Sunday, February 23, 2014

#ThankYouMiami for Distinctively Different Neighborhoods - South Miami

Welcome to Part 4 of our series, "#ThankYouMiami for Distinctively Different Neighborhoods", where Miami locals take us on a journey of their respective neighborhoods and tell us what they love about it, what they hate about it, and why their neighborhood makes them say #ThankYouMiami. Access the rest of the series here.

In this feature, Miami residents and local business owners Maya and Nayla El-Naffy tell us about South Miami, the neighborhood they chose for their specialty fashion shop, Monc Boutique. When Maya and Nayla settled in Miami after traveling around the world, they had a hard time finding a store that offered them affordable and fabulous finds. So they outfitted 7222 Red Road with a modern and cool Miami vibe and opened their own boutique. 

Their selection of trendy, designer pieces draws from the fashion expertise they acquired while traveling, but is perfectly tailored for the Miami style (see, #ThankYouMiami for a Unique and Enviable Style). So next time you feel like indulging in guilt-free spending, don't think twice about stopping by Monc Boutique. And, while you're in the area, check out South Miami's other great assets.

1. What distinguishes South Miami from other Miami neighborhoods?
South Miami is an up-and-coming boutique area filled with restaurants, bars, and amazing shopping. We love grabbing a bite to eat at Whisk and spending happy hour at Town Kitchen and Bar. Chocolate Fashion, which recently opened an outpost on Sunset Drive, is another neighborhood favorite. South Miami is also surrounded by great neighborhoods like Coral Gables and by some of Miami's best schools.

South Miami's reputation as a Miami food destination is quickly growing due to the success of local favorites like Whisk, which offers a modern take on southern comfort food. I highly recommend the Pimiento Cheese and Fried Green Tomato Sandwich - it is extremely decadent, but totally worth every single calorie.

2. What makes South Miami "SO Miami"?
South Miami is a melting pot of stores. The neighborhood has a restaurant for every type of foodie and a boutique to help every Miami girl discover her personal style.

Amongst the great finds housed in South Miami's boutique store fronts, Monc Boutique is a major clothing win. The selection that Maya and Nayla have curated perfectly fits my Miami style, like the must-have white sweater crop top shown above.

3. What do you like least about South Miami?
The parking! It is sometimes hard find street parking, but there are plenty of garages in the area.

South Miami offers it all - a main street and a mall feel, large brands and small businesses, clothing boutiques and restaurants, on street parking and parking garages. How will you customize your South Miami experience?

4. What is the strangest thing you've seen in South Miami?
We were quite surprised to find that all of the businesses in the area support one another. We think this attitude is fantastic for creating a neighborhood that is in sync.

South Miami has a vibrant business community fostered by support from locals and other business owners. The healthy business atmosphere draws more and more new business to the area, including recently inaugurated restaurant Buns & Buns which I am excited to check out soon!

5. What about South Miami makes you say #ThankYouMiami?
South Miami has a great family environment - it is a great place to visit with friends and family to enjoy daytime or nighttime activities. We also love the different events that the City of South Miami organizes like the Parade of the Elves in December and the farmer's market.

For over two decades, the City of South Miami has sponsored the Parade of the Elves in December to signify the start of the holiday shopping season. Events like this annual holiday event make South Miami one of Miami's most family-friendly neighborhoods. Image via SOMI Magazine

Are you an expert on your neighborhood? Share with Miami what makes your neighborhood distinctively different! Leave a comment below or send us a tweet @ThankYouMiami. You could be featured in an upcoming segment of this series.
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