The word on the street – and the beach and the city – is that Northwood is the “Historically Hip” place to live, shop, eat and hang out. With property values rising, and a herd of cutting edge shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants moving in, Northwood is the most buzzed-about neighborhood in the county. The Bohemian Vibe of Northwood Village has even been written up for good reasons in publications such as The New York Times, Architectural Digest and Southern Living.
In 2005, the Community Redevelopment Agency decided to up the quality of life in Northwood and encouraged revitalization with incentives for new businesses to open there and for the pioneering existing ones to make improvements. Over $4 million was spent to renovate sidewalks, street lighting and landscaping especially around 24th and 25th streets. More is happening all the time, there are monthly walking tours and several websites to help keep track of the trends.
What makes Northwood Village so great?
Focus on the galleries of Northwood during the monthly ArtWalks on the 2nd Saturdays of each month at 6 p.m. with all neighborhood galleries open late with new shows up. The evening runs from 6 to 9 p.m., but if you’re new to the area you can sign up for a guided tour that starts at either 6 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. The tours are limited to 20 people.
The tour is run by ArtX a collaboration of more than 10 galleries in Northwood. The tour guide will give a short history of the area then walk the group to the heart of the district, stopping at an eclectic mix of galleries. The art includes a heady mix of local, national, and international artists, some are emerging and others are established. It’s a great opportunity to see the latest the area has to offer in art and a chance to add to a collection. There will be wine and appetizers to imbibe in along the way, sometimes artists will present demos and lectures on their work.
Galleries on the tour include Africa Now, Barrell Garrity Gallery, Bohemia AG, CCE,
Gallery 418, Northwood Glass and Gifts and The Harooki Gallery. There is a Village Mural Project to help fund and place wall sized paintings along various open wall spaces in the district. In addition to the ArtWalks, social minded folkies can sip some wonderful wines and stroll the galleries at the Art & Wine Event the last Fridays of each month happening.
One of the highlights of the tour is the recently opened ArtHouse429. The gallery’s curator is Bruce Helander, a well-known and respected artist and art critic from New York and South Florida, who has curated numerous shows for galleries and museums.
“This new and modern gallery is a very positive sign for the continued creative energy and business growth that is exploding the Northwood historic neighborhood,” he said. “I am proud to be a part of it!”
A longtime area favorite lunchtime option is Relish, the prized corner location at Northwood Road finds a menu packed with imaginative burger option such as lobster burger, white meat turkey burger, black bean burger, boar burger, sausage burger and snapper burger with an extended list of toppings. There’s even a burger called The Ark, a blend of elk, buffalo, boar, camel and venison.
The Sunset Bar & Grill at Broadway and 24th has a historic building and a quality menu filled with imaginative fish and chicken and steak options. Live music and nightly specials liven up the scene.
The Souvlaki Grill has classic Greek specialties including lamb, Greek salads, Gyros and kabobs.
Bistro Bistro Bakery fills the neighborhood needs for a quality bakery with croissants, breads, muffins and brioche. They also serve lunch and some luscious French desserts.
Other eateries to check out are Café Centro, This Is It Café, Garage VV and the Malakor Thai Café.
Garden House Décor has a funk and funky selection of new and vintage outdoor furniture that ElleDecor called “Lily Pulitzer meets the Rat Pack”. Gardenhouse is vintage gone modern and brings colorful indoor fabrics outside to brighten up decks, garden patios and yards.
Nancy’s Vieux Carre Café has actual vintage Lily Pulitzer in a little shop busting with everything form birdcages to paintings to knick knacks.
Northwood Market – a neighborhood staple since 1987, it’s Northwoods’ oldest grocery. They serve wine, snacks, juices and imaginative sandwiches.
I love this emerging neighborhood enclave. Stop by one day. You’ll have your reasons too. You can also read here about upcoming changes around this lovely neighborhood.
The Bohemian Vibe of Northwood Village. Discover What makes Northwood Village so Great; Learn About its Dining Scene, Shops, Art Galleries and Things to Do.