Stories written by Melissa Nobles

Popular Snow Days Returns to Coconut Grove

Coconut Grove Snow Days

By Melissa Nobles…. Coconut Grove’s weather forecast is calling for snow and lots of it, six tons to be exact, on Saturday, December 4 and Saturday, December 11 as the 2nd annual Snow Days event returns to the delight of youngsters from all around Miami. The festivities will begin with Santa Claus and Frosty arriving […]

Coconut Grove Named Safest Neighborhood in Miami

Coconut Grove

By Melissa Nobles…. In a recent study by realty website, Coconut Grove was named the safest neighborhood in Miami. In fact, it’s actually among the top 10 percent of safest neighbors in U.S. urban cities and is safer than 70 percent of all neighborhoods across the country – ranking better than even some smaller, […]

CULTURES: Hispanic Heritage, Ancient Traditions Highlight October Gallery Walk

Coconut Grove Gallery Walk

By Melissa Nobles…. Thousands of South Floridians are making their way into Coconut Grove and being treated to some of the area’s finest art exhibitions. There’s no doubting that Miami’s original art district is alive and well with acclaimed galleries showcasing the works of celebrated artists the first Saturday of each month. Grove Gallery Walks […]

The Barnacle Society Presents Rod MacDonald

The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove

By Melissa Nobles…. In what should be a night to remember under Miami’s starlit skies, the Barnacle Society will present Rod MacDonald for an evening of Modern Folk Music as part of its Barnacle under the Moonlight monthly concert series on November 12 at 7 p.m. at The Barnacle Historic State Park in Coconut Grove. […]

Coconut Grove Flowers Change With The Season


By Melissa Nobles…. Cooler temperatures with less precipitation aren’t the only signs that winter will soon be upon us. More than 100 beautiful hanging decorative flower baskets that adorn Coconut Grove’s streets will also be making the seasonal change. The new basket designs, featuring petunias in bright purple, bright pink and light pink colors, are […]

Coconut Grove Arts Festival® Prepares to Announce Participating Artists

Coconut Grove Arts Festival

By Melissa Nobles…. Jurors gathered on Tuesday, October 5 and Wednesday, October 6 at the Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association in the Shoppes at Mayfair (3390 Mary Street, Suite 128) to select artists to participate in the 2011 Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Using previous award winning pieces to set the standards for this year’s […]

“Art Starts In the Grove” Art event to be held during Art Basel Week

Coconut Grove Arts Festival

By Melissa Nobles…. With its monthly Grove Gallery Walks continuing to gain widespread popularity in our community, the Coconut Grove Business Improvement District (BID) and 11 of the Grove’s celebrated galleries have again partnered to present an event sure to capture the attention of art collectors and connoisseurs, and those with a taste for fine […]

Nature (and Ballerinas) Theme Highlighted September Grove Gallery Walk

Coconut Grove Gallery Walk

By Melissa Nobles…. If artists are expected to reflect on their surroundings and reinterpret what they see through color and texture, then it should come as no surprise that September’s Grove Gallery Walk had a “natural” theme. With an internationally recognized lush tropical environment, the most picturesque view of Biscayne Bay and one of the […]

Local talent Noni, performs her recent iTunes release in the Grove

Noni Evans, Miami-born recording artist

By Melissa Nobles…. On Friday, September 10, Noni Evans celebrated her iTunes release at a wellattended, intimate concert event at Windisch-Hunt Fine Art Gallery in Coconut Grove. Noni Evans performed the first three singles now available on iTunes, “Running Away,” “Just a Kid” and “Floyd.” Noni is a Miam- born and raised singersongwriter with a […]

Coconut Grove is now a safer, cleaner village


By Melissa Nobles…. In addition to focusing on events, the Coconut Grove BID has also spent more than $375,000 in much-needed upgrades. Benefitting the village’s public perception in a variety of categories, the BID conquered everything from security to sanitation to parking ease. “It is very important for the BID to bring people to the […]

Natural isn’t the only kind of beauty found around the Grove these days


By Melissa Nobles Coconut Grove is known for its lush tropical environment, which includes one of the largest tree canopies in Miami. After 25 years without maintenance, the Coconut BID decided to do something about it. Committed to preserving this historically beautiful scenery, the organization trimmed and pruned 67 trees along Grand and Florida Avenues, […]

Coconut Grove BID Celebrates First Year with Much Success


By Melissa Nobles Whether it’s a quick stop for shopping on a Monday, happy hour specials on a Wednesday, or an entire Saturday spent with visiting family – Coconut Grove is a destination. Amid economic challenges for many local businesses, one organization has vowed to keep this concept true. With a primary mission of putting […]