Friday, October 5, 2012

Cocowalk: A Lifestyle Center To Remember

Located in the epicenter of the Coconut Grove neighborhood of Miami, this chic, open-air, Tuscan-style lifestyle center is the first of its kind in the state of Florida. It is situated precisely at the intersection of Grand Avenue, McFarlane Road and Main Highway. Opened to the public in November of 1990, ambiance is the operative word defining Cocowalk where shopping, casual dining and all types of cultural exchange from art galleries to live music to theaters come together in one location.

Cocowalk has four distinct levels, offering more than 30 stores and services and a spectacular open courtyard of approximately 200,000 square feet of gross leasable area (GLA). Both tourists and locals who own Coral Gables real estate appreciate and regularly use the attached, 24-hour-security-insured and very well-lit 840-space parking garage. This facilitates the flow of activity as every Thursday through Sunday, visitors and tour groups to Cocowalk mingle to enjoy live music.

Residents and owners of Coral Gables real estate as well as a steady flow of tourists help to make Cocowalk one of the top five most popular tourists destinations in Greater Miami. In 2006, Cocowalk experienced a total renewal aided by PMAT Real Estate Investments’ with more than $10 million in capital improvements. Today, the center is home to favorite national brands that include but are not limited to: Victoria’s Secret, The Cheesecake Factory, Starbucks, GAP and White House/Black Market clothing shops. 

At one time, there was only one theater in Cocowalk, but since 2010  the Paragon Grove 13 Movie Theater (featuring 13 screens) have entered the picture (forgive the pun) and its Backlot Wine Bar and Lounge in the lobby offers patrons who are visitors or those who own Coral Gables real estate a chance for a quick bite or drink before or after the movie.

Cocowalk is a glorious, colorful one-stop experience in shopping, dining and charismatic entertainment. The area attracts new businesses and others that make Cocowalk a spectacular presence that is well-deserving of the moniker: Grand Dame of Coconut Grove.  There is nothing like Cocowalk anywhere in South Florida.

Whether visitors walk or are transported by car, bike or boat to Cocowalk, its easy access greatly contributes to its popularity both among outsiders and locals alike. All age groups are attracted to CocoWalk’s cool, causal yet upscale setting. 

CocoWalk hosts a number of special high traffic events, such as the 4th of July, Mother’s & Father’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Halloween, Kids’ Days, Food Fairs, and a Santa Visit. For more information on Cocowalk, visit the website and make sure you make time at some point in your busy life to come to Cocowalk and stay a while. Many a visitor has been transformed into a local resident by doing that very same thing. 

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