, aged or a combination in between. They have a world wide draw in countries with populations in the billions.

August 25, 2014 1:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Change CAN be a good thing. Being under construction is not fun but hopefully it CAN lead to a better Grove.

The old Grove was far from perfect and too many old timers believe that theirs is the only way. The latter thinking gets OLD fast.

August 25, 2014 1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're right, the OLD GROVE was driven by cocaine cowboys, marijuana & free sex, bars, drugs, and extreme cash flow(s). I'm glad that's gone. The new mentality is expanding Coral Gables into and through the Grove down to an entrance way into Biscayne Bay, boating, Dinner Key Marina, big, big mega yacht's & civilized mentalities. How to hold onto the old [mentality] drawing card of being foot loose and free is the trick. JOBIE STEPPE

August 25, 2014 2:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - I think your little article is pretty short-sighted. Sapient has been great for the Grove. I work at one of the hotels in the Grove and they have been bringing in 100's of guest room nights as they have clients coming to see them all the time. These are great and keeping us even busier. We are very thankful for their business!!

August 25, 2014 3:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

While their comment does seem a bit pompous, there is some validity.

As stated above, Sapient is a billion dollar company. That they chose the Grove - over their former South Beach location - speaks volumes. They employ young creative folk. Maybe not the kind that form a circle and beat drums, but that's not a bad thing either. Arquitectonica - a very prestigious architect (again creative) firm - also chose the Grove.
Crispin + Porter (again an award winning advertising firm) has been based in the Grove for years....

To me the future seems bright and the direction obvious. Attract more of the same and continue to position the Grove as a creative hotspot.


August 25, 2014 3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think Sarnoff said Sapient is a think tank that is going to change everything, since they moved here they became the salvation army? The This and That shop has serious competition.

August 25, 2014 4:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Regardless of whether the woman's comment was accurate or not, isn't the issue that it was obnoxious?

Now her comment -- representing Sapient -- is swirling around on the internet. Through social media, this attitude will become part of the Sapient "brand."

Maybe adjectives like "obnoxious" and "arrogant" describe a brand identity that Sapient is eager to push. Or maybe not. A few potential clients will probably read her comments and our discussion when they Google the company. I wonder what they think...

(By the way, contrary to what another poster wrote, Arquitectonica is NOT a young architectural firm. One of their signature buildings was featured in the old Miami Vice! They were founded in 1977.)

Have a great Monday,

August 25, 2014 4:41 PM  
Blogger Sledge said...

I wonder what exactly is the true nature of this new technological mini-beast..


"Technology and Marketing" can be a veritable Pandora Box. There are many reasons to prefer nature over "high-tech marketing" stuff. Or at least approach it well-deserved skepticism, especially when huge $$ interests are at play.

Let's find out how "Sapient" or truly beneficial this new conglomerate really is, in the long run.. The perils of "technology and marketing".. beware. (Ask a guy like David Byrne of the Talking Heads today, see what he'll tell you).

Sapient could turn out to be a formidable freaking money maker, yet not so good overall for the Spirit of the Grove, years from now. Or they could be great, we'll see. Anyway, similar companies are already everywhere, so no big deal.

August 25, 2014 4:49 PM  
Blogger Sledge said...

Quite conceivably, opening up that splendid Bayside View on Peacock Park would be far more beneficial for the Grove than any "Sapient" company could ever be, even money-wise.

August 25, 2014 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What Sledge? Sapient has world wide connections to bring a ton of people into just about anywhere and your take is cut a few mangroves and presto humans will flock into the Grove, to see what? Jobie Steppe Seriously, comment on "TO SEE WHAT"?

August 27, 2014 8:05 PM  
Blogger Sledge said...


How about asking yourself that same question for a third time, Jobie?

Breathe, and try looking down toward the water from a distance, way up from McFarlane, smack in the middle of Central Grove, no less. As it used to be a while back, except imagine wayyy cooler than that going forward.

August 28, 2014 8:54 AM  

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