The entryways to this pan-Latin bakery and its sister cafe are flanked by snug, elevated seating niches that once may have been intended with quite the opposite purpose: for passersby to come and have a look. The bakery, which opened in the 1990s, later supplanted the tattoo parlor next door and installed the cafe. Their design, however, suggests that the original tenants were retail shops for which a window display would have been vital. I'm guessing apparel. (Via Facebook, a respondent for the bakery stated that it was preceded by a pizzeria, and before that, a hardware store, adding that "around Miami Beach, many places have these door fronts.")
Also shown: a pear tart, from some years back, and a sign advertising empanadas in the styles of four nations: Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, and Colombia.
Charlotte Bakery and Cafe Charlotte
1499-1497 Washington Ave. (14th St.-14th Pl.), Miami Beach
305-535-0095 (bakery), 305-535-1522 (cafe)
(From visits in autumn 2012, and earlier)