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Yep, you read right. Lululemon will for sure be taking over the bottom floor space of Miami's former Van Dyke Cafe, and Van Michael Salon will be taking over the second. But before the battle between Miami's yoga heads and preservationists ensues, hear Lululemon out. According to a brand rep, the athleticwear company plans on honoring the building's history by returning the facade to its original color and style which, if its anything like what this article from exMiami shows, will nix out the awnings and most of the greenery and make it a shade of gray. One, not fifty.
One thing that will be changing is the inside of the building. They've commissioned local artist David Lebo, who painted the hull artwork for Norwegian Cruise Line's Getaway docked at the port of Miami, to create the artwork for the indoor space. The store won't be opening for a while, however Lululemon currently has a showroom on 20th St. in Miami Beach, which is something the brand apparently does before they open up a store in an area in an effort for employees to really become one with the community.
For now, they're having a few pre-opening events. The first is a community-wide kayak and yoga experience on June 27. The second will be a yoga class hosted by Stoked Yogi on July 23. You can't sign up for these events yet, but we'll let you know once they're up on the showroom's Facebook page so you can get some more use out of those yoga pants you just splurged on. And now that you know the deets, let the yogi vs. preservationist battle begin.
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