Eclectic finds, quaint restaurants and cultural diversity are a part of everyday life in Miami Shores

Tucked between Biscayne Park and El Portal, “The Village Beautiful” has blossomed from a quiet hamlet to a burgeoning community. Although Miami Shores was incorporated in 1932, its history goes back decades prior to the 1870s when Miami movers and shakers relocated to a community they called Biscayne. With the arrival of a post office, county road, and even a pineapple plantation, the tree-lined district grew quickly. Dozens of homes were built, Barry University opened in 1940, and the village now boasts a population of more than 10,000. Its expansion continues today, with more restaurants moving into the village, the arts supported at the Miami Theater Center and Miami Arts League, and residents recently voting for their first black mayor, Crystal Wagar.


The owner of JWI PR, Jessica Wade Pfeffer’s firm just celebrated its 10th year anniversary. But she also recently toasted to being a new resident in the village of Miami Shores. Although she was raised in Kendall and lived in Upper East Side Miami for years, when she and her husband were looking to buy a home, they were immediately attracted to the Shores for its history and sense of community.

“Everyone is so nice and so welcoming. If you live in Miami Shores, you are part of a family here.” After buying a home in 2018, the couple spent months exploring their new neighborhood, making new friends with business owners and leaders. “The energy is so good here,” she said. “We feel invested in the community and we want to raise our children here. We want to keep a home here forever.”

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