We are speaking, of course, of Burdine’s Department Store. Originally established as a dry goods warehouse by ex-Army officer William Burdine, by 1912 the business had transformed to a department located securely in the center of our nascent city. Taken in 1938 on the corner of Flagler & S. Miami Ave., this landmark location of the cherished chain was still in the expanding stages at that time. The Biscayne Hotel, also pictured, was demolished soon after World War II to make space for the increasingly popular retail conglomerate. Owned by Macy’s, Inc., since 1956, 2005 saw the nationwide chain consolidate the failing brand under their name. Although we of course love our centrally situated Macy’s, we can’t help but think that Downtown Miami is a little less distinctive without that signature Burdine’s charm.
As the way we do business constantly evolves, a familiar force in the Miami area is taking on the challenges of an unpredictable future. For Miami Business School, students from all backgrounds are adopting an ethos that business is much more than dollars and cents.
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we tracked down a few of Miami’s leading Hispanic entrepreneurs to get a glimpse into what it means to be your own boss and how to effectively balance an ever-changing world where a regular 9 to 5 just won’t cut it.