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Top 5 Asia-Italian fusion Eateries in the Mid-Atlantic

Asia and Italy are known throughout the world for their standout dishes. There's the spice of Szechuan, the sweet and sour tang of Thailand, the earthy and bright zip of Genoa's pesto, and the warm, rich flavor of bolognese. These flavors stand strong in our minds, making Asian-Italian fusion sound like an unnatural fit. But […]

Earth Fare Prepping to Reopen at Least 7 Stores by Summer

After filing for bankruptcy and closing all 50 stores in February, the health food store Earth Fare is planning a comeback.In early February, the specialty organic grocery store Earth Fare filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Within two months, the chain closed all 50 branches, laid off 3,000 staff members, sold 10 locations to larger […]

Top 5 Doggie Day Care concepts in the Mid-Atlantic

With Coronavirus, pet adoptions have increased dramatically. Even before this, younger generations were finding themselves adding pets to their families. Once travel begins to open back up after Covid-19, people will begin looking for their next destination to visit. This also means finding a place where these pets can stay and have fun while their […]

Top 5 Fitness Studios in the Mid-Atlantic

Studio fitness centers, or "boutique" studios, are riding an up-cycle in the health-club business. With growth of more than 100 percent among fitness concepts in the past five years, the segment remains an out performer. Studio clubs have an intimate feel with personalized instruction and are quick to advance the latest fitness trends. They're increasingly […]

Can luxury brands help save physical retail?

Luxury retail has been a haute ticket of late. In fact, strong growth in the high-margin luxury segment has been sustenance for the industry during the so-called "retail apocalypse." In 2019, luxury rose above other non-commodity, non-discount retail, growing 4% year-over-year to about $309 billion, according to a Bain & Co. Luxury Study. Luxury customers […]

Top 5 Growing Ramen Chains

Ramen, Japanese for "pulled noodles," is still called Chuka Soba in some dining spaces. But by any other name, those delicate wheat-flour noodles served in long-simmering broth, are still...delicious. Japanese ramen restaurants began taking North America by storm in the past half decade, opening on the coasts and now working their way inland. But the […]

Top 5 Experiential Businesses in Utah

As we look to the future of retail commerce, shoppers are moving more to an online experience, yet a hybrid pivot of commerce is coming. That hybrid is bringing them back offline and into in-person experiences. That hybrid is emerging now, and it is the power of experiential businesses. Experiential business merges entertainment and technology […]

Top 5 Expanding Fried Chicken Brands

Fried chicken has been having a moment. A big moment. Find someone who doesn't like fried chicken and we'd say you found someone who is lying. Adding a fried chicken restaurant to your shopping center is a great way to bring a timeless classic to your customers. Here are some of our favorite players in […]

Top 5 Escape Rooms in the Mid-Atlantic Region

As we continue to pivot in the retail economy and see an influx in experiences. Consumers continue to become accustomed to pop up retail shops and are craving new experiences. One type of experience that is growing across the US and specifically in the Mid-Atlantic region is Escape Rooms. Perfect for social gatherings, corporate team […]

Can small plate restaurants survive Covid-19?

Small plates focus on the community aspect of dining. What was once reserved for the appetizer course, small plate restaurants offer diners to share an experience with one another. Can this type of dining survive through Covid-19? Will people want to share food once restaurants reopen? Before the current pandemic, you may have already noticed […]

Fill your vacant salon space for future growth

Salons and barbershops are often a mainstay of a bustling shopping center. But as consumers move towards more local experiences, many Super Cuts and Sports Clips have begun to fall out of favor and been forced to close their doors. As these tenants begin to vacate retail spaces, it is easier to bring another salon […]

Top 5 Brewpubs in Utah (and why they make great tenants)

When you think of Utah, a state with some of the strictest liquor laws in the country, the thriving craft beer scene may not be the first thing to pop into your mind. But microbreweries are booming, and state leaders are championing their cause, making them an exciting choice as you're choosing retail tenants. Breweries […]

Five Start-Up Roasters Transforming the Coffee Industry

Onyx Coffee Lab In a mere seven years, Onyx Coffee Lab has skyrocketed in popularity from its humble beginnings in Springdale, Arkansas, and it‚Äôs not hard to understand why. Founders Jon and Andrea Allen have won countless awards for their barista skills and creative brews. They are one of the first roasters to play with […]

Get Inspired by these 5 Food Halls around the US

Food halls are trending, and we're here for it. If you're never heard of a food hall, don't be so quick to pass it off as your everyday food court. They're so much more than that. Sure, it's designed in a way that resembles a food court, but you have so many more options than […]
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