The Alpharetta City Center, a 26-acre mixed-use district in the heart of downtown Alpharetta, announced that the retail and restaurant space is 98% committed, with deals underway on the remaining two small spaces. Developer Cheri Morris of Morris & Fellows said:
“We’ve expanded Alpharetta’s downtown historic district by six city blocks,” Morris continued. “And since downtown developed over the last century and a half, it was very important that we bring a similar generational feel to our property. We did this through historically styled buildings and classical park spaces within a traditional street grid.”
Opening July through November of 2018 in the shop spaces known as The District will be:
- Anna Bella: Fine lingerie and beautiful sleepwear with an emphasis on custom fittings.
- The Ballog: Carefully curated items handcrafted by independent artisans and socially conscious companies.
- ChicEvolution in Art: Avant-garde, modern paintings, cast glass, home furnishings, sculptures, crafts, and collectibles.
- Core 57:A fitness studio with highly trained coaches and state-of-the-art equipment for both kids and adults.
- Dress Up: Women’s boutique offering affordable and trendy new styles every week.
- Exquisite Living: Hand-selected furniture, unique housewares, and complementary design services.
- Hemline:Contemporary women’s boutique known for fashion-forward designer apparel, shoes, and accessories.
- Home Expressions Interiors by Laura Bloom: Interior design that focuses on an individual’s needs, budget, and lifestyle.
- Kilwin’s: Chocolates, caramels, toffee, ice cream and other confections, hand-made with fresh, premium ingredients and original recipes.
- Mountain High Outfitters: Active lifestyle boutique with an extensive array of apparel and equipment.
- Natural Body Spa and Shoppe: Renown for nail, body, aesthetic, and anti-aging treatments.
- The Red Hound: Unique, high-quality gifts and accessories
- Perched: An eclectic clothing and gift boutique for all things fun, feminine and festive.
- The Pink Valise: Trendy clothes and accessories with Southern charm for all ages and sizes.
- SkinReMEDI – A medical day spa by Natural Body offering a range of treatments
- Southern Local: Locally sourced clothing, accessories, and gifts with classic, Southern flair.
- Spirited: Boho chic high fashion and handcrafted artisan jewelry combine for a boutique of sensory experiences.
- Vitality Bowls: Bowls, smoothies, juices, paninis, salads and soups featuring the freshest ingredients and superfoods
“The vision is now being completed and amplified by our talented shopkeepers and restaurateurs. We allowed no national tenants. Instead, we created a family of locally-owned shops, with hand selected and artisan goods, and luxury personal services,” she said. “And we have an outstanding cadre of talented local chefs that bring a true passion to their food and impressive creativity to their restaurant design.”
The restaurant area, known as The Gardens, features individual buildings scattered through three city blocks of parks and greenspace. Its 11 restaurants, all with outdoor dining patios, porches, rooftop or gardens, will open from June of 2018 through March of 2019.
- Restaurant Holmes, by Taylor Neary, the accomplished chef known for Marcel and St Cecelia, will open in June in the historic Jones House, which sits in The Shade Garden.
- Chiringa, by the team behind the popular Chiringo on Florida’s Highway 30A will open in August in one of the Town Green jewelboxes. The concept is based on “chiringuitas,” little open-air restaurants and bars on the beaches along the coast of Spain.
- Citizen Soul, the newest venture from Vin 25 owner Phillip Cooper, will open in The Shade Garden in September. The building design pays homage to Hard Bailey’s blacksmith shop that occupied the site at the end of the 19thcentury.
- Never Enough Thyme, Michelle Doyle’s popular local bistro, is moving from its McGinnis Ferry location to The Mercantile Building on Main Street in early October.
- SHADE Street Food and Barby Mikka Orrick, co-owner of Ceviche, will occupy The Carriage House in on North Broad Street in the early fall.
- JINYA Ramen Bar,with locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Buckhead and Sandy Springs, will complete The Shade Garden when it opens in October/November.
- Lapeer, a fine seafood restaurant andowner Louis Soon’s third concept in downtown Alpharetta, will open in November in The Meeting House with a patio overlooking Market Street Park.
- Highland Bakery:Offers an array of fresh bakery goods as well as Southern comfort food such as crab cake benedict and cornbread panzanella salad.
Morris reports that leases are out for signature on the other four restaurant buildings, scheduled to open in October, December, February and March. Three well-known concepts are expanding, one each from Ponce City Market, Virginia Highlands and Las Vegas. The fourth restaurant is a new concept, envisioned specifically for its location on Market Street Park.
Alpharetta Mayor Donald Mitchell states:
“We are so excited to see the collective vision that was launched through our city’s partnership with Morris and Fellows become reality. Together with our citizens, we began a journey to elevate Downtown Alpharetta into one of the most desirable locations in the Southeast. City Center begins Alpharetta’s newest chapter in creating a city with irresistible appeal and enduring style.”
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