STEP INTO MIRO’S BOUTIQUE AND ENTER INTO A WORLD OF EUROPEAN ELEGANCE AND EXCELLENCE.
Victoria Miro and sister-in-law Erin have teamed up to create a thoroughly extraordinary space housing collections from around the world.
For Victoria, who attended St. Theresa’s and Lourdes, and lived in Pinecrest for the past 17 years, is most familiar with the South Miami shopping experience. A former teacher, who homeschooled her two children, she enjoys a passion for interior design and decoration. She had organized weddings, prepared floral arrangements and catered to the needs of her clients. This is her first fashion retail venture.
Both Victoria and Erin, who lives in the Northeast, had always wanted to do something together, and so they embarked on this new venture, designing the interior space and enlisting the entire family in actually building out the luxurious surroundings in two months. “We left a lot of sweat equity here,” exclaims Victoria.
Miro’s Boutique is not label driven and carries more than just well-known designers. Erin, as co-buyer, has selected international collections: Italy (Maliparmi), LeMaison, a designer for Tom Ford, Singapore, London, Russia, Marie France van Damme, L.A.M.B., Gwen Stephani (Canada), Connie Bates/Fahrenheit (NY), and for the holidays gowns from Kaufman-Franco. Miro’s has its own handbags and bracelets, and their goal is to design their own label someday.
MIRO’S A LUXURY BOUTIQUE 7216 SW 57th Avenue | 305.667.0084 |
SISTERS NAYLA AND MAYA EL-HAFFY OPENED MONC BOUTIQUE IN MID-AUGUST AFTER A THREE-MONTH BUILDOUT.
A family affair, MONC is comprised of the initials of Maya, Maya’s ten month old son Oliver, Nayla and sister Carolle who lives in Jacksonville. Growing up in the Gables, they are very familiar with South Miami and its style-conscious shoppers. Their goal is to offer collections that are affordable, yet trendy, with prices under $100. Nayla does the buying and some of the labels they carry are: Sweet Rain, Rehab Funky, Nameless, Hot & Delicious and Under Skies, which are all from LA, and cater to up-to-date fashion trends and celebrities. They carry local designers for jewelry and bathing suits, and also have pieces from Turkey, Lebanon and Greece. They are organizing a VIP Club which will offer sneek peaks, preferred pricing and a special event one night a month. Open seven days, Mon-Sat 10-7 and Sun from 12-5.
MONC BOUTIQUE 7222 SW 57th Avnue | 305.213.2240
TO MARKET TO MARKET
So what do you do with retail space that’s been empty for almost two years and that’s adjacent to your already successful bakery?
Answer: You explore your own dream. Misha and husband Gardo, thoroughly enjoy fine wines and great food, so they decided to create a space for a specialty market. Conceptualizing the market design and concept in October 2012, and after the birth of another child in June, they were ready to roll out their marketplace. Teaming up with Jose Lorenzo, who has been in the produce business for decades, and most recently manager at Epicure, they are able to capitalize on his knowledge, experience and relationships with purveyors. “You’re not to going find the products we sell here within a fifteen-mile radius of us,” says Gardo.
Licensed as a “restaurant,” Misha’s Cupcakes opened in 2008, and it is this designation that allows the Market at Misha’s to bring in select wines and products that are not available in local markets or package stores, and also serve up patrons who want to come by and order for consumption at the market.
Those learning about Misha’s Market have come to spend an evening uncorking wines, sampling salamis, cheeses, olives and much more. It’s become a place to meet and visit with friends.
Their boutique wines (“fermented grape juice” as their sign says) included Chost Block (Napa), Merry Edwards (Sonoma) Flacciarnello, a Super Tuscan and wine of the year. They carry great Italian and Spanish labels from small wineries.
So, come by the market. Pick up some prosciutto, pates, olives, Barolo soaked figs, Parmigiano Reggiano and a bottle or two of some outstanding vintages from around the world, that you won’t find elsewhere.
MISHA’S MARKET | 1548 South Dixie Highway | 305.668.4959 | Open Monday – Saturday 10:30 – 8