Celebrate National Mom & Pop Business Owner's Day in Coral Gables

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Mom and Pop Shops make the world go ‘round! …er something like that. But truly, where would we be without the independent shops that support our local business owners and community? A vital part for keeping the culture alive in any city, it’s no wonder we have an entire day dedicated solely to our small business owners. This year, as we celebrate National Mom and Pop Business Day on Friday March 29th, we recognize small business owners from one of the meccas of independently owned businesses; Coral Gables’ and Miracle Mile. So before you head out this Friday, to support your local family-owned business, we’ve compiled a list of some of our most beloved.

Boutiques/Salons/Shops: Jae’s Fine Jewelers, Snow’s Jewelers, Wolfe’s Wine Shop, Bendita, Dominique Boutique, Trend Boutique, Creative Weddings, Chic Parisian, The Find Bridal, Merlili Bridal Boutique, Operadarte

JAE’S FINE JEWELERS.

Founded in 1945 by George Hornik, Jae’s has a rich history with a strong family background. After growing up in Brooklyn, New York, Hornik served in the Navy during World War II, where he was stationed in Miami. After being discharged, Hornik moved to Colorado and learned the art of watchmaking. It was in 1956 that Hornik and his wife and business partner, moved their business to Coral Gables’ Miracle Mile. What’s more ‘Mom and Pop’ than that?! Now a third-generation jewelry store, Jae’s is almost a quarter of a century old, and still bringing so much love to our little community.

Photo of Jae’s founders by Coral Gables Museum.

Photo of Jae’s founders by Coral Gables Museum.

TREND BOUTIQUE.

In an effort to create a space where moms and daughters can shop together, and affordably, owner Ana Marie Fuertes created Trend Boutique in 2016. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Fuertes went onto study business, art and photography at Boston College and UM. She then opened two womenswear shops, one in her home country of Puerto Rico, the other in Dominican Republic. After having her two daughters, Fuertes began focusing on a new market – tweens. Today, Trend Boutique continues to cater to both young teens and moms looking to shop the newest trends, and on a budget.

Photo by Coral Gables Magazine.

Photo by Coral Gables Magazine.

CHIC PARISIEN.

Family-owned for 50 years, Chic Parisien is just one of the many Bridal Boutiques lining Miracle Mile and Coral Gables, which has become known as “The Street for Brides” and “Bridal Row”. Internationally recognized, Chic Parisien, scours the world to bring only the best back to South Florida. With beautifully crafted gowns and accessories, Parisien never disappoints.

Photo courtesy of Chic Parisien.

Photo courtesy of Chic Parisien.

Cafes/Restaurants/Bakeries: Bellmont Spanish Restaurant, Café Grumpy, Threefold Café, Sacha’s Café, Café Demetrio, Misha’s Cupcakes, My Cupcake World.

BELLMONT SPANISH RESTAURANT.

As family-owned as family-owned gets, Bellmont Spanish Restaurant was created through the efforts of husband and wife Sergio Bellmont and Claudia Romero, along with Sergio’s brother’s Ivan and Igor. As a tribute to their mother Africa Bellmont, the spot prides themselves on authenticity and quality. And with a focus on exceptional service, it’s hard to not feel a part of the family when dining at Bellmont.

Photo by Miami City Social.

Photo by Miami City Social.

CAFÉ DEMETRIO.

Owned by husband and wife team Demetrio and Vilma Pina, Café Demetrio is Coral Gables’ first original coffee house. Focused on a return to the ‘classic coffee shop’, Café Demetrio has become a spot for everyone. From coffee lovers, artists, thinkers, or those just in the community looking for a spot to socialize and unwind, Café Demetrio caters to everyone. And with their charming jungle-like patio which features live music and poetry readings on Friday nights, you’ll never want to leave.

This and cover photo by FujiFilmGirl.

This and cover photo by FujiFilmGirl.

MY CUPCAKE WORLD.

Iris Casanova, owner of My Cupcake World, taught herself everything she knows – and boy are we glad she did. What started as simply decorating cupcakes with her pastry-obsessed daughter back in 2009, flourished into a very real love for creating unique and extravagant pastries for those lovers of all things sweet. In addition to selling her decadent treats, Ms. Casanova holds classes for children’s parties, where they can learn from one of the best.

Photo by My Daughters Look Book.

Photo by My Daughters Look Book.

Katy Prohira