Wynwood Arcade nearly filled
Written by Catherine Lackner on August 31, 2016
Only three spaces remain for lease in East End Capital’s Wynwood Arcade, which houses the first brick-and-mortar store in Florida of Bonobos, a men’s clothing retailer that formerly was online only.
Current and future tenants include artisanal coffee and doughnut shop The Salty Donut, the perfumery Osme, home accessory store Patrizia Bozzi Design, and the boutiques MuseO, Please Don’t Tell, and Raphaella Booz. They are joined by local celebrity chef Norman Van Aken’s restaurant, craft cocktails lounge, and cooking school, In the Kitchen With Norman Van Aken.
The other retailers will open over the next 90 days, and Mr. Van Aken hopes to have his restaurant up and running by the first week of December, when Art Basel begins, said Jonathon Yormak, managing principal of East End Capital and a board member of the Wynwood Business Improvement District.
In keeping with Wynwood’s artsy flavor, murals by Japanese artist team Hitotzuki – a husband-and-wife collaboration whose name means sun and moon – will adorn various rooftop walls and the interior of the arcade’s open-air atrium. The exterior of the building features large-scale murals by Tristan Eaton.
The developer has also established an artist-in-residence program. Currently working, exhibiting and selling his creations is New York artist Shawn Kolodny.
“From the beginning, it has been a priority for us to make Wynwood Arcade a reflection of the artistic and creative character of the neighborhood,” Mr. Yormak said in a release. “The work of these two artists will bring the interior of the building to life, complementing the street art throughout the exterior and the surrounding neighborhood.”