06 November 2015

Think Unique and Fun! Artegon Marketplace in #Orlando Has A One-of-a Kind Place 2 Shop!

If you have never been to the Artegon Marketplace on International Drive here in Orlando you are missing a lot. As I learned this week it has so much cool stuff to offer everyone. The shops are unique and the artists that make the merchandise are very dedicated and talented. What really makes this place a must stop shopping destination : its collection of over 165 artisans selling one-of-a-kind hand-crafted items made by local masters.  It is this feature that makes it so special a place. When such a significant transformation takes place to the center’s most distinguishing feature, the result is truly amazing. You get to enjoy not only the one of a kind shops/artists, but a great place to just come and relax. I don't know of another place that has this much talent.

It also has brand new updated furniture as you walk around which made me feel so cozy and comfy to just stop and sit for a while. I loved the new bright hues on the chairs and couches, they really were inviting. This newly designed Artegon Marketplace has so much going on for the 1 year anniversary too, prizes and lots to eat and drink. There's going to be something different everyday. I included all the details below, so you will not miss a thing. My experience is this has been a great place to shop and find those unique gifts for the people we love, so make your holiday shopping easy and start here at Artegon Marketplace.

Artegon announced the line-up for its Anti-Ordinary First Anniversary Spectacular, a week-long celebration featuring free admission festivities and amped up signature events to be held November 16 through 21.

Here's what you will see Artegon Marketplace unveiled new enhancements, tenants and expansion plans today that complement the 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace located on the north end of International Drive. The new developments represent a multi-million dollar investment by the property’s owner, New York-based Lightstone, and will generate a forecasted 400 new jobs by the end of 2016.

The shop-local options at Artegon Marketplace will grow substantially by the end of 2016 with the opening of Eat Street, a 25,000-square-foot food hall, inspired by such culinary bazaars as Seattle’s Pike Place and Boston’s Faneuil Hall. Guests can select from a wide array of fresh delectables to eat on site, take away for picnics, or package for gift giving and future enjoyment, all from local vendors -- many sourcing farm-to-table ingredients.  A farmer’s market held on select days and cooking classes will complement the hall.
Slated to join the artisan marketplace’s existing line-up of anchor tenants and in-line stores are Sky Zone indoor trampoline park, occupying 24,000 square feet (fall 2015); the area’s first NYZ Apocalypse, a unique interactive zombie survival experience within a 45,000-square-foot space (early 2016); and Pita and Spice Co. restaurant (early 2016). With the artisan marketplace 90 percent occupied, the center’s leasing team is actively promoting in-line store space and food and beverage kiosks, with additional announcements forthcoming.

Florida’s largest daily indoor artisan marketplace
 now boasts fully built-out custom storefronts themed to reflect each merchant’s goods
Examples include:
  A stone brick fa├žade adorned with hand-made doilies, tea cups, door knobs and other European shabby chic items beckons guests to enter Via Francesca, selling hand-crafted gifts and accessories, including painted glassware, hand-stamped flatware and jewelry.
  SOS Art Gallery’s exterior is crafted from hundreds of variant colored wooden planks – echoing the eclectic and wide variety of hand-made cards, artwork, and other gift items showcased within.
  Elemental Bonsai & Tea Garden’s rice paper doors create the feel of a journey to Japan. 
  The storefront of Bowes Signature Soy Candles selling hand-poured candles and related items is reminiscent of a turn-of-the-century New England shop with gas lamps flanking the entryway.

Additional enhancements and developments announced or unveiled include:

  A glimpse into Cinemark’s newly renovated, luxury-styled theaters (scheduled for completion fall 2015)
  ARTegon Co-op, an ever-evolving gallery featuring well-known national and local pop artists, including area favorites SKIP, Chris “Tobar” Rodriguez and Boy Kong

  Stand-alone 10’x12’-square-foot “cottage units”  providing entry-level retailing opportunities
  New, plush common area furniture and fresh, modern tables and 
seating in a variety of configurations – long community tables, high tops and more
  A bicycle-powered mobile device recharging station
  Eclectic, artistic and interactive elements and visual accents, 
such as From Artegon With Love
a postcard mailing station 
(fill out a card and the center 
will mail it for free); 
and a community chalkboard for creative expression by guests
  Artegon’s new branding campaign 
and website (rolling out in early November)
  Remodeled men’s and women’s bathrooms
  Guest Ambassadors – many students from UCF’s Rosen School of Hospitality Management – who are focused on providing exemplary customer service

“Since its opening one year ago, Artegon Marketplace’s bold new retail experiment – unlike any other in the U.S. - continues to evolve,” said Lightstone Chief Creative Officer David Miskin. “We have acquired what was once an underperforming mall and transformed it into a thriving, eclectic retail destination that defies the norm.”

About Artegon Marketplace:
Artegon Marketplace Orlando is a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace that is reinventing the retail experience for today’s discerning consumer. Located on the north end of International Drive, Artegon caters to both local residents and visitors looking for an eclectic, diverse and truly original shopping, culinary and entertaining adventure. Distinguishing the retail destination is Florida’s largest daily indoor artisan marketplace where over 165 local artisans and crafts people sell one-of-a-kind items. Guests can also discover the area’s only Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Boot Barn and Gods & Monsters, plus blow their own works of art at International Hot Glass, climb a ropes course, take in a movie at Cinemark Theatres, sip craft beers at signature monthly events, and much more – essentially creating their own authentic experience with every visit. For operating hours, directions and more information, visit Artegon Marketplace Orlando(Artegon.com.)
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About Lightstone
Lightstone is one of the most highly-regarded and diversified privately-held real estate companies in the United States. Since 1988, founder David Lichtenstein has grown the company to one of the largest real estate powerhouses in the country, with existing assets in 24 states. Operating in all sectors of the real estate market, Lightstone’s $2 billion portfolio currently includes over 9 million square feet of office, retail and industrial commercial properties, 11,000 residential units and 3,200 hotel keys. It also owns over 12,000 land lots across the country. With its leadership headquartered in New York City, Lightstone continues to grow its New York presence with $1.7 billion worth of projects currently under development in both the residential and hospitality industry.

A big thanks to the Artegon Marketplace for inviting me out to the media preview. It was awesome and I really enjoyed it, in no way were my views/statements and or opinions influenced by anyone. 

Thanks again to my readers - hope you enjoy this look at this fun and exciting place!! 

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