SoBe Locals Share Wine, Chats, and Cats at Sixth Street Movement Soiree
|Locals party with their cats at Under the Mango Tree in SoBe.|
This is a scene from the Sixth Street Movement party last night. "The Movement" consists of a bunch of shops on Sixth Street between Euclid and Meridian Avenues in South Beach that are focused on creating a sense of community in our transient town. Under the Mango Tree, a smoothie and local artisan shop, its sister store Native Boutique Clothing, and newcomer/neighbor Crème Fresh Vintage Clothing hosted last night's party - the third and the biggest of its kind in recent months.
By the smoothie bar inside Under the Mango Tree, patrons partook of free wine, spiked fruit punch and light munchies. Locals ordered smoothies and $2 freshly-juiced ginger shots, while a trio of young fit women chatted about whether Chinese medicine-based muscle tests or the Elimination Diet is a better tool for identifying dietary allergens.
The sounds of acoustic guitar and hand drums drifted in from the torch-lit yard out front. There, people stood in clusters. Some had their dogs. Some were very young. Some were kind of old. Some were black, some Hispanic, and some white. All were smiling and drifting slowly in and out of the shops, as conversations ebbed and flowed.
|Sixth street party people chill to the acoustic sounds of local musicians Carlos Arnaldo and David Mejia.|
|Shop owners Jess Fusco (left), Patty Oleson (second from right) and other locals gather in her shop last night.|
"I like it. I think it's a part of the life for South Beach that people don't know about. A lot of people focus on tourists and tourism and people who come and go," McMullen said.
|Nearby resident shows off the psychedelic mumu she bought next door at Creme Fresh Vintage Clothing.|
|Patricia Oleson (center), owner of Under the Mango Tree, and her husband Andreas Oleson (left) enjoy their third Sixth Street block party.|
"I think more than anything, it's Patty," said Delgado. "They come to talk and tell her how their day went. It's more than just a juice. She has a great personality. So they come in and love what's happening here. They're part of a community, so they want to help out and give something of themselves."
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