Village of Bal Harbour, Florida

The village of Bal Harbour was originally called “Bay Harbour,” but was changed because the planning committee didn’t think it was fitting for a beachfront area. They took the “b” from bay and “a l” from Atlantic and created “Bal” for the purposes of the name. From 1940-1946, the village struggled to become incorporated because there needed to be 25 registered male voters in the area before it could officially be incorporated. They finally reached their goal on August 14 of 1946.

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The Bal Harbour Shops is an upscale shopping center at the forefront of fashion in Florida. Here you will find high fashion clothing shops, many of which are hard to find outside of Paris and New York. The beautiful al fresco environment gives you an intimate experience while you browse some of the best fashion in the world.

Books & Books is a Florida-based book store with locations all throughout South Florida (and one in the Cayman Islands). The first location opened in Coral Gables in 1982. Now it is a premier location for all your reading needs. 3 of the locations, the Adrienne Arsht Center shop, the Coral Gables shop, and the Coconut Grove shop, also have a cafe where you can find yummy snacks as well as beer and wine.