Free Building Workshop for Kids

By: Rebecca Cofino/Blogger Want to raise a son who knows how to fix a leaky faucet? Or a daughter who can put her own bookcase together? Stop by Home Depot, the first Saturday of every month between 9 am-noon and your child can participate in their Kid’s Workshop.  This program is completely free and features a different project every month. The children receive a kit to build something, for example a saving’s shed, a truck, a keepsake box or a planter.  Home…
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The Gnarly Skate Park of The Grove

By: Rebecca Cofino/Blogger Is skate-boarding the baseball of the new millennium? More and more teenagers are taking up skate-boarding. In fact, some polls show teenagers would rather skate-board than play baseball. Unfortunately, there are not that many places for them to do this safely and without being a public nuisance. Our parks are designed for organized sports, and many skateboarders are left dangerously navigating streets and parking lots. Miami-Dade has only four skate parks; fortunately, one of them is in Coconut…
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Find Comfort at The Grove Spot

By: Jasmyn Elliott/Blogger In one’s journey through Coconut Grove, there comes a time when one must venture off the beaten paths of Commodore Plaza, Grand Avenue and Main Highway to discover something truly amazing. This is where making the trip to The Grove Spot comes in. For over two years, The Grove Spot has been nestled away on Virginia Street, right across the street from the Mayfair Hotel and Spa, making it this vibrant neighborhood’s best-kept secret. Bright orange awnings…
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Family Wellness at the Nityananda

By: Rebecca Cofino It is rare to find a place designed equally well for children and adults.  Most places that call themselves family establishments really mean that they are kid-friendly.  That’s great, but boring for adults.  The Nityananda Center in Coconut Grove is a gem that truly has offerings for moms, dads and their kiddos. Let’s start with mom’s needs first.  They offer massage. Should I stop there?  Isn’t that enough? There menu includes Thaiatsu, Swedish, Hot Stone, Deep Tissue and…
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Sail Away with Shake-A-Leg

By Rebecca Cofino/Blogger If you think boating on Biscayne Bay is only for the elite, you must not have heard of Shake-A-Leg Miami.  Shake-A-Leg is an amazing organization in Coconut Grove that teaches and enables people with disabilities to participate and excel in all aspects of nautical life.  In addition to that, it is open to the entire community for lessons and boat rentals. Situated right on beautiful Biscayne Bay, Shake-A-Leg is a world class facility for adaptive boating needs. …
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Kennedy Park: Coconut Grove’s Outdoor Gym

By: Rebecca  Cofiño/ Blogger Confession time: I used to be a gym rat. I loved working out and made sure I got my money’s worth out of my gym membership by spending two to three hours there every day.  Ah, life before kids. I don’t have that kind of time to devote to fitness anymore, nor am I inclined to spend my small pockets of freedom trapped indoors, listening to the pop songs while running in place.  I’ve found something much…
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Relax: Visit “Old Florida” in Coconut Grove

By: Rebecca Cofino It doesn’t take many steps, maybe fifteen, to leave the hustle and bustle of Coconut Grove’s Main Highway and step back in time at the Barnacle Historic State Park.  Each step brings takes you a little bit closer to tranquility.  Traffic sounds give way to rustling leaves and twittering birds as you walk through the forested entrance.  This walk is perhaps my favorite part of visiting the Barnacle.  It is just so amazing to be right in…
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Best of the Grove: Living Green & Beautiful

By: Yudy Pineiro/Blogger Do you love your hair, nails and skin? Do you love the Earth and want to do your part in promoting green living? Then Coiffure & Nature, the Grove’s eco-friendly salon, is the perfect place for you. Combining their love for beauty and the environment, Gilles Valceschini and Lionel Chicherie (who also own the successful salon and spa Ugo di Roma) opened the eco-chic salon at 3199 Commodore Plaza more than a year ago. “The concept came…
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Welcome to ICoconutgrove

By: Icoconutgrove Editorial Board Coconut Grove is a buzzing paradox; it is at once instantly cozy and familiar with its vintage feel and pretty family owned stores.  But it is also the type of town that evokes a sense of total serendipity-Coconut Grove kind of makes you feel like anything could happen. With its myriad of annual street festivals, art exhibits, and incredible food, the Grove is its own little microcosm of all the best things Miami has to offer…
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