Uptown South Miami merchants joined forces to give a black eye to Black Friday and a sucker punch to Cyber Monday by participating in Small Business Saturday, part of a nationwide event sponsored by American Express in cities all across the U.S. The event recognizes the critical role locally owned businesses play in our community and the economy.
Appropriately sandwiched between the two biggest shopping days of the year, the Nov. 26 event featured a walking tour of South Miami’s popular shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Hosted by the Red Sunset Merchant’s Association, visitors dropped by participating shops, boutiques, and businesses to meet store managers and owners, and take in their wares.
But according to event organizer Amy Donner, President of RSMA, “South Miami’s Small Business Saturday also afforded an opportunity for those of us behind the scenes to talk about how city government and merchants can work together to foster an exceptional experience for shoppers and visitors to our business district.”
Donner launched the morning walk-about tour from Le Royal Bakery located at 7370 SW 57th Ave., before heading out to visit about a dozen easy-to-spot merchants. The store fronts of participating businesses were adorned with specially designed blue window posters, balloons, and branded welcome mats.
Participating merchants along the tour included:
- Tech Bar, 7356 Red Rd
- Isabel Fine Home Accessories, 7334 Red Road
- The Dog From Ipanema, 7230 SW 57th Ave
- Lanes, 5700 Sunset Drive
- Footworks, 5724 Sunset Drive
- Tea & Poets Shops at Sunset Place
- J Mc Laughlin, 5819 Sunset Drive
- Edward Beiner, Purveyor of Fine Eyewear, 5817 Sunset Drive
- Arango, 5864 Sunset Drive
- Tambo Works, 5790 Sunset Drive
- And a surprise visit to Tupelo Honey, 7250 Red Road
The event concluded with a stop at Shula’s 347 Grill at 6915 Red Road to partner with the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce in recognition of their shared interests.
Small Business Saturday was launched by American Express in 2010 to support the small businesses that create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods around the country. Last year, over 100 million people came together to Shop Small in their communities on Small Business Saturday. Find out more at #shopsmall.
The Red Sunset Merchants Association represents the general welfare of the Red Sunset area and the owners of area restaurants, stores, firms, and services. It aids in the beautification of the Red Road/Sunset Drive area, and anticipates and provides for future requirements of the area in relation to traffic, transportation, building, beautification, and marketing.
For more about the Red Sunset Merchant’s Association and a chance to win a $500 shopping spree, visit shopsouthmiami.com, or “Like” www.facebook.com/shopsouthmiami/. For general information, call 786-223-0747.