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First stores opening at Sunset Harbour parking garage; construction inside old Joe Allen space

Sunset Clothing Co. owner Juan Plasencia in his new store.

We walked around the neighborhood Saturday and discovered the first stores open at the new parking garage at Sunset Harbour — and construction workers at recently closed Georgia’s Union restaurant, in the old Joe Allen space.

The Sunset Clothing Co. is owned and run by Juan Plasencia, who ran Post Blue Jean Co. on Lincoln Road for more than a decade.

Plasencia, who lives in the neighborhood (down the street, near the corner of Purdy and 17th Street), opened the store at 1895 Purdy Ave. on Friday.

Plasencia made the move from Lincoln Road because rent simply became too high for a boutique retailer competing with the huge chains. Post had a terrific reputation.

Here’s what Yelp’s Maria Argüello wrote about Post a couple years back:

With close to a dozen different denim labels, tees, and even Diesel footware, this store is what American Apparel should have been, a symbol of American purpose and quality. It just doesn’t get more American than jeans and T-shirts.

Plasencia says he’s eager to cater to a neighborhood clientele.

We saw other signs of life in the Sunset shops. Frankie’s Boutique, next door to Sunset Clothing Co., had display cases of sunglasses and jewelry and racks of clothes visible in the windows, so opening seems imminent.

And construction crews worked feverishly Saturday at Panther Coffee, Tequitzlan Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar, and True Loaf Bakery. But from appearances, they still had a lot of work to do.

Interior of Georgia’s Union.

Meanwhile, at the old Joe Allen space, which housed Morgan’s and Georgia’s Union during the last two years, construction crews were working as well. No word on what is next for that space, but renovation is underway — again.

A shame about Georgia’s Union, which closed in early October after a run of less than four months.

Panther Coffee, Ice Box, Emack & Bolio among signed tenants at new Sunset Harbour garage

Rendering of the Shops at Sunset Harbour.

If you’ve driven down Purdy lately, you’ve noticed that the Sunset Harbour parking garage and shops look nearly finished. The city of Miami Beach says the garage could open within the next week or two.

What you can’t see is the list of retail tenants. Til now.

Floor plan with tenants at Shops at Sunset Harbour.

So far, they include Ice Box Cafe (trying to find out if it is a new location or a move from off Lincoln Road), Panther Coffee (a great spot in Midtown),  Emack and Boilio’s (a New England-based high-end ice cream shop), Tequitzlan Mexican Restaurant and Tequila Bar, Fratelli In Toufala, True Loaf Bakery, Frankie Boutique, Sunset Clothing Co and Thread Count.

In filling the remaining spaces,  “we will continue to cherry-pick each tenant, so that the area continues to develop as an authentic, interesting, trendy, mix of boutiques, shops and restaurants for locals to live, play, shop and dine,” said Melissa Dunn, the broker with Scott Robins Companies.

Ice Box has been a fixture on Michigan Avenue off Lincoln Road for nearly a decade, and opened a branch at Miami International Airport last year.

Emack & Bolio’s started in Boston in 1975 and now has stores in four states, with three locations in Florida — on Vanderbilt Beach near Naples, at Hawks Cay Resort in the Keys, and at Hard Rock in Orlando.

The multi-level garage has 450 parking spaces and 30,000 square feet of retail on the sidewalk level. The garage should have a temporary certificate of occupancy in the next week or so, accounting to city spokeswoman Nannette Rodriguez.

Work on the retail spaces has began on an individual tenant basis, Dunn says.