Brightly lit and bustling with activity, the Ravlin Building in South Miami came alive on Thursday evening, November 14th, during the center’s Grand Re Opening Celebration. After vacancies left by Gardner’s Market and Mr. Roberts Hair Salon, the neighborhood shopping center is now fully occupied with the addition of five new tenants: Bang & Olufsen, Gleam Hair Studio, Living Alfresco, Sir Galloway Cleaners and Splash. These upscale retailers bring a variety of high quality products and services ranging from audio and video equipment, outdoor furniture and accessories, stylish clothing and bathing suits, haircuts and highlights and dry cleaning services. These retailers are the perfect complement to long-time tenants Country French, Kristine Michael and Red Apple. To celebrate the grand re-opening and full occupancy of the center, all eight stores were open and hosted special events.
Living Alfresco, a company that specializes in fine outdoor furniture and designing personalized outdoor spaces, was one of the popular spots of the evening with more than 100 guests celebrating the showroom’s new location. Founded in 2005, the high quality outdoor furniture and accessories store was previously located in Marina Lakes before moving to the Ravlin Building in October. “I chose the Ravlin Building because of its convenient South Miami location with free parking for my customers, the storefront exposure on Red Road, and my associate retailers offer upmarket products and services that parallel mine. Since moving in, I have been busier than ever. I’m thrilled with the number of shoppers visiting the store daily as well as all of my clients, vendors, family and friends, that came to our Grand Opening Celebration, ” said Betsy Fantis, Owner of Living Alfresco.
In addition to the special festivities, Kristine Michael, Living Alfresco and Splash wanted to give back to the community that has supported them. The three businesses are donating 10% of their sales from the grand opening event to two local charities. Kristine Michael chose Kristi House, which helps child victims of sexual abuse and exploitation. Living Alfresco and Splash are both donating to The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, which opened in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services to the South Florida Community.
“As a long-time Miami resident and Owner of Living Alfresco, I am pleased to support our local community. The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is near and dear to my heart as both family and friends have been successfully treated for cancer as patients of Sylvester,” stated Betsy Fantis.
The Ravlin Building, located at 7301 SW 57 Avenue (Red Road) in South Miami, one block south of Sunset Drive, is easy to get to and provides free parking for its customers. The eight upscale tenants offer a variety of products and services.