C1 Bank combined cool with cash at the grand opening of its Miami Wynwood branch. After its soft opening last month, C1 has been building buzz with a million dollar art collection, space-age design and extravagant laser security system. Now the bank turned up the volume with an over-the-top opening celebration.
C1’s floor-to-ceiling glass storefront opened up to North Miami Avenue and exposed its swanky, circular “Clients First” table which is turned into the evening’s main bar. The night also inaugurates C1’s fully equipped stainless steel kitchen. Available for all events at the space, the kitchen is helmed for the evening by former Bravo’s Top Chef contestant, chef Jeffrey Jew, who is preparing a special menu for the occasion, while celebrity Chef Ingrid Hoffmann was attending the celebration.
The 3,700-square-foot bank features modular conference spaces which at night can be arranged to accommodate events, from charity parties to fashion shows. Embracing its artistic neighborhood, C1’s opening was in the same scale of the contemporary galleries and restaurants it surrounds. CEO of C1 Bank, Trevor Burgess, also the winner of 2013 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Florida, and South Florida Market Manager, Alan Randolph explained the initiatives C1 is taking to cater to the next generation of entrepreneurs and creatives.
It’s a whole new breed of bank, created by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs, said C1 Bank Chief Executive Trevor Burgess. During the day, the space operates as a regular bank, taking deposits, cashing checks, making loans – albeit in an stunningly avant-garde environment. “This isn’t your grandfather’s bank,” Burgess said. Instead of stand in a teller line, customers are greeted by a banker at a rounded table under a grand chandelier of black Murano glass. Two silk-walled pods are set off to the side, allowing for private meetings around white Eero Saarinen tables. Larger gatherings can take place in a video-conference room, currently outfitted with Andy Warhol’s Mick Jagger screen prints. A 12-foot square gilded frame contains Keith Haring’s Andy Mouse silkscreens, while white movable bookcases reveal safe-deposit boxes. A street-front glass wall opens like an accordion, allowing guests to spill out onto the sidewalk. Of course the bank has ample security to oversee daily business or any events.