Our Growing Community

|  Mark Lovett  |


A Look at the Events and Businesses that are Building our Community. 

The MiMo District of Biscayne Boulevard between 50th Terrace and 77th Street has become the up and coming neighborhood in Miami.  One of the really cool things that happens in this previously blighted area is the Upper Eastside Market every Saturday at Legion Park, 66th Street and Biscayne Boulevard.  The Urban Oasis Project sets up a Farmers Market from five local farms.  Verde Farms in the Redlands sends beautiful organic farm to market produce that is fresher than any chain supermarket.  Art Friedrich, the President of the Urban Oasis Project, oversees the Market and arrives with a truck to the neighborhood early on Saturday and is ready to sell by 9:00am.

The Market is also filled with other vendors that sell such things as fresh honey, vegan foods and desserts, fresh baked breads, cookies and pastries, Indian food, empanadas, Jamaican patties, fresh juices and many other choices.  There are many other booths with items such as clothing, jewelry, orchids, skin care, soaps, candles and even massages.  This event is popularized by the diverse selections you will find. Buffalo, a noted local guitarist, serenades the quests every week.  The Legion Park offers free yoga classes inside the park from 10:00am – 11:00am.  Legion Park is a beautiful, lush, green space sitting on Biscayne Bay.  Legion Park includes a dog park, outdoor gym, basketball courts, tennis courts, a soccer field, a playground for kids and a community center that features a meeting room with stage, after school events and ceramic making classes.

The MiMo District is also welcoming many new businesses.  Two new coffee houses, Starbucks and Panther Coffee, are finding locations in MiMo.  New restaurants such as Organic Bites, Ms. Chezzious, Loba, the Vagabond Diner, and Cena by Michy’s have opened in the District.  Several new boutiques like Hint, Kore, and Beacon Hill Chocolates have their new homes in MiMo.  The MiMo District is quickly becoming the place to be with it’s amazing mid-century architecture, newly renovated motels, new boutiques and restaurants, and the Upper Eastside Market every Saturday.