Visit Santa Claus in Coral Gables!

Ho Ho Ho,

For the second year, in what will hopefully become a long lasting tradition, Santa Claus has decided to visit the city of Coral Gables prior to his Christmas duties.  Many speculate that Santa is visiting to play a few rounds at our world class golf courses, but actually he is looking to invest in distressed properties, apparently since the world is in a recession his concept of giving away things for free has really caught on.

All kidding aside this is a very cool thing that the city of Coral Gables is doing again this year, you can get full details at the City of Coral Gables website here…well maybe not they have not uploaded the most Recent Coral Gables E-Newsletter to the website yet, but fear not fearless reader!  I’ve got your back!  Waaaaaayyy back!  Sorry I couldn’t resist, here is a summary of the information on Santa Claus 2011 Visit to Coral Gables, I plan to intercept him at numerous venues and take pictures for the TCGB faithfull, then I will be selling them for $50 each 😉 JK here goes the copy…

SPECIAL OFFER: If you do not have time to meet up Santa this year you can send me your kid’s wish list and I will make sure to present it to Santa for his signature in true Realtor fashion, once he signs it he is legally obligated to deliver the gifts, if he does not I have a clause that will allow you to use his sleigh for 1 week.  But seriously if you want your child’s Christmas list signed by Santa send it over and I will make it happen and even take a picture of him signing it!

From the Coral Gables E-Newsletter….
Santa Claus will be riding on a fire truck through the streets of Coral Gables between December 19 and December 22…

Santa and his special helper, Mayor Jim Cason, will ride on a Coral Gables fire truck around the City, on his schedule as listed below, giving out candy canes to all the boys and girls along the route who have been extra good this year.  Listen carefully for the holiday sound of the fire truck. Please remember Santa has many streets to cover and all times are estimated.  Santa will not be able to safely make his way down dead-end streets.  However, if you live on a dead-end street and would like to see Santa, please wait for him on the open-ended corner of your street.

Santa’s schedule is as follows:

Monday, December 19, 2011

9 a.m — 10:30 a.m.: The Deering Bay and Kings Bay communities

10:30 a.m. — 12 p.m.: The area bordered by Bella Vista Avenue north to Snapper Creek, from SW 60 Ave east to the bay

1 p.m. — 2 p.m.: The area bordered by Snapper Creek north to Kendall Drive/ Arvida Parkway, from Red Road east to the bay

2 p.m. — 3 p.m.: The area bordered by Casuarina Concourse north to Sunset Drive, from Erwin Road east to the bay

3 p.m. — 4 p.m.: The Cocoplum community

Tuesday: December 20, 2011

9 a.m. — 10 a.m.: The area bordered by Sunset Drive north to South Alhambra Circle, from Red Road east to Granada Blvd.

10 a.m. — 11 a.m.: The area bordered by Edgewater Drive north to Prospect Drive, from LeJeune Road east to the bay

11 a.m. — 12 p.m.: The area bordered by Ingraham Highway north to US 1, from LeJeune Road west to Rivera Drive

12 p.m. — 12:30 p.m.: The area bordered by Broker Street, US 1 and Grant Avenue

1:30 p.m. — 2:30 p.m.: The area bordered by Alfonso Avenue north to US 1, from Granada Blvd west to Caballero Blvd.

2:30 p.m. — 4 p.m.: The area bordered by Ponce de Leon Blvd, north to Bird Road, from LeJeune Road west to Granada Blvd.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

9 a.m. — 11 p.m.: The area bordered by Ponce de Leon, north to Bird Road, from Red Road east to Granada Blvd.

11 a.m. — 12 p.m.: The area bordered by Bird Road north to Miracle Mile, from Douglas Road west to LeJeune Road

1 p.m. — 3 p.m.: The area bordered by Bird Road north to Coral Way, from LeJeune Road west to Granada Blvd.

3 p.m. — 4 p.m: The area bordered by Bird Road, north to Coral Way, from Granada west to Red Road

Thursday, December 22, 2011

9 a.m. — 10 a.m.: The area bordered by Miracle Mile north to Flagler Street, from Douglas west to LeJeune Road

10 a.m. — 12 p.m.: The area bordered by Coral Way north to SW 8 Street, from LeJeune Road west to Granada Blvd.

1 p.m. — 3 p.m.: The area bordered by Coral Way north to SW 8 Street, from Granada Blvd west to Red Road

A pic of the last time Santa invaded these parts oh those were festive times…

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

To all a great holiday and to all a great night!

Best regards,

Joshua T. Reich


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2011 Coral Gables Holiday Spectacular and Tree Lighting

Hello Stuffed Friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, I know that I ate to much and that I can’t wait until it happens again next year.  Ohhhhh stuffing you are so good to me!

So now that we have awoken from our turkey induced slumber it is time to look ahead to the final month of the year!  In Coral Gables that means the Coral Gables Holiday Spectacular is approaching which includes the popular tree lighting ceremony.  This year it will take place this coming Friday December 2 at City Hall in Coral Gables right at the beginning of Miracle Mile.  For those of you who are not savvy on the streets it will be at the intersection of SW 24th St and LeJeune Rd (SW 42 Ave).  The event will begin at 5pm and run through 10pm.  The actual tree lighting ceremony will begin at 7pm.

According the The City of Coral Gables E-Newsletter, the event “features food, carnival rides and games, face painting, arts and craft, bounce houses and live musical entertainment by Miami Children’s Theater, Actors’ Playhouse Children Theater, and Maria Verdeja School of the Arts.”

It should be a fantastic night hope to see you there!

The E-Newsletter also had a great pic of a tree from a previous year…

Happy Holidays!

Thanks for Reading!

Joshua T. Reich



Published in: on November 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Code Red…if you can handle the truth!

Greetings fellow citizens cowering before the awesome power of Mother Nature!  Fear Not!  Our advanced intellects have finally produced something more useful than remakes of every movie you ever saw as a kid… Code Red for The City of Coral Gables.  No this does not mean that two Marines are going to burst into the City Beautiful in the middle of the night and stuff a sock down its mouth.  Jack Nicholson will not defend your house or property against Tom Cruise unless you know him, in which case I heard he is a beast with a 7 Iron… but you can defend your property against disaster with Code Red!

Code Red is basically a notification system for any important news that the City of Coral Gables needs to deliver to citizens instantly.  Think evacuation orders and boil water orders, not tee times and dinner reservations.  If you go to this link you can register to receive the notifications.  All kidding aside this is a very important and useful service and everyone should register ASAP.

Here is a visual representation of how you will be notified of a Code Red…okay so not ALL kidding aside…

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Joshua T. Reich, P.A.
“Knowledge, Professionalism, Diligence”
/Max Advance Realty

Upcoming Events in Coral Gables

There are so many fun things to do in Coral Gables this month, here are some of the best events…

July 7-The End of Time
Join the famous and enigmatic founder  of, Joshua T. Reich, at anytime day or night for an in-depth discussion of what your property is worth.  Tickets are only $0.00 and all you need is a special code to access Joshua’s worldwide network.  Simply hold up your phone and push the following secret code…3052834470.  Now place the phone to your ear, soon you will be in touch with one of the premier real estate brokers in all of the country.  Josh will amaze you with tales of a giant boom in real estate followed by a huge fall, but don’t fret (unless you’re playing guitar) the story has a happy ending, the market is recovering and your home is soon going to be worth more.

July 7
Enjoy an evening of classic music with classical guitarist David Leisner. The co-chair of the guitar department at the Manhattan School of Music is regarded as one of the world’s leading classical guitarists. Leisner’s concert is part of the Summer Concert Series being held at Coral Gables Congregational Church, 3010 De Soto Boulevard. The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $30 – $45. For more information, click here or call 305-448-7421, ext. 153.

Through July 8
Do you have a little one with aspirations of being an actor or actress one day? The Actors’ Playhouse is now enrolling for their Children’s Summer Theatre Camp. Kids ages 7 to 12 can experience taking a show from concept to the stage. This four-week program conducted by the professional staff at the Actors’ Playhouse will include acting, singing, dance, improvisation, costuming, scenic design, audition techniques and more. Students will work together to create a brand new show to perform for family and friends at Miracle Theatre. The camp takes place Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call Allene Mahogany at 305-444-9293, ext. 606.

July 9 – August 7
GableStage presents the southeastern premiere of Masked, an explosive Israeli play about three Palestinian brothers locked in a life-and-death struggle over issues of deception and betrayal. The play by Ilan Hatsor is set in a village on the West Bank in 1990 and depicts the tragedy of one family torn between duty, kinship, principles and survival. Performances take place Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets cost $37.50 for Thursday and Sunday evening, $42.50 for Friday evening and Sunday matinees and $47.50 for Saturday evenings. GableStage is located at 1200 Anastasia Avenue, on the northeast corner of the Biltmore Hotel. For more information, call 305-445-1119 or click here.

July 9 – 10
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden hosts its 19th Annual International Mango Festival. The festival will celebrate the mangos of Hawaii. Enjoy mango lectures, view the world’s largest display of mangos, participate in the world’s only mango auction and, of course, sample a wide variety of mangos. The festival is held at Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free for Fairchild Members and children ages 5 and younger. Non-Fairchild members pay $25 for adults, $18 for seniors 65 and older and $12 for children ages 6 – 17. For more information, click here.

July 10
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
presents a Mango Brunch, a tasty tribute to the most delicious of tropical fruits. Held in conjunction with The International Mango Festival at Fairchild, this year’s Mango Brunch will bring together some of Miami’s best chefs to create original and amazing mango dishes. Guests can look forward to mouthwatering dishes prepared by great chefs including Chef Sean Bernal of The Delano, Chefs Frank and Andrea Randazzo of Creative Tastes Catering, Chef Ralph Pagano of STK Miami, Chef Tom Parlo of the Biltmore Hotel, Chef Allen Susser and Chef Gail Goetch of Essensia at The Palms Hotel. The event takes place at 11 a.m. at Fairchild Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road. Tickets are $100 for Fairchild members and $125 for non-members. For more information, call 305-663-3358 or click here.

July 13 – August 14
Actors’ Playhouse presents the world premiere of “See Jane Run!” an edgy musical by actress-singer-writer Maribeth Graham and composer Dana P. Rowe. The musical takes a bold and often surprising look at the 21st Century woman. From secret desires to manic disorders, nothing is sacred in this truly funny and moving glimpse of the female sex. Three women take the audience through a series of revealing songs and scenes, where we meet the contemporary every-woman “Jane” as she tries to decide what makes her run, who she’s running from and where she’s running to. Actors’ Playhouse at Miracle Theatre is located at 280 Miracle Mile. For show times and ticket prices call the box office at 305-444-9293 or click here.

Through July 27
The Florida Film Institute in partnership with the Coral Gables Cinemateque is presenting a Film Education Summer Camp to be held at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, 260 Aragon Avenue. Middle and high school students can attend the workshops which meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Registration is $495 for six weeks and is available at

Through July 29
The University of Miami’s College of Arts and Sciences Gallery will host the Ceramic League of Miami’s annual “Two in One” exhibition. The League and its members will have the opportunity to showcase a combination of juried works and quality ceramic art produced by talented South Floridians. The exhibition is free and open to the public. UM’s College of Arts and Science Gallery is located at 1210 Stanford Drive. For more information, call 305-284-2543.

Through July 29

The Children’s Trust Miami Heart Gallery, a travelling museum-quality exhibit featuring children in Miami-Dade’s foster care system who are available for adoption, will celebrate its fourth annual exhibit re-launch at the Coral Gables Museum, 285 Aragon Avenue. The exhibit will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A donation will be requested at the entrance. For more information, click here.

Through August 5
The Actors’ Playhouse is offering a special summer camp program for teens who are interested in theater. The Teen One-Act Showcase offers actors the opportunity to study audition techniques and then audition for, rehearse and perform in a published one-act play. The campers will perform a play in front of a live audience on the final day of class. This camp is for teens ages 13 to 18 and takes place Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Actors’ Playhouse is located at 280 Miracle Mile. For more information, call Allene Mahogany at 305-444-9293, ext. 606.

Through August 6
The Actors’ Playhouse Musical Theatre for Young Audiences presents the story of Madeline and the Gypsies. Madeline and her friend, Pepito, go on quite an adventure when they get lost and carried away by gypsies to a traveling circus. This musical based on the popular Madeline book series by Ludwig Bemelmans will please audiences of all ages. Performances take place Saturdays at 2 p.m. For more information, call the box office at 305-444-9293.

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The Beautification of Segovia Street in Coral Gables

The City of Coral Gables reports in their E-Newsletter that the Beautification of Segovia Street in Coral Gables in now underway.  According to the article, the street will be transformed into a “beautiful, lush, pedestrian friendly road”.  Check out the city’s website for the full article but basically the street will be going from 4 lanes to 2, there will be a bicycle lane added as well as a median.  The construction is expected to take about 4 months.

I think this is a very nice update to a street that was already in good shape.  It will definitely add to the property values of those houses that are on and around the street.  I’m guessing they are trying to duplicate the feel of the canopy over Coral Way as you enter Coral Gables from Red Rd.  I love driving under that canopy and I will often take that route as opposed to a faster one just to experience the drive.  In my mind it is one of the most iconic images of Coral Gables and it is good to see that the city is planning to add more.

Here are the pics of the before and after…




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Happy 235th Birthday America! You don’t look a day over 40!

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Gator Spotted in Coral Gables

Former Florida Gator and enemy of Miami Hurricanes everywhere, Tim Tebow, made good on his threat and ransacked the Books and Books in Coral Gables, replacing all of the Miami Hurricanes books with Florida Gators books and then covering the whole place in Blue and Orange paint!

Ok well not really, but he did attend a book signing for his new book at the Coral Gables landmark yesterday.  The signing was well attended but I for one boycotted the signing.  I was actually planning on putting on my orange and green and protesting in the street but then I remembered that I am an adult now.  Tebow seems like a really nice guy and hopefully he will make it in the NFL, I think I speak for all Miami Hurricanes when I say…man I wish we had that guy on our team.

In all seriousness Books and Books did a great job publicizing the event and I was happy to see that they continue to grow and expand into new locations.

The cover of Tebow’s book shows Tim about to eat a football…

Published in: on June 21, 2011 at 5:22 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ferrari Chooses The Collection in Coral Gables for US Launch of New FF

The Collection in Coral Gables received the high honor of hosting the inaugural unveiling of the new FF which is the first ever all-wheel drive Ferrari.  Adam Kuperstein for NBC Miami reports that on Friday June 17 the new, and incredibly sleek, Ferrari FF was introduced to a group of VIP’s in the famed dealer’s showroom.  Read the full article here, there is a great video of the car and the event as well.

This is just more proof that Coral Gables is an international hot spot where the world’s finest companies love to do business.  It also shows how The Gables and Miami in general are growing in national prominence.  There are several other world class cities to choose from in the good ole’ US of A but Ferrari understands the importance of that sexy Miami vibe and of course the upper echelon of that vibe is Coral Gables.

Here is a picture of the FF for your viewing pleasure…

It's For When You're Really Late

Published in: on June 20, 2011 at 5:25 pm  Leave a Comment  

Coral Gables Restaurant Week Starts with a Bang!

This week marks the beginning of Coral Gables Restaurant Week in The City of Coral Gables.  This is a week (plus a few days) that is similar to the Miami Spice event that allows the curious to sample food and beverage from a variety of local participating restaurants.  And as reported by Ana Herrera of, the week started off with a hit at the 4th annual Taste of The Gables event.  The event took place  at the Rotunda of the Westin Colonnade Hotel on Thursday evening, June 2.  Herrera reports that over 500 people attended the event which offered a quick sampling of many of the restaurants that will be participating in Restaurant Week.

Hopefully this level of interest will continue for the duration of Coral Gables Restaurant Week which is June 6-19.  I know we will be attending to get some great fare at a fair price!  Hope to see you there…

Here is a pic of the winner of the “Best Taste of The Gables” award as voted on by the guests…Anacapri on Ponce…

Anacapri on Ponce de Leon winner of "Best Taste of The Gables"

Published in: on June 8, 2011 at 4:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

2011 Gallery Nights to get Coral Gables Trolley Service

This year the wonderful tour of galleries and eateries in Coral Gables know as Gallery Nights will get a special service of the Coral Gables Trolley to take patrons around to the different galleries and restaurants.  The E-Newsletter from the City of Coral Gables reports that a special Trolley with an orange paintbrush painted on the side will be circulating the various venues (complete list below) from 6-10pm on Gallery Nights, which are the held on the first Friday of the month.  So the first one will be on May 6, 2011 which is not this Friday but the next so get ready!

I think its a great idea, another way that The City Beautiful supports the arts!

In case you have never seen one, here is  picture of the Coral Gables Trolley from the City of Coral Gables Website

The Coral Gables Trolley

The Coral Gables Trolley in front of City Hall

Here is the list of stops for the Coral Gables Gallery Night Trolley!

Ca’ d’Oro Art Gallery
135 S. Lorenzo Ave, Suite 130

Cernuda Arte
3155 Ponce de Leon Blvd.

RDZ Fine Art
37 Merrick Way

ArtSpace/Virginia Miller Galleries
169 Madeira Ave.

H. Benitez Fine Art Gallery
305 Alcazar Avenue, Suite #4

Books & Books
265 Aragon Ave.

Coral Gables Museum
285 Aragon Ave.

550 Biltmore Way, Suite 111

Alhambra Antiques
2850 Salzedo St.

The Guayabara Lady
485 Biltmore Way

Nube Coffee Bar
475 Biltmore Way

DeLeon Fine Art
219 Miracle Mile

Victoria’s Gallery
293 Miracle Mile

The Americas Collection
214 Andalusia Ave.

Sacassas Fine Arts
2910 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Klara Chavarria Contemporary Art
2912 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Jorge M. Sori Fine Arts
2970 Ponce de Leon Boulevard

Artrageous Gallery
Village of Merrick Park
330 San Lorenzo Ave., Suite 2305

Published in: on April 27, 2011 at 5:13 pm  Leave a Comment