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20th Annual Halloween on the Mile!

October 16, 2017 in News by admin

Halloween icon 2017

It’s time once again to begin crafting those costumes because Halloween on the Mile is back for its 20th annual celebration! Always a family affair, there will be something for everyone, including those members of the furry canine variety. Festivities will take place on Tuesday, October 31st, 2017 starting at 4 p.m.

Some of the spooky fun activities for children and families include:

4 p.m.
All along Miracle Mile and around Downtown Coral Gables. Over 50 stops along the way, so get ready for lots of candy! | 4-7 p.m.

Story Time
Gather around and enjoy the best spooky stories for children.
Books & Books | 265 Aragon Avenue

5 p.m.
Kiddie Costume Contest
Dress up in your best Halloween fashions and enter to win great prizes at the yearly costume contest at the Miracle Theatre!
Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre | 280 Miracle Mile

6 p.m.
Doggie Costume Contest
Dress up your furry friends and bring them over for a spooky cute Halloween costume contest at the Museum.
Coral Gables Museum | 285 Aragon Avenue

*Parking is available at municipal garages for $1 an hour and valet parking is $5 all day: Park it here.

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Grand Opening of Giralda Plaza

September 25, 2017 in Homepage, News, Uncategorized by admin

photo by FujifilmGirl

photo by FujifilmGirl

Businesses are open on Giralda Plaza and The Business Improvement District of Coral Gables and The City of Coral Gables are officially unveiling the new pedestrian promenade on October 13th at 7:00pm.

Be sure not to miss the momentous celebration. Dine at our fine restaurants, shop at our trendy top quality retailers, visit one of our salons and or businesses for exceptional service and top quality products. There will be live music, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a special performance and more! Click here to RSVP.

Pro tip: Make sure to RSVP at a restaurant of your choice for optimal seating during the event.

B’Livinn Organic Beauty & Spa
Bangkok Bangkok II
Dental Cosmetic Spa
Divino Ceviche
Edoardo Borrelli
Giralda Dry Cleaners & Laundry
Green Life Organic Bistro
Ikura Sushi Lounge
JSK Architectural Group
L Boutique
La Dorada Restaurant
Lorenzo Pizza Kitchen
Milano in Miami Beauty Salon
Miss Saigon Bistro
Pasion del Cielo Coffee
Roux Architect
Rice Mediterranean Kitchen
Spritz Pizzeria of Coral Gables Restaurant
Talavera Cocina Mexicana
Threefold Cafe
The Local | Craft Food & Drink
The Bar – Coral Gables

Opening soon:
77 Sports
Mara Basque Restaurant
OM Nail Spa

Introducing The New Giralda Plaza

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Giralda Plaza has undergone a dramatic transformation into a more modern, open-air hotspot. And now, the wait is nearly over! If you’ve enjoyed the Giralda Al Fresco events throughout the summer, they have only been a sneak preview – a mere sample – of what’s to come.

New Places, New Faces

Since construction began last year, the project’s ultimate goal has been to create a new and more pedestrian-friendly locale for people to shop, socialize and dine. These enhancements have added beautiful walkways and a new promenade, but also new shops and eateries.

While some restaurants have remained open during the construction, there are some new places for diners to explore upon the plaza’s opening. One of them is Rice Mediterranean Kitchen, an offshoot of the Rice House of Kabob restaurant in South Miami. It offers a “build your own bowl” style of Mediterranean cuisine with all manner of vegetables, grains, sauces and meats for patrons to experiment with.

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A Flexible Future

One of the distinctive features of the redesigned Giralda Plaza is the flexible nature of the streetscaping. At present, and for the next two years, the plaza will be closed off to vehicular traffic, courtesy of removable pylons at either end.

While this was done with the agreement of the businesses on Restaurant Row, the fact that the pylons can be removed – if necessary – ensures that the plaza can be reintegrated as part of Giralda Avenue, as well as allowing for events such as classic car shows or accommodating trucks used to move in equipment for special performances.

With its versatile design, the new Giralda Plaza is built to delight and entertain for years to come.

Grand Opening

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The new pedestrian promenade on Giralda Plaza is finally being unveiled on October 13th. Enjoy food and drinks from your favorite Coral Gables staples and live music by Patrick & The Swayzees, Jacob Jeffries, and Spam Allstars. Come enjoy the grand celebration at 7 p.m. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony to commemorate the “official” opening of Giralda Plaza.

The event is free and ample parking is available. For alternative transportation options, see our guide to easy and affordable ways to get around the Gables.

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BID of Coral Gables Social Media Administrative Assistant

September 21, 2017 in Jobs Available by admin

Social Media Administrative Assistant


An exciting Marketing and Advocacy organization with offices on Miracle Mile in the lively Downtown Coral Gables District is seeking a Social Media Administrative Assistant. If you are an organized and creative individual who are looking to join a great team, we want to hear from you.

The ideal candidate has at least one to two years of administrative experience, is very organized, a creative spirit, is punctual and professional and can multi task. The candidate must be a quick learner who enjoys working independently. Administrative responsibilities include: welcoming guests, answering and directing phone calls and general emails, filing, organizing, scheduling appointments, and setting up at our events and managing our booth.

Additionally, the role expands to Digital Marketing. The candidate will be responsible for generating and creating content on a daily basis. This position will be responsible for supporting and maintaining an innovative social media strategy to support the Downtown Coral Gables brand voice across a variety of social media platforms, to include Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our website This role will also manage and maintain our email contact database on a weekly basis.

The Social Media Administrative Assistant will report to the Executive Director and Marketing Manager of the organization.


• 1-2 years of administrative experience
• 2 years of Digital Marketing experience
• Candidate must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Strong working knowledge of MS Office is required
• Working knowledge of Photoshop Elements, WordPress and Email marking platforms is a plus
• Associates or Bachelor’s degrees are preferred, but not required

Benefits include Medical insurance, two-week vacation and paid parking.
Salary Range: $28-$30k
This is a full-time position.

Background checks will be performed.

To apply, please email your Cover Letter and Resume to [email protected].

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Open Cafés & Restaurants in Downtown Coral Gables Post Hurricane Irma

September 14, 2017 in Homepage, News by admin

We are excited to announce businesses are opening at a fast rate here in Downtown Coral Gables after hurricane Irma. Below is a list of Cafés and restaurants that are open and ready to serve you*.

In addition, if you’re looking for a new outfit or accessory, many retailers are also up and running. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates on what’s open and suggestions on where to go.

Angelique Euro Café
Bellmont Spanish Restaurant
Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream
Bocas House
Bulla Gastrobar
Burger Fi
Café Demetrio (limited menu)
Caffe Vialetto
California Pizza Kitchen
Chicken Kitchen
Christy’s (Dress code waived)
Cibo Wine Bar
Copper 29
Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar
Delicatessen Patagonia
Divino Ceviche
Einstein Bros. Bagels
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse
Fratellino Ristorante
Fresco’s Café
Fritz & Franz Bierhaus
Graziano’s in the Gables
Green Life Organic Bistro
House Kitchen & Bar
Ikura Sushi Lounge
Janette & Co.
Jimmy John’s Sandwiches
John Martin’s Irish Pub
La Taberna Giralda
La Provence Bakery (limited menú)
Le Tartine Di Teresa
Lotus Garden
Mesa Mar Seafood Table
Miller’s Ale House
Morelia Gourmet Paletas
Morton’s The Steakhouse
My Ceviche
OBBA Sushi
Open Stage Club
Ortanique on the Mile
Panera Bread
Pasion del Cielo Coffee
Pincho Factory
Pizza Rev
Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar
Pollo Tropical
Pomodoro’s Pizza
Pummarola Pastificio & Pizzeria
Red Koi Lounge
Season’s 52
Spritz Pizzeria & Ristorante
Sushi Maki
Swine Southern Table & Bar
Tap 42
The Bar
The Café at Books & Books
The Local Craft Food & Drink
Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe
Zucca Ristorante

*Updated: September 13, 2017

Click here for a full list of open Cafes and Restaurants in Coral gables.

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Soul on the Mile featuring Yoli Mayor

September 14, 2017 in Homepage, News by admin

Yoli Mayor

Photo by: Max Reed Photos

Discover The City Beautiful and celebrate its future at the launch of their summer music series: Soul on The Mile brought to you by the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables and Prism Creative Group!

This summer, the McBride Family Plaza opens up for a night of live music under the stars. Sway to the rhythms of powerful musicians like the ever so soulful Yoli Mayor and the beautifully bluesy Soulixer. Take in the savory creations of Coral Gables favorite eateries, and indulge in drinks in a magical atmosphere of community and connection. Peruse pop-ups by neighborhood shops and get to know one of the city’s most historical areas.

Join the fun as the Gables community comes together on Thursday, September 28th at 7 p.m. and bring the Plaza at 150 Miracle Mile to life. Click here to RSVP.

Soul on the Mile Performing Acts

The show, as they say, must go on. Even though the date for our Soul on the Mile event has changed, we’re still looking forward to having an uplifting show for the whole community. Performing for us will be the up-and-coming Yoli Mayor with opening jams by Soulixir. Both acts are native to Florida, and it’ll be a tremendous treat to enjoy watching them perform in our intimate, stylish setting.


Hailing from Cape Coral, Soulixer cites classic soul influences such as James Brown along with modern artists like Mos Def and John Mayer. The band is wonderfully bare bones: a guitar, a bass and a set of drums are all that are needed to crank out their jams. Their particular blend of funk and soul covers a variety of tones, ranging from mellow soul ballads to bouncy funk anthems that get people in the mood to dance even when sitting down. There’s no better band to get the party started.

Yoli Mayor

Yoli Mayor has elevated spirits across the country with her authentic musical talents as a recent semi-finalist on Season 12 of America’s Got Talent. At just 21-years-old, Mayor’s powerful vocals have been compared to celebrated artists such as Adele, Etta James, and Amy Winehouse. Throughout her competition on a national stage, we’ve watched this Cuban-American and Miami native wow audiences with her self-taught abilities to learn music by ear and sing from her heart. Don’t miss the chance to welcome her home to South Florida, as she performs live on stage in Coral Gables.

Music on the Mile

As the shops on the Mile return to normal operations, we are glad to host a free evening getaway to galvanize our community. Come enjoy some of the best in local music, and see for yourself how the newly “streetscaped” Miracle Mile rocks as a concert venue. 

We look forward to bringing the funk back to Miami and hope you’ll join us.

Parking is easy and accessible with valet options available. Planning to enjoy a couple drinks after the show? Consider some of the economical Uber alternatives to get around the Gables.

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August 21, 2017 in 1. Under 2,000 sq. ft., For Lease by admin

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Easy and Affordable Ways to Get Around the Gables

August 15, 2017 in News by admin

Easy and Affordable Ways to Get Around the Gables - Miracle Mile

With all of the recent changes going on around the Miracle Mile, it’s understandable that people have had to rethink some of their transportation options, but there are many options to help you get around. Here are the few ways you can get to point A to point B:


The Coral Gables trolley system has been around since 2003. In that time, it’s reduced congestion in and around downtown Coral Gables by a measurable percentage and become a vital link for people reaching their jobs from residences outside Coral Gables in a fast and efficient manner. 

These quick and stylish public transports run in an efficient loop that helps cut down traffic in town by the equivalent of 750 cars every day. If you haven’t had the opportunity yet, hop aboard and take one of the quickest tours around of Coral Gables, completely for free.

Freebee: Get around Downtown Coral Gables 

The Freebee service is a recent addition to the transportation options available to Coral Gables residents and visitors, and as the name implies, it’s free to use.  All that’s required is downloading the Freebee app from the Apple App Store or Google Play, installing it on your mobile device and punching in a request to be picked up. 

A short time later, one of numerous Freebee electric vehicles shows up and whisks you off to your specified destination.


Technically, this isn’t in Coral Gables, but it’s an important tool for getting to Coral Gables, particularly from downtown Miami. The Metromover is an elevated rail system that runs in two loops (one inner, one outer) that can help put people in position to grab a Metrorail train into Coral Gables proper. While the Metrorail leg of the trip will cost some money, the Metromover portion is entirely free.

Coral Gables is working with its neighbors and its residents to help make sure everybody can get around town as quickly as possible without having to drive themselves.

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Save the Date: Soul on the Mile ft. Magic City Hippies

August 3, 2017 in News by admin

soulonthemileGet ready to groove in the City Beautiful as we launch the upcoming summer music series: Soul on the Mile. Brought to you by the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables, with the help of Prism Creative Group, this kickoff event will set the precedent for what is sure to be a successful series, bringing energy and spirit to Downtown Coral Gables.

Join the fun as the Gables community comes together on Thursday, August 24 at 7 p.m. and bring the Plaza at 150 Miracle Mile to life to the beat of Magic City Hippies, with an opening set by Soulixer.  Browse through pop-up shops by local vendors and enjoy savory bites by your favorite Gables eateries in a magical atmosphere of community and connection. Click here to RSVP.

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Get to Know the New Giralda Plaza

July 25, 2017 in News by admin

photo by FujifilmGirl

photo by FujifilmGirl

It’s time to round up your fellow foodies, your weekend brunch bunch and make your way to the new Giralda Plaza!

This beloved block in our City Beautiful, known to many as Restaurant Row, is home to award-winning eateries serving up traditional Spanish flavors, authentic Vietnamese home cooking, chef-driven Southern fare and some of the best avo toast you’ve ever tried. Stroll the new pedestrian-only boulevard, shop at local boutiques, grab a cup of coffee or people-watch with a cold beer in hand.

Make your way to this new Gables gem, where locals and visitors come together to enjoy the new face of our City Beautiful. Giralda Plaza has it all.

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See What’s In Style as Coral Gables Celebrates Beauty & Fashion on July 28

July 24, 2017 in News by admin

See What’s In Style at the Coral Gables Miracle Mile 00 Block Celebration & Fashion Show - Miracle Mile

As the summer wears on, the fashion industry is preparing to show off the latest looks this fall. And if you just can’t wait for Fashion Week in Paris and Milan, you’ll be in good company as we celebrate style, beauty and fashion in Coral Gables this month.

Our annual Beauty & Fashion Event is being hosted at the 00 Block on July 28th this year, featuring a fashion show, bites and wine tasting. Plus, attendees can enter a contest for a grand prize beauty and fashion gift. The fun starts at 6 p.m. and continues until we close at 9 p.m.

Join us for a fun, relaxing evening. You’ll find out what to wear in the fall and a preview of next year’s spring/summer trends. Plus, if you like what you see on the runway, take advantage of exclusive offers at select boutiques. Here’s a sneak peek:

– Twinkle Twinkle- Free gift with $50 purchase

-My Best Friend’s Closet- $20 rack and 50% off rack

-Essence Boutique- 25% off storewide

-Kiki on the Mile- spend $150 or more, receive 15% off

-Morelia Gourmet Paletas- free toppings and dippings

-Emporium- 20% off storewide and for every purchase of $50 or more, you will be entered to win a free 60 minute massage

-Leggenda Bridal- 20% off on all accessories

-Jolure Beauty Atelier- $25 blow outs and 20% off other services

The Colors of Fall

Leaves may not turn in Miami quite the same way that they do in Vermont or New York, but there will be plenty of color to be seen once the summer’s over. This fall, red is going to be big and bold, with single shade outfits for the daring. Making a more subtle but no less aesthetically pleasing signal, browns are going to be making their presence known in both solids and patterns.

Dipping a Toe

For those wanting to adorn their feet with something new, some designers are reaching back to classic antiquity for stylish takes on Greco-Roman “gladiator” sandals, lacing up to the knee while allowing the toes to peek out. But if those are too much work, basic thong sandals will be getting the haute couture treatment, elevating the “flip-flop” from foam rubber and PVC poolwear to stylish leathers and feathers for a night on the town.

Go Big and Go Out

Despairing at the thought of fitting into skinny jeans? Fear not, because those days are over. Fall is turning the trend in a new direction with extra wide denim (not quite bellbottoms), allowing for easy movements and a little flourish with every step. In tandem with the move to bigger pants, big belts are also going to be coming into style, whether it’s on denim, around a mid-length skirt, or cinching up a flashy new coat.

The fall fashion trends of 2017 look to be a mixture of old school cool and classic comfort for any locale that one might find themselves in. These styles, along with some handpicked pieces uniquely suited for life in Miami, will all be on display at the Beauty & Fashion Event on Miracle Mile. Mark your calendars and prepare to reorganize your closets.