Electric Pickle Turns Five! The Most Memorable Moments From Wynwood's First Club
Courtesy Tomas Ceddia Happy 5th Birthday to the Pickle!
Before Second Saturday Art Walk became a thing, before Wynwood was named one of "America's Hippest Hipster Neighborhoods" by Forbes, before the neighborhood became a walking ground for music royalty, there was the Electric Pickle.
From the moment its neon green sign lit up for the first time in 2009, the Pickle has seen the area evolve from a "ghetto-tastic wonderland" to one of the most culturally enriching localities in the 305.
Sure, it hasn't been smooth sailing for Wynwood's first club (the hotspot went on a hiatus last year due to some code compliance issues and minor renovations), but the Pickle surpassed the test of time, going five years strong.
Courtesy Tomas Ceddia
Celebrating its birthday, co-owner Tomas Ceddia and the rest of the Pickle crew will be throwing a two-day mega bash this weekend at 2826 North Miami Avenue with "high wire acts, pony rides, and some top secret surprises," and music from DJ trio Pillowtalk, Theo Parrish (the Detroit producer's first ever Miami club appearance), and the Pickle's own residents.
In honor of its half-decade existence, Crossfade chatted with Ceddia via e-mail about his most memorable moments at the emerald Wynwood gem.
Envisioning A Club in Wynwood
"I had actually been a patron of the three previous bars in that location," Ceddia said in response to what inspired him to open a club in the 'Wood.
"Over the years, Will [Renuart] and I had both thrown parties and DJ'd there on occasion, so there was some emotional connection to the place. It was a stone's throw from my apartment in Midtown (I hate commuting). When it became available, is just seemed to make sense."
That was back in 2009, right around the peak of the economic crisis, at a time when Wynwood was still somewhat of a shady neighborhood.
"Believe it or not, things were much easier in our 'not-so-safe/risky neighborhood and time'," he explained.
"It was a bit like the Wild West, and I suppose there was a sense of danger walking to your car alone at 4 a.m., but because no one really cared what happened in the area," he recalled.
"Rents were reasonable and getting things pushed through with the city and local politics were not as complicated. I think everyone was just happy to see something happening in the area. This, of course, has all changed in the name of progress."