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Show business...and shoe business

GarciasWhen Nicole and Vanessa Garcia's father died unexpectedly, the two took over his business, The Shoe Store in Coconut Grove.  Nicole (at left) is an actress, Vanessa an artist and playwright.  The sisters had an ah-ha moment when they decided to merge business and art in a project they're calling Shoes & a Show: Miami Vignettes.

On Nov. 20 at 8 p.m., The Shoe Store becomes a theater when three short plays -- Vanessa's Property Management, Wendy White's 5 Temps in a Closet: Foreclosure and Megan Roth's Around the Block -- get their premieres there.  Each play is connected to Miami, none is more than 20 minutes long, and it costs just $7 to get in.

But wait, there's more: Anyone who attends gets 15 percent off on the store's "cheap chic" shoes, purses and artwork.  The store is at 3062 Grand Ave. in Coconut Grove.  For more info, visit the store's web site or Vanessa's arts web site.