The Festival Bay Mall on International Drive will officially become the Artegon Marketplace Orlando, a 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction and artisan marketplace, starting Nov. 20, 2014.
Paragon Outlet Partners has totally redeveloped the former mall into a new shopping concept, inspired by such famous marketplaces as Seattle’s Pike Place, Boston’s Faneuil Hall, New York’s Chelsea Market and the London Flower Market.
Artegon Marketplace will house Florida’s largest daily indoor artisan marketplace with more than 160 studio spaces featuring unique art, one-of-a-kind boutiques, handcrafted items and diverse food offerings from some of Central Florida’s finest craftspeople. “We have curated a collection of many of the area’s top artisans, carefully selected for the quality and uniqueness of their works. Food and drink purveyors offer fresh, farm-direct fare of the highest quality,” said Steven Sless, executive vice president for Paragon Outlet Partners.
Complementing the artisan marketplace, Artegon Marketplace is anchored by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Cinemark Theaters, Sheplers Western Stores, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, and Berghoff’s Octoberfest. The latter two venues are scheduled to open between fall 2014 and spring 2015.
More than 160 local purveyors of handcrafted items and specialty retailers will be selling and demonstrating a kaleidoscope of products and services including eco-friendly handbags and accessories, soaps, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media artwork, custom clothing and much more. Hand-crafted foods – ranging from 70 different types of popcorn to hot sauces, nuts and local honey.
The Artegon Marketplace experience is also interactive with caricaturists, henna and jawa tattoo painters, canvas airbrush artists and other performers. Visitors can also watch glassblowing in a studio. Artegon’s center court will feature an expansive rope climbing attraction. Streetmosphere performers, from jugglers to singers to stilt walkers, will stroll throughout. More than 20 in-line retailers, including Subway, will round out the guest experience.
The center provides free parking with 5,800 spaces. Operating hours will be 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Artisan studios will be open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Many of the stores are now open during construction. To learn more about Artegon Marketplace Orlando, visit ArtegonOrlando.com. See our preview of the Marketplace in the video below: