Kendall: it's not just for those craving Macaroni Grill anymore.
Until a couple years ago, Kendall residents had to leave their 'hood to find trendy threads and accessories. These days, though, suburban shopaholics have quite a few close-to-home options. Alma
This boutique, whose name means "soul" in Spanish, specializes in dresses. Owner Christiane Matarangas, who also owns Ella boutique in Coconut Grove, stocks the racks with labels like Nicole Miller, Tibi, Voom, La Rok and Sky. For ladies on a budget, brands like Mai Tai and Hot & Delicious are aplenty. Dresses here cost anywhere from $65 up to $380. There's also bikinis, bags by Tano and earrings by Fragments.13630 SW 120 St., West Kendall; 786-293-0503
If you're looking for an easy way to get a Jennifer Lopez or Kim Kardashian derriere, this strip mall shop has the booty lifting jeans that'll make it look like you've been spending hours on the step machine. Owner Christy Freitas says Sawary jeans are her best sellers. The jeans come in a low- and high-rise version and run between $49 to $60. Bikinis by brands like Beira Mar and Bambu are also worth checking out. There are also Lush dresses, sunglasses and a variety of sandals and stilettos which cost anywhere from $19 to $44.12845 SW 42nd St., West Kendall; 305-559-6090
Beauty Bar Unlimited Co
Forget Sephora and Sally Beauty, Kendall ladies like to get their beauty needs on a budget at this West Kendall store. Aisles are brimming with hair products, nail polish, makeup and styling tools by brands such as OPI, Essie, Matrix, Biolage and Chi. If you're a fashionista who prefers DIY treatments, this is your go-to place when it comes to hair care. The knowledgeable staff also offers free consultations.13051 SW 88th St, West Kendall; 305-385-6090Blush boutique
Marilyn Abril, the shop's buyer, has the boutique overflowing with everything from Hanky Panky undies to Bobi dresses and Mystique sandals. When it comes to jeans, Paige Premium denim dominates sales. Marisol, the store manager, says it's because they're the most flattering on every body type. Other noteworthy goods here are Sole Mio and Made tops, Indah shirts and Sans Souci dresses. Dresses run about from $72 to $150 while a tee can cost you $20. 6633 S. Dixie Hwy., East Kendall; 786-268-0678
Hitting up the club this weekend? Then this shop can get both guys and girls suited up for the occasion. "What sets us apart from other boutiques in Kendall is that we're more like a South Beach boutique, without the South Beach prices," says owner Yanelle Borbolla. Borbolla and her business partner Ileana Lima have cheap chic clothes for the ladies such as dresses by Rubber Ducky, Double Zero and Lush. When it comes to tops, gals here prefer Love Stitch. "A girl can come in here and get dressed from head to toe with just $150," adds Borbolla. For the guys, Christian Audigier shirts and Rawyalty denim are what's hot. 13630 SW 120 St., West Kendall; 305-254-8012
Buying a name brand bikini can be pricey, but here bathing suits will cost 50 percent less than what they do anywhere else. Whether your looking for something skimpy that resembles dental floss or a suit that offers a bit more coverage, you'll find all sorts of styles that you can mix and match. Owners and husband and wife team Dulce Jorge and Marco Constantino focus on carrying labels from their native country such as Salinas, Vix, Banco de Areia, Carolina Brasil and Ana Brasil. Jorge says her best sellers are also her Brazilian jeans and workout pants and tops by Planet B., which come in a multitude of hues. Havaiana flip flops, beach cover ups, totes and accessories are also on sale.9300 S.Dixie Hwy., East Kendall; 305-670-0940
It might be a big department store, but for Kendall residents Kohls is the ideal place to get everything from clothing and accessories to home goods and electronics. Situated in Town & Country Center, Kohls boasts brands such as Simply Vera Wang, Daisy Fuentes and Casa Cristina. Well-known labels like New Balance, Nike and Laura Ashley make up most of the inventory. 11800 Mills Dr; 305-596-6221Sol Y Mar
Opened exclusively to be a bikini shop, Sol Y Mar has turned into a full-blown boutique. Owners Melissa Garcia, 32, and Talia Valdizan Venero, 31, still fill the shelves with Peruvian and Colombian swimsuits, but today customers can walk out with a complete outfit. There are frocks by Nikibiki, S-12 and Bizz, tops by Lush and jeans by Machine. The ladies also offer a wide variety of purses and faux jewelry. Prices run from $6 for accessories to $100 for a dress.13630 SW 120 St, West Kendall; 305-278-4799
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