By Jai-Leen James, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Three familiar businesses are returning to Lincoln Road, Miami Beach’s premiere retail, entertainment and restaurant high street. Fritz’s Skate, Bike & Surf Shop, Lulu Laboratorium and the Dog Bar have all had original locations in South Beach and now returned.
“I think what makes streets interesting are local tenants, interesting tenants,” said Lyle Stern, board member of the Lincoln Road Business Improvement District. “Doesn’t mean the [national brands] aren’t interesting as well. A well-curated street has a blend of both. […] I don’t know if that’s 50-50 or 60-40, but I think you need a good, healthy blend.”
Fritz’s Skate, Bike & Surf Shop originally opened on Lincoln road in 1989. They rented inline skates out of a small 300 square foot store at 5th and Ocean Avenue.
Today, Fritz’s offers visitors and residents a vast selection of bicycles, skateboards, skates and surf lifestyle accessories and apparel. Open every day from 10AM to 9PM, Fritz’s Skate, Bike & Surf is located at 1014 Lincoln Road Mall.
Lulu Laboratorium is an art gallery – clothing store hybrid (not to be confused with the yoga athletic wear brand). Shoppers can get sculptures, artwork and designer furniture all under the same roof.
Owned by Elie Akiba, Lulu Lab has a reputation of showcasing rising artists and designers. Lulu Laboratorium is now located on the corridor’s 1100 block and open Monday through Friday from 11AM to 5PM.
The Dog Bar is Miami Beach’s original full-service pet boutique. Since 1996, the Dog Bar has provided healthy, high quality dog and cat food with ceramic and porcelain food bowls to match.
Pet owners can choose from holistic canned, raw, dry and dehydrated products as well as luxury dog beds, airline approved dog carriers, trundles and more. The Dog Bar reopened in its original location at 1684 Jefferson Avenue and is open from 9AM to 10PM every day.
Tim Schmand, Lincoln Road Business Improvement District executive director believes that more local businesses are needed because they help attract Miami-Dade residents to Lincoln Road.
“My job for Lincoln Road is to make it a special place not only for tourists, but for our residents,” said Schmand. “It’s always best to be friends with your neighbors.”
Two new food halls have also opened on Lincoln Road. Developed by local commercial real estate firm Terranova, Lincoln Eatery is made up of sixteen fast-casual, artisan and grab-and-go concepts.
The 9,600 square-foot location seats 200 and will launch a rooftop deck in 2020. Some restaurants featured are Toast & More, TYO Sushi, Manhattan Paletas and Cocktails bar. The food hall is located at 723 N Lincoln Lane and is open every day from 11AM to 10PM and until 11PM on weekends.
Time Out Market hosts eighteen eateries, three bars and a demo kitchen. The 18,000 square-foot space features popular South Florida chefs Giorgio Rapicavoli, Top Chef season thirteen winner Jeremy Ford and Norman Van Aken.
The food court also has three bars that offer fifteen different drinks created by local bartenders from places like Sweet Liberty, the Generator and the Broken Shaker. The market is open from 8AM to 11PM Monday through Friday and until midnight on weekends at 1601 Drexel Road.
Correction: This article has been updated on June 26th, to reflect that the Cocktails bar is at The Lincoln Eatery.