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Gift Card Season is Here!

December 8, 2017 in Homepage, News, Uncategorized by admin

It’s the season of giving! Take advantage of these great Gift Card deals:

Benihana: Receive a $10 promotional card with your $50 gift card purchase. Offer is available now thru December 31 and promotional cards are valid January 2 thru March 31, 2018 at Benihana.

Bulla Gastrobar: Now through December 31, buy $100 in Bulla gift cards and get an additional $20 for yourself.

Burgerfi: Give a $25 gift card, get $5 free bonus card at BurgerFi!

California Pizza Kitchen: Receive a $20 promotional card for every $100 in gift cards purchased at CPK. Offer now through January 1. Promotional cards valid from January 8 to February 25, 2018.

Denny’s: Denny’s Gift Cards are the perfect gift for the holiday season. For a limited time, you can get $50 in value for every $25 gift card purchase.

Fleming’s Prime Steak & Wine Bar: Get a $20 bonus card for every $100 spent on gift cards now through December 31.

Miller’s Ale House: Receive a $10 bonus card with $50 gift card purchase. Gift good food, great drinks and even better times at Miller’s Ale House!

Morton’s: Purchase a $250 gift card and receive a $50 reward card at Morton’s The Steakhouse. Reward cards can be used anytime between Jan. 1 and May 2018.

No Boundaries: Take advantage of reduced pricing on Gift Cards. Pay $90 for a $100 card, pay $45 for a $50 card, and $22.50 for a $25 card.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse: Get a 10% bonus card offer available through December 31, 2017 on purchases of $250+ gift cards. Bonus cards are valid from January 1 thru March 31, 2018.

Seasons 52: Buy $100 in gift cards and get a $20 bonus card to enjoy in the new year. Also, receive a 10% bonus gift card when you spend $500 or more.

Sushi Maki: Make gifting extra rewarding this season with Sushi Maki! For every $50 gift card purchase get back a $10 gift card for yourself.

This list features some of the Gift Card deals being offered by businesses in Downtown Coral Gables. If you’re looking for a particular business that’s not on this list, please contact them directly.

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Caroling on the Mile

December 7, 2017 in Homepage, News, Uncategorized by admin

Starting December 7 at 7pm expect to find young Carolers from different South Florida schools cruising through  Miracle Mile singing a capella Christmas Carols. Caroling takes place Thursdays to Saturdays from Dec. 7 thru the 22nd.

Know your dates and choirs:

Thursday, December 7: Academy of Arts & Minds

Friday, December 8: Coral Gables Senior High

Saturday, December 9: Coral Gables & Robert Morgan Senior High

Thursday, December 14: Coral Reef Senior High

Friday, December 15: Robert Morgan Senior  High

Saturday, December 16: Florida Christian & Ronald Reagan/Doral

Thursday, December 21: Our Lady of Lourdes Academy

Friday, December 22: Doral Academy Prep

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Giralda Under the Stars is back on December 1!

November 29, 2017 in Homepage, News by admin

giralda-13Event Dates are: December 1, January 5, February 2, March 2 and April 6 starting at 7 p.m.

Giralda Plaza and Downtown Coral Gables & Miracle Mile have brought back a neighborhood favorite: Giralda Under the Stars! On the first Friday of every month until April 2018, Downtown Coral Gables’ Giralda Plaza (located on Giralda Avenue between Ponce de Leon Blvd. and Galiano Street) will be bustling with al fresco dining and live entertainment as part of Giralda Under the Stars presented by Don Julio.

 

Participating restaurants this year include:

• Bangkok Bangkok II
• Divino Ceviche
• Green Life Organic Bistro
• Ikura Sushi Lounge
• La Dorada Restaurant
• Lorenzo Pizza Kitchen
• Miss Saigon Bistro
• PokéBao
• Pasion del Cielo Coffee
• Rice Mediterranean Kitchen
• Spritz Pizzeria
• Talavera Cocina Mexicana
• Threefold Cafe
• The Local | Craft Food & Drink
• The Bar – Coral Gables
• 77 Sports Bar

Make sure to RSVP at a restaurant of your choice for optimal seating during the event. Reservation procedure varies for each restaurant.

Giralda Under the Stars event series is organized and produced by the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables and sponsored by Don Julio.

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Junior Orange Bowl Parade Specials

November 20, 2017 in Homepage, News by admin

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The signature event of the Junior Orange Bowl International Youth Festival, the Parade returns on Sunday, November 26, 2017! Starting at 4pm, hundreds of children and young people take to the streets of Downtown Coral Gables in this celebration of active youth and community. The Junior Orange Bowl Parade is a 69-year tradition in South Florida created especially for the kids and families. The Parade route will begin on Alhambra Circle and Ponce de Leon Boulevard, head south to Miracle Mile, and finish at the grandstands in front of City Hall on Biltmore Way.

Not only will Parade goers enjoy a vivid arrangement of marching bands, colorful floats, community groups and creative parade units, but also several businesses in Downtown Coral Gables will be open and feature special promotions for those looking to do some shopping.

Actor’s Playhouse at the Miracle Theater: Children 18 and under receive a $25 ticket to the 2pm matinee of EVITA on
Saturday, November 25 with purchase of a full paid adult ticket. Offer is valid by phone (305) 444-9293 or in person at the Box Office.

Angelique Euro Cafe: Complementary beer, glass of wine or champagne with any Brunch entree on Parade day. Call 305-529-9922 for more information.

Bellmont Spanish Restaurant: Receive $5 off when you spend $25 and $10 off when you spend $50 on Parade day. Call 786-502-4684 for reservations.

Coral Gables Art Cinema: Giving away 1 free bag of Cheddar Sun Chips with any concessions stand purchase
made on the day of the Jr. Orange Bowl Parade to parade-goers. Call 786-385-9689 for more details.

Peace Love World: Enjoy 40% off storewide + receive a free gift with any purchase of $150 or more. Call 305-444-5120 for more information.

The Well Groomed Gentleman: Parade goers will get 20% off one service (hot lather shave, haircut, manicure, etc…) and a complimentary drink from the fully stocked bar. Call 786-362-6360 to make an appointment.

This Junior Orange Bowl Parade is a dazzling spectacle that is not to be missed and certainly won’t be forgotten! Click here to purchase Parade grandstand tickets.

This list contains some of the business that will be open and offering special promotions. If you’re looking for a particular business that’s not in this list, please contact directly.

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This Thanksgiving Make Memories in Downtown Coral Gables

November 17, 2017 in Homepage, News by admin

Thanksgiving LeavesAs Thanksgiving quickly sneaks up on us, you may be trying to figure out whether to prepare the meal yourself or let someone else do it for you. Well, think no more, Downtown Coral Gables has everything you need. On this special day, give thanks surrounded by family and friends at one of our local restaurants. All you have to do is pick up the phone and call to make your reservations. Let them do the rest!

Bellmont Spanish Restaurant: Featuring a prix-fixed meal that includes turkey croquettes, wood oven roasted stuffed turkey breast, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans and pumpkin pie at $39 for adults and $23 for children under 12. Also offering, prix-fixed meals from regular menu. See full menu here or call 786.502.4684 to make your reservation.

Bricktop’s: On Thursday, say “Gobble Gobble” along with Bricktop’s. Enjoy a holiday feast of turkey, cornbread stuffing, whipped potatoes, deviled eggs and more for $28. If anyone in your party feels like skipping these options, they’ll also be offering several appetizers and entrees from their regular menu. Click here for more information.

Caffe Abbracci: The three-course special dinner menu includes pumpkin ravioli or grandma’s split pea soup, roast turkey with stuffing, and homemade apple pie with vanilla ice cream. The menu is $40 for adults and $23 for children and is served from 5-10:30pm. Click here form more information.

Christy’s: Enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings without having to carve it yourself. Menu includes a cream of mushroom soup or Caesar salad, roasted turkey, sweet potato mash and fresh vegetables and pumpkin or pecan pie. Cost is $42 for adults and $20 for children under 12. Open from 12pm to 8pm. Reservations are required, reserve online or call 305.446.1400.

John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant: Open from noon to 8pm. Feast on their 3-course menu which includes options such as Irish potato soup, roast turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet potato and more. Cost is $35 for adults and $15.50 for children. Click here form more information.

Morton’s The Steakhouse: If you don’t feel like turkey this year mix it up and have a perfect steak dinner instead! Open from 1-9pm, Morton’s will be offering their à-la-carte dinner menu. Re-create Thanksgiving by feasting with some of the highest quality meat cuts. Make your lunch or dinner reservations by calling 305.442.1662 or online.

Season’s 52: Give thanks for time spent with family and friends over a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. For $26.90 enjoy roasted turkey with savory gravy, mashed butternut squash, herb stuffing and more. Pair your dinner with one of the sommelier wine picks or seasonal cocktails (additional charge). Cost for children is $12.90. Click here for more information and to make your reservation.

Swine Southern Table & Bar: This year, enjoy a prix-fixe menu with all Thanksgiving favorites- butternut squash soup, smoked turkey, mac-n-cheese, bourbon pecan pie, etc.- with a Southern twist. Cost is $55 per person (children 10 and under ½ price). Book your reservation today!  Click here for more information on menu and how to reserve.

Zucca: Serving dinner from 4-10pm, Zucca will delight you with its savory menu. The three-course, prix-fixe menu is $58 per person and will include plenty of delicious food like stuffed turkey, butternut squash and other options. For pricing details and to make reservations click here.

This list features some of the Thanksgiving specials taking place in Downtown Coral Gables. If you’re looking for a particular restaurant that’s not on this list, please contact them directly for Thanksgiving Day information.

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Small Business Saturday

November 16, 2017 in Homepage, News by admin

Event date: November 25, 2017.

In between Black Friday and Cyber Monday falls Small Business Saturday. Created by AMEX in 2010, this program inspires consumers to SHOP SMALL not only on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, but every single day of the year.

This year the Coral Gables Chamber, City of Coral Gables and the Business Improvement District have partnered up to support our local small businesses and highlight their rich culture.

Here’s a list of participating businesses:

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A: Altamira Libros | Angelique Euro Cafe | Avant-Garde Salon & Spa | Awards Trophy World

B: Bellmónt Spanish Restaurant | Bloom Boutique | Bocas House | Bolado Clothiers | Books & Books, Inc. | BrickTop’s Restaurant | Bulla Gastrobar | BurgerFi Coral Gables

C:  Caffee Abbracci | California Pizza Kitchen | Chocolate Fashion | Christy’s Restaurant | Cibo Wine Bar | Copper 29 | Coral Gables Eyecare Center | Coral Gables Museum Corp. | Crema Gourmet Espresso Bar

D: Delicatessen Patagonia | Divino Ceviche Coral Gables

E: Emporium | Euro Table Catering / Sacha’s Café

F: Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse | Fratellino

G: Gables Cigars Shop | GBS Beauty Supply, Inc. | Giardino Gourmet Salads | Graziano’s Gourmet | Graziano’s In the Gables | GreenLife Gables Café

H: Hillstone | House Kitchen & Bar

I: I Designs | Ikura Sushi Lounge | Iron Sushi | Izakaya

J: J. Del Olmo Bridal Gallery & Couture | JAE’s Jewelers | Janette and Co. Macaron & French Pastries | John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant

K: Kiki

L: La Dorada Restaurant | La Taberna Giralda | La Provence French Bakery | Le Provencal Restaurant | Le Tartine Di Teresa | Leica Store Miami | Lorenzo Pizzas Coral Gables

M: Macanoco & Co. | Melissa Shoes USA | Mesa Mar Seafood Table | Miami Plastic Surgery | Miller’s Coral Gables Ale House | Miss Saigon Bistro | Morays Jewelers | Morelia Gourmet Paletas | Morton’s The Steakhouse | My Ceviche Coral Gables

N: No Boundaries Sport

O: OBBA Sushi & More | Open Stage Clu | OROA Eichholtz Furniture | Ortanique on the Mile

P: Peace Love World | Pincho Factory | Pita N’ Shawarma | PizzaRev | Plomo Tequila & Taco Bar | PokeBao | Pollo Tropical | Portfolio Salon | Pummarola

R: Razzledazzle Barbershop | Red Carpet Salon | Rice Mediterranean Kitchen | Rodolfo Hair Gallery | Ruth’s Chris Steak House

S: Seasons 52 | Snow’s Jewelers, Inc. | SushiClub | Sushi Maki | Swine Southern Table and Bar

T: Talavera Cocina Mexicana | Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill | The Bar | The Giving Tree | The Local | The Well Groomed Gentleman | Threefold Café | Twinkle Twinkle Bridal Jewelry & Accessories | Two Sisters Restaurant

U: Uvaggio Restaurant & Wine Bar

V: Violetas | VIXI Gelateria

W: Well Groomed Gentleman | Wolfe’s Wine Shoppe

Z: ZUCCA

In recognition of Small Business Saturday, Freebee will extend their hours to begin operation at 9:00 AM.

Municipal parking garages will also be FREE all day.

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Giralda Under the Stars is Back !

October 26, 2017 in Homepage, News by admin

Event Dates are: November 3, December 1, January 5, February 2, March 2 and April 6 starting at 7 p.m.

Now that the wonderful Giralda Plaza is open, Downtown Coral Gables & Miracle Mile are bringing back a neighborhood favorite: Giralda Under the Stars!  Starting on Friday, November 3rd, and following on the first Friday of every month until April, Downtown Coral Gables’ Giralda Plaza (located on the 100 block of Giralda Avenue between Ponce de Leon Blvd. and Galiano Street) will be bustling with al fresco dining and live entertainment as part of Giralda Under the Stars presented by Don Julio.

Participating restaurants this year include:

• Bangkok Bangkok II
• Divino Ceviche
• Green Life Organic Bistro
• Ikura Sushi Lounge
• La Dorada Restaurant
• Lorenzo Pizza Kitchen
• Miss Saigon Bistro
• PokéBao
• Pasion del Cielo Coffee
• Rice Mediterranean Kitchen
• Spritz Pizzeria
• Talavera Cocina Mexicana
• Threefold Cafe
• The Local | Craft Food & Drink
• The Bar – Coral Gables
• 77 Sports Bar

Make sure to RSVP at a restaurant of your choice for optimal seating during the event. Reservation procedure varies for each restaurant.

Giralda Under the Stars event series is organized and produced by the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables and sponsored by Don Julio.

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Business Improvement District of Coral Gables Plans for Bright Future

October 25, 2017 in Press by admin

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – October 24, 2017 – The operating charter for the Business Improvement District (“BID”) of Coral Gables has been renewed for five more years by a majority vote of its property owners. Sixty-two percent of BID property owners petitioned the City of Coral Gables to retain the special assessment district and renew the organization’s charter, which is reviewed every five years. The Coral Gables City Commission officially accepted the results at the October 11 city commission meeting.

“This vote of confidence comes at a very important time when the Streetscape project is in full swing, and we are seeing progress,” said the BID’s President, Venny Torre. “The next five years will be incredibly important to the continuity of the BID’s strategies for building upon its past success to make Coral Gables’ Central Business District an even more desirable place to live and do business. We are at the critical juncture where the hard work of the past will pave the way for continued growth and business prosperity.”

“Our goal and responsibility is to market and advocate on behalf of our BID members in Downtown Coral Gables,” said Taciana Amador, executive director of the BID. “Over the last 20 years, the BID has focused on developing marketing strategies exclusively dedicated to promoting Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables. In doing so, we’ve created a unique identity and brand that is known internationally.

The BID recently celebrated the completion of the first portion of the long-awaited Streetscape project with a block party. On October 13, the BID and the City of Coral Gables officially unveiled the new pedestrian promenade on Giralda Plaza.

This year the approval of the Overlay Plan, which addresses the expanded activation options and requirements tied to the Streetscape, was also celebrated. The Overlay establishes new retail and window signage, alley signs, menu boards, colonnade/arcade signage, kiosk signage, outdoor and rooftop dining terraces, outdoor music, and pop-up retail opportunities.

The BID is credited with creating signature events such as Coral Gables Restaurant Week, Taste of the Gables and Giralda Under the Stars, as well as spearheading Downtown Coral Gables’ centralized valet parking and holiday decorations and lighting programs. Most importantly, the BID has garnered increased awareness for 300+ Downtown Coral Gables businesses through 24/7 social media and marketing programs.

This year the BID also launched its “Building Beautiful” campaign, which is centered around producing and sharing a series of videos that are posted to an array of platforms. These one-minute videos profile the business owners and leaders of Coral Gables, bringing the story of their journey and the beauty of their business to life. The videos can be seen at Building Beautiful.

“With our charter renewed, we will continue to advocate on behalf of our members to ensure that we are creating the vibrant live, work, play environment intended,” said Amador.

About the Business Improvement District of Coral Gables: The Business Improvement District of Coral Gables was incorporated in July 1997 and encompasses 19 blocks of Downtown Coral Gables including Miracle Mile. As an advocate for downtown issues, property owners, and businesses, the BID empowers district members through a single-unified voice, speaking collectively to governmental and civic organizations and the general public in order to bring prosperity to the District. Its mission is to promote commercial vitality for Miracle Mile and Downtown Coral Gables through marketing and advertising, and to act as a strategic catalyst for the overall improvement of the area.
Downtown Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile is a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with more than 150 property owners and over 350 merchants including restaurants. Infused with a chic European feel, tree-lined streets and Mediterranean architecture, the historic area boasts some of Miami’s finest boutiques, acclaimed restaurants and lively cultural venues. Downtown Coral Gables, with its Miracle Mile, is an elegant and sophisticated destination to live, shop, play and work. It is Miami’s charming gem that locals like to keep secret and visitors fall in love with when they find it.

For more information and a directory, visit www.shopcoralgables.com, become a fan on www.facebook.com/ShopCoralGables, www.instagram.com/ShopCoralGables or follow us on Twitter @ShopCoralGables.

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20th Annual Halloween on the Mile!

October 16, 2017 in News by admin

Halloween on the Mile in Downtown Coral Gables - Miracle Mile

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.
Trick-Or-Treating
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

Photo Op & Non food treat Stop (for kids with allergies)
A special spooky Photo opportunity area for the whole family and some non food treats!
Macanoco & Co.| 2344 Ponce De Leon

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

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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
Ecuatours-Planet
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
PokéBao
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.