Juice bar? Check. Small-batch coffee roaster? Check. When locals desire something yummy, they no longer head to hotels and Lincoln Road. Ever since Pubbelly Restaurant Group ushered in a new culinary era with four hot spots, Sunset Harbour has become the beach’s gastronomic go-to. During the last three Sunday brunches in November, its PB Steak previews dishes from pending L’Echon Brasserie, its second location outside the neighborhood. Patrons also can check out the new restaurant’s dinner menu at Pubbelly. Lisa and Danielle Frankel, the mother-daughter duo behind Phillips House jewelry, love being able to walk out their showroom’s door for just about anything. “It’s one of the only true neighborhoods in South Beach,” says Danielle, who refuels with iced macchiatos from Panther and wild salmon and Brussels sprouts salad at Ice Box Café. “Health junkies come for JugoFresh and fitness spots like FlyBarre.” pbsteak.com; pubbelly.com; phillipshouse.com; panthercoffee.com; iceboxcafe.com; jugofresh.com; flywheelsports.com.
Restaurants paved the way for retailers, many of which are relocating and expanding to Sunset Harbour. Having jumped the gun regarding gentrification, Thread Count moved to the Miami Design District with great response. In winter, the fine linens emporium returns to its old neighborhood with Thread Count Trend, a second store dedicated to its own brand of Egyptian cotton sheets, as well as bed and bath accessories. Shoppers can visualize design schemes through digital displays. Disillusioned with skyrocketing rents, veteran Lincoln Road tenant Juan Plasencia found a new loft-like home for his men’s and women’s boutique that’s been renamed Sunset Clothing Co. More menswear can be found at Cottage Miami, a New York-inspired store with a roll-up glass door and fun props from a canoe to a beach cruiser. On November 20, Todd Snyder visits for a Holiday 2013 trunk show and fittings for Savile Row-inspired, made-to-measure suits. Among a growing assortment of exercise-geared stores, Footworks carries some 130 styles of running shoes including the coveted Adidas Energy Boost. It hosts yoga on Sundays, and its weekly running club starts up again November 12. tcmiami.com; Sunset Clothing Co., 1895 Purdy Avenue, 305-534-1280; cottage-miami.com; footworksmiami.com.
Real Estate Sunset Harbour draws residents from its eponymous yacht club and condominium towers, as well as nearby Belle Isle and the Sunset Islands. Palau condominiums will add to the vibrant mix when the property, designed by Kobi Karp and landscaped by Raymond Jungles, is completed in the first quarter of 2015. “By offering every service and detail, it sold all 43 units in 130 days,” says Ann Nortmann, senior project director for Douglas Elliman, of amenities like a rooftop pool, floating glass fitness center and secret gardens. “As the area’s most luxurious building, it will do for Sunset Harbour what the Setai did for Collins Park and Apogee for South of Fifth.” palausunsetharbour.com.