Strip Mall Containing Beehive Juice Bar, 1909 Cafe Leased by CVS
If there's one thing Miami needs, it's another CVS, right? 'Cuz there aren't already drugstores on every single adjacent corner, side street and strip mall in the entire 305 area code. We need more. More prescription meds, more cheap shampoo, more cigarettes. More crap to consume. More customer service fails.
All photos by Hannah Sentenac
So in answer to that desperate need, the city's newest CVS is moving in at the 5700 block of Bird Rd. And if that location sounds familiar, it's because it's currently home to1909 Cafe, Beehive Juice Bar and several other small businesses who are being tossed out on their collective asses come January 2014.
Did we mention that there's a Walgreens immediately across the street from this location, another CVS at 6780 Bird Road and an Allen's Drugs on the corner? How much prescription medicine does this city actually need?
Sadly, Beehive Juice Bar and 1909 Cafe, arguably two of the city's best, most underrated lunch spots, haven't found new homes. Not yet, anyway. Both are actively looking.
For those who've haven't enjoyed the remarkable creations at Beehive, it's an 11-stool lunch counter hidden in the back of a health food store. Call it Miami's original juice bar - owner Carlos Schichi has been whipping up green juices there for almost 23 years. Long before cleanses were a mainstream concept.
Schichi serves up his brilliantly healthy concoctions to a group of fiercely loyal regulars. Seitan, soy protein, egg-free, dairy-free, sugar-free, gluten-free - you name it, and he's got a delicious option, from sandwiches to empanadas to cakes. Understandably, he's not thrilled about the CVS situation.
"It happens often in this capitalist world, whoever gets the money gets to keep the property," Schichi says.