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DOWNTOWN CORAL GABLES AND MIRACLE MILE CONTINUE RETAIL GROWTH

1/06/09

Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile, Miami’s most historical retail district, attracts a diverse crowd of locals and international visitors to its quaint, tree-lined streets each year. People are drawn to the area’s refined shopping, dining and cultural activities, and, in 2009, there will be more reasons than ever to shop, dine and play in Downtown Coral Gables.

Twelve new businesses slated to open in the area in the first quarter of 2009 range from an upscale churrascaria to a bakery specializing in cupcake couture, a chic salon and spa and a whimsical art gallery, just to name a few. These members of the Coral Gables Business Improvement District (BID) will join recent newcomers including Da Vittorio, an authentic Italian eatery featuring the creations of Roman Chef Vittorio Lozzi; Myami Boys, a fun, fashion-forward boutique exclusively for boys; and Priscilla of Boston designer bridal salon.“Despite the negative things we are hearing about the current global economic situation, Downtown Coral Gables and Miracle Mile are well positioned for 2009,” said Mari Molina, executive director of the BID. “We have a strong brand and a unique market presence that has allowed us to continue to recruit new businesses to the area, even in this challenging environment.”

The BID serves as a support system for its members to help drive traffic to their stores and prevent closures. BID members – a mix of national chains, smaller more exclusive chains and independent business owners – benefit from co-operative advertising programs, destination marketing initiatives and improvement projects designed to attract consumers.

One of the BID’s top priorities currently in progress is a streetscape revitalization project that will bring aesthetic and functional improvements to Miracle Mile and Giralda Avenue, Downtown Coral Gables’ “Restaurant Row.” Construction on the project is slated to begin as early as summer 2010.

Also planned for 2010 is the Coral Gables Museum which will be located at the city’s historical fire and police station, the museum will showcase the civic arts of architecture, urban design, planning, and historic and environmental preservation.In addition to the museum, Downtown Coral Gables’ ever-growing cultural scene will be enhanced with the opening of the Coral Gables Cinematheque. This much-anticipated art cinema will offer international programming for all age groups. A pre-season opening is scheduled for early this summer with an official opening tentatively set for September 2009.

Businesses set to open in 2009 include:

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Contemporary furniture showroom

370 Miracle Mile

Chilorios

Mexican restaurant

130 Miracle Mile

Cleber Lopes

Beauty and life institute

330 Miracle Mile

Coral Gables Cinematheque

260 Aragon Avenue

Cupcakes Nouveau

Gourmet fashion-inspired cupcakes

244 Miracle Mile

Dulce

High end shoe boutique

286 Miracle Mile

Duxiana

Legendary purveyors of sleep since 1926

30 Miracle Mile – Now Open

Fatburger

“The last great hamburger stand”

232 Miracle Mile

Galerie Duval

Key West art gallery

300 Aragon Avenue

The Grill Club

Brazilian churrascaria

2 Aragon Avenue

Pasha’s

Healthy Mediteranean cuisine

130 Miracle Mile

Randazzo’s Little Italy

Former boxer Mark Randazzo’s homestyle Italian restaurant will move from its Giralda Avenue digs to a larger space on Miracle Mile.

375 Miracle Mile

The Palace at Coral Gables Senior Living

16 Miracle Mile

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