Members of the Red Sunset Merchants Association (RSMA) celebrated the holidays and the end of the year with a cocktail party at Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Sunset Place on Dec. 17. Nearly 75 merchants and most of the city’s elected officials attended the festive event, graciously hosted by the good folks at Splitsville.
On hand to mix and mingle with members of the business community was South Miami Mayor Philip Stoddard and his wife Gray, former mayor and commission candidate Horace Feliu, Commissioner Josh Leibman, Commissioner Valerie Newman and candidate Donna Shelly.
In keeping with the Christmas spirit, 41 merchants brought gifts for fellow merchants to be shared in a raffle. “Merchant to merchant marketing” is a cornerstone of RSMA President Karla Cooper’s term.
“If the merchants know one another, they will refer more business to one another,” Copper said. “I am all about supporting our own first.”
Merchants who participated in the gift raffle included Thomas Armour Youth Ballet, Pastis Restaurant, Footworks, Miros Boutique, First National Bank of South Miami, Le Royal Bakery, Puritan Cleaners, Shula’s 347, Isabel’s Fine Home Accessories, American Chariots Auto Brokers, Biscayne Bank, SoMi Boutique, My Vida Spa, Shops at Sunset Place, Maud Boutique, Le Crepe Restaurant, Hand & Stone, Town Kitchen & Bar, Marisol’s Boutique, Coldwell Banker, Total Bank, Christie’s Hair Salon, Mogra Contemporary Design and Area Stage Company. In addition to hosting the party, the Splitsville team also raffled a party for 12 at their venue.
“Our downtown district is a treasure,” said Cooper. “Our job is to promote our retail services and restaurants while working closely with the city on beautification projects such as landscaping, improvements like additional crosswalks, and traffic and parking issues to name a few.”