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May retail/restaurant roundup: Christian Louboutin, Estefan Kitchen open in Miami Design District


we’ll be seeing a lot more red in the Miami Design District now that famed French luxury designer Christian Louboutin has opened a new Florida flagship boutique.

The designer who creates those wildly expensive and beautiful shoes with the striking red soles celebrated on Tuesday the opening of his new 3,800-square foot digs at 155 NE 40 St. The two-story showroom houses a large collection of women’s and men’s shoes, handbags and small leather accessories as well as fragrance and beauty products.

If you’re shoe obsessed like me, or need a “Sex and the City” style release of endorphins, this store is the holy grail of stilettos. Prices, like the heel heights, are sky high. A pair of pumps with 120 millimeter heels (that’s 4.7 inches if you’re not up on your metrics) runs $500 to $2,500. If you don’t want a nose bleed, there are drool-worthy flats, sandals, sneakers and boots, too.

It doesn’t cost a penny to walk the red carpets in the boutique, where shoes and handbags compete for attention with interesting architectural details. The interior, which Louboutin said was inspired by the Palais de la Porte Doree in Paris, features a grand black iron staircase as the focal point, with a mezzanine balcony adorned with 8-foot feather artworks by a Key West artist. In a nod to tropical Miami and the beaches, tree bark covers the walls, a scalloped, tiered skylight tops the soaring ceiling to let in the sunshine, and bejeweled red-bottomed scuba fins playfully decorate the walls.

Expect to find limited-edition merchandise exclusive only to Miami. You might even bump into a few Real Housewives of Miami.

If you haven’t been on a shopping expedition to the Design District, I highly recommend it. It’s an artsy mashup of fashion, architecture, design and dining. Don’t be intimidated by the high-end purveyors Tiffany, Cartier, Dior, YSL and Hermes. You’ll find some affordable, cool stuff in the hip shops.

If your credit cards aren’t maxed out, stop in at the newly opened Estefan Kitchen, (yes, those Estefans, Glorida and Emilio) at 140 NE 39th St. for lunch, dinner or brunch. Happy hour is from 3 to 7 p.m. weekdays with deals on munchies, mojitos and more. Dine on traditional Cuban fare, including lechon asado, croquetas and pressed sandwiches. Finish with a Cafe Cubano and a Cuban (chocolate) cigar and you’ll be ready for another round of retail therapy.


This monthly feature lists retail stores and restaurants opening around South Florida. See April’s list.

Back Flip Beach Bar at Plunge Beach Hotel, 4660 El Mar Drive, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea,

Bawarchi Biryanis Indian Cuisine, 10190 W. Sample Road, Coral Springs,

Camp Canine, 3197 N. State Road 7, Margate,

Christian Louboutin, 155 NE 40th St., Miami,

Cool Spot Ice Cream Rolls & Tea, 1015 Gateway Blvd. Suite 401, Boynton Beach,

Dunkin’ Donuts, 4530 Donald Ross Road, Palm Beach Gardens; 6014 S. Military Trail, Lake Worth,

18/8 Fine Men’s Salons, 261 Miracle Mile, Coral Gables,

Estefan Kitchen, 140 NE 39th St., Miami,

The Fresh Market, 3580 NW 83rd Ave., Doral,

Frost Science Museum, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., Miami,

Louie Bossi’s, 100 E. Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton,

Noor Bakery & Deli, 4691 Ravenswood Road, Fort Lauderdale,

Pet Supplies Plus, 4839 Coconut Creek Parkway, Coconut Creek,

Pie-Zans, 4370 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale,

Pinko, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; Brickell City Centre, 701 S. Miami Ave., Miami,

Monkitail, inside the Diplomat Beach Resort, 3555 S. Ocean Drive, Hollywood,

The Revenant Coffee House, 2301 NE 26th St., Fort Lauderdale,

Tatts & Tacos Beer Garden, 3200 NE 12th Ave., Oakland Park,

U-Haul Megacenter, 1000 W. Pembroke Road, Hallandale,

Wal-Mart Supercenter, grand reopening, 3001 N. State Road 7, Lauderdale Lakes,

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