I enjoyed sitting in a cabin of a Pan Am jet recently, enjoying the old-fashioned seats and atmosphere and I didn't have to leave home to do it. Part of Pan Am airlines is back with First Flight Out, the new premiere Pan Am exhibit and retail emporium at CocoWalk, in Coconut Grove.
As you enter the museum/store, you don't know where to look first. There's a full timeline of Pan Am's history, right next to a galley kitchen from a real 747. Next to the jet engine cowlings (real), there is a set up of a first class cabin, where you can sit on actual Pan Am airplane seats and get the feel of another, more luxurious era. Right next to that are memorabilia of the fabulous time including magazines, dolls dining settings, authentic uniforms, post cards, photos, brochures and more.
One of our favorites are the Pan Am leather bags of all shapes and sizes, now available for sale, they are new replicas, but oh, so spectacular. Pan Am logo clothing (new) completes the Pan Am experience along with new resort wear right next to this, which is the Palm Produce store.
The whole concept is perfect for Coconut Grove, as many of you know, Miami City Hall, which is on the Coconut Grove waterfront, is the original Pan Pan terminal from the early 20th century. Coconut Grove has a long history with aviation from the very beginning of airflight.
First Flight Out is the brainchild of Steve Licata, owner of Palm Produce, and Gailen David, founder of The Sky Steward. They will host a grand opening at First Flight Out on Sunday, February 17, with uniformed hosts and hostesses, live music, hors d’oeuvres and more.
CocoWalk is Coconut Grove’s preeminent open-air shopping and dining destination. Tourists and locals are now welcome to visit the CocoWalk Visitor Center, as recently proclaimed by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB). The modern ‘high heel’ brochure stand offers info on hundreds of things to do in Miami and the Grove, and the digital touch screen is a fun interactive tour of the best that these amazing areas have to offer. The Center is conveniently located near the rear fountain, and offers restrooms, water access, and seating.
Stravaganze, a high-end women’s dress and shoe store, opened in January and offers cocktail dresses and leather shoes from Milano, Italy. Self, a mid-price women’s clothing store, recently opened and both are located on CocoWalk’s second floor.
Shop Miami Month takes place in February and with every $500 purchase at participating malls and marketplaces, the GMCVB is offering a $20 Visa gift card and a chance to win a variety of grand prizes. Shop at CocoWalk and receive an additional $50 Cheesecake Factory gift card! Visit ShopMiamiMonth.com for more details.