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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

I think they are joking, what do you think?

Some anonymous person, always anonymous, posted this. I would like to see what people think. I don't know if this person is new here, joking or just trying to be funny. Plus I think they owe Brenda a big apology. Less than smart.

"Curious to know which tenants were driven out by these "guys with money" that lead to the deterioration of the Grove? Bernardo changed the Engle building and brought Harry's Pizza, Panther Coffee, Burro, etc all of which you praised. The Mayfair has been reborn and its great to see all the young people with high paying jobs come in. I don't believe that Brendas boutique was driven out by high rents, it was her business model that was flawed. Looks like the Coconut place that opened in the consignment store is doing well. 

Substantiate claims before you throw rocks is all I am saying."

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Blogger Brian Breslin said...

No idea who posted that, but I don't read any intention of ill will towards Brenda in that comment. To me it seems like they were making an objective commentary on her business. I don't know Brenda's store or her, so I can't comment on their business model. However, we can't bemoan every business not surviving, that's the natural way of life/capitalism, people's businesses have natural ebbs and flows, not all businesses can survive, and if we try to protect them all, are we doing the local economy a potential disservice?

May 24, 2016 12:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Obviously the new owner and lease agreements at the Engle building pushed all the former tenants out, that was the point. Now everyone can charge twice the price for the same thing to all the new rich people the new towers may bring (panama paper people?). Coconut Grove is Terra groups personal petri dish, currently experimenting with latest concepts of profit production by planned urban development and targeted market inflation. They are good at what they do. The good news is the gentrification. The bad news is the gentrification.

May 24, 2016 1:50 PM  
Blogger Lucy B. Foerster said...

For someone who used to shop at "the consignment store" which had a name...SaleRack...that was actually pushed out due to the high rent. This was a staple in the Grove and boy do I miss it!

FYI - The new store that went in that location is wallet damper! Who can afford those high prices...not me. Hoping that the new consignment shop down the street is fairer on the pocket book.

May 24, 2016 3:35 PM  
Blogger Brian Breslin said...

There is another fundamental economic concept that people are forgetting. The reason housing costs go up around here is due to limits on building (which the homeowners staunchly defend). This in turn drives costs up. The people who move in can afford more expensive stuff, thus attracting higher cost entertainment options.

This is supply and demand at work. Let's assume rent hadn't gone up at XYZ store, but they didn't raise their prices, they might not be able to afford cost of living outside of rent in the grove.

The grove is changing, fighting it (or protesting and giving up) rather than help guide it in a reasonable, environmentally and economically friendly way isn't going to end well.

May 24, 2016 3:43 PM  
Blogger Sean Scharnikow said...

All for the better

May 24, 2016 4:47 PM  
Blogger lorid said...

I also really miss Sales Rack, they had great clothes and accessories at reasonable prices. this new store is much more expensive.

May 24, 2016 7:09 PM  
Blogger REinMIA said...

The central Grove is not the place for schlocky second hand stores. Too prime a location. I'm glad that kind of thing is moving out.. I don't want to have to walk by that junk on my way to Panther or Harry's. The Grove is finally cleaning up its act. I couldn't be happier.

And yes I am a new resident living in a big white box.

May 24, 2016 9:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think the commenter you're trying to demean is spot on.

May 25, 2016 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Agree with REinMIA. I had to pay loads to move into the Grove and I don't want to be surrounded by thrift stores. This is improvement in my opinion.

May 25, 2016 8:46 AM  
Blogger alicia said...

I am Alicia Kossick, the owner of the Polished Coconut, located at 3444 Main Highway. To create a balance between development and local culture will always be a balance anywhere. My store' efforts are to provide a socially responsible retail experience for our customers, support local artists and artisans, improve the shopping landscape in the Grove, and become a recognizable brand identified with and by Coconut Grove- hence our name: Polished Coconut. We are constantly trying to make inroads with large developers to ask them to source art and design from local sources not only our own. I believe that these developments will benefit from collaboration with the Grove's vibrant local culture, its fascinating creative community and a mutually beneficial cooperation in favor of local economy. If the Grove loses the uniqueness of what is possible to maintain, recover, and achieve than we all lose. Thank you, Alicia Kossick

May 25, 2016 4:18 PM  

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