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We interviewed Natalia Grozina from Coconut Grove Business Improvement District (BID) office to tell us more about Miami’s original city, Coconut Grove. Miami is one of the fastest growing big cities in the world and it is constantly expanding socially, culturally and economically. We intend to find out more about Coconut Grove, this beautiful authentic district where the fancy cosmopolitan cultural and financial center we know as Miami was borne.
We asked Natalia to tell us in what capacity is she involved with Coconut Grove.
“I am the Marketing & Public Relations Manager for the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District. I provide strategic leadership and manage the creative development and production of various marketing initiatives, sponsorships of special events and community engagement to optimize Coconut Grove’s marketability in the South Florida region. Additionally, I manage all print and digital collateral for promotions and advertisements and execute Coconut Grove’s 4th of July Fireworks Celebration, Christmas Tree-Lighting Ceremony and the monthly Fashion + Art + Music night events.”
She turns out to be the key operator of the beating heart of Coconut Grove.
Natalia, could you introduce Coconut Grove with a little historic background and mostly what kind of place is it socially, culturally and economically?
“Before there was Miami, there was Coconut Grove – Miami’s original city. Coconut Grove is South Florida’s most attractive, dynamic and independently-minded community founded in 1873 by an eclectic mix of pioneers, artists, intellectuals and adventurers. The tropical oasis of Coconut Grove thrives to this day as Miami’s escape from the stress of city life. It offers a warm, laid-back atmosphere and flourishes as the centre of Bohemian life with charming boutiques, sidewalk cafes and sailboats anchored at the bay. The neighbourhood’s distinct bohemian flair allows one to unwind and relax every day of the week and any time of the year. With world-class attractions, including famous landmarks and destinations such as the Coconut Grove Arts Festival and various sailing regattas along Biscayne Bay, Coconut Grove encompasses everything that makes it a global destination: great architecture, culture and history, with a strong commercial heart.”
Have you started to fall in love with the Grove yet? Then, you will really appreciate the following.
Natalia, why would you recommend Coconut Grove to visit and stay?
“The neighbourhood likes to keep the authentic and unique brand with its charming boutiques. There are high-end restaurants and some luxury boutique hotels like The Mayfair Hotel & Spa, The Mutiny, Sonesta and The Ritz-Carlton, Coconut Grove.”
“There is a great food-scene in Coconut Grove and many restaurants have recently opened or will be soon including: Harry’s Pizzeria, Farinelli 1937, Glasshouse, The Spillover and 33, to name a few. There are also a number of real estate developments underway, including the construction of Park Grove and Grove at Grand Bay.”
“Coconut Grove is a unique tropical oasis in the middle of Miami – but nothing like Miami at the same time. It is a boutique, walkable village with all the charms and authenticity of a small bohemian village in the middle of the city. “
And if you are still not convinced that Coconut Grove is probably the best place to visit, stay and live in, this might just change your mind.
“Coconut Grove has a very European feel and architecture to it, with a substantially large French community. There is a growing number of Europeans who are choosing to live in Coconut Grove both for the lifestyle, as well as the schools that are in the district. Coconut Grove ranks at the top, as the schools in the district are some of the top schools in the nation. Our zip code – 33133 – is one of the nation’s leading zip codes with some of the most expensive real estate listings in the country.”
We know, when something sound to good to be true it isn’t, except Coconut Grove. Experience it for yourself, book a flight to Miami and discover Coconut Grove.
P.S: Please let us know if we were wrong.