Saturday, March 21, 2015

Small Tea – Coral Gables Newest Tea Room

Whenever anyone from the UK has something that is consuming their thoughts or day, they typically like to “have a cup of tea” while they figure things out.  They always have tea in the afternoon and at night.  For them, tea is a part of their daily existence.

This tradition seems to have come across the Atlantic.  Although tea is now touted as a miracle elixir for the body, it is also very relaxing to sit down and have a cup of tea.  And there is no place better to have that tea than at Small Tea in Coral Gables.

Small Tea is a relatively new café on Aragon Avenue just off Ponce de Leon Boulevard and only a block off the Miracle Mile.  It is a modern twist on a classic tea room that offers a wide selection of popular and rare teas as well as a delicious menu filled with breakfast, lunch desserts and snack options that go perfectly with their teas.  From the basics like English Breakfast Tea to an absolute decadent Matcha tea, there is something for everyone. 

One of the most appealing features of Small Tea is the way that people simply want to go there.  In addition to simply serving tea and food, they have board games and cards so that people can enjoy an hour (and buy more tea) relaxing with a game of Scrabble or a good game of Gin Rummy.  There is also a smelling bar where anyone can smell different teas to help decide which one to choose. 

Coral Gables has an eclectic feel to it where people love to come and meander around the Miracle Mile.  Small Tea adds the perfect ambiance to the neighborhood either as a way to start your day or a little late afternoon pick me up to finish the day.

Much of the charm of living in the Gables is that everything is within walking distance.  Whether living in a close by neighborhood or in a condominium, being able to walk everywhere makes living here so enjoyable. 

Condominiums feature a broad spectrum of list prices from those starting in the low to mid-$200s at the David William Hotel/Condo to well over $1 million at Segovia Tower.  Mid-priced condos like Coral Gables Tower, 55 Merrick and others offer properties from the mid-$300s and to the mid-$700s or higher. 

As for Coral Gables single-family home neighborhoods, there are several within walking distance (a little more than a block or two).  Most list prices start in the mid-$300s and climb to the multi-millions. 

Small Tea caters to tea lovers of which many live in the Miami-Dade area.  The reviews are stellar – locals love that there is a great place to get tea in Coral Gables. One local said that Smart Tea is “A petite dim lighted place near a corner in Ponce de Leon, not in the mainstream avenue, but in a place that at first sight could look as behind the action, just nailed it” when rating it on Yelp.  

The café is also bringing people out from Miami who want to sit and, you guessed it – have a cup of tea saying that   “OK, this is probably the coolest place that has opened up in Coral Gables in years!!!”

If you love tea and have not been to Small Tea, make sure you visit.  We promise you will come back almost every day!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Nutrition Empire -- Welcome to the Neighborhood

To be positioned on the same block as Epicure Gourmet Market is what most any small retailer wants when opening up shop in a new location and that is just what happened to Nutrition Empire.  Located in the newly built Gables Ponce apartment complex on Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Nutrition Empire is in a position to succeed. 

Nutrition Empire is situated on the ground floor of the newly built phase of Gables Ponce – a new apartment complex on the corner of Ponce de Leon and Granello Avenue. The location is ideal for this health and nutrition specialty store as it is just one block from the Village at Merrick Park and Equinox Fitness in addition to being less than a mile from the University of Miami. It features nutritional supplements and health and wellness products as well as offers superb customer service by trained athletes who have are very well educated in nutrition and healthy living. 

Growing Part of Coral Gables
Most often, when you think of Coral Gables, the Miracle Mile is the first thing that pops into your head but as real estate development continues to expand, the neighborhoods and condominiums around this part of the Gables is primed and ready to grow.  Gables Ponce is an upscale apartment community built in three phases of which the first two are completed and the third is in the works.  It offers residents five-star living in a resort-like atmosphere with high end fixtures and finishes in each apartment as well as community amenities on par with most tropical resorts. 

In addition to Gables Ponce, the Residences of  Merrick Park, another apartment community, is just a block away and provides the same type of luxury apartment living.  This community is comprised of one, two and three-bedroom apartments that are open and airy with nice, spacious balconies to enjoy Florida breezes. 

AVIVA is yet another luxury apartment rental community that is situated on the other side of The Village at Merrick Park.  It has the same tropical feel that Gables Ponce and Residences of Merrick Park have and gives residents the ability to live in high end residences.      

For those who wish to own Coral Gables real estate in this vicinity, the area is 
primarily comprised of single-family home neighborhoods with multi-family housing mixed into the areas.  List prices for homes start in the mid to upper-$400s for homes in Gables Rivera and Coral Gables Country Club neighborhoods and climb into the millions.  As for condominiums, One Village Place is a short walk and features list prices between the mid-$300s and about $600K.  There are several condominiums with properties ranging in the low to mid-$200s to $500K at condominiums like Villa Capri and University Inn Condo located a short drive away.

Coming Alive
One telltale sign that an area is truly coming alive is the retailers that set up shop there.  With high-end markets like Epicure and the shops opening in the Village at Merrick Park, the area around Gables Ponce is destined to continue to show growth.

As for now, residents who are very conscious about their health are so glad to see Nutrition Empire open up to help them make smart choices for nutrition – before and after they work out at Equinox.
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