Mercato at Ave, an indoor marketplace with 15 vendors, celebrated its grand opening Saturday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and live entertainment in Ave Maria.
The new business opened adjacent to Publix supermarket in La Piazza Publix Center, 5052 Pope John Paul II Blvd., just east of Ave Maria’s Town Center. Its vendors operate from “casitas,” kiosks that sell a variety of local products such as beauty supplies, candles, cupcakes, clothing, high-end sneakers, ice cream and soaps, as well as services such as a drop-off for dry-cleaning, a fragrance station and jewelry repair. Guests also can enjoy a wine and beer bar, hand-crafted coffee beverages, lounge areas, free Wi-Fi and a mural designed for photo opportunities.
The new business is the inspiration of Jorge Arroyo and Reina Del Mar, the couple who owns the adjacent Hoja de Menta women’s boutique. Arroyo, who custom-designed the boutique and Oasis the Kitchen Lounge in the Town Center, also created the conceptual look of the new Mercato at Ave.
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